Sunday, 7 February 2016

Dab's File- Come Hair Products shopping and sight seeing with me!


Hiya,
Hows's everyone doing!  Hope well...I'm starting a new segment on the blog that will be an outlet for me to share topics of interest, life, family etc. calling it Dab's File and it will consist of a post every Sunday in either text form, video form or pictorial....let's face it, after about six years of blogging about one topic(Hair care) a girl is bound to run out of core topics but I'm not done with this blog just yet so I'll keep blogging in general in the mean time...

So let's get right to it, been here in the US for months now and in that time I've been doing what I love best, shopping!! As regards hair products, I have done minimal actual shopping but quite a bit of window shopping so let's begins shall we...

First thing I noticed was the multiple additions Shea Moisture has made to their line of products, those people are unstoppable!! It's like they have a team that sits down and discusses ALL the possible issues concerning the hair and skin(they have a body line and kids line too) and these people just keep churning out  products to cater to these issues....Anyways I spotted their new Porosity line;

Blue for high porosity hair;










Orange for low porosity hair;


Then there's the Age defying and color protect line-




The weightless. Shampoo and rinse line-
                                               

The manuka honey and mafura oil intensive hydration shampoo/ conditioner-






They have an entire professionals line with hair masques,  shampoos,conditioners, oils.



Essential oils-  (love the packaging) 





Finally Hair Color/Dye-



Their attention to detail is really impressive and I wish I could buy everything but I can't keep up, so I picked up the Low porosity detangler-



It actually does a great job, full review coming up.

The next products I had my sights on though I ended up not purchasing this time around is the TGIN line, TGIN stands for Thank God I'm Natural and their honey. miracle Mask is the Truth, well that's what reviews say....it's  definitely on my wish list-



Camille Rose is another highly loved brand on Instagram,naturals love the definition their almond twisting butter gives, personally I don't think I'll try it but for those wanting to take their twist outs to the next level, this line is one to consider...



Aside from the regular islanders that have been making Jamaican Castor oil, other companies have joined the game, Proclaim now has black Jamaican oil;

And Shea moisture too...the reason why I like Americans, they don't slack when it comes to giving consumers options, love the capitalism!!

Another product line I discovered which was also all the rage is the Alikay Naturals line, one word for their Lemongrass leave in I bought? DIVINE!! If you can get your hands on it, please do!! Stay tuned for full review...








A trend I noticed was Celebrity hairstylists coming out with their own natural hair products like Kim Kimble and Andre Walker, Oprah's acclaimed stylist (who actually formulated  Hair typing)....





Maybe one day we will see our Naija stylists like Ugo of Make Me salon come out with a line simply called Ugo or Kemi Lewis or good old Daboju (me) LOL...

Another trend you guys that has taken over the Afro world is these mambo twist crotchet, EVERYONE and their Mama is rocking. It was my Christmas hairstyle, then my two sisters got in on the action and just before she left, my mum installed the 12 inches thinner twists, they come in all sizes, lengths and colors and I just wish I could bring them but for a full head you need like 5 to 6 packs so even if I did bring them I'd be only able to supply for like 3 to 4 people after the bulky stress of transporting them....but it's so hot right now....love it!
my sister



Finally what's a hair shopping trip without WIGS!! I bought a whooping 10 wigs on this trip however I'm keeping just 1,this one-



It's called Liberty (doesn't the model look like singer Seyi Shay?)  I will have a full review for you guys, love it so far!!

The other wigs will make their debut later on...Used this chance to get them out of the way, so no they are not for sale just yet so I won't be sharing their details till their big reveal :)

The other day when I went snooping at the beauty store, I saw this product...
It's colored edge control...will be perfect for people graying or with receding hair line...

I had one natural products shop I wanted to go to but found out it's not quite as close as I thought it was and driving such a distance is just not possible right now...oh well next time hopefully!!


That's all for now, I think I did well for staying here all these months, I'm just not as easily sold as I used to be when I picked any and every hair product in sight...as for actually shopping for these products, you know I'd have loved to open an import window but our currency is weak and it just doesn't make sense for me right now...will keep you all updated when things hopefully change!! 

Expect another entry into my Dab's File next week Sunday, it might be about changing diapers! Lol just kidding, till then I wish you a great week!! 



P.S Regular hair care update posts are still going to feature as per usual so have no fear.



Xxx
Dabs

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Let the games begin!! 2016 6 INCHES OF GROWTH CHALLENGE IS ON!!









Hiya,
I've been receiving and compiling all the entries for the 2016 6 inches of Growth Challenge...and I must say I'm excited that quite a number of you believe it's a challenge you want to take on, here's wishing you all the best of luck and hoping you all follow through and we. See your results at the end of the year, God willing!!

Without much ado, here's a list of all those who have entered this year's challenge;



ADEBOBOLA

LEBOGANG

JUDITHERESE

BUSAYO
LAURA ADAGBON

TIM CANDY

CHIMDIMMA

EBELE 

ZIZI


REBECCA

DOLAPO




FUNMI

GHANAIAN EMPREZZ






EGBEJALE JOY

ADEOLA SALAU

ONYINYE MBEGBU

DEEBORAH ADEGBORO

AYODELE





Good luck ladies!!
P.S stay tuned for my hair products shopping post next!!

Xxx
Dabs

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

First Texlax of 2016!!


Hiya,
How are y'all doing?! My birthday was yesterday so I got my hair texlaxed just because I wanted sleek edges for my birthday (not that I was going anywhere extraordinary...)but yeah I self-texlaxed at 12 weeks post relaxer a week before on the 16th and I used my all time fave,  silk elements olive oil relaxer and enjoyed every bit of the treatment-




I spent a total of 15 minutes from start to finish, no combing, fully coated my ends with conditioner and coconut oil, no scalp burns and nicely textured hair!!

Took a texture shot of my roots just before I started;



Look at my ponytail after, see all the texture from root to tip...loving this texlaxed life!!











My hair is now fully at Bra Strap level- BSL, I didn't straighten it and didn't bring my length check T shirt on my trip so I don't have an accurate measurement but from the pics I took it sure is BSL.

Loving the pace in which my hair is growing...presently my hair is in layers as I gave it a nice new year trim. I have accepted that if you don't go in there and trim what needs to be trimmed and give your hair layers with scissors, your hair will help you out and layer itself but you will most likely be left with unsightly ends (uneven scraggly ends). I will resume Youtube texlax update videos so I can actually show how I manage my different lengths, how I dust my ends etc.

In March my hair will start post partum shedding for about a month if I'm to go by how it happened for my last two pregnancies, I'm fully prepared for that,  post partum shedding doesn't scare me as much again at least not as much as my Inverted V coming back, that gives me straight up nightmares but I'm watching the back of my hair very closely and so help me God there will be no more set backs.

That's all for my texlax update, I'm owing a shopping trip post but I held out that post because there is this shop I discovered on  Instagram in Houston where I am that is PACKED with a product junky like me's wants and desires and I have to head there first before I conclude my shopping trip...So stay tuned for that....P.S restrictions on Nigerian bank cards and our sad exchange rate has made this trip such a hassle for me and that's why I cannot even open an import window...hopefully things settle down and get better and we resume in our product junkie ways :) but stay tuned for that post and a compilation of all those who have entered the 2016 growth challenge!!

Thanks for stopping by,
Xxx
Dabs

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Hair habits to lose vs Hair habits to cultivate in 2016


Hiya,
I always like to put up a 'let's go get 'em' spur to action type post at the start of the year, like this one- HERE ...so when I realized I hadn't done that this year I had to sit down and get one going!! So here's a summary of all those bad hair habits to avoid and on the flip side, habits to inculcate as the year begins for longer, healthier, shinier, bouncy hair all year long ( sigh if wishes were horses) but let's give this our best shot shall we?!!




Habits to lose...

This year stay away from HEAT TOOLS as much as possible, I talk about the danger of heat-HERE...enough said...

A really bad hair habit to lose this year is piling on hair products...erroneously some ladies think the more of a product you pile up on your hair, the faster the product will work...I once had a lady come by the hub to purchase Giovanni direct leave in conditioner, two weeks later she was back and complained to me that the 16oz bottle she bought just two weeks ago was finished....I had to let her know that finishing the entire bottle on her hair that quickly was absolutely unnecessary, actually what piling on products does is block the scalp pores and that prevents the scalp from breathing, causes build up and stunts growth...so please a little goes a long way with using products especially if you use them regularly as you should.

Another habit to lose is Combing....yeap you read right!! I know most of us grew up with stylists and our mothers (ahem Hi Mum) raking through our locks and making sure every strand is in place in the name of grooming our hair. Since I've been on my hair journey I've discovered that the less I use a comb the less hair I lose, I try to only comb on wash days with only a wide tooth comb and the rest of the time, I use my fingers and a soft bristle brush I've owned for six years now and it works just fine...

My final habit to lose has to do with manipulating your hair...no matter how thick or otherwise your hair is, working in sections while you detangle it or style it IS A MUST!! That habit of just combing our hair all to the back when wet especially is one of the causes of hair breakage and receding hairlines! Your hair at the roots has a mind of its own as to what direction it wants to face...please allow it, I generally divide my entire head of hair into 2 large sections and further subdivide into six sections. Working in smaller sections will ensure that you are not tugging or pulling too hard at your hair forcing it into submission and also ensure that each section is adequately cared for and receives product....

Now let's move to habits to cultivate for healthier hair...

Wash and dry your hair in one direction...goes back to my point on manipulation...if your hair is under running water, let it flow down in one direction as hair is most fragile when wet and moving it around can lead to tangles which can lead to breakage, same goes for drying especially if you air dry, section, detangle and leave the hair to flow downward in one direction.

Know the difference between a moisturizer and a styler...this point is especially important for naturals and borrow pose naturals like me...know that a moisturizer or leave in conditioner most times will not do the work of a styling pudding or curl serum for instance...so if you want a well defined twist out sure to turn heads, you can't rely on your moisturizer for this, if you need your hair to be manageable and you wanted to be able to comb through easily, you are wasting your time with a curl pudding...


Go Organic...if you are a regular blog reader you already know how much I love my bananas, avocados, pure honey, Shea butter, aloe Vera gel, eggs,  palm oil  etc. for my hair treats...it's not just because I like a good concoction, it's more because these ingredients are at their purest form and that means they are more potent than say a tub of conditioner that says it has honey in it. This year try and incorporate organic or natural ingredients as you deep condition for optimized results.

Protective style...but you know this had to be on the list!! There are different degrees, from buns to braids to weaves...leave protective styles in your hair for not too long say 2 weeks, ensure that your actual hair is truly preserved ( why I love crotchet braids so much) and finally, let the take down process be done carefully without stress on your hair...I learnt the hard way- HERE


My final habit that has now become a must for me is regular trims....for some ladies with great elasticity and minimal split ends, trims can be done only on relaxer day or for naturals every 3/6 months but if  you are like me and see one too many split ends, one too many times, then you want to trim more than just relaxer day or twice/thrice a year...you want to do what is aptly called dusting, regular mini trims that keep the split ends at bay,be slack on them and you might just end up with my 2014 nightmare!!

That's all ladies, not too many rules aye??let's try and move forward this year shall we and reap beautiful hair in the end. 

P.s I've seen your entries for the 2016 6 inches of growth challenge!! Expect that post up really soon!! 

DEESCAKES I saw your mail, clicked delete by mistake b4 I could read it.(hate when that happens)...please resend it...


Take care ladies 
Xxx
Dabs

Saturday, 16 January 2016

How to make a Satin sleep cap for a new born baby girl


Hi ladies,
If you follow me on Instagram you already saw the picture of the satin sleep cap I made for my 3 Weeks old daughter...yes you read right!! Babies need some TLC too you know!!

The idea came when I was thinking about how to avoid that line of demarcation babies have at the back their heads...my two boys had it and it drove me crazy but they were boys and their hair textures were completely different but I'm not about to fold my hands and watch it happen to my precious little girl! Lol! So I thought if satin sleep caps help protect edges from thinning out and dryness, surely making a satin sleep cap by lining the beanie I got from the hospital when I had Mitaire will work just the same...so I purchased a quarter yard of pink satin and here's a quick pictorial...

You'll need a baby beanie cap, satin material, scissors, thread and needle





First measure the amount of satin you will need to line inside the beanie;



Turn the beanie inside out and sew the satin material to the top of the beanie where the cap is joined




Proceed to sew the two ends of the satin material inside out so that when you turn them over, the seam is on the inside. Neatly fold the edges of the cap to match with the edge of the beanie and sew the two together




Fold over the beanie, et viola!!



Wear your precious baby!! 



Fingers crossed this will help to prevent thin edges or that line of demarcation, other things I'm doing include making her sleep on her tummy (only when I'm watching her) so that there's limited friction at the back of her hair, I'm also still using only Savvy and Chic whipped Shea butter in buttercream


When I apply the Shea butter on her hair, I always use the little brush they gave us at the hospital to brush her hair while giving her a gentle head massage for extra stimulation to her tender scalp....these things I believe will add up and give her really lush hair :)


That's all for now, second post for today coming up so stay tuned!!


P. S if you have sent in your pic for the 2016 6 inches of growth challenge and I am yet to respond, not to worry...I will get round to it. Thanks.

Xx
Dabs