DIY African Black Soap Shampoo

Thursday, 16 February 2017

I'm not sure whether I have mentioned this in an earlier post, but I make a TON of my own hair-care and skincare products.

Actually, I think all but one of my hair-care products are handmade. It's not because I'm all into natural products, I am, but the reason I do it is because I find I spend way too much money on different kinds of hair products that just do not work for me at all! I can't even tell you how much money I've spent on shampoos, conditioners, leave-ins etc, that just haven't really made all that much of a difference for my dull, dry hair. Since making my own products, and learning what works best for me and my hair, my hair has thrived!

So, if you were interested in making your own shampoo, I'll give you my recipe. Of course you can swap out some of the oils I use for ones that would be more beneficial to you!

What I use for approx 220ml:
25g African Black Soap
3 tbsps Glycerin
2 tbsps Castor Oil
1 tbsp Olive Oil (check your food cupboard)
1 tsp Jojoba Oil
1 tsp Argan Oil
10 drops Patchouli Oil
10 drops Cedarwood Oil
10-15 drops Tea Tree Oil

This is actually a really simple hair DIY! Remember a little goes a long way, you really don't need to use a lot of this shampoo for a thorough cleanse!
Step 1
Boil some water and leave to cool whilst you make the shampoo.

Step 2
Grate, crumble or slice up thinly the African Black Soap and add to a measuring jug.

Step 3
Combine the oils you have selected (or the ones I have listed) and stir thoroughly, mixing in with the soap in the measuring jug.

Step 4
Adding your hot water to the jug, fill to around the 200ml line and mix your ingredients together. Leave to sit and infuse, whilst returning occasionally to stir.

Step 5
Once the mixture has fully blended together, transfer to a pretty shampoo bottle/jar or whatever you fancy!

This shampoo is not very thick at all, so choose your container wisely. I usually put half in a small bottle and the rest in a jar. And once the bottle is empty, transfer from the jar to the bottle and so on. I find this shampoo stops my hair and scalp from drying out too much, and helps maintain my hairs softness and shine. It has significantly reduced the dandruff I always experience, as well as the insufferable split ends and single strand knots! As I said earlier, you can switch up the contents to suit you, and change the essential oils to experiment with their scents and hair benefits.


Ingredient Benefits:
African Black Soap
African Black Soap is an antibacterial, anti-oxidant, anti-fungal, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antiviral. It is a natural source of the vitamins A and E. It also contains iron oxides and it has natural healing properties.

Vegetable Glycerin

Glycerin is a highly effective moisturiser and humectant for skin and hair. It is an effective curl-definer and frizz minimiser.

Castor Oil

Castor oil helps to regrow (healthier) hair by improving scalp circulation. Great for preventing breakage and split ends.

Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil is the closest oil to our natural sebum. It can be used to balance out the oil your skin naturally produces, whilst helping to prevent dandruff. The high fat content helps to strengthen hair follicles.

Argan Oil

Argan oil is proven to make hair softer, silkier and shinier. It is the ideal hair conditioner, and it can even help to treat split ends and tame frizzy hair.

Olive Oil

Olive oil is great for keeping your hair soft, shiny and strong. It is a good combatant of dandruff and for dealing with split ends.

It is known to improve scalp circulation and help regrow hair. It also a heavy sealant for ends to prevent breakage and split ends.

Patchouli Oil

Helps to prevent skin and hair problems, such as dermatitis, eczema, acne, dry chapped skin, dandruff, and oily scalp.

Cedarwood Oil

Promotes hair growth by stimulating the scalp.

Tea Tree Oil

Antibacterial, antiseptic, and antioxidant properties which stimulate healthy hair growth and heal many scalp problems such as dryness and flakiness.


  1. This is such a great idea and the finished product looks so professional!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

    1. Thank you. I love making my own products

  2. I've used African Black Soap before and now I'm intrigued by this remedy! Thanks for sharing this recipe!


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