Natural hair bazaar!

Natural hair bazaar!


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        Since last week’s post, I had the opportunity to go to a hair bazaar with a friend.  When she called me up and told me about a gathering to celebrate natural hair I had to make the time to go.  And when I did, I had a blast!  Here’s a look at a natural hair adventure.

Finding hair products in Ghana takes a bit of effort.  I think I’ve mentioned before how  
Dark & Lovely, a popular American hair line, has the monopoly on hair products in Accra.  While some of their products work fine, my favorites are hard to find around the city.  However, when my friend and I attended the Bazaar, I found hair care products galore!  When I saw my favorite leave in conditioner I almost passed out.  It was the first time I had seen it in Africa and I was shocked they had it.  I was equally shocked when they told me the price and that it was so high because it was imported from the US.  Sadly, I had to leave my beloved product behind.  There were, however, lots of entrepreneurs with wonderful smelling and feeling products which I figured I’d give a try.  I ended up purchasing a shampoo and a moisturizer.  I haven’t tried the shampoo yet, but the moisturizer—with all natural ingredients and no sulphates—is wonderful!

Pretty day at the W.E.B. Du Bois Centre in Cantonments, Ghana (December 5, 2014)
In addition to hair products there were several young professionals selling fruit drinks, African prints (fashions), products for the skin, body, and overall health.  One man who tried to sell us drink mix powders encouraged us to find out our Body Mass Index.  While I turned him down, I did step on the scale and I’m proud to say since I’ve been in Africa I’ve lost about 18 pounds!  (Finally jumping in and out of tro tros and walking for miles in the sun is paying off!)

I scored on natural soap with ingredients I didn’t know could be used for healthy skin such as charcoal and chocolate.  I also enjoyed a delicious watermelon and mint smoothie.  Watermelon and mint-who knew!  My friend was also able to interview a couple of people for a magazine article she was writing.  It’s great when you can ‘kill two birds with one stone’.  

Unveiling of an undo, November 5, 2014

At first I was a bit hesitant about attending the bazaar with so much school work looming over me.  But as I hailed a taxi to take me back to the main road and headed on to campus, I was really glad that I took a break and did something a little different.  It was great to see so many young professionals with their own creations.  Many people believe the future of Africa is in entrepreneurship and the folks at the bazaar made me feel quite inspired.  

Tomorrow morning I will be writing my third exam-research methods.  After that there will be one more exam and then I’ll be ‘free’ for nearly a whole month!  Next week, I’ll talk about surviving the exam period and finding a Christmas tree to make the season bright!

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