African black soap (also known by names like “Ose Dudu”) originates from West Africa, and its popularity is rapidly increasing. It has an unmistakable dark colour that comes from the ash of the local plants used in its creation.
In West African countries like Ghana, black soap is typically made by local women and then put up for fair trade. Unique family recipes that have been passed down through the generations are often used.
Black soap is very gentle, making it ideal for people with skin issues such as rashes, rosacea, or eczema. The plantain extract often used in the production of black soap also has useful antibacterial properties, making it a viable option for acne treatment as well. It can even be used as a hair shampoo.
If you intend to use African black soap shampoo on your hair, you need to know a few things. For some people, you may experience some temporary dryness, but using a conditioner afterwards will usually fix this issue.
African black soap is all-natural and harvested by local women in Ghana and neighbouring African countries. It gives nourishment to the scalp, instead of stripping the nutrients away.
African black soap is full of vitamins and minerals that your hair follicles can use to make thicker and longer hair.
African black soap is antiviral, anti fungal, and antibacterial. It effectively cleans your scalp, leaving the perfect environment for follicle cells to grow hair. It’s an excellent cleanser to use for hair loss and other conditions like eczema and itchy scalp.
Now, here is the method of preparing your African Black Soap Shampoo:
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100g of black soap
2 tbsp of jojoba oil
1 tbsp of vegetable glycerine
1 tbsp of honey
2 tsp of avocado oil
10 drops of vitamin E oil
Essential oil of your choice (lavender essential oil, peppermint essential oil, rosemary essential oil ……etc)
1 tbsp of Aloe Vera juice
Honey makes this mixture even more moisturising as it is great for drawing moisture into the hair.
The Aloe Vera Juice in this mixture helps to lower the pH of the soap and leave the hair smoother.
Avocado oil contains ceramides that help to alleviate dry
The peppermint oil not only makes this mixture smell divine it also leaves the scalp feeling tingly clean.
Glycerine not only draws moisture into the hair it also leaves it incredibly soft.
Vitamin E Oil smooths and conditions the hair.
Jojoba oil is a very light oil which is closest to the hair sebum it also leaves hair supple and smooth.
Rosemary essential oil helps to alleviate dry hair conditions.
Get a bowl and cut the black soap into tiny pieces, get your warm water and pour it into the bowl make sure the water get to the same level as the black soap pieces….it depends on how light or thick you want your mixture.
Pour in your oils and mix together, cover the bowl and check every 30 mins to mix again till the black soap dissolve completely.
Mix well before you pour it in your shampoo container.
That’s your Black Soap hair shampoo.
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