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My 2017 Hair Goals

I got the nature's bounty hsn vitamins and was gifted a bottle of Mielle organics vitamins too. 

Get the details from the video. Please subscribe; it's free.

https://youtu.be/u0wBR0dqyA4

5 Tips When Washing Your Face

Use a clean towel/Tissue  to remove make up and also clean excess water. Disposable wipes are also a good option when removing make up. Don't forget to clean the eye area too.
Cleansing and scrubbing go hand in hand. After washing the face, a scrub does a better job of removing dirt stuck in the pores than just the cleanser. These two will contribute to a healthier skin.
 Get a good moisturizer to restore moisture just as you do for your hair. It's advisable to apply a moisturizer as soon as possible prevent dryness. Moisturizing face is like the hair; moisture has to be retained at all levels of cleansing.
Use products appropriate for your skin type. This is related to the third point.Find skin care products that will work for you.
Be mindful of DIY products so you don't exacerbate your skin issues. 


Enjoy your facial care moments !

Hair Products I want To Try In 2017

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Now that my hair is gaining length, there are some products that may need to be added to the hair regimen.



The immediate one is the root only applicator bottle. That will make it easy to apply the Sulphur oil.

With the exception of the ors mayonnaise and the cantu deep treatment masque, all the others are new on the wish list.

The second product I want to buy is the Giovanni leave in conditioner and moisture conditioner.

The rest include ORS aloe shampoo, replenishing conditioner and jojoba, grape seed oils.

December Hair Goals

See the November hair goals November Goals

The main thing in November was to finish the biotin and indeed I've been so consistent that I have only a day's worth of capsules! That's a good one.

As for the deep conditioning, I did well to do it with every wash rather than twice a week because of shrinkage. Now, though, the hair is longer so I can si the twice a week. However, the moisturizing and sealing  has been quite on point so moisture isn't a problem.

December Goals


Start taking a new  vitamin. I'll share the before and after pictures with you next week. I choose this one for now because I'd compare it with the beautifully bamboo hair vitamins when they arrive. 
Apply Jamaican black castor oil on the scalp 4 times a week per the boot camp rules and seal the hair with it when I moisturize.
Keep moisturizing and sealing more often.
Lastly, purchase the ORS aloe shampoo for chelating the hair.


What are your goals for December?

3 Tips For Moisturizing and Sealing

Because the weather is pretty much dry, moisturizing and sealing is essential at this time of the year. 
Last night, I co washed and went to bed with the wet hair. This morning, my hair was dry and crunchy and couldn't understand why.

I skipped leave in conditioner and applied dark and lovely amla legend  oil moisturizer and then the cantu sheabutter hair lotion and sealed with coconut oil. Now, my hair was crunchy prior to the products and it was a not damp after using the lotion so I couldn't style it. It took about 10 minutes for the products to soak in but my hair was so soft and moisturized. The water from co washing had hydrated the hair before the moisturizing. My hair feels very thick and smooth and as a result I've learnt three tips that will take your moiayrizong game to another level.


Moisturize and seal as soon as you wake up to give your hair time to absorb the products.I intend using a shower cap to facilitate the absorption. The products will be absorbed before…

5 Steps To Caring For Your Hair

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I'm sharing these five steps in caring for your hair for all the new lados who have decided to embark on a healthy hair journey. These tips are meant to giuide you as you take the initial steps.


1. Get the basic products such as shampoo, conditioner, leave in conditioner, natural hair oils like coconut oil and olive oil, as well as deep conditioning aka steaming products like dark and lovely cholesterol.


Begin shampooing your hair once a week, follow up with a deep conditioner, rinse it out and apply leave in conditioner and hair oil. If you are relaxed, allow the hair dry a bit before combing.
Apply a moisturizer ( not the oil moiaturizer) about twice a week and follow up with the oil.
You don't have to stop going to a salon. Just guide your hair dresser to do the right things you've learnt.
Read about the dos and don'ts about your hair. If you are natural, there are some practices that will sabotage your progress. The same applies to relaxed hair. When you read about thes…

Co Wash + Coffee Rinse

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I think I'm gradually giving my hair the deserved attention and hope this doesn't become a farce.

As part of the twice a week deep conditioning, I decided to do another wash. I used the cantu sheabutter co wash to clean the hair because the Monday deep conditioning was on unwashed hair.

I t shirt dried the hair and applied the aphogee balancing moisturizer and used the steam cap for about 20 minutes. I, however, got to rinsing out the hair product about two hours later. I applied kinky curly knot today leave in and chi silk infusion before blow drying. I actually contemplated straightening but just the thought if spending another 30 minutes on the hair was tiring enough. I have to get an inch plate straightener considering how my hair has grown longer.


I'm just excited counting down the weeks to my next touch up.

Just A Week Of Healthy Origins Biotin

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The biotin I'm currently taking is the healthy origins biotin which sells for 35gh. Unfortunately ,  it's out of stock for now. 

It's been a week and for the first time in months,  my nails are growing in quickly again. After not using hair supplements for almost two months, it's become obvious that these supplements are the reason my hair has been growing fast . 

I haven't had to trim my nails in these past few months but now,  they are getting longer. I'm going to monitor the progress and see how long it gets by the time the bottle is emptied. There are 60 vcaps in there so. That's like up to end of November or early December. 

I take one capsules daily, 5000mcg. I also take 2 Litres if water daily. This means I won't be getting nasty pimples. 

Here is a shot of the left hand. I usually keep the right one short.

Sulphur For Hair Growth Check in #2 Jemima 2

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Here's the second batch of participants of the challenge. Let's start with Miami. I apply ma sulphur mixture which contain Jamaica castor oil,Palm kennel oil n coconut oil.(1st, 3rd, 5th,8th,10th n 12th of October). 



For ma edges I use we naturals  specific edge oil (not every day🙈)

Take in nature bounty hair,nails n skin gunmies,nature's benefits complete multi A to Z dietary supplements n 2 litres of water everyday (maximum).

Healthy Origins Biotin

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Hi family! How's your hair journey this month? We've done half of October  and can you believe my hair is constantly in a ponytail or with the ends tucked away?



I love that the hair is full neck length with healthy ends too. The first trim will be in a few months time just to prevent setbacks.

Anyway, after two months of no hair supplement,  I've added the biotin to the women's vitamins. I couldn't bear the thought of ending the year without touching shoulder length. As vain as it may sound,  hair vitamins have been one of the support systems that have brought me this far. The benefits have been immense and if there's no health reasons to stop taking them,  I'm all for it. 

I fell in love with this particular biotin as soon as I opened the bottle. First, aside the tight unbroken seal,  there was cotton to absorb moisture. This biotin is odorless and very tiny which makes swallowing smooth sailing. I'll check for growth and thickness in two weeks time. I…

How to Wash Hair After A Week Relaxer

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As this post centers on post relaxer hair care, I thought it might be more beneficial for new readers to know a few tips on how to wash hair after relaxing it. 

The basic regimen still applies except that for me,  I clarify or chelate post relaxer to guarantee that there aren't any relaxer left overs as well as strengthen the hair again.



**Prepooed for about 2 hours  with aloe vera and oil mix (the same one I mixed up weeks ago!) 

**I clarified with Sheamoisture African black soap shampoo, did a coffee rinse and deep conditioned with aphogee 2 minutes reconstructor, and then the aphogee Balancing Moisturizer for moisture protein balance. 



I deep conditioned with the balancing moisturizer for about an hour. 





I went the extra mile to blow dry and flat iron with my new straightener from kikuu but an insect fell into my left eye in the process so I boycotted it! 



Sulphur For Hair Growth Check in #1 Efya

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Efya's story is in! 

Mondays to Wednesdays I apply my sulphur mixture every morning containing Rosemary oil...coconut oil...sulphur ...JBCO for my edsges everyday...my aim here is to grow n care for my hair...

Sulphur For Hair Growth Check in #1 Cynthia

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Check out Cynthia's hair progress for the week. 



I apply my  sulphur mixture morning bt at times evening three times a week  nd jbco on my edges twice day, drink 2litres a day, and take my hair vitamins every evening.

SULPHUR FOR HAIR GROWTH CHECK IN #1 Akua

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Here's Akua's hair progress. 

Good evening. I moisturise my hair with a mixture of Shea butter,castor oil and kuza twice a week.I apply virgin fertilizer to d edges at night thrice a week.

Sulphur For Hair Growth Check in #1 Anita

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Here's Anita's hair  story of the week. 

My goal is to speed up my growth. Massaged my scalp with jbco and wild growth oil on my edges. I tried to take 1.5 litres to 2 Litres of Water daily.



  I will start taking my hair vitamins again and and use my sulphur oil next week. Starting on Monday

Sulphur For Hair Growth Check in #1 Fafa

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Here's Fafa's hair  update for the week. 

I joined this challenge to speedy my hair growth after my TWA. My hair regimen is simple. I take at least three litres of Water daily.



I moisturise my hair with Zabrinaturals HOTG daily, apply my sulphur mix which includes castor oil, neem, coconut, organ and Amal oils twice in a week.
I also use Groganics daily tropical scalp treatment on my edges

Relaxer Update (October 2016)"

I relaxed the hair a couple of days ago. 

Here are all the details pertaining to this October relaxer.

The stylist based the scalp and edges with Vaseline. The application took a NJ it 3 minutes and smoothing with a Comb, another 5 minutes. I sat down for about 10 minutes because this ABC relaxer tends to give me texlaxed results - which I would mind a year from now. 

She shampooed,  deep conditioned with hooded dryer and did the usual leave and roller set routine. 

Get the results and length check in the video. 

https://youtu.be/B6A9F9AQLTs

Sulphur For Hair Growth Check in #1 Benedicta

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​Here's Benedicta's hair  update for the week. 

I just got rid of my 2 months braid. I used to clean it 3 times a week with baby wipes which work well for me... I apply my oil to my scalp n edges n u can see the amount of new growth i have. 

Check in #1 Erica

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​This is Erica's hair update for the first week of October. 

On Monday I did same in the morning except the shampoo. Then Empress checked in adding she applied hers at night. So I thought, why not give the night a try. 



So on Wednesday, I only moisturised my hair and worked on my edges in the morning. Before sleep that day, I applied the sulphur oil, massaged my hair and slept in satin bonnet. 

The feeling was great in the morning so I repeated same that night.But hey, I always applied wenatural stimulating oil on my edges. Water consumption was another thing to handle but I pulled through because I do most often.

Don't Dilute Your Jamaican Black Castor Oil

At least not too much with other oils.

A major complaint with using Jamaican Black Castor Oil is the thickness of the oil. The oil is so thick that some people mix or dilute with other oils to thin the castor oil out before use. Others also find their  scalp too itchy when the Jamaican Black Castor Oil is used directly on the Scalp.

Well,  every product is made to operate at its optimum best thus when you dilute it,  you tend to reduce the potency.

After making this discovery,  it's better to rethink about how to get the most out of the Jamaican Black Castor Oil.

Benefits of Overnight Hair Growth Treatment

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24 hours after the egg treatment, I put the hair into flexi rods. 



I really loved how easy it fitted into my hair and I can't wait to have full curls. 

Here's where I noticed some interesting changes in my hair. 


Strengthened hair : my hair wasn't as hard as I feared yet it wasn't also super soft. This kind of treatment can definitely benefit the hair prior to relaxer so that's what I'm going to do. 
Thicker hair is also another change I saw. Prior to the egg treatment, my hair felt quite light thus the treatment came at the  right time. 
  Smoother and shiny hair is a plus with this treatment too. 


In all,  I guess the overnight hair growth bandwagon has reopened my heart to using eggs. I'll do another treatment before the end of October or prior to relaxing.

Sulphur Oil For Hair Growth

Here's an update about my hair length and check in for October. 

To create the sulphur mix,  I used 8oz of a variety of hair oils and added one teaspoon full of the Sulphur. 

Get all the details in the video. 

https://youtu.be/e_-Iy904mzw

Wash Day @5 Weeks Post Relaxer

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First, let me complain about how the hair has not grown so much this time because I'm not taking my supplements.

Usually by  4 weeks, it will be uncontrollably thick as a result of the new growth but this time,  it feels as if I just relaxed it. It feels like the it has grown just 1/4 too. Lol. 

We start the Sulphur oil mix as well as the protective style challenge this October therfore I'm hopeful for better growth. 

I won't be injesting any hair supplements which translates into better monitoring of the Sulphur. 

There are 21 ladies participating in this year long challenge so expect tons of updates and pictures.

Reader Votes 

 At the end of the month, you the reader, will have the opportunity to choose one participant as winner. You'll see the length check pictures and the poll will be up throughout November to select the winner. 

This is going to be so much fun!  

The Wash Day



I washed the hair at the salon again as I mentioned. Being salon dependent can be useful if your …

Hair Boot Camp Check #1

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We are starting the first challenge but I won't reveal details yet. That will come when the challenge is over.



Meet Nana 

We'll  have another update in the course of the week. 



Meet Jemima 

You'll get more details of each person hair with time. 



Hi Fafa

Each participant's routine will be shared each week.

12 Months Of Hair Boot CAMP

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Esther 2

There's a boot camp currently underway  for ladies in Ghana. After years of this journey, I've decided to do more than just talk about hair.

I want to be part and parcel of people's hair journey so this challenge is all about active participation. By interacting with participants,  it will be easier answering questions and helping see their progress. 



Meet Joyce. 

More participants will be shown as the weeks roll by. 

The first challenge will be in October and details will be shared at the end of the challenge. However, in the course of the week,  you'll see updates about what each one does to their hair. 

You'll also get to see progress pictures and select the winner.

September Length Check

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I haven't done a length check in a while therfore I decided to take advantage of the fact that the hair is out to do a length check prior to the Sulphur oil growth competition. 


With three months to go,  I guess I can push harder for more length.

Sulphur Oil Mix #2

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Whilst I use the wild growth oil on my edges, I'll be using Sulphur mixed with 8oz of my oil mix in an applicator bottle.



The first time I used Sulphur was about four years ago and since then,  I haven't ventured into it again. I also didn't track the progress the first time. This time though,  I'll be monitoring it like a hawk. 

I'll be using it 4x a week on the scalp and also make sure I'm consistent with it for the next 3 months. I'm putting all my oils to good use. 

That means washing often in order to keep the scalp clean too. 

We are about 20 ladies partaking in this challenge thus you'll be seeing tons of progress pictures.

Wild Growth hair oil First Impressions

I've began using the wild growth oil on my edges. Yes, you know that's my first focus on.
For my scalp, I'll use something else.

Smell

It's not an easy to  tolerate smell at all! It smells like stew or mixed spices Lol. After use,  you wonder whether the one next to  you can also smell it.

Consistency is like that of cooking oil,  not too thick nor light. That's postive as you won't get it dripping down your face.

Easy to pour since the nozzle is small.

I'll do a full review after 12 weeks with updated in between.

Quick Wash Day

​After puffy air dried and uncontrollable hair, I decided to get a salon wash and set to tame the hair. I have my wash products at the salon already so I pop in whenever I want to.
She shampooed and then deep conditioned with Cantu sheabutter deep treatment mask. Applied the Cantu sheabutter anti frizz foam leave in conditioner and roller set. 

The whole process took about an hour and a half.

I'll  washing twice a week these days to keep the hair presentable and also the use of Sulphur required frequent washing. How I wish I had the length now! 

Air drying long hair is much easier so until I get there, salon wash will be a great friend. 

In other news, I've exercised due diligence in applying the wild growth oil on my edges because I want to have a  comprehensive and honest review.

4 Weeks Post Relaxer Update

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If I say I've been monitoring the days and weeks, I'd be kidding myself because I only think of my hair probably twice a day. Yes, I mean I can't even recall how the last wash day went Lol . That's going  to change this week for the reason that I'm using this time to prepare the hair for the harmattan when I won't be wearing  wigs that often. 


The Vitamins 

I'd wanted to take biotin alongside my women's vitamins but care has to be taken in order not to have negative side effects so I'm putting it on hold until November when I'm done with the current vitamins. 

Growth 

I haven't noticed much growth this time obviously because I haven't been taking any hair supplements. This just shows the effectiveness of hair supplements in my hair journey. Usually, by week 4, the new growth is very thick and can't be easily seen. This time though,  it's like two weeks worth of growth. Since I can't take the hair vitamins, I have chosen a differ…

What Might Be Causing Your Dandruff?

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Today's post is dedicated  to dandruff, a common hair woe that most of us battle with. If you are an exception, then you must count yourself lucky!

So what is dandruff?

Dandruff is a scalp condition that causes the skin cells on your scalp to flake and itch. Although it's not contagious, it is sometimes very irritating and quite embarrassing.

What causes dandruff?

The direct cause of dandruff is a rapid renewal of the skin cells on the scalp.

The human skin is composed of layers. The epidermis which is the outermost layer sheds off as new skin cells grow. As this process continues, the old skin cells fall out and  die off. This physiological process produces an amount of flaking which is normal and is usually invisible to the naked eyes. However, in certain people, this process is exaggerated and leads to excessive shedding of skin cells that accumulate on the scalp and clump together with the natural hair oils. The result is unsightly visible flakes tha…

Ways To Protect Your Hair This Harmattan Without Protective Styles

If you are like me and don't see harmattan as the time to wear wigs and weaves nor braids  then,  you have to develop a regimen that can provide you with moisture and fortify your hair against the  harsh winds and weather. 

The first thing I recommend is decide on how you'll protect your ends from the harsh  weather. You can wear buns or roll and tuck in styles. You can also do halo braids with or ponytail with extensions to keep the ends from breakage. 

You should also increase the moisture routines such as deep conditioning twice a week and sealing the hair with butters.

Another way to protect your hair without weaves and wigs is to do green house effect or baggying about thrice a month. 

My intention is to stop braiding when I can pull the hair into a good pony so if that  happens by December, then,  I definitely be weave and wig free for the harmattan like I used to do.

How To Prepare Your Hair For Braids

I did a post on preparing your hair for weaves a while ago and today, I want to specifically touch on how to prepare your hair for braids especially for this harmattan.
Basically, the routine for the preparation doesn't differ from that of getting a weave on.
1. Detangle your hair before going to the salon so the stylist doesn't mishandle the hair or use the wrong comb to detangle. This is especially crucial for natural hair. In addition to that, you have to also stretch your natural hair before getting to the salon because experience has shown that some stylist can't stretch your hair without charging extra or even creating more mess by using a hot tool to stretch without proper protection.


Deep conditioning before braids will provide the moisture your hair needs. Since your ow hair is going into hiding, it's best to give it a lot of moisture.
Choose the correct braid size for your hair. If you have thin hair and decided to get large plaits, you may add too much…

Protect Your Hair Before Swimming

If you happen to love the beach side or pool side, then, you may have had salty or extremely dry hair after taking a dip in the water.

To protect your hair from the chlorine in the pool water,  you can use sheabutter or petroleum jelly to  prevent the water from getting into the strands - the kind of protection you give your hair prior to a touch up. 

I prefer Vaseline since it's very thick. I put some in  my supplies and add a rinse out conditioner. This is to wash the hair after swimming  before getting home. 

There are swimmers conditioners too -  saw some at max mart and other shops at the malls.

How do you protect your hair before swimming even when wearing a cap?

Wild Growth Oil

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You know whenever I get a product, I make sure I have enough for others to also try.

We have in addition,  Tropical Isle Jamaican Black Castor Oil. Contact us on 0541458372 

We have instanatural Argan oil, Humco sublime Sulphur, Cantu sheabutter leave in conditioner, and biotin.



HOW TO USE ALOE VERA FOR HAIR GROWTH

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Aloe vera  is a short stemmed, succulent plant mostly found in tropical and subtropical climates. It has thick spiky leaves with a gel in the center.  Aloe Vera  is a household name that has gained so many accolades in the beauty industry. It is popularly known for its numerous benefits on health, skin and hair.

Aloe vera, apart from  being made of 99 percent of water, is rich in amino acids, minerals and vitamins needed to aid hair growth and prevent breakage.  Aloe vera gel cleanses, nourishes, conditions and strengthens the hair. It hydrates the hair by trapping in moisture (humectant). Glycoproteins found in this miracle plant help speed up healing by stopping pain and reducing inflammation. It is therefore helpful in battling scalp inflammation. Its antifungal and antibacterial properties help improve scalp health, help control dandruff and reduce hair fall.

If it's harvested at home in its natural  form, prepare a quantity that will be used right away an…

How To Prepare Your Hair For Harmattan

I have a post on the best protective styles for harmattan and 3 tips for harmattan. In today's post, I rather want to focus on how to prepare your hair for harmattan so you won't have any need to stress over your hair.

These tips are what I also intend to do though some are applicable to those with longer hair than mine. 


Baggying your ends at leat three times a week will provide the ends with moisture. My hair isn't long so I rather fold the ends into the pony to protect it. By December, I'll be using the baggying method too. You can also use green house effect to provide moisture for your hair. The  September 2016 challenge is green house effect so join it. I'll be wearing  cornrows beneath my wigs but will still make use of Green  House Effect for optimum moisture. 
Get your moisturizing and sealing game on right  now ! I've discovered the Cantu sheabutter gel oil as a very moisturizing oil for my hair so I won't be dependent on the Cantu sheabutter lotio…

How To Finger Detangle Relaxed or Natural Hair

Detangling shouldn't be a hassle if you know how to use your fingers to aid you. 

I often talk about this technique and so decided to demonstrate it. Apart from  using conditioner and oils in the detangling process,  your fingers will not only guide you to remove knots quickly,  they will also help you separate the intertwined strands. 

https://youtu.be/WhI0C9-wDz8

3 Tips For Extremely Dry Hair

As we make our way into harmattan, I'm sure we are going to see the resurrection of weaves, Senegalese twist, braids, wigs and more which will mean the battle against dry hair will begin. Eventually, it's going to be the battle with extremely dry hair. 

Extremely dry hair can  be the worst nightmare the quest for long hair because it leads to breakage and thereby causing loss of length. If this habit of extremely dry hair isn't curbed , you'll end up cutting off all your hair! 

In the video,  I give you some tips to help with extremely dry hair. These are tips I'll also be using at when I get to wear my hair out in a couple of months time. Yes, my hair is going to be hidden for the rest of the year. More on that later.

https://youtu.be/qWupiAzbXpI

First Pony Tail for 2016

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After cutting off the hair on 31st January , I definitely missed out on a lot of styles for the first part of the year but that has changed this September.





I'm able to put the hair into a ponytail which though not big,  is equally worth it. Aside most of the hair fiting into the pony,  it makes it easy to style on the go! I mean it take less than 3 minutes  to style the hair. This also means I may be able to  Co wash and still wear a pony the next day possibly even with the shrinkage. I'll that that when I'm 4 weeks post Lol. 



As the weeks pass by too,  the new growth is going to add more length therefore the pony is going to get fuller!!! I'll see how I can live in pony tail for a week. This is a new territory this year; I don't recall wearing pony tails last year because of the short pieces that resulted from a bad trim. If this ponytail works out well, my edges will dance for joy from not braiding  Lol. 



3 months to end the year so I'm going to very extra hardw…

Wash Day @ 3 Days Post Relaxer

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I went to the salon and since I had my products there, she used her own shampoo, conditioner and applied dark and lovely leave in conditioner.

She used the Cantu sheabutter anti frizz oil and I just let her do a side part. 



I can pull the hair into a pony but with some flu aways Lol. I'll try a pony tail with extensions and see how it turns out. 

Now that work has began,  I want to find quick yet chic styles to wear. The next relaxer will be somewhere in October. Since I can't take the hair vitamins this September, I'm going to be diligent with aloe vera on the scalp and  the aloe oil on the edges. I can still take biotin so I may add that to my women's vitamins.

Wash Day @ 3Weeks Post Relaxer

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I went to the salon and since I had my products there, she used her own shampoo, conditioner and applied dark and lovely leave in conditioner.

She used the Cantu sheabutter anti frizz oil and I just let her do a side part. 



I can pull the hair into a pony but with some flu aways Lol. I'll try a pony tail with extensions and see how it turns out. 

Now that work has began,  I want to find quick yet chic styles to wear. The next relaxer will be somewhere in October. Since I can't take the hair vitamins this September, I'm going to be diligent with aloe vera on the scalp and  the aloe oil on the edges. I can still take biotin so I may add that to my women's vitamins.

3 Ways To Prepoo Your Hair

Prepoo refers to Pre shampoo treatments done to protect the hair against absorbing too much water during the wash process. 

There are different ways to prepoo and each one depends on what you have in your stash and what your hair responds to. If you don't know which prepoo treatment to apply,  you can try all and see how your hair reacts and feels afterwards. 

https://youtu.be/ZN-VOShxMvw

Beauty benefit of quail quail quail eggs.

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Quail eggs are medicinal foods that have been used in Ancient Egypt, Japan and China for their potent healing benefits. They were used to treat asthma, sexual impotence, inflammatory conditions, digestive tract disorders, rashes, eczema, diabetes, hair loss, skin problems and more! In today’s industry, many facial masks and treatments especially Japanese and Chinese ones contain quail egg as a major ingredient. It is used to obtain clear complexions, treat acne and scars and tighten loose skin. The best part about quail eggs is that they are more nutritious that chicken eggs and can be eaten raw without fear of contracting salmonellosis. This is because quails have a higher body temperature than chicken and also quail eggs are resistant to germs since they contain more lysozyme which is effective in killing bacteria.

Check out these 7 beauty benefit of quail eggs.

1. Hair Growth & Volume



Did you know that quail eggs contain about 15 times more b-vitamins than chicken eggs? When it co…

Cinnamon Scalp Detox Mask

Cinnamon is so popular in skin care especially for acne and it will delight you to know that it's also a very great ingredient for your diy recipes. Today, I share a cinnamon scalp detox recipe to unclog the pores on your scalp which will create a healthy scalp foe hair growth. 

https://youtu.be/Fc1rRIYEbpE

3 Solutions For Menstrual Cramps

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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.


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) 
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. 
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!

Relaxer Update (August 2016)

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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.  

https://youtu.be/XDUOyVCPRrA

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…

Castor Aloe Oil + Hair Update

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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, drink…

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.  

https://youtu.be/3ZLZz-XT05k

My Hair @ 5 Weeks Post Relaxer

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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&#…

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. 

https://youtu.be/zOQ9_X41MJ4

How To Choose A Relaxer

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


Which relaxer is best for me? 
Which relaxer can get me the texture I want? 
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. 

https://youtu.be/sDqoSrUyzmg

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. 

https://youtu.be/-RB7y5A3iEc

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.

https://youtu.be/tUdqtvk5o-c

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. 

https://youtu.be/Jo4h3tp0UsU

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 :). 

https://youtu.be/eI02OKdt7mA

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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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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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 sophisticate…

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 y…

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.

https://youtu.be/292qZv544JE

Meet The Glamorous Aneke Twins!

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