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28 October 2014

Shea Moisture African Black Soap Body Wash: First Impression

This is not a sponsored post.

I really wanted to record a video about this but since I'm beyond tired right now and fighting my allergies, I figured I'd write this post instead. 

Tonight is the first night I used Shea Moisture's African Black Body Wash on my hair/scalp -- well mostly my scalp.  For the past two weeks, I've been having a really bad eczema flare up on my scalp.  Spring and Fall are usually when my flare ups are the worst.  Instead of reaching for my Selsun Blue shampoo, I decided to give black soap a try.

For almost a month, I've been using the African Black Soap Face and Body Bar from Shea Moisture on my face and I'm quite pleased with the results.  My skin is super sensitive and oily, making it acne prone.  Since SheaMoisture's blend has been working well for my face, I felt the time was right to give it a try on my scalp. 

I literally just washed my hair so my first impression is fresh. :)  I love how clean my scalp feels, without my scalp feeling dry.  Another thing I noticed is that my hair doesn't feel stripped.  My scalp doesn't feel tight after using the liquid black soap, which is how it feels sometimes after using my Selsun Blue shampoo.  Since my skin all over has been extra oily this month, I'm hoping that the oats included the black soap will help absorb some of the excess oil on my scalp.  Yes, an oily scalp and eczema do not mix! 

My plan is to wash my hair every-other day this week.  Today is Monday (at least while I'm writing this post) and that means I'll wash my hair, specifically my scalp, again on Wednesday and Friday. 

***FYI:  I rarely shampoo my hair shaft/actual locs every single time I wash my hair.  Instead, I let water run through my locs for about two minutes, shampoo my scalp, and then follow up with my {{favorite mix of conditioners}}.  I typically dilute all my products, including shampoos and conditioners.  Right now, I'm using the SheaMoisture African Black Soap Body Wash straight from the bottle. 

I only plan to keep this schedule up until my eczema calms down.  I also plan to update you guys each day on how my scalp is doing and how it is reacting to this new product.  In case you're interested, I've listed below more info about the product and the ingredients. See you in my next post!

Shea Moisture’s African Black Soap Body Wash | Purchased at Target, in store. It's also available online {{here}}.

• Made with natural and certified organic ingredients.
• Oats help soothe irritated skin while absorbing excess oil.
• Aloe moisturizes and calms dry sensitive skin.
• Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant highly effective in protecting skin from free radical damage.

African Black Soap, Coconut Oil Soap, Decyl Glucoside (Sugar Beets), Lauroyl Lactylate (Palm Kernel), Deionized Water, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) (Certified Organic Ingredient), Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Essential Oil, Essential Oil Blend, Jojoba Beads, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower (and) Lonicera Japonica (Japanese Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Salicylic Acid, Tocopherol (Vitamin E) Dead Sea Salt, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Certified Organic Ingredient).

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