Friday, 12 September 2014

New Protective Style: Full Head Weave

So what's been up with my hair? It's all tucked away...*feeling pleased with myself*. I am almost 3 weeks post relaxer. I relaxed at 4 weeks post...more like a corrective relaxer because my roots reverted so much I just didn't know what to do anymore. I will give details in my next post. 

Right after the meetup, I decided it was time to try out the Dark and Lovely Braids and Weaves SOS Hairline range of products I got from their office for free 2 weeks ago, to use and review. I fell completely in love with the packaging of the products especially the roots applicator bottles in which most of them came in. They gave me two each of the products pictured below. I really couldn't wait to use these as I liked the ingredients in the list...at least those I know. 


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My regular hairdresser had travelled so I got this weave with a new one, but I liked her too because she was so gentle with the braids. She didn't pull tight at all and I even braided my edges...as there is a product that promises your edges will stay intact even if you weave it. 


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I asked how she was going to braid and sew the tracks so I could have access to my scalp. She proposed the circular way. She added extensions to only the first 5 rows. From the 5th to the crown, she didn't add any as she said it wasn't necessary. In fact, I dozed off along the way...first time ever....and she was almost done by the time I woke. After taking this shot, I realised and then discussed how difficult it would be for me to access my scalp if the weave was sewn in a U-part way as shown below as the front part was sewn across the cornrows. However, it was quite late and I was too tired to have it done all over again. We agreed that next time, the part in front should be braided across so that the tracks be sewed along the cornrows. I think that is possible and we will try that next time. 



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I made a huge mistake when I got the weave installed. I got home late that day and went to the salon after 6pm. I just grabbed the extensions and went to the salon. The extensions were in their packs but I bought them over 6 months ago so I really should have washed them and then rinsed with ACV solution. My scalp itched like crazy for the first 3 days even though I applied the Anti-Itch Scalp Soother all through twice a day. I was scratching like crazy and screaming...asking my sisters to take it off. I had to wash my hair by the third night. After washing and drying, I applied the Anti-Itch Scalp Soother and praise my soul it comes in an applicator bottle so applying is really, really easy. Today is the 3rd day since I washed but my scalp still itches. Not as crazily as before though. I still apply to my scalp 2 times a day and apply the SOS hairline to the hairline area as well. 

I'm looking forward to the itch stopping completely because I really would not have time to undo this weave till after 2 weeks as I will be away from home the next 2 weekends. I will continue using the Scalp Soother and SOS Hairline from the range till these weaves come off. I may not need to use the other two for now. I will wash my hair tomorrow and every 3 days as usual.  I totally think that either the weave is irritating my scalp as it's a synthetic weave, or the hairdresser though gentle, has "bad"hands for my scalp. However, I need this Scalp soother to soothe my scalp real soon and for the SOS Hairline to keep my hairline intact. 


What do you do to relieve an itchy scalp after installing a weave? 


Cheers,
Star.

Friday, 5 September 2014

Successful Hair Meetup: It's a 10!!

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Yes!! We did it!! We scored 10!! The meetup last Sunday was a great success!! You all know how I can't hide it when I am excited, and I am jumping up and down * in my mind's eye* as I write this post and that makes it much harder to put my thoughts together and write everything I want to say. Hope the pictures tell the story better.


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Registration time,  and first 50 ladies got these goodies from ORS Ghana. 
By 12:30pm there were about 15 ladies at the venue already and by 1:00pm, we were about 30. We started right on time and within an hour, the seats were all taken. We had 60 seats initially but as time went on, we had to add a few. We registered a total of 81 ladies. And there were more than 15 gentlemen who showed up to support us. 




















We had 3 talks on Tips for Growing Long Hair by GHlonghair, Beauty Inside Out: You are What You Eat by Esther, a Dietician from the Korle-Bu Teaching , and Home Recipe Making by Benedicta. There was a session for Mira, a relaxed hair blogger and Nana Ama, naturalista to share their hair stories and how their hair journeys have been.

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Then we had a runway session where we met ladies at various stages of their hair journeys, we heard their hair stories and shared their regimen and products that they loved. We had demonstrations of hair care techniques such as prepooing, stretching relaxers, deep conditioning, wrapping hair, green house effect, inversion, and many more.


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The workshops were just amazing. We divided the ladies into groups and had facilitators for each group. The discussions went on and on and on.....there was just so much to learn and share. With time running out, we had to end the workshops though the ladies wanted more. 
  

healthy hair meetup Everyone participated to the full!Everyone had fun!! Everyone wanted more and more and more!!


And the juicy part, there were giveaways from AfroRiri Haircare, Honey Lane, Ghana Soap School and my good friend Ella. The most support I got was from my family and members of my whatsapp groups who supported and encouraged me everyday!! They said, "You can do this, let's do this"......and we did!!
# TeamHealthyHair!!


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Many thanks goes to all the ladies and gentlemen who showed up, the vendors who came with wonderful products, and all who gave me wonderful feedback after it was all over....an hour later than we scheduled. They just didn't want to leave, and neither did I....hahhahahahhahaha! Oh yes, there will be more meetups!!

Want the video? It's ready and I am uploading it on my Youtube Channel now!! Subscribe now for updates.

Thanks for reading!!

Cheers,
Star.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Event Giveaways!! ORS Ghana, AfroRiri Haircare, Urban Makes!!

I just can't hide my excitement!! It's 7 days to the meetup!

After publishing my post about the meetup here and on my facebook page, I got a call from ORS Ghana and they proposed to send me some goodies. It's a YES!! I screamed so loud, jumping up and down excitedly in my office. Incidentally, they had an event about 15 minutes drive from where I was to be over the weekend so I proposed I passed by and pick the goodies. And I did!! I drove right there on Saturday afternoon and picked up these goodies for 50 lucky persons!!  Just couldn't wait for them to deliver them.

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Hair Meetup ORS products


And thanks to AfroRiri and Urban Makes who have also promised to send me some products for a post event giveaway which would be open to those who attend the meetup on the 31st of August. Both contacts are away in Nigeria and I am tagging it as a post event giveaway because I might not get the products in time for the meetup. But if I get them in time....hurraaaaaaaaaaaay!! More goodies for giveaways! 

There are free tickets available at www.ghlonghair.eventbrite.com for all who want to attend the event. Though the ticket is not needed for entry at the event, it will be used in the giveaway contest. Also, the first 50 persons who registered at the site and get to the venue before the giveaway starts, get the goodies that the Ghana Soap School is giving as well that I will pick up tomorrow! I just can't wait to have all those goodies in my hands. 

The post event giveaway details will be given on my Youtube Channel. Please subscribe to get the details and see all that will go down at the meetup. I am very optimistic and looking forward to hosting at least 50 persons at the event. 

I can't say enough to thank my family, colleagues, friends, whatsapp family for all the support they have given and continue to give. Since this meetup is not sponsored, it's been basically friends and family giving time, offering technical help and sponsoring the giveaways . God richly bless you abundantly. Let's look forward to greater things in the future............

Have you attended a hair meetup before? Hope you won't miss mine. 

Cheers,
Star!


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: 

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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.)

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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. 

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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.