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One Inch Hair Growth Challenge

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This  one inch hair growth challenge for December (1-30) is hosted by Joei of longnugerianhair and I want to partake in it. Check it out Here.

Througout the year, my focus has been on growing out this short hair. As the year comes to an end, I have to maximize every single opportunity to ensure that I achieve this target. Although some will say it's too late to get the one inch, I have personally witnessed ladies gaining up to 2 inches in a month! Some have also had increase in thickness within a period of one month. I won't rule out any chance to end the year with one inch hair growth so I'm going to participate in the challenge with all seriousness.

The first thing is to get a growth aid. I've been hovering around getting the nature's bounty hair skin and nails vitamins but unfortunately, by the time I was ready to purchase, it wasn't in stock again. The other option was to get the groganics hair vitamins but it seems that won't also arrive on time for the …

Hot Oil And Prepoo Treatment Challenge

This is the last month of the year so we want to finish with a bang by using the hot oil and Prepoo treatment challenge.

See the post on the benefits of hot oil and Prepoo treatment when you need to replenish and retain moisture. If you want to know which oils you can use for the treatments, check here. You can even use cooking oil. For the next 31 days,  we are not only going to give the hair these treatments, we are also preparing for the 12 months of challenges in 2016.

The benefit of the hot oil and prepoo treatment during this  harmattan is immense. During this season, the dry winds can cause loss of moisture in your hair. Even if you've braided the hair or are in sew-in, you have to prevent moisture loss else you'll experience severe breakage. I don't like to wear weaves or braids during harmattan but for this year, my hair is too short to wear out so I'm using a short wig to protect the hair. In this case, I can remove the wig, apply some oil on the scalp and cove…

I Touched Up

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I decided to touch up now and the next one will be 31st of December simply because I'm doing 4-6 weeks.



I used Vital Relaxer and the hair dresser kept complaining that it was meant for a blow out Lol. She means just to loosen texture. I was laughing in my head because she didn't know that's what I aim for.

Between now and then,  I'll be using the jbco on the edges and some hair vitamins ; either perfectil or biotin 10000 mcg. I'll let you know by the end of the week whichever one I get.
As to the length,  I was expecting much as I had trimmed some off last week or so.
What I rather look forward to is the next touch where I know I'll see some length progress.



I can't say anything new since you know my touch up routine.
How do I feel about my hair? Nothing. I'm more focused on my weigh loss thus my hair isn't  a priority anymore. Not that I don't care for it, I'm more worried about my 5kg belly and how to lose it if not half by the end of December. …

Thankful for Baby J

If you've been following my blog for a while, then, you know Baby J came into this world on July 31st, 2014. My little boy has become a big boy now singing nursery rhymes, dancing about and trying to play ampe LOl.

There are women out there who are seeking for babies- I have one and so, I have to be thankful for that. I'm not saying it's a crime not to have a child, I had baby J after 4 years of marriage. I would be the first to talk about the stress of trying to conceive, the lows and highs of the journey and the excitment that comes with knowing that you have finally had your prayers answered.

As the weeks rolled into months, my pregnancy got me praying more and more for all pregnant women because this stage comes with a lot of challenges. I was fortunate not have experienced most of the discomforts pregnant women go through although I can't tell you I had an easy birth process. It's something I haven't talked about but It's because at the end of the day, I…

I've Lost Count; Relaxer Update

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I mean I've lost count of the number of weeks I'm post touch up or post relaxer. I don't know, that's the truth.


I didn't note the date down out of sheer neglect and forgetfulness and now,  I can't find anything to help me find  it. I know it was in October but can't remember the exact day. So,  I'm only approximating my time to be 4 weeks, starting from 1st October. Per that, I'm eligible for a touch up in December, somewhere 18th will be ok for me. Right on time for the Xmas holidays.

Thankful for being A Ghanaian!

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Rep your country with pride because there's no place like home.



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Thankful for Family Love!

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No man is an island and we all need each other to survive. Here's why I value family love.


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Grow Your Edges With Jbco

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I've been reading about how to grow your edges with jbco so I thought, why not try it? I bought a bottle of Jamaican mango and lime jamaican black castor oil from mejs naturals for 45gh , I think. I've written a lot about Jbco and its benefits thus I wasn't in doubt that it was going to help grow the edges I've lost. The beautiful part of the story is that I can use it also on the whole head to increase hair growth. However, since the goal is to regrow the damaged edges, I just kept my focus on those parts.

I've been using jbco for close to 3 weeks CONSISTENLY on the edges every morning and sometimes, evenings too. What I do is each morning after styling the hair, I dip a finger into the bottle and apply the oil to the edges whilst looking into a mirror as a guide. By doing that, I remain consistent. Even if I don't style my hair, I've placed the bottle close to my skin lotion which serves as a reminder each time. In the evenings, I mostly remember to use it…

The Water Roller Set

Hi ladies,  it's time to share something I've been doing when getting a roller set and I call it the water roller set.
For wash day,  I clarified/chelated with ORS Aloe shampoo. The Ors aloe shampoo removed all the product build up from the moisturizing and sealing I've been doing during the week.

Next, I followed up with honey mixed with tresemme Naturals Moisture Conditioner. The honey was to provide extra moisture since the harmattan is getting severe. The last thing I need is this short hair suffering a setback or from breakage.
The next day,  I went to the salon and simply used a conditioner to wash. Because I'd use the ors aloe shampoo the previous day, I didn't want to use another shampoo else it would deplete the moisture in the hair.
After that,  she applied leave in conditioner (she used dark and lovely leave in conditioner which I've really come to like for its texture) and that's where she used the water to roller set which gives the technique the n…

Thankful for Love

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Raise your hand if you believe in the power of love!
I do believe in the love conquers all theory. Want to know why? Here's my video on it.



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Thankful for music!

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💃💃💃💃💃 If music is the food of life, then,  play on!
Here's what  I say about about music in my life!

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Thankful for Water

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Water is life. Simple. If we could live without water, I'm sure our bodies would be worse than of an alligators or crocodile Lol. Here's what I say about water.


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Why You Shouldn't Use Glycerine In Harmattan

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Glycerine can be a good humectant but there's a reason why you shouldn't use glycerine in harmattan. Dabs explains why you shouldn't use glycerine in harmattan. Read on
Naijahaircangrow.blogspot.com

Thankful for Books & Social Media

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Social Media has become an integral part of our life together with books. Whereas there are some downsides to the use of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, whatsapp among others, we have to acknowledge their role in helping us connect with each other. Here's what I say about having books and being on social media.
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Hair Products Haul

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Here's the hair products haul I've been raving about.
Get details about all the what I bought and how I want  to use them or have been using them Lol.
So, I purchased the following :
** Mango and Lime Jamaican black castor oil. I've been extremely diligent with this jbco on my edges and I'm reaping the results. My edged look better than last month. I'll keep using it till it recovers fully. To ensure that my edges stay intact, I had them left out during the weave install.
**Eco Lesterol from the ecoco brand. Most people are aware of Eco styler gel. Well, the same company makes the cholesterol treatment Eco Lesterol and I must say that I'm in love with this choice. My hair loves it so much so it's a keeper. I'll be doing a full review during the month so be sure to be subscribed to my youtube channel.


**Cantu Sheabutter deep treatment masque. What else can I say? It's an amazing product and I'll share more details when I review it. I really like the c…

Thankful for Peace and Political Freedom

I love my country's democratic system and the peace we are enjoying so I have to be thankful for this blessing.

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Thankful for Salvation

When we are down and feel alone the one person that never leaves us is the Holy Spirit. He's our comforter here on earth to help us live our lives as saved people of God because Jesus Christ has given us our salvation. Here's what I think about being saved.

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When You Are So Tired But...

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There are days I don't want to share anything about my hair but it seems I've become so used to sharing all the bits and pieces of my hair journey it's so hard staying away from updates.



However, I'm tired. I've sabotaged my progress,  gone back and forth and still not really sure why I can't make up my mind. I do know that I know how I can regrow my hair and that's enough for me. For this weave,  I'm just keeping it for 2 weeks. If I can do more, I'll be ok.
My touch up should either be in late December or late January depending on the growth I get.

As for products, ever since I mastered what my hair needs, I haven't had any issues whatsoever. In fact,  I can proudly declare that relying on the 90% moisture rule has made the year less stressful. What I want  now is to get back to the bun life and live it like that.
I'm tired but this blog isn't going anywhere. I'll definitely get to the goal and then we'll see where to go next.
In th…

Thankful for Love

For God so loved the world... John 3:16. This verse is known by every Christian and what it means for us. Out of love,  we were saved. Out of love,  Adam didn't reject Eve for her sins, out of love, Abraham was willing to sacrifice his son, out of love, we are born into this world by women who will give up all that  they have to make us succeed.

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Thankful for Past Experiences

Today,  I'm thankful for all that I've gone through in my life. Some of the things were my own mistakes and I learnt from them. Whatever it is that I've experienced, I'm thankful for it. I'm a better person now. Watch the video for more.

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Thankful for Sight

We take certain parts of our body for granted including the sense of sight. In the Bible, one of the miracles Jesus performed was healing the blind. Our sight is very crucial to our existence and if you are blessed to have your sight, be thankful. Here's what I say about my sight, especially, after using glasses for several years.

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Pictures of my short term sew-in

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I got a short term sew-in to get a break from my daily styling of my hair. I call it short term because I don't intend to have it more than a week and so, I didn't use any expensive weave hair. I opted for a synthetic weave for that reason.



Sew-in is good for those who want to protect their whole hair; some opt to leave a bit of the hair out which was the initial thing I was going for but I later got it covered since the leave out required a bit of taming.



The whole process took about 2 hours and when she was done, I wish she could have straightened it because there were a lot of fly away hair LOl.








Thankful for Education

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Educate a woman and you educate a whole nation. Here's why I'm thankful for education.


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Thankful days 12 & 13 : Food, Shelter & Clothing

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If you are fortunate to have food, shelter and clothing,  then,  bless the Lord at all times!


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Jumping Rope

That's the goal for the  week and I know to jump rope aka skipping rope is a familiar game at the basic level.

Since I won't be at the gym for a few days, jumping rope is the next best thing when it comes to cardio workout.

Thankful Month day 11 (Ministers of God)

It's for a reason that Our Lord Jesus left the apostles a charge to keep the sheep together- so that devil can't get to them. We need ministers of God to direct and help us in our Christian walk. Here's what I say about ministers of God.

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Not Feeling My Hair

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Short hair isn't my thing. Full stop.
I'm in a weave to help me stay away from my hair for a couple of days.



I love my hair but I don't like styling short hair anymore than I like going to work without a lipstick. The weave I got is just 8 inches so it's long enough to style but not also
bothersome. I've not been taking the vitaverz like I should may be because of the taste it leaves in my mouth after taking it.
I'll be back on the nature's bounty till I can get my hands on Mane Choice.
I don't even know how to express my not-so- cool mood.
Better days ahead.

Can Braids Protect Your Hair From Harmattan?

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Here's a question that has come up and I do know that this is a question on the minds of newbies. Can Braids protect your hair from harmattan? Yes, it can. In fact, in my opinion, compared to weaves,  braids are the better protective style for harmattan.

You are able to wash and condition braids more than when in weaves due to the individual strands of the  braids as compared to  the cornrows of the weave.

Also,  it's less stressful spraying your moisturizer on your braids than on your weave ( see my YouTube channel for how I moisturize and seal my hair when in Braids or weaves).
Thirdly,  braids are more airy compared to weaves.



Despite these problems,  I'm more of a weave person who tried to become a braids person and failed.  I do love weaves regardless of the season, all that matters is you paying attention  to your hair in whatever style you choose for the harmattan.

Deep Conditioning Dry Hair

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It's week two of the deep conditioning challenge and this time, I chose to do the deep conditioning dry hair technique that I've seen  some hair bloggers do. I did this technique for the fact that I made some discoveries about my hair.

Normally, I'll Co Wash and call it a night. However, after careful observations,  I've come to the conclusion that Co washing alone doesn't just cut it for me. It doesn't give me the maximum moisture the hair needs. Since I began the twice a week deep conditioning, my hair has remained extremely moisturized and I don't have to do extra moisturizing and sealing till the  next wash. However,  yesterday, I chose to co wash to remove excess sweat from the hair. By the next morning,  the hair felt dry despite the leave in and butters I'd used. This isn't the first time I've had that. May be because I've seen the potential my hair has, co washing doesn't seem to appeal to the hair anymore.

Foe this week,  I chose …

What Products Do You Want To Use Up?

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For the month of November, I'll like to  know what products you want to use up.
I'm in the oil challenge so I do use oils for Prepoo when I can. I also do oil rinsing so I can not just use up the oil but also get maximum benefit from it.



As the year draws to a close,  I know we have some old stuff that need to be cleared. Keeping a product for a year isn't a good practice so let's make the effort to prevent harmful effects of expired products.
I'm almost out of the tresemme Naturals moisturizing Conditioner but I won't  restock  till I'm through with renpure. I also want to use up the grape seed oil as I mentioned in the  oil challenge post. I'll keep you updated on what I use up this November.

Thankful Month day 10 (Motherhood)

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Can you believe is day 10 already?

Today,  I talk about being a mom -  the joys of motherhood



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What Is Facial Cleansing?

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Just as we shampoo our hair to remove dirt, facial cleansing is to remove dirt, dead skin and excess oil that can block the pores.

There are differing views on the most effective method of cleaning. Some advocate in the mornings because the skin sheds the dead cells during the night so morning cleansing is best. Others are of the view that make ups and stuff need to be cleaned in the night before bed so it'd better to cleanse at that time.
Personally, I advocate for both. If you wear make up,  then,  you can use a make up remover and then use a facial cleanser.  I leave out the facial scrubbing for the morning. I simply wet the face in the morning and apply a Scrub. I get to enjoy a fresh face both night and day.



What to use for Facial cleansing?  We have  facial soaps and face washes. The difference is that the wash is more milder. I,  now,  use African Black Soap as my facial cleanser and it's doing just well. I love the FC facial washes too.
Just like hair products, you have to…

Cantu Sheabutter Deep Treatment Masque Wash Day

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I wonder why I hadn't tried a Cantu Sheabutter deep treatment masque wash ever since I got the product. For week two of the deep conditioning challenge, I may just stick to one wash because I don't want to loose this smoothness I'm enjoying as regards my hair all thanks to the Cantu Sheabutter masque.
I was out of my mind when my stylist couldn't do my hair due to her faulty dryer so I had to seek for a new one.
She's a bit far from me but after this experience with her, I may just make that trip all the time.
To begin,  she cleansed with renpure cleansing conditioner. Whilst she was washing,  I think she was taking glances at the directions on the bottle and all the products I had brought.
When it was time to deep condition, she applied the deep treatment masque to the edges first -  something madam know-it-all doesn't remember to do Lol.  She also read the directions and wanted to follow the time to use the Cantu sheabutter deep treatment masque but I obliged her…

Thankful Month day 8 (Grandparents, Uncles & Aunts

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There's no one who came to this world by dropping from the skies. Each of us were born to people who  were born to some people- you get the drift.
Our grandparents have done their parts in giving us parents who've in turn nurtured and given us what they can.


I'm so grateful for my grandparents on both sides of the family. Here's what I have to say about them.

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Thankful Month day 7 (In-laws)

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The dream of every young woman who wants to get married is to get in-laws who will accept and embrace her.
God has answered that for me because my in-laws are really fun to  hang on with. From my father - in-law who happens to be in the same field of carrier choice, my mom-in-law who can chat with my mom for hours unend and the sisters and brothers, let's just say they rock.
Here's my video about being thankful for my in-laws.



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Gelatine Hair Mask

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The gelatine hair mask treatment has been on my to do list since Nitty of growingmymane.blogspot.com brought me a pack. What is gelatine hair mask?

This hair mask is made with gelatine. My readings about this product have shown that the gelatine has protein just like egg which makes it an effective protein treatment. The advantage of gelatine is that the protein is able to penetrate the hair better than egg protein.





To prepare the treatment,  I simply mixed the gelatine with water and stirred.



I applied it on the  dry hair and see how moisturized the hair looks. A few days ago,  my hair was as dry as a hay yet after just 2 deep conditioning sessions,  my moisture level increased and now see how the gelatine has settled in too. Mind you,  the hair you see looks nothing like when it's dry.
The gelatine is so sticky like gel and when it dried on my face, it was like a facial peel. I went to bed with damp hair.

Deep Conditioning for Harmattan Update

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The first week of the deep conditioning for harmattan is over and I followed everything to a dot.
Check out the first wash and the recent wash.


What can I say? I'm glad I'm giving the hair the moisture it needs. I'm keeping an eye on moisture overload but at least most of my deep conditioners are balanced.
The gelatine hair mask treatment was to provide the protein the hair needs. Gelatine is said to contain hydrolyzed protein which was the purpose for the mask.
Overall, I look forward to more gelatine hair mask treatments.

Thankful Month day 5 (SIBLINGS)

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For the whole of November, I'll be sharing all the things I'm thankful for daily. Each day brings new blessings and favour so why not be thankful for what you have?

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Thankful Month (day 4) Health

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Day 4 of the thankful Month  series. Here's what I'm thankful for.



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Getting Rid Of Acne With Alata Samina

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Back in the days, I used to see a lot of youtube ladies talk about getting rid of acne with alata samina aka African Black soap. If you've read about how I've come to  use African Black Soap aka alata samina in my facial regimen,  then,  you'll have guessed that the number one factor for the switch is acne.
I have an occasional acne breakout, usually at that time of the  month and it can be severe. For the past few days that I've been diligent in cleansing with the black soap, I've seen an improvement in the texture of the skin. Aside that, the African black soap is an all natural soap therefore I'm not exposing myself to unnecessary chemicals.

From being rough to more smooth texture and more even skin. The alata samina I use is the market one. There are other already processed black soaps with added fragrances but I don't want to use them because I don't know how those additives will affect the skin.



So,  how has my acne been?  Minimal so far. It's be…

African Black Soap in Facial Care

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A few years ago,  I decided to jump on the African black soap in Facial care bandwagon. Alata samina, as we call it,  is raved as a great cleanser.
Well, I tried to use the African black soap at that time thinking I was going to achieve the same results too but it failed. I mean I got some serious breakout so I concluded it wasn't for me.


Now,  I'm back to using alata samina and the difference this time is that I have a regimen. I didn't have a regimen back then so I was obviously going about the whole process wrongly. Currently, that's the only thing I use as a cleanser before using a facial scrub. I use it about twice a day if I wear make up. The interesting part is that my face doesn't feel so dry after use!
Do you use African black soap in your facial care regimen?

Deep condition with Eco Lesterol

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The eco lesterol is a type of cholesterol treatment made by the Eco brand (manufacturers of eco styler gel).  This is the first deep conditioning of the month and I did it with Eco Lesterol.

I was just excited to deep condition but you can't cut corners.
**Prepoo: I layered different oils starting with mejs naturals neem oil, then, grapeseed oil, and Sheabutter from mejs naturals.
This layering was to prevent dryness from the clarifying shampoo since the aim is to retain moisture throughout the wash process. All that was needed was for the shampoo to remove dirt.
I washed first with ORS Aloe shampoo once and my hair felt clean but not stripped due to the Prepoo.


My hair was very soft and moisturized even after the shampoo.
I applied the Eco Lesterol and left it for about 5 minutes.
I remover the excess water and covered with a satin cap to call it a night.
Next morning, I spritz water on the hair which was actually still damp and soft from having covered it. I added kinky curly Knot today…

Thankful Month (day 2) My Parents

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Today is 2nd  November and here's what I'm thankful for.



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Thankful Month (day 1)

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We are in November, the month of Thanksgiving. What are you thankful for? Watch and find out mine.



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Deep Conditioning for Harmattan

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The challenge for November is to deep conditioning for harmattan in order to boost the moisture in the hair; the aim is deep conditioning twice a week. I'll also use the opportunity to try protein layering to revitalize my ends. Protein layering is applying protein to your ends to minimize breakage.



so for the first week,
*** I'll be using the ors Aloe shampoo to clarify and then deep condition with Eco Lesterol on Monday.

The Thursday : wash will be with tresemme Naturals Moisture Conditioner and deep condition with Cantu Sheabutter deep treatment masque.

Week 2 Monday
**Cleansing conditioner and deep condition with ORS nourishing conditioner.

Thursday : shampoo with sheamoisture yucca and baobab shampoo and follow with Cantu Sheabutter deep treatment masque.

Week 3 Monday
**co wash with tresemme Naturals Moisture Conditioner and deep condition with Eco Lesterol.

Thursday : shampoo with sheamoisture yucca and baobab shampoo and deep condition with ORS nourishing conditioner.er to

Week …