31 August, 2016

3 Solutions For Menstrual Cramps

I was the queen of painful menstrual cramps until I made some lifestyle changes and also finding relief after my baby was born.

Prior to my pregnancy, these things helped cut down on menstrual cramps.

  1. Brisk walking prior to your flow, jump rope (skipping rope), planks or some abs. At least three days to your menstruation, go for long walks. I find these to help with the muscles in a way (can't say the science behind it) 

  2. Cut down  on milk, sugar and caffeine at least a week to your flow. These used to make me feel more bloated and uncomfortable, cutting them reduced that ultimately. 

  3. The most important change after my baby  was tampons! Apparently, the  pain we feel is when the discharge is making its way out. The muscles have to contract to push the thing out. By using tampons, the muscles didn't need to work themselves in pushing stuff down which eases the pain! Even after my baby, there were horrible times but after tampons, I can boldly say no more pain. Give it a try! 
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30 August, 2016

Relaxer Update (August 2016)

I decided to end the stretch because the underprocessed and new growth were too much to handle.

To prepare the hair,  applied some Castor oil on the scalp the previous night and had a good massage to relax the Scalp. 

Next morning, I applied Chi silk infusion to the already relaxed hair. I used ABC relaxer again and allowed the hair dresser to smoothen for about 5 minutes. I sat down for another 10 minutes. 

After shampoo,  she used apple cider vinegar diluted in water to rinse. I deep conditioned for about another 10 minutes under hooded dryer with the Cantu sheabutter deep treatment mask. Because the Chi silk infusion is protein based,  I didn't want to use a protein treatment. 

I let her roller set with just water after applying Cantu sheabutter anti frizz foam leave in conditioner.

Watch the video to see my length.  

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Quick Wash Day + Good News

The month of August has been one of the most beautiful dark times in my life but I still have to find the strength to be better and stronger and that includes still caring to wash my hair to look presentable.

In the midst of the chaos and success, I took down my cornrows because it reminded me of the turmoil I'd gone through - I got them with a reason and that reason turned into a painful memory. Each time I looked at the cornrows, I was reminded of what I'd been through and where I'd gone.

I washed with  Sheamoisture African black soap shampoo to clarify the hair and followed up with Cantu sheabutter rinse out conditioner. I'll deep condition next wash. 

I air dried without stretching or blow drying because I wasn't sure I'd wear it out - my mind is 80% on wigs for September which means I can do green house effect challenge!!! 

I'm getting better as I mentioned in the previous post,  physically and emotionally. God has also blessed me with  a new job so I can say Blessed be His Name for providing light in the midst of the storm. My husband has been my rock and I praise God for him. I pray God will bless him abundantly and exceedingly. I've been barely out of a job and God has offered a new one. 

I've also taken control of other areas of my life including achieving financial freedom in 12 weeks. I've grown wiser and smarter in spending  so it's time to be a saver. Minimal spending on hair products, replacing only when needed, restock facial cleansers and scrubs and streamlining my income will go a long  way to get to my Goals. I'll make a separate post on that. 

Anyway,  that's it about my hair. Watch my video on www.youtube.com/EmprezzAbena for how to finger Detangling to see my current length. 
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29 August, 2016

Castor Aloe Oil + Hair Update

I first created the castor aloe oil for my scalp but I stumbled on an article about how the same combination helps with burns and scars! It's that powerful.

I, therefore, decided to make another batch purposely for my edges for September to November.

I cut the gel out of the fresh aloe vera and poured  in the Jamaican Black Castor Oil and added three drops of peppermint oil. 

When I apply on the edges, it feels soft and moisturized whilst I know  the new growth coming in will be healthy and strong too. If I don't feel like wearing my hair out, I'll just wig it too. 

As for vitamins, I've been given prescribed a women's vitamin which will last for 30 Days. After that,  I'll get another pack and then I'll be fully recovered. Yes, I've not been well for about a week now but I'm better. So, by September ending or  afterwards, I'll think of when to relax. 

Until then,  the best I can do is scalp massages, daily application of oil on scalp and edges, drinking more water, moisturizing and sealing and weekly deep conditioning. I'm considering getting a heating cap to provide heat for my low porosity hair. 

One thing I've also learnt about low porosity hair is using warm water to rinse instead of cold water so I'll try that and report back to you.

So the next edges updates will be on 29th September and then 29th October.  I'll create a second batch of the castor aloe oil at the end of September. 
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30 Days of Green House Effect

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Can you believe we are on challenge 9 of the #ghanaianemprezz12monthschallenges? What a year of awesome hair care and we won't end it without doing the all popular green house effect or baggying method depending on what you want.

Green House Effect has numerous benefits such as increasing moisture in the hair, increasing hair growth  and making the hair soft. In this harmattan, green house effect is a great technique in maintaining moisture in the hair, preventing dryness and keeping the hair soft.

If you are in braids, you can  still do the green house effect. I'm in cornrows and will be doing it as well as showing you how I do it. All you'll need are shower caps, wig cap and shopping bag. 
All you need is a natural oil,  apply on your hair,  cover with a shower cap and leave overnight or some hours. You don't have to rinse your hair or wash it after the green house effect.

Do the method at least twice a week; you don't need daily else you  will get moisture overload.
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27 August, 2016

How To Treat Relaxer Burns

When you relax your hair and get relaxer burns , what do you do? Allow the hair to be, wash it again or just complain? 

In today's video,  you'll know the immediate steps to take when you get a relaxer burn,  the products to apply and how to treat the  sore.  

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26 August, 2016

My Hair @ 5 Weeks Post Relaxer

My cornrows have saved me a lot of stress and energy in dealing with my own hair . At 5 weeks post relaxer, all I want to do is to continue keeping this cornrows till I hit week 12.

I apply oil almost daily to the edges and three or four times a week, on the Scalp. I want to prevent losing the edges and also keeping the hair moisturized so I spray Cantu sheabutter split end mender on the braids itself since the product is very watery and light. Using on my own hair leaves it too damp so it's better this way. 

The split end mender will be able to work on the hair to prevent the any split if it really does that. 

I won't be washing the cornrows but will clean the Scalp with cotton as the weeks go on. 

When I hit 12 weeks, we'll see which direction I'll take; relax or continue stretching by braiding again. 

I'm preparing to go back to work after this holiday break so I won't have time for my hair until I settle down. These cornrows are making it easy for  me so I won't mind getting another set around October after taking the current one down. I may just enjoy the hair for a few days and then hide it again. 

How's your hair? 
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Sublime Sulphur, Argan Oil and More

We've had new hair products in the shop.

We have instanatural Argan oil, humco sublime Sulphur which you mix with oil to apply to your scalp to increase hair growth. 

 **we naturals coconut oil, we naturals hemp range which help to provide moisture for you hair as well as for prepoo treatment.  

** Cantu sheabutter leave in conditioner, Cantu sheabutter curl cream. 

**aloe vera juice which can be used as a hair spritz, can be drank to detoxify the body too.

** Jamaican Black Castor Oil, Rosemary essential oil, peppermint essential oil, lavender essential oil 


**Nature's bounty hair skin and nails vitamins.  

Check www.ghanaianemprezz.com/shop to make your purchase or contact 0541458372
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10 Ways To Use Hair Oils

There are a variety of hair oils one can use on the hair to achieve healthy hair. From Coconut oil, castor oil, grape seed oil, palm oil, palm kernel oil, Avocado oil, and also essential oils. 
In the video, I share 10  Ways you can use your hair oils and derive maximum benefit. 

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25 August, 2016

How To Choose A Relaxer

When you decide to relax your hair,  you may have these questions on your mind 

  1. Which relaxer is best for me? 

  2. Which relaxer can get me the texture I want? 

  3. Which relaxer is can I afford? 

In my video,  I give you some tips on how to choose relaxer for your hair and get the results you want. 

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24 August, 2016

Types of Shampoos For Your Hair

Dirty hair doesn't promote hair growth  as erroneously believed; shampoos are meant to clean the Scalp and hair and to unclog the pores for better hair  growth. 

Shampoos come in different types and for different purposes. Knowing which one to select and use will go a long way to either get you to your hair goals and prevent more damage. 

Whether your hair is natural or relaxed,  you'll need a shampoo in your hair Regimen. In the video,  I give the different types of Shampoos and their uses. You'll also get to know the difference between clarifying and chelating. 

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23 August, 2016

QUICK & EASY Hot oil Treatment (feat We Naturals Hemp Oil Treatment

You'll find a couple of posts on hot oil treatment and its benefit but just to summarize for the sake of new readers, hot oil treatment is done to protect the hair against dryness and to prevent hygral fatigue too. 

In my video,  I demonstrate  the We Naturals hot oil treatment.

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How to Prevent RELAXER BURNS

Relaxers are chemicals meant to straighten our hair but we have to take measures to ensure that this doesn't damage our hair at the  same time. 

One of the effects of relaxers is getting  a relaxer burn which can be quite a painful incident. Relaxer Burns can be caused by either scratching your scalp before application of the relaxer, a relaxer too Strong for your hair or even a scratch from the convenience used in the relaxer application. 

In the video,  you'll get some tips on how to prevent relaxer burns. 

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22 August, 2016

How To Moisturize Cornrows (under wigs)

Wigs afford us a simple way of protective  Styling  with ease. When wearing  wigs,  we usually braid cornrows beneath them to make it easy to wear as well as reduce manipulation. 

When you wear wigs,  the cornrows must also be taken care of. One of the things to do is to moisturize it. Moisturizing your cornrowed hair will sure that your hair remains soft and strengthen even after take down. 

In the video,  I show how I apply moisture to the cornrows. Be sure to subscribe if you've not :). 

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Facial Routine FOR ACNE PRONE SKIN (2016)

After being serious with getting acne under control, I saw the results and I'm still reaping the benefits. 
In the video,  I share the routine and skin care products I used to achieve a clear skin. 

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19 August, 2016

Easy DIY Coconut Water Leave In Conditioner

Coconut oil is very popular in the hair care world. However, it doesn't work for everyone so there has to be a way to enjoy the benefits of coconut oil without suffering any damages. Coconut water is the alternative way to get the benefit of coconut oil. 
In Ghana,  coconut water shouldn't be difficult to get since we have sellers all over the place. 

Watch the video to see how I prepared the coconut water leave in conditioner. 

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5 Ways To Increase Hair Growth

I'm yet to meet anyone who doesn't want long hair Lol and won't go the extra length to grow the hair within  a short period too. Hair growth occurs but there are some measures you can put in place to for the hair to grow at its maximum best.

In the video,  I share five ways you can increase hair growth.

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18 August, 2016

Steps To A Healthy Lifestyle

2016 brought with it a heightened awareness of individuals on how important a healthy lifestyle is. This has introduced various forms of workout, meal plans and healthy living agencies into our lives, costing some people a whole lot of money than they imagined. 

Today we'll look at easy steps you can take on your own, as well as changes you can make to your lifestyle that'll bring a change in your health.

Drink more Water

This has been said over and over again. Water is the most important substance our body needs to survive. Most often, due to the fact that we don't drink enough of it,our bodies store the little water we drink in order to operate. This leads to bloating. A total of 8 glasses of water is recommended as the minimum amount of water one should take. Don't think too much about the many visits to the washroom lol. It just means your system is being cleansed.

Fruits & Vegetables

This is yet another one we hear so often. One does not need all the sophisticated fruits and vegetables to remain healthy. Our very own 'kontonmmire', 'agushie', garden eggs etc, are rich sources of vitamins and minerals that'll aid in sustaining our health. Fruits it's been advised, should be eaten according to their season, so that you'll have a broad range to consume all year round. Eating them according to their season also means you'll be purchasing the said fruits at a time where their prices will be reduced. Who doesn't love extra savings lol.


In as much as we eat lots of fruits and vegetables, there may be times where we may not get access to all the vitamins our body requires. This is where multivitamins come into play.They make up for all the vitamins and minerals we'll be needing throughout the day.


We don't need gyms to exercise. You can skip, climb stairs, take a walk around your neighbourhood and even dance to your favourite songs right in the comfort of your home. Exercise can be done in as little as 5 minutes and you're ready for the day!

Love Yourself

Accept yourself. You're special in many ways than one. Loving yourself means you want the best for yourself and this will encourage you to be healthy. Reward yourself once in a while (everyone deserves a cheat day ). Being healthy shouldn't be a punishment, it should be an exciting journey for you.

Thanks for reading everyone and I hope this helps someone. Kindly leave a comment on your thoughts or concerns. Till the next one loves!

Kuukua (Shantays)
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Reasons Why your Hair is Eternally dry

Most people complain of their hair being dry. They automatically assume that, that is its genetic state and as such they may decide not to do anything about it.
There are other reasons aside genetics that can cause our hair to be dry 24/7.

Protein Overload
This occurs usually amongst us because we feel our hair needs more strength than moisture. We tend to use protein deep conditioners more than moisture based ones and this can cause your hair to feel dry all the time.

Product Ingredient Ignorance
This is another point we all fall victim to. We do not read the ingredients of our products. Most people follow a brand name, or their design when purchasing products for our hair. It's good to note that, products that state that they strengthen the hair are actually protein based products. Also, products that contain any kind of proteins in the ingredient list may cause your hair to dry up.  You can find this out by reading the ingredients list at the back of the products. This will save your hair a great deal.

Hair porosity is a major determinant of how dry your hair can get. If your hair tends to get dry very often, even after checking your product's ingredients and having a balance between moisture and protein based products, it's most likely that you have high porosity hair.
If you have high porosity hair it simply means that, just as your hair absorbs moisture easily, it let's go of it just as fast. The follicles of the hair shaft are 'forever open' and as such you lose everything you apply within a short period of time.

In caring for dry hair, products such as vegetable glycerine and aloe vera can be used to moisturise the hair. Also, the use of thick oils such as shea butter can be used to seal in the moisture.

Thanks for reading and taking part in our fora! We love you dearly. Till the next post loves!

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After Braids Take Down Tips

We all love to keep the hair in braids once in a while to either enable us take a break from constantly manipulating  our hair or styling. Braids in themselves aren't the problem when it comes to the caring of the hair after take down. The problem  is with the take down and after take down of the braids. 

In the video,  I provide some techniques to reduce breakage and tangles after taking down your braid whether Senegalese twist, cornrows or box braids.

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Meet The Glamorous Aneke Twins!

The gorgeous Aneke twins have featured in Nigerian movies a lot and usually play the same role of twins.

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17 August, 2016

System Detoxification: The Fruit Detox

Our bodies are systems, and just like any other system it will need to be cleansed regularly. This is where detoxification comes into play. 
Detoxifying your body is totally necessary, as it rids it of all unwanted substances as well as waste materials that have not been able to leave due to one reason or another.

There are various ways by which one can detox the body. We'll be focusing on the use of fruits today! :)

Fruit Detox

This form of detox involves strict eating of fruits for an entire week. You could stick to one fruit or mix different forms of fruits.

These fruits can be ingested either normally or as a smoothie. For your smoothie you could add a bit of milk (soya bean milk or almond milk preferably). 

The ingestion of fruits such as watermelon, banana, pineapples and mangoes will aid in getting rid of the toxins that slow down our rate of metabolism. Slowed metabolism increases the amount of waste stored internally, converting it into excess fat as time goes on. 

Try the fruit detox today! Fruits only for a full week, and start to eat right immediately after; by controlling your portions, eating more vegetables and drinking more water. You'll be surprised with the results. 

Thanks for reading!  Till the next one! 

Kuukua (Shantay)
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The Wash @ 3 Weeks Post Relaxer

I can't remember the last time I was so lazy with wash day. It seems as my hair gets longer,  I get lazier. I've been doing Vlogging Everyday in August(VEDA) and it has mostly been about hair tips and techniques. However,  when it comes to update about my  hair, it's another story. 

My edges aren't really making my styles look great so curly hair will be better for covering those parts. I'm also 3 weeks post relaxer and the under processed hair plus the new growth don't look any different. 

I've been good with my vitamins and will be switching up very soon to another one. That brand will do for the rest of th  challenge and beyond. I'm hoping for full neck length or grazing shoulder length by October when I touch up. The wigs, especially, the short one is doing just the perfect work of protecting my hair on days I don't want to wear my hair out which is pretty much almost 4 times a week. 

Wash days are getting quite interesting and with the VEDA, I'm getting more creative with DIY. I recently created a coconut water leave in conditioner and I absolutely love it. I'll be doing an update views on it  soon.

The things I want to do now are the oat shampoo, be consistent with coffee rinses from October and more fruits in my breakfast or lunch. 

I'm more concerned about taking preventive measures so coffee rinsed are to prevent shedding. I don't have a regular shampoo yet; I use the cleansing conditioner but the oat shampoo is said to  be equally effective in cleaning the hair so I can give it a try whilst I wait on the dark and lovely products I won!!! 


I've done a wash and a co wah in the past few days but I procrastinated the posts so I forgot the whole process. Check www.youtube.com/EmprezzAbena to see why I've been up to on my channel. 
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16 August, 2016


​When it comes to hair loss, you have tried out everything. From getting expensive hair rituals at the salon to home remedies, and still nothing works for you. There are various contributing factors to hair loss we can never eliminate, but what we can certainly do away with is the condition. The answer lies in the leaves of the superfruit ‘guava’.

Why guava leaves for your hair

Growing in abundance at your friendly neighbourhood park, guava leaves have a miraculous ability to stop hair loss and make it grow back with vigour, believe scientists. Owing to their richness in vitamin B, an important vitamin for hair growth, guava leaves are a boon for those suffering year round hair loss. Also, the guava leaves are most effective in improving the platelet count of a Dengue patient.

How to use guava leaves on your hair

Growing aplenty in your colony, a guava leaf potion is actually even simpler to make. Take about a handful of guava leaves and boil them in a litre of water for about 20 minutes, till the benefits of the guava leaves have been soaked up by the water.

Allow the potion to cool down completely at room temperature. Strain the leaves and bottle the decoction you can use from time to time on the scalp and roots of your hair like a tonic...

You can take a palm full of it and massage on your scalp. Keep it on for a few hours before washing it off. You can even massage it to your hair and let it stay overnight. Wear a shower cap or a towel when you go to sleep, and then rinse off first thing in the morning. The vitamin B component in guava leaves helps strengthen the roots and hair follicles, and checks hair fall.

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Regrow Edges: August Update

If you take a critical look at the edges,  you'll notice that I've suffered a major setback as a result of just the zip braid and the cornrow for wigs.

Im almost back to the beginning of the year when it was so horrible! This means I can't even braid for wigs so I'm just going to wear the wigs  like that. 

I have three wigs now so I'll use them until I see progress again. I wore the hair out on Monday but I wasn't so excited about how the front looked. Aside that,  I'm dealing with severely underprocessed hair from the July relaxer so my 3 weeks growth looks like I'm 12 weeks post. I intend to stretch for a bit longer before touching up again. 

I'll be using the Jamaican Black Castor Oil twice a day again until I see the regrowth. 

I'll also be getting roller sets in between the wigs to see how much length I've gained. Hopefully, I'll have the wash post up by Thursday. 

I know I haven't been updating you about my hair; it's just pure laziness Lol. My hair has become very thick  too which makes styling quite difficult considering the shortness. I'm sure by October,  I'll be able to  do a full pony. 

Let's see how the salon wash goes. I've just been so lazy. 
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15 August, 2016


​African black soap shower gel (also popularly called alata samina or anago samina) is very simple to make. As African black soap typically has a soft gooey thick honey like texture, it melts pretty easily with water.

The liquid soap version of alata samina is more beneficial for people with sensitive skin. Often you will hear some people complain about finding African black soap too harsh. This is because traditionally when the soap is made, the quantities of the ingredients are not measured. This sometimes results in the potash being too high resulting in a

high pH.

In this case you may find slight variations in how your skin reacts to African black soap from batch to batch.

In Ghana most commercial African black soap shower gel has a thick texture, it is thickened by making an Sodium Laureth Sulfate(SLES) liquid soap and combining the two together. Most people do not have an issue with using SLS or SLES in Ghana.

You only find a very thick shower gel version. Out of curiosity I always read the ingredients on bottles of liquid #ABS to see what exactly had been used to thicken it. Over a long period of time I made it a mission to find out what or how exactly they made it with no luck. This is partly due to the secretive nature of manufacturers of cosmetics and toiletries in Ghana not declaring on labels the content of a product.

After all no one enforces legislations with regards to labeling or declaring ingredients so it is a free market. From what I read, the listed ingredients never suggested which ingredient gave the thick luxurious texture so I grew ever more curious. The process for liquifying is an easy one where you just add hot or lukewarm water to the African black soap and leave it over a few hours or days to liquify.

As a cosmetics manufacturer, I know there are so many thickeners that can be used (synthetic or natural ) to achieve thickness in any liquid soap but I know also know that soap makers in Ghana would not opt for using an expensive natural thickener so I desperately wanted to know which easy to come by ingredient everyone was using.

So cue in the end of a teaching day at Ghana Soap School, just when any of my classes ends and we decide to indulge in a bit of socializing before going home. I always meet real interesting characters when I’m teaching. On a particular day, one of my most memorable students who was really excited after learning how to make various cosmetics said to me ‘do you want me to teach you how to make the liquid African black soap (#liquid alata samina or liquid black soap). Usually my students always want to give something back by teaching me something new too and this always results in my learning more about Ghana, our history and traditions. When he described the process to me, it all made sense! The thick African black soap shower gel is made by adding SLS! Simples.

liquify your African black soap(osun dudu, alata samina) by leaving it in water, mash or knead to soften

once liquid, add sls (which is the main soap base used widely by most people to make liquid hand wash soaps and shampoo in Ghana and all across Africa). SLS is cheap as nuts in makola.

And there, you have your thick luxurious style liquid African black soap

PS : Most people who like using natural products shy away from using SLS (which in itself starts out its life from natural sources) but can be harsh for some skin types leaving skin and hair dry. Also most liquid soaps are made with SLS rather than the more milder surfactants (or green surfactants) in Ghana even when they proclaim to be natural. However you can make natural liquid soap, shower gels and liquid African black soap using just botanical oils. I teach this at Ghana Soap School.

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How I Use Forever Clair Exfoliating Toner

This isn't a review but a short note on how I use the FC exfoliating toner in my facial regimen.

  1. Cleanse the face with a cleanser or a wash

  2. Use facial scrub 

  3. Rinse with water at normal temperature

  4. Pour exfoliating toner in a small towel and use it to clean the face. I make sure I do the cleaning in sections starting from the right cheek and ending at the chin. 

  5. I allow the toner to dry on the skin before applying serum or facial moisturizer. 

I use the toner twice a day; morning and evening. 

So far, this toner is the only one I use but I have plans of getting alcohol free toners as well as cleansing water. 
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13 August, 2016

Can You Wash Relaxed Hair Once A Month?

When naturals go for weeks without wash, it seems to be the norm. A few years ago, I wondered if I could skip washing my relaxed hair for a month due to the stressful schedule I had. Well, it's sad to say that I was too scared to try it and with time, I eventually cut the hair due to improper care. 

Today,  though,  I have a different mindset. I do think you can go a month without washing but it depends on the regimen you have,  the state of your hair as well as how you protect your hair. I mean it's easy to skip washing if you ask in weaves but if you wear your hair out daily,  how can that be possible? 

I though of a few products that can help with this. 

  1. Dry shampoo can help clean the hair and stretch your wash days. 

  2. Moisturize and seal with light products. For me,  I'll be using a bit of  the Cantu sheabutter anti frizz foam leave in conditioner and seal with oil mix once a day. 

  3. Green House Effect or baggying method can also keep your hair moisturized for long  hours. 

    Well,  that's going to be a routine I'll try when I get to waist length Lol. 
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    12 August, 2016

    Building a Hair Regimen

    The most important thing for our hair, aside moisture, is a hair regimen. This is an outline of all treatments you plan on giving your hair at preferred intervals. In creating a regimen there are a number of steps one must take to ensure that your hair benefits from it
    Be BASIC

    A hair regimen needs to be as simple as you'd let it. If you're a beginner, it is advisable to be as basic as possible in your treatments, in order for your hair to adjust to the routine. Most of us know the basics- wash, (deep) condition, moisturise, seal and protect. As time goes on you should be able to adjust your regimen, including treatments like the pre poo, Co washing, etc. Starting from the basics is a great way to begin your journey.

    Be Consistent
    A regimen can't be a regimen without consistency. You need to schedule days and time to all treatments in your regimen and stick to those days and times. Crosscheck your calendar. Find a day where you can include your hair treatments (not squeeze them in, INCLUDE). Make a consious effort to stick with that day. Consistency with your treatments really helps you know your hair. If you miss one or two days check how your hair feels. If it still feels moisturised with minimal buildup, you can tweak your regimen to stretch over a number of days.

    Be Reminded
    We've been blessed with smartphones- let's use them! Set reminders; get a hhj buddy; join hhj groups. All these will help keep you on the right track. They can even help with the creation of your regimen.

    Thanks for reading! Don't forget to comment below or join our open fora! Till the next one!

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    Building a Hair Regimen

    The most important thing for our hair, aside moisture, is a hair regimen. This is an outline of all treatments you plan on giving your hair at preferred intervals. In creating a regimen there are a number of steps one must take to ensure that your hair benefits from it
    Be BASIC

    A hair regimen needs to be as simple as you'd let it. If you're a beginner, it is advisable to be as basic as possible in your treatments, in order for your hair to adjust to the routine. Most of us know the basics- wash, (deep) condition, moisturise, seal and protect. As time goes on you should be able to adjust your regimen, including treatments like the pre poo, Co washing, etc. Starting from the basics is a great way to begin your journey.

    Be Consistent
    A regimen can't be a regimen without consistency. You need to schedule days and time to all treatments in your regimen and stick to those days and times. Crosscheck your calendar. Find a day where you can include your hair treatments (not squeeze them in, INCLUDE). Make a consious effort to stick with that day. Consistency with your treatments really helps you know your hair. If you miss one or two days check how your hair feels. If it still feels moisturised with minimal buildup, you can tweak your regimen to stretch over a number of days.

    Be Reminded
    We've been blessed with smartphones- let's use them! Set reminders; get a hhj buddy; join hhj groups. All these will help keep you on the right track. They can even help with the creation of your regimen.

    Thanks for reading! Don't forget to comment below or join our open fora! Till the next one!

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    Argan oil-  Does not come cheap,  but its effects are nothing short of  spectacular. Many problems such  as dry  hair,  rough hair,  dull hair and frizzy  hair can  be solved  with  the use of this wonder hair  oil.  It is rich in vitamin E and contains  omega 3 and omega 9  fatty acids  that  provide nutrition for hair. In addition to these, it  also  contains  Linoleic and  oleic acid that helps to  hydrate and  moisturize hair.It restores the lost luster from  too much  hair straightening and other chemical treatments,  helps  keep the color vibrant  and to prevent  dryness in  color treated hair, acts  as a shield from harmful  UV rays  and protects  the hair  from environmental  pollution. 

    Jojoba Oil- The  debate is whether  jojoba is  the king of  the carrier oils. Many  scalp related problems are caused by a hardened  build-up of sebum that clogs the hair  follicles and may cause some types of scaling. If  this hardened build-up is not  removed,  it  can  eventually  obstruct the hair follicle’s ability  to  function properly, jojoba rapidly  penetrates  down  to  the scalp and hair shaft,  and readily  loosens and dissolves this hardened build-up. The  scalp and  hair  follicles  are left clean and free to  continue  their normal function. Jojoba is great  for all hair types and has an  ability to inhibit excess activity  of the  sebaceous  glands making  it  the perfect  choice for people with  oily  scalps that  still need conditioning.  Likewise it  can  be  used for dry  hair as it  helps to moisturize your  hair properly. 

    Almond  Oil- The  nutrients in  almond  oil make it  an  ideal  solution  to  many  hair problems and to  maintain healthy  hair.  The combination  of  fats  and fatty  acids in  almond  oil softens,  strengthens and  nourishes the hair. Almond oil  has been recommended as a  hair  growth  agent for  centuries. Almond oil  is often  used in people who  have  issues with  hair loss or breakage.  An  almond oil  scalp scrub  has  also been used for  hair loss and breakage. With the  benefits  of  Vitamin E  and  potassium,  almond  oil helps with  hair fall out  and breakage as a natural hair loss treatment.  In  the event  of dry  scalp,  almond  oil nourishes and moisturizes the scalp, and removes  the  flakiness.

       Olive Oil  –  Only  olive oil that  is labelled “extra  virgin”  guarantees that  the oil has  been cold pressed from freshly harvested olives  and  does not  contain chemicals.  Extra virgin  olive oil that  is green  in color is of higher quality  than golden-yellow  oil.  Olive oil helps in  preventing  as  well  as curing  hair loss as  it  prevents the production  of  the  hormone DTH  which causes the hair follicle shaft  to decrease.  Regular application  of olive oil to hair prevents the production of DTH hormones on  the scalp,  thus getting rid of the problem of hair loss.  For relaxed/permed hair ladies excessive chemical use can  cause hair damage,  olive oil contains antioxidants  that  promotes a healthy  hair  and scalp.  Olive  oil strengthens and smooths  hair cuticles. 

    Coconut Oil  - Coconut  oil  consists  of more than  ninety  percent of  saturated fats  Vitamin-E and Vitamin K and minerals  such  as Iron.  Coconut oil  is considered one of  the best natural nutrition  for hair  and is in contention  with  olive and jojoba oils as the  king  of  the carrier oils.  It  is  an  excellent  conditioner and  helps in the re-growth of  damaged hair. It also provides the essential  proteins required  for nourishing damaged hair and it  softens  the  hair and conditions  the  scalp.

     Castor Oil  – is a vegetable oil obtained from the castor bean.  Castor oil  is a colorless to  very  pale yellow liquid with  mild  or no odor or taste.  It is rich in  ricinoleic acid and can  be  used  to treat  skin  conditions  such as fungal infections.  It  nourishes  hair and prevents  the scalp from drying  by  retaining moisture.  Castor oil added to  hair care products  helps to  seal moisture, softens,  and  visibly thickens  hair. Castor oil can also be used by  itself  on  the  hair to  seal in  moisture.

     Vitamin  E  Oil  -  Proper circulation  leads to  thriving  hair follicles  which leads to  hair growth. Vitamin  E contains  valuable antioxidants that  help to keep the  immune system  up  and improves circulation  to  all parts of the  body, including the  scalp. When added to  homemade products, Vitamin  E extends  their shelf life.  This oil   rejuvenates and offers protection  for the scalp and  skin.

     Avocado Oil- is extracted from the king of  the ‘hair’ fruits avocado.  It is full  of vitamins that  your  hair needs like vitamins A, E,  D  and  potassium. If  you want  a super deep conditioner treatment without  having to buy a  commercial preparation, you can add  avocado oil  to  the other carrier oils  and you  will  definitely feel and see the  difference. 

    What oils do you use?

    Amazing fact is that these oils can be use on our skin as well.

    Thanks for reading.

    Have a great day.

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    11 August, 2016

    Product Empties!

    Well this junkie decided to finish up most of her product stash during the latter part of this year, to make way for new stuff in the next year.  This doesn't mean over use of the product but just sticking to one shampoo/ conditioner/ treatment until it's finished,  before using another. This also means I'm on a no buying challenge for the rest of the year. It's hard honestly, but once it's been decided I take the temptations and divert my energy somewhere else (saves me a lot of money too).

    So far,  I've finished up 3 products- a shampoo;, a dc and a rinse out conditioner.  I now have just one shampoo,  3 dc''s and a rinse out conditioner. Now to the names of the products! 

    • Shampoo- Aunt Jackies 'Oh So Clean' shampoo

    •Dc- Ain't Jackies 'In Control' moisturising deep conditioner. 

    •Rinse out conditioner- Aubrey Organics Moisturising conditioner. 

    I'm hoping my shampoo lasts till the end of the year. If not, I'll be using African black soap (alata samina) as a shampoo until next year God willing. I'm also trying to finish up some oils I have and I'm doing this in the form of testing each oil and how it works on its own. The first to go will be my ORS hair repair vital oils (I think I have just 10 drops left!). 

    Are you trying to clear out your stashed?  Do you have any empties? Let us know right below! 

    Kuukua (Shantays)
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    Clean & Clear Advantage Clear & Soothe Foaming Wash Review

    The Clean and clear advantage soothe foam wash is part of the skin care products that helped with my acne treatment. 

    This is the first facial foam wash I've used and it's interesting that it came from the Clean and clear brand. 

    [YouTube =https://youtu.be/TlS9R4UfRKc] 
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    Castor Aloe Scalp Treatment

    I created a castor oil and aloe vera scalp treatment to enjoy the benefits of both.

    After a fresh relaxer, you'd want to attend to your scalp to provide it the nourishment it needs.

    I used fresh aloe vera gel and mixed with Jamaican Black Castor Oil. I mix enough for about 3 days to prevent it from going bad though essential oils do prevent that. I add a few drops of peppermint oil to the scalp treatment. 

    A healthy scalp ensures healthy growth and that's the key to my success. You can  use this in combination with your Pre shampoo treatment. 

    Let me know when you try this recipe. 
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    10 August, 2016

    Renpure Solutions Rosemary & Mint cleansing conditioner

    I've been using the Renpure Solutions Rosemary & Mint cleansing conditioner since last year and I can finally share my thoughts about how it works.

    Back in 2012, the chorus was all about using sulfate free shampoos to reduce the damage caused by washing with these products. Eventually, we began to switch to a milder form of shampoos, milder than the sulphate free ones.

    Cleansing conditioners are the intermediate sort of cleansing product between shampoo and conditioner. They are a kind of hybrid of shampoo and conditioner which allows you to enjoy clean scalp without drying or stripping your hair off all its oils.

    Whilst conditioners also help in cleaning your hair, they can equally cause build up because they do not thoroughly clean the hair. They don't have the same cleansing properties as shampoo.

    The cleansing conditioners can help not only in preventing dryness but can be used if your scalp is sensitive to shampoos and other cleansing agents.

    Some ladies also prefer the cleansing conditioners as mid week products for washing and cleaning the scalp. How often you use it depends on what you want to achieve with your wash.

    In the video, I talk about where to purchase the Renpure Solutions Rosemary & Mint cleansing conditioner, the thickness, the effectiveness, slip, tingling and whether my hair likes it or not.

    For more conditioner reviews, check here, here, here, here, here.

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    Facial Routine FOR ACNE PRONE SKIN

    I'm attempting a vlogging everyday in August - VEDA and I'm starting off with the 2016 facial routine for acne prone skin. This routine is what I used to get rid of the acne and has also kept it off! 

    If you'd like to purchase any of the products, go to www.ghanaianemprezz.com/shop. 

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    Tropical Isle Living Jamaican black Castor Oil Review

    The Tropical Isle Jamaican Black Castor Oil has been in my regimen for years now. 

    It gained popularity so quickly that I was so excited when I first laid my hands on a bottle. The oil is very thick which is why some mix with it with natural oils like olive and coconut oil. Some also use it directly as a result of the  thickness not being an issue. 

    In the review,  I share how I use and how my hair responds to it.

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    09 August, 2016

    Style Inspiration: JackieAina

    Miss Aina is an established beauty and fashion vlogger on YouTube. Her make up tutorial, for me,  are easy to follow.








    Images: courtesy of Instagram
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    Are These Nadia Buari's Twins?

    This picture was posted by Nadia Buari's and was captioned,  @iamnadiabuari - The secret of having it all, is believing u already do.
    #happiness! - 

    They  look so adorable! Do you see their double buns too?

    Back story : A few months ago,  it was reported that Nadia had been delivered of twins. Well, there were a lot of speculations  regarding  who the dad is. That question raised a lot of noise and today, she posted this picture of her playing with the two girls. 
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    05 August, 2016

    HAIR INSPIRATION; Nikki Walton.

     Mrs. Walton is an American therapist and hair enthusiast. She’s the main administrator of www.curlynikki.com, a worldwide known natural hair website. Her hair is similar to mine in terms of structure - dense fine hair, and my is it gorgeous!

    I love Nikki for quite a number of reasons aside her awesome head of healthy hair.

    1. She realized as a therapist that your hair is a quick giveaway of your psychological health state. Be it happiness, envy, depression, joy, etc., it can be noticed easily with the way your hair is looking at that particular time.

    2. Nikki publishes posts in the most basic terms possible. She only posts things she’s experienced/tried. She also doesn’t mince words when it comes to her blog- she tells stuff just as they are!

    4. Lastly, Nikki focuses more on the health of hair rather than its length and that’s something most people do not seem to do. As a result she’s written two books that answer most of the questions we ask ourselves, and even the aspects we hate to think about;

    -Better Than Good Hair

    -When Good Hair Goes Bad

    Visit www.curlynikki.com for the second book as its free to download- very educational!

    Thanks for reading dearies! Have a great weekend! Till the next one.

    Kuukua (Shantays).

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    04 August, 2016


     Has it? Well if your answer was a resounding YES, I’m afraid you couldn’t be more wrong. Hair actually never ‘stops’ growing. The problem is that, you're losing hair (through shedding / breaking) at the same rate that your hair grows. What you’re experiencing is known in the hair world as a hair growth plateau.

    A growth plateau is when, due to breakage /shedding, your hair doesn’t retain length as it grows out, giving the impression that your hair isn’t growing. If you believe you’ve hit a growth plateau, here are some tips to increase length retention.

    · TRIM

    No I don’t hate you lol. Most likely, you’re shedding more than you originally should. This could be as a result of split ends that have travelled up your hair shaft. It could also be because your hair is knotted at the ends and thus, when you detangle/comb, innocent hairs follow the shed ones. A trim basically is saying ‘let’s start afresh’, where you’ll have fuller, knot & split free ends. This can do wonders for you in terms of length retention.


    Beauty comes from within we usually hear. It’s been studied as well, that things (medication/foods) work faster when ingested. Everything you eat shows on your skin, hair and nails. Watch your diet. Check if you’re deficient in some vitamins/minerals and adjust your diet accordingly. This could reap many benefits.


    As our hair grows, its needs tend to change. It may need more or less of protein/moisture/washing. Study your hair. Does it feel the same as it did when you started that particular regimen? Take note of everything. You may find that you’ll need to switch up something in your regimen. Maybe throw in an extra hot oil treatment or acv rinse.


    Yes! These may also be a culprit. It could be a new or old product. Make mental notes of your products you use. Have you started using a new conditioner? Does your dc make your hair feel the same way it did like the first time?

    Experiencing a growth plateau? Now you know what you can do to curb it! In any case however, consider the health of your hair over the length. Health ultimately leads to length trust me on that. 

    Thanks for your time! Leave a comment, maybe 2 lol. Join our fora too! Till the next one!

                                                    Kuukua (Shantays)

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    4 Easy Ways To Use Palm Kernel Oil

    If you've been to  the village, then,  you'd probably have eaten food prepared with either Sheabutter or fried with palm kernel oil.

      I do know that we look at Palm Kernel oil with a side eye due to its awful odour thereby neglecting its  benefits for our hair.  Masking the smell isn't a big deal.  You can use what our mothers use in masking the smell of Sheabutter. It is commonly called negro pepper aka hwentia.

    So, since you know how to deal with the smell,  here's how you can incorporate  the palm kernel oil in your hair routine.

    Hot oil treatment

    Haven talked about the importance of hot oil treatment and how to do it,  it's very easy to use palm kernel oil for such a great treatment. I look forward to showing how I've done so very soon.


    The almighty Prepoo treatment can't be left out when  taking about palm kernel oil.  I won't reinvent the wheel by talking about the composition of palm kernel oil but you'll see the benefits after using it.


    Whilst coconut oil takes the point when it comes to oils for detangling, it will amaze you to  know that you can equally use palm kernel oil for this purpose. Check out how I used it for detangling.

    Deep Treatment

    You can add palm kernel oil to your deep conditioner or conditioner too.   Check her for how I used it
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    03 August, 2016


    Photo Credit: Google

    Like many naturals out there, there has been one or two occasions when you purchased a product that didn't meet your expectation.

    For most out there, it occurs during the trial and error stage when you are yet to figure out what will actually work for your tresses. At other times, the curious minds like me would go in for a particular product to either avouch or refute the raved reviews professed on the various social media platforms... don't judge me oo me too i want to use and see for myself lol😂. And oh the product junkies cannot go unmentioned...gimme a two finger in the air if you fall within this category.🙌

    Alright so at a point in time, I found myself in this situation, and to avoid wastage by discarding the conditioner as well as to reduce the pain of disappointment,  I allowed the DIYness in me to get to work! I refashioned this conditioner in a way to suit my hair, only then was I appeased.

    Below are the quick fixes I  made with some natural ingredients.

    1. Not moisturising enough

    To amp a conditioner that isn't moisturising enough, aloe vera gel and honey can be of immense help. Both ingredients are humectants thus they trap moisture into the hair leaving the the hair soft and supple. You can add either of them or both depending on your preference but bear in mind that since both have softening properties, using both can leave your hair overly soft. I usually use both to have a double moisturising effect but if this isn't what you are looking for, you can substitute one for the other and see how best it comes out for you. To make this mixture, set aside a bowl with a measured out quantity of conditioner, depending on the length of your hair, add 2 to three tablespoons of alovera gel and or honey. Whip till you get a uniform mixture. I usually prepare just enough to use on wash days to avoid any excess...raw alovera gel can go bad quickly, it should be kept in the fridge for no more than 4days.

    2.  A 'no slip' conditioner

    When using a conditioner, the first thing I look out for is its 'slip'.  It's as important to me as detangling is life to my mane. If a conditioner hasn't got enough slip, it makes it difficult seperating clumps of hair. This makes detangling not only time consuming but an annoying moment  for me, in fact a necessary evil that I can't forgo. Adding coconut oil or olive oil can greatly increase a conditioner's slip. Consider testing a small amount of the mixture on a small section of the hair to test its slip...the more oil the more slip. Another kitchen ingredient that can be used is okro gel...this may sound gross but it actually works. All you need is to boil slices of okro and strain the liquid...sound easy right?  I have tried using these ingredients on different occasions and I was pleased with the results.

    3. Too thick conditioner

    I am very certain that everyone will be pleased to use a conditioner that is only thick enough to spread easily and evenly as opposed to one that is too thin and runny. However, it's such a daunting task to have a conditioner that is too thick to get out of its own bottle coupled with the struggle of attempting to distribute it evenly over your tresses.  To reverse this situation add some coconut oil. Use as much as is needed to get the desired consistency.

    I am absolutely sure that I am not the only one to have had to deal with a product that needed an extra boost. Have you tried any product that didn't work for you? Did you discard it or try fixing it with other ingredients? Kindly share your experience in the comment section below, I will be glad to read them.

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    Skin Lotion For Oily Skin

    I began developing interest in oil free products when I watched a video where the vlogger shared that she has normal skin but uses oil free products in order not to have too much oil on her face. I got interested and decided to give it a try when I was splurging on facial products. 

    Aside the facial scrubs,  I also picked up  an oil free lotion which is the Clean and Clear Morning energy skin energising daily lotion. 

    Here's my review of the product where I talk about the texture and consistency,  and how it works for my skin.
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    02 August, 2016


    We all know about how good castor oil is for hair thickness and edges regrowth. Did you ever stop to think about how castor oil could be used elsewhere on the body (apart from as a laxative of course lol)?

    [caption width="1080" align="alignnone"]Source: Google[/caption]


    Back in school,  an old friend met me purchasing regular castor oil. She immediately asked if I was going to use it on my face, as she’s heard that it is a really good makeup remover. I told her I intended using it for my hair. After we parted however, the inquisitive cat in me headed to Google to find out if truly, castor oil could be used for the skin. I found a lot of benefits of castor oil on the skin! Just read below😄


    Castor oil is said to be able to slow down the aging process. On application, castor oil penetrates the skin, stimulating the production of collagen and elastin. These tend to soften and hydrate our skin, delaying the appearance of wrinkles. Add this to our daily doses of laughter and smiles and say hello to younger skin for longer!


    Applying castor oil after washing your face aids in reduction of acne occurrence. The ricinoleic acid found in castor oil penetrates the skin’s layers, fighting off all acne-causing bacteria.


    Castor oil is rich in fatty acids that find it easy penetrating the skin. This helps to reduce dryness. All you need is to apply it to your face right after washing. Castor oil is an all-natural inexpensive skin moisturizer!


    This may take some time and requires diligent application. The ever hardworking fatty acids in castor oil penetrate the skin, going deep into the scar tissues, taking them out, whilst at the same time encouraging the growth of healthy tissues in and around that perimeter.

    See just how awesome castor oil is? It really does wonders that oil. Thanks for reading everyone. If you’ve ever tried castor oil for your skin, let us know in the comment section, or the fora! Till the next one.

    Kuukua (Shantays)

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    4 After Braid Tips

    After I took down the braid, I had to make sure the hair was in good shape after no moisture for weeks. 

    I used coconut oil as prepoo treatment and washed with Sheamoisture African black soap shampoo and followed up with the Superfruit conditioner. 

    I used Cantu sheabutter gel oil only for the hair to feel hard so I washed it out with the Cantu sheabutter Co wash. 

    This brought to mine how to care for  the hair after braids so you don't lose length or cause breakage.

    1. Use coconut oil to aid with finger detangling. Using fingers and coconut oil will let the whole process go faster and with much better results. 

    2. Don't shampoo if you've not detangled. Putting  water in your hair will cause it to tangle more. 

    3. Use a wide tooth comb first to detangle before washing to remove shed hair too. 

    4. Deep conditioning after washing the  hair will restore both protein  and moisture so be sure to  use at least a bit if light protein. 

    These are the few tips that help me take care of my hair after braids. Hope they help you too. 
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    01 August, 2016

    Wash Day featuring We Naturals hot oil treatment

    I had to wash my hair but since I'd been getting questions about the We Naturals hot oil treatment, I decided to do a video of it.
    After the hot oil treatment, I washed with  Sheamoisture African black soap shampoo and deep conditioned with Cantu sheabutter deep treatment mask. 

    I used the Cantu sheabutter anti frizz foam leave in conditioner and set the hair on flex rods. That  result was really good as usual. This kind of styling makes it easy for me to wear my hair out during the  week. I got to wash the  hair when I can and apply oils to the strands regularly. 
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    Living where the wind blows?

     We’re living in an era where people live as the days go by. We take the day as it comes and adjust to it.

    Did we know that the day is rather supposed to adjust to us? The sun rises and sets at specific times but we can actually determine our own day and night? Did you know?

    Most working people go through the typical 9-5 jobs but those jobs may not be what brings them maximum income. It’s what they do after their 9-5; overnight. This is why I believe we can determine our own days and nights lol.

    Living as the days go by means that one does not have set goals you wish to achieve. Some may argue that their goals are made as the day goes on but that could mean that a whole day could pass you by without you achieving anything.

     Goals are really important people. Everyone has long term goals they wish to achieve and I’m no different, but one thing we tend to forget is that, long term goals need short term steps in order to be reached. You want to be a head professional in your chosen career? You have to work daily towards it. This is why to-do lists and journaling is really important. Here are some tips you can start as soon as today! In order to make the most out of your day.

    · Get a journal

    · Write down your long term goals; you need to see them in writing in order for you not to forget. This also gives you a visual picture of what you want to achieve.

    · Write daily goals aiming at the long term goal; do a little every day, working towards the greater good lol. Include all your plans for that day and allocate time to each activity. This keeps you in check and prevents you from using 6 hours for something that can be done in 30 minutes.

    · Pray! We all need assistance from the big man herself. Pray for strength and discipline. Commit all your goals, long or short, to Him and watch them come to life right in front of your eyes.

    Start this week right! Start journaling. Start setting daily targets. You never know how easy something can be until you try.

    Thanks for reading! If you have comments and contributions, don’t forget to comment below. And don’t forget to join our fora!;) Till the next one.

    Kuukua (Shantays)
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    Hair Vitamins Give Away!!

    Actually, the give away is underway on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/ghanaianemprezzpage.

    The winner gets a bottle of hair vitamins. Each month, a person is selected for being active on the page.
    Well, we are bringing it to the forum. All you need is to be an active member of the forum - responding to posts, helping out others among others.
    It's as easy as that.
    To be eligible, you should have amazon in your country or be in Ghana or have someone's address whether in Ghana or an amazon shipping country.
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    Oil Free Facial Scrub

    For combination skin or Oily skin,  using oil moisturizers or even facial scrubs can be a hit or miss sometimes. 

    I've switched from oil based to  oil free moisturizers as well as facial scrubs due to the positive effect I had over the past few weeks. 

    Here's my review of the Clean & Clear Morning Energy Skin energising daily facial scrub. See how it has helped with my skin and whether I'll continue using it. 

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