product review: shea moisture’s african black soap deep cleansing shampoo

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Why read review after review when you can just read one? We’ve “combed” the web to get the verdict on Shea Moisture’s African Black Soap Deep Cleansing Shampoo.

Give your scalp the boost it needs with Shea Moisture’s African Black Soap Deep Cleansing Shampoo for a guaranteed extensive clean!

the verdict

With some users saying the shampoo smells like plantains, the ingredient list of Shea Moisture’s African Black Soap Deep Cleansing Shampoo is sure to leave ingredient-sensitive shoppers happy. However, if you’re looking for a shampoo to leave your hair moisturized this won’t be your cup of tea. This shampoo is best used to clarify your hair and remove build up. Many raved about how squeaky clean it left their scalp and suggested it only be used about once a month and followed up with a super moisturizing conditioner.

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  • Highly cost efficient. Sells at an average price of $10.00/a bottle
  • Lessens chance of fungal or bacterial infections
  • Contains all natural ingredients (tea tree oil, plantain extract, honeysuckle, etc.,)
  • Maximum efficiency to minimal product ratio

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  • Not for weekly or bi-weekly use. Use as a clarifying shampoo only
  • May cause dry stripped hair if applied more than the suggested dosage

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what the manufacturer says

Shea Moisture’s African Black Soap Deep Cleansing Shampoo gently cleanses as it removes buildup from styling products and soothes dry, itchy and flaking scalp. Helps regulate sebum production. Sulfate-free.


  • 4 out of 5 stars on Target
  • 4 out of 5 curls on Naturally Curly
  • 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon


what bloggers say

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This African soap shampoo left my hair feeling a little stripped but my scalp was clean and all signs of flakes from my eczema had disappeared. Most of the time when I shampoo my hair I have to do it twice because some part of my scalp would be white, that’s just a problem that people who suffer with eczema experience. However, after one wash with a very small amount my scalp was really clean and I can go right into the conditioning process.


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Shea Moisture’s Black Soap shampoo lathers but not to excess, just enough to make your scalp feel sudsy. The scent might not be for everyone – to me it’s mild, inoffensive and “clean”, but if you’re used to highly scented hair cleansing products it may take you by surprise. I rinse my hair and especially my scalp with lukewarm water.


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My itchy scalp was immediately soothed by the shampoo and my strands felt smooth instead of agitated or roughened like some shampoos can do. After washing my hair was soft, hydrated and fluffy instead of being weighed down and brittle. I also liked that my scalp was actually clean all over. [It] effectively cleaned and lifted all the buildup off of my scalp.


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what vloggers say

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what consumers say

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I bought this as a natural way to take care of my sometimes dry, itchy scalp. It has ingredients that fight scalp problems naturally, lathers well and smells like plantains. It doesn’t strip the moisture from my Afro-textured hair which is a huge plus when it comes to dandruff/clarifying shampoos. It works so it’s a staple in my hair care routine.

– Lifeisagift1990

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This shampoo made my scalp feel amazing!!! Clean, kind of minty, very soothing but it made my hair very dry and when my 4C hair gets dry it shrinks and tangles more resulting in a long detangling period. If you have 4C hair I would suggest putting it in a squeeze applicator bottle, watering it down and limiting it to your scalp, allowing it to rinse through your hair.

– Guest (

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I have 4a/4b hair, my hair is very itchy and dry, when I first used this it stripped my hair so bad that it was hard and matted and I couldn’t comb it. I was so scared. I had to slather my hair with a creamy conditioner to soften my hair. However, I did notice that my hair was very clean and the shampoo controlled the itching. As a result, I now use it once a month as a clarifying shampoo, washing only once with my hair in four sections. Works like a charm!

– Shaire

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Deionized Water, Decyl Glucoside (Coconut Oil), African Black Soap, Saliylic Acid, Saliz Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Melia Azadirachta (Neem) Seed Oil, Charcoal Powder, Mefaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Simmondsia Chinese Seed (Jojoba) Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Oil, Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Vitamin E, Rosemary Extract, Platain Extract, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower (and) Lonicera Japonica (Japanese Honeysuckle) Flower Extract *Certified Organic Ingredient

where to get it

Shea Moisture’s African Black Soap Deep Cleansing Shampoo can be found at local retailers like CVS and Rite Aid and also online at Amazon.

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Chadette Maragh
Chadette Maragh

Chemical nazi. Heat cheat. Silk sheet sleeper. Hair pin hoarder (quilted tips only, of course). Winter wig wearer. Haircut addict. Moisturize, seal and repeat junkie. Hair care fundamentals 101? Alcohol belongs in a glass, shaken, not stirred and most importantly, not in my hairspray! - Cheers!

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