Benefits Of African Black Soap In Your Hair And Skin Regimens

Raw African black soapTo say that beauty is important to us is a gross understatement. Sure, we may know that we are gold on the inside; true gems (and some of us are still diamonds in the rough) but we want the outside to reflect that too.

It’s not always enough to know we have a beautiful personality, we want to know our skin and hair are easy on the eyes too. This is even more so in a society where beauty is said to be ‘relative’, and you are measured against a rigid standard that does not fully accept diversity. Honestly, the half has never been told.

This has launched us into a never ending urge to define and assert what beauty is to us, and we aim to perpetuate our ideals of what beautiful hair and skin looks like.

We will often go the extra mile to seek out the perfect regimen to achieve enviable beauty. We want a heavyweight all rounder that can address it all; enter the African black soap.

Though it has been used in African cultures for centuries, in recent years we in the western world have been seduced by the popular African export Shea butter because of its moisturizing effect on skin and hair.

We seem to be bitten by the “everything organic” bug, which is not a bad thing since it has caused a wave of health consciousness which can only benefit us in the long run.

So heightened is our enthusiasm when it comes to all things natural that some of us are convinced that a journey to the motherland would yield our ultimate haul of hair care products.


These days, going green with haircare is all the rage so why not African black soap since there can be many benefits of African black soap in your hair and skin regimen?

What Is African Black Soap

African black soap is the name given to the textured soap made from cocoa and plantain ash, milled by Africans for centuries. It may come in a variety of dark shades, which makes it hard to pinpoint an actual color.

When it comes to the production of authentic African black soap, each village has it’s own trade secrets passed down from generation to generation. This is to ensure the authenticity and potency of the product, as well as to guard against exploitation from those who wish to imitate it.

Essentially, making authentic black soap is quite a lengthy process. The plantain skins and cocoa pods are left to dry in the sun, then roasted just right, to get the perfect texture. The longer the plantain skins are roasted, the deeper the shade of the soap. Palm oil and shea butter are then added along with one or two other ingredients that individual tribes may have in abundance and deem beneficial.

It is then left to cure for at least two weeks, the longer it stays, the better. The end product is a light, organic smelling crude looking bar that which can in no way be mistaken for a milled soap. In Africa, it is mostly used to bathe newborns, but it is really an all-in-one kind of product since it can be used for hair and skin as well as laundry.

Originally posted 2014-01-17 15:00:27.

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About Marsha Buchanan


As a Jamaican girl raised in a devout church family headed by my mother, I have always had my natural hair, no chemical processing. After years of mistreating it , often ignorant of that fact, I began my healthy hair journey in January 2013 in fact, I have seen to it that my entire household falls in line where this is concerned. When I am not poring over some hair blog or forum I spend my time teaching English to rowdy high school students (ok maybe I have some little sweethearts in the mix), mothering the most adorable two year old on this globe, or rushing to meet the deadline for a writing project on Elance. In my spare time I enjoy a stroll along the beach with my doting husband.

About Marsha Buchanan


As a Jamaican girl raised in a devout church family headed by my mother, I have always had my natural hair, no chemical processing. After years of mistreating it , often ignorant of that fact, I began my healthy hair journey in January 2013 in fact, I have seen to it that my entire household falls in line where this is concerned. When I am not poring over some hair blog or forum I spend my time teaching English to rowdy high school students (ok maybe I have some little sweethearts in the mix), mothering the most adorable two year old on this globe, or rushing to meet the deadline for a writing project on Elance. In my spare time I enjoy a stroll along the beach with my doting husband.

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Comments

  1. Danielle Little
    Danielle Little

    wow O_O I have this at home and I never use it cuz it looks so distasteful. Well then, time to start using it ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Marsha Buchanan Post author

      LOL! I can see how you might be turned off. Many of the distasteful looking things are quite good for a myriad of things ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Marsha Buchanan Post author

      Hey Vanessa try Beautiful Earth Natural Hair Studio on Constant Spring Road or in Montego Bay. You can also try some health food stores.

  2. Shayla Lawrence

    Black soap dries my hair out really bad unless I have product build-up. But otherwise, I love it! ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. Marsha Buchanan Post author

      Something called potash which is actually roasted plantain and cocoa pod skins, shea butter and palm oil.

  3. Nicole Brownie
    Nicole Brownie

    I use it on my skin and I recommend it to anyone. It gets rid of blemishes, softens your skin, and gives you a glow.

    1. Tammie Faulkner Taylor
      Tammie Faulkner Taylor

      Kiki, they sell it at most beauty supply stores now. But make sure it looks like the pic, it’s usually wrapped in cellophane/plastic wrap.

  4. Charm Miller

    So far I’ve tried Shea Cottages liquid black soap and its not drying unlike the bar soap like the one above.

  5. Deidra Sumbler
    Deidra Sumbler

    It doesn’t look the best but it works wonders. I use it from head to toe. I just ordered more last night.

  6. Cathy D. Tucker
    Cathy D. Tucker

    LOVE IT!! I use it for my hair and I need to start using it for my skin. This harsh winter weather is taking its toll on my skin. Thanks for the reminder!!

  7. ariana

    I use black soap everyday I use to hav baf acne scars no more thanks to black soa

  8. Sonia Ebanks-Williams
    Sonia Ebanks-Williams

    Jhosetta M. Gaines-Trahan No what’s at the beauty supply store is a ‘knock off’ so to speak. They add black coloring and chemicals. Real African Black Soap looks like the picture above, may vary in color slightly from lighter to darker brown. But very good for your skin.

    1. Tammie Faulkner Taylor
      Tammie Faulkner Taylor

      SOME Beauty Supply stores are carrying the real soap now. But, I agree there are some out there that are just regular soap with dye added.

  9. Deidra Sumbler
    Deidra Sumbler

    Meechie Meechie I buy mine from cleopatraschoice.com or agbangakarite.com Dudu Osun is a good brand too.

  10. Sonia Ebanks-Williams
    Sonia Ebanks-Williams

    Shayla Lawrence maybe you should liquefy it and add essential oils so it doesn’t dry your hair out so much. Shred the soap with a cheese grater, add 1-2tsp of almond or argan oil, add 2 tsp of glycerin and 2 cups of boiling water. Mix well, let is disolved completely. ..shake the bottle often for a few days before using and TaDa! Good for face or hair without bejng too dry.

  11. Jhosetta M. Gaines-Trahan
    Jhosetta M. Gaines-Trahan

    Thank you Sonia Ebanks-Williams where do I find it? I want to try it. I started to buy that black soap from the beauty supply before but didn’t.

    I live in Houston TX

  12. Sonia Ebanks-Williams
    Sonia Ebanks-Williams

    Jhosetta M. Gaines-Trahan I’m in NJ and find it easily in NJ and NYC… Maybe a health food store near you might be able to order you some. Or if you have an African Braid shop close I would ask the stylist if they have or know where you could grab some.

  13. Kawanna McCarrell

    lol at first i thought that was hog head cheese! Ok I’ve read the benefits and will definitely be buying some pronto. I have the driest skin in the winter

  14. Sonia Ebanks-Williams
    Sonia Ebanks-Williams

    Jhosetta M. Gaines-Trahan try Amazon…someone just said it’s cheap and 100% authentic. I might just have to order some myself..lol

  15. La Toysha Loving Watts
    La Toysha Loving Watts

    I’m a user of the African black soap and it does wonders. I deal with oily skin and acne from time to time. This soap has really cleared my skin. I use my bar as it is a bar. I store it in a soap dish Yes. It will cause some dryness to some ppl but i use Clean and Clear moisturizer after (from Walmart) prevent that, and it helps for those low on time. Hope this helps someone.

  16. Tracienatural

    I love African Black Soap. I started with a popular brand, which was a bit drying. Then, I found a more authetic one. I use it to wash my hair. I slice off a sliver at a time–it has the consistency of potatoe pudding. It leaves my hair so moisturized. I highly recommend it.

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