Feature post: Dabs from Naija Hair Can Grow blog
- How long was your hair when you started your hair journey? I started my hair journey late 2009 and my hair was past ear length to neck length.
- What made you embark on a healthy hair journey? I was frustrated! My hair was suffering from over processing thanks to coloring it honey blonde regularly and very regular relaxer touch ups- every month without fail! When I went for my masters in the U.S, I discovered the world of you tube hair videos and decided there and then that I too wanted to start a hair journey and change my hair from unhealthy to healthy!
- What is your current length? I am currently Bra Strap length on the longest part of my hair but at least arm pit length with most other parts .
- Please share your regimen. What do you do daily, nightly and weekly, to care for your hair? On a daily basis I moisturize and seal my hair from root to tip in sections at least once a day either during the day or at night. Then every weekend, I give my hair a treat! I turn my bathroom into a hair spa and concoct all sorts of hair treatments like deep conditioning treatments, moisturizing treatments, hot oil treatments which can all be found on my blog. Read Dabs weekend regimen.You can also read this post describing the way Dabs moisturizes her hair, MOVE OVER MOISTURIZING/SEALING, ENTER THE LOC EASE METHOD!!
- How often do you touch up/relax? At least every 9 to 12 weeks. I find that stretching your relaxer effectively can really contribute to length retention and prevent chemical damage. For me, 9 to12 weeks makes for the perfect stretch. Before my hair journey started, I used to touch up every 4weeks! So it took a lot of discipline on my part to ignore the new growth and stretch but the stretching has surely paid off!
- How do you maintain moisture levels and manage breakage? I maintain moisture levels by moisturizing and sealing my hair daily; one of my hair mantras! I also do a lot of co-washes with just conditioners and this keeps my hair soft and manageable so I can overcome breakage. I also avoid hair styles that put stress on my hair and break it like weaves and extensions or products with alcohol which dry out hair and cause breakage.
- How do you detangle your hair to minimize breakage? I don’t joke with my water and glycerin mixture for detangling knots and tangles. I also use Mane ‘n Tail Detangler. I love it!
- What is the best tip you have learned to protect your ends? I know quite a few tips like regular trims of the ends to protect from split ends, using satin bonnets or silk pillows to sleep and tucking your ends away from rubbing against your clothes or pillow but the best tip I would say is sealing your hair with oils after miosturizing! Yes I know I’m beginning to sound like a broken record! LOL but it has worked so much to protect my ends from drying out and frizzing away that I cannot emphasis it enough!
- How often do you wear your hair out vs. protective styling (buns, etc.)? My hair is majority of the time left out, not necessarily hanging down though but I love to play with my hair though. I also ensure that I incorporate protective styles too, so much so I have a monthly Protective styles Look book I post on my blog. I have not used extensions; weaves, braids etc in my hair for over 2 years.
- Do you use direct heat? If so, how often? I hardly ever use direct heat on my hair because I know how bad it is for hair! I always air dry my hair. I have not used a blow dryer in at least 2 years. If I am going to straighten or curl my hair, I allow it to air dry first before I apply the heat after of course moisturizing and sealing and applying a heat protectant section by section to my hair or I opt for no-heat methods to create curls like satin rollers or flexi rods.
- You’ve made some huge progress with your hair journey. What do you attribute most to your success? Consistency, having a consistent regimen and just going with the flow and trying out products to see what works for my hair and sticking to the ones that work I will say has been the secret to my success.
- Have you had any setbacks/trouble along the way? How did you overcome your setbacks? And your favourite product? I have had what I felt were set backs. At the beginning of my hair journey I just wanted everything to work out so quickly and so when I’d retouch my hair with a relaxer I’d be so eager to see a huge difference in length but because of the over-processing my hair had suffered, I had lots of split ends and had to get them trimmed off so initially my hair seemed the same length and that made me so dissappionted, it was until I relaxed and decided to keep at my regimen that I saw improvement. That’s the only feeling of a ‘setback’ I can think of. I have too many favorite products, you will have to visit my blog to find out.
- What’s your signature style? I always love to do the half up/ half down style with either a side or center parting and for a more stylish look, if I am going out to a fancy occassion I love to incorporate big braids into my hair styles.
- Do you do anything additionally to support your hair? (Nutrition, vitamins, exercise)? No, I exercise but that’s more to do with dropping pounds than having longer hair. I did take biotin when I started my hair journey but it was a chore because I do not like swallowing pills so I stopped.
- You’re stuck on a desert island and you can only have 3 hair related items with you. What would they be and why? A desert is dry and hot so if you have been reading this interview you should already know what I will bring…my water based hair moisturizer to combat the dryness and heat of the dessert, an oil to seal in the moisture like olive oil ( I’m a certified broken record! LOL) and a wide tooth comb to comb and detangle my hair!
- Looking back at your journey so far, is there anything you would do differently? Or wish you would have done sooner? Yes I wish I’d have given my hair a more severe cut at the start of my hair journey because I find that as my hair grows longer, I am having to cut off some length so my ends look better instead of uneven.
- Is there anything else you would like to share that I haven’t asked you about? Or any links you would like to share? Nope. Not really, you have sucked the hair gist out of me! LOL! However, I would like to encourage ladies who think hair care is too difficult or complicated. It really isn’t: it’s all about taking basic mostly simple steps that accumulate to give great hair results. I encourage ladies reading this to just take the first step of checking mine at Naija Hair Can Grow and other hair blogs online and that could be the start of a journey that could transform your hair from being unhealthy to being healthy and long in a few years.
- Someone is reading this right now who’s about to start her hair journey. What advice would you give her? My advice would be: Start! Incorporate hair care to your other morning/weekend rituals. Iif you can sit through hours of pulling and tugging in a salon, then you can at least spare a few minutes a day to wait for it…..moisturize and seal your hair daily! LOL. Get informed, equip yourself with information about hair care. Source for products that work for YOUR hair and do not compare your progress to anybody else. If you have a set back, do not feel defeated. Keep at it, block out popular erroneous myths like ‘you must have white blood somewhere down the family line to grow long hair’ and surely your hair will grow and you shall testify!!
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