Tuesday, 29 September 2015

New MUST HAVE addition to my Skin Regimen- Vit C Serum!!

Been meaning to update the Dabs talks Beauty Page with this relatively new addition to my skin regimen...I am not a beauty/skin care junkie by any chance but my Mum and Sister (who is finally starting a skin care blog by the way) are, over the years they have tasked me to take better care of my skin especially as I suffer from major sun damage whenever I don't, so lately I finally heed, I've started using the most amazing SPf spray(which I will blog about)- used it for over 6 months and I also introduced this Vit C serum to my regimen...

The thing is, when I was pregnant for my second son, my skin was in the worst shape it has ever been,  just horrible and for the first time in my life I was dealing with acne on a major scale all over my forehead, below is a picture, look closely you can see the bumps even though I used foundation to cover them up...

By the time I had Anaz, my forehead was seriously discolored due to all the scaring from the acne and melasma (pregnancy mask)...see me on delivery day as I received my bundle of joy!!

Friday, 25 September 2015


So I decided to share this email I got from a blog reader as I found it interesting...especially because of her last statement about going natural as I've had a lot of ladies say they are going natural when they encounter such set backs and have wondered if it truly is the remedy...  

 Good day ma......I'm one of the contenders of the 6 inches challenge, I'm a student and as such I really don't have time for My hair. At the beginning of the challenge I followed a healthy hair regime but when school resumed there was no time again for my hair I just left it and had braids installed once for 3 weeks in the whole time in school. Now school is on break and I really don't know where to start from, My hair is really dry and I think it's as a result of the relaxer I've been using (a no lye relaxer ) My scalp is very sensitive so I can't switch to a lye relaxer and I've relaxed My hair just twice this year,the first time I did it myself cause most Haiti Salons don't know good to apply relaxers,the second time I told the hair dresser what to do and she really didn't get it...now I'm thinking of going natural because I can't self relax and no one really seems to get it.My hair is already really due.thanks alot

Thanks for your mail and for entering the challenge...I don't think the relaxers which from your mail you have used just twice are the cause of the dryness you are experiencing. You haven't mentioned anywhere where you deep condition your hair regularly and it still stays dry...deep conditioning makes a world of difference when managing new growth because the hair strands are infused with great benefits from the treatments applied on the hair but these effects last just 3/5 days max and the wear and tear of the environment plus styling like braids etc take the hair back to its original state of dryness but if done regularly, overtime the hair strands adapt and become stronger and less prone to reverting...it's like having a store house, the more you put in it the less likely it is going to get empty even if say a cockroach or rat is in there chipping at its contents....in essence what I advice is to take your focus off blaming relaxing, going natural will not make your hair less prone to dryness, if that's why you are going natural, if it's because of the relaxing process then I do agree that lye relaxers are harsher on the scalp but if you base your scalp with Vaseline and work fast you will hardly suffer any burns, I have a post on relaxing-http://naijahaircangrow.blogspot.com.ng/2011/06/how-to-relax-naija-hair.html

heres a link on texlaxing- http://naijahaircangrow.blogspot.com.ng/2014/05/my-stretch-is-over-tips-on-how-to-self.html
Another link- http://naijahaircangrow.blogspot.com.ng/2012/09/texlaxing-effectively.html

Focus more on improving the quality of your strands and making them resistant to dryness, brittleness and breakage and that's all what regular deep conditioning treatments provide...you have mentioned how busy you are that's why I haven't touched on a daily hair routine which helps to back up the deep conditioning...if you can squeeze out time every other day to moisturize and seal your hair root to tip, in between deep conditioning, you will also see the quality of your hair improve.

Hope my reply helps.

Happy Sallah to all the Muslim readers out there!!


Friday, 18 September 2015


Today's topic is all about deep conditioning which is an integral aspect of being on a healthy hair journey. When I first started my hair journey, I did overnight DCs very regularly, basically applied the DC mix to my dry hair, massaged it in, covered hair with a nylon bag and a silk cap and went to bed, the logic was that my natural body heat produced from wearing the nylon bag or shower cap will open my hair shaft and allow the strands absorb the products and the longer the better.

The process I described above is essentially what steam treatments do but in a much shorter time, the steamer produces steam, your hair is covered and the hair shaft swells and opens up allowing all the product you've applied sip into the hair, all this usually in twenty to thirty minutes....

As I got busier and more prone to just tiredly falling on my bed after a long day with less time or energy to sit and apply any kind of concoction to my hair, I decided to do my research, would it be less effective if I stopped overnight DCs or DCing for long hours and just stick to making out time to get a steam treatment at Savvy & Chic Hair Beauty Hub?

Well here are my findings...
Generally speaking,increased time and temperature increases the amount of product adsorbed into the hair shaft. This is because the hair has a maximum absorption time for surfactants (surfactants diffuse in water and adsorb at interfaces between air and water or at the interface between oil and water, in the case where water is mixed with oil examples include emulsifiers), hydrolyzed protein, silicones etc which are usually found in DC conditioners and their properties allow them to be absorbed into the hair shaft within seconds of applying the conditioner.

If left on the hair for longer, the amount will in general double within 10 minutes. If left on for another 10-20 minutes, the amount will increase by another 60-100% of the mark set at 10 minutes. However after 30 minutes from initial application, there are no more increases in adsorption to the hair. The reason for this is that the hair conditioner simply has no more places on the hair where it can stick to as all gaps which it can plug and all surfaces where it can attach are occupied.

Specifically speaking, absorption time is affected by the ingredients in your DC mix and their unique behaviors when applied to your hair, for example the PH level of the DC conditioner should generally be between 6-7 for the conditioner to work well to increase adsorption to hair. Below and above this range, the behavior of the conditioner can become a little more erratic and results may vary that's why some conditioners work well as DCs and you can feel an instant change to the texture and manageability of your hair after use and others leave your hair feeling BLEH!!

The different quantities of ingredients also affects absorption. For example, a conditioner which contains 0.2% hydrolysed protein will be able to leave about 20% more protein on the surface of hair compared to one which has 0.1%.  The result is more dramatic for surfactants with a 0.2% conditioner able to adsorb 80% more to the surface than a conditioner with 0.1% surfactant.

The reality is, manufacturers will not tell you how much of an ingredient is contained in the jar, so you have to try the product and trust that your hair will tell you whether the product has too much or too little of the ingredient you are looking for same with adding other natural concoctions like honey, yoghurt, mayonnaise, eggs etc.

Now the aim of my research was to find out if my hair was missing anything by doing SHORT DC's and I'm glad that the general answer is an empathic NO but does that make LONG DC's wrong? I don't think so, if for any reason I've had my DC on my head all day on a Saturday because I was too busy around the house, have I somehow ruined my wash day experience, I think not...it basically means that after the stipulated time of absorption and my hair absorbed all it could, the rest of the time my hair was just sitting pretty waiting to get rinsed out, it's like taking biotin or any multi vitamins for that matter, the body absorbs what it needs and the rest is sent away to be disposed through the toilet...so don't beat yourself up if you happen to forget a treatment on your hair for more than thirty minutes and don't beat yourself up either if all the time you had to spare for your treatment was thirty minutes....hope you get my drift (don't send me emails with the subject * WAILING FOR MY HAIR DABS *Crying profusely rolling on the ground, my DC was in my hair for 1 hour Ahhhhhhhhhh* LOL).

And on that note, I'll be heading to the hub for my 30 minutes DC this evening as that's all the time I have to spare- No more guilt, Yayyy!!

Who's giving her hair a treat this weekend?? C'mon it's just 30 minutes, make out time....feel free to share your concoctions below!!



Monday, 14 September 2015


How's everyone doing, hope the weekend. This weekend I decided to finally open my tub of Cow Butter graciously given to me ages ago by a blog reader from Kastina.

I had it stored away in my deep freezer all this while and took it out prior to using it for a few hours and left it to thaw,when it was thawed, I scooped some out (it smells like sour milk/yogurt ) mixed it with Hair trigger in Vanilla pound cake to mask the smell and added some olive oil conditioner and some drops of oil.

Not the prettiest sight...
 I applied the mix on my dry hair;

Saran wrapped and went under the steamer, washed my hair after like an hour and it felt really great...Manshanu (Cow butter) is a heavy oil based butter and from my research its oil content is great for detangling and deep conditioning and it did just that...

Will I be trying this treat again? Hell ya!! However, I will use much less of it next time as I realized a little goes a long way and the greasy feeling and smell all over me is just gross.

Who gave their hair a treat this weekend?

Friday, 11 September 2015




How's everyone doing? Hope well...I'm finally back home and will be uploading all the posts from my note pad back to back...this is the first post up. 

On the 22nd of August I had the honor of being the bridal hairstylist to one of my closest pals and I must say it was a nerve wrecking/ fun experience!!

A few weeks prior to the big day, she came by the house and we looked through a few hairstyles on the internet and settled on this one;

A simple low bun, sleek bow with a side swoop...she came by the house again for a trial and this time she wanted the hairstyle  modified so that it didn't cover her forehead, home girl did not want anything distracting her vision or hair sticking to her forehead as she danced with the Hubs!!

So we got to work, the main challenge was how to get the low bow to look well formed and stable and I knew right away that it will require lots and lots of bobby pins and hairspray;


THE D DAY; I got to her hotel suite really early, all her bridesmaids were there and some friends so there was abundance of gist which was great but very distracting!! She gave me till 8 am to finish so I put my game face on and brought the hairspray out, straightened the leave out which was all around, sleeked out her hair (I would have loved to supervise the fixing of the weave though to ensure it was completely flat, I had to deal with some bumps here and there) and started to create my bow...

For the bow all I did was put the hair in a ponytail, use some hair on the left and swooped it over the center, pinned the end of the swoop to the base of the center, repeated that step with some hair on the right and then pin curled the hair in the center of the ponytail upwards and secured with a pin making sure the bow was well fanned out and secured then I used hair spray and ecostyler gel to sleek it all out... Here are pics;

All in all I had an amazing time getting the hair done, was I done at 8 am... well 8:05 am was more like it, LOL. For a first time experience I would rate myself a solid 7 and hopefully improve as more brides come along!! :)

Was my version of this hairstyle close enough? Any experienced bridal stylists in the house? Feel free to share tips!!

Thanks for stopping by,


Monday, 31 August 2015


How's everyone doing? Hope well...if you follow a me on Instagram, I have to apologize after promising to put up a wig post on the blog over the weekend but unfortunately I'm on a short vacation and only came along with my Ipad and for some weird reason my Ipad can't pull up pictures stored on the camera roll!! Bloggers out there, any of you experienced this before?  What's the solution, please share below if you have one.

Anyways moving along, I decided to put up an Ask Dabs post that wouldn't require pictures, basically I'm sharing mails and replies I've gotten recently, if you've asked any of the questions below, hope my answers help.

First Up;

From Dadah-
Hi there. My sister introduced me to your blog and I and my family are addicted! However, since I started, my hair has detoriorated badly. It is now so dry, stiff,and very matted. I do the avocado mask,LOC EASE,shea butter moisturising, all to no avail. My hair worsens by the day. It is natural and was shoulder length. I bought pure coconut oil, but none of the products advised have been useful. I have used aloe vera, honey, coconut oil, shea butter, olive oil, avocado,none worked.  Any words of wisdom?  Thank you.


Hi Dadah,
Thanks for your mail, from your mail, I'm hearing a lady who is trying to figure out what works for her hair which is fine but if you try too many things at a time too soon you do not allow your hair enough time to adjust to the effects of the products/remedies being tried. My advice is to try the LOC EASE method one more time, I actually adjusted the method more to the LCO method, try a liquid based product like a detangler, leave in conditioner or aloe Vera gel, cream which is a water based moisturizer with a thicker consistency that will help keep the hair moist and then seal with a light weight oil like olive, grape seed or  coconut oil. Try this day in day out for a month and feel free to get back to me. You might also need to trim your ends as they might be dry and full of split ends, for deep conditioning since you are dealing with dryness, just stick to a cholesterol based conditioner for starters and see how your hair responds.


From Hannah
Hi Dabs
Please advise me urgently.  I just loosened by box braid of about 6 wks old. It's so tangled that I cannot comb it. I have sprayed detangler, used the glycerine and water mixture, put leave in ... but still I can't comb through. What can I do. Don't want my hair to break off.

Hi Hannah,
Thanks for your mail. I think the extensions were kept for too long, I don't know what you ended up doing but next time that happens you can apply conditioner directly on the dry knots and tangles and allow the hair to absorb them and spritz water on the sectioned hair while you detangle gently with a wide tooth comb. As a general guide avoid keeping extensions in your hair for more than a month to avoid tangles.


From Daniella-
 Hey Dabs...my name is Ella and I am a huge fan...been following your blog since late 2013...been trying to follow the hair advice...I used to have APL hair..but now it barely grazes my neck...I've suffered massive hair loss since I started my journey and I don't know why...plsssss I need help...need to know where I am getting it wrong....am a student so that means I have very little cash to spend on hair stuff and I also have very little time as I am a medical student...I find it hard sticking to a routine because I mostly come home exhausted and immediately sleep off...what can I do differently Dabs?...I want hair like yours someday.

Hi Daniella,
Thanks for your mail...you raise two very major common issues which are time and money. Luckily there are many ways to save time and money when on a hair journey. If you look in your fridge, there are quite a few things in there you can use to deep condition your hair- check this post I wrote ages ago on this...http://naijahaircangrow.blogspot.com/2011/07/open-your-refrigerator-it-will-reveal.html. Another advice I would give is to master reading ingredient labels, forget the fancy bottles and popular brands, it's what's inside that matters, you can read through this post to know how to read these labels and choose what works for your hair- http://naijahaircangrow.blogspot.com/2012/02/10-things-to-know-about-pityriasis.html. The brand or price should be your secondary focus as a cheaper conditioner can work as great as an expensive one. Finally try and purchase economy or large bottles of products, my huge tub of Cantu Shea butter which I currently use will definitely last me till next year!! Larger bottles may cost more but you are sure to have them for a while saving you money. As regards time, you don't need to spend that much time getting your hair done, focus on the basics and try hair spritz with spray bottles, they make everything quick and easy.

That's all for now, hope my replies help and I promise to put up the post about the wig as soon as I get back or a solution. Can't wait to share pictures of my new wig! Love it!! Oh and for those interested, the SEPTEMBER IMPORT WINDOW opens tomorrow, for hair/beauty orders, please send me an email- daboju@yahoo.com and I will respond ASAP.

Have a blessed week people!