Review | Shea Moisture (African Black Soap?) Dandruff Control Shampoo

Hello again, everyone! It’s the second half of Spring Break and amidst my journaling, job hunting and financial situation, I’m trying my best to just relax and take a break for once so I can be ready for the following week afterwards. But considering the worst case of luck I’ve been having for the past few days, that’s becoming somewhat of a challenge for me…

But aside from my troubles, I’m still going to report to you with product reviews and I have another one for you today! This is from Shea Moisture again, so don’t bash me. I like the company, ’nuff said.

This is the African Black Soap Dandruff Control Shampoo and it can be found at Sally’s Beauty Supply and Ulta Beauty for around $9.99 – $10.99. It can be somewhat less if you have Ulta Rewards points or a Sally Beauty Card.

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When I heard news about the original African Black Soap line getting harder to find in stores and this being found in place of the original line a long time ago, I wasn’t too pleased. If you remember, I did a review on the Deep Cleansing Shampoo and said that it was great for stripping color, my scalp and ringworm issue. Due to that, I was unwilling at first to try out anything from the Dandruff Control line.

But the Product Junkie in me won over and I figured that maybe I’ll give this line a chance. Plus, I ran out of clarifying shampoo to use in my Vitamin C treatments, so I purchased this shampoo.

Long story short, it’s a pretty decent shampoo altogether. It’s very runny and liquidy, so I had to use more than necessary to get a good lather going in my kinky hair. Surprisingly, it didn’t make my hair and scalp stiff and dried out; rather, it cleaned both very well and even left a bit of moisture in!

In terms of actually healing my scalp, it did reduce the itchiness that would come from my hair not being washed in days. But in terms of treating my ringworm flares, I had to add some peppermint and tea tree essential oils to it to give the shampoo a boost because it didn’t seem to treat that condition well by itself.

For Vitamin C treatments, it’s just not a good shampoo base to work with. Due to it being liquidy and taking more than necessary to get a good lather, this stuff has dripped down the sides of my head and made a huge mess. That didn’t sit well with me and I will be looking into another shampoo to work with.

Which bring me to the negative points. I already mentioned that it’s runny and can be hard to work with, so I’ll skip that. But my main issue is with the labeling.


I have looked over the ingredient list about 4-5 times and not once did I see a trace of African Black Soap in the list! So why did the people at Shea Moisture label this with African Black Soap when the ingredient itself does not exist in the shampoo at all?! Maybe the label should just simply say Dandruff Control, but that’s just me.

Either way, I think the misleading label might trick some people into thinking that the particular ingredient is in the product when it is not and I’m hoping that it will be corrected soon. But this shampoo is good, but not something I would continue to purchase.

That’s all I have for now. Until next time and enjoy Spring Break!


One thought on “Review | Shea Moisture (African Black Soap?) Dandruff Control Shampoo

  1. Oh wow! That’s really interesting to stumble upon… I’ve got dandruff issues myself and am always on a good lookout for shampoos that help… Thanks for sharing, and do check out my blog too!


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