Monday, October 22, 2012

Winter Natural Hair Care

The winter is HERE! 

I hate the winter months. Sorry, I am Jamaican. Lol! It needs to be over 70 degrees everyday for me to love the weather. But hey you can’t change it so you ADAPT!

The winter weather can be very mean and vicious to your hair; whether you’re natural, relaxed or texturized. The air is dry and for most of us it makes your hair dry. The scarves and hats that we HAVE TO WEAR so as to not get sick, can damage our hair. They can pull on our strands and cause friction. So we have to find ways to work around them by wearing our hair up if we can and by lining the hats with satin or just wearing a satin scarf under the hat.

In these coming months, the weather will get worse/colder, so now is the perfect time to change my current regimen and the styles I normally wear. Moisture has to be on the DOUBLE this winter. Below is what my winter regimen will be. (I might alter it depending on how my hair response when it gets much colder)

Disclaimer: I am by no means an expert on winter hair care as this is only my second winter being natural and my first with hair touching my neck. I did the big chop in August 2011. This is what I will be doing this winter. You can follow but it is not chronicles from the hair bible (if you get what I mean).

The Winter Natural Hair Regimen


I don’t think I will be sweating that much in the winter and I don’t use products that cause lots of buildup so I will be limiting my shampooing to once a month. I am still using Shea Moisture Organic Shea Butter Curl & Shine Shampoo with Coconut & Hibiscus. I have a bottle and half left and pledged to not buy any new product until 2013 so I will be sticking to this shampoo. Lol!


I am going to try to do this every wash day (hopefully I stick to it).
I like my mix of honey, coconut oil, Ojon oil, and some hair mayo or cheapie conditioner (for slip). This I do in 4 sections and make sure all of the hair is coated. I leave it in for 30mins while I do house work then put heated cap on for 10mins. Then rinse with warm water and move on to cowashing.


I am only washing my hair once a week. This weather is too cold to be walking around with wet/damp hair. Every weekend I will cowash with one of my many conditioners. (I literally have more than I think I should admit to. Yes a Product Junkie I am). I work with 4 sections and make sure each section is fully saturated with conditioner. So far, I am loving Tresemme Naturals and Herbal Essence (honey/totally twisted. I have a jar of As I Am Cowash that i am dying to try. I will try it next week or so.


I divide each of my 4 sections into 2 and start finger detangling from the ends up to the roots. I feel for knots and tangles and unravel with my first then when it feels smooth enough I use the wide tooth comb and further detangle. (Sometimes I follow with the Denman brush). Continue onto the other sections.

Deep Conditioning:

Currently I am using Garnier Frutis 3minute Treatment. It's quick and it works. I am not really fond of deep conditioning for hours on end all the time then hop in the shower again.  However I will do it once in a while.

The spritz of my life:

Aloe Vera juice
Coconut oil
Castor oil
Tea tree oil
(Shake that up and you got the goodness)

Moisturizers I am in love with:
  • Garnier Frutis leave in Conditioner Cream. I just love this stuff. Its light weight and my hair is left so moisturized. I graduated from Giovanni leave in conditioner. One day I will go back to it. (I use on dry and wet hair)
  • Shea moisture curl enhancing smoothie. I love this stuff. I am always stocking up.
  • Carols Daughter health hair butter. I love this stuff but not sure I will repurchase. The price is not in my budget.
  • My coconut and Shea butter mix

(I am sure I will be using more moisturizer than in the summer months. Everyday I will make my hair feels moisturized before going to bed)


I am staying away from gels that are rock hard like the white Eco styler gel. Anything with high levels of glycerin in the ingredients is also a no no for the winter. So my Shea moisture soufflé will be taking a rest until spring or summer. I will be using Aloe Vera gel mostly and softer holding gels


It's been preached that you should do protective styling like mini twist and braids for the winter. But I think it's not for me. Too many failures. After a day or two my twists look a mess. I am so over it. I will stick to buns and big flat twist that will be quick and really only last a day anyway.

I love my twist outs and braid outs but I will judge if wearing my hair out in fros will be bad for my hair. I am also loving Flat Twist updos. Click here for post on Flat Twists.

What will you be changing in your regimen?

Love Shelly
Glam Natural Life

Monday, October 8, 2012

Words of Encouragement

Hey Loves!

A few days ago I was very down on myself and needed some encouragement. My boyfriend sent me the following words to uplift my spirits and it did.  I feel like it will help some one too so please read below.

Me: God can I ask you a question?
God: Sure
Me: Promise u won't get mad

God: I promise
Me: Why did u let so much stuff happen to me today?
God: What do u mean?
Me: Well, I woke up late,
God: Yes
Me: My car took forever to start,
God: Okay
Me: at lunch they made my sandwich wrong & I had to wait,
Me: On the way home, my phone went DEAD, just as I picked up a call.....
God: All right
Me: And to top it all off, when I got home ~I just wanted to soak my feet in my new foot massage & relax. BUT it wouldn't work!!! Nothing went right today! Why did you do that?

God: Let me see, the Death Angel was at your bed this morning & I had to send one of the other angels to battle him for your life. I let you sleep through that.
Me (humbled): OH
GOD: I didn't let your car start because there was a drunk driver on your route that would have hit you if you were on the road.
Me (ashamed).........
God: The first person who made your sandwich today was sick & I didn't want you to catch what they have, I knew you couldn't afford to miss work.
Me (embarrasses):Ok
God: Your phone went dead bcuz the person that was calling was going to give false witness about what you said on that call, I didn't even let you talk to them so you would be covered. 
Me (softly): I see God
God: Oh and that foot massage, it had a shortage that was going to throw out all of the power in your house tonight. I didn't think you wanted to be in the dark.
Me: I'm sorry God
God: Don't be sorry, just learn to trust all things, the good & the bad.
Me: I will trust you
God: And don't doubt that my plan for your day is always better than your plan.
Me: I won't God. And let me just tell you God, thank you for everything today.
God: You're welcome child. It was just another day being your God and I love looking after my children.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

7 Myths About Natural Black Hair

7 Myths About Black Women & Their Natural Black Hair.

There a few things that are easily said or thought of regarding black women and their natural black hair. I am here to detest 7 of them. So here we go....

1. Natural hair is "hard to manage".

This is not true. The problem is that we weren't raised to care for our natural hair and detangling and combing our natural hair with 'ease' was only a dream. This is because we didn't know exactly how to care for natural black hair. I am sure most of us remember sitting and breaking one comb after another as our Moms or sister(s) try to comb our natural hair. We had never heard of a natural hair regimen.