I recently decided to cut down on my use of sulfate shampoos. Although they do work for me when I use them in a specific way (prepoo, do a scalp only lather and use the suds to clean the length), I have been thinking that since I now have a lot of new growth, I needed an alternative that would keep my new hair healthy and moisturised. So I decided to explore a new route, shampoo bars. Now in Zimbabwe, shampoo bars are a mythical creature, ranking up there with unicorns, vampires and werewolves. So my next option was to get soap that I can use to wash my hair that's all natural and wouldn't strip my hair, but still clean my scalp effectively. That's when I decided to get some African black soap, which is very easy to find in Harare.
I bought the Dudu Osun black soap, just one bar this month to try out. I made sure the packaging was not torn since I am afraid of using contaminated products (yes, I'm paranoid). I have been reading up on the soap and this is what I found out:
"According to Organic Spa Magazine, the soap may fade skin discoloration and dark spots. The soap cleanses gently, so it's ideal for people with rosacea, rashes, dryness and other skin conditions. African black soap contains plantain extract, which has antibacterial properties that may help treat acne breakouts. Some people use the soap as a shampoo or mild makeup remover." source
- See more at: http://hollistics.com/2012/12/04/black-soap-for-skin-and-hair/#sthash.sx8N5WJR.dpuf
''African people use black soap to rid the skin of all sorts of ailments and you can too! It is used for rashes, ring worm, measles, psoriasis, eczema, acne, chronic body odors, and for just getting clean. An excellent product for tender sensitive skin, reduces splotches and bumps, fades dark spots, shrinks and refines pores, and leaves the skin soft, smooth and supple. It is used as a shampoo to relieve and prevent itchy dry scalp and dandruff. It gives luster and shine to hair as it conditions, protects, strengthens and repairs the hair shaft. Black soap also makes the hair easier to style as it coats the hair shaft in a very fine shield of shea butter, protecting hair from sun rays and environmental pollution.'' source
So I will use the black soap for cleansing my hair and scalp from this weekend, as well as for clearing my facial acne and acne scars. If it works well this month, I will use the black soap as an all over body and hair cleanser.
Product review will be up at the end of July when I have had enough time to assess its effectiveness.
Have a great weekend every one!!!