Beauty Horror Story: Vivian

It’s important to me that beauty obsessed individuals understand that experimenting with new beauty treatments can have their downsides, and I have experienced my own fair share, being constantly in search of newer products and techniques to amp up my beauty routine. So an idea came to mind to create a new category tagged “Beauty Horror Story (BHS)” where real life individuals in the Los Beauty Cult share their horrifying experiences with trying new beauty products, regimens and/or techniques.

Naturally, I have decided to start with myself and one of the most horrifying experiences I had when it came to trying out a new hair regimen.

As a sucker for updated beauty techniques aka guinea-pig-esque beauty researcher, I decided to try the Bentonite clay hair mask method of washing natural hair. Bentonite clay is a naturally occurring neutral colored clay commonly known for it’s amazing skin healing and pore shrinking properties. I know this for a fact because I use it on my skin. And so, after stumbling on the different recommendations by natural hair gurus, it seemed exciting to try this detoxing product on my hair. It was a disaster!

How It Ought to Work
The Bentonite clay which was to replace the hair cleansing product in my hair routine was to gently cleanse and condition hair and scalp, and also define curls naturally. Yea, I know, it sounds crazy but many online hair gurus swear by it, and to be honest, I thought it did a wonderful job of defining my curls…. till I arrived at the beauty salon the next day for a hair straightening treatment.

You see, what I hadn’t read was that one had to thoroughly wash out the clay from hair if you where ever going to get a hair straightening treatment, which I didn’t, obviously, lol. To my knowledge, I had washed my hair out thoroughly, and by thoroughly, I mean rinsing off my masked head for a good 15 minutes (no jokes).The Bentonite clay was so sticky and difficult to get out of my hair that I couldn’t help but leave some extra residue (honestly, those were the longest 15 minutes of my life.) Had I known that I was going to experience the horrific beauty event at the hair salon the next day, I probably would have stuck it out for as long as I could to get the residue out of my hair.

What happened at the Salon?
After informally setting up my salon appointment, I arrived at the salon the next day feeling happy and pretty darn accomplished that I had managed to comb the net in search of a new curly hair care regimen and found one, until minutes later, when the hair stylist turned on the blow dryer and loose clumps of textured hair began to decorate the salon floor did I realize that my golden Bentonite clay hair treatment had gone a little awry.

To put it lightly, I lost so much hair that day that cod easily have been used as a voluminous afro-wig when piled up on the head of a five-year.

So emotionally disturbed by my hair loss, I decided to reschedule my appointment till the next day. Fortunately, I was able to rinse off the problematic bentonite clay residue with a natural cleansing Apple Cider Vinegar clarifying hair mix.

Apple Cider Vinegar Clarifying Hair Mix Recipe

What You’ll Need:

1/3 glass Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (buy here)

1 glass clean water

Instructions:

  • Mix 1/3 glass portion of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) with a glass of clean water in a spritz bottle.
  • Apply mixture in sections to hair and let it sit on hair for 15-30 minutes. Cover hair with shower cap for deeper penetration.
  • Rinse off after sitting time and follow with regular conditioning routine.
  • If dealing with a lot of left over residue, you may have to repeat this process 4-5 consecutive times to get all the build-up removed. The ACV is very gentle on hair, so do not worry about hair getting stripped off needed moisture.

Needless to say, I never and will never try this hair treatment again, not because it was a bad one in itself, but because my BHS experience still feels so fresh in my mind.

Do you have any funny Beauty Horror Story experiences to share with the Los Beauty Cult? Please drop comments in the reply section below or email me at vivian@losbeauty.com. All stories shared will be published with necessary credits given.

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Vivian Chidueme
Vivian is a beauty addict and founder of Losbeauty. With a passion for all things natural, she explores with her write-ups, well-research findings on beauty and lifestyle to greatly improve the lives of individuals in her home continent of Africa.

She has also had the opportunity of partnering with global brands such as MAC, Elizabeth Arden, Oriflame, Ciroc, HelloFood, The Bobby Taylor Company etc. and currently runs a program targeted at teenage health and self esteem building across schools in Nigeria.

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