Before we review Alaffia African black soap, let’s first examine what black soap really is, shall we? African black soap is a centuries-old DIY cleaning agent popularized by the women of West Africa. Similar to conventional soap-making,
Flax seeds, slippery elm and marshmallow root all contain polysaccharides, which are essentially sugars. When these plants come in contact with water the polysaccharides are released, creating a slippery mucilage semi-liquid. Polysaccharides are highly emollient, which means when they are applied to the skin or hair they are super hydrating and moisturizing.
Given that once the hair pops out of the hair follicle it’s actually dead, our strands are forever dependent on manual nourishment. For natural hair the disulphide bonds are still intact, which means the strand is much stronger compared to chemically straightened hair.
My first blogpost went up in 2010. I remember the feeling of accomplishment that went with posting my plaid shirt dress, thick black tights paired with nine west ankle booties. My journey through the fashion world had began but I had neither a map nor a sense of direction.