31 July, 2017

Hairfinity Update + Edge Entity Cream

Can you believe its been a week since I began taking the hairfinity ( I think even more) and I began the edge entity cream last week Monday so it's time to do an update.


Here's the video with all the details 


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28 July, 2017

Find Your Hair Porosity

Porosity is your hair's ability to absorb moisture and is broken down into three categories:low, medium and high.

1 – THE STRAND TEST
Gently stretch a tiny section of curl strands from different areas of your head – front hairline, nape, crown and temple. Place the stretched curl between your thumb and finger and slide it up the hair strand from the tip towards the scalp. If your fingers move easily up the strand and it feels dense and hard, you have low porosity hair. If it feels smooth, you have normal porosity hair. And if the strand feels rough or dry or it breaks, you have high porosity hair.

#2 – THE SHEDDING HAIR TEST
Another way to check your hair porosity is to drop hair that’s been shed as a result of combing into a glass of water. If it floats, your hair is low porosity. If your hair sinks slowly, it has normal porosity, and if it sinks immediately, your hair is high porosity.

#3 – THE H20 TEST
To determine your hair porosity level using water, spritz a small section of curls with water and watch how your hair reacts – does your hair absorb the water quickly (indicating high porosity) or does it remain on top (indicating a low porosity level)?

While these three tests are good places to start in determining your hair porosity-level, there are other tell-tale signs you should look out for:

Characteristics of Low Porosity Hair
Cuticles are closed, so moisture does not enter easily / resistant to moisture. Products sit on your hair.
Does not absorb hair color or treatments easily.
Water beads up on hair
Hair takes a long time to dry
Looks healthy but doesn’t have much elasticity or volume


How to care for low porosity hair:

Use heat to open the cuticles to let the moisture in (hot water, heated deep conditioners, etc.). If you aren’t opposed to the hair dryer, you can use it to heat your conditioner while it is on your hair. Or wrap a hot towel around your head (heat the towel in your clothes dryer).
Use lighter products. Argan oil and grapeseed oil are good light oils.
Reducing build up is key. Build up on low porosity hair makes it more difficult for the moisture to make it’s way to your hair. Washing with clay and apple cider vinegar is a good way to remove build up on low porosity hair (see the no poo methods for more info).

High Porosity

Traits of high porosity hair:

Absorbs too much moisture, but is unable to retain it.
Looks and feels dull and dry.
Generally damaged and over processed with torn cuticles (but not always).
Tangles easily because the cuticles get caught on each other.
Hair dries quickly.
Tends to be frizzy

How to care for high porosity hair:

Egg washes are great for high porosity hair. The protein in the egg restores and strengthens the cuticles. But do not do it too often. Too much protein will cause your hair to become stiff and break.
Aloe vera gel and coconut oil are great for high porosity hair.
Heavy products and cream work well for high porosity hair.
High porosity hair benefits well to deep conditioning products to help restore and heal the damaged cuticles

Normal Porosity

Traits of normal porosity hair:

Absorbs and retains the perfect amount of moisture
Shiny, healthy, lots of volume

What's your hair porosity?

Sources:
*http://www.curlynikki.com/2015/12/hair-porosity-does-it-matter.html?m=1
*http://thenopoomethod.com/porosity/
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27 July, 2017

What Is Your Hair Texture?

Hair has been the subject of this blog for almost 7 years and to think we would have mastered our hair by now Lol.

What Is hair texture? Each of us is unique with a peculiar hair texture. We don't carry the same genetic traits hence regardless of any hair typing system, your hair is still unique and should be treated as such.

There have been a number of hair typing systems but the most used and popular one is the one by Oprah's stylist, Andre Walker. Almost every new person on a healthy hair quest would have read about type 3A, to 4C. However, determining your hair texture is a different ball game.

Hair texture is the measure of the circumference of the hair strand itself. Professionals classify the texture of hair as being "coarse" (Thick), "fine", or "medium".

Width is not how the hair feels but describes the thickness of each individual strand of hair. The comparison is typically to a piece of thread. If your hair is fine, it’s thinner than the thread, medium hair is usually the same width and thick or coarse strands are thicker than the piece of thread.


Fine natural hair:
•Doesn’t hold styles well
•Can become weighed down with heavy products, causing the hair to look stringy
•Can look thin
•Can break easily because it’s fragile

Medium Hair

Medium hair is the most common hair type and often covers the scalp very well. This hair texture is not as fragile as fine hair and can be manipulated into styles easily. Structurally, medium textures usually have two layers – the cortex and cuticle – and may contain the medulla.

Medium natural hair:
• Holds styles fairly well
• Usually looks thick and covers the scalp well
• Is not as prone to breakage as fine hair

Thick or Coarse Hair

This hair texture is strong because structurally it contains all three hair layers – the cortex, cuticle and medulla. The medulla, the innermost layer of the hair shaft is pretty much a series of empty spaces.  It’s an area filled mostly with air and protein. This hair texture usually takes longer to dry than others, and can be resistant to various chemical treatments. It can tolerate heat well and resist breakage better than the fine or medium hair.

Thick natural hair:
• Appears full
• Holds styles well
• Can tolerate higher amounts of heat
• Can be resistant to hair colouring and chemical relaxers

What is your hair texture?


Source: http://www.curlynikki.com/2012/08/understanding-hair-texture.html?m=1
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Horsetail and Silica For Hair Growth

We are almost done with the ingredients for hairfinity. Today's topic has to do with horsetail and silica.

Known by the botanical name Equisetum, horsetail is a prehistoric plant with distinctive hollow stems. Horsetail contains silica, an abundant mineral that helps promote strong bones and healthy skin, hair and nails.


Silica is a major constituent of collagen and helps support healthy tissues. Silica is marketed by itself as a general health supplement in several forms, including liquid and powder.( Check our post On Collagen).

Silica helps your body absorb calcium. Calcium is the most abundant mineral in your body. It is needed for bone health and the proper function of your muscles and nerves. It is also needed for proper cell signaling -- a communication system that directs cellular activity.


Source:
http://www.livestrong.com/article/152499-what-is-horsetail-extract-good-for/
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25 July, 2017

Methylsulphonylmethane (MSM) sulphur

Sulfur exists in both mineral and organic forms. Organic sulfur is also called Methylsulphonylmethane (MSM) sulfur.


Sulphur

To begin with, sulfur (also known as sulphur) is a chemical element. It is also known as sulfur oxide, which is processed into sulfuric acid. This form of sulfur is poisonous to the body, and cannot be absorbed or digested. Furthermore, Sulfur is often found in volcanic areas, and usually occurs in yellow crystalline form or in mass volume.

Organic Sulfur (MSM)

On the other hand, Methylsulphonylmethane (MSM) is an organic sulfur compound found in all living plant and animal tissues. It is a white, odorless, crystalline powder. This form of sulfur is 100% organic, and is actually extremely beneficial to the human body. Unlike sulfur oxide, organic sulfur is a food grade form of sulfur  that is absolutely necessary for proper health. MSM sulfur works in the body by supporting the  connective tissues of tendons, muscles and ligaments. Furthermore, organic sulfur (MSM) is an essential mineral for cell oxygenation and detoxification.

MSM is necessary for collagen production.  Sagging skin and wrinkles, as well as dry, cracked skin are all developed through a loss of collagen.  MSM works together with Vitamin C to build new, healthy tissues.  MSM can normalize collagen formation and radically improve skin health.


Strengthens hair and nails

Collagen and keratin and both critical for the production of healthy hair and nails.  MSM is a bonafide “beauty mineral” that provides the sulfur needed to produce collagen and keratin.  It’s also highly noted to contribute to exceptional strength and thickness of the hair and nails, which can be noticed in just a couple weeks of consistent use.


I hope you get the distinction now (The Sulphur oil in our shop is not for consumption, apply on your scalp only, please).


Source: http://www.nutrisimo.com/difference-between-msm-and-organic-sulfur/
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Anniversary Promo!! Length Check Shirt+ Sulphur Oil

24/7 is my wedding anniversary hence this year, instead of just blogging about it, I've decided to give you something for your hair.

Simply purchase two bottles of Sulphur oil and get one length check shirt for free.
Call 0541458372.
Limited Offer
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Hydrolyzed Collagen For Hair Growth

In the facts about the hairfinity series, we've looked at the claims, what the capilsana complex does and now, we need to look at the hydrolyzed collagen which is part of the exclusive system.


Other names:

Hydrolyzed collagen is composed of small amino acids, which help form new collagen in the body. While there is currently no evidence supporting its many claims, some suggest hydrolyzed collagen is capable of increasing lean muscle mass stores, treating arthritis, and even rebuilding certain organs.

The Making of Hydrolyzed collagen

Hydrolyzed collagen is collagen that is derived from bovine bone and cartilage. Bovine collagen is a naturally occurring protein found in the cartilage, bones and hides of cows that provides types I and III collagen, the major components of skin, hair, nails, muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, gums, teeth, eyes and blood vessels.


Usually, the bone is crushed, ground, defatted, soaked in acid to remove the calcium, soaked again to break the collagen bonds and then dehydrated. This process results in small, intact amino acids which have not been damaged. These amino acids are quickly absorbed into the bloodstream, and are used as the building blocks of new collagen.


Hydrolyzed collagen has been used during cooking for over 100 years, and has been known to improve hair quality and to strengthen hair. Knox gelatin was one of the first companies to commercially promote hydrolyzed collagen, or gelatin, as a food product.


That's it for today. Stay tuned for the next one on MSM!


( Remember the gelatin treatment I did on my relaxed hair? Check it out on my YouTube www.YouTube.com/EmprezzAbena

Sources:
http://www.livestrong.com/article/322044-hydrolyzed-collagen-for-weight-loss/
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Capilsana Complex in Hairfinity

We are on the ingredients in the hairfinity and when I'm through with it, we'll move to the Edge Entity ingredients.

What is capilsana complex?

EXCLUSIVE CAPILSANA ™ COMPLEX delivers a unique blend of Hydrolyzed Collagen, MSM, and Silica provides 18 Amino Acids, which are the building blocks of the protein that gives hair its strength. The exclusive complex also provides sulfur required for healthy collagen and keratin, which are essential to healthy hair growth.


From Blackgirllonghair.com,
B vitamins are known to be essential for a variety of biological functions including increasing cell numbers and cell growth. Although it is not something you can see obviously, hair is composed of cells and hair growth means increasing cell numbers and cell growth. Will high levels of B-vitamins increase hair growth? This is unknown. However, as B vitamins are water soluble, you should expect to see the excess passing out in urine.

The active ingredient is listed as capilsana complex which is defined as a mix of MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) and hydrolysed collagen.
We'll look at MSM and hydrolyzed collagen in the next post.

Sources: http://www.onesmileymonkey.com/reviews/skin-care-beauty/hairfinity-hair-vitamins-review/amp/

Read more http://blackgirllonghair.com/2014/05/a-scientific-analysis-of-hairfinity-vitamins-do-they-really-work/
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24 July, 2017

Edge Entity For Edges

I'm not pausing hairfinity to use the edge entity to regrow my edges. The hairfinity is just 30 days supply whereas the edge entity has to be used up within 6 months of opening hence I will still have amble time to test the efficiency or otherwise.

The Edge Entity is a follicle stimulant with coconut milk and peppermint oil ( doesn't tingle that much so I'm cool). I got the 4oz at close to (300gh). If you want one, let's chat on 0541458372.



Some testimonies



My own before


I'll share the ingredients and details on each ingredient in the one month update.
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22 July, 2017

Side Shaved Natural Hair Update

My natural hair is now 2 weeks old 😀😀😀
and the side shaved parts are almost fully covered by new growth!
My hair has been thriving but honestly, I've slacked on it this week due to I'll health.
However, this has been my routine
**Shampoo with Ayurveda powders, condition with Native Child and use the Mielle Organics avocado hair milk and just two days ago, I swapped the Jbco for sulphur oil. I take one capsule of hairfinity daily (about four days now). I use rice water as a final rinse each wash.


That's good progress for two weeks. I'll put in more effort to maximize growth. The three key ingredients are the Sulphur oil, hairfinity and rice water.

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Mercy Johnson Big Chop!

Ace Nollywood actress, Mercy Johnson shared her lovely and fabulous looking curls.



I love the cut!
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Au Naturale Plait Pudding Review

Today's Au Naturale review is the Plaiting pudding and this is what Vanessa had to say:



My review of the Dark and Lovely Au naturale plaiting pudding. The very first day I had the product I opened it and gosh the smell was heavenly lol. It smells like an actual edible pudding; I nearly tasted it.


 I then moved on to the consistency and it's  thick enough.  I washed my hair and applied it to hair and did a twist and flat twist. I slept with it over night and next morning I decided to take the twists out; I didn't apply oil in my hand to undo the twist yet my hair felt so moisturised. Unlike the normal gels in which you will have to apply oil in order to prevent you hair from drying out.





I believe it is so because in the ingredients glycerin and soybean oil is included.  It also defined my kinks. Though for the twist I got defined curls, the flat twist didn't come out like that but it was elongated .



Overall I'm in love with it 😍😍😍

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Check Out Yvonne Nelson's Huge Fro

Remember the last post I did about Miss Nelson's big chop? Well, her afro is now big ass afro.





Envious of her hair? Lol
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Alicia Keys' Orange Braids

The 'This girl is on fire' hit just got real with these hot ORANGE braids by Alicia keys.





Fierce, right?
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20 July, 2017

What is dandruff?

What is dandruff? Dandruff is the shedding of dead skin cells from the scalp. As skin cells die, a small amount of flaking is normal. For most teens and adults, dandruff symptoms are easy to spot: white, oily-looking flakes of dead skin that dot your hair and shoulders, and a possibly itchy, scaly scalp.



Dandruff can have several causes, including:

Irritated, oily skin (seborrheic dermatitis).This condition, one of the most frequent causes of dandruff, is marked by red, greasy skin covered with flaky white or yellow scales. Seborrheic dermatitis may affect your scalp and other areas rich in oil glands, such as your eyebrows, the sides of your nose and the backs of your ears, your breastbone (sternum), your groin area, and sometimes your armpits.

Not shampooing often enough. If you don't regularly wash your hair, oils and skin cells from your scalp can build up, causing dandruff.

A yeastlike fungus (malassezia).Malassezia lives on the scalps of most adults. But, for some, it irritates the scalp and can cause more skin cells to grow. The extra skin cells die and fall off, making them appear white and flaky in your hair or on your clothes.

Dry skin. Flakes from dry skin are generally smaller and less oily than those from other causes of dandruff. And, redness or inflammation is unlikely. You'll probably have dry skin on other parts of the body, such as your legs and arms, too.Sensitivity to hair care products (contact dermatitis). Sometimes sensitivities to certain ingredients in hair care products or hair dyes can cause a red, itchy, scaly scalp.

(From BGLH, Sulfur is often referred to as one of the building blocks of hair, with good reason. Our hair is comprised of a durable protein called keratin, which is high in sulfur content. Sulfur is required for proteins (like keratin) to maintain their shape, which contributes directly to the overall health, strength, and elasticity of hair. More exciting is that there are studies indicating that sulfur has positive effects on hair growth. The life cycle of your hair consists of 3 phases: growing, resting, and shedding. Sulfur has been proven to lengthen the growing phase of your hair. A longer growing phase (before resting and shedding) means longer hair. Lastly, sulfur also has been linked to treating, relieving, and decreasing the occurrences of psoriasis, dandruff, eczema, and folliculitis.
Our Sulphur oil blend also has essential oils to combat dandruff. contact 0541458372 to purchase one.



For tips, visit
http://www.ghanaianemprezz.com/2017/07/6-more-ways-to-use-aloe-vera-on-your.html
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19 July, 2017

Some Facts About Hairfinity Vitamins

I'm on the second day of the hairfinity vitamins and these are the five things I've learnt about it.


1. As far back as 2011, hairfinity was in the system. Can we say the papa of hair vitamins? 😃 I saw a review video at that time Lol.

2. Hairfinity has introduced its own hair care line - shampoo etc. It might be here soon.

3. Hairfinity has celebrity endorsements; I've Seen the review of Blac Chyna and others.

Lastly, you can pour the vitamins in your drink too if you don't like taking it.
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Queen Helene Oat and Honey Facial Scrub Review

When I needed a facial scrub, I picked up the Queen Helene Oats and Honey scrub for the fact that I saw those two ingredients.


After purchasing, I read reviews online and one blog rated is as part of the top 10 facial scrubs for 2017! That got me quite excited so I began using it.

Did it get the results I wanted? Find out from the video.

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18 July, 2017

Ayurveda Powders Infusion +Wash Day

Ayurveda powders include henna, Amla, shikaikai and while lot of Indian herbs.

I poured about two tablespoon or more of the Amla, shikaikai and Aritha powders into the brewed  Native Child Herbal Rinse Tea. 
I added a few drops of peppermint and tea tree essential oils, neem and baobab oils. I shook and used that as my shampoo. I really loved it! 

After washing, I used the Native Child conditioner and then did a final rinse with Rice Water.
I applied Mielle Organics Avocado hair milk and sealed with Ayurveda infused oil. I've noticed that the shaved sides are filling in and within a few weeks, I'll be rocking a full head of Natural hair.
How was your was day?

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Hairfinity Vitamins Journey

I've decided to give hairfinity vitamins a try just as I did with Mane choice. The difference now though is that I'll be taking just one pill a day and not two; I want to ease into taking hair supplements gradually.


It's 60 in the bottle and I'll be taking it with either breakfast or lunching depending on what I'm eating.

Hairfinity claims:
Hairfinity healthy hair vitamins dietary supplement with exclusive capilsana complex.
It contains MSM and hydrolyzed collagen and horsetail.
The direction says take with food so that's what I'll be doing.


Now for the back



I'll do an update after 15 days for you to see if there are changes.
To purchase a bottle, contact 0541458372 via WhatsApp. It will be delivered to you wherever you are in Ghana.
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17 July, 2017

Health And Curls 17 In Pictures


Health and Curls was organized by AveryNaturals( check them on Instagram) to provide a platform for interaction about ladies on a healthy hair journey as well as offer a one stop shop to buy products.

What an amazing and awesome event for hair enthusiasts!






My stand; You can call me on 0541458372 to purchase any of these items.







Speakers, Ann and Mrs. Akorli




Avery giving information on Testicular cancer

Participants

Repping live!


You shouldn't miss the next one. There were vendors from different hair brands too. I got a few stuff as well so stay tuned for a haul.
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