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Thursday, 20 November 2014

HOW TO- MARLEY BUN WITH A SIDE FRINGE!

Hiya,
How's everyone doing? The 1st of December is around the corner, the 6 inches of growth challenge entries should start pouring in from then, can't wait to see the BEFORE and AFTERS!!!

Now to the topic at hand, I put up this picture on instagram;



It was a protective style I came up with using marley hair, I called it a MARLEY BUN WITH A SIDE FRINGE :)

I got asked about how I achieved the hairstyle and promised to put up a pictorial on the blog, so here goes...

STEP 1- I put my hair in a sleek ponytail



STEP 2- The Marley hair comes out to play- hold it in half with one end being longer than the other...



Tuck the hair behind your bun, flipping the shorter end to the front... 



Wrap the other longer end over the short end in front and round the back around the bun..





Secure the hair wrapped around the bun with a bobby pin or two...as many as you need


The back should look like this;



The Front should look like this;



You can leave it like this...


or can decide to roll the hair in front into a fringe like I did;







I love this style because its super easy to do, it took me shorter time to do than to write this post and its quite protective as all your ends are tucked away nicely, it also doesnt discriminate, you dont have to have long hair, as long as your hair can be packed in a bun.

I chose Marley hair for this style because the waves with this type of hair are looser than kinky hair, the texture is also softer and not as itchy as kinky hair and it does look the closest to natural hair that has been twisted out.


Hope you ladies enjoyed this post, if you get to try it out and you are on instagram, please feel free to tag me.

Thanks for stopping by!

Xxx
Dabs

Sunday, 16 November 2014

THE MAX HYDRATION METHOD PUT TO THE TEST ON TEXLAXED HAIR!!

Hiya,
How's everyone doing?!! I'm good and feeling much better about my hair than I have felt in the past weeks and its all thanks to one night when I was trolling the internet and stumbled on a hair blog, down in the comments section, a reader had commented about how great her hair felt after doing the 'MHM' as she put it, the owner of the blog then proceeded to tell her that she was yet to try that method...my curiosity was immediately heightened...'what were they on about? what's this new term?'. I got to work like a detective and stumbled on a website specially created for this method called THE MAX HYDRATION METHOD.- HERE

Like the LOC Method, a brilliant American who like most of us has been looking for ways to retain moisture in dry, porous prone strands came up with this method..basically its a 5 step method that can be spread over 5 days or can be done in a couple of days like I did and the aim is to bring your hair strands to maximum hydration. How would you know that the strands have reached maximum hydration? They will clump together from root to tips and the curls will be defined.

I noticed that though it was not specifically mentioned that this method is just for naturals, it has been put to the test by mostly naturals with remarkable results to show and being the nosy parker texlaxed diva that I am, I decided to put it to the test on my texlaxed hair...

So first I gathered all my ingredients;




Baking Soda, Honey, Apple Cider Vinegar, Bentonite clay, regular conditioner, leave in conditioner, coconut oil and Aloe vera gel(not pictured).

So STEP 1; CLARIFY; This step requires that you clarify your strands from build up (sweat, dust, products, oils) with a mix of baking soda, honey and in my case I added coconut oil mostly to incorporate a pre-poo as well;



This sat on my hair under a plastic bag overnight till the next morning. Use a towel over your pillow case as this mix tends to be watery and drips all over.

STEP 2;CO-WASH AND FINGER DETANGLE- So the next morning, when I woke up I rinsed the baking soda mix out and co-washed with the Garnier damage eraser conditioner-



The MHM website lists a bunch of stuff that should NOT be in the conditioner you use for this step and the leave in conditioner step, view it in detail here- HERE but seeing as I did not have much of an option, I used the conditioner I had at home even though it had some of the no-no ingredients.*shrugs*  

STEP 3- THE CLAY RINSE.
I immediately proceeded to mix some bentonite clay with warm water and coconut oil (again, this time for the scent :), once it formed a paste, I rubbed it all over my hair, from root to tip and said heck, why not rub it all over my face, then my arms then my entire upper body *wide grin*






Waited 15 minutes (my skin itched me like crazy!!), when I rinsed out, I did an apple cider rinse( not part of this step) and I instantly felt my hair detangle and loosen up like all the build up was just being rinsed away, I towel dried my hair and this is how it looked;



CURLS POPPING!!!
 STEP 4/5; APPLY LEAVE IN CONDITIONER AND ALOE VERA GEL.

I did these steps together and braided my hair into six sections, took the braids out this morning... trust me when I say my braid out has never felt so defined without being gooey and oily;
 My hair is movable and shakeable (if that's a word), I was even tempted to make a video just shaking my head from side to side but I thought how contrived!! LOL




I have NEVER had this much definition with out the crunch and hardness after doing a twist out or braid out, my hair feels soft to the touch and I just love how shiny it looks without me doing anything but loosening it from the braids this morning!!












 So do I recommend the MAX HYDRATION METHOD? Even though I did not follow the rules to a T or stretch it out for five days, I can attest to how great following these steps made my hair feel and I recommend  it to everyone especially naturalistas and those with low porosity hair...I'll be repeating this method from the clay rinse step during the week as I still have some mixed clay left over...

So that's that for this method, who else has heard about it, who has tried it, who is willing to try it after this post? Please feel free to drop comments below.


Xxx
Dabs 


Monday, 10 November 2014

NOVEMBER HAIR UPDATE...


Hiya,
It's been a minute! How's everyone doing? Hope all is well at your ends!! Well who else is dealing with a crazy mane like this;


I'm presently 9 weeks post relaxer- PS My hair shrinks when its due!!


Sometimes I just want to tuck it away and not deal with it at all...but truth is after two days I miss it and want to care for it again...yes I am not talking about a child, na my hair I dey talk about!!lol

So, I am here to update you guys on what's been happening hairwise  with moi and specifically, how I care for my hair under these wigs I have been rocking!!

Basically I still deep condition with either protein mixes or moisture mixes every weekend, however I recently decided to add actual eggs to my mix and the difference is clear as my hair needed hard core protein, adding the eggs just did the trick and I will stick to an egg weekly moving forward. 

I cut a little more of my straight ends and said I must come back here to profusely apologize to you all for taking my advice to ONLY TRIM WHEN NEEDED!! I've heard quite a few hair gurus say that but after what I have been through with my ends here's my submission- not every body can only trim when needed!!

 Why? Well because how do you know when trimming is actually needed, can you look through all one thousand of your hair strands to see if they are split, what of strands that are a different length...I wish I asked myself all these questions before I ignored trimming all year long till July when things were getting bad and since then I've been stuck trimming away hair that would have otherwise been healthy if I just trimmed 1/4 of an inch every 8 weeks...truth is the sections I did trim, my long sides are much healthy looking than the back I left because I wanted it to catch up with the sides...


News flash it never caught up,what kept happening instead was that back that had say 1/4 inch split ends kept on splitting and splitting to say 1 inch of split ends until it stayed short....and that's why some people are the same length years after!!


If you genuinely don't have lots of split ends like my sister who says her problem isn't split ends but shedding, then you can afford to trim as needed but if you notice a thin/weak spot in your hair, don't be like me and most people on a hair journey who say they are waiting for that spot to fill out, go to that spot and make sure you give it a good trim so that it doesn't get worse, it's better to deal with shorter blunt ends created by you on purpose than uneven split ends which will most likely keep splitting till there's no more hair there...note to self!! 

So anyways with all of this, you know I learnt my lesson and went straight to the nape area and cut quite a bit off, so I'm dealing with different lengths created by me and my super sharp hair shears and not from ends splitting at their own will, hopefully as I nurture my ends, they will all be long enough and I can get a proper shape  till then this is how I care for my hair under wigs....

I moisturize and seal after my weekend treat,

put my hair in  Two French braids, tuck the ends away as flat as possible


  and wear a wig cap and then my wig, when I get home I fling my wig off my head right from the door most times!LOL... let me hair remain in my wig cap and then spritz it with water/glycerin and sleep with my Savvy/chic sleep cap. The next morning, more spritz, then the cap, my wig and I'm out the door.  By Tuesday night, I take it all out, co- wash or repeat moisturizing and sealing if I'm too tired and repeat the steps.


Using wigs have really helped to reduce the amount of times I manipulate my hair and the amount of hair I loose...was looking at my edges and I must say my edges look full and healthier than they were this time last time at 9 weeks post relaxer...the hand in hair syndrome has greatly been minimized now it's more like had tapping the heck out of a wig digging through to reach the wig cap and itch my scalp!!LOL

So that's that for my hair update, I am counting down to DEC 1st when the floor will be open for all those who took part in the 6 inches of growth challenge, please start sending in your after pictures from then to allow enough time for us to pick a winner by the 20th Of DEC.

In other news, I am organizing a hair meet up in my home town- PH!! Find details below, please spread the word and PH HAIRLISTAS prepare to have a goooood time!!





Xxx
Dabs

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

WEEKEND TREAT- ALOE VERA GEL & HONEY

Hiya,
How's everyone doing? Hope well. I tried a really nice weekend treat this past weekend and promised to share details here on the blog. For those following the Instagram page- @naijahaircangrow you will recall I posted this picture;

As you can see from the shot, my weekend treat was pure Aloe Vera gel mixed with pure Honey. My curiosity for this mix arose when I read all the wonderful things about Aloe Vera which I will share with you.
  •  Aloe vera is packed with natural enzymes destroy the excessive dead skin cells and fungus that leads to dandruff and scalp psoriasis.
  • Aloe Vera being alkaline based helps to balance the hair's pH levels.
  • Aloe vera is packed with amino acids which promote moisture and condition the hair.
  •  The alkalizing attributes of Aloe Vera helps remove fungi and unclog the follicles allowing nutrients to be absorbed by the scalp.
Mixed with Honey which is a humectant, I thought this would make for an excellent pre-poo and it did. Hair felt a lot softer and manageable at 8 weeks post relaxer!!

So there you have it, another weekend treat shared...who gave her hair a treat this past weekend?


What have you all been up to hair wise...feel free to share below.


P.S 1 MORE MONTH TILL THE 6 INCHES OF GROWTH CHALLENGE ENDS!!!


Thanks for stopping by.


Xxx
Dabs

Monday, 27 October 2014

HOW TO; TOP BUN WITH FAUX HIGHLIGHTS

Hi Ladies,
How Y'all doing? a la Wendy Williams!! Well its been a while since I posted a tutorial and its not like I've not had ideas but its more a situation of how many hats I am juggling at the moment but I am not complaining,..the Lord is my strength!!

Before I start this tutorial, who like me is counting down to the end of the 6 INCHES OF GROWTH CHALLENGE?!! I am so excited to see who of the 32 ladies that entered will win the $100 prize, who will closely follow behind and win compensation prices...This year's hair journey has been filled with major ups and downs for most of us but the important thing remains to keep your head up, be consistent, learn the right techniques and be patient!!!

Now unto the tutorial :)

P.s I cut quite a bit of my bone straight ends over the weekend, I'm cutting them gradually till all of my hair is texlaxed...so here's what I'm working with; In the pictures below I just loosened, moisturized and sealed my hair after leaving it in two plaits under my wig since after Saturday's weekend treat.

So Let's Begin...

Step 1- Comb all your hair down and smooth it out

Forced smile, Long day!!


Gather your hair to the top to gauge how high you want the bun.


Its time for the clip in extensions or if you want a more permanent bun, you can sew a track on a single flat plait.




For Clip in extensions, simply clip the extensions in middle of where your bun will be and the opposite direction towards your forehead.



Gather the hair and extensions together making sure that the surrounding hair especially at the back  and sides adequately cover the extension tracks.




Wrap the hair round in a bun... if you are using a doughnut enhancer, slip it over the hair and wrap the hair over the doughnut enhancer, distribute the extensions round the bun so they look like highlights and tuck them away...

 Smooth out your edges and Voila!!!


BLURRY CLOSEUP!!




As you can see it's super easy to do and a fun way to dress up the often boring protective style that is a bun!!
Mail me if you try this style out, I hope to try more variations of this style and you know where I will be posting them...on Instagram!! #soaddictive!!


Thanks for stopping by!!

Xxx
Dabs


Wednesday, 22 October 2014

TWO 'CONES' YOU WANT IN YOUR HAIR/SKIN PRODUCTS.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

BE INSPIRED- JUDITHERESE'S HAIR!!!

Hiya,
After blogging all these years, nothing makes me happy more than mails like this...Juditherese started her hair journey just last year and I am super pleased to see that after committing to the process and applying the tips her hair has been remarkably transformed, read below and see for yourself!!!

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Hello Dabs, remember me? I sent you an email six months ago showing you my 6 months progress....its a year now and i'm very happy to share my progress picture. My hair has started getting real attention from friends and I decided to start a blog too to share the tips and tricks that has helped me personally. Just like you i'm also becoming an inspiration....thank you for making out time amidst taking care of your family and your business to motivate us that Naija hair can really grow!! Hope you check my blog from time to time on www.juditheresehaircare.blogspot.com

My 1year progress pictures are attached to this mail;


GREAT PROGRESS!!! It can only go UP from here, the skills she has acquired last a life time, so that even when hiccups come along the way, she can figure things out and sail through...oh yes I am talking about hair but this applies to life in general...for those in doubt, best believe, NAIJA HAIR CAN GROW!!!


Xxx
Dabs