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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

Friday, 10 October 2014

OIL AS A HEAT PROTECTANT?


Hiya,
Hope you are all well! Two months left and the year is over!!! Who is retaining length!!! We will soon know the verdict!

Back to my topic, who like me has felt using an oil to seal your ends before you apply heat(blow drying, straightening, roller setting) is enough? You can imagine my reaction when I was browsing the instagram the other day and came across a post that simply read in bold letters- OILS ARE NOT HEAT PROTECTANTS! I was like what?! 

Went straight to consult with my friend google and to my greatest shock, the online resources were all saying the same scientific proven facts- using hair oils alone will NOT protect your hair from heat damage!

You see for the longest time after reading about smoke points of oils and how the higher the smoke point(meaning-the temperature at which an oil begins to break down into glycerols and free fatty acids and inevitably produces smoke) the better the oil's ability to tolerate heat, so for example Grapeseed oil and Olive oil have a smoke point of 485F and Avocado oil's smoke point is as high as 520F thus they have been advocated as great oils to prevent heat damage SOURCE.


 So you'd think that'd be enough protection no? NO!Apparently it's not enough for the following reasons;

Every good heat protectant should help prevent full heat transfer to the cortex of hair, preventing degradation of the protein bonds that largely lead to split ends and breakage. 
While oils are great as lubricants, apparently they slow down drying so that if you are using say a flat iron, you have to pass it through more times when using oils and could end up doing MORE damage than protection!!

You want to know what a good heat protector should have? 

1. Silicones- yeah cones, I know?!! Apparently Dimethicone and Cyclomethicone are must have ingredients in any good heat protectant because they are both thin, water proof and heat resistant man made compounds that when applied on the hair strands, coat the strands then evaporate while allowing the oils and nutrients on the strands to absorb, Demithicone is also known to have detangling properties- SOURCE

2. Hydrolized protein/silk amino acids- heat breaks down the protein bonds of our hair strands as mentioned before so a good heat protectant should have protein fill in any broken protein bonds and strengthen the hair to withstand heat damage.

3.Glycerin or any form of humectant to help attract moisture to the hair as the heat is being applied.

4. Propylene Glycol is also a chemical compound that attracts moisture to the hair strands.

5. Cetrimonium Chloride to increase tensile strength- SOURCE
  
6. Then your carrier oils for all their nutritional goodness!

These above products should be listed among the top 5 to 6 ingredients on any good heat protectant's ingredient list.

I did my home work and found this to be true, most heat protectants have most of the ingredients listed above; CHI silk Infusion, Tresemme Heat Tamer and in Naija I've found Organics Olive oil extra virgin smoother and polisher serum
Of the 6 must haves mentioned above, it has Dimethicone as the first ingredient, it also contains Phenyl Trimethicone, olive oil, hydrolized oat protein and silk amino acids #winning!!! I think it costs less than a thousand bucks for this 6oz bottle so that's a plus...Now there is NO EXCUSE again, a perfect heat protectant can be found in Naija and I dare say other parts of Africa!! European and American residents, you are spoilt for choice and have no excuse.

If you decide you want to use heat directly on your dry hair with no protection whether its blow drying, flat ironing, thonging, crimping, rollersetting....what you are doing to your hair is what too much sun does to leaves, it dries the heck out of them, so that when you touch dry leaves they simply crumble to pieces....Do you want crumbled hair? I don't think so, note to self I vow not to use heat on my hair ever again without a proper heat protectant!!

Of course the safest option will be avoiding heat totally but when you want to give into the craving of silky straight hair or bouncy robust curls, then you know what to do!!


P.S You guys, I have been really into chemicals and stuff lately, next week I'll dedicate an entire post to all that I've learnt, till then have a wonderful weekend!!


Thanks for stopping by!!

Xxx
Dabs

Saturday, 4 October 2014

DEALING WITH HARD WATER!

Hiya,
How's everyone doing?!! Hope well!Happy Sallah to all the muslim NHCG readers!!

I got this mail a while ago and I felt it had to be shared especially for ladies in hard water areas like parts of the UK and Europe, some areas in Lagos and Nigeria....

Here's the mail... Title- HAIR EMERGENCY!

Hi Dabs,  
how r u n your family? Guess you arr all okay. Thanks for the awesome tips on your blog they have been very helpful. Actually the hair emergency is not mine but my sister's,  she is in school in Turkey and they have hard water . Her hair is breaking badly so I thought I should ask if there is a solution to growing /continuing ones healthy hair journey even with the hard water situation. Thanks looking forward to a reply.

MY REPLY

Thanks for reading my blog and for being such a caring sister :) the way I know to combat hard water is;


                           To use clarifying shampoos once a month to ensure that there is no build up...
Available  here

Get shower filter heads for when she wants to wash her hair to filter out the mineral deposits.
               

              Use apple cider vinegar regularly to rinse her hair to balance porosity and clear deposit build up.


         She can also try oil rinsing, by coating her hair with oils and allowing the hair strands absorb the oils before she proceeds to wash it out. 

          Here's a screen shot of the benefits of Oil Rinsing from Hairfinity- makers of hair growth vitamins;
Buy hair oils- HERE
 How to know your water is Hard? Basically, hard water is caused by too many mineral deposits like limestone, calcium sulfate and Calcium carbonate in the water, aside from leaving hair feeling dull and dry, it leaves things like ceramic dishes, utensils scaly, whitish and chalky.

Because of the deposits, you also find that it's difficult for the water to get soapy- that's the sure sign, so if in doubt, test your water today to know if it's hard or not.


Hope this information helps...Thanks for stopping by!

Xxx
Dabs

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

The Savvy & Chic Hair Beauty Hub party

Happy Independence day my fellow Nigerians!!!

So as you must have heard by now, Savvy & Chic Hair/Beauty Hub played host to about 15 + bloggers and their readers at the Social Place, Victoria Island on Sunday.

It was such a colorful, fun, floral themed party and I'd like to thank all the lovely ladies who came out that day. The pictures are mainly for the next edition of the magazine where we will be elaborating on the bloggers and their blogs and sharing more pictures from the event but until then I'll share a few pictures and add links to the bloggers that shared even more pictures on  their blogs...













The rain chased us inside but that didn't get in the way of our flow...













Find out more about what we discussed in the upcoming edition of the Savvy & Chic magazine...

Here are links to other blogs if you want to see more pictures...

Berry Dakara- HERE
Chloe's makeover- HERE
Sisiyemmie- HERE
Z files on Style Vitea-HERE
Uzo Don't Touch the hair-HERE
KL Naturals-HERE
Larger than life-HERE

That's all for now folks, for those who'd like to take advantage of the import window, its open from today till the 7th of October!! Thanks for your usual support...


Xxx
Dabs

Thursday, 25 September 2014

RANDOM POST- Dab's can throw down in the Kitchen!! + GIVEAWAY WINNER


Hiya,
So here's my first random post of 2014!! While the primary reason for posting this is to pick a guest for the Garden party Savvy & Chic is having....I decided after posting my banana pancakes on Instagram to share my culinary adventures with you guys for a change...




So first up are the Banana Pancakes- I just chopped a banana(not too ripe) into pancake batter, tossed gently on the griddle and voila...topped with butterscotch syrup which had a sweet and salty tang to it! ❤️❤️


 

Next up is something healthy I whipped up last week! It's some brown rice (which I have grown to 
LOVE) and extremely spicy snail sauce with a piece of fried fish( not so healthy but oh so yum!)


Another of my recent meals...if you come from the riverine areas, PH to be precise, you will know we don't eat roasted plantain with peanut, we eat it with a spicy tomato sauce and fish. I grilled the plantain on my griddle, then made a sauce with shrimps and snails instead (loveeee snails, they are super healthy too, no calories), the side you see is stir fried cabbage and carrots spiced and crunchy!!





Next up is something more healthy...A Caesar Salad!! Iceberg lettuce, shredded chicken, tiny chunks of bread spiced and tossed in light olive oil to make croutons, Caesar salad cream, Voila!!



Then the not so Healthy...I made PIzza!! yup, dough and everything! Making the dough has always been super tricky but a friend of mine gave me a straight forward recipe that I tried out and it worked!! This pizza which I topped with shredded beef chunks of chicken and cheese was sooooo delish because the sauce was super spicy and the cheese gooey!! I loved it but cannot over indulge if I want to still fit in my skinny jeans!




More junk food!! My bro and sis tell me that I make the best beef patties hands down!! Here's Dab's burger of life, spicy and juicy *widegrin*


This next meal is a typical Sunday meal; fried rice, coleslaw(added corned beef) and grilled goat meat in skewers topped with tomato and onion sauce.




Below is my potato/chicken porridge...this adventure wasn't so great, I was over zealous with the oil and I added honey to the chicken marinade making a sweet and sour taste( I don't like sweet and sour at all)...very underwhelming!



Another of my adventures...I made scotched egg!! It's quite easy to do and I had fun molding the minced meat to the eggs, had it with stir fried egg noodles.




Up next is my version of a healthy Shawarma!! I got these wheat wraps from Goodies Supermarket, shredded some chicken, grilled them on the griddle, added shredded cabbage and carrots, topped with a thousand island dressing, wrapped and sealed on the griddle, had it with humus....delish and healthy! 



Last is my version of butterfly prawns served at Chinese restaurants. King Prawns are spiced, dipped in spiced raw eggs and tossed in...wait for it.........ground oats and crunchy nut cereal!!! You guys this coating is soooo delish, crunchy, spicy and sweet from the crunchy nut cereal...its sooo good!!


If you are not salivating after all this then you sure aren't a foodie!! Now unto the matter, there were three valid enteries sent in by Wenesday as stipulated and after using a random selector which picked no 3, my guest for the garden party is,,,,,





ADENIJI ELIZABETH!!! I will be contacting you with details.


Thanks for salivating stopping by!!

P.S I cook Naija food too oh!! Egusi, Afang, My native soup...I throw down there!! By the way I recently got introduced to a NHCG reader's food blog and love it! Check it out here if you are into such-ROHSSPACE


Xxx
Dabs









Sunday, 21 September 2014

PARTY OVER THERE!!!

Hiya,
So I am back again!!!! Here to announce the awoof I have been on about in my last few posts! This time next week Sunday, I will be rounding up a GARDEN PARTY with about 18 of your favorite hair/beauty/lifestyle bloggers.........*exciteeeeed*!


 Its actually in celebration of the third edition of the Savvy & Chic Hair Beauty Magazine!!! The fun part is that each blogger gets to bring along 1 of their readers as a + 1!!! Soooooo whose coming with me?!!

The hard part for me is that I have met quite a few of you and we have become friends so I was battling calling up a few of you and saying just come but to be fair to my other bloggers I've decided to stick to the rules and pick someone via the blog....To be my plus 1 you simply need to tell me the FULL NAMES of ALL the beautiful ladies that have covered the three editions of Savvy and Chic Magazine!!! *GOOGLE IS YOUR FRIEND*

To be eligible though, you have to be in Lagos, you MUST wear the strict dress code for the party which are Florals; Here's some inspiration for ya!!



You must be above 18 years old and able to find your way to the party venue....its going to be a very chill gathering, don't expect anything crazy, just a bunch of like minded bloggers and readers meeting each other, munching away, sipping chilled cocktails talking about like minded stuff like hair, beauty...life in general!!

Bloggers we are expecting include; Natural Nigerian, Kemi Lewis of KL Naturals, Sisiyemmie, Doyin-Chloes Makeover, Adaku of TWP, Stella of Stella's Addiction, Yagazemi, Berry Dakara, Ozinna-Style Vitae.com, Jennifer- Editor BN Style/Beauty, Barbara of Babara1923, Nibi of Kinky Apothecary, Ez of Beauty in Lagos, Uzo of Don't touch my hair,...and quite a few more that you will get to see when the pictures come out. 

I am truly looking forward to hosting everybody, if you'd like to hang with us, follow the rules and a random winner will be picked by Wednesday, 24th Sept. 

Good Luck!! Have a blessed week everyone!!

Xxx
Dabs



Saturday, 20 September 2014

RPG SHOW BEYONCE WIG

Hiya,
How's everyone doing? Hope well. I have quite a busy week ahead and tasked myself to churn out all the posts that have been waiting on my memo pad by the weekend then this happened yesterday;


 My Instafam have already seen this picture, this fully wired PHCN pole(here the electricity officials had taken out the wires) was hit by a trailer and fell unannounced in front of my office gate seconds after my car drove into the gate...I'm talking like 5 seconds, if for any reason we paused at the gate, this pole would had fallen on the car, crushed and most likely electrocuted me and my driver....the thought of how God saved my life left me all shaken up and recoiled from my busy life all day yesterday...because at the end of the day NOTHING else would have mattered if I was in a hospital fighting for my life this moment.

Sometimes these types of things happen so God gets our attention and reminds us that He is the ONLY reason why we are still here, we must commit our ways to Him  and pray for direction always. I am beyond thankful to say the least...


Now to this post, I mentioned that I ordered a wig from a company called RPG SHOW , it is the Beyonce inspired bob wig-



Well it finally got here and I recorded a video on You Tube of the unboxing;

VIDEO LINK (Blogger is not finding the video so I have to put up this link, just click and watch).

For those who can't watch, here are a few pictures of the wig as I got it;





Then I dyed it because the color was too jolting for me;
I used Dark and Lovely's radiant cooper dye and Loreal's color mousse;

Applied both...

It looked brownish when wet...



Dried out redish...

Final results...




To blend the lace with my hair line, I used a concealer on the hair part. The wig is light weight, lace is not itchy, hair feels great...What more could I ask for!!!


Thanks for stopping by!! Announcing the Awoof tomorrow so stay tuned people!!

Xxx
Dabs