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…


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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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Have a great week, everyone!






Guess who was in town this week?? My mother!!! Of all the amazing surprises!

Unfortunately, she couldn’t stay for long but we had a wonderful time for the short while that she was here. Sweet and also hilarious(!) memories to sustain us till the next time we see her.

Aaaand guess what? May the haute couture pursuit begin, because I just got fully equipped with sewing and knitting supplies! In the spirit of rediscovering lost passions and repressed creativity, these past couple of weeks have found me reading a TON of novels, tentatively trying my hand at new dishes, and now let’s toss handcrafting into the mix! (That kinda explains my absence from the blog this week… been detoxing a leeettle from the internet)

Omigosh, I’m so freaking excited! I’m thinking a crochet bikini, a simple skirt, some cute outfits for the boys, etc. Omigosh! This is the start of a revolution. We’re going to be wearing handmade eeeverythang! And eat homegrown veggies! And live out of a self-built house! Ok let’s not get ahead of ourselves yet…

Without further ado, I present… the supplies!





Isn’t that rose patterned fabric the prettiest ever? 

Back when we were kids, my sisters and I were seized by a crocheting craze and we made crochet everything! From crochet backpacks to skirts to handbags to underwear. Cannot wait to reexplore all that. So many options, yassss!

Also, new in – Iman face powder and Black secret red lipstick! My second lipstick purchase this year. So far I’m loving these new additions to my makeup kit, especially the lippie. Looks like my lipstick collection has started. Double yasss!

Also, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the Iman face powder was paraben-free. Triple yasss for reduced carcinogens!






My favorites for this month!

Happy weekend y’all!

Lots of loooove and light!




Mama Cara

Hey ladies! Today’s post is especially for you.

It all started with M, actually. He had a gourd of pure shea butter from the North which had been sitting sadly in his closet, ignored and basically untouched. In his usual fashion, he had been haranguing, ummm, gently nudging me towards using it, so I decided to give it a try.

I really can’t say enough how much I love the stuff now! (M, I can see that smug look on your face already. Hmph!)

In its raw form, the shea butter is quite dense, so I mixed it with baby olive oil to reduce the density and for extra potency, as olive oil is known also to be very good at locking in moisture too and keeping skin hydrated and soft. You can also mix with any essential oils of your choice.

Natural hair - Cara


Before you put it on your skin, be sure to rub it vigorously between your palms in order to melt the cream with the heat from the friction between your palms. Slather on as much as you want over the problem area. Skin feels quite oily afterwards, and it might take some getting used to, but it’s worth it.

It worked for me in reducing stretch marks incurred during pregnancy and now it’s still helping. I use the stuff also for moisturizing my hair as well; gotta love its versatility! For best results, use during pregnancy, especially during the 2nd and 3rd trimester when the tummy expands the most.

So there you have it, my secret weapon! Hope it helps you out! 🙂

Happy Tuesday!! <3



ps. Sharing is caring so please do share if you have any special ways or creams that also help in this quest! 😀 xoxo