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First Relaxer For 2021!

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At 8 weeks post, I was pretty much satisfied with the growth and I'm glad I did relax it. It was quite difficult managing the new growth with such length. I know I hardly post pictures of my hair these days; it's because I'm more interested in giving tips. However, I started this blog to document my hair journey and although for 4 years I wasn't actively growing my hair, it's just t right to share the ups and downs now that I'm growing it back.  This length reminds of 2012 when I'd moved from natural to relaxed and was super excited!  With full neck length, the next target is full shoulder length and the rest of the year should be enough to reach that.  With this, my next touch up will be first week of May, around my birthday. For now, I'll wash the haor during the week and deep condition it. I'm gathering some Ayurveda herbs down to prepare a couple of hair masks so stay tuned. 

John Frieda Frizz Wash Day!

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I'm super excited about the John Frieda anti frizz range and can't wait to use it more! Prepoo: Used creme of nature plex bond mender to prepoo Shampoo: Applied the John Frieda shampoo and washed 2x with it Hair rinse: Applied green tea rinse, left it for 5 minutes and followed with John Frieda conditioner. Leave in: Used doo gro leave in treatment, applied a little Jamaican black castor oil and wore the hair in a wet bun to dry This is the mess I deal with when I don't wear buns!  Overall, I'm extremely deliberate about my wash day now because I've these few months to nourish it before it hits shoulder length. To moisturize during the week, I used a mixture of S curl and Hawaiian silky moisturizer plus a bit of an oil mix! For the most part, I've been wearing my hair in a small bun daily.

Wash Day With Rice Water Remedy Rinse

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To wash the hair, I'd contemplated on using green tea rinse but I decided to use the rice water instead to strengthen the hair. Last week,I had severe shedding as a result of *lack if treatment *. I used the creme of nature plex bond mender to prepoo the hair and I experienced little shedding afterwards. I shampooed with African pride 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner, rinsed and applied the rice wster Revitalising rinse for 5 minutes. I washed it out with cokd water and deep conditioned with Difeel Biotin Pro Growth Mask for 7 minutes before washing off with cold water. To dry the hair, I use flexi rods after applying Kinks and Straight hair moisturizer and Jamaican black castor oil. For the next wash, I'll do Moringa tea rinse. Stay tuned for how it is done! To purchase any of these products mentioned, check @emprezzglamhub on Instagram

Happy 2021 Plus Hair Goals

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It's always great to have your hair goals as your priority but it's even better when you have a plan of how you will achieve those goals! The New Year hair goals for me are: 1. Hit armpit length or something close. The plan is to keep washing and deep conditioning more often, probably two times a week. This will be possible most likely by mid year when I have more length to work with. Air drying short hair is work!  2.  Focus on healthy ends, especially, since my hair is relaxed. I'll have 2 trims since I recently trimned it. These may be somewhere in June and then December. This is to maintain the health of the ends which are the oldest and most fragile part of the hair.  3. Try a few new hair products and also empty a couple of old ones. For now, I have just one brand to use up so I can do a review. After that, I will be able use up 2 more brands, hopefully, by mid year.  4. Work on keeping the hair from relaxer run off. This is one major setback I had last year and would

Reasons Why Your Hair Is Shedding

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Shedding is a major concern for everyone. Getting the length you desire can be a daunting task and to lose the length  you've worked  to achieve is equally too painful to bear. What I've noticed is people fail to understand the link between your general health and the health of your hair. What you put into your body affects your whole body, including your hair! Shedding doesn't happen overnight - your hair will give you signs that something is wrong; we don't pay attention until it gets worse! 1. Postpartum shedding: I get this complains a lot and get surprised that though ladies are aware of how having a baby affects your hair, it seems reading about it isn't part of the solution we want. The first thing I urge people to do is to Google their problems. When you have a fair idea of what you are experiencing, you are able to either decide on taking the medical route or self - care route. There are situations that merit a visit to the Doctor's office and if you do

3 New Year Hair Care Tips

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Even as we prepare for the new year, I'd like to share a few things you can do to enhance length retention in the coming months. 1. Clear your stash! Take a look at what has worked or failed and if you have to donate them or repurpose them, do so! You will be able to make room for new ones. Check for expiring ones so you can use them up. Let your wishlist also be very short - you'll be able purchase them faster.  2. Set very simple hair goals - exceeding five goals might be an over kill. The lesser the goals, the better the focus. Whatever goal you set, pay attention to how you'll achieve them. That's key! Essentials like the style you wear, the tools you use and the quality of products will enable you hit your targets faster! Once I limited my goals to three, I was forced to consider the most important things.  3. Don't let youtube be your focus! I love YouTube videos but as a youtuber, I have set certain standards and limits regarding what I watch and who I follow

Minimalist Hair Care 2021 Goals

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It's not often that  you get to experience new hair products; the feeling and excitement of trying that particular wish list can't be overemphasized. However, there is a huge gap between hair needs and hair wants. I've been a minimalist in my hair hair care over the pass couple of years. At the early stages, I was a product junkie. I scaled down when I became more of a scissor happy person. Now that I'm back to growing my hair long, it's difficult splashing money on new products. For 2021, I intend to still continue with the less is more approach - more of hair masques and shampoos and less of oils. I have tons of oils I hardly use and I want to use them all up in the coming months. I want to invest in hair masques and edge gel since my goal is to keep the hair looking neat and sleek at all times! This is related to my general 2021 of being presentable anytime of day. The essence of the masques is to make sure I deep condition twice a month instead of once a month f

Wash Day(Creme of Nature Plex Bond Mender)

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There is a lot to share about my wash days at the moment so let's get into it. First, I'm at neck length again (for the last time!). My target is armpit in 2021, God willing.  OK, I've touched up about 3 times this year. The last one was about 2 weeks ago! The next one is at the end of December.  As for washing, I did salon wash from July to early October because I couldn't air dry in a bun, roller sets were the go-to. Currently, I can wear a small ponytail and that's been helpful in my own washing. I'll definitely to for a salon touch up, but for the wash, I'd be doing my own thing these days.  What's new?  For my last wash, I tried new products!  1. Pre shampoo: Creme of Nature Plex Bond Mender. I left it in for 10 minutes and then shampooed the hair.  2. I used the new Cantu TXTR (pronounced texture) oil shampoo - it felt amazing!  3. After rinsing out the shampoo, I followed with curly Chic Rice Water Remedy and left it for 5 minutes (it can be left

How To Know If Your Hair Products Are Working?

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There are no fast and easy ways to reach your hair goals though there some few things you can do to enhance length retention. After getting the products, the next step is being able to use them to nourish your hair natural or relaxed hair. The challenge usually comes when you can't figure out if a product is working or not. Here are a few guidelines to help : The outcome of your wash day should be such that you hair is soft and manageable. That's the key to a successful wash day! If you are able to style it without difficulties, you are certainly doing something right. How do we get that outcome though? How does your hair feel after using your shampoo? Is it dry? Is it moisturized? Does it tangle up? Does it really clean the scalp and hair? Are you able to comb after rinsing the shampoo? If you end up with soft and clean hair, then the shampoo is OK. If you have tangles and dryness, follow immediately with conditioner or deep conditioner. When you do, does the hair become easie

Why Your Hair Might Still Be Breaking

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When hair keeps breaking, we usually assume it's lack of moisture or lack of protein. I've seen cases where you'd do all the right things and still experience breakage. These factors may explain the cause of your breakage: 1. The hair style choice might be adding a lot of weigh or strain on your strands. After take down, this may weaken the hair and cause breakage. Elaborate hair styles tend to also cause more damage as you try to take it down. Even the way your cornrows underneath your wigs are done  may be the cause of the breakage!  2. Not trimming: Once you set out to get healthy hair, you have to get rid of the damaged hair as soon as possible. Old, damaged hair tends to tangle up a lot causing breakage. No amount of products will restore it hence better cut it off and have healthy hair to work with. 3. Too much moisturizer can cause the hair to be fragile. Although you have to moisturise the hair as often as you can, the quantity of moisturiser shouldn't make the

5 Moisturising and Sealing Mistakes

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Aside being able to stop breakage and retain length with moisture, moisturising and sealing is essential in protecting your hair from the changing seasons and the environmental impact it has on the hair. In light of this, we do our best to incorporate this technique in our daily regimen yet we may end up with bad results if we commit the following mistakes.  Using too much moisturiser.  Just because you want your hair to be moisturised doesn't mean it should be drenched with the product. A little goes a long way to prevent hygral fatigue. Wet hair will also cause breakage thereby making the process  counterproductive to what we aim to achieve.  Secondly, using too much oil or butter to seal. This notion of more oils to prevent moisture loss will leave your hair greasy!  Next is moisturising with oil moisturizer and not water based moisturizer. These oil moisturizers are similar to moisturising oils. They penetrate the strands but you need moisture in the form of water based moistur

How To Do A Corrective Relaxer

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What is a corrective relaxer? Usually, when you don't get the desired texture at the end of a relaxer process, you may consider 'correcting' the under processed hair in order to have an even texture all through the hair. Client picture  The reason corrective relaxers may help are: 1. It balances the under processed hair with the already relaxed hair. You are able to get the texture you wanted.  2. It limits breakage from handling multiple textures.  It's recommended you wait 6 weeks after the relaxer process to get a corrective relaxer done. The new growth will make it easier to apply the relaxer. You begin with the new growth and then pull the relaxer through the under processed parts before washing off.  Personally, I prefer managing the textures until the next relaxer is due then I do both corrective and regular relaxer at the same time.  Be sure to deep condition your hair often if you plan to wait till your next relaxer appointment. 

Moisture Training Your Hair

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 This is a technique I've been trying to get my clients to follow for the first 6 weeks of the hair growth. Basically, when you have extremely damaged hair, you need to focus on repairing and restoring before you focus on length. In the process of repairing, you are certainly paying attention to length retention with all the treatments and styling you do.  How do you moisture train your hair? First, be sure to moisturise and seal every single day! Dry and brittle hair requires constant moisture and over time, you'll notice drastic changes in the hair. Secondly, use a moisture based deep conditioner as often as 2 times a month or weekly for the first few months you start. This will boost the moisture levels and also speed up the repair process.  Thirdly, trim off all damaged ends. This makes styling easier and maintaining the health of the hair, a priority. Another technique to boost moisture in the hair is the daily mist. Daily misting acts a s buffer during the day thereby ens

Advice For Beginning Your Hair Journey

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The excitement that you feel when you get to understand growing long hair is possible can cause you to create more harm than good for your hair. Read and Read  I can't reiterate this enough! Ive observed that 90% of ladies either skip information or simply don't read beyond two or three lines of any article. They want to experience length but don't want the sweat that comes with it. A simple cursory look at the first or last paragraph of an article doesn't mean you've mastered a particular topic or technique. The end result is a partially successful implementation of that knowledge. At the end, frustration sets in when you don't seem to make a headway. Know what you read  There are a thousand and one people writing and sharing what they think is right for your hair. These are well intended but is it what you need? Must you do all the 10 wash steps to achieve results? Does your hair need that particular protein treatment you've read about? Does it matter if y

How To Manage Your New Growth

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To successfully stretch your relaxer, one of the major hurdles to overcome is keeping the new growth soft and manageable. To prevent dryness, focus the deep conditioner on the new growth during your wash. This is the time to include protein based deep conditioning treatments in your journey. Using protein helps to strengthen the hair and the line of demarcation too. Don't use protein products too often, once a month is OK. Another technique is to moisturize the line of demarcation as often as possible to prevent breakage. The new growth will be thicker than the relaxed parts hence the point where they meet (demarcation point) too is very fragile and can break off easily. Moisturising with a focus on that part stops dryness. This is the time to use your hair mist before the moisturizer. In addition, using heavy butters to seal also help if the weather is dry.  Lastly, be very gentle when styling your hair to limit stressing the hair as well as causing breakage. Know when to end your