Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Hair Meetup: Let's Support Each Other!

Hello everyone,

I am super excited my next meetup is coming on at the end of this month. I am especially interested in following up on the hair journeys of everyone who is on a hair journey, and who share their hair stories and pictures with me. It's just nice to meet ladies who love, love, love healthy hair like you, and share tips and product information. And most importantly, it's great to see how much progress everyone is making on their hair journeys. I have made lots of friends on my hair journey, most are like family now, people I chat with everyday...and I am super excited about meeting them for real.

My sincere thanks goes to the Ghana Soap School who sponsored the banner for the event and will give some free products, Sesi Signature Faces who will do the makeup, Apmen Multimedia who will do the video coverage and photographs, African Roots Clothing for making the Ghlonghair length check shirts that will be on sale at the event. There will be hair products on sale by vendors as well so do come along with your shopping list.

Do you have questions such as:
1. Should I go natural or stay relaxed?           2. Why is my hair not growing?  3. Why is my hair breaking?
4. Can I ever have waist length hair?              5. How should I care for my hair?

...and many more? Or do you have answers you want to share? Then be at the meetup. 

Here are the details: 

hair meetup in Ghana

This event is free!! For more information, you can reach me on +233201979795. Come out in your numbers and let's share our hair stories, share our hair regimens and give each other the support and the encouragement we need. Come and meet ladies who have long, short, natural, relaxed and transitioning hair. Wondering if there will be a giveaway? Of course!! 

I would just love to meet you!! Be there!! 

Cheers,
Star.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Hair Update: 4 Weeks Post

I'm extremely happy I have kept my cornrows in for 2 weeks and I honestly miss my hair just a teeny-weeny little bit. I am 4 weeks post now and have some nice new growth. I did inversion this week ....I don't remember when I started but I am sure it's 7 days already. I inverted last Friday and continued without fail till today. Knowing not when I started, that is more than 7 days and I won't invert again till next month.

I do need a hair journal to keep me in check because lately, I don't have regular internet connectivity and it makes blogging and keeping up with everything I do with my hair real hard. I have had a few people asking me why I have long hair (by Ghanaian standards...lol) and I keep wearing wigs....my hubby isn't enthused about the wigging regimen at all. Keeps insisting I wear my hair out. I do want to wear my hair out but the fact is my hair is not the "wearing out" type. I have very dry hair and my ends just dry out when they are exposed for just a few hours even after moisturising and sealing. Exposing my hair for weeks takes my progress back by months because of the extreme breakage I experience at the ends. Will just keep up with the wigs till 31st August. (Meetup coming up.....details will be up soon.)

ghanaian blogger

My face: I am wondering if I am just being paranoid, but I am feeling suddenly mighty aware of the spots on my face. I have always had acne and pimples but they didn't leave so many spots on my face once they were gone..or they probably faded out real fast I barely noticed. I have bought a whole arsenal of products to start a facial regimen. I'm wondering if it has anything to do with the ghe and nightly oil massages. But I don't use so much oil that it drips on my pillowcase so I'm really at a loss. It started way before I started taking the Groganics pills so it's definitely not the cause. 
cornrows for wigs


Yes, you recall I started using Dudu Oson Black Soap back in April but I gave up on it too early. Didn't keep up for more than a month.  I just bathed with the rest of it. I guess I wanted some magical results but hey, these things take time to work...just like hair products. So, I am still reading more beauty blogs and will share the facial regimen I decide on. I intend to go by the regimen religiously till December once I start and I hope to get that flawless face to go with my full APL or BSL (wishing hard) length check photos and videos.....hahahahahhahahaha.....I believe!! 







My new growth feels so soft and is coming in nicely at 4 weeks. I'm sure I have 1/2 inch of growth already but I have to take out the cornrows to be very sure. Now my hair is growing. 

ghanaian blogger4 weeks post



I am not sure I got 1 inch of new growth from inversion yet but as always, I'm looking forward to the new growth coming up within the week. I intend to flat-iron and trim my hair on the 31st of August for the meetup. I washed my hair last Friday and will wash tonight. My wash day regimen is still very simple. Prepoo, shampoo, deep condition, tea rinse, cowash, acv rinse. I have just a little bit of my creme of nature onion infused shampoo left and as soon as it runs out, I will start using the Groganics Deep Freeze shampoo which promises to increase growth and reduce shedding. I will not infuse the onions in this shampoo as I want to experiment with onion juice and oil as a prepoo. My shedding has reduced drastically since I started using the Groganics pills and products...(I can't tell how many times I've said this...forgive me, just too excited). I am on to my last bottle of Groganics pills and hope there will be more available soon so I can restock.

How much new growth do you get at 4 weeks? 

Cheers,
Star.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Sunshine Blogger Award II

Hello everyone!! It's a beautiful day. I feel so blessed!!

Yes!! I got another sunshine blogger award which is a way for bloggers to know other bloggers better, and  for blog fans and readers to know their bloggers as well. Uzuoma of www.donttouchthehair.com , thanks so much for the award. I love your blog too and loved your responses to the questions you got. I did a response to Ghanaianemprezz's questions yesterday and you can click here for the list of the bloggers I nominated. 




My answers to Uzuoma's questions:

1. What is your favourite dessert? Fruit salads. I don't eat it often but I really love it besides cakes with icing. (watching my weight smh) 
2. What is your ideal vacation? A stay on an exotic beach resort on an island country with lots of sun and breath-taking natural views. Oh, and great tasting food too so I won't miss home....lol!



3. Why did you decide to start blogging? I wanted to track my hair journey progress and also help other ladies who wanted to grow their hair by sharing the knowledge and experience I had gained. 
4. What is one tip that you would give to new bloggers? Do whatever makes you happy; and when you get criticized, use it as an opportunity to better yourself at what you do. See it all as constructive. 
5. What do you like to do for fun? I love playing with my kids. Nothing pleases me much more than sharing time with them and hearing their happy laughs and giggles. It's so much fun. 
6. What coutries have you travelled to? Nigeria, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Mostly work-related (sad face) so I've not seen all the beautiful places there are to see. 
7. Android or iPhone? Android. My gadget life is complicated enough. 
8. What is your favourite blog post that you have written? Onion for Hair Growth. That still attracts so much attention to my blog. 
9. If you could go back to any moment in history, when and where would that be and why? Right back to 2002 when I completed Senior High School so I can start my hair journey right then. My hair would have been butt-length by now....lol! It's the only time in my life I really, really, really, really, would like to wind back to. 
10. What is your favourite season? Rainy Season. I'm not fond of the cold but the heat gets unbearable during harmattan. 
11. What are your top 3 hair products? T444Z Hair Food, Hawaiian Silky 14-in-1 Miracle worker, Creme of Nature Argan Oil Strength and Shine leave in conditioner. I love these so much and I pray each day my hair continues to love them. 

Thanks so much for reading. 


Cheers,
Star. 

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Sunshine Blogger Award!

Good to be back to Blogville.....Happy New Month!! 



I got this Sunshine Blogger award from fellow blogger and friend Abena Nyarkoah of www.ghananianemprezz.com blog. Her blog is a must-read; lots of tips for both naturals and relaxed ladies and loads of giveaways too. Wow, there's a giveaway her blog right now!!


Rules:
  • Acknowledge the nominating blogger with a link to the website. Thanks Emprezz!!
  • Share 11 random facts about myself by answering the questions the nominating blogger has created for me. 
  • List 11 bloggers I believe deserve some recognition and a little blogging love! (I can't nominate the blogger who nominated me.)
  • Let the 11 bloggers know you nominated them.
  • Post 11 questions for the bloggers I nominate to answer. 
Answers to Emprezz's questions:

1.  How did you come up with your blog name? Honestly, it just popped into my head the moment I decided to start a hair journey and blog, and to identify with being Ghanaian and having long hair. It was perfect to call myself GHlonghair....and in the beginning, some fans found it funny I had short hair and was calling myself by the name. After a few months, they got where I was going with the name. *Fingers-crossed* 
2. Do you have a favourite quote? Drink deep or taste not!! 
3. What's your favourite hobby besides blogging? Sleeeeeeeping! *covers face* Lately, it seems to be the one thing I love doing besides work, home care and school....lol. Am I serious? Yes, I am. 
4. If you could live anywhere in the world other than where you currently live, where would it be? South Africa! (please, wave the wishing wand!!) I just love that country.... it's one of the most beautiful in the world and it's closer to Ghana.#dreamsandpossibilities


5. Are you a morning person or a night owl? Definitely a morning person. I begin to sleep walk as soon as I put my outside lights on......zzzzzzzzzzzzz all the way to bed!!
6. Favourite drink? Schweppes Malt always makes my day.
7. Favourite food? Banku and grilled tilapia.....with fresh pepper sauce and sliced vegetables! Meeeeeehn, my mouth is watering already!


8. If you could be a character from a book, who would it be? Hhehehehhehehehehe, who other than Pocohantas. *wink wink* . Her hair is fascinating!


9. What celebrity would you most like to meet? Oprah Winfrey. She's phenomenal. 
10. One gadget you can't live without? A mobile phone. I loose it in a day and my whole world turns upside down...somehow. 
11. Who inspires you the most? My mum. I look up to her in everything. 


Nominated Bloggers:


Questions for Nominated Bloggers:

1. Which do you love and care for most? Your hair, skins or nails? 
2. Do you still watch cartoons?
3. What have you always wanted in life? Did you get it? 
4. At what age did you last dance in the rain?
5. What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? 
6. Best compliment you have ever received?
7. What type of music do you listen to? 
8. What did you do on your last birthday? 
9. Are you still learning who you are? 
10. What is your favourite thing to spend money on? 
11. Would you rather go a week without bathing but be able to change clothes? Or a week without changing your clothes but be able to bath? 


I got another nomination from Uzuoma of donttouchthehair.blogspot.com and will answer her questions in the next post. Can't wait!! 

Cheers,
Star.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Back To My Wigs

I''m so bent on reaching my bra strap length goal by December this year. I really do not want to have any setback at all, and I especially don't want to loose my ends at all. I want to trim it myself when I flatiron in August. 

I am back to a low or no manipulation regimen and the easiest one is to thread my hair and wear my wigs. Found this old wig I had and just restyled it with a brush. It isn't bad looking and I'm looking forward to rocking it for at least 3 weeks. I am going to kill my boredom this time.....keep looking at the greater good keeping my hair away will do for me. 

The key really to growing out relaxed hair long is to keep manipulation to the barest minimum. At least for me, that is the huge factor that really makes or breaks me. If I leave my hair loose for just 2 or 3 weeks, I experience a lot of breakage. That's mostly because I just can't keep my hands out of my hair, and once the new growth starts coming in, there is that war between the textures. I style it this way, and that way, and then another way and then......geeeeeeeeeeeez, give this hair a break.....lol!!

In the next few weeks, I would try my hardest to answer the reader questions I've had in detail. I'm really grateful that you keep reading my blog and giving me feedback. You're awesome!! I really hope my blog inspires you out there and if there is something I could do to make you enjoy this blog better, kindly leave it in the comment box below. I do give lots of tips on my facebook page everyday on how to grow hair long and try not to lecture here on this blog....*covers face*. But if there's anything you would like me to write about in detail here, kindly let me know. 

Let's cut the talk and see some pictures........Tadaaaaaaaaaaa!! This is my look for the next few weeks.  *huuuuuuuuuuuuuge grin*

regimen for relaxed hair



What kind of wigs do you like? Long or short? Curly or straight?


Cheers,
Star.


Thursday, 17 July 2014

Relaxer Update

Relaxer day, Saturday 12th July went on very well and I'm 5 days post. I used Vitale relaxer and the same products I use on previous relaxer days, and used the same methods. I washed my hair yesterday and find that I am still texlaxed though I allowed the hairdresser to smooth within the last 2 minutes with the comb because I wanted my hair 80% straight. I had issues with reversion with last February's relaxer and had to relax again after just 6 weeks. 


relaxed hair ponytailsthick relaxed hair


Overall, I am happy that I see progress though I was only 12 weeks post. My hair was very thick even on relaxer day and a day after though I rollerset using setting lotion. I see increase in length too. I am deeply thrilled because my roots are texlaxed so my hair may really be longer than it shows. I still do not want to flatiron yet and just hope to reach my bra strap length goal without having to flatiron my hair to get the length. I love voluminous hair and airdrying gives me just that!

After my wash 2 days ago, I find that my hair is reverting again especially at the back and I don't know how much more it would revert. Looks like 70% straight right now but the back feels heavy and extremely thick. It tangles a lot back there already. I will put it in braids or thread it up and wear my wig if I find it unmanageable in the coming weeks. I have to find a workable solution to my texlaxed woes because I really like the thickness that comes with it. If only my hair would be more manageable!!


How long before you do a corrective relaxer when needed?

Cheers,
Star.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Hair Update: Cornrows Out, Preparing for Next Relaxer

It's been such a long time! Yes, my hair life has been so boring. I took my cornrows out last week and have been wigging since then. Nothing has changed in my regimen and I am just looking forward to relaxing on Saturday.

african threading
wig regimen for relaxed hair




Though I would be only 12 weeks post, I've decided to end my stretch because wash days are not easy at all. The texlaxed middle just clumps up though I wash in sections, and gets all tangled I literally have to pick at the hair strands one by one to detangle.

Combing is a no-no as my hair just begins to break off like crazy. I just thread my hair when I finish washing and detangling, wear a wig cap and my wig. I started inversion this week and will end this weekend. My shedding is literally non-existent now, it's at the barest minimum and I'm so happy Groganics is working real good for me. It's the breakage I can barely control. The less I touch my hair, the better till I retouch on Saturday.

groganics hair vitamins

I am loving how Groganics vitamins is growing my nails like crazy. I believe all the thick new growth is also courtesy of Groganics as I stopped using T444Z when I started taking the pills.  Just a month and my nails are so long and haven't broken off despite the chores I do. That is something!! I will still texlax though I'm hoping I get up to 90% straight this time. I will not mix the relaxer as always and just stick to the time. It is never enough to process my hair bone straight anyway...lol! My hair has a mind of it's own as to how it behaves on relaxer day. I have just decided to live with it. Smh.

Does your relaxer day always produce the results you want? 


Cheers,
Star