The Skinny on Organic Shampoos.

A few years ago I recieved a small sample of Africa Organics. A locally made and sulfate-free shampoo and with my many years of working at Metropolitain Cosmetics I also regularly used a French brand called Leonor Greyl. Also natural and sulfate-free. Leonor Greyl was so natural you could use their Honey Shampoo ‘Au Miel’ on your morning toast, YUM.

Illustration HP

We have all heard of this sulfate-free shampoo business but non of us really knows what it means. It’s like one of those moments when someone asks you if you heard the resent budget speech and you answer, “Ya ya, totally heard it on 702 this arvie.” Meanwhile you were sitting at Sorbet getting your gelish on, surfing your Instagram feed. (That wasn’t me by the way..)

As you all know I’m getting hitched in July, so what better thing to do during this exciting and festive time? Go on a diet! Yes total bummer, however I do enjoy a 32 jean pant so one must persevere! Back to the point, so my wonderful dietitian Carol (I mean that, she is wonderful. Except when I can’t eat toasted armies) sends me up the road to Hobart Center, to the Fruits and Roots in Bryanston. Low and behold is the shampoo sample I received all those years ago. Luckily now available in a 210ml tube and at R49,99. In my basket of banting mayo and Almond Nut Butter (don’t buy this nut butter it is deadly) I have my locally made and sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner.

The Africa Organics Line

If there is a part you’re going to pay attention during this blog article, it’s now! Sodium Laureth Sulfate-free shampoo WILL NOT foam. Yes ladies, say good bye to thick foamy shampoos that strip all the natural oils on your scalp. These shampoos don’t foam and strip, they simply rinse perspiration, balance the scalp’s oils and restore scalp hygiene. As well as stimulate the blood circulation. Read further…

Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), an accepted contraction (Lauryl + Ether = Laureth) of sodium lauryl ether sulfate (SLES), is an anionic detergent and surfactant found in many personal care products (soaps, shampoos, toothpaste etc.). SLES is an inexpensive and very effective foaming agent.[1] SLES, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), ammonium lauryl sulfate (ALS), and sodium pareth sulfate are surfactants that are used in many cosmetic products for their cleaning and emulsifying properties. THEY BEHAVE SIMILARLY TO SOAP.

Why would one want want to wash their hair with an effective foaming agent???



I really do encourage you to go buy yourself your very own Africa Organics either tomorrow or on the weekend. Below I have step by step directions for washing with this unique shampoo and conditioner. This product won’t spread through your hair like conventional products, but the end result is great.

  • Rinse your hair, you simply want to dampen the hair. Not sopping wet.
  • Take the size of a five rand coin of shampoo and apply ONLY to the scalp. Massage. (this is where you will hate me and wonder why the shampoo feels like sticky goo against the scalp.
  • ADD water, massage, ADD water and massage, ADD more water and you will finally rinse the shampoo out. However you’ll feel there is still product against the scalp. Don’t despair!!
  • Round two, take another five rand coin size shampoo and apply to the scalp, you will find you will now have a beautiful emulsification and you can now wash the hair as per usual.
  • When you rinse the shampoo out, this shampoo will rinse through the ends so please, no need to add shampoo to the ends.
  • Now massage your conditioner through the hair. (If you have an oily scalp, only apply to the ends.)
  • Towel dry, and style as you would normally do.
Look how happy she is!

TA DA!!! Beautiful healthy hair. If you do have dry hair from dying/highlighting/straightening give the shampoo a few washes before you will feel the difference.


I chose the Marula Shampoo and Baobab Conditioner. The shampoo, is great for everyday use for normal or oily hair. It contains natural, biodegradable foaming agents that won’t strip your hair with the addition of Rooibos and Marula for anit-oxidants and to help prevent breakages. I chose the Baobab conditioner because I have dry and curly hair. Baobab fruit powder helps to condition your hair.


I would love to hear your options and own experiences, please leave your comments. Enjoy!!

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