Found exclusively in the Moroccan Atlas, ghassoul is a type of clay rich in nutrients, silica, magnesium, iron, and potassium. Its high mineral concentration makes it an ideal tonic treatment for the entire body. The word ghassoul comes from the term “rassala,” which means “to wash” in Arab.
Ghassoul has been used in the Middle East for more than 1,000 years both as a cleaning product and a beauty care treatment for the skin and the hair. Women use it a lot in the hammam for the ghassoul body wrap in combination with black soap, the kessa glove and argan oil.
In Morocco, it is a customary to gift it to young brides.
Ghassoul does wonders to make your hair silky, shiny and voluminous. Being one of the best-kept secrets in Morocco, the volcanic clay infuses itself in your scalp with a unique blend of oligo-elements while taking away all impurities.
The double-action exfoliation/hydration property of the hair mask keeps all impurities away without drying or irritating the skin of the scalp. When used in combination with argan oil, it helps activate the toning and moisturizing properties of argan oil that brings lust and shines in your hair. Furthermore, ghassoul purifies and deeply cleanses the hair thanks to its sponge properties, which allow it to absorb dirt. Ghassoul hair mask used after with shampoo help fight dandruff and greasy hair.
How to use ghassoul on your hair:
Ghassoul does not replace shampoo, but can be used on greasy hair twice a week, and once a week on dry hair. It will not affect the color of dyed hair.
- Wash your hair and rinse it normally
- Apply the ghassoul on the scalp and massage to reach deeply the skin of your head
- Get moist ghassoul clay in the palm of your hand and apply it directly to hair strand
- Wait until the mask is dry ( 10 to 15 minutes )
- Rinse and shampoo
Optional: Hydrate with pure argan oil
For an express home treatment, use the ghassoul in the shower by applying it on wet hair starting from the scalp and finishing with an even application on the whole head. Let the ghassoul act without putting any water on the hair for at least five minutes and then rinse the hair before continuing with your shampoo.
During a traditional hammam treatment, the ghassoul is uniformly applied on wet hair. Then, a relaxation session of about 15-20 is suggested followed by a rinse and a scrub. A moisturizing argan oil treatment is then proposed to maximize the beneficial effects.