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Thursday, 24 July 2014

DAB'S 5 AIR DRYING TIPS FOR FRIZZ FREE, SHINY AND MANAGEABLE HAIR!!

Hiya,
Its been tooo long!! Oh how I have missed coming here!! Been super busy holidaying and taking a chill pill from all that's been going on in my work life...Since I came back after having my second son I have been on overdrive and it truly has been liberating releasing all the pent up creativity I have nursed for some time and I remain grateful to God and all of you who keep supporting me in all I do :) but enough about that...Here are 5 air drying tips that I have mastered to ensure that my hair is tamed of frizz and tangles after a weekend treat.

As you all should know, AIR DRYING is the preferred method for drying wet hair because its a gentle way to dry your hair as there is no use of heat but if done improperly especially when your new growth sets in, it can be HELL!!

Just imagine your hair going from;

To poofy, frizzy, dry and untamed in a few minutes!!


It can be frustrating and I get why ladies just reach for a blow dryer and comb and get things out of the way but that's not the best option and that's why I am here...follow these simple steps and people will be asking you if you used a straightener or even rollers on your hair...I know I get asked that all the time and I can't remember the last time I blow dried my hair...

TIP 1; Wash your hair in ONE direction...let me break it down in crude naija pidgin...''your hair no be underwear oh!!'' LOL!! There is absolutely no need to scrub and crunch, ruffle and bundle all your hair like this while you wash it;

Not only are you creating problems for yourself by creating tangles and knots which are compounded if you are using a sulphate shampoo because its super drying, you will also have yourself to blame for creating split ends and uneven ends because you are ruffling up the hair cuticles/shafts which can lead to breakage and snapping off...plus your hair should never be so dirty that it needs all of that scrubbing and roughing up...since I started washing/co-washing my hair like this;


In one direction, preferably under running water, gently opening up my hair to reach my scalp, massaging the product in and rinsing off all in one direction, I have noticed considerably less hair breakage during wash/co-wash days and less detangling time...

TIP 2; Always use COLD WATER as the last rinse...I know this step is not easy especially if you wash your hair as you shower...running that cold water through your hair and over your body will be super uncomfortable, so what I do is, when I am done in the shower, I get out and rinse off my hair with cold water in the sink, that way I am able to concentrate the chilly cold water only on my hair which needs it the most...by using the cold water as your last rinse, you seal in the cuticles/shafts of your hair after they had been open with warm water and whatever treatment you put on it...sealing allows the hair cuticles/shafts to all lie in one direction and this in turn promotes shinier,sleeker, less frizzy hair. *The colder, the better!!



TIP 3; DON'T LEAVE YOUR HANGING...I am not talking about a date here LOL but you can actually leave your hair hanging! How you might ask...well when you come out of the shower and you have rinsed your hair out and you decide you are going to wrap it up in a towel or t shirt and then you go and watch three rounds of real housewives or some show that lasts for an hour per episode ...The best time to style your hair is when it's still damp, not dripping wet but still has enough moisture in it. It's at this time that you should do a round of detangling, moisturize, seal, treat your scalp before your hair gets completely dry, this will again help to ensure that the hair strands are not left dry, tangled and frizzy as the hair dries.

TIP 4; Have a STYLE planned...are you bunning your hair, twisting it, doing big braids, its always best to style your hair when it's like 80 to 90% dry instead of when its totally dry again this tip is especially useful when you have a lot of new growth or are natural. Your hair is easier to maneuver and put in place the way you want when its damp and as you air dry, you can actually decide to say bun it till its fully dry then take down the bun and depending on your technique and styling products you can be left with really bouncy waves or curls as though you did a roller set. You can twist or braid the hair and unravel when dry and you will also be left with waves. For straight hair, you can decide to wrap your hair and unravel when dry...just have a style in mind and try to execute most of it while you air dry and not after.


TIP 5 is my final tip, as you style your hair or if you are going to bed, try to ensure that you tie down the base of your hair especially if your new growth is a lot or you are natural, tie the hair to your scalp down with a silk scarf(to keep the shine and moisture). Find below effective ways to tie your hair down to help keep your roots from poofing up and keep your hair sleek and frizz free as you air dry...





Hope these tips help, you have no more excuses for using blow driers any more :)


I will be updating this blog more often now I promise, I have soooo much to share!!!

P.S Which of you is TRANSITIONING TO NATURAL? I'd like to tell your story in our upcoming edition of SAVVY & CHIC HAIR BEAUTY MAGAZINE...Simply email me (daboju@yahoo.com) with a short summary of why you decided to transition, challenges along the way and how you overcome them, 500 Words MAX and I will send you a SAVVY/CHIC TRANSITIONING GOODY BAG to make things easier for you.

Dead line for the entry is the 31st Of JULY, Please attach clear pictures for a better chance to be chosen.


Xxx
Dabs


Sunday, 6 July 2014

MY GOODIES FROM NITC8, LOC APPRECIATION AND MY CROTCHET EXTENSIONS UPDATE.

Hiya,
Here's a little update on last Saturday's activity packed day!! The Naturals in the City event was that day, the Loc Appreciation day event was on later in the evening to which Savvy & Chic was an official sponsor. If you follow Naija Hair Can Grow on instagram you would have seen updates from that day already.


Anyways, started out my day at the hub, getting the Jamaican Mango and lime/ Taliah Waahlid products ready for display-






they are presently on display at the hub and most of the products like their protein conditioner, scalp oil, no more-itch spray, Jamaican black castor oil, Taliah's great detangler, black earth cleanse and conditioning shampoo CAN all be used by Non- Loc'd hair journeyer's, you know I break the rules all the time and get out of my lane and use these products and they work great on my hair too!!

Spy more pictures from the Loc Appreciation Day on the Locitude blog- HERE

Then it was off to the Naturals In the City-8 event where I met quite a few new (to me) and interesting brands and of course I couldn't resist so I picked a few products;



Above are; Three bottles of Hawaiian Silky Herbal 14-in-1 spray- there was a buy 2 get 1 deal so I took it and will be giving away one or maybe 2 of these bottles in a future post. It was such a coincidence to see this brand there though because I recently did a You tube video(which I haven't posted) and reviewed this spritz, it really makes my new growth soft and manageable.

Then I was introduced to the AWENI brand; they makes soaps, scrubs and body butters if I recall, I got their Aloe Vera soap and got another exfoliating soap(the brown one) FREE :), been using the free one and I love it, cleanses my skin without stripping it off completely- The reason why I don't like dudu osun soap for my skin.

Then I got the MOST DELICIOUS SMELLING CHOCOLATE TRUFFLE SUGAR SCRUB ( the small tub with dark brown stuff in it) from  a brand I just got to know about; Bubbles and Scents. I need to do a separate review on this product when SMELLIVISION is created- soooo YUM :)))


Then I got Natural Nigerian's Leave in conditioner and Namaste Organics leave in which I cant wait to try when these extensions come out..

Speaking of which; its been two weeks since I've had them on and I cannot wait to take them out ASAP!! But I was asked a few questions about crotchet extensions.



Q 1. Can you pack up the extensions in a bun?

Yes you can :)



Q. How do you care for your own hair;

I lift up the extensions from each woven braid;
Then I oil my scalp and surrounding hair:
I will blog about how I take it down with step by step pictures later.

Finally, we have a new range of Satin sleep caps for kids; As I don't have any daughter or little girl around me, had to use my son as the model :)

Could only get one shaky shot of it before he yanked if off his head and warned me never to try it again!! LOL

But for you are mum's with daughter, for your nieces, friend's daughters, basically little girls from ages 5 up to say 8, this sleep cap will be a nice way to introduce them to caring for their hair, its also a plus that the caps come in really fun colorful variations for adults and kids...



 Kid's caps go for N750 only, Adults N1000. Simply visit the website or email info@hairbeautyhub.com with your order.

Thanks a bunch for all the support!!

Have a blessed new month ahead!!

Xxx
Dabs.


Monday, 30 June 2014

2014'S BLOGVESSARY SALE!!





 Hiya,
So I was just browsing through the blog reading old posts and then I found my last year's Blogvessary Sale postHERE. Thought about a 2014 version and said why not!! Today being the last day of the blogvessary month, I have decided to put some hair products up for grabs!! As usual, these products have been discounted about 75% to 50% and I guarantee that you can't get them for cheaper anywhere in Naija!!! Just like last time, the awoof also extends to delivery as delivery will be FREE in *Lagos and a flat rate of N500 outside Lagos. So here are the products up for grabs- sale is on while stock lasts- so fastest fingers grab the best deals :)

WAS N2000  NOW N1200
WAS N2300  NOW N1500

NOW GLYCERIN- 4oz- 3 BOTTLES
WAS N1500 NOW N1000
NOW GRAPSEED OIL-4oz-
WAS N2000  NOW N1500

10.3oz- 2 BOTTLESWAS  N1200 NOW N850

2 BOTTLES LEFT-WAS N2000  NOW N1500




2 BOTTLES LEFT-WAS 2000  NOW N1500


PROCLAIM TEA TREE LEAVE IN SHAMPOO/CONDITIONER(EACH)
WAS N1500  NOW N850






NONE OF YOUR FRIZZINESS SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER(1 EACH)-
WAS N1200 NOW N850

HONEY I AM STRONG SHAMPOO/CONDITIONER(1 EACH)
WAS N1200  NOE N850 EACH


MOROCCAN MY SHINE SHAMPOO/ CONDITIONER (1 EACH)
WAS N1200 NOW N850



2 TUBS WAS N2300  NOW N1500

2 BOTTLES WAS N1800  NOW N1000

2 BOTTLES WAS N2000  NOW N1400 







   
PAUL MITCHELL RELAXING BALM
1 LEFT-WAS N4500  NOW N2500




GIOVANNI SMOOTH AS SILK CONDITIONER
WAS N2800 NOW N2000-2 LEFT!!



That's all for now, to take part in this BLOG ONLY sale, email me; Daboju@yahoo.com. I will direct you on payment which should be done within the week and delivery will be subsequently made. Again thanks for ALL the love these past 4 years of blogging and may we all share many many more years together on this journey!!!

*Outskirts of Lagos will attract the N500 delivery charge.

UPDATE; All Products SOLD OUT! Thanks ladies for your patronage!!

Xxx
Dabs





Friday, 27 June 2014

Product Review

Hiya,
How's everyone doing? Because I've been busy doing one event or the other, I have had little time to bring you the regulars like product reviews and weekend treats! Today I have put everything on hold to write this review and give you all general updates...


So the product up for review is the Affirm Conditioning relaxer system P.H 4.5 5 in 1 Reconstructor with Argan, Pequi & Buritis oils!! *whew what a name!!!*









This product was recommended to me by a NHCG reader who narrated how effective it was in making her hair stop breakage, she said it was better than the Aphogee 2 min reconstructor, then I went online and the reviews on amazon were also great so I had to have it.


The Affirm brand is getting popular in these parts but I noticed its mainly their relaxers that 'posh'salons use but as usual Naija salons are still slacking in understanding hair and hair products, so ask an average stylist that works in one of the salons why they use the Affirm relaxer and she'l probably say, '' E good well well, my madam dey buy am from Yankee''. 

Well, I have stated my philosophy on relaxers, they are essentially the same components with different strengths... now my interest is more in conditioners like this that is why when I got this product and I noticed it was made to compliment the relaxer system, I didn't get the relaxer.

Right off the bat, the label states that it has a PH of 4.5 which is great because our hair's ph level is between 4.5 and 5.5 and relaxers, chemicals and such alter the hair's ph level leaving it susceptible to breakage, for this reason, you always need products like this to regulate your ph level. Those that came to the Salon Day out will remember I touched on this when I talked on hair porosity...

It also claims to be for damaged or fine, limp hair and has all those oils I listed above- Argan oil included(Argan oil dey reign oh, you'll hardly find a product that doesn't have Argan oil in it these days!!lol)

INGREDIENTS
Now to the ingredient's as listed-  It has water as its first ingredient, glycerin, cetearyl alcohol, urea, mineral oil :( a few cones, ceramide 3, hydrolized keratin, argan oil, some fruit extracts, sugar cane extract, a bunch of chemicals.


As you can see with all the keratin and ceramides( a form of protein) in it, this is a hard core protein treatment and even looks and draws like eggs when poured out;



DIRECTIONS

The directions say to apply after rinsing the relaxer, leave for 5 minutes and rinse off. I used it as a co-wash and a deep conditioner instead though( I never follow the 5 minute rinse off rule, my conditioners must do some WORK!!)


MY OBSERVATIONS
The smell? It is sooooo pungent, it lingers after you have washed it!! It must be all the fruit extracts they put in it!! #notcute walking around smelling like a bunch of fruit!!


How did it make my hair feel? well while my hair felt stronger, it had the coated feel I always get from products that contain significant amounts of mineral oil. Mineral oil was listed at the top of the ingredient list and so it did give off that ''you can't place your finger on it but your hair just feels coated'' feeling- LOL


Final Verdict; I am sorry but I will pick Aphogee 2 Minute reconstructor over this all day every day, it smells sweet but not too over powering and it definitely makes my hair feel great without the coat, wish they put its PH level on the bottle like Affirm did though but aside from that it's Aphogee all the way! Once this bottle is done , I don't think I will re purchase...

Now onto other news..... So after 7/6 years of never getting braids done( last time I had braids on was Law school in 2007/2008), well I finally I got them thanks to CROTCHET EXTENSIONS at the HUB!!!!






(Somebody is feeling her blonde locks!!)

So how it works is, I had my stylists twist/ braid the hair down a day or two before the appointment and when I arrived, all they did was hook the extensions to my woven all back braids, it was slightly more uncomfi than the last crotchet extension I did because the hair was different, twists were fuller, longer and thus heavier but I have been LOVING being blonde so much that I think this will be my go to protective style!!!



In other other news, THE LOC APPRECIATION DAY, WORLDWIDE is tomorrow and the Lagos chapter hosted by LOCITUDE BLOG has
Savvy & Chic HBH are official sponsors!! We have all our Jamaican Mango and Lime products as well Taliah Waajid products for locs and natural hair (but you know I'll use them any way :).


Plus we have Jamaican black castor oil infused with Rosemary oil as well as their Extra- Dark Jamaican black castor oil(the darker it is, the more potent it is) all sold at affordable prices and will be available at the Hub from Monday!!


10 Lucky guests will also have a FREE tub of the Hub's whipped Shea Butter- The Zingy Version(Whipped with peppermint oil, tea tree oil and glycerin).


Loc Starter Kit also up for grabs;

The Venue is The White Space, Ikoyi. 58 Raymond Njoku. Time is 4pm to 8pm.

It is sure to be an informative evening for all Loc'd or Loc'd to be guests, so please if you know any one interested invite them.

That's all for now, will keep up the blogging if you keep up the loving!!!*just made that up-wide grin*


Have a great weekend!!

P.S Fellow Importers, your imports are hereeeee as the July Import window opens, please send all orders to info@hairbeautyhub.com from 1st July to 7th July;



Xxx
Dabs