Thursday, March 31, 2016

Step 1 to A Healthy Hair Journey

Step 1 to a Healthy Hair Journey: Assess Your Hair's Health!



The first step on your healthy hair journey should be to Assess Your Hair's Health. I have to admit that I have to restart my healthy hair journey from scratch. The current condition of my hair is far from healthy. It's breaking. It's shedding like tree leaves in the fall - no kidding.  It's dry. This is all due to neglect. There, I admit it. It's all my fault. Lol!

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Featured Naturalista: Jonette



Featured Naturalista: Jonette 


Where are you from?
I am from Savannah GA

What’s something we wouldn't know by looking at you?
That I am a nerd by nature!

How long have you been natural?
I have been Natural for 7 years!

Did you do the Big Chop or did you transition to natural hair and When?
I never did the Big Chop and gradually transitioned by wearing braids, weaves and fabulous wigs!

Did you have a support system?
No, it was a decision that I made and I was determined to make it work!

What is more important to you - Hair Length or Hair Health?
Healthy hair is important to me and will be flawless at any length!

What are some of your favorite natural hair products?
It would be my very first product that I used, Natty Butter by ATON and an all natural ACV rinse.


What is your natural hair regimen?
I usually incorporate co-washing with a good moisturizing conditioner that I let sit for an hour or two. Although it's not  very popular,  but I take the time to give attention to my scalp as well because some products are drying. I wear two-strand twist, updos and creative natural styles to keep things interesting!

What advice would you give to someone who is considering to go natural or a newly natural sista?
I would encourage them to not become frustrated and stay the course. Concentrate on what YOUR hair likes and stick with signature products. Embrace your Natural!

Where can we find you? (Facebook, Twitter, blog, website, etc.)
You can find me on Facebook:
Jonette GodsChick Pearson or
365Natural
#NaturalEveryday



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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Lets Reconnect!


Hi Loves,



I hope you had a great Christmas and your new year have started off great. I really wish and hope that 2016 will be 10 times better to you than 2015 was. 

I know you must have felt neglected as I go through my pregnancy and some new changes in my life - which I will fill you in on. I feel like I have not given you and the blog the attention deserved. This will all change in 2016, trust me.

So what is in store? 
  • More frequent articles posted on natural hair, motherhood, lifestyle and randomness. 
  • More polls, so that I can get to know you better and know what is it that you want to see on the blog. 
  • More Naturalistas featured. We want to showcase you girls who make up our awesome reader base. 
  • More videos. 
  • MORE giveaways. I have to reward you guys for being so supportive, so look out. 
  • And lastly, I am trying to do my first natural hair Meetup in New York. I am praying that it comes to life. I want to hear more from you all and interact more in 2016. 

I cannot do any of the above without you all so I am really asking for your support. Feedback is my most valuable tool to success, so please don't hesitate to comment or send me an email with your opinions. 

Before you go, please share 2 things with me:
1. Where are you located
2. What kind of articles interest you the most? What articles would you like to read on glamnaturallife this month? 


I look forward to your answers. Until my next post, Muah!! 


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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Sometimes Change is Necessary!

This is a very different post from what I usually publish on the blog. However I feel so compelled to share my story with you. Why? Because so many of us have had or is still having a hard time adapting or embracing change. Sometimes change is necessary

So, first let me share a quick background knowledge on myself. I came to the U.S. from Jamaica in 2005 to finish my Computer Information Systems degree. I later got a job as a Marketing Analyst for a small company and stayed there for 8 years. I stayed for so many reasons but the biggest reason was FEAR. I was there for so long that I got comfortable. I knew my job so well and could do it blindfolded. The fear of the unknown was frightening. I was seriously afraid for so many reasons. But I knew I was in serious need of a change. I know some of you can relate.

Analyzing and Accepting Change
So here I am, Dec 23rd 2014, in a hospital bed in Manhattan with my new baby sleeping next to me. I stared into his little face and started analyzing my WHOLE life. I knew then, that as soon as I am well enough to move around I need to find a new job. A job that will challenge me and also better provide for this little precious gem I was lying next to. It just HAD to happen. It had to. 

Facing The Fear
I thought about what I do now and what I would like my next job and career to be. But I got lost quick. Then fear kicked it. I didn't know what was out there or what I was capable of doing. Suppose I resign and take a new job only to be fired instantly. My job was safe. My job was flexible. With a new baby I would be able to leave early to go home and build my own hours. The pay was bad but it was a job that I felt was somewhat secure. I tried to tell myself that 'most people do not have jobs, so be grateful'. But that was just FEAR talking. 

Make the Change
I decided Fear was not going to win. I started searching for a new job as I got home from the hospital - in between feedings. I was on my iPhone with the LinkedIn app applying for everything in my field, fields I believed I might be able to handle and even some fields that I just closed my eyes and say 'What the heck' and press they apply button. When DJ was 1 week old I started doing phone interviews. Yes, I said 1 week old. Lol!

Thankfully my husband is the best support system any wife would dream of. He drove me to and from my interviews. I walked into each one seriously blocking the pain of just birthing a child and focused on getting a new job before my maternity leave ended. He stayed in the car and fed and cared for the baby while I did my thing. Unfortunately not all interviews resulted in an offer. I got many rejection emails and calls and some simply didn't respond but I kept pushing. I wanted to give up so many times. Fear and I tackled a few times but I won in the end. 

When DJ was 7 weeks old I got offers from three Fortune 500 companies; all offering considerably more than what I was making. I couldn't believe it. Any choice I would have made would not have been a bad one. Now I work for PepsiCo which has to be the best company ever to work for where I am challenged daily. Most of all, the flexibility I have as a working mother is a dream. And I know that I have a lot more growing to do and I will get that point again when I will know it is time to change things up again.

The moral of my rant is that we should embrace change, analyze your life and anticipate when it is time to do something different. It might be your work life or personal life that needs a do over. But that thing called Fear can poison our minds and keep us where we are. Do not let Fear win. 

In what aspect of your life do you need a change? What would you do if you weren't afraid? Share with us!


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Sunday, September 20, 2015

FEATURED NATURALISTA: Sydni Cunningham


FEATURED NATURALISTA: Sydni Cunningham


Where are you from?
Hi naturalistas, I'm from Michigan!

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Lemon Essential Oil Recipes For Natural Hair

Lemon Essential Oil Recipes For Natural Hair

LEMON ESSENTIAL OIL RECIPES FOR NATURAL HAIR

Lemon essential oil is cold pressed from the rind of the common lemon Citrus limon. This aromatherapy oil which is used to treat acne, cellulite and relieve mental fatigue is also used to make hair care products.


Lemon Shampoo for Natural Hair

Lemon essential oil is used to treat dandruff and it can be used to make a shampoo to clear dandruff.

Recipe:
36 drops lemon essential oil
4 oz (120 ml) liquid Castile soap
1 oz (30 ml) jojoba
1 oz (30 ml) water

To prepare this dandruff treatment shampoo, simply mix all the ingredients in a dark bottle.
To use this lemon shampoo, massage it onto the scalp and wait for a few minutes before rinsing with warm water and conditioning the hair.

Lemon Scalp Massage Oil

Lemon essential oil is also used to promote hair growth and it can be used to make a scalp massage oil for thinning hair.
Recipe
18 drops lemon essential oil
3 oz (90 ml) jojoba
To prepare this scalp massage oil, mix all the ingredients in a dark bottle.
To use this scalp massage oil, rub it into the scalp using gentle circular movements with your fingertips at least once a day.

Lemon Hair Rinse

Since lemon essential oil balances the production of oil by the scalp, it can be used to make hair rinses for greasy scalps and oily hair.

Recipe
50 drops lemon essential oil
8 oz (240 ml) distilled water
2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
To prepare this hair rinse, mix all the ingredients in a dark bottle.
To use this hair rinse, pour it on the scalp and comb it through clean hair with your fingers after shampooing and conditioning.


Essential Oil Contraindications
Before adding lemon essential oil to your hair care regimen, ensure that you do not have low blood pressure. Make sure that you will also not be exposing your hair to sunlight for the next 12 to 24 hours. In addition, if you a sensitive scalp, it may be wise to avoid using this aromatherapy oil since it might irritate it.

Have you ever used lemon essential oil in your natural hair care products?


Author's Bio:
Almasi W is a certified aromatherapist, freelance writer and the author of Safe Aromatherapy for Healthy Hair. Visit her blog at http://AskTheSkinDoctor.blogspot.comor follow her on Twitter @AskAlmasi.


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Monday, July 13, 2015

Nubian Hair Studio In The Heart of the Bronx


Nubian Hair Studio In the Heart of The Bronx!


Who said you have to search far and wide for a good natural hair salon in New York City? Right here in the heart of the Bronx I found Nubian Hair Studio. I had my hair done a few weeks ago and I had such a great experience - I have to share. This post is a long one, so bare with me. But trust me, you need to read it all.
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