Monday, May 6, 2019

GlamNaturalLife - Customer Appreciation


It is with a grateful heart that I come to you today with this blog post of gratitude and self reflection. I am very humbled by what I am about to share. We are all really busy people and sometimes progress and growth and love and support can go over our heads and we don’t even even see it. We are so busy to the point where we do not even get to stop and look at our growth, our awesomeness and the support of others that got us there.

I am writing this post today to express a really big thank you to you ladies and gents who have supported this blog, my YouTube channel, the new online store of graphic tees and jewelry and have slowly become friends and my cool ‘fam bam’.

I went on a hiatus in 2014 from blogging and YouTube when I was pregnant and just really had no energy and then joined motherhood with a new job. By no means am I making excuses for slacking on being a content creator. However I want to somewhat explain why there have only been splashes of my posts and videos here and there versus consistency.

With that being said, you guys stood with me and supported my revived YouTube channel and have supported my Online Store. Last year this time I had 500 YouTube subscribers and now I am way over 3,000 with some videos with 10k to 300k views. And my online store traffic have increased tremendously. What was a thought turned into a business venture. I just want to take this time to simply say THANK YOU.





 

I am sorry for the long post and rant but it’s important to me that you, my blog readers, YouTube viewers and customers know that I appreciate YOU. Just for you, please enjoy a 15% off code (GLAMNATURALLIFE) at the online store https://glamnaturallife.shop 

Love, 
Shelly 💋 ​

Sunday, February 17, 2019

The Truth About Using Conditioner On Locs

Should you use conditioner in your locs? I feel like the Loc community has scared us and label conditioner as the forbidden product for loc’d.

In the video below I share my 2 cents on using conditioner on our locs.

 

Friday, November 16, 2018

Overwhelmed & Just Need to Scream

Photo Credit: Cristian Newman

Ok, it cannot just be me who goes through this from time to time. I have been completely overwhelmed lately with a million things happening and I just want to scream; and when I stop, everything is back in its place and it can be hinky-dory again.

Is peace, structure and success too much to ask for?

Photo Credit: Cristina Gottardi
These past few weeks have me looking a hot mess and I am just frazzled. My house, desk and mind is showing that I might be losing it. But the Devil will not win....just watch and see 😁. I have more projects at work on top of my already packed plate. "Project Manager Life....you know how that is". I am going through the process of applying to independent schools for my 4yr old and its just a lot. Mommies who are school shopping can relate.
Photo Credit: Alfons Morales

Thennnnn.....as if I didn't have enough going on, I launched my online store GlamNaturalLife Shop of graphic tees. Also trying to scale up my YouTube channel. Entrepreneur life is not easy.....don't be fooled....BUT DO NOT GIVE UP! 

"There is no gain without pain" they say right? Basically I have a lot of windows open that NEED to stay open. I just need to manage how I move from one to the other without running myself dry.

There is a bright side. Trust me there is. I am telling myself this (aloud) as I write: "There is a bright side". For me, the bright side is that this IS a learning opportunity and success is coming. I am learning how to multi-task on steroids, how the online business work, and how to have faith and stand firm and believe in what I set out to do.

Also, I am finding a best friend in myself and she is AWESOME. People might think I am crazy, but talking to myself out aloud in the shower in a real conversation with the successful woman inside me is the therapy that I need. You should try it.

Comment Below and tell me if I am just a crazy mad woman or if you can relate.







Saturday, October 27, 2018

Grand Opening of The GlamNaturalLife Shop




OMG......I am so excited to share with you guys that I have launched my online store. It has been my little secret project and finally it is a reality. 

This venture is so dear to me and I want my readers on the blog to have first access. BUT I got more. You guys get to shop 15% off until Nov 15th. Go check it out and remember to use code GLAMNATURALLIFE at checkout or use this link: https://glamnaturallife.SHOP/discount/GLAMNATURALLIFE

Below are a few of the featured items:





This venture is so dear to me and I want my readers on the blog to have first access. BUT I got more. You guys get to shop 15% off until Nov 15th. Go check it out and remember to use code GLAMNATURALLIFE at checkout or use this link: https://glamnaturallife.shop/discount/GLAMNATURALLIFE



Saturday, September 29, 2018

How to Moisturize Locs PROPERLY

Moisturizing Locs is not the same as moisturizing loose natural hair. So it is a big discussion topic in the loc community regarding how to properly moisturize our locs without causing product build up or damage to out locs.

In the below video, I share my tested and proven method to moisturize my locs properly and keep it moisturized. Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

UPDATED DIY Moisturizer For Locs & Natural Hair

DIY moisturizing spray for locs
I have been asked over and over again about how I moisturize my locs and what is in my spray bottle. Throughout my 5+ years having loose natural hair, I have always gravitated more towards DIY moisturizers than the store bought products. It tend to be cheaper and I know exactly what is inside the product.


In the first few months of being loc’d, I noticed how dry my locs were and needed SOMETHING. So I experimented with building a leave-in-spray to keep my locs moisturized. After a couple tries, I think I got the formula down to what my hair likes. I do not make big batches - I mostly use a 4oz travel size bottle.

So here it is:

  • Half bottle rose water
  • 1/4 bottle castor oil
  • A little jojoba oil or olive oil.
  • 2 drops of tea tree oil
  • 2 drops of rosemary oil
  • 2 drops of lemon grass oil
  • 1 drop of lavender oil for fragrance
  • Give it a good good shake


Why do I love this so much?
It moisturizes my hair and scalp really well. And stays moisturized longer. It’s very natural and SIMPLE. The plus is that I also can use this on my skin as well. It’s a great moisturizer for hair and body.

The dish on the ingredients?

  • Rosewater is a great moisturizer and toner all on its own. It’s lovely for the skin and hair. Some comes with glycerin which pulls moisture from your environment. This might work for some and might not for others. So if your do not like glycerin then just get plain rose water.
  • Castor Oil is great for your hair. The benefits are endless. Some people retwist their locs with just castor oil but some tend to feel like it’s way too thick. But I have learned that when mixed with other great ingredients, it’s really really nice. I had loads of castor oil from my loose natural days but it was too thick and I never thought to mix it like this. Seriously, don’t sleep on your castor oil.
  • Jojoba oil and olive oil are great oils for our hair and body. They are lighter than castor oil and from experiment I see that the mixture works better when I add a lighter oil.
  • Tea tree is great for the scalp and promotes growth by stimulating the scalp. The most notable benefit that I reap is to maintain scalp help. If you have scalp eczema this oil mixed with a base oil like castor oil, jojoba, coconut, or jojoba oil is like heaven. Trust me, your scalp will thank you.
  • Rosemary oil and lemon grass oil stimulate the scalp and also works as a booster for your base oils. Not to mention the great smell. Gosh it smells good. Just make sure you don’t add too much. It really masks the strong castor oil smell.

So there you have it. My holy grail moisturizer for my locs and is just as great for those with loose natural hair as well.

Please let me know in the comments below, what do you use to moisturize your hair

Monday, July 30, 2018

How To Prevent Product Buildup In Locs

Product build-up is one of the biggest issues that a lot of Kings and Queens with locs faces. However, preventing product build-up in your locs is not as hard as it might seem. I want to share with you, my regimen, which is 100% geared towards preventing product build-up in my locs.

Cleaning Your Locs Thoroughly
This is the number one and most important tip to prevent product build-up. Cleaning your locs is not just shampooing and rinsing. Each step of your wash process should be deliberate and with a purpose.

Below is a video showing how I wash my hair and what I use:


Pre-washing is vital in my opinion. Your washing machine or dishwasher have a pre-wash setting. I don’t think washing my locs should be any different. I wet my hair thoroughly then spray my Dr. Locs Pre-cleanse on my hair and scalp then massage it in. If you do not have a pre-cleanse solution then make your own with apple cider vinegar, a little shampoo and water. Spray this on your locs and scalp then massage it in. This allow all the dirt and products since your last wash to be broken down. Shampoo your locs twice and make sure you rinse out ALLthe product from your locs.

Cleanse your locs regularly
I wash my hair often and I never go more than two weeks without a good cleanse. Clean locs IS healthy locs. Even if you have starter locs, you should still wash regularly- regardless of the myth that you shouldn’t wet your hair. Dirt DOES NOT lock your hair - I have no idea why some people believe that it does.

Choose products wisely
The key to never having product build-up, is to choose products that are water soluble. Products like gels, pastes and waxes tend to cause build up in locs. I am not a gel person but I know some people uses them and swear by them - see what work for you. STAY AWAY from waxes - of any kind.

Personally my key styling products for locs are oils, my DIY moisturizing spray, and Dr. Locs Imani Locking Spray. Heavy oils like castor oil tend to cause buildup if it’s not washed out properly so I recommend mixing it with a lighter oil like jojoba.

So, there you have it. These are my three tips to preventing product buildup in locs.

Please comment below and share how do you prevent buildup in your locs.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Loc Wash Day Routine | Locs Maintenance | Step By Step!

Want to learn how to properly wash your locs? Want a new routine for cleaning and maintaining your locs?

Then here you go! This video is a short and sweet Step By Step Guide!