In a previous post (or video), I told you that I’ve been using African Black Soap for a few months now. I’ve used the soap not only as a facial soap for my complexion, but I use it to cleanse my hair also. I’ve noticed that my hair is cleaner when using Black Soap instead of shampoo. It removes product build up and leaves my hair shiny without removing all of the natural oils from my hair and scalp.
We should be concerned about the products that we use. When I first began my natural journey and researched products to use in my hair, I first purchased the Grand Poo bar by Oyin Handmade and Black Soap to replace my traditional shampoo. I can attribute the health of my hair to a lot of things, but the biggest thing would be eliminating ingredients from the products that I use that may not be healthy to my body. Traditional Shampoos contain Sulfates which—if used a lot—can be detrimental to the health of your hair. Sulfates are detergents and may eliminate the natural oils that are excreted from your sebum (scalp). These oils are created by the sebum because they are necessary to maintain the health of your hair. I am not a health professional, and I have used shampoos with sulfates in the past, and when needed, have recently. But, I have totally limited the consumption of sulfates from my routine. I have to say in the two years that I have been chemical free, I’ve only used a sulfate based shampoo maybe 3 or 4 times. Because of this, I found Black Soap and found it to be beneficial not only to the health of my hair but to my complexion as well.
What is Black Soap?
Natural African Black Soap is made from palm oil, dried plantain skins, cocoa pod powder and kernel oil. It is commonly made in West Africa—especially the country of Ghana. It has an ‘earthy’ smell and when used gives an immense feeling of clean to your body and hair alike. Some of its benefits include:
“- Natural black soaps help deep clean skin.
– Black soap works on most skin types including rough and dry or sensitive skin.
– Help clear skin bumps and spots by using black soap daily.
– Helps relieve acne, oily skin & other skin problems.
– Black soap is also great for removing makeup.
– Black soap benefits against premature facial lines and wrinkles.
– Black soap can also be lathered and used as an effective shampoo.”
I have to say, it works great as a makeup remover. I have very dry skin and when using black soap, I notice that my skin is not as dry as it would be if I used a product with sulfates or salicylic acid. Since I’ve been using black soap, a lot of the dark circles around my eyes have faded away and I have a clearer—brighter complexion. I’ve already told you about what it does to my hair—it removes product buildup without extracting all of the natural oils from my hair. My hair feels cleaner and smells wonderful after lathering and cleansing with black soap.
How do I use Black Soap or a Shampoo Bar as a Shampoo replacement?
It’s pretty easy. If you are using a Shampoo Bar or Black Soap instead of shampoo, you want to first make sure that your hair is saturated with water first. I’ve been using raw Black Soap instead of the Grand Poo Bar recently, so I break a piece off of the soap that I have and run water over it. I then rub the piece of soap in between my palms to create lather. I use that lather to saturate my wet hair and lather my hair just like shampoo. If I feel like I do not have enough lather, I just rub the soap between my palms again until I get the desired effect. I use Shampoo Bars the same way also. I usually rinse and lather one more time. I do not recommend lathering more than that unless you have extreme product build up.
I really enjoy using African Black Soap and recommend that if you are going to try the product, you should attain it from Fair Trade. Fair Trade is a way to get a product that you will probably love because it is handmade and natural…plus, your purchase actually affects the people who are making the product. These artisans and farmers and workers are justly compensated for their work. Fair trade for African Black Soap would be a good way to support West Africa and the workers that produce these products everyday.
Of course, once again, I will make my disclaimer before I end my post. I am not a professional. I am just here sharing with you things that work for me. I’ve been natural for a while now—exhausted over 3 years of research into natural products and healthy hair. I researched for over a year before I started my transitioning and was very knowledgeable when finishing my big chop. You may not like the products that I recommend. They may not work on your hair type as they do with mine, but Fleur de Curl is here to educate you on things that work for me so you can have a template of what you may want to try in the future. Maybe this may help you to remove sulfates from your regimen or try Shampoo bars. Whatever it is, I hope this moves you to more research and helps you make better decisions on your healthy hair journey. I will also make sure to share with you everything that I’ve researched and tried on my own dime. Thanks again for being a part of Fleur de Curl! I really appreciate your following!
Recent Hair Photos:
Feb 20th and Feb 25th.