This NEW African Black Soap Hair Range Is Our Fave Latest Find
Over the past few years, we’ve started taking scalp care just as seriously as skincare. Ask any hairdresser, and they’ll confirm that healthy hair literally starts with a healthy scalp – makes sense! So when we heard that one of our fave affordable haircare brands, Alaffia, had just dropped a new collection of clarifying hair products, needless to say, we were excited! Especially when we saw they featured African black soap, a traditional soap made in Africa that’s bursting with vitamins and essential minerals and is amazing for basically all skin conditions!
A bit about Alaffia: Founded by Olowo-n’djo, who grew up in Togo, West Africa, he was inspired by the rich cultural and iconic beauty heritage of his home to create Alaffia, which means a state of peace, health, and well-being. The products are formulated with locally sourced, nourishing ingredients, including unrefined shea butter, virgin coconut oil, and now, clarifying African black soap.
Why we love Alaffia: Not only are the ingredients ethically sourced, but a portion of Alaffia’s sales is reinvested back into communities in Togo, West Africa, allowing for a more sustainable future. We’ve been using the Beautiful Curls hair range, soaps, and shea butter formulas for months now, and we’re all in love with them. They’re also really affordable and amazing quality.
Here’s the DL on all the new Alaffia Black Soap collection:
We’re constantly loading our scalp with styling products to prime, snatch, and soften our locks, which means our scalp can suffer from build-up. However, this shampoo is made to combat that. Handcrafted with clarifying African black soap and activated charcoal, it’ll refresh and detox your scalp, nixing any excess oil or product buildup. The addition of mint provides a refreshing cooling sensation that never feels harsh or dehydrating. The formula also boasts unrefined shea butter and neem oil to nourish and hydrate your hair follicles for soft, shiny locks. It’s also suitable for all hair types and is ideal for normal to dry scalps.
After cleansing your scalp, it’s time for a surge of hydration. Our go-to? The Authentic African Scalp Care Conditioner. Formulated to soothe and comfort dry sensitive scalps, this will restore shine for all hair types. Enriched with a cooling blend of African mint and peppermint oil, plus shea butter and neem oil, it refreshes the scalp while delivering a boost of omegas and fatty acids to soften and strengthen your hair strands. It also has the most refreshing herbal scent, thanks to the tea tree and African mint. #obsessed.
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If your scalp is in need of a reset but you’re worried about drying out your scalp, you need this shampoo. Not only will it cleanse and clarify your scalp, but it’ll nourish dry, thirsty locks, so your hair feels clean and looks hella-shiny. Handcrafted with unrefined shea butter and authentic black soap, it combats oiliness, impurities and dirt without stripping moisture from your scalp or hair, making it a no-brainer for drier hair types. It’s also formulated with African wild honey, a natural humectant, and baobab oil to encourage shine, combat frizz, and increase the natural elasticity of your hair. And we can’t forget to mention: we love the sweet, warm notes of amber.
Now we move on to the extra hydrating, conditioning sister! Just like the shampoo, this ultra-nourishing conditioner will help hydrate, detangle, and smooth your locks in just one wash. Formulated with unrefined shea butter, coconut, and baobab oil, it’ll nourish and hydrate each strand, so your hair looks healthier than ever before. Thanks to the extra hit of hydration, it also helps smooth frizz and define curl patterns. The oils are also bursting with omegas and fatty acids that’ll help strengthen your hair follicle, thereby lessening the likelihood of split ends and frizz. Plus, just like the other Alaffia products on this list, they’re free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrance, artificial color, or mineral oils. They’re also vegan and cruelty-free.
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