30 June, 2014

Co Wash + Coffee Rinse!

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As I stated in my last post, I'm trying to incorporate coffee rinses into regimen.

Today, I did the first one- apply coffee before co washing.
1. Prepoo: Almond and hemp oil.

2. Covered the hair for about 2 hours- was doing some chores.

3. Wet the hair and got my pack of coffee, let my stylist apply it to the hair and left it on for about 5 minutes

4.Rinsed and co washed with Aussie moist conditioner [am working on a video review of this product]

5. Currently air drying
Verdict so far; thumbs up to coffee rinse. It didn't leave ANY hardness so I will add to shampoo wash day whenever I can knowing that whether I use it before protein treatment or moisture treatment, the hair will still be soft.

The next co wash, I'll Prepoo with virgin coconut oil to see if I'll get the same softness.

This shampoo wash day, it will be as a final rinse. I don't have any leave in or oil as am air drying yet the hair feels soft. My assumption is that it won't leave the hair stiff as a final rinse. I'll be reverting to 45 minutes wash day so I need to fit everything into that time. I want to have different options of usage so that if I skip one, I can still use it another way.

I'll keep you updated on my progress.
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29 June, 2014

4 Ways I Want To Test Coffee Rinse

1. Before co wash: I feel like my regular wash is complicated enough [yea, right!]. The Aussie moist conditioner is moisturizing enough to curb a bit of hardness- black tea rinse has a similar effect as a protein treatment.(Will explain in my next post).  If am left with too much stiff hair after use, I'll try no. 2

2. As a Prepoo: I may alternate coffee rinse with oil Prepoo. Thus, I'll shampoo after using it. If I don't like it, then to 3.

3. Before deep conditioning: Still to save time; I'll still not Prepoo with oil to do this. There are 2 things involved: try it before protein treatment and before moisture treatment to determine the most effective method.

4. As a final rinse alongside ACV rinse if I don't like it.
Read more about the benefits of caffeine here
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26 June, 2014

Wash Day @ 4 Weeks: The Power Of Prepoo

This week's wash day experience theme has to do with Prepoo. I know I haven't being consistent with wash day experience themes but I'll try whenever I can.  During my last wash, I didn't like how my hair felt after using the sulphate free shampoo. I thought of 3 likely reasons for that and decided to test out each theory. Well, I'd wanted to skip Prepoo this week to see how the shampoo will work but because of the theme, I will told myself I had nothing to loose as I had my sulphate shampoo on hand. Am glad I took that step!

This wash:
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23 June, 2014

You Know Ghanaian Women Naturally Have Short Hair

So why bother to grow it? Have you heard that before? I do on a daily basis especially when I hung out at my stylist's place. Our lack of healthy hair practices isn't our fault, most of our hair dressers are more to be blamed. They should have the requisite knowledge to handle our hair after school. Yet, it's the opposite.

Initially, I would try to explain why that assessment was false. Oh! The energy I invested into that was just great! However, maturity has taught me better. Instead of explaining, I use pictures to prove that it's not true. Pictures of Gh ladies growing healthy long hair as well as other blacks doing the same thing.

If you have a friend with that mentality or who thinks that you are blessed with plenty hair, naturally, it's quite frustrating but don't let it get to you. When you grow past Shoulder length, you will start getting curious people wondering how you were able to grow your 'brenya' hair (suffer to get hair). I got that on several occasions- what have you been eating, what products do you use, show me the hair food you use, etc.

Our family members could also have those thoughts about our now 'short' hair. Why are you bothering yourself to wash this small hair? Why are you spending money on buying those products? No matter what you do, that hair will remain short so stop wasting money and time on it! Well, I know you may want to give them your piece of mind but DON'T! Keep quite, smile and move on. With time, they will see how dark your hair is, how strong it is and of course, the increase in length. One time, I was combing my hair outside the room when a family friend kept staring at my hair and the motions of the comb. She was surprised to see no hair in the comb and waited to see what I'll apply to the hair so she could get one. All she say was ordinary oil! She came up to me and asked how I managed to have no hair in the comb. I told her four basic things: I use a steaming cream weekly, I apply leave in regularly,  use oils after applying moisturizer or leave in and I stretch the period of my relaxers.

My hubby has always been a fan of long hair. I used to have 'supposedly long hair'- shoulder length which was obviously damaged. When I cut my hair the first time, there was no way he would believe the hair could get back to its previous length. However, time and dedication showed him otherwise. He now so well vexed in matters of hair care that he is able to tell when someone does a hair 'no,no' eg wearing flexi rods to a friend's party or work place lol.

I hope you do believe that we, Ghanaians, do not have short hair naturally!
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21 June, 2014

GHEZ Healthy Hair Feature: Meet Mira!

Emprezz: Introduce yourself

Mira: I am Miranisa, 19 and a healthy hair and nails enthusiast.

Emprezz: What motivated you to start taking care of your hair?
Mira: I wanted to prove to the people around me that my hair grows.
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19 June, 2014

Wash Day: Old Habits Die Hard!

[1] Prepoo: overnight treatment with virgin coconut oil

[2] Shampoo: Lathered twice with ORS hairepair sulfate free shampoo, and once with diluted Creme of Nature detangling shampoo

[3]Protein treatment: I applied Creme of Nature intensive treatment and covered with deep conditioning cap for about an hour- because I was too hungry to continue lol

[4]Moisture treatment: Keracare humecto mixed with virgin coconut oil, almond and hemp oil and Aussie moist conditioner; covered with deep conditioning cap for hours-didn't time it.

[5] Leave in: Aussie hair insurance leave in and beautiful textures tangle tamer leave in

[6] T-shirt dried for about 10 minutes

[7]sealing: ORS hairepair oil

8] Air dried

Wash day notes:
I'd wanted to use only the ors hairepair shampoo but after lathering twice, my hair still didn't feel clean enough for me that's why I used the CON shampoo. Right now, honestly, am confused.

  • I might be accustomed to the CON shampoo that's why I didn't appreciate the hairepair shampoo.
  •  I hadn't used a shampoo in a while so it might probably be build up.
  • I prepooed and that could be a factor
I'm trying to figure out a way to keep my current regimen and still incorporate the sulfate free shampoo into it. Check out these wash day posts for a better idea of what am working with.
Week 3: Co wash
Week 2: Co wash

Any suggestions?
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  3. Share it! Your blog post must link back to this site so others see. We even made this nifty button below which links back to The Wash Day Experience page! Just copy and drop the code into your blog post.
  4. Encourage the wash day experience contributor that linked up directly before you with an inspiring comment. We are each here to support each other and build a community of determined women and hair-friends. Don’t worry, the chica who links up after you will do the same; comment love for everyone!

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I Don't Have Support!

It's a complaint I get very often. Ah, well, don't worry. I also didn't when I started the hair journey but I didn't let that keep me  from striving for the best.

People found my passion for healthy hair to be weird. They couldn't understand why I would bother to treat my hair with all the attention I could give to other things.
This blog is a result of the lack of support. I knew there would be others like me in the same boat as GH women weren't aware of the changes in the hair care scene.

My stylist at that time, 2011, couldn't fathom my desire for healthy hair and the numerous instructions I gave her when I went to get my hair done. The prove of my dedication started showing and by the time I had moved to a new area, my hair was simply fabulous! My new stylist and I had such a passion for healthy hair being that she had almost bra strap length hair and did long stretches, relaxing about 2 or 3 times per year!

****The advice I'll give you is to stop trying to convince people to change their minds. Your success will do that for you. The enthusiasm you feel when you start your journey will not be shared by everyone.

****Don't confide in others when it comes to your products and hair plans- they will discourage you from buying them or executing the plans

****Stick to what you believe works for you and don't allow your stylist to ruin your progress just because you didn't want to speak so as to hurt his/her feelings.

****Connect with ladies on the same course through the various facebook fan pages for healthy hair; they are a lot of them including mine.

****When you achieve a goal, don't rub it in your friends face. Let them see it but don't talk about your hair if you think their questions may be offensive.

When all is said and done, achieving your hair goals will be the magnet that will draw others to join you!
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18 June, 2014

How I Retain Moisture Now!

I mean in my hair. Simply put, my new regimen.
For about 3 weeks now, the only thing I've done differently is prepooing with virgin coconut oil 2x a week. I Prepoo before co washing and before full wash.
See my wash posts for details.
What I've noticed for the past days is very moisturized hair. The hair is soft, smooth and easy to pass hands through it.
The implication is that prepoos have come to stay regardless of how many times I wash. My actual goal is to wash 3x a week though I don't know when I can reach it.

Additionally, after these years of ups and downs with my hair, I've learnt to stay away from protein and that has been the best decision so far. I do use light protein but I make sure to use a moisturizing treatment afterwards. I know most ladies get away with no moisture treatment after light protein- wish it applied to me:(
Combined with the Prepoo, my hair is in a better state.
The next thing is to use my steamer with every wash to maximize the effects of the oils. I think I've found a place I can set up without a lot of stress. I, honestly don't use it because I have to undo and redo the set up with every use and I get lazy with that chore. Am hoping to get a permanent corner for it.

My goal is still shoulder length at the end of this year so am working hard towards that.
I'll be doing a full wash God willing tomorrow so doing an overnight Prepoo now.
How's your hair?
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16 June, 2014

Hair Update: One Week In Cornrows

With my own hair. I used the  extensions from the last box braids as a ponytail/bun. I know most of you will be familiar with this my style. Aside being cheap to install, it took less than an hour to do. I noticed that because I'd gained more length, the hair had no sting whatsoever during parting. I have a minimum of 4 weeks more to undo. If I can do a ponytail with my own hair after removing, I won't get any set done- am currently 3 weeks post relaxer. By the time I undo the braids, I will be about 8 weeks post relaxer; I'll decide whether to continue stretching or relax.

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09 June, 2014

Coconut oil Challenge Week 3: Co washed Hair

*****Pre wash treatment with virgin coconut oil.

*****Saturated the scalp and hair with the oil, covered with deep conditioning caps for about 3 hours.

*****Saturated the hair with a lot of Forever Living aloe and jojoba conditioner and left it on for about 3 minutes, rinsed and followed up with Aussie moist conditioner which I left on for about 3 minutes too.

*****Rinsed and applied Beautiful textures tangle tamer leave in mixed with Aussie hair insurance and water.

*****Airdried for a while and applied jbco olive oil mix.

Am glad to be using the virgin coconut oil; my hair has been smooth and I hope it continues that way. For the rest of this month, I don't plan of getting extensions so I can work on nourishing the hair properly. My full wash will, hopefully,be on Thursday
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06 June, 2014

Wash Day @ 1 Week Post Relaxer

Exactly one week. I've, been enjoying my hair this time. I can't understand why I didn't use  the ORS lye relaxer earlier.

I've had some co washes in between to keep the hair hydrated and moisturized. I, now, wash once a week and co wash once a week. See here for my co wash results.
This wash was started by me and completed by my stylist. I'd intended doing it in the evening but I got caught in the early morning rains so I opted to get the wash as soon as I could.

[1] Prepoo: using virgin coconut oil which I  generously applied to the scalp and hair and covered with deep conditioning cap for 2 hours

[2] Conditioners: washed the hair with forever living aloe jojoba rinsing conditioner mixed with Aussie moist conditioner for a protein-moisture balance. It still had about a teaspoon full of roux porosity control conditioner which I mixed with water for a rinse.
I used rain water to wash out the conditioners in my kitchen sink. I didn't want to wait till my poly tank was filled with tap water.

[3] Deep conditioner: I applied Creme of Nature Argan oil intense treatment for 10 minutes  followed up with Keracare humecto mixed with Aussie moist conditioner and about 2 tablespoons of virgin coconut oil for 15 minutes.
[4] Leave in: A mixture of Beautiful textures tangle tamer leave in  and Aussie hair insurance leave in
[5] Styling: went over to my stylist for foam roller sets but air dried till this  morning. 

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05 June, 2014

Small Product Haul

I got these from Damilola of hairlisupplies.wordpress.com

If you look at my stash of current products, I had already listed these as part of it since I had placed an order for them.

Anyway, In one of my posts, I mentioned what I had to replace or restock. The Creme of Nature detangling shampoo is almost out and as it's a sulphate based one, I am reserving the rest for thorough cleansing occasionally and switch to something new- a sulphate free shampoo. I posted 3 options on my Facebook page and finally settled on the ORS hairepair invigorating shampoo. This is my first time trying a store bought sulphate free shampoo[ the African black soap which I have used on my relaxer hair several times is also sulphate free]. I'm excited to see how my hair responds to it.If the results are awesome, I may add another sulphate free shampoo.

Another free spot was for a creamy protein free leave in. By the way, I've given my cantu Sheabutter leave in to someone so I don't have any protein based leave in and I intend keeping it that. I got the beautiful textures tangle tamer leave in after reading reviews about it especially being moisture leave in. First impressions: very slippery- haven't encountered a slippery product like that before! I will have a review up after a month of usage.

Lastly, the ORS hairepair scalp and hair oil. I purchased it solely for the reason that it contains natural oils eg grape seed, almond etc. No petroleum, no mineral oil. If I can have all these in one bottle, then, I certainly don't need different bottle of oils I have. Am glad to be using up those oils so I can fully enjoy the hairepair oil. I might use it occasionally for green house effect but will be in full use when I have none of the other bottles.

I still need the following but not till I've emptied 5 products:
ORS aloe shampoo for neutralizing
and Clarifying.
A good moisturizer- still researching
Anti Friz serum
Two groganics DHT blocker system

In the nutshell, the no buy challenge has been extremely vital in curbing unnecessary purchases.

In the nutshell, my no buy challenge unless needed has been extremely helpful. It's been six months now and I look forward to the remaining months.
Joined on me on the forum for updates on how am doing with the use up your stash and grow your edges challenges.
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03 June, 2014

Coconut Oil Challenge Week 2: Co wash

It's the second week of the hairlista coconut oil challenge and the first week of the GHEZ hair challenges. What's the relationship between these challenges? Read on.
For the wash:
*Pre wash treatment with virgin coconut oil. 
*Saturated the scalp and hair with the oil, covered with deep conditioning caps for more than an hour.The fun part
*Saturated the hair with a lot of Forever Living aloe and jojoba conditioner and a little Aussie moist conditioner. I massaged these into the hair for about 10 minutes! The goal is to use up the forever living conditioner this month since it's been almost a year since I opened it.
* Rinsed and applied Beautiful textures tangle tamer leave in[more about it tomorrow]
*Sealed with jbco olive oil mix and air dried.
All I could pray for was for the aftermath softness to last till the next wash! The hair was extremely moisturized, smooth and simply sweet to touch
*Oiled the scalp with the coconut oil again for bedtime and covered with satin cap.
This morning, for the first time this year, GHE worked well on the hair- soft, smooth, and hydrated strands! Twice a week will be enough to maintain moisture in my ever thirsty hair!

My next wash will be on Thursday. I will use a conditioner instead of a shampoo and get foam rollers set. I'll still prepoo with coconut oil to end week 2 of the HCOC.
I have pictures of my edges on the boot camp level on the forum. They aren't too bad but I know I can do better.
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Emily Millionaire Coconut Oil and Herbs

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Hopefully you’ve had a chance to read my issues with finding hair products in Nigeria. Since I can’t always find products I like, I have been looking for locally made products. Emily Millionaire Coconut Oil and Herbs is a product you can easily find throughout Nigeria. I bought it in April 2013 and I’ve used it on and off since then.
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02 June, 2014

The Addiction You Didn't Know!

Since I've committed myself to the hairlista coconut oil challenge, I can't do weaves, braids with extensions but wigs for a day or two which is ok for me. I have tuned my mind to use the period to purge myself of the over reliance on extensions. It will surely be struggle for me, a difficult task yet beneficial in the long run.

It scares the daylight out of me thinking about the withdrawal syndrome much like the no buy challenge. An extension addict who gets easily bored with styles is what am dealing with. Am really scared of failing, no am not a perfectionist but I love to be at peace with myself all the time! I can't express the negative impact this addiction has on my finances, health and hair line.

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01 June, 2014

Hair Challenges Start Today!

So, it's 1st June and that marks the beginning of the challenges! I, most, definitely enjoyed seeing my progress from TWA to ear length.

As I shared in the posts about the use up your stash challenge and grow your edges challenge, you need to join in on the forum and follow the rules of the challenge. The durations of the challenges are the same.
Sign up ends on 14th June.

You also need to post a starting picture of your edges to track your progress. You will find mine on the forum.
I realised uploading a picture unto the forum via phone isn't working. I'll find out how to resolve that but till then, you can simply write out your list like I did.
As I mentioned on my facebook page, there will be 8 prizes for grabs at the end of all the challenges to cover each level!!! It's my habit to reserve revealing of prizes till end of challenges; it applies to this challenge.
Do it for yourself and your hair and not necessarily the prize:)
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