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I must say that I will continue to use Ghanian black soap as my shampoo. My hair felt WONDERFUL... not stripped or crunchy, but squeaky clean and moisturized (?). Never felt any moisturization (new word) from a shampoo before, but man I am quite happy with the results. I purchased my chunk from B-n-B as well, even though I can get it from the ground. But I've had bad experiences when purchasing black soap from the African shops in the city... so B-n-B will be where I purchase. I bought the 30lb (? can't remember, but it's the largest portion she offers) and I am pleased with the quality I received. I love what it does for the skin too.
Originally Posted by LhoreSpencer
Lhore, I get my ABS on the ground at the beauty supply store of Fairway. I know ur a city girl so I just wanted to chime in. I've bought it off the street from the vendors but I started to wonder if Nubian Heritage was profiting from that so now I usually get it from Fairway. I did it a whoke bunch from some BSS before that though.
I've went to the African stores and some how since "we" have gotten wise to it's benefits, they've done stuff to the soap... it either doesn't smell right or something. Even the SheaButter... it's either greenish or oily looking.
I never thought of Fairway. My question is how much is it, cuz I know Fairway is quite pricey (or at least so I've heard).

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Well at the BSS its about $2.50. Its about that price or a little more at Fairway (I can find out exactly next time I go there). I only buy Nubian Heritage. So I just get it wherever they have it. If they don't have that brand, I don't shop there. It costs about $4 at WH so I don't bother with them. I get most of my stuff at Fairway bc WH really charges way too much for natural stuff. Fairway tends to be more fair (no pun intended lol).
Has anyone tried the new Black Soap Shampoos from buttersnbars? I've been on the lookout for a protein free shampoo that can moisturize my hair but clean well too.

I have my eye on the Conditioning Shampoo...
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Hmmm looks interesting... but since I have such big chunks left over, I probably can make my own liquid black soap. If you try it though, please report your experiences.

Falling deeper and deeper and deeper in with my beautiful mixture of springy, tight coils and super duper kinks.

*SIGH* Alas, I've come to accept my shrinkage and fairy knots

There are no magic potions, concoctions, elixirs, or pills for hair growth, weight loss, or financial independence... so stop looking for a quick fix!!!
My order of black soap and the Herbal Shampoo came in today. Good thing as I'm planning on experimenting with my hair today.

The black soap smells like soap, heh, and the Herbal Shampoo smells more like the Grapefruit oil in it. Will report back to compare the two on how well it cleanses and moisturizes.
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Hair's all washed and dry now. I washed my hair in two sections, one with the black soap bar and the other with the Herbal shampoo.

The black soap lathered well and made my hair feel soft when it washed out. The Herbal shampoo lathered just a bit more than the bar. I felt the same softness as the black soap when washed out as well. Though my hair clumped better with the black soap. So far both seem the same in moisturizing and cleaning. I think it comes down to convenience of ease and smell. The difference was really minimal as the smell didn't linger anyways.

I'll be testing it out for the long run since past experiences have taught me otherwise. Really hoping the soap bar will not cause any waxy buildup I usually get from my hard water. Good option for those looking for a moisturizing low-poo without any protein.
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^^^ thanks for the update.

I do agree with you on the clumping... I've noticed that my hair clumps very nicely with the black soap. I only wish it would dry as nicely. Alas...

Falling deeper and deeper and deeper in with my beautiful mixture of springy, tight coils and super duper kinks.

*SIGH* Alas, I've come to accept my shrinkage and fairy knots

There are no magic potions, concoctions, elixirs, or pills for hair growth, weight loss, or financial independence... so stop looking for a quick fix!!!
My g/f uses Omololu Liquid Black Soap to shampoo her hair and claims that it leaves her hair detangled, clean but moisturized and also minimizes dry scalp and dandruff. She says she's used it about 3 or 4 times over the course of 4 months (she usually washes her hair once a month). Her hair is a mix of fine strands majority 4a/4b and a few 3c like coils. She gets this product from her grandma but I found a website where you can order it, if you want to try it. I think I will try it soon myself to see if it works on coarser hair types such as my own.

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I did use black soap once and my hair came out in clumps in the shower . It's great for my face and body, but for my hair.....no way.
Updating my experience with the shampoo. I really wanted to like it but my hard water just leaves a waxy buildup on the scalp anytime I use a soap based shampoo. I had the same experience with KBB shampoo bars.

I say if your hair does well with shampoo bars or you do not have hard water, this is a great product to clean and moisturize the hair at the same time.

I used the rest of it as a body wash, the grapefruit was a great uplifting smell.
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^^^ Sorry that the soap did not work for you. I use it every week to wash my hair and have no ill effects. I have a shower filter so I'm wondering if that's why I haven't had any issues. Then again, I've purchased almost every type of shampoo bar and did not like the end result.
Look into purchasing a shower filter... works wonders on the skin and hair... www.aquasana.com

Falling deeper and deeper and deeper in with my beautiful mixture of springy, tight coils and super duper kinks.

*SIGH* Alas, I've come to accept my shrinkage and fairy knots

There are no magic potions, concoctions, elixirs, or pills for hair growth, weight loss, or financial independence... so stop looking for a quick fix!!!
Hmm I never thought of using black soap in my hair. I usually use it after working out at the gym. It washes away all the grime really well. I'm afraid it would strip my already dry hair even more.

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Last edited by afroNphoto; 04-15-2010 at 09:40 AM. Reason: typo
^^^ Sorry that the soap did not work for you. I use it every week to wash my hair and have no ill effects. I have a shower filter so I'm wondering if that's why I haven't had any issues. Then again, I've purchased almost every type of shampoo bar and did not like the end result.
Look into purchasing a shower filter... works wonders on the skin and hair... www.aquasana.com
Originally Posted by LhoreSpencer
Yeah I'm pretty sure if I lived in a place with less hard water, it would be a great shampoo.

I've been researching shower filters for the last year trying to find one that would work well. My only issue was finding the right kind that mainly filters out chlorine and lead effectively. I think I'm going to try out the Sonaki's Vitamin C Shower Filter.

http://www.metaefficient.com/shower-...r-filters.html

I can't recall now, but does a filter create a soft water effect by feel or does it just filters out contaminants.
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and I think I'm in love

Cant try the black soap for a while but it def seems like it worth trying bc its so cheap and natural.
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Last edited by laniseworks; 04-12-2010 at 06:02 PM.
I started using black soap because of this thread and it has worked on my hair so well! It smells great and as I washed with it I felt my curls come alive. I couldnt keep my hands out of my head. And I still can't. This is my new poo of choice...But would using black soap be considered a low poo or what????idk i just know my hair loves it!
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Another product I use on rare occasion is the Dr. Bronner Shikakai conditioning rinse. It is a thick brown liquid you dilute in water and rinse your hair with to acidify and close the cuticle. I tried it a few times and didnt really notice a difference so it's not a regular in my routine.
Originally Posted by sobecurl
OMG!!! Is that what that stuff is for?? To close the cuticle??! Uuugggghhhh!! I absolutely HATE the stuff! I tried it after reading another post and my hair has been ruined ever since! Overly dry and dull and stringy in places (mainly the crown). I suspected my cuticles were closed ....

I wasn't able to get any moisture by DCing or anything else. I've just recently used Prell shampoo (cuz I read it will open low porosity hair) and was able to get a decent DC for the first time in forever! Oh woow....
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I haven't used black soap in a while, I need a refresher course LOL! I have a pound of it collecting dust in my closet...

I know the raw black soap chunks dissolve well in warm water.... but I need to know how much water & how much soap to use.

For those that are using it as a liquid cleanser, what is your soap chunks to water ratio?

Also for those that just rub the soap chunks onto their hair to cleanse, is it just for convenience or is there a difference between using it this way and dissolving the soap?
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Last edited by NappyRina; 04-30-2010 at 01:54 PM. Reason: ETA
I recently started using black soap as a low-poo instead of no shampoo at all, and it's gotten rid of scalp itch more effectively than anything else I've tried. Plus my hair doesn't dry out as long as I condition and moisturize it like I've been doing. I love it!
You are so right girl. BUT ALL BLACK SOAPS ARE NOT CREATED EQUAL SOME ARE HARSH ON YOUR SKIN AND HAIR AND ARE NOT THE REAL DEAL BUT IMITATION. When i was smaller i used African black soap and it burnt my skin and left it scaly. Now when Im older my mom got this African black soap from West Africa which looked a little different than the one i used when i was smaller. This recent version is more cream coloured and less black/brown and you can see little chunks of things in it and its much softer and more supple. Also this happened to me recently when i use this black soap from rascosmetics it burnt my skin,It smells and generally looks the same way as traditional black soaps but i think they do not prepare it the traditonal way and also add honey and more things from concentrates and things like that which is not in traditional african soap preparation. The african black soap I use says West african black soap and sometimes i use an Erzuli brand which contains lavender essential oil and some contain lemon grass or tea tree oil. I use either to wash my hair, face n skin and it gives it a VERY deep clean sometimes my hair does feel a little stripped but its anything but dry and tangled its very springy and lively. The wash texture depends on how many times i wash if i wash one time it feels soft and silky but i usually only wash one time if i wash my hair daily! yes i can wash my hair daily because unlike some other shampoo the African black soap does not damage my hair with regular wash. If i was weekly i usually lather like 2 times and its suds up so much lol. I do not even use hair conditioners or leave in treatments, after i wash my hair i use my home-made mixture of extra virgin coconut oil and extra virgin olive oil in a 1:1 ratio but sometimes i use a little more olive oil because i use this mixture on my skin and face too, the virgin coconut oil i love the smell and it makes my skin look so healthy than when i use to use lotions but hey this is just me and the olive oil gives my skin a slightly yellow tint that i love especially when i am in the sun gives me a healthy glow. I think the combination works because coconut oil can be absorbed directly in the skin and hair so maybe it takes some of the olive with it that would normally just coat the skin or hair. Also i add like 10 drops of tea tree oil and sometimes lavendar oil or any great essential oil to the mix. I use a 118ml bottle so not big and not small but the smell that most permeates is the smell of the coconut oil which is very sweet. I oil my scalp and hair with this right after i wash my hair and i oil my body with this mixture after i shower. this mixtures keeps my hair clean as all these oils have not only mositurizing, healing and soothing propeties but also antimicrobial and antibacterial etc so it keeps my hair cleaner and healthier for longer. I also think most naural oil will work because i think now and then i will try new oils like jojoba or almond oil moroccan oil and stuff like that and sometimes peppermint and eucalyptus essential oils etc. Natural is awesome!! I also use raw, pure shea butter when i want extra conditoning. Like in the mornings after i wake and my hair is a little coarse or flat, i spray a LITTLE(so to avoid shrinkage) water in my hair to revive my curls and just put a dab of shea butter in my palms, melt it between my palms by rubbing my hands together then rubbing it all over my hair. This is my tried and true routine and i use NOTHING ELSE in my hair. I went natural because i use to have relaxers and a bleach hair and it fell out!!!.. so i decided to cut all my hair off and i was bald but still pretty. Now I have been natural since January 2011. I tried many things on the product junky conquest i even tried to co-wash and use conditioner alone. This made my scalp itch and my hair burn and very tender to touch and comb.I dont know why but my scalp is sensitive and decided this wont work for my hair. also i never handle or comb my hair too dry either i spray with a little water b4 or add some shea butter, If i go in unprotected my scalp will get very irritated i have very thick hair. This happened to me when i was younger thats why i hated my natural hair and relaxed it but now i realized i didnt know how to care for it. So anyways I been natural for 2 months and the top of my hair is a little over 2 inches and yes.. SHRINKAGE IS MAJOR TABOO!!..lol.. ps i cannot wait to do twist outs and stuff.
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