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Wednesday, 18 March 2015

My wig haul!!


Hiya,
So I apologize...it took people emailing me asking me if there was something wrong with my blog for me to realize I hadn't posted this....I got some wigs that I love for various reasons....let's get straight to it!

So The first one I got was the last one and they had it only in this color and I was skeptical at first but I decided to just get it and have it be my 'feeling spicy' wig!






The wig is by a brand called Isis, it comes with a 'silk top' and soft lace, the cap construction of this wig is OFF THE CHARTS! By far the most comfi wig cap I've worn out of all my wigs including the super expensive ones like the RPG show one and that is the first reason I love this wig...it is inexpensive at less than $100 unit cost.


I also love that the roots are dark so blending any hairline that showed was not a problem...I used some concealer on the parting as you can see...this creates the illusion of a scalp.


The hair itself isn't 100% human hair but human hair blend but surprisingly I have experienced little shedding, itching or tangling that usually happens with synthetic hair...this must be really top grade synthetic as I can curl and straighten the hair with a curling iron....but who needs to,have you seen these curls they created??


CUT IT A LITTLE SHORTER AT THE BACK....


These curls are going No- Where anytime soon!!

In sum....you know I love this wig and will be repurchasing it in another color, the great thing about inexpensive wigs is when they give way you can replace them without feeling too bad but when you are spending $400/$500 on a wig?? #girlbye (my new favorite ratchet slang LOL)


Now unto the second one....my sis calls it the 'I'm a mummy' wig but I love this wig for times when I want to change things up a bit...



It's by Freetress and is a little cheaper which was great! The hair isn't human either and was quite shinny when I first got it...eek





However as I've rocked it a few times the shine is going and I love the swoop bang and bouncy curls which I feel will look better as they get looser...

The cap isn't that great but not horrible, just basic and lace on it came with an L part which I thought was neat for people who don't want to invest in a full lace front but compared to the silk top you can easily see that it's inferior in making the hair look like it's naturally parted and the hair is growing from my scalp....but stillllll I love iittttt!


As you well know this year it's all about mastering protective styling for me so my hands are not constantly in my hair all the time causing havoc and wigs are the perfect stylish protective style.

For storage, I stuff the cap with the paper that it came with and then I place it back in the pack and slip the picture over the wig so I can see through when I'm choosing


...been storing my wigs that way and they stay fresh...

Finally when on my head, I like the front to pop up like this;







And I use hair spray to keep the shape in tact...

That's all for now ladies....when the import window opens in April or if you need it sooner feel free to order any of these or any wig of your preference I'll see if I can assist, just contact me as usual- daboju@yahoo.com.

Xxx
Dabs

Monday, 9 March 2015

The Perfect Silk Press on Natural Hair


Hiya ladies,
It's been more than a minute since I set foot here! I feel bad!! I'm on a short holiday in Houston and I didn't know how over worked I was until I got here...I am basking in the chill...no waking up early, no hours in traffic, none of all the many responsibilities I have back home but I know myself soon I'll be missing life in Lagos and will be itching to get back...enough of me how is everyone doing?! Hope all is well!!

As watching youtube here is much faster and cheaper, I have been enjoying loads of Youtube viewing and recently I stumbled on 'Silk Pressing'...it's basically straightening natural hair with the perfect amount of heat and the right products...the results are magnificent...







And after watching tonnes of videos and tutorials especially on 4C hair (most coarse hair texture), Naturalistas here are a few tips for any of  you trying to get silky straight hair that will have people questioning if you've had a relaxer or not.

Tip 1- always moisturize and seal and then use a heat protectant...the amount of heat required can lead to damage if not careful...hair must be blow dried with a paddle brush or the blow dryer comb attachment...this will allow the natural hair to be stretched out fully.

Tip 2- divide hair into sections(preferably 4 sections) and apply a silk treatment/serum(usually weightless and prevents the hair shaft from swelling thereby preventing frizzing and humidity from affecting the hair) to the first section you will be working on...just a dime size will do, Blow dry that section this time with a round brush this will help voluminize the hair, use cool air to help seal the cuticle.

Tip 3- use a very thin cutting comb and section the freshly blow dried section into very thin sections and use a straightening iron at 450 degrees over that section as close to the roots as possible at least twice using the comb chase method(this method prevents tangles and allows the silk treatment to bond with each hair strand).




Once you are done with that section them move to the next section till you are done with the whole head.

Tip 4- Spray the entire head of hair with a light holding spray to prevent fly aways but don't be too heavy handed so the hair has movement. Remember to also sleek the edges with non- alcoholic gel to have the freshly relaxed hair look.


This method of silk pressing will be available at the hub- Savvy & Chic Salon -30 Norman Williams street off Awolowo rd, Ikoyi, Lagos from April as I am currently investigating which silk treatment line will best work for our hair type and weather to give lasting results. So if interested, maybe you want to have straight hair for a change or you'd like to do a length check or you want your hair to blend with a weave then you can get your hair straightened by us.  

Our Contact- 08090613325. Have a great week!!


Xoxo

Dabs

Sunday, 1 March 2015

FATIMA AT 13 IS ON A HAIR JOURNEY!

Hiya,
Got this email from 13 years old Fatima and was so moved that at her tender age rather than reading gossip blogs or playing video games she was reading my blog! She is so articulate and focused on succeeding at her hair journey! I think its all the motivation we need this Monday morning...below I share her mail and my response...

Sunday, 22 February 2015

INSTANT FAUX LOCS!!


Hiya,
FAUX LOCS ARE SO IN RIGHT NOW...Everyone loves them, both ladies that are natural or relaxed and I have been drooling over getting them done for at least a year!!


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If you follow me on Instagram you will know that I promised to put up a post on INSTANT FAUX LOCS...A technique that I came up with after spending a sleepless night one night trying to figure out how I'd rock faux locs without enduring hours of discomfort, pain and sheer frustration!!

We have had a number of clients come in for regular faux locs;


And after hours on end I can feel their frustration, it honestly 

takes the whole day!!! Even with as many as 3 stylists 

tugging at your head...at the end, the hair is no doubt 

beautiful but the clients are tired and in pain and so are the 

stylists!!

Something had to be done....*cue superman music*

Anyways, without much ado, I had my stylists create the 

individual locs on a thread; I wanted just 25 locs, you can 

make them what ever size you like...



Then I twisted my hair in big sections as they attached each loc to my hair- I will not divulge exactly how that was done as it is a trade secret for now *wide grin*...

All it took was an hour forty five minutes as I took note and 
that was because my hair is longer and needed more time for my stylists to skillfully attach each loc to my twists and conceal the hair!

The result was really real looking faux locs which I have been rocking and loving for a whole week,except when its time to sleep- not the most comfortable hairstlye!!





I plan to keep them in for another week before I take them out as I miss my hair....but guess what?

When I take them out, the locs will still remain INTACT!! Allowing me to keep them and use them the next time I choose to rock faux locs....seeing as I used about 5 packs of Marley hair, this is very cost effective as most of you will know marley hair is not cheap or easy to come by in these parts.


Et Voila!! Faux Locs without the wait, pain or strain!!

To book an appointment, Please Call 08090613325 or email 


info@hairbeautyhub.com. I and my stylists will be glad to 

hook you up!!

Xxx
Dabs

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

2015 TEXLAX UPDATE!


Hiya,
Its that time of the year, had my first texlax on Thursday at 10 weeks post after battling with the idea of stretching to 12 weeks post...my last touch up which left one part of my hair really under processed made it really hard for me to manage my new growth so I decided to go ahead and texlax it before I suffered a set back.

I texlaxed with my relaxer of the past 4 years....


This time I did things a little different, I wanted to ensure that I texlaxed my hair as accurately as possible, so I added a cap full of extra virgin avocado oil to my relaxer and mixed it thoroughly...this slows down the potency of the relaxer...

The next new thing I did is something I have wanted to try for a while but been quite lazy on relax day to try it...I divided my hair into 2 sections and applied the relaxer to one section, smooth it out and rinsed it within 15 minutes, before I started work on the other half of my hair.

This allowed me take my time to go through each section of the hair without rushing through the whole head like in the past where I would be left with one section more processed than the other.
I will be using this method to texlax moving forward and will offer this method at the hub.( Call 08090613325 to book a texlax appointment if in Lagos :)


When I was done I was left with the best most even texlax I have ever had;





Few inches from being fully texlaxed!
As you can see I am loving the way my hair looks, I still have very few bone straight ends to go as you can see in the picture below;

GOT TO LINE 5 BUT THOSE ENDS NEEDED CLIPPING.

Bone straight ends left...

After a little trim, I did a little comparison with my length check T- shirt and was pleased to see that my hair was now comfortable past line 3 and was now on line 4 meaning I had retained length from my last length check when my hair was primarily on a 3.


HAIR AT 6 WEEKS POST RELAXER IN JAN- LINE 3



My hair now after my trim...grazing line 4;


Oh and let's see how my middle back hair is recovering from this;



Here it is;

Looking great!!
I feel so much better about my hair, more confident...loving the fullness and the movement...I will never sacrifice healthy ends for length ever again...as I said before, if it will take me longer to get to my goal length of full MBL then I am willing to wait...no pressure, its not a race nor a competition...so my dear readers watch and learn how to COME BACK from a SET BACK!!


Naija Hair Can Grow Oh!!

Xxx
Dabs



Wednesday, 11 February 2015

SAVVY & CHIC SHEA BUTTER CUPS GIVEAWAY!!!

Hiya,
How's everyone doing? Hope well!! I'd like to share my latest project with you all- It's with my beloved Shea Butter and I have called them- SHEA BUTTER CUPS!! And I am giving 2 away!!!




Growing up, the reason why I hated Shea butter- 'Ori'; was the smell!!! My mum tried to make me use it to massage my legs so I would not have 'Salee' or 'Yams'- (Strong legs) but I never used it!! Thankfully I don't have 'YAMS'!!.
With the advent of my healthy hair care journey, I quickly learnt that Shea Butter is a great moisturizer and sealant not just for the hair but for the skin too...last year when we opened the hub I decided to make a Shea Butter Station part of the store, offering ladies shea butter like Ice cream with different scents like Chocolate, Peppermint/ Tea Tree oil and Fruity.

It's  been a hit as its an in expensive way to try shea butter whipped to perfection :), this year I decided to take things up a notch by creating these butter cups that look and smell like Icecream or cupcakes;







LAVENDER BUTTER CUP!!

LEMON BUTTER CUP

HONEYSUCKLE BUTTER CUP- Contains pure honey!!



These SMELL DIVINE (Personal favorite is the lemon butter cup) and are whipped with different essential/carrier oils, fragrance oils,  humectants like glycerin and honey...they are colored with a colorant that is safe for the skin and hair and piped nicely into these containers...

One cup costs N800 only and a box of 3 this season with Valentine themed wrapping is N2500- To Order please visit www.hairbeautyhub.com or call 08090613325...delivery and pick up options available(only in lagos)!!

I have thoroughly enjoyed this project and will be giving out 2( 1 each), if you'd like to be one of the 2 ladies, you need to live in Lagos(Sorry to Non- Lagosians, still figuring out a way to transport it to long distances) and you will be willing to come pick it up yourself at 30 Norman Williams st, Ikoyi Lagos...if that sounds good to you then hit me up- daboju@yahoo.com- Subject- I want a butter cup. The first 2 mails I receive that qualify are my winners...

Thanks for the love all these years, Happy Valentine's day in advance!!

Xxx
Dabs

Sunday, 8 February 2015

HAIRSTYLE OF THE WEEK!!

Hiya,
Hope everyone is good, dashing in here quickly to first announce that the FINAL CONTENDERS LIST FOR THE 6 INCHES OF GROWTH CHALLENGE has been updated(If you sent your picture before the 23rd and still haven't seen the picture up, please let me know as there is still time...we have a whole year to grow retain our growth!!)... and also to post up the HAIRSTYLE OF THE WEEK...Which I think can be customized for shorter lengths, just tuck the fishtail braid in or make a bun but that plait across the hair is gorgeous!!

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Have a blessed week ladies!!

Xxx
Dabs