Ambunu Leaves from Chad (Natural Hair Detangler & Deep Conditioner)

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Ambunu is a traditional Chadian plant used for herbal hair-care.  It’s also commonly used in other parts of Africa, especially the Normadic regions. Ambunu is a natural hair shampoo, conditioner and detangler that has a lot of slip. Ambunu has been used for ages by nomadic women in Chad and other parts of Africa, and has become widely used around the World.

INCI Name: Ceratotheca Sesamoides

Other Names: False Sesame

Shelf Life: 24 Months (more, if properly stored).

Storage: Store in a cool, dry and dark place, away from moisture and direct sunlight.

Ambunu Properties and Benefits:

  • Cleansing Properties: Cleanses the hair and scalp, due to its Saponin content.
  • Great Slip: When soaked in water, Ambunu leaves have a great slip that helps detangles even stubborn or matted/ tangled hair;
  • Conditioning Properties: Ambunu has traditionally been used to conditions the hair naturally;
  • Curl defining property: Ambunu leaves defines the curls
  • Hydrating Property: Ambunu moisturizes dry hair to leave it hydrated.


Ambunu Uses:

  • Ambunu Leaves mixed with water is used to easily detangle hair after taking out braids (Ambunu has a lot of slip);
  • Used in-between washes as a pre-poo treatment to refresh the hair;
  • A no-soap/ soapless shampoo that does not strip the hair dry (Ambunu Leaves the hair refreshed and moisturized).
  • Leaves dry hair hydrated and softer;
  • An Effective Detangler: Amblunu is great at untangling tangled and matted hair, leaving it softer and maneageable.


Other Uses of Ambunu Leaves:

  • Can be infused with an oil to make Ambunu Hair Oil, which can be used as-is or added to other hair products;
  • Can be added as an ingredient to formulate a conditioning hair product, shampoo or cream.


Ambunu Leaves Uses and Benefits

Natural Herbal Hair Shampoo: Ambunu has cleansing properties due to its Saponin contents. It’s a soap-free shampoo. The cleansing Saponin is released when dry Ambunu leaves are mixed with warm/ hot water.

Natural Hair Detangler: Ambunu makes hair softer and easy-to-comb. The leaves have a lot of slip and so easily detangles even the toughest and difficult-to-comb African 4C hair. Ambunu easily loosens tangles and knots in hair.

Hair Moisturizer and Fizz Buster: Ambunu leaves have moisturising properties, and it cleanses hair of dirt and excess oil without drying the hair. Ambunu hydrates the hair and relieves dry scalp.

Curl Definer: Ambunu-water mix helps defines curls

Relieves Itchy Scalp due to its anti-inflammatory properties

Adds Sheen: Ambunu adds lustre and sheen to the hair

Prevents Hair Breakage: Strengthens the hair to prevent shedding and loss of hair

How to Use Ambunu Leaves Detangling Herbal Hair Shampoo and Deep Conditioner

  1. Add  about 1 tablespoon of dry Ambunu leaves into a bowl
  2. Add some hot water (about a litre) to the leaves and stir with a spoon
  3. Leave it for about 10 minutes, or until the water becomes slippery (it should draw like Okro)
  4. Strain the liquid or apply it as-is (don’t worry, the leaves easily come off when you comb)
  5. Now, put the Ambunu-water mix on your hair, working in sections.
  6. Then detangle the hair with a comb or brush. [HINT: It’s easier to first put the Ambunu water in a spray bottle or any bottle with an applicator tip and apply]
  7. You can leave it on (as a leave-in conditioner) or rinse the hair.

*Any leftover soaked Ambunu Leaves can be stored in the fridge for up to a week. 

Watch the video below to see how to use Ambunu and the effects of Ambunu on African 4C hair type.

*NOTE: Packaging may vary.

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4 reviews for Ambunu Leaves from Chad (Natural Hair Detangler & Deep Conditioner)

  1. Francisca S. (verified owner)

    Made plenty sense

    • ElsieOrganics (store manager)

      I am happy you loved your Ambunu leaves. Thanks for shopping with us at ElsieOrganics.

  2. Nonye E. (verified owner)

    I was contemplating cutting my hair because it was too difficult to manage. Then someone in a Facebook group I belong to recommended Ambunu. It is truly magical. I almost felt like it wasn’t my hair after I used it because my hair was so soft and curly. Meanwhile, my hair originally is extremely thick but I have very tender scalp so it’s always painful when handling. With Ambunu I felt zero pain while combing. I strongly recommend it to every woman/man with thick hair. It’s an amazing product.

    • ElsieOrganics (store manager)

      Hi Nonye, your feedback made me smile. Isn’t Mother Nature ‘magical’? My sister who has very thick hair cut her hair last year for the same reason that you wanted to. I am glad we were able to ship your Ambunu order to you same day. Hope to see you around shopping with us. Thanks for leaving us a feedback.

  3. Liliane (verified owner)

    The slip is amazing and my hair has never felt so soft. I also use this on my son’s hair and it makes his curls so defined. Elsie Organics Ambunu is top quality. Love it!

    • ElsieOrganics (store manager)

      Thanks for that feedback, Liliane. We are happy that you love the quality of our Ambunu Leaves, as evidenced on your hair and your son’s curl definition. Thanks again for shopping with us!

  4. Tolu (verified owner)

    Can’t wait to use this!

    • ElsieOrganics (store manager)

      Thanks for your Ambunu Leaves order, Tolu. We too can’t wait to find out the amazing products you make with this ingredient. Happy formulating!!

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