Friday, 1 May 2015

THE 2015 SALON DAY OUT IS ON THE 7TH OF JUNE, SAVE THE DATE!!!

Hiya,
So as promised, I am here to disclose the full plans we have for this year's Salon Day Out!! Below is a brief bulletin of what we will be up to! Its going to be a full day of activities with hair/beauty vendors setting up shop from 11am at Oriental Hotel on Sunday the 7th of June.

By 12pm the HAIR JOURNEY SERIES starts- come with all the questions you can possibly have about being on a hair journey, the panel is knowledgeable and seasoned!!

By 2pm The HAIR PROS SHOWCASE starts, come and see Kemi Lewis of KL'S NATURALS effortlessly create a natural updo, Dupe of TASALAHQ create an edgy cut and color, Patrick of PATRICK'S BEAUTY ZONE create bouncy blow dried to perfection curls and The stylists at SAVVY & CHIC HAIR BEAUTY HUB demonstrate our famed instant faux locs innovation ALL LIVE ON STAGE!!

BY 4pm THE BATTLE OF THE HAIRLISTAS competition sponsored by Design Essentials will take place...The winning team of participants stand to EACH win over N25,000 worth of products from Design Essentials and a cash prize to be disclosed soon sponsored by Savvy & Chic Hair Beauty Hub ( As a teaser, the cash prize is NOT IN NAIRA  *wide grin*:)-

To Participate, all you need do is be in Lagos and be someone who is into taking care/creative of/with your hair- simply a Hairlista!! Contact me via email- Daboju@yahoo.com with the subject- ''I WANT TO BATTLE'' between now and the 20th of May so we can gather everyone into the two groups and give out the tasks....don't mind the use of the word 'battle', this is going to be the most FUN BATTLE in the history of Mankind as there will be no losers and everyone stands to gain something!!! 

Please go through the Bulletin, save the date and spread the word!! NHCG IS 5 YEARS OLD by June and I want to celebrate with a bang!!!


P.S As mentioned in the bulletin, to enter the venue you will pay N500 and that will give you a voucher worth N500 which you can use to buy something (hint hint* Our shea butter cups) from the Savvy & Chic Hair Beauty Hub Experience Booth which will be packed with a variety of products, so while its not a free to attend event, the access fee of N500 will give you something in return, if you get my drift!!!


For all inquiries about this event please email me or call 08090613325...if you are a vendor of hair/beauty products or you know anyone trying to reach their target audience, please contact me...last year we had over 150 attendees so this year what say we double that amount?!!! Counting on you all to make this a fun event!! Thanks for the support!!


Xxx
Dabs

Monday, 27 April 2015

DAB'S GUIDE TO MAKING A MOISTURIZING HAIR SPRITZ

Hiya,
Hope everyone is well!! Gathered a few of my products to make a hair spritz tonight and thought it would be a helpful post to put up...so here goes. When your hair is seeking moisture, your go to remedy should always be water but sometimes water is just not enough as it evaporates easily, so what a moisturizing hair spritz does is, it helps infuse lasting moisture into your hair strands with water and other emollient based ingredients(aloe vera gel and a leave in conditioner) and nutrient packed oils.

So here's the line up for my moisturizing hair spritz-


The first step is to add drinking/sterilized water to a spray bottle( the water has to be rid of bacteria so your spritz doesn't start to go bad and form mold).


Next step is to add your oils, I added a cap full of Jamaican black Castor oil and Avocado oil;


Then I added Aloe Vera gel, a generous amount as I want the spritz to be very moisturizing but not more than the water which should make up 75% of the spritz;


Finally I added a leave in conditioning cream of my choice- mine was Namaste Organic's Avocado and coconut leave in, did a REVIEW of this product earlier in the year. It has a thicker consistency and perfect for diluting into a spritz. You can use a regular conditioner too as I've seen people use VO5 conditioners but I'd rather stick to a leave in.


Once I was done, I shook the bottle vigorously and my spritz was ready!!


The consistency should be a milky liquid consistency, there should be no lumps or grainy feeling (depending on what products you use that can happen), the spritz should also be easy to discharge from the spray gun, if you find that its getting stuck, add more drinking water.

I love a good hair spritz because I find that it comes in very handy when you are on the go, you can just spritz your ends or left out hair in the morning as you hurry for work and keep it moving...should it replace moisturizing and sealing or LOCing? Absolutely not but for in between daily care, it should do the job.

WHO ELSE MAKES THEIR OWN HAIR SPRITZ? WHAT DO YOU PUT INSIDE!!

P.S In other news, the date for the 2015 Salon Day Out has been set for Sunday, the 7th of JUNE at Oriental Hotel!!! On May the 1st I will unveil EVERYTHING I have planned for this year's event...look out for that post, its going to be JUICY!!


P.P.S I single handedly cut a pixie cut today at my salon....YIKES!!! No not my own hair!! It was my stylist's hair...she bleached it and it was just so damaged, I took one good look at her and said to myself, how can this lady be advising people on hair care with hair like this? Eh!! So I called her, showed her a picture of the intending style and said, let me cut your hair...she was so excited and plopped herself on the chair and I cut it!!



I think I did a good job considering how nervous I was and how I don't have formal training...I used a cutting technique I learnt off You tube  where you cut with angles using your middle and index fingers as a guide and it worked :) Now all I need is more practice....who is next? :)))


Have a great week people!!

Xxx
Dabs 

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

WATCH MY APRIL HAIR/BEAUTY FAVES ON YOUTUBE



Hiya,
I list a few of my favorite hair and beauty products for the month of April....I will be doing monthly update videos, so enjoy :)








Xxx
Dabs

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Product review- ORS Monoi Oil anti- breakage leave in conditioner with Omega 3 & 6


Hiya,
So as I promised on instagram, here's a review of this leave in conditioner I tried last month. First of I have to say that I love how responsive hair brands have been to the whole natural/ healthy hair movement in the US. A friend of mine was just complaining how she doesn't see half of these products I talk about in the UK and her options are always very limited whereas in the US the reverse is the case....there's all these new products pooping up from hair brands who have done their research and are dedicated to the healthy hair cause...anyways, ORS is one of such brands, this their Monoi oil range of products are their latest I think and most improved in my opinion.


Most of the products in the range are available at SAVVY & CHIC HAIR BEAUTY HUB




Ingredients*
This leave in has; Aqua(water), canola oil, glycerin, coconut oil, coco seed butter, aloe Vera juice! olive fruit oil...

* I just list out the oils and natural ingredients, it has a bunch of other chemicals and cones but NO MINERAL OIL.

Claims-
Our rich penetrating leave in formula features healthy omega 3 and 6 plus antioxidants to protect hair from breakage and protein loss caused by dialing styling, promoting strong, long beautiful hair.

Review
I found this leave in to be quite heavy and very similar to the Cantu Shea butter leave in even in scent. So I did what I usually do with heavier leave-in's, I diluted it!!




Just a little of it with some water and oil of my choice in a spray bottle (shake shake shake)...and it works great!! What I particularly love about the product is that it leaves my hair feeling stronger just like a good protein moisturizer does. This means that I don't have to use it daily as too much of protein is bad so I use it every 3 days, using other non protein moisturizers in between and leaving it to work its magic...and so far so good!!

Will I purchase this again? Absolutely!! It's in a generous 16 oz bottle, affordable like Cantu, works and smells great!!

That's all for my review, as usual if you live in Nigeria and you'd like to purchase any products I review, please follow the link provided above under the picture, call Savvy & Chic Hair Beauty Hub 08090613325 or email info@hairbeautyhub.com.


Start gearing up for the 2015 SALON DAY OUT in June people!!! Lots of fun stuff planned for the day!! Can't wait!!


Xxx
Dabs

Friday, 10 April 2015

My hair update




 Hiya,
It's been a while since I did an update....from my previous posts you will see that I am putting emphasis on protective styling this year as I suffer from major hand in hair syndrome...I can just be sitting watching TV and then start using the TV light to find split ends....cut one then the next then another and before I know it, I stand up leave the living room, go to my room and grab a scissors and start snipping my hair off like a weirdo! LOL

I've noticed that with protective styling like buns, wigs(especially)I leave my hair alone!

Basically I braid my hair into four single plaits after moisturizing and sealing...I try to make them as flat as possible, I make a part either center or side with the plaits making it easy for me to wear my wig cap and have the wig lay flat and the parting match the wig of my choice.



Recently though my main focus has been working on nourishing my hair from within...so I purchased two multi vitamins in gummies form as that makes it easier to pop them in your mouth and chew them like candy on the go...they are Alive women's gummy vitamins and Vitafusion Biotin adult vitamins-



The Alive women's multivitamins contains the following-Vit A, Vit C-60mg, Vit D3, Vit E, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Naicin, B, Vit B6, Folic Acid 400mcg, Bit B12 and Biotin 375mcg for each serving
The Biotin gummies have 1000mcg of biotin per serving....

Daily serving

It was the biotin in the vitamins that made me interested in buying these as that's the major vitamin for hair growth so that's about 1375mcg of biotin daily in my system....In the past I've taken biotin supplements and I broke out(pimples everywhere) seriously and that's one of the major complaints people have from hair vitamins so I have been monitoring my skin to ensure that my skin stays clear and it has because I'm guessing the 1375mcg biotin isnt a great quantity like most hair vitamins but just the right quantity for it to improve the health of my hair from within.

I did my research(like I always do) on the proper dosage of biotin to take for hair growth and this is an excerpt from an article I read;

What is the Proper Dosage of Biotin for Hair Growth?
Most adults only need about 30 micrograms of biotin per day to maintain the health of their hair, skin and nails. This is usually derived from a well balanced diet.

However, when using biotin for hair growth, dosage is usually much higher.
Doctors usually recommend a starting dosage between 500 and 700 micrograms of biotin per day, and sometimes as high as 1000 micrograms. Because biotin is safe even at very high doses, many people take as much as 5000 micrograms a day, but any additional benefits to hair growth at this high dosage are questionable. Extra biotin is simply discarded from the body in urine, often resulting in a florescent yellow color to the urine. Biotin for hair growth should be taken consistently over a 3-6 month period in order to see results. Source- http://bestvitaminforhairgrowth.net/biotin-for-hair-growth/

Other things I have been up to hair wise including a lot of prepooing...my current oil of choice is Avocado oil for its extra moisturizing qualities (I have a favorites video I'm going to put up soon on You tube), I've kept my ends trimmed as I mentioned earlier(no chance of that ugly nape breakage happening again)...life wise I'm gearing up for the 2015 Salon Day Out!!! Y'all as excited as I am??? It's in JUNE again and this time we are taking things up a notch, more giveaways, more activities, more hair brands/companies and a hair competition like never before....from the month of May I will start unraveling the different things I have planned for the June Salon Day Out so please keeps your ears and eyes peeled for those posts!!

How's the growth challenge going? As usual my email is always available if you need some hair advice .


Thanks for stopping by,

Xxx
Dabs



Friday, 3 April 2015

APRIL IMPORT WINDOW IS OPEN- BUY 1 GET 1 FREE EASTER BONANZA!!

Hiya,
How's everyone doing!! Happy Good Friday to all my Christian readers, the ultimate show of love was made on this day many thousand years ago when our savior died for us...we celebrate Him today and always!!

The April import window opened on the 1st of April and will stay open till Tuesday the 7th of April and as part of the EASTER BONANZA I promised, I am offering a BOGO SALE!! Buy 1 get 1 free of the least in value product of your order...so say you order 2 bottles of different hair moisturizers, you will pay for 2 of them and get a third one free!!! Or if you buy two products costing N2000 and N1000, you will get 2 of the one costing N1000, so that means there is a minimum of two products that have to be ordered...hope this explains the sale.

That's an awoof if you know what I mean!! Oh and you guys, I am on a wig roll!! Here's my latest wig that looks like I have braids on;



Its a lace front and the has small braids all round the front and the back has blonde hair at the bottom, the cap is soooo comfi!! Bought it for my plane ride back to Lagos as I was not willing to subject my hair to hours of dryness and rubbing against the plane chair head rest as that leads to split ends!


As usual, wigs and all other hair/ beauty products can be ordered while this import window is open just send me an email- daboju@yahoo.com and I will get back to you!!

 Also as part of the Easter Bonanza, Savvy and Chic Hair Beauty Hub is doing a 10% off discount on select products- 

Naija residents you can call or send an email to info@hairbeautyhub.com to order the products pictured and any others of your choice based on availability from today through to Easter Monday!!


That's all for now people!! Have a great holiday and stay blessed!!


Xxx
Dabs

Sunday, 29 March 2015

ASK DABS- Hair Regimens, Hair dye, trimming ends

Hiya,
So this post has been a long time coming...last week I had it all written out and was just about to email it and post it on the blog and suddenly the post vanished, just disappeared from my notes section on my ipad...almost smashed it to pieces!! Am I the only one that happens to?

Anyways enough ranting let's get straight to this segment of Ask Dabs :) I like to share some mails here for those who might be asking the same questions and facing the same dilemmas, hope my replies help.

Mail 1- From Sheyi.

Hello Dabs,

Happy new year to ya!!!! I know its almost the quarter of the year already but since this is our first contact this year.  I might as well.

And congrats on your store relocation would surely visit when next I'm in lag.

O well so here goes my hair dilema since i last saw you. My ends have been giving me serious nightmares. Shedding has become a major issue for me as well. I've been steaming quite often and moisturising my scalp as well since i've got dandruff itchy scalp problem as well.

The body of the hair is still nice and healthy. It's just the ends dats my major issue as my hair goal dis yr is length length and more length.

I'll attach a few pics

Regards,
Sheyi.

Hiya,
Thanks for mailing in. I can see the ends from the pictures and my concern is that you might be dealing with split ends that need to be trimmed off before they snap off...when last did you trim your ends...split ends cannot be mended so if you don't get regular trims i.e every 8 to 12 weeks, what happens is that the split ends ride up the hair shaft, ends break off and you are left with uneven thinner ends.

So think about trimming your hair with sharp hair shears, it will take some length away but you will be left with healthier ends that can be retained and grow longer.

Cheers,
Dabs

Note( not in the mail sent)-Update- Sheyi admitted that she hadn't trimmed her ends in ages and will get them trimmed ASAP!


Mail 2- From Stella

Hello Dabs. Good morning. How are you enjoying your vacation? Bring back lots of goodies oo. Lol.
I'm sorry for adding to your worries but I'm damn near close to hysteria. I'm a contender for the six-inches challenge but for the last month,my hair has been shedding like crazy. I admit I don't moisturize and seal everyday but I at least spray with glycerine + water + oils daily,sleep most days with my satin cap,always with my satin pillowcase, I work in sections; pre-poo,shampoo,deep condition, tea rinse, moisturize and seal weekly and still the hair keeps shedding! I try to eat well and I take multivitamins daily.

I think it all started this day when I did a protein treatment and circumstances prevented me from washing off for about four hours. Please help. I didn't want to bother you and decided to work with the tips you provided on your blog but I seem to be failing woefully and I'm at my wits end.
I'm sorry for this long epistle. I hope to hear from you. Ibadan sends you her love.

P.S. I tried the coconut milk + banana thingy and made the Same mistake you made with your son. I tasted it. Lawd Almighty!!! I understand why he kept coming back for more. Hahaha. My love to the little cutie.


Hi Stella,
Apologies for my late reply, hahaha you tried that hair treat? Lol sooo yum! The shedding could be caused by various reasons...your body might be telling you to slow down as stress can cause excess shedding, your hair could be coming off the resting phase to the shedding phase(there are three phases of growth), you might be using the wrong comb or combing technique and most importantly your hair might be suffering from protein overload....I dare say the most important part of a healthy hair regimen is deep conditioning treatments specifically targeted at an issue..the struggle to always stay balanced with these treatments is tricky so I always advice that they should be alternated, moisture this weekend, protein the next,,,any kind of imbalance might lead to the shedding you are currently facing.

Take a step back and review your regimen, you might find the culprit.

Regards,
Dabs

Note( not in the mail sent)- P.S I love talking 'Hair' so there is no mail I get about hair that will 'Add to my worries' :)


Mail 3- From Dr. Faith.

Hi Dabs,
I hope you're enjoying your holiday. I'd like to say a big thank you for helping black women like me realise our hair potentials and inspiring us to reach our hair goals. I faithfully follow your blog and Lesley of Freshlengths because your blogs are the ones I can relate to the most.
In the past year I've come to notice gray hair popping up in different areas of my head. I was so bemused when it became a more regular occurrence. I'm blaming it on Lagos stress! Anyway in the past I'd have run down to the salon and slapped some dye on but since I'm on a hair journey I wouldn't dare for fear of losing all my progress.
I've been looking into using Henna and Indigo but I don't want to end up with green hair if it goes wrong.
Would you be able to shed more light on hair dying without harsh chemicals.
Thanks in anticipation of your response.

Regards,
Dr Faith Umukoro.


Hi Dr. Faith,
Thanks for reading my blog...I am enjoying the holiday thanks. Apologies for the late reply.
Chemical dyes are a no no because they penetrate into the hair shaft causing the hair cuticles to be raised up and exposed to drying and breakage, non- chemical dyes on the other hand deposit the color on the hair shaft without lifting it, this prevents undue dryness that leads to breakage...Henna is great because it not only colors but nourishes and strengthens the hair as it has protein qualities, I'm guessing the indigo added is so you don't get a red tint but a darker tint which is fine. I would advice soaking the powders over night so the color is released before you apply to your hair also applying a little heat will speed up the processing, so use a shower cap and stay under some kind of dryer.

Hope my reply helps....will love to see before and after pics.

Cheers,
Dabs

Note( not in the mail sent)-P.S I am always sooooo humbled when people say things like; 'Thank you for making black women like me realize our hair potentials' to this I say no thank you for caring enough to even read what I have to say on this blog, thank you for going a step further to try the advise out and for you that has told all your friends and family about this blog....thank you!! It makes it all worthwhile!!

I will be doing an Easter Bonanza on the blog in the spirit of my thanks and as a precursor of what to expect at the JUNE SALON DAY OUT(yep it's happening again this year and I am striving to make it bigger and better!), this blog is my first love and I am truly thankful to you all for the massive love and support each passing year!!


Xxx
Dabs