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Relaxer update: creme of nature straight from eden

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What happened? I decided to postpone the transitioning because I couldn't resist seeing the box of creme of nature straight from eden! I'll always be honest.  I thought hard about it for a full day and by evening time, I decided to give in. I don't think I will regret it but I do know that when I start seeing my new growth again, I'll be back in the 'I wanna go natural zone'. To prevent that, I'll tuck the hair under a weave for the holiday season.

My usual stylist, Rose, did my hair and although I didn't intend to, she popped up just when I was going to a new stylist.  When she saw the hair, she was scared the permanent dye would cause the hair to break off. I assured her that since we didn't dye the new growth, my hair would be fine. Aside that, I wasn't to going to have the relaxer all over the hair so she should go ahead. I protected the already relaxed part with roux porosity control conditioner.

For this relaxer, I used the Creme of Nature S…

Difference Between Prepoo and Hot Oil Treatment

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[1]The difference between Prepoo with oil and hot Oil Treatment? To me, the basic difference is that prepoo with oil is done before shampooing whereas hot oil treatment can be done any time without necessarily having to wash the hair.

[2]How do I  protect previously relaxed hair before relaxing?I use either sheabutter or my oil mix. I use roux porosity control conditioner when I have it. You can also use regular vaseline to protect the scalp and the already relaxed hair.

[3] What is your favourite moisturizer? So far, the African pride olive miracle anti breakage moisturizer lotion.

[4] Why do you use a sulfate free shampoo? I was curious to know how it will reduce dryness considering the absence of sulphates which dry out the hair.

Night Routine For My Hair

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[caption id="attachment_1939" align="aligncenter" width="136"] my texlaxed texture[/caption]
Hi ladies, I've got a few questions as regards my night routine for my hair. Am usually a minimalist when it comes to my night routine. By the time I get to bed, am sleepy and exhausted thus I can't spend too much time  on the hair.
[1] What do you apply before bed time?  Sometimes, I apply moisturizer ie the African Pride olive miracle moisturizer lotion. Occasionally,I use  oil mix and cover with deep conditioning cap for green house effect or simply put on the satin cap.
[2] How do you style the hair? With long hair, I draw everything into a ponytail like style but pin with a bobby pin. For this short hair, I try to scope as much hair as possible into a ponytail.
[3] What do you do sleep on? I have two satin pillow cases as I use two pillows. However, since my baby arrived, I've slacked on using those satin pillow cases; I try to use the satin cap inste…

Wash Day; Bangs and Bun Fail!

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Am now 8 weeks post relaxer and this wash day plan was to have some bangs and bun for an event. The beginning was ok but the end didn't work out too well:( . I went over to the salon as usual for the wash.

[1] Prepoo: I applied Kanechom chocolate for about 30 minutes. I love this prepoo treatment!

[2[ Herbal Rinse: After rinsing out the kanechom chocolate, the stylist applied the mixture of black tea, coffee and rosemary brewed together. She left it on for about a minute and rinsed it out

Wash day @ 7 weeks post+ Ramblings!

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The Wash

For this wash day, I went to Rose, my stylist. I'd wanted to prepoo with coconut oil but I wanted to give the protein treatment as a prepoo a second trial. Did it work out well? Read on!

I prepooed with Kanechom chocolate for 30 minutes under a deep conditioning cap.

2. Rinsed the Kanechom out and applied a mix of black tea, coffee and rosemary that I had in my spray bottle. I didn't want the mixture to go bad. Rose rinsed it out after a minute

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="197"] products used[/caption]

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[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="222" class=" "] prepoo treatment[/caption]

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="197"] after prepoo with kanechom chocolate[/caption]

3. Applied a generous amount of roux porosity control for about 3 minutes.

Product review: ORS Aloe Shampoo

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New packaging



This review should have been done a long time ago as I've restocked about 3 times; not too late though. I've had this shampoo as part of my stash since 2011 I think and my views about it today haven't changed.

Full name:ORS Creamy Olive oil Aloe Shampoo
Price: 20-25gh






Old Packaging



Purchase: Any cosmetic shop

My Thoughts:
1. ORS aloe shampoo is a Multi purpose shampoo you get value for your money. This is a neutralizing, chelating and clarifying shampoo. For those suffering from hard water, this is for you. If you use a "box cream", i.e. no lye relaxer, you can use this to get rid of the calcium deposit which tends to make the hair dry and brittle after relaxing. You can use it to get rid of product build up. I use it for all these purposes.


2. Slip: awesome slip which leaves my hair tangle free.

3. Easy to pour out though it has a thick consistency. This thickness makes for easy dilution and that still doesn't affect its effectiveness

4. Nice citrus like…

Product review: ORS Aloe Shampoo

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This review should have been done a long time ago as I've restocked about 3 times; not too late though.

Full name:ORS Creamy Aloe Shampoo
Price: 20-25gh
Purchase: Any cosmetic shop

My Thoughts:
1. Multi purpose thus you get value for your money. This is a neutralizing, chelating and clarifying shampoo. For those suffering from hard water, this is for you. If you use a "box cream", i.e. no lye relaxer, you can use this to get rid of the calcium deposit which tends to make the hair dry and brittle after relaxing. You can use it to get rid of product build up. I use it for all these purposes.

Co Wash,Thin Edges and Sulphur oil

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Since I didn't want to do a full wash, I decided to do a conditioner wash (co wash). If you follow me on Facebook and instagram, you would have seen this picture already. I'll come to it later.
I had no intention of a wash yet I couldn't resist having water on my scalp
. I, simply, rinsed the hair with warm water and applied Aussie Moist Conditioner. Left it on for about 5 minutes and washed it out. Allowed the hair to air dry for about 5 hours whilst banded.
I applied African Pride Sheabutter leave in and sealed with ORS vital oils. I might get a full salon wash on Saturday as my stylist is available.Am still battling my cold and that has also taken a toll on my energy level. I need to rejuvenate with a multivitamin as soon as possible.For the first time in my life, as far as I can recall, I've lost my front edges! It's always been the sides that gave trouble; this time, it's the front and all thanks to the disease called postpartum shedding. I have my homemade s…

Co Wash,Thin Edges and Sulphur oil

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If you follow me on Facebook and instagram, you would have seen this picture already. I'll come to it later.


I had no intention of a wash yet I couldn't resist having water on my scalp

4 Short Hairstyles

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Is your short; ear length, or even chin length? These are four short hairstyles I've tried over the past few weeks. With my ear length hair, I know there are challenges with styling which other ladies would also be experiencing. Well, those days are over! I've put together four simple yet elegant styles you can rock with ear length.

For my ladies who can't watch the video, See the pictures below the video.

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Let me know when you try any of these styles. Which one is your favourite? Do check my youtube channel for more tutorials. you can also see more styles in my wash day posts

4 Styles For Short Hair

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For my ladies who can't watch the video, See the pictures below the video.





3 Years Blog Anniversary Give Away!

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A lot has happened since my first post in December, 2011.The time when I had become obsessed with hair yet couldn't find a blogger based in Ghana. Out of that vacuum, came ghanaianemprezz.Am grateful for all the love and support you've shown me, especially, those who have been with me from day 1. I am not where I'd pictured myself; with cutting and big chopping every Noe and then. Yet, the wealth of knowledge and experience I've had is priceless.3 is a special number for me and to commemorate this wonderful love, I'll be giving away products throughout the month of November to the day of the anniversary.

Keep reading and sharing the blog articles so we grow more!

3 Years Blog Anniversary Give Away!

A lot has happened since my first post in December, 2011.

The time when I had become obsessed with hair yet couldn't find a blogger based in Ghana. Out of that vacuum, came ghanaianemprezz.

Am grateful for all the love and support you've shown me, especially, those who have been with me from day 1. I am not where I'd pictured myself; with cutting and big chopping every Noe and then. Yet, the wealth of knowledge and experience I've had is priceless.

3 is a special number for me and to commemorate this wonderful love, I'll be giving away products throughout the month of November to the day of the anniversary.

Keep reading and sharing the blog articles so we grow more!

Kanechom Chocolate Review

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Hi ladies, here's is my review of the Kanechom Chocolate which I bought about a year ago. I wasn't consistent with its use untill about 3 months ago. I can,therefore, now share my thoughts on the ingredients, how I used it, my hair's reaction, and its effectiveness or otherwise.


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Check out my other reviews

ORS Aloe Shampoo

ORS invigorating shampoo

Aussie moist conditioner

Kanechom Chocolate Review

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Hi ladies, here's is my review of the Kanechom Chocolate. Please subscribe to my channel:)

Youtube 200 Subscribers Give Away!

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Thank you, ladies!! To show my appreciation, I'm giving away a roots only applicator bottle. Watch the video for details!


Youtube 200 Subscribers Give Away!

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Thank you, ladies!! To show my appreciation, I'm giving away a roots only applicator bottle. Watch the video for details!

Why I Won't Big Chop Ever Again!

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I'm 100% certain that after my last big chop, am never ever going to big chop again.Never Again(In my Trey Songz voice).
What is big chop to me?
*Any cut more than 1 inch.
Completely cutting every bit of my hair.
What I know is I want to hit mid back length!

I should have been by now. Am so tired of sabotaging my journey with my perfectionist attitude!
I admit I always want the hair to be in what I deem to be better shape; it will appear to be healthy to someone though.Whether natural or relaxed,I want my mid back length by 2016!

Yep, I have set a time limit; I know it goes against the rule but that's one of the ways to keep myself from trimming and cutting off so much too frequently.It's unfortunate that it's taken me this long to this realizations but hey, it's not too late.
If I weren't breastfeeding, I would have been back on my biotin or even tried mane choice for a year! Am looking at other ways I can sustain my length retention and hair growth
.so if you know of …

Why I Won't Big Chop Ever Again!

I'm 100% certain that after my last chop, am never ever going to big chop again.Never Again(I my Trey Songz voice).
What is big chop to me?
*Any cut more than 1 inch.
Completely cutting every bit of my hair.
What I know is I want to hit mid back length!

Wash Day; Bangs and Bun

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I needed something sweet for a special event and because I don't want any tugging and pulling, I opted to use some kanekolon hair for a bun and my own hair for the bangs. How did it go?

At almost 9 weeks post relaxer, my hair doesn't seem to reflect two textures which is a plus. I'm guessing it's because of the nature of the texlaxed part which is almost like the natural hair. For this wash, I went to the salon again, I went to my stylist, Rose. I still don't have the energy nor time to do a whole day of washing hair lol.

1] Prepoo: Applied Kanechom chocolate and deep conditioned for who knows how long! I had to finish working out some stuff on the new site layout.

[2] Herbal Rinse: Coffee+black tea+rosemary rinse

[3] Shampoo: Rose used ORS invigorating shampoo to clean the hair

[4] Deep conditioning: Applied Queen helene cholesterol for about 30 minutes under a hooded dryer

[5]Applied African Pride sheabutter. When I touched my hair, it was sssssoft and smoothhhhhh! I …

Hair Update|| My Big Chop Progress

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I share how far I've come, my future plans and my goals. Do enjoy and please subscribe!

Currently Getting Twists

I had decided to stick to a wash but somehow, my stylist reminded me of some used marley hair I left some months back. Remember my first twist after the big chop?It's 10:21pm as I type and we should be done by 11pm. We started around 8 something so we aren't that far behind.

Will show you the details later

Currently Getting Twists

I had decided to stick to a wash but somehow, my stylist reminded me of some used marley hair I left some months back. Remember my first twist after the big chop?

It's 10:21pm as I type and we should be done by 11pm. We started around 8 something so we aren't that far behind.

Will show you the details later

Allergic Reaction Or Normal Itch?

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For the past 3 days my scalp has been itching like it's out of it's mind!

I would blame myself if it turns out to be a reaction to the black dye as indicated on the instructional manual. I was supposed to do a test on my skin yet because I presumed the semi permanent worked well, and because I have never reacted negatively to any hair product, I assumed I could get away with this too. Smh!
Clarifying the hair should have stopped it; that didn't work. Am out of apple cider vinegar too( why didn't I pick one up when I went to the mall this week?)

I will get myself to the salon for another shampoo to see how it will feel else I might shampoo the daylight out of the dye in this hair!

Even as am typing, the crazy itch persists all over my scalp! I'll see if I can get regular vinegar to try.
On another note, sorry for any inconvenience caused as a result of the changes in the layout of the blog. There are a few more changes to come so please bear with me. I hope all will be s…

Allergic Reaction Or Normal Itch?

For the past 3 days my scalp has been itching like it's out of it's mind!

I would blame myself if it turns out to be a reaction to the black dye as indicated on the instructional manual. I was supposed to do a test on my skin yet because I presumed the semi permanent worked well, and because I have never reacted negatively to any hair product, I assumed I could get away with this too. Smh!
Clarifying the hair should have stopped it; that didn't work. Am out of apple cider vinegar too( why didn't I pick one up when I went to the mall this week?)

I will get myself to the salon for another shampoo to see how it will feel else I might shampoo the daylight out of the dye in this hair!

Even as am typing, the crazy itch persists all over my scalp! I'll see if I can get regular vinegar to try.
On another note, sorry for any inconvenience caused as a result of the changes in the layout of the blog. There are a few more changes to come so please bear with me. I hope all w…

An Unusual Wash Day @ 5 Weeks Post

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When you have so much to do within a short time and your brain goes into absent-minded mood, you miss your routine!
This wash was done in the evening.

I set out to clarify the hair just to reduce the dye quantity- wanted a more natural look. As I stood in front of my product drawer, I ,unconsciously grabbed kanechom chocolate and slandered it on the hair. During the application, I, then, remembered my initial purpose.

I, still, massaged hair with the kanechom for about 2 minutes and rinsed.See my review of the kanechom chocolate Here

2. Washed with ORS aloe shampoo; the dye started bleeding again.
3. Followed with roux porosity control conditioner[review here] for about 5 minutes. Towel dried for 5 minutes.
4. Deep conditioned with queen Helene cholesterol [review here]for 15 minutes.

5. Air dried till 80% dry and applied African Pride sheabutter leave in. Sealed with oil mix.
6. I simply tied down the hair with a silk scarf and called it a night!



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An Unusual Wash Day @ 5 Weeks Post

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When you have so much to do within a short time and your brain goes into absent-minded mood, you miss your routine!
This wash was done in the evening.

I set out to clarify the hair just to reduce the dye quantity- want a more natural look. As I stood in front of my product drawer, I ,unconsciously grabbed kanechom chocolate and slandered it on the hair. During the application, I, then, remembered my initial purpose.

I Dyed My Hair With A Permanent Colour!

Oh, girls! Am going gaga with my hair lol.

What happened was I went to AnC mall to glance through the product aisle. In the course of that I picked up two dark and lovely products- a hair dye and a scalp wash.

Since I had taken down my cornrows I decided to wash.
However, the instructions on the dye said "apply on dry hair" and "shampoo after application". Well, I decided then that I can have my cake and eat it. I went over to my stylist who wore the glove that came in the pack. She parted the hair into four and applied the dye, covered with a conditioning cap and I went home to my baby.

After almost an hour, I rinsed the dye out, shampooed with ors hairepair invigorating shampoo[review on my channel www.youtube.com/EmprezzAbena]
My hair, at this point, felt too soft yet I wasn't concerned because I wanted to know how it would feel after it dried. I'd wanted to rollerset but my stylist wasn't available that's why I air dried.My hair didn't feel dry w…

I Dyed My Hair With A Permanent Colour!

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Oh, girls! Am going gaga with my hair lol.

What happened was I went to AnC mall to glance through the product aisle. In the course of that I picked up two dark and lovely products- a hair dye and a scalp wash.

Since I had taken down my cornrows I decided to wash.

I Am Going To Be PJ With A Focus

I mean am going to purchase more products but with a focus, moisture.

It's no secret that the whole of this year, I have been hammering on moisturizing products given my unpleasant history with protein overload.

Am Tempted To Transition

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My Hair is becoming a chore.

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I love straight hair but with taking care of myself and a baby plus possible tight work schedules and change of location, I can't handle my hair the way I want to.
There are times I wish I could skip washing for a month but that's not possible with relaxed hair. You are aware am not able to wear extensions for long; I enjoy handling my own hair.
If am going to be braiding to ease the stress, I will still have to nurture the hair to prevent damage to the relaxed parts. I don't have the energy and time to do that. At least natural hair can withstand "negligence" for a while.
I can braid and not worry about new growth.

I know if am transitioning, I will deal with line of demarcation; that won't be a problem because I won't be concerned with maintaining the…

Beautiful Textures Tangle tamer leave in review

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For those who've been following my blog for ages [lol], you know my struggle with finding moisture based products. Fortune smiled on me when I discovered the beautiful textures tangle tamer leave in. I've been using this for some months now and it's time to let you in on how it's been working for me. In the review, I explain it's ingredients, how I use it and how my hair responds to it. Please, don't forget to subscribe to support my channel.

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Purchased: 22gh

My Thoughts
1) Slip: enough to allow for easy spread. I haven't used it for detangling because once it sinks into the hair, the slip reduces.

2) Consistency: thick and creamy in colour

3) I use it daily too and it still doesn't weigh the hair down.

4) Smells good and does linger for a while. 4)Quantity: a little goes a long way! I really gauge it when pouring in order to control the quantity I use.

5)There are oils in it so I add just a little o…

Beautiful Textures Tangle tamer leave in review

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For those who can't view the video, here's
the text.
Purchased: 22gh

My Thoughts
1) Slip: enough to allow for easy spread. I haven't used it for detangling because once it sinks into the hair, the slip reduces.
2) Consistency: thick and creamy in colour
3) I use it daily too and it still doesn't weigh the hair down.
Absorption: sinks in very quickly and doesn't weigh the hair down.
3) Smells good and does linger for a while. 4)Quantity: a little goes a long way! I really gauge it when pouring in order to control the quantity I use.
5)There are oils in it so I add just a little oil as a sealant.
6)Moisture: love it! It delivers on it's promise.

This has come to stay!

My 4 Stretching Strategies

I think this is the first time I've really enjoyed my hair throughout the year without setbacks. All thanks to my simple wash routines and knowing what works for my hair.

Am currently 4 or 5 weeks post and with my previous stretches, I would plan what I'll be doing ahead of time only to fail and struggle with the stretch. The main cause I've realized is the lack of products that will help with combating dryness, tangles and styling options. I would put down an elaborate schedule for protective styles and what nots yet would still have a difficult stretch.

This time, my attention is on the kinds of products I will use and not so much styling because I get bored with extensions easily, I love to have my hair out rather than braided. Having accepted that there is a greater chance of me wearing my own hair, it's best I device ways of tackling my new growth.
Blow drying with cold air [thanks to Jen of Justgrowalready] stretches my new growth well so it's a route am will…

Co Wash+ Cornrows

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My hair felt dry so I decided to co wash on Monday.
1) Prepoo with eucalyptus oil mix for 2 hours.
2) Co washed with Aussie moist conditioner. I left it on the hair for about 5 minutes before rinsing.
3) Sprayed my "Anti Shed" leave in and added the African pride moisturizer lotion. I started putting in some flexi rod but laziness got the better of me. I stopped and air dried.
Today, I got my hair braided for a wig. No extensions. It actually feels good now that my hair is longer.

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