A clean scalp is essential for healthy hair. Granted everyone wants perfect curl definition, the cleanliness of your scalp is far more important. Whether you have a normal, oily, or dry scalp, they all need to be cleaned regularly. Most curly-haired women opt out of using cleansers due to past experiences with excessive dryness and matting. Well, according to trichologist Dr. Kari Williams this is not the most hygienic decision. Searching for a cleanser that matches your hair's needs should take precedence over finding a styler that eliminates frizz.

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Here are simple steps to making your cleanser more moisturizing and less drying:

  • Dilute your shampoo with water. If you think the lather makes your hair tangle, then diluting your shampoo will reduce the amount of suds.
  • Add oils to increase the amount of slip to the product and potentially enable you to detangle.
  • Add humectants like vegetable glycerin, aloe vera juice, castor oil, or honey to make the shampoo more moisturizing. 
For more mixing flexibility, consider transforming your solid shampoo into a liquid cleanser that is gentler and lasts longer.

What You Need

  • 100% Pure African Black Soap
  • Castor oil
  • Vegetable glycerin
  • Almond oil
  • Tea tree oil or peppermint oil


  1. Fill up a pot with 3-4 cups of water and boil it.
  2. Cut the African black soap into fine bits.
  3. Transfer the soap into a glass mixing bowl.
  4. Pour the hot water over the finely chopped African black soap, stir it with a whisk, and mash with a spoon.
  5. Add castor oil, vegetable glycerin, almond oil, and tee tree oil or peppermint oil. The amount is based on preference.
  6. Tightly cover the bowl with saran wrap and allow it to sit for 2-3 days, allowing the soap to dissolve.
  7. Remove the saran wrap and mix to ensure that there are no soap chunks left.
  8. Place the funnel over the bottle opening and pour the soap mixture in.


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What are your favorite gentle DIY cleansers?