Daboju Dagogo-Jack is the cool founder of the popular hair and beauty website and quarterly magazine, Savvy & Chic Hair Beauty Hub.
With her foray into the beauty industry all starting from blogging about her hair journey, Daboju began sharing her hair care tips on a blog aimed to inspire Nigerian women to care for their hair (Naija Hair Can Grow) and has been a success ever since.
Taking sometime out from her busy working day to chat with us at SPICE, Ms Dagogo-Jack tells us why we should avoid “butterfly” eyebrow styling and how to get a chic braided do in just 5 minutes…
SPICE: What does beauty mean to you?
Daboju Dagogo-Jack: This might sound cliche but beauty to me radiates from the inside, out. To be beautiful means your ability to reflect positivity, love and kindness in your day to day dealings… beyond the lip gloss and the blush, the false lashes and the white teeth, you are beautiful when you make people around you feel warm.
What is your day-to-day beauty & hair care routine?
I’m pretty low maintenance and like to stick to basic routines. For my face, I exfoliate daily, deep cleanse with astringent and moisturise with an SPF lotion; I’m presently using the Cookie Skin Complexion shield day lotion with SPF 50. For my hair, I moisturise and seal daily, oil my scalp nightly and give it a massage to promote blood flow and hair growth.
If we caught you unawares, what style will your hair most likely be in?
A bun, because it’s simple to do but sleek and classic.
What would be your must-have beauty product?
My must have will be a water-based hair moisturiser or hair spritz. Maintaining moisture levels with my hair is always a struggle around these parts, so I don’t joke with my moisture-based hair products.
If we were to go through your beauty collection, what brands and products would we find?
Sleek Makeup, MAC Cosmetics, Makeup Forever, an entire basket of essential and carrier oils – from grape seed oil and castor oil to peppermint oil, coconut oil and tea tree oil… You name it, I’ve got it 🙂
What are your beauty dos and don’ts?
The usual; use SPF, don’t sleep with makeup on, exfoliate your skin. For hair, avoid sulphate shampoos, avoid small combs, use detanglers and leave in conditioners, be gentle with your hair…
Please share your natural hair inspirations with us?
Two words – Halle Berry! I love her hair and even though I know my hair texture will never be like hers, I just love to stare at her beautiful locks.
Can you please share an ‘oh no, I didn’t’ moment with us?
When I was in uni, I decided to try waxing, so I went in to wax my eyebrows and the lady tells me she is going to give me an eyebrow shape called ”butterfly.” About five painful minutes after, she tells me she is done with one eyebrow and I look in the mirrow and she waxed out all my hair! It took an entire year for that eyebrow to grow back!
If you had to give just one beauty tip or piece of advice, what would it be?
Don’t get stuck! If your skin or hair is having the same problems year after year, you need to review and tweak it to best benefit you.
If you could, what would you like to change in the beauty industry?
I’ll speak for the hair industry since that’s my true passion – I’d like it to evolve as the beauty industry in Nigeria has evolved and for hair stylists and salon owners to take pride in the art of hair; to care for hair and learn to grow hair with the same passion in which they fix weaves; to invest in educating themselves with the latest ground breaking products and researches on African hair. I’d like the profession of hair styling to be made more dignified.
Please share a guaranteed 5-minute style for all natural hair carriers?
Hmm, I love my big braids, so for an elegant 5-minute style, simply section your hair into two; the front section and the back section. Then braid the front section into a big braid and pin the tip to the side behind your ear. Next, pack the back section in a bun. Done! A simple and elegant style!
Would you love to contact Daboju? Then simply visit her blog: www.naijahaircangrow.blogspot.com
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