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Monday, 26 January 2015

PROTECTIVE HAIRSTYLE OF THE WEEK!

Hiya,
Again its kind of late due to a hectic schedule...but here's a cute style I found off Instagram, if you get to try it and post it, please tag me in it...

Instagram- @tjluvsbeingnatural
Have a great week people!!


Xxx
Dabs

Saturday, 24 January 2015

FINAL CONTENDERS FOR THE 2015 NHCG 6 INCHES OF GROWTH CHALLENGE!!


Hiya,
All month long, contenders for the challenge sent in starting pictures up until yesterday which was the deadline.

So without further ado, here are the contender's for 2015's growth challenge...




BUKOLA






CHIOMA ANITA



JUMOKE




ELIZABETH
SOLUM


ZIM




SALOME



MARIS
CHIDINMA


CHIOMA A.
OLUWAKEMI



BUSAYO


UZOMA


HIBEEKAY


MOYEEN

TOMI



GRACE


PEACE


CHIOMA


CRYSTAL



EBELE

OPE

GLORIA

REBECCA
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DANIELLE


ENDY



FOLAKE joins the race again;



There you have it...27 ladies have entered this year's challenge and 1 winner will emerge as the winner at the end of the year(God willing)- She will win $100 and a goody bag from Savvy and Chic hair/beauty hub and two other runner ups will get goody bags as well....I tried to reply each entry I got wishing the contender good luck but if for some reason I didn't reply your mail due to an oversight then my apologies, here's wishing everyone of you and even those who didn't send pictures but are challenging themselves to grow their hair this year... the best of luck....again this blog and so many other blogs are packed with resources to help you along this journey so...DON'T DULL, DON'T SLACK....NAIJA HAIR CAN GROW!!!


Xxx
Dabs

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

INTERIOR DECOR WITH DABS- MAKING A BLACK BOARD AND LOTS MORE COMING SOON...

Hiya,
So for those who have been staying updated with my company- Savvy & Chic Hair Beauty Hub (@savvychichairbeautyhub on Instagram), you'd know that we moved...and if the before and after pics of our first store are anything to go by;



Then you know I have big plans for this new space that is twice the size...I will make sure to share the transformation on the Interior Decor with Dabs page...so stay tuned for the updates... After a stressful day today, I came home and decided to make a black chalk board for a wall at the new store...I have been seeing so many fun chalk board walls...

source

view the rest of the post on the Interior Decor with Dabs page...


By the way, I tried the hairstyle of the week...put my ends in a bun though and flat twisted the front...




Who else tried the hair style, please feel free to tag me on social media or drop the link below if you have a blog and put it up there!!

P.S Friday is the last day to enter the 2015 6 inches of growth challenge O!!

Xxx
Dabs

Monday, 19 January 2015

PROTECTIVE HAIRSTYLE OF THE WEEK!

Hiya,
This is kind of late as we are one day into the week but better late than never...as I promised, here is the hair style of the week-

source
She might be just 5 years old but her hairstyle is banging!! If your hair is not long enough, just tuck the ends into a bun!! If you recreate this and post on instagram, please tag me- @naijahaircangrow :)

Have a great week people!!


Xxx
Dabs

Saturday, 17 January 2015

THE LINE OF DEMARCATION.

Hiya,
So I am back with a post elaborating on the issue I dealt with most of last year...most of you have asked me how the breakage happened and so I have decided to elaborate more on how the line of demarcation can affect length retention when you are dealing with different hair textures.


So when you decide you want to go texlaxed or natural, you start to deal with different hair textures, the straighter texture at the ends and the natural texture...the point where the two textures meet is the point of demarcation and the line of demarcation right across your hair.

That point is very very sensitive and when your ends are not managed properly it can break off like mine did;



To deal with that line of demarcation, you can either choose to cut the straight hair off and deal with textured section ( save yourself the headache).

But to actually deal with that line here are a few tips I wish I stuck to last year...

Get your ends trimmed, I mentioned that in my prior post..this will prevent the ends from splitting up the hair shaft and lead to indiscriminate breakage...

Moisturize your line of demarcation like crazzzyyy!! After you moisturize and seal your entire hair, I suggest a spray bottle mixed with water and oils or aloe vera gel(Which I am LOVING!!!) and spray that section a little extra and seal with oil.

Finally my advice will be to NOT ever deal with your hair when its wet!!! I used to try and detangle my hair with a wide tooth comb when I got out the shower and in my bid to smooth the hair out I did not know I was causing undue breakage at that point of demarcation...apparently even WIDE TOOTH COMBS can cause breakage when you are dealing with wet hair that has different textures...so my advice is to smooth out your hair as you rinse with water, moisturize the damp hair and allow the hair to air dry to like 80% before you proceed to detangle and manipulate it...


So in sum, to avoid breakage at the line of demarcation keep the manipulation of your hair to the absolute minimum or just cut off the straighter texture to have a uniform texture...


P.S Ladies its one week left to send in your entry for the 6 inches of growth challenge...enter for the chance to win the coveted title and $100!!

Xxx
Dabs

Sunday, 11 January 2015

PROTECTIVE HAIR STYLE OF THE WEEK!

Hiya,
In keeping to my promise, here's a style I saw off Instagram that I think will make a great protective style this week if you have at least shoulder length hair...

Photo Credit- @gem on Instagram



Here's wishing you all a great week!!

Xxx
Dabs


Friday, 9 January 2015

My 2015 HAIR/LIFE GOALS!!


Hiya,
How's everyone doing? Here's wishing you all your heart desires this New Year! 

This post is all about my 2015 hair/life goals! I thank God for 2014, on the life front, life was great, there was so much growth and progress last year, most of you guys were witness, I also had the chance to interact with most of you like never before...it was refreshing, exciting and I look forward to even more growth this year! 

On the hair front, it seemed like I was on a Yo-Yo! I started the year very strong, my hair was full, longer and I was at least 3 inches past BSL almost boldly MBL but I entered the year with a strong resolution to stay off the scissors....no matter how my ends looked, this year I will not put scissors in my hair- that's what I told myself as I tend to be very scissor happy...but then I had that middle section of my hair to contend with...








It had not filled out, so I pampered it, did all the extra moisturizing and sealing, deep conditioned but I never put scissors to it, not until this happened!!





It was while in the US when I took my crochet braids off and saw that the middle back of my hair had broken off beyond recognition! The area that was just like 2 inches shorter than the rest was now like 4/5 inches shorter! I was horrified! So I did a little trim, too little to make a difference and prayed and egged on that section to stop breaking and just even out!










It didn't, while the rest of my hair was flourishing, it just kept getting shorter....I'm quite careful to share these type of things on the blog because of the skeptics that come to try and dispute my notion that our Naija Hair can grow, I'm also always weary that I will discourage people that are on a hair journey that are having a hard time...so I rather share low points like this when I am back on top and have a solution or have conquered the issue....

Anyways, the final straw was when I took this picture on relax day in September, it was now very obvious...



Look at my hair divided and see the middle back.... 


Next Day after the touch up- see the thinness
All my straight hair at the middle back had become too weak to hold on and was just breaking off! It was a truly depressing sight! If I had had regular trims especially at that section through the year, my ends would most likely not be as weak and the breakage might not have become as bad because evidently that middle section of my hair was shorter and full of split ends!! The ends just kept splitting until they broke off!


I was not mentally ready to take off 4/5 inches of my hair at a go so I just kept on cutting every month till now when I have leveled most of it out...the annoying thing is that I had to cut perfectly healthy ends of my hair so the disparity is not that bad! I was more encouraged by this picture;



Photo Credit- Instagram
Its of a UK Youtube Hair Vlogger who I have watched for years and follow on Instagram- @healthyafrohair, When I saw her ends, I could not help it!! So I for the first time asked my husband to help me even out my ends;



MUCH BETTER!!
See the comparison between July 2014 and January 2015;


Now my hair is no doubt shorter but is in over all better shape. If my hair can bounce back, so can yours!!

Hair goals for 2015;

Though I don't aim for blunt ends as I don't think my ends can ever stay that way except I maintain it at shoulder length which I am not keen on, I plan to give my hair trims every relax day moving forward so that's every three months and I am not talking about dusting, I am going to go in there and cut at least half an inch of all my ends at all lengths this year...I rather retain 3/4 healthy inches at the end of the year than 6 scraggly inches!!

I also must stick to a no heat styling rule this year! Not even to check my length...I know how fragile my hair is when heat is applied, it gets dry and breaks easily...if I must use heat, I will rollerset.

I will also start taking something I never thought I'd take....hair vitamins!! I'm trying out Manetabolism, my 4 months supply is on the way and I will start right away...though I try to eat healthy, I fall off the wagon quite a bit, my drinking water habit is less than great...my hair's elasticity is quite poor and I've had two children back to back so more hormones have been all over the place...I think it's finally time to get help from the vitamins department and all the great reviews from Manetabolism especially that they don't cause breakouts influenced my decision to try them instead of other popular vitamins.

I will also let my hair down as rarely as possible- you know how most of my focus the last few years have been products....well this year my focus will be on STYLING!! Every week I will post something on a hairstyle that I've either tried or seen somewhere....so the posts will be shorter and more pictorial hope you guys will appreciate that...because one of the most questions I get is people wondering how to carry their hair weeks on end without extensions....this year I will show you how!!!

Finally I'm going to be praying this prayer point- 'Lord may I retain the growth of my crown of glory this year!!'- ( I can see some of you rolling your eyes reading this wondering, is it that serious?)- LOL!!! Well it might not be that serious but I know the power of prayer both for big issues and small issues, when my hair was bleached and broken off to the point where I had just like ten strands in my ponytail, I was confused and I will never forget how I prayed a prayer that God should restore my hair to its former glory...weeks later I was on Youtube which I never visited for anything other than music then I stumbled upon Ateyaa's page and then Ulovemegz and Traciee of Keep it Simple Sistahs, then MsKibibi....these were all relaxed hair vloggers and it was like I had just discovered a brand new world....you mean black girls can have long healthy hair like this??? Oya oh let me try what they are saying! 


Now see me how many years later....if my hair breaks today, I know what to do to get it back in shape! So I challenge you like I challenge myself daily, let's make this year a year to remember!! Let's grow this Naija hair and remember to take pictures, that's the best way to track your progress!!


Thanks to all the ladies that sent in their starting pictures for the 2015 NHCG 6 inches of Growth Challenge!! I'm expecting more entries. Closing date is the 23rd of January!!


Thanks for stopping by!

Xxx
Dabs