Wednesday, 21 May 2014

4C Natural Haircare - What I Do Now That I Have Natural Hair


I recently shared on my YouTube channel, what I do to keep my 4C natural hair healthy and maintain it every week and month. Since I went natural, really, I have stuck with a simple strategy, which is 'simple is key'. Simply put, I no longer use as many product to maintain my hair as I did when I had chemically relaxed hair. I have found, perhaps the reason I felt to use so many product, advertised as products which target different aspects of a chemically relaxed hair, was that I was trying to avoid breakage and retain the length of a rather fragile structure of hair.

I remember many times, after washing my hair, the ends would look so thin and fragile, I don't observe that anymore now that I am natural. I shall touch more in another blog post, on my journey to natural hair and my experience with chemically relaxed hair.

So I Switched To Deep Conditioning And Co-Wash Cleansing Every Weekend

Since going natural, I have decided to simply deep condition and co-wash my hair more than shampoo it. This is because I have come to realise that my hair is naturally very dry, very tightly coiled and also very shrinky. Its so happened that unfortunately most shampoos on the market, except the select few like the KeraCare line, have agents in them which actually strip the hair off its moisture  even when they say they are moisturising shampoos.

So I started to steer away from weekly shampooing and veering closer to weekly deep conditioning and co-washing. Personally, when I came across a line of products which provides an option for me to cleanse my hair with a conditioner, rather than a shampoo, I was like 'GET IN THERE!'. Well for now...any way. More so because this line doesn't have bad chemicals, mineral oils or parabens in them. As far as I can tell, it is an all natural ingredients line. I am talking about the Shea Moisture line. I already knew of this line, however, I was driven to finally try it by a collegue at work.

So since I stopped shampooing my hair weekly, and started focusing more on deep-conditioning and co-washing my hair, I have found that my hair is a lot happier and does not actually demand so much from me. Put it this way, even if I do not wrap my hair for bed, I still have normal growth and minimum breakage.

I Did Not Want To Throw Away My Old Conditioners

So with my left over deep conditioners and co-wash conditioners from when I had relaxed hair, mixed with some essential oils, other oils and moisturising agents, I made a deep conditioner mix which I use to deep condition my hair every sunday before I co-wash it in the shower. I simple put some in my hands and apply it all over my hair till I have get enough of it in my hair.

I then cover my hair with a plastic cap and I go about my Sunday errands. I do not sit under a dryer or steamer to get a heat condition. This is the benefit of conditioning my hair before my errands, the heat from my body rises up and warms up my head and hair.

I Shampoo Only Once Monthly

All these findings and changes do not mean that I do not shampoo my hair! Shea Moisture also provides a range of natural shampoos which have ingredients I am currently very happy with. Out of their range I chose one product as my monthly clarifying shampoo, which I use only once a month, or every four weeks.

And Then I style

I chose just a few styling product form the Shea Moisture line again to style my hair daily and also to detangle my hair during weekend washes. Since being natural, I have only flat ironed my hair about twice or three times and I have been natural for more than a year, since March 2013. Currently, I use just one oil to seal my hair and my go to style is to simply let my hair breath naturally, though I have plans to soon explore my hair more and learn its versatility.

What I Hope To Introduce And Re-Introduce Into My Routine

Though I am quite happy with my current routine and how simple it is, I still have hopes to learn more about my hair. I want to teach myself how to style my hair more than just leaving it in its normal shrunk state. I plan to also return to oiling my scalp as I used to do when I had relaxed hair. I hope to re-introducing hot oil treatments and also seal my hair more than I currently do. One more thing I plan to do is to resume wrapping my hair for bed, but this I have already started to do and I am super pleased with it. Hopefully, this should decrease knots and tangles.

So To Wrap It Up!

In future posts, I shall share my haircare routine in pictures, including all the products I use and what I do with them. One thing I can say 100% is -" I love my 4C natural hair and I thank God for it!"

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Yvonne Dzifa

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Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Make A Protein-Moisture Deep Conditioner From Left Over Conditioners


After years of having relaxed hair, my decision to go natural was very abrupt and overnight. When the time came, I knew I was more than ready. No turning back, and truly I still have no regrets.

Choosing to wear my natural hair for me, also means experimenting with more natural hair care product. Products with less or no harsh components and more natural based ingredients. However, I still have a lot of left over products which I was using when I had chemically relaxed hair. Especially deep conditioners and co-wash conditioners. These products I do not want to do away with, as that would be a waste. I decided therefore, that a way to use up these products whiles still giving myself room to start my natural product journey, was to mix them up and create one a big protein - moisture deep conditioner. After all, I bought them partly because they were part of the better group of non-natural based Afro hair care products. 

I decided to make a good deep conditioner mix with the products I had the most of. A deep conditioner which would serve as both moisturising and protein rich.

So here's what I did.

Left over conditioners
Keracare Humecto Creme Conditioner
Organic Root Stimulator Hair Mayonnaise 

Essential Oils
Tea tree 
Rosemary
Myrrh

Oils
Grape seed
Coconut

Moisturising agent
Glycerin 
                         

                          

                          

                          

                          

       


Et voila! A moisturising protein deep conditioner!! After mixing everything. This will last me so long!

You can watch my You Tube version of this recipe below to see how I did it. Try it out yourself with any good old conditioners you may have.

My YouTube Version of This Video

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Yvonne Dzifa 
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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Anti-oxidant Vitamin-Rich Morning Juice Recipe

Hello friends,

So I came up with this anti-oxidant, vitamin-rich juice which I found to be really tasty and helpful in boosting my energy in the mornings. I thought to share it with you so that you can also try it and I do hope you will enjoy it as I did. Don't forget to check out my YouTube video below for this recipe.

Ingredients
1 granny smith apple
1/2 a lime
1 handful of of blueberries
1 to 2 inches of ginger
200ml water


Some Benefits Of The Ingredients

Granny Smith Apple
Helps keep teeth clean
Helps keep heart steady
Rich in anti-oxidants
Low in calories

 Lime
Source of vitamin c
Heps fight cold and sore throat
Anti-inflamatory benefits
Helps with digestion and bloating

Ginger
Good for heart and circulation
Helps with motion sickness and nausea
Helps fight cold and flu
Boosts immune system

Blueberries
Bladder aid like cranberries
Brain food
Full of antioxidants





 My YouTube Video For This Juice Recipe



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Yvonne Dzifa
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Friday, 18 April 2014

Nail Art - Baby Pink Fluorescent Blue Nails

For this nail polish look, I wanted to achieve a pink and blue baby-colours strips, not quite a tiger print but could look so from afar. Though one of colours is fluorescent by name I like how they both look like baby colours on the outcome. Lovely combination for spring as you get quite bright colours which are still calm, innocent and fun.

I used -
w7 Fluorescent Blue Polish
w7 Baby Pink Polish
Sally Hansen Top and Base Coat
Cutex Ultra Moisturising Nail Polish Remover
A Cotton Bud

Check out my YouTube channel here Yvonne Dzifa for life nutrition beauty and style videos.

Also check out the video How To version of this look below.





My YouTube Video on This Nail Look



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Yvonne Dzifa
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Monday, 14 April 2014

How To Make A Homemade Half And Half Baguette | With Video Recipe

So I have decided to be baking my own homemade bread as part of my healthy eating habit, just so I know exactly what ingredients are going into my loaves. So today, I share my half and half bread recipe made with half white and half whole grain flour. Alternatively, the white flour or the brown flour could be solely used in order to make either a white or a brown loaf.

To make this half and half loaf you will need the ingredients listed below-

Ingredients
5oz Whole Grain Brown Flour
5oz White Bread Flour
1 Teaspoon Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Sugar
15g Yeast
1/2 Teaspoon Nutmeg
1 Teaspoon Butter
Luke Warm Water

Direction
1. Mix dry ingredients in a mixing bowl - flour, salt, sugar,yeast, nutmeg
2. Add the butter to the dry mixture
3. Mix with your fingers into the consistency of crumbs
4. Slowly begin to add luke warm water a bit at a time in order to slowly achieve a firm and soft dough. Do not add too much water as this will make the dough soggy or runny.
5. Once a dough has been formed, transfer the dough onto a wooden board for kneading and shaping.
6. Knead the dough for about 5 minutes or more depending on how much gluten you want for the loaf.
7. After kneading, divide dough into two and roll into baguette shapes. Score a line down each roll.
8. Transfer the rolled doughs onto a greased and lightly flour dusted baking pan and place two cups between the dough.
9. Wet a napkin with warm water and lay over the cups and baking pan. The purpose of the cups is to suspend the damp napkin so that it doesn't touch the dough while it rises.
10. Allow the dough to rise for between 45mins and 2 hours depending on your preference.
11. Pre-heat oven to about 180 degree celcius
12. Place doughs into oven and allow to bake for approx 20-30 minutes or until the bread sounds hollow when tapped.
13. Your bread is ready. Cover the freshly baked bread with a dry cloth in order for it to cool down and not harden

Et Voila, a tasty half and half loaf. Enjoy with butter, cheese or make into a sandwich. I normally make these for sandwiches. I hope you enjoy it and do comment below with any questions.

Below are snaps of the process for this recipe. Don't forget to check out my youtube channel by clicking here










My YouTube Video For This Recipe
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Yvonne Dzifa
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Tuesday, 18 March 2014

My One Year 4C Natural Hair Length Check!

Hello friends,

Thank you for passing by my post. I am so pleased to say that I have now been natural (Hair) for one year!! (well one year and 3 days to be exact as I type this). In 15th March 2013. I decided to have a big chop after about 2 years or so of being texlaxed. I feel its gone by so quickly and choosing to go natural is definitely one of the best decisions I have made so far. There is honestly not one day that I regret this decision, look back or cry about "un-managability". I have come to understand my own natural 4C hair given to me by God, what it likes, and how to treat. I must say there are still many more things to learn, with regards to styling my hair, but this is what this journey is about.

So research shows that on average, our hair grows about half an inch per month, which is about 6 inches a year. My hair is currently 0.5 inches above that average. This is growth from a year of not particularly doing anything special in treatment to my hair. Granted, I do not even wrap my hair for bed 98% of the time. I am rather glad that I can look forward to all that is to be learnt about my hair now and in the future. Hopefully, with more effort spent towards caring for my hair in 2014, I hope to enable her to grow more by my second year 2015 length check.

So below are a few snap shots of my 4C hair and my length check. For a full video of this length check with a brief information about the nature of my 4C hair, please check out my YouTube video below or visit my YouTube channel by clicking this link - Yvonne Dzifa  for more videos.

Any questions? Do leave them below and you shall get a response  :-)








My YouTube Video for This Length Check

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Yvonne Dzifa
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