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Alaffia African Black Soap for Natural Hair Review

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What is African black soap ?

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.

DIY Flaxseed Gel/Serum

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.

DIY Protein Hair Mask

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.

Twist Out on 4c Hair (TWA)

I don’t have any rules when it comes to styling my natural hair. Thanks to light density texture that has a mind of its own, I have come to have no expectations at all whenever I style my hair.

How to detangle natural hair

Faulty mechanical manipulation, which includes detangling and styling methods and products is the topmost cause of unnecessary hair loss when it comes to natural hair. In the case of detangling, the method used to handle your hair is far more important than any products utilized.

7 Ways to Embrace Your Natural Hair

It still amazes me how you rock natural hair and still look sexy so effortlessly

Even though for all intents and purposes this statement was a compliment a friend gave me, I couldn’t help but sense an underlying negative tone to it.

Curlformers on 4c hair (TWA)

Step 1prepare

I am not completely against using heat (I use indirect heat…plastic cap under a hooded dryer to deep condition), however I think it’s a good idea to minimize exposure where possible. Enter curlformers. Curlformers are perfect solution to both stretching the hair (always recommended) and stunning curls without using heat.

State of The Afro 2015

It’s been a year since my second big chop (see detailed video here) and much has changed. While length is the most obvious difference, I have also become absolutely comfortable with my hair in its various states.

Detangling on a Budget

Hi everyone! I hope summer/winter has been great for you! I apologize for abandoning the hive but it was a much needed break to visit family in Nairobi. I’m back now with lots of fresh new content and a whole new journey to growing this TWA.

TWA Natural Hair Regimen

I think a TWA deserves the same care as longer length. The TWA is basically setting the stage for what will be strand length in the future and therefore proper care for the TWA should be top priority.

pH in Natural Hair Care

The pH of products we use in natural hair care play a critical role that could either facilitate or hinder natural hair growth. In order to select products that work well with the hair, it’s important to understand the role that pH plays in product formulation.

Coconut Milk + Nupur Henna

In this week’s mud mix I swapped my mixing medium from herbal tea to coconut milk. Packed with all three main micronutrients; fat, carbohydrate and protein, coconut milk in my opinion is a superfood. Compared to cow’s milk at 4%,