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How To Do Overnight Deep Conditioning

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When you are a mom and a career woman like me, spending time at night putting things in order can be the best moment to nourish your hair.Most deep conditioners require 30 minutes under a steam cap and because we can't spare that amount of time in the morning, doing it whilst sleeping can be a better option. Now, most deep conditioners complete their work within 30 minutes to an hour hence the purpose of overnight deep conditioning isn't about the deep conditioner working but rather, you saving time!Here's how I do mine. In the process of taking the night shower, I shampoo the hair and take the shower. I then apply the deep conditioner to the hair. The pwieos between the shampoo and conditioner application allows the hair to dry a bit so that the deep conditioning is done on damp and not wet hair.I cover with the steam cap or shopping bag and follow up with a bonnet. If you share a bed with your partner, be sure they won't mind the smell of the products Lol. Next morni…

Washing Your Hair In Harmattan

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With this year's harmattan being so severe, protective styling is definitely a must.Unfortunately, I can't wear any styles yet with this short hair do what can i do? Right from the wash day, my attention has been on preventing moisture loss. This means from the shampoo process to the sealing process, each step involves maximizing moisture.I probably shampoo once every 2 weeks but I water rinse very often. This keeps the moisture levels up as well as keeping the hair less dirty. I do well to spritz the hair each morning before anything is done. With the new growth so thick, getting the hair damp is very crucial for moisture retention. I love length but moisture retention during this time of year is the key to a healthy hair.Another form of moisture retention technique I employ is ensuring that the deep conditioners and conditioners I use are moisture based. The Sheamoisture manuka honey conditioner is amazing at this and I really love. The next thing I want to invest in is the …

Moisturise and Seal (3 Steps)

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This is an updated version of how to moisturise and seal your relaxed hair or natural hair. This technique can be done in the morning or evening although I prefer doing mine in the evening.All you need are your moisturizers, water and oil or butter. Click Here to watch the full video! 

How To Use Beauty Formulas Products

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After a friend introduced me to beauty formulas range of skin care products, I've not looked back.


I love them so much that I've stocked up some in my shop (shop.ghanaianemprezz.com) 

First, I use the Beauty Formulas Micellar water to remove my make up. Then, I use the charcoal cleanser to wash the face and then the charcoal scrub.
For toner, we have the facial tonic and then follow up with day cream.

At night, I follow up with either acne pimple medication or lemonvate to fade away the acne scars. I, recently, added a fade out cream. I usually prefer night creams as that's the time the skin gets well nourished. There's no exposure to the rays nor natural elements.

During the day, I try to use a sunscreen before leaving the room and at work. When you want a routine for your skin, get products suitable.


My routine will change during the harmattan so stay tuned for that.

How To Prepare Your Skin For Harmattan

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Dry lips,  ashy feet and skin as well as constant struggle to keep the skin hydrated all battle with is during Harmattan.To begin with,  focus on Hyaluronic acid.  This will certainly be the time to use the HA to the maximum potential!I've also realized that my skin absolutely loves the vitamin C Suspension 23% from The Ordinary too. Thi serum has squalene oil and in this harmattan, the oil keeps the face soft and supple! I'm definitely going to get squalene oil soon to take me through the coming weeks.In addition to the light weight oils, my skin seems to be dryer with chemical exfoliation so I've slowed down the frequency. I'm going to rather do more face mask treatments to infuse moisture into the skin. The last thing about the harmattan tran is that my skin isn't breaking out. Probably because my face uses up the extra sebum to keep it moisturized against the dry weather. This is the reason squalene oil and other light oils like Argan oil will be of great benef…

Clearing Dark Spots

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I've been doing a double moisturizing routine to speed up the process of clearing Dark spots as the acne is under control now.The main area of concerns are the cheeks so I use the Brightening Anti wrinkle cream on just the forehead, nose and chin areas. For the rest of the face, I use NadinolaThis has 3% hydroquinone and that makes it extra strength. I began just 2 days ago so we will have an update in some weeks time. 

Salicyc Acid For Scalp Issues

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Aside being an amazing ingredient for our skin,  salicyc acid can also help exfoliate your scalp. How? There are shampoos formulated with salicyc acid and they exfoliate the dead skin cells. You'll find the SA in anti dandruff and anti itch products too. As part of keeping my scalp clean and healthy,  I'll be investing in these products to enable my scalp detox itself too.  When you exfoliate the dead skin cells from the face your products get aborted better and are able to get deeper into the pores.  This is the same principle behind the Salicyc acid in the shampoos.. 
In addition,  scalp scrubs are also awesome for healthy scalp and I've invested in that too.  As I do each treatment,  I'll give you a review.  To shop for your hair and skin care products, check out my shop at www.shop.ghanaianemprezz.com.You can also reach me on 0541458372.

Four Products To Fade Scars and Spots

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The headache that follows a breakout is how to get rid of the dark spots and blemishes.For us in Ghana, a skin care routine is a recent trend and especially with the influx of affordable Chinese and Korean skin care products.We grow up with using bath soaps to wash our face and body lotion to moisturize our face, sometimes, Vaseline is our go to. Now, if you are reading this, then, it means you've gone beyond that stage and that's a good sign of great things to come.
After years of damage and not caring about our skin, you should understand that it will equally take a few more effort to get the skin you need.There are several products on the market targeting fading spots and blemishes but before we jump on them, do remember that you daily routine is essential in achieving results with those products. Getting rid of the spots won't be a matter of days.All you'll need is to combine a few products and definitely some trial and error in order to get your spot free skin.Rece…

From Alpha Hydroxy Acids to Beta Hydroxy Acid Products

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I enjoyed the impact and effect of The Ordinary  Lactic acid 10%+HA (An alpha Hydroxy acid) and still enjoy it but I decided to step up the exfoliating to Beta Hydroxy Acids. Why?


Beta hydroxy acids such as salicylic acid goes deeper than just exfoliating dead skins cells;  it dissolves oils in the pores rendering those blackheads and pimples powerless over your skin.
Instead of using salicylic acid serum,  I opted for a toner with a high concentration of salicylic acid yet gentle enough. The Cosrx BHA Power liquid toner is a rave among Korean Beauty addicts and I just had to give it a try too.
It is used after washing the wash and since it's a toner, it becomes the second step after the wash. The process still counts as cleansing since exfoliating is a cleansing step. If I want to use any toner,  I would apply that toner first before the BHA Power liquid toner to allow it to work.
It is recommended that you wait at least 20 to 30 minutes after using chemical exfoliating product t…

How To choose The Ordinary Vitamin C Serum

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If you missed the post on the types of vitamin C serums carried by The Ordinary, then, just go through it and come back to this.Paula's Choice and The Ordinary seem to have a lot in common when it comes to formulations and I love that! Let's start with the highest form which is the L-ascorbic acid. This is found in the The Ordinary Vitamin C silicone and vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%.
Much like our Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% formula, this product also offers a suspension but in light silicones for a smooth, non-gritty skin finish. Despite the very light forms of silicones used, silicones do impair dermal exposure to Vitamin C slightly but the additional (30%) concentration of Vitamin C helps compensate for this slight inefficiency. A very strong tingling but non-irritating sensation is expected during the first 1-2 weeks of use until the skin's tolerance to such high exposure is elevated. If desired, this formula can be diluted in a cream base per a…

Niacinamide 10%+Zinc 1% and Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner

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When you are new to skin care, the target is usually acne or pimples and once you get rid of that, the next obvious problem is dark spots and blemishes. This is the purpose for grabbing Niacinamide from The Ordinary. I got these to test them because Klairs is such a popular brand and the supple preparation toner is a huge bandwagon for a lot of K beauty lovers. I know enough around Korean skin care but the one thing about that routine is to understand the purpose of each product before plunging into it if you don't want chaos.In that regard, I got the mini size and have been using it for the past few days. I find it a bit thicker and you use your palms to apply.I may probably be so used to the Thayers toner because I don't find the Klairs easy to work with when it comes to layering other products. Everything I apply, either via patting or rubbing, doesn't sit without balling up or pilling!I'll keep using it though till it is empty because I need to allow it a substanti…

Alpha Hydroxy Acids For Your Skin

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Alpha hydroxy acids have gained popularity in the skin care world and it's for a good reason because they exfoliate your skin better! Glycolic acid( the big gun in the AHA group,  it penetrates the pores for deep exfoliating)Then Lactic acid ( this is quite good for those who are new to acids. It helps to build up your skin for more acids! )Mandelic acid is known to be one if the mildest (such that pregnant women can use it).  These actives can be found in cleansers.They can also be found in toners 


Some moisturizers also contain the alpha hydroxy acids. The Cosrx Salicyc acid  daily cleanser. Salicyc acid falls under Beta hydroxy acid and it's more potent in fighting acne. They do much intensive work by dissolving oils in the pores too! You can find them in cleansers and toners too. Then comes in Benzoyl peroxide which is notorious for being the go to acne treatment ingredient. This can be found in cleansers,  and spot treatments too. Which ones do you use? To purchase any of …

The Ordinary Lactic Acid +HA

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I took the bold step to use a chemical exfoliating product and because I needed to start of gently, I picked lactic acid 10% from The Ordinary.The lactic acid is used at night so I wash and apply toner before using it. For the first application, I used my fingers to pat it into the skin.The skin looked oily for a while but that subsided within minutes. My skin felt dry the next morning but nothing severe.Within a couple of day, I noticed my skin tone looked even and I had nice glow too.Honestly, I love the changes and would certainly work to keep it up.On another note, I've been taking hair gummies which contain vitamin c and it may be another contributing factor for this glow.*A few pointersI has no reaction to the lactic acid. I did feel a tingle or sting for a few seconds and that was it.I use a few drops and I'm limiting it to 2x a week in order not to over exfoliate the skin.Ill be moving on to other serums eventually but I want to exhaust The Ordinary products first. I&#…

Dear, Klairs Supple preparation toner review

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K beauty addicts rave about the supple preparation facial toner from Dear,  Klairs and I was super excited to also jump on the bandwagon. 
After using the toner after several weeks,  I think it's time to share my thoughts on it. Here

Rose water Hair Treatment

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The heritage rose water has been a scalp saver to say the least. I spritz the rose water on the scalp about 2 times a day to hydrate the scalp and speed up the healing. After spritzing the scalp in the morning,  I apply a mixture of my hair oils,  these oils can last me  full 12 months so I'm good to go for 2019.In the evening,  I spritz again, allow it to dry and spritz with aloe Vera juice too.  This has helped my scalp recover from the dye processes.  As you can see from the picture,  majority of the dye has been cut off. When I do another trim in 6 months time,  the ends will be fine. I still take the 30 day beauty secret vitamins and I think it's contributed to the growth I have now.  This is just a week after the cut and I'm impressed.After the biotin,  I know I'll have a lot of growth.  2 months to grow enough hair to hopefully braid up will be awesome.

How To Use Hotfro Chebe Powder and Oil

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Visit my shop at www.shop.ghanaianemprezz.com to purchase your chebe powder and oil. Then,  contact me on 0541458372 for the steps.
When you are done,  be it relaxed hair or natural hair,  follow these tips.
1.Be sure to shampoo your hair before the mixture is applied.
2. Get the hotfro growth pomade to use along with thw chebe powder and oil. This will boost your hair growth too.
3. Follow the directions you'll be given in order to have a successful application.
4. Decide on the hair style you want to wear with the chebe IE cornrow, braids, wigs etc.
5. Be sure to use the chebe oil every 3 days after the first application of the mixture (I'll direct you when you get your set).
6. Don't mix other chebe brands/ products with the hotfro one should you wish to.  It's best to use the products from one brand.
So,  as you begin your chebe journey, just relax and allow your hair to enjoy the benefits.

K Beauty (Korean Beauty Products)

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Koreans are noted for their enviable skin but do you know what they use to achieve such a feat? K Beauty as it is popularly called,  has gained it'd popularity as a result of being affordable yet effective. The bonus is that most skin types from across the world are able to use K Beauty products!Hada Labo is one of such well known K Beauty brands and I'm about to dive into that world. There are several Korean Beauty products,  techniques and skin care routines, from Cosrx,  Pyunkang, Dear,  Klairs, Missha,SkinFood, Benton, Etude House,  Innesfree  and more! If you want to learn more about K Beauty,  then,  subscribe to the blog for updates.  Also,  we will be doing the learning together! If you are in Ghana and want to purchase any of these,  visit shop.ghanaianemprezz.com

Misa Cho Gong Jin Secret

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Concentrated total anti-aging oriental herbal essence that increases the strength of skin to help fight against the onset of time on the skin.
For anti-wrinkle and brightening effects.I had to use Google translate to even know the name of this product was Misa Cho Gong Jin since all was written in Korean! What's an essence?  It seems Korean skin care has different terms.  The essence is lighter than a regular toner. From their website
MISA Cho Gong Jin Secret prescriptions to fight the signs of aging
(More than Gongjingdan, Gongjinbichaekdan)
Gongjindan, a prescription in Dongeuibogam, increases the spirit of water and calms down the heat, strengthening the foundation and health of the skin. In pursuit of this, Rehmannia glutinosa and black ginseng created with the devotion of Gujeunggupo are added for a greater nourishing effect.So,  I cleansed my skin (I need a new face wash as I'm almost out of the Beauty Formulas exfoliating wash). I want to test Cosrx Cleanser as the Pyunkang…

How To Speed Up Scalp Healing

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6 out of the 12 months of 2018 has been spent torturing my scalp- from hair dyes to relaxers! It's probably going to take several months for the scalp to be as healthy as I want. Therefore,  I have about 3 products I'm using to speed up the healing.1. Aloe Vera soothes the scalp and keeps it hydrated. I use this at night with a bit of Emu oil.  2. Rose water to also help with hydration  two to times a day. To speed up the growth too,  I'll be taking 10000mcg biotin for some weeks!  This is a serious venture because I know my body doesn't tolerate anything biotin but since my collagen isn't in yet,  I'll make do with it. That bottle will last a month so hopefully, by new year,  my scalp should be much healthier! The biotin I'll be taking is the Life flo liquid 10000mcg biotin. I'll keep you updated.

Clay Facial Mask

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There are about 3 facial masks of which 2 are mud masks and one is a peel off mask.In the facial routine,  here's my typical steps. 1. Cleanse2. Facial exfoliator in the form of facial scrub 3. Apply the mud mask for about 3 to 10 minutes. 4. Rinse off and follow with facial toners( First one to wipe the face and the next one is patted in) 5. Follow with a serum and moisturizer.The mud clay detoxes the skin and unclogs the pores too so I pretty much like them. I use the facial scrub to ensure that dead skin cells are off the surface for better impact! Mud clay treatments can also help tighten the skin as I have experienced. Have you used any clay mask?

'Bad' Ingredient or 'Bad' Product?

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Similar to hair care,  we won't all love the same skin care product nor would our skin react to the ingredients the same way.  Just as there a variety of hair textures,  the various skin textures and types do matter when it comes to how a product or ingredients will fare with your skin.  Take retinol for example. The first thing most people think about is the peeling effect. However,  you'll be amazed to know that others will equally not have that effect! With my own experience with The Ordinary vitamin c 23%suspension +HA Spheres,  I've come to the realisation that jumping on bandwagons within the beauty community is comparable to the hair community . Whereas some hate the vitamin c suspension serum, my skin had no qualms when applied.  
On the other hand,  my skin might  or may not fare so well the BHA peeling solution because I am yet to use it. You won't know until you try it.  Usually, one ingredient or a few might be the reason something will or won't work.  A…

How To Wash Natural Hair At The Salon

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After doing the series for relaxed hair, it's time to help naturals when it comes to washing your hair at the salon. So remember that these tips are a guide and not fixed advice. http://www.ghanaianemprezz.com/2018/08/washing-your-hair-at-salon-for-relaxed.html
1. Finger detangle your hair: It's best if you apply enough oil the hair and use your fingers to untangle the knots before going to the salon or even at the salon.2. Prepoo the hair: Cover with shower cap as you move to the salon to allow your hair to retain moisture even during the wash. 3. Let them use wide tooth comb: When removing tangles and knots, be sure to use a wide tooth comb. 4. Shampoo and conditioner. Work in sections.Let the stylist do everything  in sections to prevent tangling your hair. After shampoo,  be sure to use either your deep conditioning treatment aka steaming cream or conditioner to infuse moisture in your hair. 5. Apply leave in conditioner after rinsing the conditioner  and immediately follow…

My Skin Care Regimen Summary

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Start with the basic skin care.  Don't focus on the problem you have yet.  Sometimes,  just the cleaning steps clear your skin. After about 3 to 4 weeks,  you can work on the specific areas. For me,  the focus was even texture and I have had a lot of improvement in that aspect with just the cleansing steps. Cleanser- dailyScrub- once a week Toner - daily Moisturizer/face oil - daily.  By month 2, I did Cleanser- 3x a week Toner- daily.  Use it first time to wipe dirt off,  second time,  to add moisture. Hyaluronic acid -  a product that can boost moisture in your face up to 6 litres!  Best time to use it will be harmattan too Moisturizer / oil - daily Sunscreen By month 4, I focused on the acne spots Cleanser- 3x a week Toner- daily.  Use it first time to wipe dirt off,  second time,  to add moisture. Hyaluronic acid -  a product that can boost moisture in your face up to 6 litres!  Best time to use it will be harmattan too Vitamin C serum to prevent skin damage Moisturizer / oil …