Does anyone use African Black Soap as a Shampoo?

If not what do you use? What the best natural shampoo?
yes and i love it! it makes any deep treatment you use afterwards work 10x better. i also use chagrin valley shampoo bars.
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I've never used black soap as a shampoo although I've heard of women using it with success. I've been using baking soda on and off for two years and it cleans my scalp really well and gives good slip to my hair. I use 1/2 cup of baking soda with 1 1/2 cup of warm water.
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I have been tentativly experimenting with this. I have the paste kind. It makes a very gentle lather- very different from sulfate poos.
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I have been tentativly experimenting with this. I have the paste kind. It makes a very gentle lather- very different from sulfate poos.
Originally Posted by Prettycurls
ooh i have a paste one that i didn't even try yet. can you post a pic of yours please?
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I have been tentativly experimenting with this. I have the paste kind. It makes a very gentle lather- very different from sulfate poos.
Originally Posted by Prettycurls
ooh i have a paste one that i didn't even try yet. can you post a pic of yours please?
Originally Posted by empressri

Sure.
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FYI if your African Black Soap is actually black or contains shea butter, it is not the pure recipe and/or contains dye. It is also supposed to be solid and does not come in liquid form. I'm not saying that the variations are not good or don't work (they might. I've never tried them), but it's not the Original African Black soap created in West Africa. If I was more computer savvy I would post a pic of what it should look like, but alas...

It's supposed to be a brownish,whitish, blackish color like someone threw up their oatmeal (it is not pretty). And it should be very easy to break apart into smaller pieces. I have been using it as a facial cleanser and sometimes as a shampoo. As a facial cleanser, for me it's been a miracle. My face is smooth and clear after only using it for two weeks. I also have no complaints of it as a shampoo or body wash. HTH!

There is a picture of what real African Black Soap should look like on butters-n-bars.com
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thanks prettycurls, that's the exact one that i have.
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FYI if your African Black Soap is actually black or contains shea butter, it is not the pure recipe and/or contains dye. It is also supposed to be solid and does not come in liquid form. I'm not saying that the variations are not good or don't work (they might. I've never tried them), but it's not the Original African Black soap created in West Africa. If I was more computer savvy I would post a pic of what it should look like, but alas...

It's supposed to be a brownish,whitish, blackish color like someone threw up their oatmeal (it is not pretty). And it should be very easy to break apart into smaller pieces. I have been using it as a facial cleanser and sometimes as a shampoo. As a facial cleanser, for me it's been a miracle. My face is smooth and clear after only using it for two weeks. I also have no complaints of it as a shampoo or body wash. HTH!

There is a picture of what real African Black Soap should look like on butters-n-bars.com
Originally Posted by NubianCoils
Oh I brought the fake one Thursday (Nubian Hertiage dyed black) and I found out last night through research its the fake one. Yeah I understood you.
So thanks.

Last edited by merge; 05-22-2009 at 10:33 AM.
FYI if your African Black Soap is actually black or contains shea butter, it is not the pure recipe and/or contains dye. It is also supposed to be solid and does not come in liquid form. I'm not saying that the variations are not good or don't work (they might. I've never tried them), but it's not the Original African Black soap created in West Africa. If I was more computer savvy I would post a pic of what it should look like, but alas...

It's supposed to be a brownish,whitish, blackish color like someone threw up their oatmeal (it is not pretty). And it should be very easy to break apart into smaller pieces. I have been using it as a facial cleanser and sometimes as a shampoo. As a facial cleanser, for me it's been a miracle. My face is smooth and clear after only using it for two weeks. I also have no complaints of it as a shampoo or body wash. HTH!

There is a picture of what real African Black Soap should look like on butters-n-bars.com
Originally Posted by NubianCoils
Well that's not exactly ture....for instance Dudu Osun is real black soap, they just add a fragrance to it and press it into bars rather than the free form that you are refering too. Also, the liquid Dudu Osun is just the "real" black soap that is dissolved in distilled water and a preservative is added..at least i think they add one (because of the water).

Real black soap does have some shea butter in it....the problem is that some companies buy the real deal , melt it down and add other stuff to it...including that horrid black dye that stains your wash clothes (i hate that stuff....YUCK!) and then presses it into bars. I guess because it is called "black" soap, they think that people won't buy it because its more brown that black.
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For my first year of being natural, I used the Dudu-Osun liquid version of the black soap. It's more herbal and comes in a shampoo and a conditioner form, but have the same ingedients in both. I really, really like this stuff and I'm thinking of going back to them. I've been noticing some scalp itchiness that oils haven't been helping.

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FYI if your African Black Soap is actually black or contains shea butter, it is not the pure recipe and/or contains dye. It is also supposed to be solid and does not come in liquid form. I'm not saying that the variations are not good or don't work (they might. I've never tried them), but it's not the Original African Black soap created in West Africa. If I was more computer savvy I would post a pic of what it should look like, but alas...

It's supposed to be a brownish,whitish, blackish color like someone threw up their oatmeal (it is not pretty). And it should be very easy to break apart into smaller pieces. I have been using it as a facial cleanser and sometimes as a shampoo. As a facial cleanser, for me it's been a miracle. My face is smooth and clear after only using it for two weeks. I also have no complaints of it as a shampoo or body wash. HTH!

There is a picture of what real African Black Soap should look like on butters-n-bars.com
Originally Posted by NubianCoils
Well that's not exactly ture....for instance Dudu Osun is real black soap, they just add a fragrance to it and press it into bars rather than the free form that you are refering too. Also, the liquid Dudu Osun is just the "real" black soap that is dissolved in distilled water and a preservative is added..at least i think they add one (because of the water).

Real black soap does have some shea butter in it....the problem is that some companies buy the real deal , melt it down and add other stuff to it...including that horrid black dye that stains your wash clothes (i hate that stuff....YUCK!) and then presses it into bars. I guess because it is called "black" soap, they think that people won't buy it because its more brown that black.
Originally Posted by Nappy_curly_crown
What I meant by the statement I bolded was, when the soap was first created/made (like upteen years ago) it did not contain shea butter or dyes or fragrance. This is not to say that if your soap is not the original recipe it is not good. And it doesn't mean that just because it's made by Africans it's the original recipe. I also did not mean that if it contains dye, fragrance, or shea butter it's not real African Black Soap. Sorry if I wasn't clear. I am simply stating they just didn't stick to the original recipe. For example, my grandmother has the best red velvet cake recipe hands down in my opinion. I have tweeked it a bit, but that doesn't mean my cake isn't good. It's just not the same original recipe she made.

Also, FYI the original recipe was quite simple. It contained: roasted cocoa pods, plantain skin, ash, palm oil, water.
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No prob NubianCoils...I gotcha! But I agree that the stuff with the dye in it is just BOGUS.
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No prob NubianCoils...I gotcha! But I agree that the stuff with the dye in it is just BOGUS.
Originally Posted by Nappy_curly_crown
Thanks for understanding! I reread my post and I can see how I could have been misunderstood. And while I haven't tried the black dyed stuff, a friend of mine has and she said it made her whole wash clothe black and her bath water too.
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No prob NubianCoils...I gotcha! But I agree that the stuff with the dye in it is just BOGUS.
Originally Posted by Nappy_curly_crown
Thanks for understanding! I reread my post and I can see how I could have been misunderstood. And while I haven't tried the black dyed stuff, a friend of mine has and she said it made her whole wash clothe black and her bath water too.
Originally Posted by NubianCoils
yes, i made the mistake of trying to use sheamoisture african black soap with a washcloth. the cloth is still stained 12 washes later even with color safe bleach! so i just lather in my hands and use it. i've been using the sheamoisture brand for 8 months, and it's cleared up my acne. i didn't realize until you all posted that the black was a dye. i just figured it was the potash, so i'm a tad bit concerned about that. but the lump black soap just doesn't look like i should use it on any part of my body. but i just wanted to share my experience.
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Good thread, my family got some of this stuff and we have been using it as soap. It's not a paste, it's in solid form but malleable. Says it's made with palm oil and palm kernel oil and water. I'll try it as shampoo. But then again, I wonder if the dye will stain hair if you did get some of the dyed stuff?

The tub I have is like a deep brown color so they probably did use some dye.
I wish they hadn't, there are put some chunks of it kept on the side of the bathtub and I keep having to do double takes, thinking one of my animals did a poo. The look of it grosses me out.


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Good thread, my family got some of this stuff and we have been using it as soap. It's not a paste, it's in solid form but malleable. Says it's made with palm oil and palm kernel oil and water. I'll try it as shampoo. But then again, I wonder if the dye will stain hair if you did get some of the dyed stuff?

The tub I have is like a deep brown color so they probably did use some dye.
I wish they hadn't, there are put some chunks of it kept on the side of the bathtub and I keep having to do double takes, thinking one of my animals did a poo. The look of it grosses me out.
Originally Posted by KinkyKeeper
My husband made me put mine in one of my hair product containers cause it looked like a big loogy on the edge of the sink. I have nothing but good things to say about how this soap works. My skin (especially my face) has cleared up and looks great so I would use it if it looked like someone's colon and smelled like buttcrack (yeah, that's right. I will do just about ANYTHING to stay cute). I just really wish there was some kind of way for it NOT to look so horribly nasty....
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Good thread, my family got some of this stuff and we have been using it as soap. It's not a paste, it's in solid form but malleable. Says it's made with palm oil and palm kernel oil and water. I'll try it as shampoo. But then again, I wonder if the dye will stain hair if you did get some of the dyed stuff?

The tub I have is like a deep brown color so they probably did use some dye.
I wish they hadn't, there are put some chunks of it kept on the side of the bathtub and I keep having to do double takes, thinking one of my animals did a poo. The look of it grosses me out.
Originally Posted by KinkyKeeper
My husband made me put mine in one of my hair product containers cause it looked like a big loogy on the edge of the sink. I have nothing but good things to say about how this soap works. My skin (especially my face) has cleared up and looks great so I would use it if it looked like someone's colon and smelled like buttcrack (yeah, that's right. I will do just about ANYTHING to stay cute). I just really wish there was some kind of way for it NOT to look so horribly nasty....
Originally Posted by NubianCoils
too funny! i always enjoy your posts nubiancoils
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Good thread, my family got some of this stuff and we have been using it as soap. It's not a paste, it's in solid form but malleable. Says it's made with palm oil and palm kernel oil and water. I'll try it as shampoo. But then again, I wonder if the dye will stain hair if you did get some of the dyed stuff?

The tub I have is like a deep brown color so they probably did use some dye.
I wish they hadn't, there are put some chunks of it kept on the side of the bathtub and I keep having to do double takes, thinking one of my animals did a poo. The look of it grosses me out.
Originally Posted by KinkyKeeper
My husband made me put mine in one of my hair product containers cause it looked like a big loogy on the edge of the sink. I have nothing but good things to say about how this soap works. My skin (especially my face) has cleared up and looks great so I would use it if it looked like someone's colon and smelled like buttcrack (yeah, that's right. I will do just about ANYTHING to stay cute). I just really wish there was some kind of way for it NOT to look so horribly nasty....
Originally Posted by NubianCoils
too funny! i always enjoy your posts nubiancoils
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