Former Staple: Alaffia Authentic African Black Soap

fine natural hair stapleI dropped all store bought shampoo in favor of using all natural Alaffian Authentic African Black Soap. It’s liquid and I add essential oils to it to create my own shampoo. It suds’ up and cleans my scalp thoroughly.

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How I Use Alaffia Authentic African Black Soap

This liquid soap is available in scented and unscented versions. I prefer to go with the unscented soap so that I can scent it myself. Because I get a large 32 ounce bottle, I can scent smaller amounts. My preferred essential oils to scent the African black soap with is peppermint, sweet orange, lemongrass and lavender. I mention these in my staple hair products article.

I use small travel size bottles and will use my scented versions of the African black soap to wash my hair and my body. My family even uses it. This cuts down on my need to buy costly body soaps. I plan to try it on my face (without adding essential oils) to determine if it will give me a deep clean without drying my skin out. I’ve read recent reviews that others have used it on their face with no issues. If I can achieve good results, this may just replace my face soap.

Best Features

This liquid soap does a fine job of mimicking shampoo without the sulfates. My hair feels extraordinarily clean and because the formula is pretty rich in shea butter, neither my hair or my skin feel stripped. See the ingredients below.

Authentic African Black Soap-Unscented Ingredients

Ocimum canum (African Mint) Aqueous Extract, Saponified Butyrospermum parkii (Shea) Butter* and Elaeis guineensis (Palm Kernel) Oil*, Lauryl Glucoside. *Certified Fair for Life-Social & Fair Trade by IMO

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Michelle Smith
Michelle is a Christian special needs mom residing in the NYC area who shares useful tips to grow and maintain fine natural hair. She's a published author and Creator of Fine Natural Hair and Faith, inspiring others with faith for living along side knowledge on how to care for their "crown."

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