27 July, 2013

10 Co-Washing Problems (9): The Case Of Build Up!

--> Co-washing is fun until you realize your hair doesn't absorb products or the products just sit on the surface of the hair! Other times, the hair feels weighed down and no product seems to help!
After co-washing for a while, the conditioners tend to leave residues on the hair! How?  According to JC of thenaturalhavenbloom, hair carries a slight negative charge which is enhanced when you use a shampoo with a negative charge. Hair will adsorb the conditioner better because the positive charge in the conditioner is attracted to the negative charge on the surface of hair. Also,most ingredients in hair conditioner attach to the surface of hair
Based on this, I believe that the ingredients in conditioners, in the process of moisturizing, , repairing damage, smoothing cuticles will continue to pill up on the surface of the hair.
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26 July, 2013

I'm Featured On JustGrowAlready!

Yes!!! Get to know my hair story and more on justgrowalready.com
Hair Story Feature: Meet GhanaianEmprezz

You can also make it!
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24 July, 2013

10 Co-Washing Problems (8): Issues With Sleeping With Wet Hair

Sometimes, going to bed with the damp hair becomes the last option. However, it comes with its some complications.

Wet pillows can make sleeping uncomfortable if you are the pillow type
You might be inconveniencing your partner if your hair is not in a satin cap and you rather use a satin pillow case; there is the tendency of your partner coming into contact with the hair which is not comfortable!! experience.

On your part, you may catch cold- I have seen several bloggers complain about this.  The possible solution is to co-wash early enough to give the hair more time to dry.

If all fails, then, you may have to quit co-washing . Your health is more important.
How do you deal with wet hair for bed?
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21 July, 2013

50 Youtube Subscribers Give Away!!!

I'm super duper excited today!!I want to say thank you to all of my subbies and blog readers for supporting me on this journey. Check out the video for contest rules-www.youtube.com/EmprezzAbena

All the best!

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20 July, 2013

Wash Day: Trying Ebony's Air Drying Technique

-->  It's a new beginning- almost one week post relaxer (see my relaxer post here, my stretching posts here, here and here ). I don't want to suffer any protein overload so I'm making it a point to use a moisturizing conditioner right after any protein deep conditioner I use. "Any" because I have products with different types of protein-Keratin to soy.Wash Process
  1.   Over night pre-poo with Vatika Coconut oil (see review here)
  2. Shampooed once with diluted Creme of Nature Detangling Moisturizing shampoo (see review here)
  3. Used a t-shirt to bloat out excess water
  4. Applied the Elasta QP DPR mixed with olive oil
  5. Sat under Carmen hooded dryer for 15 minutes
  6. Rinsed and t-shirt dried for 5 minutes
  7. Applied Kuza Indian Hemp cholesterol for 1 hour- was doing my laundry
  8. Rinsed and dried with microfiber towel for 3 minutes
  9. I detangled with a wide tooth comb and the soft, smooth texture I got just wowed me! I really love the kuza and will do the review this week.
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18 July, 2013

Relaxer Update (6): Second Touch Up Of The Year!

--> Yes, I got it done during the week. I wasn't so enthusiastic about this one cos I had the nasty protein over load mishap and feared I didn't retain that much. At the end of this post, let me know your thoughts.
  • Coated the already relaxed hair with sheabutter
  • She sectioned the hair into six

  • The whole application took 20-25 minutes but this time, she didn't smooth as the previous stylist would; rather, she combed through only once and rinsed the relaxer off
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16 July, 2013

My 13 Weeks Relaxer Stretch; What Did (Didn't) Work

--> I'd wanted to do this with the Relaxer video but decided it will be lengthy so I better pen it down. Flashback to previous relaxer: I cut about 2 inches off to rid Rhine hair odd thin ends. At 2 weeks post, all was well until I.added Mane n' Tail conditioner as it's both leave in an regular conditioner. Lessons? It's not about reading ingredients on th products but knowing what they do. To the best odd my knowledge, keratin amino acid wasn't a hard core protein if any at all! It was during one of the wash days that I noticed hard and matted hair. See this post on what I did.

To correct this problem, I got what I thought was another moisturizing conditioner-Queen Helene Cholesterol with ginseng. Again, this had keratin amino acids but it didn't occur to me then until the hair still felt hard after usage. Yea,  a serious OMG moment! See my breakage post. Then, I laid hands on Elasta QP DPR -11+ which I'd actually watched reviews on before purchasing. Most ladies claimed it was moisturizing but when I looked at the ingredients, I saw soy protein but because others said it was moisturizing, I didn't think it would cause more harm.
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15 July, 2013

My Facial Care Starter Pack!

Since leaving undergrad about 5 years ago, I've been battling with acne, dark spots and rough skin on the face. I've become more conscious about how  other ladies  are diversifying their focus by taking care of the whole body. Now that I've had a better workout schedule, I've done some reading on handling facial issues and have taken steps to implement a basic skin care routine to obtain the "perfect " face I want. Upon scanning through my stuff, I, actually, had basic skin care products but just wasn't utilizing them at all or appropriately!
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13 July, 2013

Pre-Relaxer Preparations @13 Weeks Post!

See previous relaxer updates here. I don't change my wash routine before relaxing but the one key step that I deliberately incorporate is a protein treatment. It serves as a strengthening treatment to buffer the hair against protein loss during relaxing. During the week I did a moisturizing treatment with kuza cholesterol. I gathered my arsenal of products:
1. ApHogee 2 minutes reconstructor
2. Kuza Indian hemp cholesterol
3. One step leave in
4.Apple cider vinegar
5. Dabur vatika oil
7. L'Oreal  Elvive smoothing silk shampoo
8. ORS  aloe shampoo.
Mid week wash result
Before the salon, I pre-pooed with vatika coconut oil under a dryer for 10 minutes. At the salon:
  1.  my stylist washed once with ORS aloe shampoo 
  2. Followed with using the L'Oreal once. 
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10 Co-Washing Problems (7): What If Your Hair Is Damp After Morning?

A major concern for those who co-wash at night is that of damp hair in the morning and what to do with it.
I find that I can do a roll and tuck on damp hair so l get to be fly! I can also get away with a pompadour plus bun style, a simple bun or ponytail or as a last resort, blow dry on cool.

With this our sunshine,  I could have four twists in my head which will dry up by the time I finish preparing for work if I step out two or three times. However, if you don’t want any of this, wigs might be your friend; keeps the moisture in the hair anyway.
I know that Green house effect also gives a similar problem in the mornings.
Here are what you've missed!
10 Co-Washing Problems: (1) Does your hair really need co-washing?
10 Co-Washing Problems : (2) What Type Of Conditioner To Use?
10 Co-Washing Problems: (3) Should You Do "Pure" Co-Washing?
10 Co-Washing Problems: (4) When And How Often To Co-wash?
10 Co-Washing Problems (6):What Style Can You Wear After Co-washing?

What do you do if you hair is damp in the morning?
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11 July, 2013

10 Co-Washing Problems (6):What Style Can You Wear After Co-washing?

What style to wear after conditioner washing is dependent on your schedule. If you have the morning to yourself, you can

  • do a braid or twist for braidout or twist out.  I've been wearing braid outs a lot these days.
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10 July, 2013

10 Co-Washing Problem (5): How Do You Dry Hair After Co-washing?

Ok,  after co-washing what next? If you are co-washing in the night, then, you may have to
  • Use a hooded dryer if you have one
  • Blow dry on cool setting
  • Use a T-shirt to wrap the hair and go to bed. By morning, the shirt would have absorbed all the excess water in the hair.
  • Air dry till bed time
  • Hooded dryer  for roller set or dry under it before bed time.
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08 July, 2013

Pre-Poos: A different Perspective

I was reading on Pre-Poos by  on letsgrownaijahair.com (See post here)  and something caught my attention.  It's the word DRENCH which the Merriam Webster online dictionary defines as to wet thoroughly (as by immersing or soaking in a liquid).

When I saw that word, I pondered over my Pre-poos and whether I've been drenching my hair properly with the oils. So, during  one of my co-washing, I saturated my hair with sheabutter and went under the dryer. 

Just then, another idea crossed my mind. Why not check to see if the oil has sunk deep into the strands or just sitting on the hair. Well, some of the oil was still on the surface after 10 minutes! I recalled how you have to stir your sugar into your beverage to ensure that the sugar dissolved well; I ran my hands through the hair, massaging the oil into it again.  The end results were awesome!!

 I decided to share this with you so you get full benefits of Pre-Poos. What do you think? If you want a video tutorial, kindly let me know. I intend to use this method henceforth!
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07 July, 2013

My First Self Rollerset (Relaxed Hair)

-->  This post is way over due!

When I received my new hooded dryer, I decided to attempt a flexirod set but the curls didn't last because there was no holding product.  Hence, I decided to get a foam wrap-vitale olive oil foam wrap. I did a quick co-wash, applied leave-in, some of the foam wrap and rollerset. Sat under the dryer for about 30 minutes.

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06 July, 2013

12 Weeks Post Relaxer: What A Stretch!

--> It's been almost 12 weeks since my last relaxer and this has been my most frustrating stretch though it's also taught me a great deal about protein.

At 11 weeks post, I resolved to  deep conditioning every 2 days with moisturizing conditioners to restore my ailing hair.  So far, I've done two days and this weekend's wash will make it three. I intended to do this for another week before relaxing. That means no relaxer till all comes under control.
Tuesday: At the salon; co-washed, deep conditioned under hooded dryer for 20 minutes with Elastic QPDPR  -11+ ( review upcoming). Applied leave in abduction got roller set. Hair  break reduced drastically.
Thursday: co-washed, applied Elasta QP DPR again, sat under dryer for 15 minutes, rinsed, applied leave in, added sheabutter and blow dried on medium heat( I was going out and knew the lights would be out by the time I returned. I didn't want to do overnight deep conditioning- the"why" is another story). My hair felt ok and by evening, the humidity had caused it to be a bit damp. However, before bed, I had an interesting thought which I carried out.
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05 July, 2013

Before And After Gym Hair Care!!

How do you care for your hair before going to the gym and what do you do after leaving the gym?Losing weight is a whole new level of keeping fit for me and we all know that there is no way you can wash your hair daily after sweating without damaging your hair.

The most difficult part is when you have relaxed hair and your new growth is popping out left and right.

In this video, I share my hair care regimen before and after working out, my hair styles, and hair products! Do subscribe, comment and share!
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02 July, 2013

June Goals In Review And July Targets

--> I thank God for our lives. In Him we live and have our being. Welcome to the month of July!! See my May/June Goals Post for what I'd intended for June but on to the review and July targets!

  1. For June, I'd determined to increase my water intake but that didn't materialize as I'd changed my water bottle only to discover that it could take only a litre of water thus  hindering how much I also take at the gym. That means I hovered around 2 litres daily which wasn't great. I've decided to just be consistent with the 2 litres whilst searching for a 1.5 litre bottle.  
  2.   Taking my vitamins: This was a total failure because I haven't gone through even half of one pack whereas the whole pack is about 3. I just can't seem to remember to take it so I've decided to set an alarm to take the vitamins every morning since I don't skip breakfast. So, in July, I'm working with an alarm to help achieve this goal.
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