30 April, 2015

"Hair Mistakes 102"

In the course of the four years on being on a healthy hair journey, I've been through every possible setback you can imagine; protein oveload, henna treatment, thin ends, damaged edges and more.
I've compiled 10 hair mistakes I've committed as well as that of other ladies including readers.
Hair 102 is the final part of the series. As you watch, I know you will identity some mistakes you may have committed without knowing. Take measures to change these mistakes and avoid committing new ones.
This hair journey is definitely not a one way traffic; there are times you have to change directions.

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29 April, 2015

"Hair Mistakes 101"

In the course of the four years on being on a healthy hair journey, I've been through every possible setback you can imagine; protein oveload, henna treatment, thin ends, damaged edges and more.
I've compiled 10 hair mistakes I've committed as well as that of other ladies including readers.
Hair 101 is the first part of the series.

 

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Use 1,Buy 1 Challenge

Hello!!!
So though I don't have any product I want to purchase any time soon, I realized I don't have to wait to run out before replacing yet I don't want to buy haphazardly. I imposed a no buy challenge on myself as a result. Well, it seems I'm not the only PJ struggling
Thus, the no buy challenge I imposed on myself will be officially extended to you.
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The use 1 buy 1 is all about buying a product when and only when you have emptied one. Very simple. If you empty 2,3,4 at a time, you buy according to how many you've emptied, 2,3,4...
The essence is to still be a product junkie but with a purpose.
So the official start date is 1st May and ends on 1st December, 2015. We'll have monthly check in on Facebook or on the check in article.
Rules
1. Check in once a month. Talk about whether you've emptied a product, and what you are buying to replace it. You can share pictures.
2. List the items you want to empty.
3. You are allowed to buy during sales and promotions even if you've not emptied a product. Just be sure to mention which sales/promotion it was that you bought the items so others will be prepared to buy items when the opportunity comes again.☺

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28 April, 2015

Spring Valley biotin review

I've dropped bits and pieces of how the spring valley biotin is working for me. It's time for a full review .
In the video, I talk about how much it cost, how I took, how long I took it, how my body reacted to it, whether I had breakouts after increasing the dosage and if I noticed growth after all.

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Dark and Lovely Amla legend rejuvenating masque review

Finally, the dark and lovely amla legend rejuvenating masque review is ready. You know I've had this product since last year so it's time to share my thoughts on it.
Catch all the details in the video and do share it so your friends can also learn more about hair products.

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26 April, 2015

Denied Final Exams Because of Afro

According to reports, 3 girls of a particular senior high school were denied the chance to sit their WASSCE papers because they had an afro, bushy hair.
I know you've been through the no long hair system in Ghana. As a high school student, you can't keep your hair longer than perhaps an inch.
I don't CONDONE any indiscipline whatsoever but to prevent someone from taking this life changing exams is a total disregard for the parents of the girls, the self esteem of the girls and the societies promotion of girl child education.
Here's my thoughts on this issue.

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25 April, 2015

17 Weeks Post relaxer; 3 weeks to go

It's been 17 weeks post relaxer celebrations! With 3 weeks to end this challenge, I'm positive that other ladies are so eagerly waiting to hit the 20 weeks mark.

What's been happening? It's been 2 weeks since I got the yarn twists installed. I've been "washing" the scalp with dark and lovely scalp wash - see my initial review.
I took delivery of nature's bounty hair skin and nails vitamins which I'll start taking from 1st May.

I also won a give away; will show you the products when they arrive. They include...drumroll.. Mane choice vitamins!!!!! I'm excited about it.

I'm using the sulphur oil mixture I prepared some months ago. Now, my baby is old enough so I'm taking advantage of all the opportunities before the next one 😁😁😁😁
I also use the dark and lovely hair refresher to keep the yarn twist odour free.
At this point, I don't know of any other product I'll be buying as I have enough to last a full year. I'm officially on no buy challenge at all. My buying will start in 2016!😆😆😆
So that's it for the week in review; How was your week?

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24 April, 2015

Dark and Lovely Hair refresher & Scalp wash initial review

I won the Dark and Lovely Hair refresher & Scalp wash in a give away. It won't surprise you to know that I've had my eyes on this line for sometime now. Well, God brought them to me on a silver platter when I won it in a give away hosted by dark and lovely GH. Here are my initial impressions about these products.

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23 April, 2015

Yarn twists week 2

It's the second week of the 10 weeks of yarn twists 💪. The 20 weeks relaxer stretch has really thought me new things. By setting this goals in weeks, I'm more eager to reach it and put myself to shame Lol.
I'll be doing another wash during the weekend.
I've also been applying jbco on the edges and will start using sulphur oil on the scalp twice a week. I've had this mixture for a while and want use it up before making a fresh batch.

The dark and lovely hair refresher is doing a pretty good job of keeping the yarn smelling fresh despite all the sweats from working out 👌. My review will be up very soon.
How do you maintain your extensions?

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5 Postpartum Hair Tips

You know how much I loathed postpartum shedding. Now that it's gone, I have certainly had my share of ups and downs I can also talk about. In the video, I share 5 postpartum hair tips ;I discuss the use of water to curb the shedding plus other things you can do to decrease and eventually stop postpartum shedding.

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22 April, 2015

L.O.C.method on 4C Natural Hair(TWA)

I've been using the L.O.C.method on  4C natural hair[my 4c hair]. The liquid, oil, cream method basically means using a water based product first, followed by creamy product and sealing with oil. When you start right, you end right. Since I'm fully natural now, it's best to give the hair all the nourishment it needs as it grows out. By the time it becomes a big Ass afro, the wouldn't be the need to suffer from dryness.



That said, I've continued with the liquid, oil, cream moisturizing and sealing technique I was using when I had the relaxed and natural hair to contend with. The assumption was that if it worked for the natural and relaxed hair, then, now that there's no relaxed hair, it should work better. Indeed, I haven't been disappointed yet.

I don't know how long my hair will love this method but I'm going with the flow for now. Here's a video demonstrating how I use the L.C.O method on my 4C natural hair -TWA.

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21 April, 2015

How I make forever Clair Skin care products work for me

I've heard ladies complain about the forever Claire Skin care products  not working for them. Well, I nearly became one until I tweaked how I use it and since then, it's been a jolly good ride.
I started using the Forever Claire products in July 2013 or so. What I've been doing is to using a cleanser first before applying any of the products. Well, I discovered the reason why the product didn't seem to be working well on its own.

When using the cleanser, I'll dab a bit of cotton in it to clean my face. Apparently, it wasn't the cleanser that was doing the work, it was the cotton. The cotton was getting rid of dead cells by acting as an "exfoliating" material. It was cleaning the skin surface.
One evening, I skipped the cleansing and decided to follow Hubby's method of cleaning his face. I used my sponge to gently rub the FC product on the face. This face scrubbing technique left my skin feeling soft and smooth just like when I use the cotton and cleanser!
I've since been using this method and the Forever Claire products have become my no 1 favourite. I've gone on to purchase more items from this brand. I'm also glad to be supporting not just a made in Ghana product, but also supporting the woman behind it.
I have the acne wash, blemish control toner, blemish control soap, exfoliating soap and wash, and.   . I have given the sun block to my mom as I don't go out often. I'll be restocking the exfoliating wash, and the blemish control cream. In fact, I do love FC products more.

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18 April, 2015

4C natural hair: yarn twists week 1


One week down in this set of yarn twists. It's exciting watching that dreadlocks like look others have for keeping their yarn twists in for months! That desire is absolutely a good motivating factor for me.
I've been wearing the twist loose to avoid sweat from building up on the scalp. I use the dark and lovely hair refresher to prevent bad odour from the yarn due to sweat and the shower droplets that touch the nape area.

If the weather favours me, I might do a full wash in 2 weeks time. I miss water on my scalp.

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16 April, 2015

Wash day with Anti flakes scalp wash


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I will have a video demonstrating how I do the wash.
Since it's been a week since I got the yarn twists, I had to clean the scalp

1. I separated the twists
2. Applied the dark and lovely anti flakes scalp wash[See my initial review here]
3. Used a piece of cotton to clean the scalp
My scalp felt fresh and clean. I did see the dirt on the cotton. This means I won't have a problem oiling the scalp once or twice a week.
I also use the dark and lovely hair refresher to keep any odor off. I already like these products. I have the initial reviews coming up on www.YouTube.com/EmprezzAbena so be sure to subscribe.

I was sent the cantu sheabutter for natural hair to try. I must say that I love the smell of the products and look forward to using them.
Check out my review of the scalp wash on my youtube channel


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15 April, 2015

My love-hate with elasta qp mango butter moisturizer


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So I bought this elasta QP mango butter  moisturizer way back 2 years ago, gave to my sister when it left my hair hard. She also didn't use it so I took it back and now, I want to try it on my natural hair.

I loved the fact that it's very thick and creamy which was what I like about my moisturizers. However, I'm hoping my natural hair will like it. So I'm looking at different ways to use it.
**Overnight green house effect/moisturizing. I read another blogger's trick where she leaves it on overnight for absorption. I'll do the same and cover the hair with scarf and net and see how the hair feels next morning.


*** Use it as the cream in the L.O.C method of moisturizing which I do using my coconut oil,jbco, black seed oil mix as sealant and sheabutter as sealant.
**Apply with L. C. O using it as the cream and follow up with sheabutter as sealant.
I'll see if it will work with any of these techniques. If it doesn't, then, I can give up on it.
Each time I use it, I'll note down how my hair responses to it and give you a feedback.

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13 April, 2015

5 hair Mistakes I won't forget

Though I love how I've come to understand my hair, there are a few things that would have made an impact a difference if I had been more diligent. Today, I'll share 5 hair mistakes with you.


1. Henna; either the technique I used was the problem or my relaxed hair didn't tolerate it. However, the consequences of the henna aftermath isn't something I can easily forget. It literally gave me a major setback and till date, it feels like 2013 was wasted year in terms of retention.

2. Not visiting natural hair products early. When you are so focused on finding what works for you, you tend to look at what has been made to cater for your needs. However, it's not always the case that other products for other hair types won't work for you. After using sheamoisture coconut and hibiscus shampoo, I've seen the truth in going out of your comfort zone.

3. Using too many protein based products which was another nightmare for me. I've learnt the hard way; relaxed hair doesn't need so much protein. A little is enough for your hair.

4.Not having patience with my hair after the first big chop in 2011. Perhaps, after the first flat iron after being natural, I'd have been OK with once a month visit to the salon for a flat iron till I could do styles without the hair being straightened. I would have been at my length goal by now. Well, we live to learn. By 6 months time, I'll be able to hold ponytails again!

5.Not starting hair vitamins earlier. Now that I have a baby, it's funny looking back at the missed opportunities I had to take the hair growth aids.

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11 April, 2015

My Current Favourite Hair Products

Want to know my Current Favourite Hair Products? Here's my video.

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10 April, 2015

Wash day 2 || protein treatment


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I had another mild wash during the week to prep my hair for yarn twists. I did a protein treatment to strengthen the hair against breakage.
** Applied aphogee 2 minutes reconstructor on dry hair and covered with shower cap for almost an hour.
** Rinsed with cold water and applied keracare humecto creme conditioner for about 15 minutes.
**Applied Aussie hair insurance leave in and sealed with jbco mix.
**applied African pride sheabutter leave in
I'm currently in yarn twists again- affordable, easy to style. I have no plan except to use the opportunity to test the dark and lovely braid line stuff I won.




I'm back in another set of yarn twists. I love yarn twists because they are affordable, light on the head, easy to manage and don't require so much attending to. This one was done by my stylist-Rose-who came over to my place. That was her first time visiting since we relocated so it was quite fun. We used about 8 packs this time round though it doesn't feel heavy at all!

It took us a full day as a result of having to prep the yarn before installation which she did alone. I really love the pain free braiding of Rose.

She used candle to burn and seal the ends to prevent them from unravelling.

Anyway, I ordered for tresemme naturals conditioiner during the week which I've since  received so that's out of the product wish list. That list is getting smaller gradually!

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09 April, 2015

Products currently on my wish list

Let's dive straight into those  products on my wishlist. In no particular order
1. Lace wig
2. Sheamoisture products( Any line)
3. Lilly of the desert aloe vera gel: Type 4c ladies use this on their edges and for twists so would love to see how it works on mine.
5. Mane n tail detangler: I've seen a lot of ladies use this which I will love to have as I go deeper into the stretch.( If you know where to get this in Ghana, hook me up)
6. Tresemme naturals conditioner: part of the conditioners I want to use this year. The reviews I've seen rate it as a good detangler.
7. More curlformers: The 20 I have isn't enough
8. More Flexi rods: 20 won't do the work anymore so need more.
9. Manetabolism hair vitamins: love the reviews I've seen so far so will like to use it.
10.Hooded dryer: my natural hair used to take  awhile to dry when styled so I need it for.speedy drying.
11. Detangling brush: I've seen something similar to denman brush at the game which I want to use for detangling.
12. Indigo powder: I will dabble in henna again but with indigo.

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Since I don't have a ban on purchasing new products (except buying only when necessary). I'm sure you will be seeing some of these in my stash soon.
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08 April, 2015

Wash day || Itchy scalp (4C natural hair)


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  1. Applied roux porosity control conditioner and left it on for a while.

  2. Applied keracare humecto after rinsing out the porosity control.

  3. Rinsed out the humecto and applied jbco mixed with other oils, followed up with African Pride sheabutter leave in conditioner. 

Hi ladies, I got to wash my hair over the weekend to relive me of severe itchy scalp. Apparently, sweat from the daily exercises triggered that. I think I might have done some damage to my scalp with the scratching.
Anyway, I took down the cornrow and applied ors hairepair shampoo and left it on for close to 10 minutes. This shampoo tingles so I needed it to relieve the itching.



My scalp is still itching so I'll be doing ACV rinses with each wash day. Share your wash day experience woh other ladies at www.savingourstrands.com

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07 April, 2015

SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Sham…

You have seen the sheamoisture coconut and hisbiscus curl & shine shampoo  so many times in my wash days. In the review, I talk about the ingredients, if my hair likes it, and if it's going to be part of my stash.

SheaMoisture Coconut and Hibiscus Curl & Shine Sham…:

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04 April, 2015

14 weeks post || Biotin || Cornrows


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It's finally week 14! Can you imagine my excitement at hitting this milestone!

How time flies, right? Only 6 weeks for me to hit the 20 weeks mark. I didn't know I'll big chop now but I'm happy about it. In a few weeks time, I will look back and miss these carefree days.
I've been wigging it though I haven't yet received any negative comment too about my hair; it's rather the opposite. Someone told me the cut made me look younger which is not new considering my petit frame.
I'm taking 2000mcg biotin now. I started with 1000 and had no breakout thus I moved up. I'll eventually take 5000mcg by end of the year; for now, I'll finish up this one, do a proper review and switch to hair skin and nails vitamins since groganics vitamins are currently out of stock. These moderate dosages can still give the growth we want but our bodies react differently. A friend told me she has to take 5000 to see any results. Now that my hair is protected, I'll see how much growth I get in April.
This week also saw the start of the grow/maintain edges goal for April. The boot camp has also started- thanks to all who are participating. We'll see how the year ends. Unfortunately, I won't be sharing the boot camp challenges here but I'll still organize some challenges for the rest of the year. Any challenge?



I got my hair cornrowed with a bit of afro twist hair to keep the cornrows in for a longer period. It didn't hurt at all( one of the reasons why I relaxed my natural hair back in 2012 was because it hurt during braiding; well, I didn't also know much about stretching before braiding. I had longer hair yet felt such terrible pain). I, probably, have about 2 inches now.
Plus, I won some products from Dark and Lovely!!! I'm excited about them, especially, the braid line ones. See my daily updates on www.Facebook.com/ghanaianemprezzpage

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I've also been giving away products on my Facebook page- www.Facebook.com/ghanaianemprezzpage [ Join me there to win some goodies. Simply "Like" the page to receive the updates.]

How was your week?

Mat 9:28 ..."Do you believe that I am able to do this?" "Yes, Lord," they replied.
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03 April, 2015

How To: Take Down Braids And Weaves

How to: take down braids and weaves? When you are through with the beautiful weaves or braids, you are left with the nightmare of taking it down. That shouldn't be the case. See my posts on how I washed my weave. As one who uses extensions a lot, I've developed some techniques which I'm sharing with you today.

Essentially, what you need are:


  • bobby pin or roller pin to remove the braids

  • Scissors to cut knots in the extensions

  • Hair clips to keep the undone hair from tangling up

  • Detangling mix which could be a detangling conditioner, detangling shampoo, or oils.

  • Mirror to view the hair to guide you through each braid

  • A towel or t-shirt for your neck so you don't get the bits of short extensions that come off all over your body



Braids and Twists




What I do is to cut off the tip of the extensions since those parts are the most tangled.  I section it so I can work on it one at a time. I bobby pin or roller pin to undo the braids one knot at a time. I don't use my fingers because the nails could get stuck in a hair piece or even snag your own hair during the unraveling. At times, people skip knots and attempt to remove four or five at a time. When this happens, you find tangled parts getting more tangled. Going through the braid knot one gradually to ensure that you begin the detangling process as you undo each knot.




Weaves




For weaves, I randomly choose a place to start from because mostly, the end of the cornrow will rather be at the middle.


 I used my fingers to undo the cornrows since they are usually large ones. However, if they are small, use the end of a rat tail comb to undo it thereby preventing your nails from possible snagging. Apply your coconut oil and conditioner mix to detangle after finger detangling the cornrows. I prefer detangling one row at a time as I undo them to make the process easier. Bunched up hair is hard to detangle.


The last thing I do for either braids or weaves is to use a detangling shampoo. The step helps to prevent knots and tangles when shampooing.
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