Sunday, 24 April 2016

Dab's File- That one time I pierced my nose! + Goddess Locs Tutorial!!




Hiya,
So it's been a while since I shared a funny story here and I was reminded of this particular incident while browsing Instagram and seeing ladies with pierced noses.

source

So yeah there was a time I wore a nose ring...I was in Uni and my sister and I had just come back from summer holiday in the UK, while on holiday we were completely mesmerized by all the Indian girls spotting tiny nose rings with cute little shinny stones, we'd see a group of them on the tube and just be staring in admiration. We made the decision that when we got back to school in Ghana we had to get nose piercings and we were going to make it our things as sisters, after all we both wore the same gold rings my Mum had given us on each of our convocations, so this will be just that added sisterly thing we do!

My sister went first, she called and told me she was at a salon while I was in class and by evening she had come back to the dorm with a pink little stoned nose ring in her nose, feeling super fly!! I was so excited! I couldn't wait to get mine done the next day. 

Off we went the next day! Got to the salon, they took us to the back cordoned off by a curtain and out came an earring gun!! 'Don't tell me that's what you are using to pierce the hole in my nose!' I screamed! My sister was like Oju relax!! So I did and closed my eyes. 



*Prick*- I screamed! My nose had been pierced and I had tears running down my eyes from the shocking pain though I wasn't crying! My sister was grinning from ear to ear then handed me a mirror to look at my nose, I looked at it and my face dropped! 

Why is there a massive gold stud on my nose?! You know the ones used to open baby's ears!! It was then my sister deemed fit to tell me that they will need to change the gold stud right away to the smaller dainty one she had on, issue was my nose was throbbing in pain and there was no way I was going to let anyone touch it!!

So I came up with the smart idea of taking the small dainty nose ring to the dorm so I could exchange it later on by myself! Got to the dorm which was mixed gendered so there were guys and girls everywhere at the entrance, on the hallways, everywhere!! I was not about to pass them with a massive gold stud on my nose, so I went into incognito mode, used my hair to cover my face, bowed my head down and walked awkwardly as fast as I could to our room! Once I got there, the struggle began! 




Taking out the gold massive stud was easy, like my nose was thanking me for releasing it, however putting the tiny stud was hell. I tried everything I could to put this tiny stud in without causing more pain, no way! The hole was bleeding, I was in pain as the stud was refusing to completely go through the hole, kept trying no way! 

Finally I was able to stick that little stud in enough so at least the tip could pass through the inside of my nose and then I went to bed quite depressed actually, filled with frustration to the amusement of my sister and room mates! All this pain just for a nose ring! 

Ladies guess what happened the next morning?! I woke up and felt my face, my nose to be exact! The nose ring was no where to be found!!  Don't know how I slept, maybe I was tossing around in my sleep from all the self inflicted pain! Anyways, I couldn't believe that after all I had put myself through the day before there was no ring in sight!!!

I checked everywhere, under my bed, my closet area, study table, bed sheets, pillow...that nose ring had disappeared!! So there I was with a hole in my nose(not too noticeable, thankfully but still!!) and the only option was going through that torture of putting another nose ring into the hole and reliving that awful experience from the day before! After mind processing all of that, I decided nope, no way!! No nose ring for Dabs!! The hole will have to heal and close up on its own!! 'Dabs just forget this incident ever happened!'.

And I did until one random day weeks later, I was sweeping my room and I look at the gathered dirt and what do I find glistening in it, the pink studded nose ring I looked everywhere for!! I picked it up and proceeded to give it the longest hisssss ever, threw it back in the dirt and trashed it!

As for my sister, she went on to wear her nose ring off and on for about a year and randomly stopped wearing it all together!! 

Well that's just a little story from my youthful exuberant years, we all went through that phase, when you at least had to try out some type of trend, this story and the time I tried colored contacts stick out the most when I think back on those times but don't ask me to tell you about the contacts story! Too painful to relive! LOL

Have a great week ladies!  I made another hair tutorial, this one is on how to make Goddess Faux Locs!!


Watch and Enjoy!

Xxx
Dabs

Monday, 18 April 2016

Relaxers like bleaching cream? 3 reasons why this comparison is weak!



Hiya,
How's it going ladies!! Hope well, I'm a super busy bee lately and will be until the 2016 Salon Day Out coming up on Sunday the 5th of June!! The plans I have this year!! God help me....I will unravel a few soon so stay tuned ladies and prepare for some FUN!!

Now to my topic...I was reading an article on a blog one random day and in the comments section(where all the fun happens) someone had written something along the lines of 'People condemn girls that bleach their skin but don't you know when you relax your hair it's the same thing?'. I read that and sat up!! I was like hhhhhhhoooollllddddd upppp, is this true?!

A majority of you my dear readers are natural and this is something I truly appreciate because I find that naturals who read this blog and enjoy it are naturals with the correct understanding of what HEALTHY HAIR is about! Sometimes I feel like I'm always having to defend why I have stayed relaxed (texlaxed) and that's because of uninformed unfounded comments like the above on a public forum for all to see! Making a negative impression on the impressionable! Anyways, as usual I did my research on the statement mixed with some common sense...so here are just 3 reasons why that comment and the argument is just weak!

1. Frequency- this point was common sense derived...LOL. How often are bleaching creams used compared to relaxers? For you to see any difference, you must use a bleaching cream daily, sometimes even night and day!! It is that frequency that makes those creams quite dangerous....if you rub bleaching cream today and then not again till one random day next month....homegirl that cream will not work! Now with relaxers, the maximum number of times you can use them is three to four times a year! Gone are those days when relaxing your hair every month was cool but even still, the exposure to any 'harmful effect' from relaxer use is still relatively much less to the exposure to harmful effects of bleaching cream use so how can you compare the two?

2. Chemical Composition- Have you tried to read the labels of some of these bleaching creams? Some just have the label Bleaching Cream- GBAM! take it or leave it!LOL. There's all sorts of stuff in some of them, hidden 
dangerous stuff like mercury, steroids etc. My sister is a skin care guru visit her new blog HERE so trust me I know what's up...ever wondered what's in a relaxer? Well check your box of relaxer...I did and here's what was in my last relaxer used- Creme of a Nature straight from Eden-Ingredients-

Straightening Creme: Water (Aqua) , Hydrogenated Soybean Oil , Ceteareth-20 , Hydrogenated Cottonseed Oil , Cocamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride , Glyceryl Caprylate , Glyceryl Undecylenate , potassium sorbate , 

Creme Booster: Water (Aqua) , Calcium Hydroxide , Propanediol , Ceteth-10 , Steareth-21 , Laureth-2 , Cetearyl Glucoside , CI 77288 (Chromium Oxide Greens)


As you can see everything is listed! The Creme booster which is the 'activator' is where all the magic happens is a milder form of Sodium Hydroxide called Calcium Hydroxide since this is a no-lye relaxer and that's what straightens the hair...if you use just the straightening Creme without the 'booster' your hair will remain the same!

You know where else  LYE is found?? In your bathing soaps, washing liquid, bubble bath...anything that creates bubbles with water!! So how can something so wildly used in many products be so dangerous to the point that it's compared with another thing that has steroids, hydroquinone, mercury, acids!!

3. My third and final argument is bothered on the scope of use- this will also include the time frame! People that follow instructions on relaxer boxes know that the chemical should be used on only the new growth simple. The application should also be done in 30 minutes max if you are relaxing and 15 minutes for texlaxing, your previously processed hair is completely left out of the equation, In fact in my salon that part of the hair is drenched with regular conditioner, once the relaxer is washed out the process is complete...that's it till the next time you choose to use a relaxer! 

Hair strands are dead cells, the chemical will not be absorbed into your blood stream no matter what except you are relaxing your scalp! That's why it's advised to base your scalp with petroleum jelly as a block if you have sensitive scalp or your stylist can't just relax the new growth.

Now let's switch and examine the scope with bleaching creams, they are used everywhere on the body if you want an even tone. Your skin is absorbing the cream and all it's chemicals into your blood stream, you take a bath and rub again, most cremes even advice that you avoid sun exposure which can cause burns as mentioned earlier, this cycle needs to be consistently pursued for any results to be seen...how is this scenario and the one I just painted above the same?!

You know what irks me about making uninformed statements? It's not so much the people that make them, it's the people hearing them that I'm bothered by! Sometimes people say things just to get a reaction from others or just for the sake of saying them but you need to think of how what you are saying will affect a decision of the person hearing it and that's why I always feel the need to address statements like this....gotten me in some deep water in the past but I truly can't help it...after reading that comment which got quite a few likes, I needed to come on here and put things straight in case any of my blog readers read that comment and got confused, scared or rattled! 

Go natural for the right reasons and I'm the first to applaud...we deal with natural hair on a daily basis at the salon with great pleasure...In fact with the thickness I have going on with my hair I'm like a natural with say looser curls like 3c faked by my texlaxes!! LOL but going natural and making stuff up about using relaxers, I think is wrong. The information is out there ladies....no matter what you choose to do with your hair, the best advice I will give is to get informed and know what you are doing...that's what I'm here for and that's when you will see results!! Let's make this about healthy hair! I know that has been my consistent message! 

Thanks for stopping by! Feel free to share your opinion on the top

Monday, 11 April 2016

My 2nd Texlax Update in 2016!!



Hiya, 
How's everyone doing, hope well! So last weekend I texlaxed my hair! It was just 10 weeks post relaxer but you guys know I have been dealing with major post partum shedding and at the rate I have been going if I left my hair with more new Growth I'd be dealing with major thinned out ends and that horrible inverted V trying to rare it's ugly self back up so I made the decision to texlax.







I used for the first time after hearing soooo many great reviews, Creme of nature's Back to Eden 100% plant derived straightening Creme. 

Unlike most no lye relaxers where you mix the activator into the Creme, this relaxer had an additional step of mixing in a Creme booster, so that's three things mixed;




It took a total of 20 mins for me to apply the relaxer to all of my thick tangled new growth! I barely got the chance to massage it before running to wash it off. One thing I noticed about the relaxer is that it has to be the most gentle relaxer I've ever used on my scalp! I usually don't burn easily but I start to. Itch around my ears and nape just before I wash the relaxer off no matter the brand but with this treatment, I felt nothing!! 

Once I washed the treatment off I went into panic mode guys! My hair felt too straight! I started hoping I just didn't relax my hair bone straight!! I was filled with regret! 


I bought the relaxer grade A which is for fine, wavy or delicate hair so why was it looking over processed!! In fact I contemplated getting another grade because I felt my hair which is neither fine or wavy or even delicate will be under processed when I was done....now thanking God I didn't!!

Well all my fears were gone once my hair was dry....my roots were still quite thick! My hair was as dry as it always gets after a relaxer treatment,I even used their conditioner in hopes that my hair will feel softer but nope it didn't, I just had to do an intense moisture deep condition of aloe Vera gel, palm oil and other hair oils with olive oil conditioner at Savvy Chic Hair Beauty hub...my hair became soft and all was well in the world again! Lol!




Length retention wise, I did retain length but thanks to all the tangling going on with my post partum shedding...my ends needed a little cleaning up which I did by trimming sections as needed....


before Trim



After Trim




My nape hair that had that inverted V has grown out but I'm still watching closely to ensure it fully thickens....that area of my hair gets all the extra love when it's time to moisturize and seal...


My edges have also thinned out due to the post partum shedding but my Jamaican castor oil is working on them and I am seeing improvement.

All in all I am quite happy with my hair and if I keep babying my ends, I'm sure I can get to line 10mid back length)neater I the year, I'm on line 7....was on line 10 in 2014 when I had that awful breakage at the back! Wish me Iuck!

So how is it going ladies? Any one texlaxed lately or is everyone leaving me and going natural?!!
I'd love to read your feed back!

In Other news, plans are on the way for 2016's SALON DAY OUT!!



If you or anyone you know is a vendor of hair/beauty products and looking to reach their target audience to sell their products, the Salon Day Out in June is the place to be!! Reach me via email- Daboju@yahoo.com for details please!!

Thanks for stopping by!!
Xxx
Dabs

Monday, 4 April 2016

If you like NOW Vegetable Glycerine you will love the one by AFRICAN NATURALISTAS.



Hiya,
How's it going? Hope well ladies! So the harmattan season is finally over, it's still hot here in Lagos but we are having a few showers here and there and are expecting more...now is the time to use glycerine especially if your hair is super dry and you need that extra moisture boost!

My trusty hair spritz of just glycerine and water which I use as a detangler for myself and at the salon has been a life saver since I started my hair journey so when I checked and saw that my big bottle of NOW vegetable glycerine had just very little left I panicked for a second then I remembered the little bottles of glycerine I've seen at Ebeanor supermarket in the skin care aisle....problem is those bottles are very small and I'm not sure where the glycerin is sourced from as glycerine can be plant based or animal based, read my post on glycerin HERE



Fast forward a few weeks later and I was at Naturals in the City and there on the African Naturalistas stall table sat decent sized bottles of VEGETABLE GLYCERINE boldly written! I've tried AN's products in the past and I can attest to their quality so it was a no brainer! Now I know where I'll be stocking up on vegetable glycerine.



The NOW vegetable glycerine which I buy is about 12 dollars that's about N3600 with our current exchange rate. The African Naturalistas glycerine costs N1700!! 
You guys thats like half the price!


Where to purchase- from their website- www.africannaturalistas.com/ourstore
Or call- 07061141501. I think they deliver nationwide.


DISCLAIMER- I was not in any way compensated for this post. This is purely an objective comparison. 

Stay tuned for more proudly made in Nigeria products that can easily substitute imported ones!


Thanks for stopping by! 

Xxx
Dabs

Sunday, 27 March 2016

DABS FILE- BEHIND THE SCENES VLOG FOR SAVVY CHIC CROTCHET BRAIDS LOOK BOOK.

Hiya,
So I'm back with another vlog people...its about all the planning that went into the creation of Savvy Chic Hair Beauty Hub's first style look book...

Please watch, hope you enjoy and subscribe to my NAIJA SAVVY MUM channel for more of such fun videos.


ENJOY...


For those that cannot watch, here are the final pictures in the look book- All styles are crotchet extensions created at the hub!!

LOOSE FISH BONE BRAIDS

ZIP BATIK

BIG BOX BRAIDS

SILKY OMBRE TWISTS

BOHEMIAN WAVES

To recreate any of these styles or if you'd like to try out crotchet braids in other styles, please contact the hub- 30 Norman Williams street, Ikoyi or call 08090613325.


Xxx
Dabs

Friday, 25 March 2016

Mitaire's 3 Months Old Hair Update!



Hiya,
Yes oh my country people, even Mitai gets hair updates on NHCG how else will I stay accountable!LOL

Anyways, ladies I'm just so happy that my little princess from the way it seems took my hair genes and I'm not about to let them go to waste!!







So far here are a few things I have been doing...

I use regular baby wash on her hair every day at bath time so I haven't introduced proper shampoo yet not for any particular reason though, I just haven't seen enough build up on her scalp to require shampooing.

I proceed to apply either the Savvy Chic whipped to perfection Shea butter which by the way now comes in family size 32oz tubs (as I Like to call them because now everyone from my boys to me and hubs uses them), I massage the whipped Shea butter onto her wet locks...










Or sometimes I will use a combination of R and R luxury Shea oil(love. It) on her scalp and then apply to the rest of her hair this Eden Body works coco Shea Berry curly Creme which is for kids but you know mama has to share everything, so I use it too!LOL






Finally, I finger detangle...I don't comb her hair during the week because no styling goes on then but at weekends I will comb and style but always with this wide tooth comb...





Another thing I've stuck to doing is always laying her hair on a satin covered pillow as she grew out of her satin lined beanie I made for her. So even when she is on her little mobile chair, the satin cap covers the little head rest that came with the chair...that's how much I believe in satin, it truly prevents friction and dryness which often leads to breakage! If you look closely at the back of Mimi's hair you can see it's still straight while the rest of her hair has curled up, well I've observed that the area that is straight right at the back tends to be dryer and so I've focused on moisturizing that area nightly before she sleeps even if she is sleeping on satin.






All in all I'm quite a happy mama and hope I stay that way as Mimi grows older, her next update will be when she is 6 months by God's grace....hopefully I'd have stopped shedding because right now I'm like a hair monster shedding BALLS OF HAIR guys, it's horrible...just look-





It's so hard to come to terms with the concept that all this shedding is normal and just nature taking it's course...

Oh well, rant over, post over...I'm presently editing really fun vlogs as I've had quite a busy past few weeks so stay tuned, my next vlog will be up here next weekend.

Thanks as always for stopping by!

Xxx

Dabs

Sunday, 20 March 2016

How to achieve shinny sealed ends!!


Hiya,
How's everyone doing? Hope well. So the other day, I was just browsing on youtube when I came across a video on sealing ends, clicked and found the procedure to be quite interesting.

What's the fuss about Sealing?

With our weather, maintaining well moisturized hair especially the ends can be a challenge but when your ends are properly sealed, the moisture is locked in for much longer which in turn prevents split ends from being formed or splitting further up the hair shaft. 

So back to this procedure....the regular procedure of sealing generally entails just applying a small amount of oil to your ends...shikena!!

With this procedure, you will need some aluminium foil and a hair straightener together with your oil of choice.

Step one is to section your hair and apply the oil from your mid shaft to your tips(don't drown your tips with oil, moderation is key).









Step two, you wrap the hair right above where you applied the oil with some foil.


Step three, you clasp a warm straightener( you can either put the straightener on for a while and unplug just before use or like I did, use the straightener on low heat) around the foil and press down letting the straightener and foil glide slowly down to your tips.





The warmth from the foil will warm the oils on your tips, aiding quicker absorption and more lasting shine without the risk of any heat damage because first of all the straightener is NOT HOT but warm and the foil serves as a barrier from direct heat.

P.S- if you see any trace of smoke coming from the straightener then you are using too much heat, if your ends don't look smoother and shinier? You haven't used enough 'heat' or oil.

I tried this technique and it left my ends really really shinny and slightly straighter, not enough to look like straightened hair though since my roots were left alone but enough for my comb to glide through smoothly!!





Try it out if you are having a hard time maintaining moisture and shine and please be sure to let me know how it goes!!


Xxx

Dabs