By Winnie The Fashionista | Mar 09, 2020
Have you ever heard the saying that African Black Soap cures everything? It cleanses, helps with acne, hydration, a broken heart, low bank balance…You know. Everything. So obviously it is great for hair. What actually is African Black Soap?
Wikipedia describes it as ‘’..a kind of soap originating in West Africa. It is made from the ash of locally harvested cocoa pods, cassava, shea tree bark, palm tree leaves, plantains, and other vegetation; which gives the soap its characteristic dark colour. Next, water and various oils and fats, such as coconut oil, palm oil, and shea butter, are added to the ash. The mixture is cooked and hand-stirred for at least 24 hours. After the soap solidifies, it is scooped out and set out to cure’’
Known to have microbial properties, it is definitely an ingredient you will want to use on your hair. Here are some benefits of this magical soap:
African Black Soap is jam-packed with beneficial nutrients like vitamins and nutrients which feed the scalp and promote growth.
With added oils and shea butter, your hair’s curl pattern becomes defined. Black Soap for the win!
Normal shampoo leaves you hair dry and brittle. African Black Soap cleanses gently while leaving the hair soft and moisturized. You still need to follow up with your conditioner.
The soap is alkaline in nature. This means that it will work to neutralize the pH of your hair, returning it to optimal conditions.
1 bar of African Black Soap
About half a jar of warm water
1 teaspoon of each of your favourite oil(Such as TCB Argan Oil, Vitamin E oil, Jojoba etc)
10 drops of essential oil (Lavender /peppermint /rosemary)
Apple Cider Vinegar, diluted with water for rinsing
1. Grate or shave the soap into the jar of warm water.
2. Add the oils in your ingredient list.
3. Stir the jar to dissolve the Black Soap and ingredients.
4. Transfer to an easy-to-use applicator bottle.
5. Apply the shampoo to your scalp and rinse.
6. Use the diluted ACV rinse to balance pH.
7. Condition your hair and style as usual.
You can refer to Naptural85’s video here:
Should you have any reaction with the shampoo, please discontinue immediately.
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