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Wash Day: Moisture Is Key

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This wash day happened last week after I dyed my hair.
After washing out the dye,
1. Shampooed with sheamoisture coconut and hibiscus shampoo
2. Applied roux porosity control, tresemme naturals conditioner and keracare humecto.
3. Allowed the conditioners to work for hours before rinsing.
4. Applied Eya naturals leave in conditioner and sealed with afroriri hair butter.



I've been finally been able to grab a wig for my outings. Plus, my custom wig looks better now after applying some coconut oil to it. I can now wear my hair out if I want to or protect it without any permanent commitment. I have one particular wig I will be purchasing soon.:)☺:).

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Week in Review: The Awkward Stage, Again!

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At almost 6 months post relaxer, I can say I'm certainly over my short hair. Trying to keep it tucked away for long periods nor wearing it out often doesn't suit my schedule.
After two annoying encounters, I'm definitely not into wearing this short hair outside unless I get a descent twist or twist out. 😁😁😁
In fact, as I type this, I have wigs now. I twist up the hair under the wig and then undo it and wash, get another set done and continue that pattern. My hair can't fit into the cap if left out πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚.

It's a win-win situation. My hair remains tucked away when I want to or out if I want to without any brouhaha. I'm very happy about that.

Through all these, I'm happy to be natural. As I always say, 6 more months and I'll forget these days.
I'm therefore, willing to spend on this hair until it grows to the length I desire.

I am determined to grow this hair in its natural state so come rain or shine, I'll do so. On a brighter note, I'm now 22 …

Prize Mail from Grow Growing Grown!

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Hi empresses,
As I always say, giving support has its rewards and benefits. Well, I won some yummy products in a give away by  Grow Growing Grown


The Jane Carter Nourish and Shine smells good!!! The kinky curly knot today leave in will be tested on my next wash day. Then, the mane choice will be put to use in July. The oil's label has no English but I'll figure it out and give you the full details. The satin material will be used for 2 or 3 caps!
I'm very happy about the products and look forward to using and reviewing them as well as possible give aways too☺.
This is also the first time I've won a give away from youtube! It's really exciting to support others and get recognized for that. The other aspect too is that winning products add to your stash when you won't under normal circumstances do so. Lol.
Have you won any give away? How did you feel?

2 months Post Big Chop Length Check

So, before I hit 3 months post big chop, here's what my 5 months of natural hair looks like.

[youtube=https://youtu.be/47RaixKI5Ng]

30 Days Carrot Juice Challenge (June Hair Goal)

Hi empresses, it's time to share my June hair goal!
This time, it's all about cleansing/detoxification of our body to enhance healthy lifestyle and hair. All the details are in the video- how often to drink or chew your carrot, side effects and more.

[Youtube= https://youtu.be/UUtOzuybDlE]

Turn relaxed hair into natural hair Instantly!

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How do you do that? Well, that's one of the search words that have popped on several occasions is how to turn relaxed hair into natural hair instantly. I want to address this in case you have other people thinking the same way.
First of all, the relaxer process involves the PERMANENT break down of the hair(simplest explanation). The chemical changes are irreversible; that's how the relaxer is supposed to work else you will have a temporal straightness like that of a flat ironed hair. Whereas a flat iron changes the bonds for a short time, the relaxer brings down the protein bonds, straightening and rearranging them in the process.



What can you use to turn relaxed hair to natural at once?
The simple answer is NOTHING! Vinegar cannot make your relaxed hair turn into natural one. Neither will key soap, duck bar soap, OMO, Ariel, or even Akpeshie.

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A black experience again

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Hi empresses, It's time for a review of this week!
First, I took down the crotchet braid I put in for an event. Well, that hair used was the worse in terms of shedding. I loved the time texture so much but within 3 days, my home was hairy. It was very irritating having hair all over the place including Baby J's clothes! Awful, I tell you.
I ended up wearing my TWA to the event today.
My edges are worse again! Hmmmm. If I don't stop this braiding, I might get traction aloepicia, seriously. I do have cornrows as my last resort in terms of styles. Aside that, nothing else. May be by July, it will be possible to do so. As for now, it's TWA. I mean it this time round. I will get a wig to wear for interviews only. Apart from that, wearing my TWA isn't a problem for me at all. In fact, I can now use more products and do more washes to show you more of my progress.
Thirdly, I dyed my hair back to black!😁😁😁😁 Details will be on my YouTube channel so subscribe in order not …

Diva Box Subscription Service

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See the name on the page menu?
WellπŸŽ†πŸŽ‡πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸ’žπŸ’πŸ’–πŸ’ŸπŸŽπŸŽŠ it's my own subscription box!
The aim of this service is to provide ladies, especially, naturalistas, with a variety of new hair and beauty products to sample!
You get to try samples of various brands(3-7 products) which will make your trial and error much easier, less stressful and worth the money.

Why Diva Box?

Usually, ladies want to try different products at a time but the cost of getting individual items either from online or the market is a daunting task.
After getting what you need, you may end up having spent more on delivery than on the products itself. Subscribing to diva box gives you the chance to experiment with different brands without that stress! You get to try samples in the comfort of your room, hostel or office! You also don't need to roam around the country to discover products. We will bring new products to you right at your doorstep! So you enjoy your TV πŸ“ΊπŸ“ΊπŸ“Ί programs whilst trying new products!

Also, t…

The Secret Life of A Youtuber TAG

I was tagged by MiranisaWallace-Ollennu to do this tag. I had fun answering the questions!
These are the questions I answer in the video.
1. How long have you been on YouTube?
2. At what point do you think you will stop?
3. The best thing?
4. The worst thing?
5. How many thumbnail options do you usually take?
6. YouTuber crush?
7. Who’s on your collab wish list?
8. What are you wearing on your bottom half?
9. How long until you actually click “record”?
10. How do you feel about the YouTube community/culture?
11. What’s your secret to a successful channel?
12. Who do you tag?
[YouTube= https://youtu.be/QQCP0EbJu2w]

5 months post relaxer

And my 20 weeks relaxer stretch challenge has ended though it will officially end next week.

I've been wearing my hair out; so far, so good. I try to moisturize and seal once a day especially at night. My hair has grown a lot; I'm very very happy with its state.
Truth be told, I miss my length so I'm looking at improving on my scarf styles. I will get some big ones and use them. I honestly can't afford extensions anymore so I need better alternatives. My edges are too horrifying. Why do I keep complaining when I'm not putting in any effort to change the situation?? Seriously!

My Natural hair regimen

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I'm done with the #20weeksrelaxerstretch!!!!πŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺ
I'm both sad and happy. What started out as a relaxer stretch ended in me doing the big chop somewhere in March so I have a natural hair regimen now. I made the decision to go natural once and for all and stop complaining about my hair so much. My postpartum shedding was also really a pain I had to tolerate. Thanking you all for your advice.

5 months doesn't seem that short at all compared to counting in weeks. 20 weeks of growth. I love my natural hair, the texture, the feel of it and the easy maintenance I'll be enjoying when it's long enough for a ponytail. Yes, a lazy natural here. So, what's my plan?
Products
I have basically been using my regular products.

For shampoo, I used the ORS aloe creamy shampoo and still use it to clarify once a month. I do have enough for about 3-4 months. I'll switch to the dark and lovely shampoo for monthly use. I intend using alata samina when the former gets finished as my…

A lazy wash day(TWA)

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Hi ladies, I guess I'm getting really annoying always talking about my short natural hair aka TWA.( just kidding)
Yeah, it's all about being lazy nowadays so here's how the wash went.
1. Shampooed with ors hairepair shampoo, the last bit. I used that to detangle the hair as well using only my fingers. I had done finger coils [ see my instagram] thus I was quite careful with the detangling process. I didn't use any comb even when I finished washing. Therefore, I saw less hair on the floor.
Talk about the advantages of finger detangling.
2. Deep condition: using the last scoop of Dark and Lovely amla legend masque. I will repurchase this again for emergency use.
3. Leave in: I applied the African pride sheabutter leave in conditioner after allowing the hair to air dry for a while. Now, this may seem counterproductive to keeping in every drop of moisture but if I want to twist up this hair right after washing, damp hair works best. At least until I have the length for wet st…

My Night Routine for Short Natural Hair

My night routine  for short natural hair starts after wash days. Wash day routine  is different for regular days. You already know how I moisturize and seal after washing ( see here).
For the night or non wash day routine,
1. Apply African Pride moisturizing lotion in sections. This allows for better penetration and spread of the products.
2. Apply oil or hair butter
3. Apply doo gro mega growth oil to my edges. I sometimes use the jbco mix.
It's pretty simple yet effective.
Sometimes, I use both oils and butter to seal.
I'm looking at how my hair will respond to the Elasta QP mango butter moisturizer.

Wash day -Short Natural Hair

[This post should have been up last week]
I didn't want to wash when I took down the previous yarn twists. However, it smelt and felt terrible πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚.
**Clarify: I used the ors aloe creamy shampoo. I used a hand full to ensure a thorough cleansing.
**Shampoo: used the ors hairepair to replenish the moisture.
**Deep condition: I used the dark and lovely amla legend masque mixed with roux porosity control conditioner.
**Leave in: Eya naturals leave in
**Sealing: Jbco mixed with oils and Afroriri hair butter.
**Styling: twisted the hair for bedtime. This doesn't just stretch the hair, it prevents tangles and matted strands too.
Two days later, I co washed with the tresemme naturals conditioner for moisture ( I have about 4 more ways to use it before I review it).

How did your wash day go?

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How to start a healthy hair journey with NO MONEY

This post is particularly aimed at Ghanaian ladies.
So many of my readers have tried getting their journeys started but having no money to afford products is a huge complaint. Well, here a some tips on how to start caring for your hair when you have no money. By definition, no money means not enough, it doesn't mean the total absence of it.

If you know my hair journey story, I started with 5gh!  The first product I bought was one step leave in which lasted more than 6 months. So yes, there are very inexpensive yet effective hair products you can try.
1. Shampoo: Alata samina is a natural sulphate free soap you can turn into shampoo.
***Simply mix it with water and and use it as your shampoo. You can also get BO16 shampoo which is less than 4gh.
***You can also buy the big gallon shampoo that hair dressers use which is very cheap too. That gallon can last a full year.
***Use your baby shampoo; that's not too drying too.
2. Leave in: I bought MVP leave in for less than 8gh. You can cre…

19 Weeks Post Relaxer

1 week to complete the 20 weeks relaxer challenge.
How did the week go?
I twisted my own hair on Sunday and kept it till I got the new yarn twists. I've been applying doo gro mega growth oil on my edges and scalp.
I don't want to commit myself to any statement regarding what I want to do with my hair. I won't say I want to do this or that and fail. I'll go with the flow. I do have wigs for any emergency though and I have a full post on what my plans are for my natural hair so keep reading the articles coming up.
Aside that, my edges are improving and I don't want to cause more harm with constant braiding. Let's see what happens anyway.
This is the perfect time to purchase the Eya naturals line so look out for that.
My color treated portions of the hair feel drier than the rest of the hair. That's to be expected so I moisturize those portions very often. There's no need for me to fret as I'll be trimming them off at the end of the year. Not deliberately …

Am I really natural? 2 months post big chop

It's already 2 months since the big chop and I can't believe I'm fully natural. May be because I still count the relaxer stretch which my friends find very funny.
So far, I haven't worn my hair out consistently to merit a bewailing of what isn't working☺.
In my mind, I will be able to experience the typical natural hair ups and downs now that I wear my hair out regularly.

It really doesn't feel like I'm natural also because nothing has changed in my regimen. If I had more length for styling and what not, then, my regimen would have probably been different especially when it comes to styling ☺.

Let's see how the 3 months mark will be like.

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Hair Products Haul

Here's my first haul video. I've purchased some products since the beginning of the year. Catch all the details about the products.

[Youtube=https://youtu.be/i1LNlhl1oEY]

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Nature's bounty HSN before picture

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After the initial review of the nature's bounty hair skin and nails vitamins extra strength, I had wanted to do a length check in June. However, since I took down the yarn twists because of headache, I decided to do the length check right away.
I, actually, don't have any style in mind for the coming weeks and I won't commit myself to any promises☺.
At this point, my journey to becoming natural has been realized. All that is left is achieving the waist length goal. I also want to wear my own hair to save money. Honestly, I find that if you aren't disciplined, you will spend more on your natural hair. Anyway, back to the vitamins.

So far, I haven't had any funny reaction to the HSN vitamins. I take 1 soft gel usually in the evenings. I might not take 2 if I notice the once a day is working. To my other ladies using it, I look forward to seeing your results. I also trimmed off my long nails on 1st May to see how long it will take for it to grow back.
Let's see wha…

Nature's Bounty Extra Strength Hair Skin Nails (250 count) Initial Impressions

I'm through with the spring valley biotin and have my review up on my channel.
The next vitamins is the nature's bounty extra strength hair skin and nails vitamins. Watch my initial review of this product and how I intend to use it.

[Youtube=https://youtu.be/M3Sp29QP0N4]

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18 weeks post relaxer;2 weeks to go

The maximum stretch has been 17 weeks and now, I'm 18 weeks post.
What's been going on?
This week, I started a new vitamins. My initial review/impressions video will be up. I did finish up the spring valley biotin( check out my review).
We've also started the Use 1 Buy 1 Challenge, see details. I'm very excited about this hair challenge because in as much as it prohibits rampant buying, it also makes room for some buying.
Well, 7th May is my birthday!!!! There will definitely be celebrations both at home and with some friends tooπŸ—πŸ—πŸ–πŸ–πŸ›πŸ›πŸ›πŸ₯πŸ₯πŸŽπŸŽ†πŸŽ‡πŸŽŠπŸŽ‹πŸŽΆπŸŽΊπŸŽ€πŸŽΌ
I THANK GOD for the lives of all May borns.
Next week is another milestone; stay tuned for more in the coming days.
PS: I've not been well so I took down the yarn twists. When I get better, I'll give you more details about my awesome afro hair.

What's up for May hair goal?

This time, it's about hair styles. Get all the details in the video!

[Youtube= https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kn7cDNLj1qo]

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