When That DIY Becomes a Terrible Option


Yaaaaay… Go DIY says (almost) everyone! It’s cheaper, healthier and more specific they say till you mix up a concoction that lands you in the hospital, turns you to ‘Ojuju Calabar’ or better (worse) still chops off half of the hair you are trying to retain.

I will never forget one DIY that almost landed myself and a friend in trouble many years ago while in Secondary School. It was a Sunday morning and rather than go for service we hid in our lockers till almost all the Seniors who usually chased us downstairs had gone.

On coming out, we were sitting on our beds ‘gisting’ when senior Eno came to meet us, asking for a solution to her acne. Well, I had heard it before that a paste of Dusting Powder and Close Up sends acne away fast. So, in a bid to help, I told senior Eno this and my friend said that we should add a drop of Dettol to make it even more effective… Her acne was that much

We both got to work immediately, and, in a few minutes, we had whipped up a solution we took to Senior Eno asking her to apply and leave on for about twenty minutes and we went about our own businesses. About an hour later, we got called into senior Eno’s corner and believe me, I have no words to describe what her face had turned into. It was all red and had started peeling ….. We were in a major trouble! Thank God Senior Eno was not one of those very wicked seniors else we would have sung a different tune that day.

A lot of times, many of us see DIY as the cheapest and easiest way out and without proper or enough information/research, we dive right into it only to come out looking worse than before. The following are reasons why that DIY ca turn out to be bad for you:

No Proper Research:

Some of us just see or hear somethings and never bother to do proper research on them before starting out. This is VERY WRONG! When it comes to social media, following people on good faith may be a form of misplaced trust.

That popular blogger, YouTuber, or Instagrammer may not intend to hurt anyone because even them may not know that they are making a mistake and that’s a huge problem for you.

This is our body we are talking about here. Before trying out any recipe, read/learn everything there is to learn about it. Who uses it? How does it work? How long? etc


Not knowing what you (hair or skin) reacts to:

Do you know what your body, system or hair reacts to? Do you know what it likes and what it doesn’t like? Do you know in what dosage and proportion it can handle these things? It is important to know all these and more, so you don’t end up hurting yourself in the process of DIY.

Check Check and Check! Don’t assume that a blogger knows your skin/hair type and what can be used for them. Research and ask questions.

Using the wrong dosage/measurement of a product:

A recipe may say 5ml of peppermint oil but because you don’t have the right tools, you pour in a capful and we all know that peppermint oil should be used sparingly in most cases. So, always ensure that you use the right amount of products so as to get the right results.


Many DIYs take time! Take oil infusion for example, the process isn’t completed in a day. However, in a bid to show off their nice hair or skin results, some do not let the process run its course so what they get is either half-baked or even contaminated posing a risk to them.

Using substandard products:

When conditioners like (name) go for, N3,000 many of us (myself included) scream and do all sorts and the next thing we say is ‘ I can do it myself.’ And when we get to the market and they tell us the prices of these ingredients, we still scream and ask for cheaper ones (Thanks to our Igbo brothers) who have the cheaper (less quality)  version of almost everything except human beings lol…

We buy a 100 gram of emulsifier for N500 and expect your result to turn out as well as someone that bought that of N3000… No my sister, it can’t work that way.

In all, it is important to follow DIY recipes from reliable sources and when in doubts, contact the DIY Poster/ Brand you are interested in and ask questions about sourcing and ingredients. If they have nothing to hide, they will get back to you with a clear and non-evasive answer.

If they don’t, red flag them!

Have you ever had a case of DIY gone wrong? Please share with us below.

P.S: I will try my best not to laugh at you, I promise!


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