Years ago, when I first decided to stop relaxing, one of the names being kicked around the natural hair forum boards was Anita Grant. Based in London, UK, mixologist Anita Grant has been making all natural hair products for a while. So I decided to order a few items and my order included her famous Rhassoul Condish blocks. I think it took about 2-3 weeks to get my package as it was coming across the Atlantic, but I am not sure what the shipping times are like now.
Fast forward some years later and I realized that I still had 3 blocks in my refrigerator!! So one evening, I gave my hair a little extra TLC. The condish block is made primarily of organic Rhassoul Clay (Moroccan) but also contains some very moisturizing ingredients like cocoa butter and honey. The clay is supposed to fortify hair, protect it from free radicals, detoxify the scalp and improve manageability.
So I followed the instructions on the website, and used a glass bowl and plastic fork to prepare the mixture. Due to the high mineral content of the clay, they may interact with metal. I used one cube of Rhassoul Clay and added enough hot water to create a loose paste. It took about 10 to 15 minutes to break up the cube with the fork. It looked like Milo or chocolate milk. I have used coconut milk instead of water, but surprisingly this Caribbean woman had none in her apartment! :-/
So I cleansed my hair in the shower and squeezed out the excess water. I divided my hair into quarters and applied the Rhassoul mixture. I made sure that I got it on my scalp and throughout my strands. It did not drip and it dried quickly on my hair, but I wrapped it in some plastic wrap and left it on for 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes, my hair was dry and the clay looked a little powdery, but it did not make my strands hard or crispy. I remember when I used the Bentonite clay, it dried a lot harder. I jumped in the shower and started running water through my hair and it was incredibly easy to rinse out! I had no problems whatsoever with clumping or getting rid of it. And it made my coils stand out and I was able to detangle my hair without worrying about snapping my strands. I was impressed! After rinsing I applied my usual conditioner and finished the detangling process. It made my detangling much, much easier and it took less time than usual.
My overall wash, condition and detangling time was the same, because of the time sitting with the clay, but my overall detangling time was cut down. So put a “W” in the win column for that!! Of all the products from Anita Grant, this is a must try for naturalistas and will be in regular rotation for me.
You can order directly from the website, and they ship internationally. For those in the US and Caribbean region, there are a few online stores that sell this, but check out her website for updated retail locations.
I am so glad that I re-discovered this!