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DIY African Black Soap Shampoo (Liquid)

Hello Maicurlies! 

I am BACK! (again lol) Let’s skip the wishy-washy and get straight into it. 

Today I’ve got a new DIY recipe to share: Black African Soap Shampoo.

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So as the name suggestions, it is a hair shampoo, it is all natural and yes, it is simple! 

As with any commercial shampoo (which I personally don’t use) I use this to help cleanse my scalp from product buildup (my roots) and then I slowly work my way down the length of my hair. Previously I had been using Shikakai as a cleanser and I have nothing “bad” to say about it  but I wanted a change and stumbled upon Raw African Black Soap. 

What Is Black African Soap? 

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Black African Soap is traditionally made in West Africa from harvested plants such as sun dried dried plantain, cocoa pods, barks of Shea tree and palm leaves. Palm oil, palm kernel oil and water is also added to form the soap, which is left to “cure” before it is ready for use. 

Black African Soap can be used for both your hair and skin ( I will have a separate recipes for the skin – I use it to cleanse my face). Some of the many properties of this soap:

  • Anti-fungal 
  • Antibacterial
  • Cleansing
  • Reducing Oil productions (for overly oil skin since it does contain moisturizing properties to help balance the natural sebum produced by the skin).
  • Moisturizing
  • Helps sooth irritated skin
  • Reduces acne, blemishes and fine scars/lines

Recipe:

  • 1 oz Raw Black African Soap.
  • 8 oz warm Water (I use bottled water because my facet has hard water).
  • 1 tsp Almond Oil
  • 1 tsp Grapeseed Oil
  • 1 tsp Glycerin Oil
  • 5 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
  • 5 drops Lavender Essential Oil

Ingredient Alternatives:

You can use any oil/oils you have at home, you must not stick by what I personally use. You can skip the use of Essential Oils (or replace them with your favorites) I like using Peppermint Essential Oil because it has a tingling effect on the scalp that helps to stimulate blood flow which helps to stimulate growth, it also has cleansing properties, anti-fungal & anti bacterial properties and smells AMAZING! Lavender Essential Oil has a relaxing and soothing effect. I add glycerin to my recipe because it is a humectant and while Black Soap has moisturizing properties on its own I don’t find it moisturizing enough so the addition of glycerin seems to boost that (but it is optional). 

If you use Black African Soap, please leave me a comment below with your own recipe! I love learning and love sharing your recipes with my readers! And if you happen to try mine, please do leave me some feedback on what you think! 

Thanks

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Maicurls

Scalp Massages – Benefits for Healthy Natural Hair

Hello Maicurlies,

Every morning (practically every morning) I start my hair routine by doing a Scalp Massage. 

Scalp Massaging

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Benefits of Scalp Massages:

In truth it has become one of my morning rituals. I love everything about scalp massages, the main reasons are:

  1. When you massage your scalp you help stimulate hair growth because you are circulating blood flow to your scalp which helps your hair follicles.
  2. Let’s face it massages feel awesome and are really relaxing. I smile throughout my massage and it just makes me start the day off on the right foot.
  3.  It helps to bring volume to your roots (my fine haired ladies will understand what I mean about this!)
  4. It helps to bring your hair down after hours of being up and away for the night, especially if you do the pineapple method. I normally do a modified pineapple (cover my hair with a scarf minus the hair bubble if I haven’t re-twisted, Bantu knotted etc).
  5. Since you are massaging your scalp with oil, it can help sooth a flaky scalp. 

Products used:

*You can substitute pure cold pressed Castor Oil with Jamaican Black Castor oil. 

Note: some people have found both or either Castor Oil/Jamaican Black Castor Oil to give them skin allergies so please make sure to do a patch test if you have never used the oil before. Essential oils are quite potent especially ones like Peppermint so please make sure you dilute it in enough carrier oil otherwise you will burn your skin and cause irritations! If you are pregnant please DO NOT use any essential oils and always consult with your doctor/dermatologist if you are trying anything new. 

Oil for Scalp Massage

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The magic of scalp massages is two fold, on the one hand it is the actual scalp massages and the other is the use of oils. You do not have to use the same exact oils  I do but I do highly recommend some form of Castor Oil (if you are not allergic). Here are the benefits of the oils I use: 

Castor Oil:

I use 70% Castor Oil

        I use 70% Castor Oil

  • Increase hair growth
  • Promotes healthy hair due to omega-6 essential fatty acids
  • Thickens thinning hair
  • Reduces hair damage
  • Eliminates dry scalps and hair
  • Helps reduce scalp irritations due to anti-bacterial and fungal properties
  • Helps retain moisture in the hair and scalp
  • Excellent sealing oil
  • Promotes shiny hair
  • Boost your hair’s overall health

DIY Coffee Bean Infused Almond Oil:

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     Coffee Bean Infused Almond Oil

  • Reduces hair shedding and said to reduce excessive hair loss because of the antioxidants present in caffeine.
  • Increases hair growth since caffeine promotes blood circulation in the scalp which promotes growth.
  • Known to darken the hair and slowdown the early onset of grey hairs (with frequent and consistent use)*
  • Adds sine and dimension to the hair due to the darkening effect of the oil

*Should you have bleached/blond or dyed hair you do not want to darken, I suggest not trying this oil.

Peppermint Essential Oil:

Peppermint Essential Oil

        Peppermint Essential Oil

  • Soothing effect to the scalp
  • Helps combat dandruff and lice
  • Promotes healthy hair growth
  • Helps relive scalp irritations due  to antiseptic properties

Method:

All I do is put a few pumps of the oil blend on my fingertips and massage my scalp in a circular motion. I am very gentle and focus on one spot then move onto a different part of my scalp till I am done. I then move onto refreshing, moisturizing, styling my hair etc. 

So in closing if you haven’t intregrated scalp massages into your routine….what are you waiting for??? 

I would love to hear if you do scalp massages, how often, what oils do you use? 

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls