I realize us naturals tends to have peaks and valleys on our natural hair journey. Currently, I think I’m approaching a peak in my journey because my hair has been doing great. My hair has been experiencing high moisture, less frizz, minimum breakage, and long-lasting wash n gos. I think the warm weather has contributed to my long-lasting wash n gos. However, this blog post is giving all the credit to my DIY raw African black soap shampoo and DIY flaxseed gel. I thought my hair was already in a healthy state until I started making these DIYs part of my natural hair regimen. These DIYs are not convenience, but the following recipes are simple. See my DIY African Black Soap Shampoo below. I’ll feature the flaxseed gel DIY in next blog post.
African Black Soap Shampoo DIY
¼ bar of Organic Raw African Black Soap. I got my soap from Amazon. Make sure the bar is raw/pure.
2 cups of warm water. I prefer distilled water because it’s free from a lot of contamination.
½ tsp of each oil your hair loves (optional). I used vegetable glycerin, avocado oil, vitamin E oil, Sweet Almond Oil, and Jamaican Black Castor oil. The essential oils I use are lavender oil, tea tree oil, and rosemary oil. Adding oils is optional because this soap already has a lot of nutrients on its own. I simply used oils I had in my home at the time. If all you have is olive oil, add that to the mixture. I do suggest to not use any oils that solidifies like coconut oil.
- Grate the black soap into a BPA free bowl. I used a cheese grater from Dollar Tree.
- Heat water up in pot and remove from heat before water starts to boil.
- Add warm water to bowl with the grated black soap and stir.
- Let the bowl sit out until the grated pieces are dissolved. Occasionally, you can stir the mixture to help speed up the process. The dissolution of the soap can take up to a half a day.
- After water and soap has soaked for about 30 minutes, add your favorite oils. If you have thin hair, you may not want to use heavy oils like castor oil.
- Once soap has dissolved, add mixture to any packaging you prefer. I suggest using a bottle with ounces greater than the amount of water you used.
- Optional – I store this shampoo in the refrigerator to keep it fresh longer.
You really can’t mess this recipe up. For an example, if the soap is too concentrated, add more water to help balance the shampoo’s concentration. If you find the shampoo doesn’t lather enough, grate more soap and add it to a small amount of warm water. Once dissolved, add that highly concentrated mixture to the large batch. Give it a shake, tada, your shampoo is redeemed.
Benefits of this DIY
African black soap and the added oils are loaded with vitamin A and E, which is critical for healthy hair growth. All cells, including hair, need vitamin A to grow. Also, vitamin A contributes to the production of sebum, which keeps our hair moisturized. Vitamin E oil helps prevent hair loss, promotes scalp circulation, and improves the shine of hair strands. There are plenty more hair growth benefits, but I’ll leave that research up to you. Another advantage of this DIY is the cost. After using this shampoo for about two months, I still have a lot of shampoo left. Therefore, one block of black soap costing about 13 dollars on Amazon could last between 8 to 12 months.
Since I’ve been using this shampoo, my curls seem to be more defined and less frizzy before adding ANY products (before deep conditioning and before adding gel). I know making products isn’t for everyone, but I encourage you to give this a try if you’re looking for a new shampoo.
Have you made any great DIY hair products? Please share below.