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Prepare For Harmattan

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Now, it is this time that you find the rush for braids and weaves hoping to avoid breakage. The Harmattan is a dry and dusty West African trade wind. It blows south from the Sahara into the Gulf of Guinea between the end of November and the middle of March (winter). The temperatures can be as low as 3 degrees Celsius.(wikipedia.org). I lived in the Northern Region for a long period and I can boldy say that this season can bring out the worst in you; cracked lips, feet, bleeding nose, etc. The season also comes with dusty weather. Looking at the duration, it's safer to plan ahead of time. Here are few guidelines for the season:

Palm Oil Hair Deep Conditioner

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Palm oil (the one you use in preparing ampesi) is one of the cheapest oils on the Ghanaian market. This oil is obtained from the fruit of the palm tree. The palm fruit can be used in the preparation of soups eg abe kwan (palmnut soup). After using mango and yogurt deep conditioners, I searched for another home grown recipe for deep conditioning.

How To: Prepare Amla And Brahmi Treatment

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Phyllanthus emblica (syn. Emblica officinalis), the Indian gooseberry, or aamla from Sanskrit amalika, is a deciduous tree of the Phyllanthaceae family. It is known for its edible fruit of the same name.Ayurveda practitioners use amla oil for its conditioning benefits and pigments.

Benefits of Amla Oil
Apply the oil to your hair after shampoo.
*Restore shine and soften hair texture with daily application of amla oil.
*Those with oily hair should apply the oil only twice per week to limit oil build-up.
*Decrease the effects of harsh shampoos by adding amla oil to the shampoo or applying to your hair prior to shampoo. Several commercial shampoos and conditioners contain amla oil.

*Apply amla oil to the scalp to combat dandruff or soothe an inflamed scalp. The vitamin C present in amla acts as an anti-inflammatory.
*Apply nightly if you suffer from a chronically itchy or sore scalp. Massage the oil into your scalp using circular patterns. (www.livestrong.com).

Amla Powder
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