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What Is Going On With My Hairfinity Challenge

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It's past midnight but because I'm unable to sleep, I decided to do a hair update.

I've been on liquid iron for close to 2 weeks now after it was detected that it's gone low again. My diet hasn't been helpful either hence I'm left with no choice than to take the liquid iron as prescribed. I've paused the last few capsules to focus on the liquid iron. The catch is the liquid iron has some is the ingredients in the hairfinity hence I can't take both of them. 
On another note, I got 2 touch ups and my hair is going good. I just haven't had the time to take pictures due to a family crisis (keep us in your prayers).  The plan is to increase my water intake as soon as I can, add more yogurt to my diet and also take in more beet root juice.  Stay tuned for the update in the coming weeks. 

Hairfinity Week 4

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I've done quite well in taking the hairfinity consistently. However, it came at another cost!
My hair is back to the length it was prior to the 2 cuts in July. I haven't damaged my hair with any product for the first time in a long time! Whilst that's good news, I have worse news and that explains why I haven't been able to write.
I've virtually spent a full week on my health. It turned out that I had low iron again! Though it's not as bad as it used to be, I've been put on 5 bottles of liquid iron for the next 4 weeks.

Thus, I can't take the second bottle and the rest. One of the things I noticed about my hair was though it was growing in well, it looked a bit patchy in some areas and that immediately alerted me to a potential low iron situation. I'm so conscious of my body hence I'm quick to know when something is off! I'm glad I got it checked. This isn't about the hairfinity, if you've watched my video, you'll know I've give…

What's The Use of Retinol For Your Skin?

Retinol belongs to a class of compounds known as retinoids. These agents are derived from vitamin A, an ingredient that increases cell turnover and enhances collagen production.  Not only does it impressively decrease wrinkles but it’s lauded for its ability to clear up acne and blur pigmentation caused by sun damage
As a person ages, collagen and cell production slow down, but retinol helps to encourage cell regeneration and ensure that new collagen continues to form.  As collagen is replenished and old skin cells are shed, fine lines recede and skin appears brighter and smoother.
BeginnerGranactive retinoids 0.2%

0.5%Advanced 1%Prescription retinol 
Sources: https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/style/3am-fashion-celebrity-beauty/retinol-revolution-everything-you-need-14187353.amp

One Week Update Of Hairfinity Vitamins

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It's been a week already and though I don't do mid week posts, I had to do this now for the 7 days.First, no pimple or breakout (yet) ♥️♥️♥️♥️



I'm sure I won't get any breakout but let's see how it goes. 
Nothing has changed except I've began wearing wigs!!! Yes, I haven't done long hair wigs in ages and I wanted to experience that feel of styling hair again. 


One beautiful aspect of wigs is the change in looks! I want to really keep this long hair going until I reach my first goal ie the cornrows with my own hair, hopefully by December. If there's the need to do an update again, I'll be sure to do just that for you.

90 Days Hairfinity

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I've been around, just contemplating on the next moves and finally settled in 6 months of Hairfinity but beginning with 90 days first.I will do a full update when I'm done with the first bottle - if there is enough growto see.




The reason why the top is longer but sides are shorter is because of a tapered cut gone wrong! I wasn't happy with the way the back was initially shaped hence I had to get it lower in order to get a decent look.
This is our beginning length. Let's see how it looks in 4 weeks, that's around 18th August. If the press is good, I should be able to get through the 2 remaining bottles. If it happens that I have to stop taking it for a couple of reasons, I'll update you. For now, my next post will be next month.
If that doesn't happen, I'll do a full update on  October 18th when I will be done with the 3 bottles (hopefully).

July Hair Updates #1

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I don't want to keep repeating information so for this July, I will be using the month as updates for all the routines. That means at least 4 posts in 4 weeks! 


Week 1 Washing  I, finally, shampooed using groganics shampoo and aloe shea conditioner (a new brand -Jo Naturals. My scalp wouldn't let be go another week without proper cleansing.  I applied the groganics head full of hair creme and brushed the hair down  I've paused the gummies I was taking to finish up a new medication (wish I could go deeper into what is ailing me but I'm not ready yet).

Due to this change, I restructured my alarm to remind me to use the hair mist as often as I could.  I'm impressed with the progress so far but I can't wait to get to the cornrows so I can elimaite the stress of getting the hair moisturized daily as it's always out at the mercy of the elements. 

How I Use Biovene Vitamin C serum

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I've had Biovene Vitamin C serum 27% for some days now and it feels absolutely different from The Ordinary vitamin C suspension.
Three major differences are that this can be used twice a day whereas The Ordinary says preferably at night.
 In addition, there is no gritty texture to deal with as compared to The Ordinary Vitamin C 23 suspension. 
Lastly, there is no oil in the Biovene Vitamin C serum whilst The Ordinary has squalene in it. The oil isn't the problem, the challenge is that once you apply it, you can't use a moisturizer.  With these differences, Biovene will certainly be a stable solution for the interim as I will also test Dear Klairs Vitamin Drop soon. After this, Timeless Vitamin c and hopefully, other brands too. 
I'm not in love with the smell of the Biovene as it reminds me of paracetamol 😂😂Aside that, it calms my skin and my skin needs a lot of love now as I'd neglected it for 4 weeks. Stay tuned for a full review when I'm through with it. 

What You Didn't know about Tampons

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Tampons are such a taboo topic among ladies in Ghana but here's what I've discovered about them. Watch and do share! 

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Rice Water Wash Day

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My hair is doing okay though I've began feeling nostalgic about my length. I really miss the length and I've returned to the full steam growth challenges. Yes, I'm on the grow it quickly bandwagon and will use all tools and resources available at my disposal to achieve the goals I've set for myself.

Let's recap what I do now.  🔥Use msm infused water daily  🔥Use groganics head full of hair creme and Jamaican Black Castor Oil  🔥Take 1 gummy a day, collagen and prenatal vitamins alternatively.  🔥Postive affirmation and imagining what I wish to achieve.
I can comb the hair now and it's quite exciting being able to massage my scalp and actually feel hair on it 😂

Sunscreen Types and Uses

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SPF: Sun Protection Factor. SPF measures the UVB protection of a sunscreen. (You can assume that UVA protection holds strong, while UVB defense wavers.) Unprotected skin takes 20 minutes to redden and burn in the sun, so an SPF 15 sunscreen or moisturizer will extend that 15 times longer, or roughly 5 hours. (You should play it safe and reapply after 2-3 hours, though.)They also explain it in terms of percentages, which explains why you might experience more of a skin tan using SPF 15 than SPF 30: SPF 15 blocks about 93 percent of UVB rays during this time. SPF 30 doesn’t block double the rays; it simply ups the ante to 97 percent, whereas SPF 50 takes it to 98 percent.UVB is the chief culprit behind sunburn, while UVA rays, which penetrate the skin more deeply, are associated with wrinkling, leathering, sagging, and other light-induced effects of aging (photoaging).UVA: Ultraviolet “A” rays can penetrate deep into the skin. This leads to premature aging, or “photoaging” — fine lines…

Natural Hiar Growth Week 5

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The scalp has completely recovered from a mishap I had last week. If you read the previous post, you'll notice I cut some hair off.
I'm still using the msm scalp mist and I seal with groganics head full of hair creme. 


It's not possible to comment on whether I've seen a drastic growth yet. What I do know is that my scalp wasn't sensitive again by the 3rd day of application. 


In addition, I make sure to sleep with a satin bonnet each night and that has also made a huge difference in the dryness. 

I also don't wear scarves again as the scalp hasn't been irritated again. This means the sun hits my scalp which at the moment is helpful as it's been cloudy for weeks now. Somehow, I love the feel of the sun on the scalp and I believe it will help speed up the healing process. It's going to be months before I can claim the scalp is totally healed.

The new addition is the Rosemary Essential Oil. Now, I'm not going to jump up and down about this as I'm no…

How I Use Dickinson's Witch Hazel Toner

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The second toner I've introduced in my stash is the Dickinson witch hazel toner. I opted for it as a back up to clearing acne when I don't want to use any chemical exfoliating product. It's quite drying and added to the Neutrogena Acne Stress Control Toner, you get double impact. 

DIY MSM Scalp Mist and Scalp Oil

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MSM is a popular ingredient in hair vitamins and its one ingredient that helps boost hair growth.


I got some of the powder and decided to put it to good use! 
One change I'm making is  I want to treat it like I have no products. That will allow me to use up whatever mixture I create.
Here's a link to the video on how I mixed up the powder with other ingredients. 
MSM Scalp Mist 

Natural Hair Week 4

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This week's natural hair check in is very boring yet intriguing!Ive been using the jojoba castor oil hair mist each morning and night to accelerate the growth. I keep the hair covered with scarfs and hoodies. The weather is quite cold and my scalp can't tolerate it hence the daily covering. For products, I use just the Castor oil and Groganics head full of hair on the edges.  I take the collagen powder each morning and my prenatal at night. I love the rate of growth therefore I'll stick to this hair mist for a while. I still have 1 litre of mixed oils I intend to use up by end of 2020 as a result, I'll switch from the groganics after a month.

Natural Hair Growth Week 4

I do have a bit of new growth and that's pretty exciting!For washing, I used the groganics shampoo and conditioner again as I mentioned the previous week. This week, I paid attention to several things. I did a rice water rinse.

The Difference in Chemical Exfoliation (Pictorial)

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Getting a grasp of chemical exfoliating entails understanding which one is suitable for your skin condition and of course, how each will impact your skin. Which one is your favorite? I love Cosrx BHA power liquid toner and The Ordinary Glycolic Toning Solution. I've used The Ordinary Lactic Acid which is also amazing. I'll be getting the 5% to use very soon.

Three Weeks Post Big Chop

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This week, I've been spraying my hair daily with rice water. The water I use is quite diluted and I have another stored in the fridge for rinsing the hair after wash.I take my prenatal supplement daily too and I'm a little bit sad that I can't take hair vitamins. That would have been a major boost 😪😪 The good news is that I take Doctor's Best Collagen Powder with vitamin c therefore I'm pretty much going to get the results I desire. All the same, I'm managing the situation with the growth oils. I apply the Dr. Miracle Temple and Nape Balm about 2 times in the week, Paltas Oil about 3 times and the remaining 2 days, I use the groganics head full of hair creme.I love the consistency of the Paltas B. K. C oil, it's jelly and doesn't feel oily. It tingles a bit but nothing I can't tolerate. The joy of seeing this progress each week can't be measured!This week, I decided to do a full shampoo wash before cutting off the remaining relaxed hair. I cut…

How I Use Neutrogena Acne Stress Control Toner

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Neutrogena is a popular brand and I've jumped on the bandwagon too by trying theAcne Stress control.I love the Cosrx BHA power liquid toner and it will always be my favorite but I want to give other products a chance. I've been breaking out for almost a week now and because I haven't used any chemical exfoliating products, I decided to use this chance to test the toner. After washing the face, I poured out the toner on cotton pad and swept my face with it. I allowed about 45 minutes before using Life Flo Rosehip oil.I loved the dryness I had on the face when I was applying the oil as that meant the skin had absorbed the toner. The Acne Stress Control toner has fragrance and that's the one thing I don't fancy in toners. I've had a lot of pregnant women asking for products to treat their skin therfore I'll be paying attention to these questions. In the meantime, I'm still looking out for friendly pregnancy products to create a post for my pregnant readers…

Two Weeks After The Big Chop

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The 6 months challenge of the hair group I belong to has began and I'm super excited to share my progress with you each week.I will try and post pictures of what I'll using and doing. For the mean time, I'll be getting the Sunny Isle Jamaican Black Castor Oil shampoo and conditioner and a few more growth shampoos and more. I hardly shampoo my hair; I use the creme of nature apple cider vinegar rinse each week. When the hair gets a bit longer, I'll then shampoo weekly. It's been great so far with the weekly rinse as my scalp has been quiet clean and the hair hasn't been overly dry. For moisturizer, Is spray the hair with rice water and then I use Palmers Hair Success Grow Treatment and follow with Jamaican Black Castor Oil to seal. I have not been using anything else on the scalp; I want to do that with the Castor oil until the bottle is empty since it's been open for a couple of months now and I don't want it to go rancid. I'm paying particular atte…

My Current Natural Hair Routine

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I use the groganics shampoo and conditioner about once a month. For June, I want to be serious with rice water to see how it helps my hair. Yes, I've been natural for a while now and I'm loving my hair. Unfortunately, I don't take pictures like I did before but you'll get to see my length soon. I Ena tti reach a comfortable length before posting pictures. Another product I've been loving is the creme of nature ACV rinse! I recommend this for everyone, especially, relaxed ladies. For naturals, you'll love this when you are in a protective style. My decision to continue with natural hair stems from a bad experience I had with braids again.I love the support I got from my friends when I cut off the damaged hair and allowed it to grow out natural. I'm at a phase in my life where I'm very stable and my decisions come from a place of peace and not necessity. Lastly, I use Jamaican Black Castor Oil every day on my hair and scalp and the Dr. Miracle Temple and …

Cosrx BHA Power Liquid Blackhead Toner Review

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Cosrx is a top brand in the beauty industry and I'm glad I got hold of their salicylic acid based toner, the BHA

Your Diet and Acne Treatment

Can we now agree we all need skin care routine? How about working on our skin from the inside? Let's see what we can do about it.

Mizon Night Seruming Ampoule

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For the most part of this year, I've been getting my Korean Beauty stash together.The first one was getting an essence toner and I got the Pkung Kang one in a mini bottle. Next was the Son & Park Beauty water and then the Mizon.1. Cleansed with dudu osun soap 2. Applied the Son & Park beauty water and allowed to dry for some minutes.3. Applied Pkung Kang essence toner 4. The mizon5. Granactive retinoid 
I noticed a drastic change in the  feel of my skin! It felt extremely hydrated

The Ordinary Glycolic Toning Solution

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I've basically tried lactic acid and Cosrx BHA power liquid as exfoliating products and I did love the results so I've moved on to glycolic toning solution.This is a 7% solution which is considered a high concentration of glycolic acid. Glycolic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid like the lactic acid but this penetrates deeper. Here's a video of how I Use it.Click Here to watch

5 Exfoliating Techniques

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Exfoliating dead skin cells can be the best experience or worst ever depending on how you do it. 1. Scrubs: there are some which target  daily use  but I don't think it's necessary. Too much exfoliating will damage your skin barrier. 2. Exfoliating toners /serums/pad: we've talked about alpha hydroxy acid and beta hydroxy acid for exfoliating. Some come in pad forms for easier applications as well as carrying them.3. Spin brush: I use the Vanity Planet brush but  I hardly do that now. I may use it occasionally to  exfoliate and this is best for pregnant women. No chemicals! 4. Wash cloth /Towel5. Facial sponge

Chebe Oil Prepoo Treatment

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I'm finally able to use a lot of my hair products that have been gathering dust since last year.One of them was the Chebe oil from Hotfro. I love the feel and smell of the oil and for the reason that I couldn't use it on my scalp, I had to let it sit in the corner till now. I applied a generous amount of borage seed oil (from The Ordinary) because I refuse to discard it (I can't use it on my face due to the fishy smell). I followed up with the hotfro chebe oil and covered with a deep conditioning cap.At this point in my journey, I'll be using a heating cap again for prepoo and deep conditioning as that will make washing less stressful. I may also begin the overnight prepoo and deep conditioning methods again. The next move was to get to the salon.

The 60 Seconds Skin Care Rule

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The 60 seconds rule regarding washing your face is a great technique that has been used by a lot of skin care addicts. When washing your face, the one trick that can make a lot of difference in your skin is washing for 60 seconds!
Once you apply your facial wash/cleanser/soap, you massage or sweep it around your face for 60 seconds. This allows the cleanser to penetrate the pores and clear the dirt off your skin. All the make up  can also be easily absorbed by your cleansing oil too.
I began doing this technique a few weeks ago and it's definitely helped improve the feel of my skin after cleansing. (check shop.ghanaianemprezz.com for all skin care products)

The Ordinary Niacinamide Review

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I've been using The Ordinary Niacinamide for months now and I still think Niacinamide is one of the best ingredients for our skin.Check my review Here 

Dr. Miracle Temple & Nape Balm Review

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The Dr. Miracle Temple and Nape Balm fom the mid part of December till this March has been the go to product for my edges. After eveere damage from cornrows, I began using this. It's been 3 months and I'm very much impressed with my progress.

How To Use Sun Screens or Sunblocks

Every skin care addict will tell you a sunblock or Sun Protection Factor is a must have even if you wear makeup. Whether in a cleaner,  toner or serum form,  you'll have to be diligent in using any of the chemical exfoliating products in your routine. However, these can make your skin very sensitive to the sun hence the need to protect your skin. 
There are different types of sunblocks. The Sun Protection Factor offer different levels of protection. My favourite blogger, Stephen King has an awesome article about sunscreens and why Physical and Chemical doesn't really show the difference between these two. 


Source: https://kindofstephen.com/physical-vs-chemical-sunscreens-myths/

My Night Time Skin Care Routine with Cosrx

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The Cosrx BHA power liquid toner is my favorite toner after glycolic toning solution.

5 Tips For Chebe Powder Application

Chebe
1. Clean your hair 
2. Ask for the directions 
3. Stick to the directions 4. Don't mix and match products with it 5. Don't apply on your scalp

The Ordinary Marine Hyaluronics Review

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4 Tips For Growing Natural Hair in Ghana

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1. Focus on moisture  productsThe weather here is very dry and your hair needs all the moisture it can get. Your shampoo should infuse moisture into the hair. Pre shampoo treatment aka pre poo with light oils prevent your shampoo from stripping your hair. The deep conditioning process should also boost moisture in your hair. Kindly put that eye treatment somewhere and pay attention to moisture products. The simple test is to read the ingredients and see where the protein is. Anywhere at the top 5 ingredients is a likely hard protein and further down, you get medium and light protein. The light ones are better since your hair needs list bit of boosting once in a while. Your moisturizer should be moisture based and I've found alternating between creamy and liquid moisturizers is  very helpful. 2. Hair type helps: Simple Google to know your hair to guide you select suitable products for your hair. 
3. Read about your hair: After you identify your hair type, read about. Find bloggers a…

Acne Triggers: Hormones & Genetics

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There are so many skin conditions out there but pimples get the best of us because it's so visible on our face!For the most part of my life, I've not had issues with pimples. I'm not genetically predisposed to pimples. I've been fortunate to have an amazing skin but I have come to know my acne triggers. Today, I want to draw your attention to hormonal acne. Genetically, you may be predisposed to pimples/acne because you have an overly activate sebum production which  can't be changed. Our DNA make up is what we came into this world with hence, if pimples run in the family, don't let it be the end of your world. By identifying this trigger, you will be able to create a suitable routine for your skin. In addition, seeking medical intervention in this case might be the best first aid in treating your acne. Why? The doctor can prescribe medication to help ie the dermatologist. The unfortunate news is that we don't do dermatologist in this part of the world. We …

The Ordinary Hemi Squalene Oil Review

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Here's my review of the Hemi Squalene oil from The Ordinary Click Here to watch. 

Skin Toning and Facial Toners

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Toners are meant to function as second step after washing the face. They take off left over oils and dirt. Some have ingredients that exfoliate your skin too. Toners can hydrate your skin and some also prepare your skin or optimize your skin's pH to absorb other nutrients in products. I use four different toners; Dear Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner for hydrtaion, Teiva rose Water hydrating toner, Cosrx Blackhead powder liquid toner and The Ordinary Glycolic Toning Solution. Each helps to maintain my skin. Therefore, in skin care, toners perform skin toning functions. However, in our part of the world, skin toning has been associated with bleaching. The believe is that there are creams to bring out your colour (I wonder what that means). The truth is that most of these creams contain bleaching agents so be careful in your quest for an even skin tone. Skin toning shouldn't affect your skin colour in a negative way. Focus on lotions and creams that will hydrate and add to…