Monday, 23 May 2016

6 years of blogging 6 giveaways up for grabs!!

Hiya,
Yes I'm back again to bug you about the Salon Day Out!! My once a year go big or go home hair and beauty event!! This year makes six years since I started blogging about hair care and it truly has been a journey of self discovery, I am so thankful for all your support and to show my genuine appreciation, I will be giving out six gifts to six attendees whose ticket numbers I will be randomly picked at the event!!





Last year, at the event we had a hair quiz and those who answered the questions correctly won gifts, this year all it's takes is for you to attend!! No quiz, no nothing!!

We will however play a game to choose our six random winners, here's how it will work...During the event, the DJ will randomly play the song 'I am not my Hair' by India Arie at six different intervals, once you hear the song, look to the screen or projector as a number will pop up and if that number is the number on your wristband ticket, you are one of the lucky six winners, you will come forward and pick from the six boxes on stage!! Fun game right?!! I'm looking forward to playing it with you all!! 


Gifts will all be hair related,hair products,accessories from Savvy and Chic hair beauty hub, some vendors have also been kind enough to offer contributions to the giveaway!! The tickets cost just N1000 per person, kids under 12 enter for free...it is however advisable to leave kids at home, tickets will be available for purchase from Monday the 30th of May at the hub, 30. Norman Williams. St., you can call 08090613325, ticket will also be available at the event center- The Red Carpet Hall, Oniru on the event day.

Ladies, the countdown is on and I am so excited to meet you all!! Please make a date with me on the 5th of June, lots to learn and lots of fun to be had!!!! Have a blessed week!!!



Xxx

Dabs

Saturday, 14 May 2016

The 2016 Battle of the Hairlistas Competition!

Hi ladies,
How's everyone doing? Hope well!! I know all I've been on about in my posts have been the Salon Day Out on the 5th of June, please bear with me if you are out of town... After the event we can do product reviews, talk about some techniques I've started incorporating in my regimen etc.

Now to my topic. At the Salon Day Out on the 5th of June, there will be a competition called the Battle of the Hairlistas. I introduced it last year and it was great fun, this year I'm changing things a little to make it even more fun!! Let me run down how it's going to go down!


The Hairlistas will get introduced and the first agenda is the Recreate task, they will watch Kemi Lewis create a hairstyle live on stage and their task is to recreate that exact style to the best of their abilities without having any prior knowledge of the hair style, so their ability to learn quickly and be creative will be tested.


The next task is the Avant Garde task....since I saw a particular hairstyle which will be revealed at the event, I've been curious about how it can be recreated and I'll task the Hairlistas to recreate this hairstyle live on stage, they will however have enough time to practice prior to the day so they can give us Avant Garde magic! Can't wait!!

The next agenda for the battle is a square off quiz!! Our sponsors for the competition are the Mane Choice Africa, they produce the famous mane choice hair vitamins and have added products like shampoo, conditioner and oils to their range. The Hairlistas will be asked questions about these products and as true Hairlistas, they should be able to answer these questions!

At the end of the three tasks, all points will be gathered and the winning Hairlista will be crowned.


We have three volunteer Hairlistas this year, 




There are two options, they can compete as individuals or three more volunteers can step up to make another team like last year!! 

Up for grabs is an extremely generous goody bag with hair vitamins and products worth N100,000 from Mane Choice Africa and an entire month Salon Pass to Savvy and Chic Hair Beauty Hub where you can deep condition every weekend if you want, treat your scalp, do crotchet braids,faux locs, spoil your hands and feet with manis and pedis all month long, FREE OF CHARGE AT NO COST!! Ladies this is an opportunity you do not want to pass on!! If you want to step up and compete, please send me an email with the subject- I WANT TO BATTLE! ASAP as we are running out of time- daboju@yahoo.com.

As for the Hairlistas that have already stepped up, I wish you all the best of luck! For stepping up, you are all winners in my eyes! See you all on the 5th of June!!


Xxx
Dabs

Sunday, 8 May 2016

IF YOU LIKE YOU WILL LOVE SERIES- DB'S Coconut Lemongrass transitioning creme Vs Aweni Organics Aloe Vera Hair Pudding

Hi Ladies,
How's everyone doing?!! Hope well. Despite the fact that I have a truck load of work on my plate, I just had to do another post on the If you like you will love series!! Ladies I am SOOOO EXCITED about what's happening in these parts!! Young ladies are stepping up and manufacturing great quality hair products and making life easy for us that care what we put on our hair and our bodies!! In spite of the challenges with government regulations etc, these ladies(yes mostly ladies) are stepping up and charging forward!!

You will meet most of them at the 2016 Salon Day out on the 5th of June and my advice is to stock up for the year while you have the chance!!! One of the brands which I proudly associate with, from the moment when I bought their Aloe vera soap and was gifted another exfoliating soap ages ago and loved it, is AWENI ORGANICS!!


The owner was kind enough to drop off their latest addition to the hub, their Aloe Vera Hair pudding and instantly just by looking at the tub it reminded me of one of my favorite leave in moisturizers, the Darcy's Botanicals Coconut Lemongrass Transitioning Creme!! 



 I proceeded to open it and was further reminded of the DB transitioning creme, I love the consistency of this product, light and instantly moisturizing without weighing the hair down. 




Lets do a quick ingredient comparison shall we,

DB Coconut Lemongrass transitioning creme has- Distilled Water, Organic Aloe Vera, Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Behentrimonium Methosulfate (and) Cetearyl Alcohol, Vitamin E, Panthenol, Yarrow, Sage, Horsetail, Nettle, & Lavender Extracts, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol (a paraben-free preservative), and lemongrass essential oil.



Aweni Organics Aloe Vera Hair Pudding contains- Aqua(water), Aloe vera leaf gel, shea butter, coconut oil, jojoba oil, castor oil, glycerine, BTMS, Emulsyfying wax, stearic acid, optiphen plus(preservative), essential oil.

As is evident from the ingredients list, both products are mainly a mixture of oils and water with preservatives, I dare say Aweni's is more organic than the DB creme!Which is always a good thing and that's why I have felt comfortable using it on my daughter's baby kinks :)

 Price point wise the Darcy's Botanical goes for $12 for 8oz, the shipping cost is $6 making the total $18- that's N5760 without the cost of shipping and handling to Nigeria. The Aweni Organics hair pudding costs N3500, for the quality of this product, I think that's a steal!!

Aweni Organics will be at the Salon Day Out Event on the 5th of June, be sure to stop by their stand to see the variety of products they will have on offer!! Can't wait!!

All the details about this year's Salon Day Out are in this post- HERE


Thanks for stopping by, gearing up to meet most of you this year at the Salon Day Out!!


xxx
Dabs

Thursday, 5 May 2016

The Hair Journey Series at the NHCG SALON DAY OUT 2016

Hiya Ladies,
So we are one month away from the 2016 Salon Day Out and I will take the silence on the blog to mean that everyone is just too excited to attend the event to type a comment and we all are saving our energies for the big day!!!

I'm not one to toot my horn ladies but what I've got planned for this year's event will make you pinch yourself really hard if you miss it!!!! LOL

Anyways, first on our agenda at the event is the HAIR JOURNEY SERIES! Basically, a panel of notable hair bloggers will share their hair journey stories...what made them start caring for their hair, what products did they use, did they suffer set backs, what lessons were learnt etc...after each presentation, they will take questions from the audience. So its interactive knowledge sharing not to be missed!!!

The Esteemed Panelists who I say a big thank you to for participating are;

Ade Balogun of Locitude Blog has had locs for about 5 years and owns a hair salon, so she is the perfect person to tell us about locs, how she overcame the stigma that sometimes comes with locs, the pressure from society, keeping her edges intact and the whole shebang!!!



Uzo of  is Transitioning!! Her blog Don't Touch the hair is a great resource. Those who have been through transitioning, know its no easy feat!! So we will be hearing her story on this, from making the decision to sticking to it and making it work!!



Ekene blogs at THE KINK AND I a natural hair blog I personally enjoy reading because she is an experimentalist just as I am :) I look forward to hearing her share her story, the ups, downs and in betweens!


Finally we have;



Tosin curates the website Naija Naturals  and she has beautiful natural hair!! She will share with us all her tips and tricks, her staple products and regimen!!


Ladies, make a date with us on the 5th of June 2016, its a Sunday and the series starts at 12 noon!!! Tickets to attend are N1000 only. Also please spread the word!!


Xxx
Dabs

Sunday, 1 May 2016

The 2016 Salon Day Out- Sunday 5TH JUNE!!! Full Program Run Down.


Hiya,
Ladies, how are you doing?? Lagos/ Naija based Hairlistas get ready for a treat at this year's Salon Day Out!!! It's on the 5th of June(1st Sunday of June) and will start at 12 noon up on till 6:00pm. Every minute of this year's day out promises to be enlightening, educative, fun and interactive.




We are using the Red Carpet Hall at Oniru( Four Points Sheraton Road),Victoria Island. It's a huge marquee so there will be so much space as I promised last year, no standing except you are shopping around! So yes, there will be vendors all around the hall, from hair product vendors to skin care to makeup to FOOD!! Yes this year there's a food court  with different orishirishi so no one is left starving!

We have the following activities planned that will be taking place on stage-

12:30- 2pm- The Hair Journey Series- Just as last year, I've selected 4 Hairlistas who will share all about their hair journey from the beginning to where they are now, they will also take questions and share everything they know from regimens to products and general hair care advice!!


2pm-2:30pm will be a presentation by Natural Nigerian on the topic-The Nigerian Hairlista's Evolution-Using Nigerian Products to grow your hair and the Naira. 

I for one have completely switched from relying heavily on using imported products to where I'm using mostly Nigerian products or natural products on my hair and that's all thanks to wonderful companies like Natural Nigerian, Aweni, Namaste and Co. So it's only apt for the owner of one of a Nigeria's leading hair products companies to teach us how to make the switch and save our pockets from being drained!!


2:30-3pm- HAIR REHAB With Dabs LIVE- I've chosen two lucky ladies with damaged hair to work with all through the month of May at my salon, the ladies will have a complete hair makeover and the big reveal will be made on stage, the ladies will also share what they learnt all month long.


3pm- 4pm- BATTLE. OF. THE. HAIRLISTAS!!
it was sooooo much fun last year, so why not a repeat this year!! I'm tweaking the tasks a little though, for instance the Recreate Task will have Kemi Lewis of KL's Naturals create a style there on stage and have the teams recreate LIVE, the tasks will also be more interactive! Up for grabs are goody bags from the MANE CHOICE AFRICA worth over N100,000-  from their vitamins to their growth oil, detangling shampoo, conditioner....their products are taking naturalistas by storm in the US, just go on their Instagram page, ladies are clearing the shelves at Target and Sally's so I knew I had to get them on board and they are very excited sponsors!! Savvy and Chic will also give generous goody bags and salon passes to the winning team, I've had a few ladies sign up but not enough to form teams yet. I need at least 6 more ladies, so if you are up for this adventure, please send me an email with the subject- I Want to Battle!

4pm-6pm- Nigeria's First WIG RUNWAY SHOW!!! Ladies, I'm soooo. excited about this!! Basically I've approached a number of Nigerian wig companies and they have signed up for this show. It will consist of professional models, there will be a runway like at fashion shows and each wig company will show their collection of delectable wigs!!
You know it's one thing to see a picture of wig on a mannequin, it's another to see it move, feel it's texture, check  out the hairline and how it will look on a real person, well that's all what the show will be about and best believe the wig companies will be giving discounts on their wigs and you can shop away their collections following the show!! Wigs have been a tremendous help as protective styles for me personally, so I've picked my best wigs including Rileysee review HERE(all brand new of course) and I have Made a Savvy & Chic Collection to show also!! 

You guys I am soooooo excited about this year!! Planning started a little late because of the new addition to my family but I'm so pumped now that it's a month away and hope you all are too!!  To celebrate my 6th year of blogging, I will giveaway 6 gifts to 6 random attendees using a very fun game that is sure to get everyone excited!! 

Tickets to attend will go for N1000 only. Please save the late ladies, 5th of June, 5th of June, 5th of June!! All month long, I will share more about all those involved in the different segments at the event!! Please stay tuned!

See you all there!

Xoxo
Dabs

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Dab's File- That one time I pierced my nose! + Goddess Locs Tutorial!!




Hiya,
So it's been a while since I shared a funny story here and I was reminded of this particular incident while browsing Instagram and seeing ladies with pierced noses.

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So yeah there was a time I wore a nose ring...I was in Uni and my sister and I had just come back from summer holiday in the UK, while on holiday we were completely mesmerized by all the Indian girls spotting tiny nose rings with cute little shinny stones, we'd see a group of them on the tube and just be staring in admiration. We made the decision that when we got back to school in Ghana we had to get nose piercings and we were going to make it our things as sisters, after all we both wore the same gold rings my Mum had given us on each of our convocations, so this will be just that added sisterly thing we do!

My sister went first, she called and told me she was at a salon while I was in class and by evening she had come back to the dorm with a pink little stoned nose ring in her nose, feeling super fly!! I was so excited! I couldn't wait to get mine done the next day. 

Off we went the next day! Got to the salon, they took us to the back cordoned off by a curtain and out came an earring gun!! 'Don't tell me that's what you are using to pierce the hole in my nose!' I screamed! My sister was like Oju relax!! So I did and closed my eyes. 



*Prick*- I screamed! My nose had been pierced and I had tears running down my eyes from the shocking pain though I wasn't crying! My sister was grinning from ear to ear then handed me a mirror to look at my nose, I looked at it and my face dropped! 

Why is there a massive gold stud on my nose?! You know the ones used to open baby's ears!! It was then my sister deemed fit to tell me that they will need to change the gold stud right away to the smaller dainty one she had on, issue was my nose was throbbing in pain and there was no way I was going to let anyone touch it!!

So I came up with the smart idea of taking the small dainty nose ring to the dorm so I could exchange it later on by myself! Got to the dorm which was mixed gendered so there were guys and girls everywhere at the entrance, on the hallways, everywhere!! I was not about to pass them with a massive gold stud on my nose, so I went into incognito mode, used my hair to cover my face, bowed my head down and walked awkwardly as fast as I could to our room! Once I got there, the struggle began! 




Taking out the gold massive stud was easy, like my nose was thanking me for releasing it, however putting the tiny stud was hell. I tried everything I could to put this tiny stud in without causing more pain, no way! The hole was bleeding, I was in pain as the stud was refusing to completely go through the hole, kept trying no way! 

Finally I was able to stick that little stud in enough so at least the tip could pass through the inside of my nose and then I went to bed quite depressed actually, filled with frustration to the amusement of my sister and room mates! All this pain just for a nose ring! 

Ladies guess what happened the next morning?! I woke up and felt my face, my nose to be exact! The nose ring was no where to be found!!  Don't know how I slept, maybe I was tossing around in my sleep from all the self inflicted pain! Anyways, I couldn't believe that after all I had put myself through the day before there was no ring in sight!!!

I checked everywhere, under my bed, my closet area, study table, bed sheets, pillow...that nose ring had disappeared!! So there I was with a hole in my nose(not too noticeable, thankfully but still!!) and the only option was going through that torture of putting another nose ring into the hole and reliving that awful experience from the day before! After mind processing all of that, I decided nope, no way!! No nose ring for Dabs!! The hole will have to heal and close up on its own!! 'Dabs just forget this incident ever happened!'.

And I did until one random day weeks later, I was sweeping my room and I look at the gathered dirt and what do I find glistening in it, the pink studded nose ring I looked everywhere for!! I picked it up and proceeded to give it the longest hisssss ever, threw it back in the dirt and trashed it!

As for my sister, she went on to wear her nose ring off and on for about a year and randomly stopped wearing it all together!! 

Well that's just a little story from my youthful exuberant years, we all went through that phase, when you at least had to try out some type of trend, this story and the time I tried colored contacts stick out the most when I think back on those times but don't ask me to tell you about the contacts story! Too painful to relive! LOL

Have a great week ladies!  I made another hair tutorial, this one is on how to make Goddess Faux Locs!!


Watch and Enjoy!

Xxx
Dabs

Monday, 18 April 2016

Relaxers like bleaching cream? 3 reasons why this comparison is weak!



Hiya,
How's it going ladies!! Hope well, I'm a super busy bee lately and will be until the 2016 Salon Day Out coming up on Sunday the 5th of June!! The plans I have this year!! God help me....I will unravel a few soon so stay tuned ladies and prepare for some FUN!!

Now to my topic...I was reading an article on a blog one random day and in the comments section(where all the fun happens) someone had written something along the lines of 'People condemn girls that bleach their skin but don't you know when you relax your hair it's the same thing?'. I read that and sat up!! I was like hhhhhhhoooollllddddd upppp, is this true?!

A majority of you my dear readers are natural and this is something I truly appreciate because I find that naturals who read this blog and enjoy it are naturals with the correct understanding of what HEALTHY HAIR is about! Sometimes I feel like I'm always having to defend why I have stayed relaxed (texlaxed) and that's because of uninformed unfounded comments like the above on a public forum for all to see! Making a negative impression on the impressionable! Anyways, as usual I did my research on the statement mixed with some common sense...so here are just 3 reasons why that comment and the argument is just weak!

1. Frequency- this point was common sense derived...LOL. How often are bleaching creams used compared to relaxers? For you to see any difference, you must use a bleaching cream daily, sometimes even night and day!! It is that frequency that makes those creams quite dangerous....if you rub bleaching cream today and then not again till one random day next month....homegirl that cream will not work! Now with relaxers, the maximum number of times you can use them is three to four times a year! Gone are those days when relaxing your hair every month was cool but even still, the exposure to any 'harmful effect' from relaxer use is still relatively much less to the exposure to harmful effects of bleaching cream use so how can you compare the two?

2. Chemical Composition- Have you tried to read the labels of some of these bleaching creams? Some just have the label Bleaching Cream- GBAM! take it or leave it!LOL. There's all sorts of stuff in some of them, hidden 
dangerous stuff like mercury, steroids etc. My sister is a skin care guru visit her new blog HERE so trust me I know what's up...ever wondered what's in a relaxer? Well check your box of relaxer...I did and here's what was in my last relaxer used- Creme of a Nature straight from Eden-Ingredients-

Straightening Creme: Water (Aqua) , Hydrogenated Soybean Oil , Ceteareth-20 , Hydrogenated Cottonseed Oil , Cocamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride , Glyceryl Caprylate , Glyceryl Undecylenate , potassium sorbate , 

Creme Booster: Water (Aqua) , Calcium Hydroxide , Propanediol , Ceteth-10 , Steareth-21 , Laureth-2 , Cetearyl Glucoside , CI 77288 (Chromium Oxide Greens)


As you can see everything is listed! The Creme booster which is the 'activator' is where all the magic happens is a milder form of Sodium Hydroxide called Calcium Hydroxide since this is a no-lye relaxer and that's what straightens the hair...if you use just the straightening Creme without the 'booster' your hair will remain the same!

You know where else  LYE is found?? In your bathing soaps, washing liquid, bubble bath...anything that creates bubbles with water!! So how can something so wildly used in many products be so dangerous to the point that it's compared with another thing that has steroids, hydroquinone, mercury, acids!!

3. My third and final argument is bothered on the scope of use- this will also include the time frame! People that follow instructions on relaxer boxes know that the chemical should be used on only the new growth simple. The application should also be done in 30 minutes max if you are relaxing and 15 minutes for texlaxing, your previously processed hair is completely left out of the equation, In fact in my salon that part of the hair is drenched with regular conditioner, once the relaxer is washed out the process is complete...that's it till the next time you choose to use a relaxer! 

Hair strands are dead cells, the chemical will not be absorbed into your blood stream no matter what except you are relaxing your scalp! That's why it's advised to base your scalp with petroleum jelly as a block if you have sensitive scalp or your stylist can't just relax the new growth.

Now let's switch and examine the scope with bleaching creams, they are used everywhere on the body if you want an even tone. Your skin is absorbing the cream and all it's chemicals into your blood stream, you take a bath and rub again, most cremes even advice that you avoid sun exposure which can cause burns as mentioned earlier, this cycle needs to be consistently pursued for any results to be seen...how is this scenario and the one I just painted above the same?!

You know what irks me about making uninformed statements? It's not so much the people that make them, it's the people hearing them that I'm bothered by! Sometimes people say things just to get a reaction from others or just for the sake of saying them but you need to think of how what you are saying will affect a decision of the person hearing it and that's why I always feel the need to address statements like this....gotten me in some deep water in the past but I truly can't help it...after reading that comment which got quite a few likes, I needed to come on here and put things straight in case any of my blog readers read that comment and got confused, scared or rattled! 

Go natural for the right reasons and I'm the first to applaud...we deal with natural hair on a daily basis at the salon with great pleasure...In fact with the thickness I have going on with my hair I'm like a natural with say looser curls like 3c faked by my texlaxes!! LOL but going natural and making stuff up about using relaxers, I think is wrong. The information is out there ladies....no matter what you choose to do with your hair, the best advice I will give is to get informed and know what you are doing...that's what I'm here for and that's when you will see results!! Let's make this about healthy hair! I know that has been my consistent message! 

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