29 November, 2014

Wash day: perm rod set

Hi ladies,
I finally mustered courage to wash my hair after the last saga I had and ended up with perm rod set. Here's what I did
[1]  Prepoo: with nutiva virgin coconut oil for 2 hours which left my hair very soft.
[2] Shampoo: remember when I said I left some of the creme of nature straight from eden sulfate free shampoo that came with the relaxer? When I poured the content out, I had a spare shampoo by my side for fear it wouldn't be enough. Well, I was wrong! The so-called small quantity was more than enough to wash my hair! It is an amazing shampoo(I'll be looking out for it in the shops) I tell you no lie. That shampoo is fantabulous! My hair felt extremely soft and hydrated, smooth and silky.
[3] herbal rinse: I applied roux porosity control conditioner and followed up with coffee. I didn't rinse any of them out and topped up with deep conditioner.
[4] Deep condition: applied keracare humecto and left it for about 2 hours.
5] Styling: I went over to my stylist for perm rod set as I wanted something cute for Sunday.
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Verdict
No shedding: coffee rinsing might have helped with that.
I will keep off co washing till I grab a jar of the dark and lovely amla legend mask so I can do a mid week treatment. The harmattan will intensify in the coming months.
On a side note, am still diligent with my prenatal vitamins. I'm adjusting my fruits intake increase the biotin content in my diet in order to accelerate hair growth. I can't do anything about shedding; I can do something about speeding up growth.
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28 November, 2014

Celebrity Style: Looks like Genevieve Nnaji is natural

Folks, I couldn't resist sharing thisimage picture of Genevieve Nnaji on her instagram page. It looks like she's natural.
What do you think?
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27 November, 2014

Co wash; horrible shedding

Between the last wash and this mid week co wash, the only new product I've introduced into my regimen is Cantu sheabutter argan oil. I got the hair cornrowed for my wig which was glued to it [not my first time of doing that].
I decided to take down the wig because it wasn't going fulfill its purpose till probably next week.wpid-img_20141126_192739.jpg

The take down went very smoothly so
I decided to co wash and do a full wash on Friday.
I went under the shower, put some VO5 conditioner on the hair and allowed the running water to pour on the hair with my head tilted backwards. [ hmmm a minute of silence for what happened next].

I detangled with a wide tooth comb and the hair that came out left me wide eyed! I was shocked, stunned, surprised, overwhelmed all at the same time!I still don't know how I feel about the shed hair I saw. Add 6 months of shed hair together and you will get what I mean. No, I'm not exaggerating; it was a nightmare I've NEVER experienced in all the 3 years I've been on a journey.
I did a coffee rinse and applied a huge amount of keracare humecto for about 30 minutes.
I've been under a lot of stress since the last wash day which I think might be the cause. Even when I skipped tea rinsing the last wash, my hair didn't shed.
I don't know if I will be able to wash as I intended because I'm still trying to process the whole saga.
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26 November, 2014

Wash day with Shea moisture

The shea moisture cur and shine hibiscus and coconut shampoo. Since I discovered what works and doesn't work for me, I haven't worried about purchasing any product. Yes, I have finally reached the peak of my journey.
To start the wash, I prepooed with extra virgin coconut oil for about 5 hours. Actually, I'd wanted a salon wash but that didn't work out till later.
[2] Protein treatment: Kanechom chocolate which is out- well just about 5% remaining which I will use up soon. I'd wanted to do a coffee rinse but hadn't brewed it yet at that time so I postponed it to next wash.
[2] Shampoo: Shea moisture hibiscus and coconut shampoo once. One word to describe the hair after using this shampoo; awesome!
[3] Deep condition: Keracare humecto was applied and left on for about 3 hours. At that point, my stylist was in so I got a roller set.
I couldn't take pictures because I had no light :(
Verdict: I love the fact that the Shea moisture shampoo didn't disappoint me; it wowed me.
Now that the kanechom chocolate is almost out, I'm left with the aphogee 2 minutes reconstructor to use up. I've given the queen Helene cholesterol out so I have the chance to get the ors replenishing conditioner which I've done already. When the aphogee is out, I will still be using keracare but the ors replenishing conditioner will be the main deep conditioner. I'll use VO5 conditioner and the Dark and Lovely amla legend mask for mid week co wash or instant deep conditioning.
Am so relieved that this year, my hair has been in a good place. All thanks to moisturizing products and short stretches. Anywhere from 9-12 weeks is OK for me.
I'm currently four weeks post relaxer. Can you believe that? My hair has been so manageable and moisturized to the point where the new growth stays soft all day long!
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25 November, 2014

Hair Moisturizer for harmattan

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I love my current hair moisturizer. I do love to use the African Pride olive moisturizer lotion but that is solely for days the weather is moist. With the harmattan, the air is virtually dry and dusty which sucks out moisture from the hair. I haven't been one to hide my hair in harmattan yet my hair thrives because I increase my moisturizing and sealing. The best method is to have a hair moisturizer that will provide the hair with the needed moisture.
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24 November, 2014

10 relaxer application tips

Over the years, I've leanrt some things about relaxers and today, I share 10 relaxer application tips.

1. Don't mix lye and no lye at the same time
2. Always neutralize properly
3. Protect previously relaxed parts using petroleum jelly or sheabutter to prevent the relaxer being washed out from processing the already straight part. Simply put, relaxer over run can cause thin hair and breakage.
4. Know your texture so you choose the appropriate relaxer.
5. Follow instructions
6. Always deep condition after relaxing to restore either protein or moisture back into the hair. You can use either a moisturizing or protein based deep conditioner.
7. Don't mix different brands of relaxers
8.Let your stylist know what you want
9. Store relaxer properly
10. Avoid relaxing in the afternoon: you tend to sweat when the weather is hot. Sweat can cause your scalp to get irritated.
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23 November, 2014

Vatika Almond oil review

I purchased almond oil for its ceramides benefits. Did it work for me? Find out. Please, don't forget to subscribe!
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22 November, 2014

How to moisurize your hair under weave

Hi ladies, hope you are doing well with the last bit of stuff to end the year. Well, since I got the weave, I've had questions about how to moisturize your hair under weave. Obviously, wearing a weave or sew-in requires the same attention as wearing your own hair out. Neglecting your hair under the weave will result in dry, brittle hair and even makes taking the cornrows down a tedious task. The reason  why most people loose hair when wearing weaves is mainly because the hair beneath the weave is not moisturized. In the video, I show how to moisturize and seal in the moisture whilst wearing a weave.

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19 November, 2014

How to keep your bonnet on during sleep

''How to keep your bonnet on during sleep'' is a question that I get so often. In the video, I show you a simple trick that I use and has been working for me. I show how to keep your satin bonnet, deep conditioning cap and scarf on whilst you sleep. You will love it!

 

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17 November, 2014

10 tips when shopping for new deep conditioners

It's always a good feeling when you spot  new deep conditioners and are eager to lay your hands on it. I usually find myself in that situation and so, today, I'm sharing some tips that have helped me when shopping for new deep conditioners.

10 shopping tips for new deep conditioners

1. Read first 10 ingredients to be sure you are getting what you want.

2. Smell it

3. Buy small bottles so you don't waste money if your hair doesn't like that.

4. Have a backup plan so that if the product fails, you can grab your trusted one.

5. Read instructions

6. Read reviews

7. Know the brand

8. Check for availability

9. Check packaging

10. Cheap isn't always costly. Expensive isn't always effective
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15 November, 2014

Wash Day:Video Tutorial

As usual, wash day was at home. I also managed to record it for you; thanks for watching in Advance:)

  1. Prepoo:  I did a prepoo  with Makola Virgin coconut oil for about hour

  2. Herbal rinse: For the past two washes, incorporating black tea+coffee+rosemary brewed together has drastically reduced the shedding to about 5%!

  3. Shampoo: We used the ORS invigorating shampoo once

  4. Deep conditioned with Keracare humecto. You all know this is my all time moisturizing deep conditioner. Despite it's cost, it's a product I don't want to every let go. My plan is to get a spare one which will ensure that I have one around during 'broke' days lol.

  5. Leave in :Applied African pride sheabutter leave in

  6. I air dried and styled.see pictures below the video


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14 November, 2014

Creme of nature straight from eden review

After seeing and hearing a lot of raves about the creme of nature straight from eden, I got a friend to buy it from US for me.
Here's my experience with it.

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**Packaging: This is how it looks like and came with a booster, activator and creme, hydrating shampoo, and a deep treatment.

**Availability: not yet in Ghana so u may have to get someone to buy from US or check with the hair shops eg urbanmakes or ghlonghair

**Smell: coconut scent and very pleasant

**Processing: works very quickly
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13 November, 2014

Celebrity Style:Yvonne Okoro is going natural!

This is what the beautiful and sexy Ghanaian actress, Yvonne Okoro posted a few days ago. Lydia Forson, another gorgeous Ghanaian actress, who is natural sent her a reply.
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11 November, 2014

Kinks,Curls,&Coils Event Give Away!

As I promised on my Facebook page, someone is in for a ''Christmas came early surprise!'' The Kinks, Curls, Coils Meet n Greet event is organized by Jay of Kinks& Koils. The  even is open to everyone-natural hair, relaxed hair, texlaxed hair, loced hair, transitioning to natural hair, twa, whether you are in braids, weaves or wigs! It's happening live at Paloma Hotel, ring road, circle from 10am-5pm sharp! You get to enjoy talks and tutorials on how to wash your own hair,do style, maintain your hair as well as win fabulous give aways and more. You know I'll be there live and coloured so don't miss out. To put a little icing on the cake, enter this give away and stand the chance of winning a gift voucher for a great time at afrocomb salon. That's right! See what's on the voucher?

 

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10 November, 2014

5 ways to use apple cider vinegar on relaxed hair

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I've been using apple cider vinegar in my regimen since I started this hair care journey. I also get questions about how to incorporate apple cider vinegar into a regimen.   Based on my personal experience, there are 5 ways you can use  apple cider vinegar on relaxed hair.

 After neutralizing shampoo: When you use apple cider vinegar after using a neutralizing shampoo, you are basically using it to lower the pH of the hair. The pH is a measure used to determine the acidity and alkalinity of a substance. The scale is represented by numbers ranging from 0 to 14 where 7 is neutral. Greater than 7 on the pH scale is more alkaline and less than 7 is more acidic. The pH of hair ranges between 4.5 – 5.5. Lye relaxers range from 12 – 14 and no-lye relaxers range from 9 – 11. (source: Design essentials) That means you need to use a neutralizing shampoo to bring down the alkaline levels toward a more neutral level. Apple cider vinegar is acidic and therefore, helps to bring up the acidic levels. All this brohaha simply says for your hair to be back to pH of 4.5 – 5.5, use apple cider vinegar to help achieve that.

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09 November, 2014

Blog Anniversary Give away [1]

This is the first in the series of the blog anniversary give away I announced. The Haven organics curl cream is used for twists/twists out, braid/braid out, coils among other hair styles.

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  • This give away will run for 2 weeks; two winners will be selected.


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07 November, 2014

Sew-In Protective Styling

Am back to what works for me,sew- in. We used 2 packs of Ocean hair weave[I think it's made in Ghana]. I really love sew-in and for the past few years I've had just about one 'good' install so am happy this one came out well.I used to be a sew-in fan until I was told some stuff about it which put me off. The irony is that am a spiritual person so I don't see why I allowed some 'myth' to dissuade me from doing what works for me. I don't plan on getting braids extensions again so what I'll do is to keep my sew-in for what I used to do-6-8 weeks.  When it comes to installation-getting quality hair ensures  a happy ending:) Because I'm in love with this hair, you'll be seeing some styling bits here and there. My next install will probably be shoulder length just for a different look.

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04 November, 2014

Moisturizing and Sealing Challenge

For the next 7 days, I will be moisturizing and sealing twice a day. Other ladies on my Facebook page are partaking in this short challenge. The import is to realize how moisturizing and sealing is essential in order to prevent dry, brittle hair.
I will be using African Pride moisturizer lotion and ORS vital oils.

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Flexi Rods: Dry Or Wet Hair?

I've had my packs of flexi rods since 2011 I think and still can't seem to get the perfect finish.



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For me, I've attempted doing it on wet hair and it nearly destroyed my strands. I watery leave in but it didn't work. Breakage was at its peak! From trying to detangle the hair before rolling to the rolling itself becomes a nightmare for my hair. When I switched to creamy leave in, I thought it would work out well but that also failed. I still experienced breakage.


I, then, decided to play it safe and the flexi rod set on damp to almost dry hair. This has been the method I've become familiar with but that also doesn't give me the gorgeous look other ladies achieve.


, Share with me, I want to know. What do you do to achieve your results? What products do you use?
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03 November, 2014

Product Haul

Well, this product haul post is late but better late than never.
A. African pride sheabutter leave in: 20gh I think. I've had this on my target list for months so I got it once I had the chance.
2. Roux porosity control conditioner.



3. Queen Helene cholesterol which was around 22gh

Queen-Helence-CholesterolRoux porosity control conditioner: You know I loved to have this product for post relaxer use as well as on wash days.

1412435875313Perm rods: I got 3 packs in order to have more curl definition when I use it.


I still have a couple of products to stock up on: One African Pride moisturizer lotion and dark and lovely amla legend rejuvenating mask. Wheat germ and avocado oils are on my list too.
For conditioners, I have VO5 conditioners so that's enough.
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Celebrity style: Lydia Forson's Natural Hair Updo

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I love this natural hair updo on Ghanaian celebrity actress, Lydia Forson.
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My Sulphur Oil Mixture

I've finally prepared my homemade sulphur oil mix for my edges and overall hair growth. To prepare it, I used humco sulphur powder

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and for the oils,

***Jamaican black castor oil

**Black seed oil

**Hemp oil

**Almond oil

**ORS vital oils

**Eucalyptus essential oil- a few drops

**Virgin coconut oil

I didn't use any specific measure but the final results filled an 8oz bottle. I used even less than 1 teaspoon of sulphur powder in the oil for starts. If all goes well, I might use the 1 teaspoon for the 8oz. I use the sulphur oil mix daily at night before bed time, concentrating on the edges. Co washing is very easy for me to do so I'll keep the mid week co washing. What I can't guarantee is the weekly wash lol.

Have you tried sulpur oil before?
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01 November, 2014

Wash day with perm rods

This wash day was meant to test out my latest hair tool, perm rods.
Instead of light protein prepoo, I decided to focus on boosting the moisture level in the hair. In as much as I love the effect of the light protein prepoo, I don't want to overdo things. I also started the wash in the night by prepooing overnight.
[1] Pre shampoo: applied makola virgin coconut oil to the hair, covered with deep conditioning cap and went to bed.

[2] Herbal rinse: I used brewed coffee+black tea +rosemary leaves and left it on for about 5 minutes.
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