Primal Beauty Black Soap Shampoo and Hydrating Leave-In Conditioner

I’ve been hearing good things about Xsandy's Hair and Cosmetics store for quite a while. I can hardly believe her store is nestled in my ole stomping ground of Lewisham in South-East London. However, I have yet to visit this mecca for all things brownbeauty;, hair and cosmetics in London.

Early this year xSandy’s launched their own beauty brand, Primal Beauty which includes a variety of hair and bodycare products. One of them is the Black Soap Shampoo which won Best Haircare Brand at the Precious Hair & Beauty Awards 2017. I had the opportunity to trial the Black Soap Shampoo and Hydrating Leave-In Conditioner.

The fragrance had a unisex lemongrass smell and the texture was runny but creamy. On hair wash day I began with the shampoo;  it didn’t create excessive lather which is to be expected with an SLS, parabens and mineral oil free shampoo.

The key ingredients include Black Soap (which is made of plantain, cocoa pods, palm tree leaves and shea tree bark water and oils) glycerine and essential oils such as lemongrass and rosemary. It was those oils that made washday a revitalising experience.

I shampooed twice because the strands of my hair felt clammy. After the second wash my hair felt less clammy but I wasn’t totally happy so I followed up with the conditioner. It smelt like the shampoo and I loved it. Because it had a runny creamy consistency I was able to detangle easily. After I rinsed out the conditioner, I styled my hair with my usual products. My hair felt soft and looked shiny but the hydration only lasted a couple days.

The conditioner was my favourite of the two products, this is because it had good slip so I could detangle easily. It also made my hair feel soft but that is about it.

Overall, this collection was not right for my hair type which is probably down to the glycerine content.  I’ve used a glycerine spritz in my hair in the past and had a similar result. Glycerine is great for hair that is prone to dryness and it’s a favourite amongst naturalistas.  However, my natural hair is normal (bleached brittle ends aside). and it has made me realise that hair washing products with this ingredient in it does not do well on my hair. I think this range may work better on natural hair that responds well to glycerine. 

Primal Beauty Black Soap Shampoo is priced at £8.99 and the Hydrating Leave-In Conditioner at £9.99. 

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