Black Soap

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I have been using Black Soap to wash my hair for the past 6 months and having really good results. I find it cleanses my hair without drying it out, defines my curls, and reduces shrinkage. It also makes whatever conditioner I use more potent.

I would love to know if any one has had any hair experience with Black Soap, I know it's great on the skin but I am really surprised at how it's working on my hair.

I used it a few years ago and it just seemed to strip and dry out my hair. So I am not sure why it is working out so well this time around. Should I expect my hair to start drying out again in the next few months?

Also what's the best way to store shampoo bars?
Hair Type - 4a/b
Shampoo - Black Soap
Condition - Jessicurl Too Shea, Blended Beauty Conditioner
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Last edited by iriskurl; 12-04-2009 at 03:35 AM.
I have been using black soap for about the last 2-3 months of my natural journey. I used Giovanni Tea Tree before to clarify but for some reason I gravitate towards the black soap. I notice all the benefits that you have stated. I started using it cause T'Keyah Crystal Keymah uses it and she has lovely natural hair since her days on In Living Color. I just try to avoid getting it wet so I alternate between a soap dish and a plastic baggy to preserve it.
Plastic bag ... hadn't thought of that. Thank you. Love
T'Keyah Crystal Keymah, one of my original natural hair inspirations.
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Hair Type - 4a/b
Shampoo - Black Soap
Condition - Jessicurl Too Shea, Blended Beauty Conditioner
Moisturise and Style -NaturalCurls LeaveIn Cream, Jane Carter LeaveIn Conditioner, .



Last edited by iriskurl; 12-04-2009 at 12:13 PM.
I never thought to try it for a shampoo, although I've read of it being used for it. I tried it this weekend and OMG it was totally awesome! I had curl definition out of this world!!!! And I could definitely tell the difference with my conditioner. Certainly came out softer. I'm hooked!
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I use black soap as a low poo as well. I got the idea from ShawnyBlazes in a thread about something unrelated lol. I have heard some ppl experience dryness, but I haven't and its been a few mths. It may depend on which one u use? I use Nubian Heritage brand as it has no parabens, propyls/glycols, mineral oil etc.

I've been told there's not much of a difference between using black soap or a shampoo bar. I plan to stick with it b/c I can get it on the ground and its pretty cheap.
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Apologies for wandering over into 4a, but I've used black soap on my hair for the last 2 weeks. The one I've used is only shea butter and coconut oil saponified with burned cocoa pods so I figured it wasn't making me deviate from the CG path. My hair has been fantastic - amazingly soft with the best definition ever - and I've been using it on my skin and my cystic acne has cleared up.
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I use african black soap 90% of the time when I shampoo and have been for almost a year now. Some people mention that soaps can make your hair overly-porous, but I really like the results I get with black soap.

My hair never feels stripped but my scalp always feel clean. I wash once weekly and exercise a lot during the week so I can end up with buildup on my scalp. I have tried to do the co-wash only route and my scalp never gets fully clean no matter how I try to scrub. Black soap has been the perfect middle ground for my hair and scalp since it cleanses without stripping.

Sometimes I will use another poo-bar, but my staple is black soap. For me it's cheaper and more effective than experimenting with other shampoos.
Over 10 years natural and still growing...
Do you need to do an ACV rinse after shampooing with black soap?
I use african black soap 90% of the time when I shampoo and have been for almost a year now. Some people mention that soaps can make your hair overly-porous, but I really like the results I get with black soap.

My hair never feels stripped but my scalp always feel clean. I wash once weekly and exercise a lot during the week so I can end up with buildup on my scalp. I have tried to do the co-wash only route and my scalp never gets fully clean no matter how I try to scrub. Black soap has been the perfect middle ground for my hair and scalp since it cleanses without stripping.

Sometimes I will use another poo-bar, but my staple is black soap. For me it's cheaper and more effective than experimenting with other shampoos.
Originally Posted by sobecurl
Hey Sobe, what other poo bars have you found to be comparable? Just curious...

Do you need to do an ACV rinse after shampooing with black soap?
Originally Posted by socoily
Why would u need an ACV afterward?
I tried the DUDU OSUN liquid soap... my hair was just COMING out!!! I'm wondering if it's because it has other ingredients. I'm going to try the Ghanian black soap... I like that one better for my skin anyways!!!

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!!!
[quote=I've been told there's not much of a difference between using black soap or a shampoo bar. I plan to stick with it b/c I can get it on the ground and its pretty cheap.[/quote]

I've heard that one should do an ACV rinse after using shampoo bars to rebalance your hair's pH and close the hair cuticle since shampoo bars are on the basic side of things (which can make your hair too porous and cause breakage). So if black soap is like a shampoo bar I was wondering if you should ACV afterwards like a shampoo bar.
I've heard about poo-bars making your hair overly porous as well, but I just rinse with cold water after I condition to close the cuticle. I'm not really into the ACV rinses. In the year that I have been using black soap, I haven't experienced any breakage.

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.

@MixedUpCurlyChick - the other poo bars I use is Anita Grant's babassu amla shampoo bar and her Organic Kelp and babassu bar. I bought them during a splurge I made when AG had free shipping. They are nice, but I buy my African Black soap from Bar and butters and there I can get 1lb of black soap for $7. During my last purchase I bought the 6lb pack for $30 so economically that is much better than AGs 4oz for almost $14 (with conversion and shipping).

I've been wanting to try Oyin's poo bar and AVs carrot seed bar as they have received good reviews, but I think that is more of the PJ in me. I am quite happy with the results I get from black soap. Really no need for me to spend that much on trying something else.
Over 10 years natural and still growing...

Last edited by sobecurl; 12-11-2009 at 12:57 PM.
Thanks for your input sobecurl. I just bought some black soap from butters-and-bars too and I want to make sure that I'm using it right. I don't like to ACV rinse either, so I'm glad to hear that a cold water rinse does the job. Hopefully I'll have as much success with black soap as you have
I feel the same way. The PJ in me is rather curious lol but it doesn't make sense when I can get my black soap on the ground.

So...what is this "butters and bars" you ladies speak of? Never heard of it but of course I'm curious lol...must.google.now
Ok.......what black soap bar are you using? I've noticed a few in Sally's, but I don't know. I don't want to put the wrong thing in my hair.
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If you are going to use black soap make sure you get the real stuff. Real african black soap is actually more amber in color. I get mine online from bars-n-butters. They also sell unrefined shea butter for very reasonable prices. The black soap you find at Sally's or any other BSS is not the real stuff. You'd be better off trying a local african shop for it if you don't want to order online.
Over 10 years natural and still growing...
Some black soaps use shea butter and coconut oil, others shea and palm oil.

Any view on which is best?
Marchioness Chinoise in the land of Mancunia Productia Junkia in the Order of the Curly Crusaders

DT: AOHR
Wash: Anita Grant babassu bar
Leave-in: Body Shop cotton seed curl boost with manuka honey mixed in
Gel: Umberto Giannini Curl Friends scrunching gel
Odds & ends Lime juice, honey, Anita Grant cafe latte
I brush with a Tangle Teezer & love Flexi-8's

www.public.fotki.com/janeyliz
www.thelilyfoundation.org.uk
Some black soaps use shea butter and coconut oil, others shea and palm oil.

Any view on which is best?
Originally Posted by janeyliz
Some have shea butter, coconut oil and palm oil all mixed in.

I started using ABS a couple of months ago to low-poo with good results. It doesn't strip and my hair seems to love it.
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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.

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!!!
I bought my black soap from bars-n-butters and I am very happy with the quality and pricing. I have given it to family members along with their unrefined shea butter (which I need to re-order). I dont think I will every use shampoo again, since this works great with my hair.
Over 10 years natural and still growing...

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