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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 !

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…

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! 



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.

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

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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.
2. 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.

3.Choose the correct braid size for your hair. If you have thin hair and decided to get large plaits, you may add…

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

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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.


3 Tips For Extremely Dry Hair

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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.


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

10 Ways To Use Hair Oils

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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.


How To Choose A Relaxer

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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  can I afford?  Most relaxers are labeled normal to fine to  medium and coarse  hair. For coarse hair, you usually see 'Super' strength indicated on the box.

The mistake is choosing a relaxed is assuming you have coarse hair when you actually just have dry, unmoisturised hair!  When you begin your journey, I always recommend you wait for at least 8 weeks before you do your first touch up no matter how long you had gone before beginning the treatment. This time frame allows your hair to get the moisture it needs which will then determine your true texture. 
Does the price determine the quality? I don't think so! There are a lot of factors to consider in knowing the quality of the relaxer and the first is to check reviews online. If your stylist is good, you can easily select one for your texture. You and I kno…

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

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

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

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Who doesn't want long hair 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 a few ways you can increase hair growth.


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

GUAVA LEAVES-A REMEDY TO HAIR LOSS.

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​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,…

MAKING ALATA SAMINA GEL.

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​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 r…

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.


Cleanse the face with a cleanser or a wash
Use facial scrub 
Rinse with water at normal temperature
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. 
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.

Can You Wash Relaxed Hair Once A Month?

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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. 


Dry shampoo can help clean the hair and stretch your wash days. 
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. 
Green House Effect or baggying method can also keep your hair moisturized for long  hours…

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

OILS AND THEIR BENEFIT TO OUR HAIR.

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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 t…

Clean & Clear Advantage Clear & Soothe Foaming Wash Review

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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. 



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Castor Aloe Scalp Treatment

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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.

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 cl…

Facial Routine FOR ACNE PRONE SKIN

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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

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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.

[https://youtu.be/9XcXthpOUy8]

HAS YOUR HAIR STOPPED GROWING?

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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 …

4 Easy Ways To Use Palm Kernel Oil

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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.

Prepoo

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.

Det…

3 WAYS I FIXED A CONDITIONER THAT DIDN'T WORK FOR ME

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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 seefor 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 ingredi…

CASTOR OIL FOR SKIN

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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)?

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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😄


· FIGHTS AGING

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…

Four After Braid Take Down Tips

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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.


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. 
Don't shampoo if you've not detangled. Putting  water in your hair will cause it to tangle more. 
Use a wide tooth comb first to detangle before washing to remove shed hair too. 
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…

Wash Day featuring We Naturals hot oil treatment

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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?

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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? Y…

Oil Free Facial Scrub

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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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I've Won The Battle With Acne!

I'm such a goal-oriented person that once I set my heart on achieving something, I go all out to get that and this battle with acne is one fight I'm not going to lose.

The latest issue is the acne breakouts on the right cheek whilst the left cheek is fresh Lol. Why? I'm suspecting it's because I sleep on the right side. In any case, the line of action was to figure out how to stop new breakout and that's when I discovered something else.

My face felt oily within hours of bathing and even when I use oil free moisturizers! Can you imagine that? So, I realized I had to wash my face twice a day to remove those oils.

Additionally, I realized I broke out each time I use the Avon anew retexturizing peel, perhaps because I had pimples  on my skin, I was just aggravating the skin. With 10%glycolic acid, my skin might be suffering from the harshness of the product.  That's just my theory so I now use it on my pimple free part of the face and guess what? My skin respo…

July Favourites (2016)

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I've not done favourite posts in a while because I really didn't have any. However, this July was different. I had three products I enjoyed using.
1. Cantu sheabutter anti frizz foam leave in conditioner



I absolutely love the feel of the foam in my hair. It penetrates the  hair so fast and easy. Because it dries up fast too, I'm able to use it daily. A full review soon. 


Irish Spring Gear Body Wash: This wash is amazing on my skin and though I won't be restocking it yet,  I know I can always fall on it when the need arises. 


Sheamoisture Superfruit conditioner 

[caption width="331" align="aligncentre"]Sheamoisture Superfruit conditioner [/caption]

This conditioner changed my perception of Sheamoisture conditioners, especially, with its moisture levels. I really love this. 

What's been your favourite for July?

Do you have a Hair Buddy?

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Never heard of them? Then you probably don't have a hair community. Where have you been?!:o



Hair buddies are the best thing you could ever have when on a healthy hair journey. It isn't a platform for any competition, but rather for the exchange of knowledge as well as keeping each other in check. 
Here are some tips in choosing your hair buddy as well as the benefits.


TIPS

▪Get a buddy who has a similar;


hair type


-hair length

-hair goal

▪Choose someone you're really comfortable with within that community.

▪Be prepared to learn-we all don't know everything.

▪Be willing to share

BENEFITS


▪Your buddy constantly reminds you of healthy hair practices to do daily.

▪You can go on hair challenges together- for moral support lol.

▪You don't only exchange products you could even swap products!

If you dont have, one get one! There are so many hair communities with different people; from WhatsApp to Facebook; Twitter to Instagram! Just look around you'll be surprised.😎

Do you have a…

HAIR GROWTH.

​Biotin

If you want longer, healthier hair then don’t forget about Biotin. This is quickly becoming one of the most widely used supplements for faster hair growth. While biotin is a B vitamin it plays such a key role in keeping hair healthy that it needed its own spot. This vitamin helps produce glucose and break down proteins into amino acids. Since hair itself contains keratin, which is a form of protein, this supports healthy locks.

While most people do get enough Biotin from the foods they eat each day, it is a water soluble vitamin. Again, that means your body can’t retain it and flushes what it doesn’t use. So you need to get enough of it each day or you’ll run a deficit. Many hair care products now contain Biotin. However, that doesn’t mean you should ditch biotin-rich foods or supplements. Rather, a combination of both an internal and external supply seems to work best.

Some food sources of Biotin include mushrooms, avocados, eggs, salmon, peanut butter, and more.

 Niacin

Niacin is…

4 methods of Trimming hair

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There's a term in haircare most people try to avoid at all costs: Trimming. Believe it or not, trimming does more good than we think, especially when you hit a growth plateau (a stage where your hair does not seem to grow anymore).

What is Trimming?



Trimming is the cutting off of your ends, in a bid to rid one's hair of split ends and single strand knots. Some ladies trim yearly; some twice in a year and others every time they style their hair. Depending on your goals,your duration will be different. In trimming however there are four methods. 
The Straight Hair Trim

Some natural haired ladies prefer trimming after they've flat ironed- this isn't compulsory, it depends on one's preference. An advantage however, is that the shrinkage element has been eliminated prior to trimming, so you probably will not cut more than you planned to. 

Search and Destroy

This method is one that conserves hair the most, even though it's been known to consume a lot of time. Here you&…

Flexible Rods To Create Lasting Curls

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I haven't mentioned flexible rods in a long, long, long, time!!!

But first, a hair Update : I relaxed a couple of days ago. I ended up with  more texture than intended but it's OK.

This will make it easy to monitor the growth from the nature's bounty HSN. I've washed twice already too.

I got small flexible rods for curls and if you've been here since 2012, then you know they  are my go to styling  tools. The rods will make styling  a lot fun and simple since I get the same results as roller sets. I'll get a foam wrap so the curls can last.



To be able to do flexible rods again is such a relief! It means more curls, no more spending on braids and wigs , I can wash any day and any time as well as do scalp piling and massages. I  means there are a thousand and one reasons to be exciting about the change in styling.

I tried the rods on dry hair and in a matter of minutes,  my head had turned curly. I'll be posting each use and probably a video on it too.

Here's my…

Natural Hair Inspiration : Aretha

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Aretha is a Ghanaian YouTuber,  make up guru and has a gorgeous set of afro hair.









Images : courtesy of Instagram

WAYS OF SAVING EFFECTIVELY.

Last week,I touched on how to spend money intelligently.Today we shall discuss a way of saving effectively. You must determine the amount of money you want to save.Write down the amount of money you can save per month.Remember,it's not the amount of money you can save but the amount that you will like to save monthly in order to reach your future goal.

For instance,you can decide that in the month of August that you will save thirty-one Ghana cedis only hence you will save a cedi a day.

So how do you save a cedi a day?

Firstly, aside having a savings account which your money is 95% safe and which luckily many banks have made it easy for everyone to have a savings account with a minimum amount of money, I will still introduce to you the common one every student and everyone knows about.PIGGY BANK OR SUSU BOX.
A piggy bank aka Susu box is one of the easiest ways to have quick access to some cash in times of need.

They often say 'little drops of water make a migthy ocean' That is …

Foam Wrap Lotion vrs Setting Lotion

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We are all familiar with hair dressers mixing their setting lotion with water before use as directed. However, I find setting lotions to be too drying for my hair and haven ventured into the world of wrap lotions, I'm certainly looking forward great roller sets.



I know some ladies also prefer setting lotions; we have different hair needs, textures and we live in different environments.

If you have difficulty with any of these products, try water only roller sets too and see how it works. I used to do water sets until I discovered how well wraps work on my hair.

3 Ways To Neutralize Relaxed Hair

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When you relax your hair,  the relaxer changes the pH of your hair. To restore the pH, you need to Neutralize the hair. There are 3 products that can help you.


Neutralizing shampoo: Some salons  have neutralizing shampoos but to be safe,  carry your own bottle to the salon. The one I use is the ors creamy aloe shampoo.
Apple Cider Vinegar: Dilute apple cider vinegar in water and apply to the hair after rinsing out the relaxer. The vinegar will restore the pH of the hair.


[caption width="278" align="aligncentre"]Roux Porosity Control Conditioner [/caption]


Roux porosity control: This line helps a lot and I loved it when I used it.  All the products claim to restore pH balance so give it a try. There are other porosity control products you can add to your stash.

Pre poo? DO I REALLY NEED TO?

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Most people on a hhj are introduced to pre- pooing early in their journey. Many do it just because they’ve been advised to, without knowing the actual benefits. Others on the other hand, do not include it in their regimens simply because, they do not see the need. First off however, what IS pre poo?

Pre poo simply put, means before shampoo.. So in effect, pre poo is a treatment applied unto hair prior to washing. It is the application of conditioners (in the form of oils, creams, butters or even fruit) onto hair. All you have to do is to section your hair and apply your desired pre poo; cover your hair for 15-30 minutes or possibly, overnight. You then rinse it out and continue with your usual routine. It is important to note however, that if you co wash, you will not need to pre-poo, as conditioners do not completely strip our hair of its oils.

BENEFITS

· Pre poo helps in detangling your strands. The use of conditioners loosens most tangles, avoiding excess hair loss during the process …

​HOW TO DYE YOUR HAIR WITHOUT THE FULL COMMITMENT

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Every once in a while, we all love to switch up the look of our hair. We see the wildest colours all over Instagram and Facebook and we wish we could try at least one of them. But then we think of the reviews we’ve heard or read about dyes, and how they dry out your hair, causing tons of breakage. This discourages many sadly😦.

One thing we don’t realise is that, those who experience breakage most probably tend to have very little knowledge on the use and implications of dyeing. Dyeing your hair means your hair’s structure has been altered in one way or the other and as such, it will not be able to hold as much moisture as it did before. As a result, you have to provide your head of hair with extra moisture treatments to make up for what it loses. So in conclusion, dyeing simply means EXTRAMOISTURE.

If you’re like myself and would like to switch up your colour about 3 times in one week lol, then dyeing permanently is probably not the answer for you. It’s with this thought that I’ve dec…