I style: ghana weaving

July 22, 2014 Naija girl next door 6 Comments

Hello everyone!
    Ever since I saw that doing my own hair hasn't (yet) resulted in me looking like a scarecrow as I feared, I've become more eager to try my hand at other styles. (what's the worst that could happen?)
    My most recent effort was ghana weaving aka ghana braids. This was my first time wearing this style. Ever. I was never brave enough to submit my head to hairdressers for this style. In my opinion nothing sends your hairline scurrying to the back of your head faster. Many girls have lots of front hair to spare or their strands are tenacious, declaring "odeshi" to all enemy forces. Me? No such luck. You pull, my edges follow.            I've always admired the style though, so when I realised I could try it and be in total control of my hair's fate, I couldn't wait.

To Prepare
    I had seen it done so I had a general idea, but I went on youtube for more pointed instructions. I watched demonstrations and gathered that they're also called feed-in braids because you begin each plait with your own hair for a natural look, and add/feed in extensions as you go along to increase the size.
I co-washed and deep conditioned, detangled with a wide toothed comb and stretched my new growth with big plaits the night before.

I used

  1. One pack of Xpression Rich Braid (the one I didn't use for my crochet weave) 
  2. Wide tooth comb to work through any tangles
  3. Tail comb for making parts
  4. Spray bottle of water to moisturise
  5. My shea butter cream for heavy sealing
  6. Eco styler gel to smooth down my edges
  7. Pins and clips to keep the rest of the hair out of the way

     I cut the extensions into three and feathered so that the ends wouldn't be a blunt cut but would taper.
I did this the day before to reduce the work on the actual day.
    The process of feeding in more hair makes it long. I was very happy with the length- it came down to my butt. I plaited until they got quite thin, then finished with two-strand twists. I trimmed flyaways from the point my own hair ended, then dunked it all in hot water when I was done. The hot water gets rid of stiffness so the hair hangs down and can swish from side to side. It also seals the ends to prevent unravelling.

 It took me about 5 hours to complete even though I had just nine to do. I blame it on my amateur status and on Homeland. I normally prefer tv series with a lighter feel (the world is serious enough) but this one was very engaging.
I think I did okay for a first timer. My sister came home and didn't belive I did it myself. "It's a lie you didn't, I die fighting!" she said.

Hair care
  I moisturised my hair most days of the week with a mixture of water, oil and a little conditioner in a spray bottle.
I slept in a satin scarf as usual.
   I thought I might be able to wait two weeks to wash but nine days in, I was restless. I cowashed with cold water focusing on my scalp and did a final rinse with cold water+ ACV. I wrapped a towel around my head and when it was just damp, I sealed with coconut + olive oil and rubbed some into my scalp.
I used my shea butter cream on my edges because they tend to be drier than the rest of my hair.

      I intended to wear it for two weeks which would have been up on Thursday but I got the frizzies. I took it out on sunday- 4 days shy of two weeks.
   It wasn't a perfect job but I totally loved the very simple look and it gets top marks for convenience. My fragile edges came out unscathed too *pops champagne*

 I'll most definitely do it again. It can only get better with practice.
Please tell me what you think below :*, and how have you styled your hair lately?


  1. This turned out so well! I haven't had Ghana weaving in many many years. I really like Homeland. What season are you on?

    1. Thank you :) I just finished season 1. I'm still new at this

  2. They look very professional! Na you oh!! :D

  3. oh i love it! although i've never done ghana weaving before and i doubt i ever will. lol


    1. Thanks Cassie. Mehn I know the feeling. If I didn't attempt it myself I never would have let anyone do it for me