African black soap

If you are a regular reader you’ve noticed that I am a DIY freak and today we are making a DIY shampoo to replace your store bought sulfate hair shampoo (most shampoos I’ve seen in Kenya) or something to whip up when you run out of your favorite hair shampoo.

Before I proceed, let me quickly introduce myself for those who are new on my blog: My name is Naliaka Brenda, I am a natural hair enthusiast and I love experimenting with my hair and sharing DIY hair recipes with my readers that you can easily make at home.

African Black soap also known as Dudu Osun is a natural cleanser made from the ash of roasted plant materials such as plantain skins, cocoa pods and the leaves and bark of palm and shea trees.

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Usually the raw soap can be complicated because there are a lot of fake African black soaps on the market.  If you want to learn how to make the African black soap shampoo and where to purchase the real soap, keep reading.

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Benefits of African black soap for hair

Cleanses the scalp. The antibacterial and antifungal properties of black soap make it a powerful cleansing agent.

Defines curl pattern. African black soap has a high oil and glycerin content, making it the ideal cleanser for keeping your hair and scalp clean yet moisturized.

Helps cure scalp conditions such as itching and flakes.

Nourishes the hair. African black soap is full of vitamins and minerals that your hair follicles can use to make your hair thicker and stronger.

Increases hair growth. African black soap promotes hair growth by increasing the blood circulation of the scalp.


Raw black soap. You can buy the soap here and use my discount code naliaka to save some money.

2 cups of filtered water

2 tbsp. Olive oil or any oil of your choice

Essential oil of your choice


Cut or grate your African black soap into small pieces and place it in a bowl.

Bring your water to a boil and pour it over the soap in the bowl.

Stir and leave it overnight for the soap to be totally dissolved.

Add olive oil or your preferred oil and stir well.

Then add your essential oil and stir well.

Store away in your airtight container for later use.

Your DIY African Black soap is ready for use.

If you are not a DIY fan you can get these shampoos here and you can use discount code naliaka to save money.

African black soap shampoo