31 May, 2014

Washed My Short Relaxed Hair

The most complicated wash day so far this year!
I had to give the hair and scalp a good treat thus it took a lot of products and steps to give me the desired results.
[1]. Prepoo: Applied fresh aloe Vera gel on the scalp and length of the hair. I topped up by saturating the scalp and hair with virgin coconut oil. Covered the hair with deep conditioning cap for many hours.
[2] Shampoo: diluted Creme of Nature detangling shampoo with water and lathered once.
[3] Protein Treatment: Applied and saturated the hair with Aphogee 2 minutes reconstructor, covered the hair with 2 deep conditioning caps and a shower cap for 5 minutes.
[4] Rinsed the PT out and applied roux porosity control, left it on for some seconds. I rinsed it out and t shirt dried the hair before using the next product.
[5] Moisture Treatment: I used my trusted keracare humecto mixed with jbco and Aussie moist conditioner- to mask the smell of the humecto. Applied and left it on for close to 30 minutes before rinsing with cool water.
[6] Leave in and Sealing: T shirt dried the hair, sprayed Aussie hair insurance leave in throughout the hair and sealed with Olive oil mixed with jbco.
[7] Used a paddle brush to smoothen the hair down and air dried.






Check the forum for a list of my current stash and what I want to use up.
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30 May, 2014

Relaxer @ 6weeks Post



Pretty unusual of me but I couldn't handle the new growth. I don't know the next plan of action yet though I know I need to now focus on getting some new products to replace those I've used up. I went over to my stylist to get the touch up done and it was basically the normal routine except I didn't use a deep conditioner. I want to do that myself  to ensure the hair gets the maximum benefit without rushing through the process as it happens in salons.
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28 May, 2014

Mid Week Co Wash


As part of the coconut oil challenge, I have to wash twice a week but since I prefer co washing to shampoo washing twice a week, I decided a mid week co wash will be appropriate.

As per the rules of the challenge,
[1]    Prepoo: I prepooed with virgin coconut oil

[2] Conditioner: I first used forever living aloe jojoba conditioning rinse and followed with Aussie moist conditioner. The former contains protein and the latter is a moisturizing one so I had to create a balance.

[3] Leave in: After rinsing out the deep conditoner, I used a towel to dry it for a few minutes - I couldn't find my t-shirt. I followed up with Aussie hair insurance leave in.

[4] Sealing: I sealed with olive oil.
My phone isn't able to connect to my laptop so I post my wash day pictures on my facebook page. Kindly check and like the page to receive notifications.
[5] Styling: I just airdried. I hope to get a ponytail soon lol
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27 May, 2014

Participating In The Hairlista Coconut Oil Challenge



I have a litre of virgin coconut oil ready to be used up and what better way than to get involved in the hairlista coconut oil challenge.

I've joined in at the advanced level that's why I prepooed with coconut oil during my last wash. Here are the rules
ADVANCE:
  • Start Date: Saturday May 24th, 2014
    End Date: Saturday August 23rd, 2014
  • Apply Coconut oil to your hair and scalp, prior to washing, for 20mins – 1 hour or overnight. Massage it in focusing on damaged areas. Proceed with regular washday routine. Do this 2x/week.
  • Apply 1-2 tsp of Coconut Oil to your weekly deep conditioner with heat. Rinse thoroughly.
  • Apply Coconut oil to your scalp 2-3x/week. Do not rinse.
  • (OPTIONAL) Seal with Coconut oil on wet or dry hair.

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26 May, 2014

Wash Day @5 Weeks Post

*Prepoo: I prepooed with coconut oil
* Shampoo: shampooed once with creme of nature detangling shampoo
*Deep condition: mixed keracare humecto with oils- coconut, olive etc
*Leave in: Aussie hair insurance
* Sealed with whipped Shea butter.
I have 5-7 weeks to touch up depending on when I decide on the relaxer to use. Am looking at ors hairepair, dark and lovely amla legend relaxer or ors lye relaxer. The first two are no lye and will be appropriate for texlaxing whilst the last one processes faster yet might give me a straighter texture though it won't be bone straight.

I've had positive feedbacks about the ors hairepair products thus I want to give it a try.
Have you tried any of the first two relaxers mentioned? What are your views about them?

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23 May, 2014

Grow Your Edges Challenge



Description
This second challenge focuses on your hair itself. A lot of the stress on the edges cause us to loose them and don't really look good especially with buns. Here's an opportunity to reclaim your hairline and enjoy your hair
Duration: 1st June-15th December, 2014
Levels:
There are 4 levels
1. Beginners: apply your oil once  a week, twice in the day on the edges.
2. Intermediate: Apply oil 3 times a week, once a day on the edges.
3. Advanced: Apply 5 days in the week, once a day on the edges.
4. Boot Camp: Apply 7 days a week, once a day on the edges.

Rules
* Use an oil purposed for hair growth. These include chapter 2000, sulphur oil, sulphur 8, kuza hair food, castor oil, mix your regular oil with essential oils, etc.
* Check in at least once a week on the forum

Sign up
* Join your level group on the Emprezz zone  forum
* State the oils you will be using
*Post starting pictures.
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22 May, 2014

Use Up Your Stash Challenge



The hair growth challenge ends in a few days time, Hurray!!! Well done to all participants.
To this effect, our new challenge commences very soon and as such, here are the guidelines
Description
The first one is the use up your stash challenge which is to help ladies get rid of products and limit their spending on products. Some also hoard products till the expire lol.
Duration: 1st June-15th December, 2014.
Levels
There are 4 levels:
Beginners: You are to use up 30% of your products by the end of the challenge. You can only buy only 1 item when you use up 2 products in your stash.
Intermediate: You are to use up 50% of your stash. You can buy 1 item when you use up 3 products in your stash.
Advanced: You are to use up 70% of your stash by the end of the challenge. You can buy 1 item when you use up 4 products.
Boot Camp level: You are to have only 10 products in your stash at the end of the challenge. You are allowed to buy 1 item after using up 5 products.
Check In
At least 4 times in a month
Sign up
*Join the level group you want on the forum
*List all your products under the challenge group on the Emprezz zone forum.
Miscellaneous
Vitamins are excepted.
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16 May, 2014

Wash Day with Kanechom Chocolate

Haven stayed off shampoo for weeks left me with itching scalp  a shampoo wash this time.
1. Prepooed with Makola virgin coconut oil for 2 hours- available in our shop
2. Shampooed 3x with Creme of nature detangling shampoo

3. Applied roux porosity for about 3 minutes and combed it through the hair for better distribution.

4. Deep conditioned with kanechom chocolate
5. Rinsed, applied Aussie hair insurance leave in
6. Sealed with whipped sheabutter and air dried. I pulled all the hair back with a band and wore it like that for a while. 

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08 May, 2014

Wash Day @ 2 Weeks Post


I know I haven't shared this month's hair goals. Ah,well, I've decided to pause it till further notice because I tend to either forget it or fail more than pass the goals. Going with the flow of events seems to be working well for me so am ok with that.

My current regimen is super simple yet effective and thus making this journey much easier. For this wash day,
[1] Cleansing : Applied Aussie moist conditioner on wet hair

[2] Deep conditioning: Garnier Fructis deep conditioner

[3] Leave in : Aussie hair insurance leave in

[4] Oil : Whipped sheabutter mix

[5] Styling: Air dried

Sorry, I couldn't take pictures but I hope I can do so the next wash.

Join in the wash day link up!

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07 May, 2014

Happy Birthday to Me!!

It feels so good to see this day! Am thankful for all the Lord's wonderful acts in my life.
 For the first time, am featuring the hubby too:)
Thankful for my parents, siblings-Ekow, Andy, Monique, Christy, my husband, Richie and family in general.
For all my friends, including you!

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Relaxing Virgin Hair: What To Do During The Relaxer Process

--> Missed the post on how to prepare your virgin hair for a relaxer? Read it here.
 Again, what I share in this post is based on my personal experience.

For virgin hair, you may want to perform a strand test to determine how long the relaxer will take to process your hair to the texture you want especially  for those wanting texlaxed hair. I didn't do a strand test though this time round and I wish I had done that.

***Section the hair into manageable portions to allow for easy application. You need to apply vaseline or some form of oil protection on the scalp. Most relaxers have instructions on how use the relaxer; please read through it carefully before applying the relaxer.

For the application, I recommend starting from the back and working your way up to the edges  last because most often, the hair at the edges are weak and don't need to be subjected to further torture lol.
Using your fingers, smooth the relaxer through the hair. For texlaxing, I advice doing so at least twice before sitting down with the relaxer.  For bone straight, you may need a lot of smoothing to get the relaxer to work faster.

You may choose to use a comb to quicken the process but ensure that you do not scratch the scalp in the process.

After rinsing out the relaxer, and before the neutralizing shampoo, apply the protein treatment to strengthen the hair. Rinse, neutralize and add your leave in. The rest depends on your desired style-you can airdry or do a roller set.

What do you do after your first relaxer? That will be in the next post!
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06 May, 2014

I Can't Afford Hair Products

I hear this every time am asked what should be done to get healthy long hair.

Well, nothing comes easy so you ought to do some sacrifices if you want to have a healthy hair. You can't keep washing your hair with toilet soap and expect to have moisturized hair- that soap is meant for the body.

I've tried recommending cheap products for ladies on low budget but even that is frustrating. When the person whines about using 4gh to buy a product, am tempted to leave them to their fate. Am a minimalist so when I tell you what I do and you still feel I have to provide you with those products, I simply drop the conversation.
I say that you can start a healthy hair journey with 50gh and I get stares as if I will be using those products. You don't need that bulk money but at the end of the day, most of the products you will need will add up to that amount.

My first product was a leave in which cost 5gh! The next month, I bought dark and lovely cholesterol for around 7gh. I used these products for more than a year before they run out!

Ladies spend hundreds of cedis on call cards so why don't you cut down on that to get hair products? You have to make sacrifices to get what you want, no one can do that for you!

If you are new to the hair journey, do well to listen to advice from those already rather than making faces as if you are being forced to do so. A lot of my readers complain about this problem and all I tell them is, "let them be". It's not a must to give advice to someone who is unwilling to feel a bit uncomfortable to achieve her dream.
Have you had to walk away from someone because the person refuses to listen to your hair advice?

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04 May, 2014

What To Do Before Going From Natural To Relax

If you have natural hair and want to relax or texlax it, what do you do?
***Well, first of all, you'll have to decide on how much texture you want left after relaxing-whether bone straight or texlaxed.


***Secondly, based on the texture result you want,  choose the relaxer. I recommend a lye relaxer for virgin hair that is to be bone straight as that works faster and I consider it "stronger" in terms of processing strength. For texlaxing, a no lye might work better since it processes less faster. However, the choice is still yours to make regarding your relaxer preference.

***Thirdly, fortify your hair for the treatmentat least 3 days before the procedure. I have left only a day in between and it worked for me but our hair isn't the same so be cautious here.To fortify the hair, you need to clarify the hair to get rid of build up. Follow with a light or medium protein treatment. Add a moisture treatment, moisturize and seal. 
***Be sure not to scratch your scalp to avoid cuts and burns.

On the relaxer day, ensure that you have all your products available. These include your oil to base your scalp, the relaxer, a mid step protein treatment such as ApHogee 2 minutes reconstructor, ORS replenishing conditioner. You will also need a neutralizing shampoo, leave in and oils to seal the hair.
In the second part, I'll discuss what to do after the relaxer.

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01 May, 2014

Hair Tips for Bride-To-Be

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Back and Front view of my wedding hairstyle
Ok, this is the first time am sharing something related to my wedding lol !I've been married for some years now.

I've been down the aisle and I had so much fun during the preparations. First of all, apart from being stress free, I was also very relaxed prior to the occasion.

Though I didn't know much about hair care at that time, I sailed through the rocky hair choice situation ladies find themselves in during their wedding preparations. Let me share some of the tips I implemented to make my hair style choice stress free.
  1. Stick to your go-to stylist or find one ahead of time: This is not the time to experiment with different hair dressers.
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