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HOW TO GROW LONG THICK NATURAL HAIR (IN GHANA)| WITH NATURAL JOURNAL

November 16, 2015
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Hello my lovely lady readers! Today’s post is especially for all you afro-haired ladies wishing to grow out your hair. As you guys know, one of my style goals include growing out my hair to waist length!  (Can I get an amen…) So I did what any determined gal would do in my shoes, and plunged into the world of google for more information.

Overseas bloggers I discovered aplenty, but very few Ghanaian hair bloggers, so imagine my delight when I stumbled on this amazing lady with gorgeous gorgeous  locks on Instagram! A Ghanaian natural hair blogger at last! And with such beautiful thick healthy locks! I fell in love with her Instagram and later her youtube channel and we just had to meet up.

We got to know each other over ice-cream and cakes in the mall, where she introduced me to one of her secret hair weapons – coconut oil. This one was extra-special, it smelled ah-maaa-zing aaand, wait for it, she made it herself. She and her sister (also natural-haired) are working on their own range of natural hair products, and judging from how great the coconut oil is (I’ve been using it for a few months now for both me and the boys’ hair) , I for one cannot WAIT to discover more of what they have to offer. Of course I had to invite her on here for us to discover more of her story. So here goes…

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Introduce yourself. Tell us about your natural hair journey.

My name is Mavis Fuseini, but you probably know me as Natural journal on social media. I made the decision to go natural sometime in 2010, so I stopped relaxing the hair for about 5 months, but vexed by the lack of information, and my hairdresser constantly telling me I couldn’t do it, one day I just grabbed a box of relaxer and had my new growth relaxed. Of course I regretted it!! And so on 31st July, 2011 I chopped it all off, and here we are today. It’s been an enlightening journey for me since then, and now my hair and I have a strong love affair going on J.

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We are all so eager over here to know your hair secrets! Do tell us about your hair regimen (if you have one..)

I don’t know if I should say I have a regimen. Although the products I use have pretty much remained the same, I’m always changing how I use them. But I try to keep it really simple, you know. I aim for low manipulation and so my hair is usually in twists all week! I take them down on weekends to wash or co-wash. Oh and also to take shots for my social media pages. Lol. I used to wash my hair (with African black soap) once every month, but lately I do so only when I think it’s really dirty. Otherwise, I’m rinsing with apple cider vinegar, clarifying with baking soda, or simpy using aloe vera gel to cleanse. I also have a few hair treatments that I absolutely love, like the mayo, banana, or avocado treatment. It’s my desire to do one of these every other week, but it seems laziness has other plans for me. So currently I do a treatment every now and then.

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Hmmm, interesting. Tell us about your top favourite things about your hair?

Do excuse some vanity, but it’s so beautiful! Lol. I love the brown patches I have on my temples. You’d have to look closely to see it. It feels like a secret. Lol. I love that my hair is constantly teaching me lessons like patience, and that change is inevitable. I love that I get to take care of it myself, in my own time and at my own pace. And finally, I love that it gives others hope, that it can be done.

How about the negatives?

I’ll let you know if and when I find any. lol.

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Haha that’s awesome! When it comes to natural hair acceptance in Ghana, it’s a bit of a mixed reaction. Some love it and some just…don’t. Do tell us about your aspirations and hopes for natural hair in Ghana?

It’s such a delightful view these days, you know.  Maybe it’s from my own biased observation, but today, I see 1 out of every 5 women with natural hair and I think that’s amazing. I see a future in which we all embrace our natural beauty, and I surely hope that in my own small way, I help to make it happen.

From your blog and instagram page we can see that you are a creative soul. What do you think about the creative community in Ghana, and what do you aspire to do with all those creative juices?

I do believe that we all have some magic in us. It was easily seen when we were kids, but somewhere along the line we thought it better to hide. However, looking at the trends in fashion, blogging, vlogging, poetry, arts, etc, I think a lot of us are making the journey back home, you know, finding our creative inner selves. And that’s exciting! For me, this is just the beginning of adding more color to life. Mine and everyone else’s.

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Dream job?

That’s a tough one. Today I want to be many things! Lol. A nutritionist, a yoga teacher, a fashion designer, and a singer, all in one. Maybe now I should include hair guru in the list haha. However, considering I have a degree in Nutrition and I get in the zone while making fashion sketches, I’ll probably tackle those first. Ask me again tomorrow!

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Thank you so much for this inspiring interview, Mavis! Do let us know your final message to us…

You can do anything you want to do. The only reason you can’t is because you think you can’t. And this includes growing beautiful, long, healthy, lustrous hair right here in Ghana, or wherever you are. Many ladies have told me they can’t do it. I always have one response; you’ll never know if you never try. After all, if it doesn’t work out you can always go back to straightening.

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FOLLOW MAVIS: 

_naturaljournal on IG

Natural journal – FB and Youtube

Have a great week, everyone!

xo

Cara.

 

    1. Hello Nana Aba, thank you.

      Consistent hair care; regular washing, deep conditioning and protecting your hair will get your hair into its best shape ever!

      Pls click on the “Growing Natural Hair” for more deets.

      Thank you for reading.

  1. I relish, lead to I discovered just what I was taking a look for.

    You have ended my four day long hunt! God Bless you man. Have a great day.
    Bye

  2. Hey Cara,

    You had me at (In Ghana) from the title! – I love see info on things that matter so much to ladies here in Ghana-unfortunately lots of info cant be found online yet..(Opportunity hub right there)..
    Such lovely hair Mavis, Im so glad u have lots of info online for us to view through…

    Oh and by the way Cara, you can get to waist length, just see this lady i chanced upon recently(when a horrible salon experience led me to care for my hair better).. http://www.hairequest.blogspot.com...
    PS: Wouldn’t mind joining your ice cream sessions sometime 🙂

    1. Wow, Stephy, thanks for the link. Fatima has amazing hair!

      And I know what you mean. Ghana is still kinda in the infancy stages when it comes to blogging…nice to meet you dear! Sure, definitely an ice cream session soon. <3

    2. Thanks Stephy. When I started my journey, I hoped to find someone to inspire and motivate me, you know, someone from here. I hope to do that for someone out there.

  3. Hey Cara,

    You had me at (In Ghana) from the title! – I love see info on things that matter so much to ladies here in Ghana-unfortunately lots of info cant be found online yet..(Opportunity hub right there)..
    Such lovely hair Mavis, Im so glad u have lots of info online for us to view through…

    Oh and by the way Cara, you can get to waist length, just see this lady i chanced upon recently(when a horrible salon experience led me to care for my hair better).. http://www.hairequest.blogspot.com

  4. Cara, I loooooove this post!! I know what you mean about wanting to find a hair guru from your own part of the hood…I do too! And Mavis’s hair is soooooo gorge, wow!! Very interesting what she uses to wash her hair, I tend to cowash with olive oil conditioner…my hairline is still being the death of me but I am persevering and still carrying on with my regime to grow it back! X

  5. Hello Mavis,
    Your hair is so beautiful, I definitely see my transition to natural hair happening as soon as I get over the fear of how tough my hair might be. Lol
    I love the photo of the chunky twists hairstyle, it’s very neat and your hair looks so healthy.

    Hi Cara. 🙂

    1. Hahaha hi Nedu!

      I know what you mean. I used to have that fear too! Surprisingly, it wasn’t really that tough to handle at all. The fear was greater than the actual thing, as per usual. 🙂

      Anyways, I do wish you amazing healthy hair, however you choose to keep it, good luck dear!

    2. Hi Nedoux
      Thank you so much. I wonder if anybody’s hair is tougher than my sister’s lol. But she does it with so much ease now, of course with a few months of “this worked” and “that didn’t”. It can be done, but you’ll never know if you don’t try 🙂

  6. I don’t wanna grow my own hair, I want her hair instead, it is so beautiful!!!! Am also on the natural hair journey and it is a tough one I gotta tell you dear. I think your goal to growing your natural hair to waist length is a little too dreamy,lol! That will take a life time but I believe you are patient. Thanks for the tips, I hope to follow them because I can be lazy you know. Great post dear.
    http://www.fashionstylemogul.com

    1. Hahaha ikr, but we can do it, we can grow out our very own! And yes, I’m very patient. 😀 But you can be too. And don’t even get me started on the laziness, haha. But that is easily combated by keeping the hair in a protective style, like twists, for a week or two at a time. It helps to give one a break. Thanks for reading, Meron!

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