Monday, December 30, 2013

Thank You From Shelly

Thank You My Loves For A Great 2013!!



Hey Loves! As we only have a few more days until the new year, I want to take a second to extend a warm and meaningful Thank You.

You guys have been awesome. I am happy I was able to produce quality post on topics you like. I am grateful for the feedback I received on the blog and also the YouTube channel. I absorbed it and try to provide the information you need while using the blog to share my experiences.

Thank you for the loving support you guys have shown. It has not went unnoticed. I look forward to your continued support and I am so excited to continue sharing with you in the new year.

Happy New Year when it comes and I wish you all the very best in 2014. See you next year!!

Love
Shelly
GlamNaturalLife

Featured Naturalista: Natasha Blevins



Featured Naturalista: Natasha Blevins

This week's Featured Naturalista is the gorgeous Natasha Blevis who was one of the winners of the last Shea Moisture giveaway hosted on the site. Hope you enjoy her story!!!!!!


Where are you from? 
I am from Memphis,TN by way of Mound Bayou, MS.

What’s something we wouldn't know by looking at you?
You wouldn't know that I sing just by looking.



How long have you been natural? 
I have been natural going on 8 years.

How to Trim Natural Hair On Your Own


Hey Loves!

Recently, I had to stop and examine my hair's health. That is when I realized that my ends were not in top notch shape.  Trimming natural hair can be a little tricky because you can have multiple textures so sometimes the split ends get hidden among the curls and coils. This is why most stylist straighten before trimming natural hair. However, if you feel like your hair is not in the best of health then I would not recommend introducing heat. To stretch my hair before trimming I did big braids.

Below is a video of how I trim my natural hair:

Trimming Natural Hair


So, Tell me, how do you trim your natural hair? Do you straighten before trimming?


Thursday, December 26, 2013

Featured Naturalista: Tiffany of MyNaturalReality.com

Tiffany of MyNaturalReality.com

Tiffany Shawn of MyNaturalReality.com



Hey Guys! This week's featured Naturalista is none other than the lovely Tiffany Shawn from www.mynaturalreality.com. I love this girl. A very supportive fellow blogger and lover of all things natural. Her blog and YouTube channel is a go to bible on hair care, fashion and inspiration. Check out her story below and follow her everywhere. Enjoy!

Where are you from?
Tiffany, born and raised in St. Louis

What’s something we wouldn't know by looking at you?
I'm 32 :) I am told I look much younger. I'm a fairly quiet person who isn't at all into networking, but it's something I'm slowly becoming more comfortable with.

Tiffany of MyNaturalReality.com

How long have you been natural?
I had my last relaxer May 2010 and cut the relaxed ends on Dec. 26, 2010.

Did you do the Big Chop or did you transition to natural hair and When?
It was more of a big chop. I could only stand to transition for 6 months before the different textures worked my nerves.
Tiffany of MyNaturalReality.com


Did you have a support system?
Very much so...the majority of my family and friends are natural and behind my back, they share my website and YouTube videos with others. I love them!

What is more important to you - Hair Length or Hair Health?
Hair health...can't have the length without the health!

What are some of your favorite natural hair products?
  • Oh it's too many to name lol. I can share what's getting the most play right now:
  • Miss Jessie's Super Sudsy Slip Shampoo and Super Sweetback Treatment
  • Ouidad Co-Wash
  • Coconut oil
  • Lace Natural products (yeah just "products" in general; everything I've tried, I love)


What is your natural hair regimen?
Honestly, I don't have a regimen because I can't keep up with it. For 7-8 months in 2013, I was cowashing every other wash but then that faded away as I forgot the schedule. So at this point, I just focus on keeping my hair clean, I try not to manipulate it too much between washes, and I deep condition for about 10 minutes in the hot shower every wash (it's my version of a steamer:)).

What advice would you give to someone who is considering to go natural or a newly natural sista?
Be yourself, everyone else is already taken. That's not my quote, it belongs to Oscar Wilde. But it's true for so many facets of life. I will look at other women and think "wow her body is amazing...her hair is so long and thick..." and so on, but at the end of the day, I can only be me.

Where can we find you? 
Everywhere!!!!
Blog: http://mynaturalreality.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MyNaturalRealityTV
Tumblr: http://mynaturalrealitytv.tumblr.com/
Shop: http://mynaturalrealitytv.spreadshirt.com/
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/mynaturalrealitytv
Twitter: http://twitter.com/MNRtv
Instagram: http://instagram.com/MNRtv
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/MNRtv/
SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/tiffany-mynaturalreality-shawn


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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Merry Christmas!

Hey Guys!!!

Just want to wish you guys a Merry Merry Christmas!! Enjoy the holidays with your friends and family! Also want to thank you guys for your continuous support and I love you guys so much for it.

Happy Holidays!!


~Shelly

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Artistic Talent - Hidden

Featuring Britney Lozada: Talented Aspiring Artist


Hey Guys!!

Hope you guys are well and enjoying what is left of 2013. I want to introduce you guys to an amazingly talented aspiring artist - Britney Lozada. Britney has been my co-worker for over 4 years and I had no idea that she liked art and was utterly shocked that creates art.

While sharing that I might pick up Journaling/scrapbooking in 2014, she revealed that she draws/sketches and should maybe start putting them in a book (like a portfolio). I was intrigued so I asked her to show me something that she has done, so she pulled out her phone and showed me pictures. I was impressed!! Impressed at the final product, yes; but more impressed at how she arrived to the final product.



She explained to me that she really draws sharp lines and curves and without a real purpose or direction but something great is born from those lines and curves. Her art is random - she don't plan what On the train, from scarps of paper in her bag she would sketch what comes to her mind. At a restaurant while waiting to be served, the back of her menu becomes a canvas. If that is not real born-natural talent then I don't know what is.

White Rabbit


After seeing her work, I had to compliment her on her talent and encourage her to not keep this hidden. I had to ask her to allow me to showcase her drawings (or RandomArt as she calls it) to you guys.

Shhh......

I am sure that you can see that she has talent and with some work and practice she will be better. Let us all encourage her. Add her to your Instagram @brit_loz and Facebook @Britney Lozada.

Geisha


Guys, DO NOT keep your talents and aspirations hidden. If I had done that, then this blog would not exist and you would not be reading about her right now. Show somebody what you have done. My best advice to her was to create a blog. Seeing your work on the internet and having at least ONE person look at it is an amazing feeling and the biggest source of encouragement. I know this first had from my Experience with Glam Natural Life.

Do you have any hidden talents that you have not yet showed the world? You can start with me. What are your talents and/or aspirations? Share them with us.


Friday, December 20, 2013

Cantu Shea Butter Coconut Curling Cream Product Review

Up On Youtube: 

Cantu Shea Butter Coconut Curling Cream Product Review



Watch the video below to see how I use this product and why I love it so much.



I absolutely love this product and have been using it for a while now. Its inexpensive and very effective in keep my hair moisturized.


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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Tea Time with Teavana

Loose Flavored Black Tea from Teavana!
Loose Flavored Black Tea from Teavana! 

Hey Guys,

Sometime have unwind and chill and have some me time. Reflect a little. Instead of grabbing a glass of wine to relax and unwind, why not grab some tea? Yes I said tea. Lol! I know most people only drink tea if they are sick, however tea is the best 'chill pill' you could ask for. Its natural, organic and great for our immune system while giving us the calming feeling we crave.

Champaign Sangria Punch Black Tea from Teavana
Champaign Sangria Punch Black Tea from Teavana

Ok Ok! So you must be saying that 'black tea' is bitter. However, it doesn't have to be. I will agree that dry loose black tea is indeed a strong tasting tea once steeped. But thats where tea shops like Teavana comes to the rescue. You can get flavored teas which taste great and just as beneficial. This Sangria Black Tea has dried fruits added to the dry loose teas to give it a more calming aroma while tasting good and relax your body and mind.

Loose Flavored Black Tea from Teavana!

Stop at your nearest tea shop or Teavana Tea Shop and sample some teas. Most tea shops allow you to sample teas or at least allow you to smell it. Grab a strainer while your shopping and remember to allow the tea to steep (sit) for at least 3mins before drinking to get the most out of your tea.

Have some me time. Make time for Tea Time!


Friday, December 13, 2013

Featured Naturalista Deborah Coleman

Featured Naturalista Deborah Coleman! 


Where are you from?
I am from Belleville, Illinois. You probably haven't heard of it lol.

What’s something we wouldn't know by looking at you?
Most people wouldn't guess that I'm even natural. I have no length to show for it. I do a lot with my hair but wearing my afro isn't my favorite thing to do.

Heat Straightened Natural Hair

How long have you been natural?
My entire life. I only recently started embracing it.

Did you do the Big Chop or did you transition to natural hair and When?
You could say I'm trying to transition into a heat-less natural for the first time and that started when I was 19, I'm only 20 now.


With the boo!

Did you have a support system?
Not exactly. My mom never allowed me to get a relaxer even when I begged at a young age. Since I've been trying more natural styles I would say my mom and boyfriend are the most tolerant of it. Lol!

What is more important to you - Hair Length or Hair Health?
Hair health for sure. Healthy hair does lead to longer hair, but long damaged hair is just a mess to deal with.

What are some of your favorite natural hair products? Shea butter! No specific brand, just Shea butter in general is my hairs best friend. Coconut oil works well for me also


Protective styles

What is your natural hair regimen?
I wouldn't even say I have one to be honest. I don't let anyone touch my hair. I wash every other day except when I'm wearing extensions. Then I usually throw some Shea butter on there, put it in a bun and sleep in a silk scarf.

What advice would you give to someone who is considering to go natural or a newly natural sista?
My advice would be: Don't get caught up in what other people have to say. Everyone isn't ready to see big hair and will have ignorant comments. Also what products work for everyone else, may not be for you at all. Shop around till you find your match.

Where can we find you? 
You can find me on instagram @debbie_cakez


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

And The Winner of the Shea Moisture Body Scrub Giveaway is!!!!!!!!


Hi Loves!

The Winners of the Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Hand & Body Scrub Giveaway has been selected!!!!!

I want to first thank Shea Moisture for sponsoring this giveaway and for allowing five (5) of my lovely readers to try this amazing body scrub. Thank you to all of my subscribers and followers who have entered and shared with me what Shea Moisture product(s) they have tried and loved.

The Winners of the giveaway was randomly selected by the PunchTab software. Andddddddd the 5 winners of the giveaway goes to:

  1. Efe Oghoghome
  2. LaToya   Murray
  3. LaWanda  Sykes
  4. Natasha Blevins
  5. Morena Azucar


CONGRATULATIONS GIRLS!!!!!! 

I hope you girls enjoy the scrub. Treat yourself. Have a Spa Day!!

Please email your mailing address to shelly@glamnaturallife.com and I will make the necessary arrangements to have your prizes shipped to you.

If you have not won, don't worry - I do giveaways ever so often of products I have tried and loved. Please continue to follow Glam Natural Life's blog, Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram (@glamnaturallife) as I share with you guys my hair journey, products I love and discuss topics you are interested in.

If you really want to try the Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Hand & Body Scrub, you can find it at Target and some pharmacies like Rite Aid and Walgreen.

Thanks for the support guys!

Love ~ Glam Natural Life
(Shelly)

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

6 Tips to Treating Eczema (dry skin)


6 Tips to Treating Eczema (dry skin) This Winter! 


Hey Guys! Hope you've been staying warm. It's crazy cold outside. Or at least here in New York it is. My dry eczema skin is not liking this weather AT ALL!

So, I wanted to talk to you guys about winter dry skin. Well that's what I call it. Lol! In the winter my skin is at its worse. I suffer from eczema so that makes it even worse. The cold weather tend to leave my skin more dry than ever and extremely thirsty. This means that my skin is just plain horrible in the winter if I do not pamper it. Below are a few steps/tips I try to live by during the winter to treat my eczema skin.

Tips To Treat Eczema 


1. Do body Scrubs.
You must be like huh? Body scrub on dry skin? People with eczema tend to run from scrubs because they think it will tear their skin where they have dry patches. But yes, I do scrubs and I do think that it's important to do so! I do a full body scrub at the beginning of the winter cold season. This is to remove all dead skin and residue from all the lotions, soaps and eczema ointments/creams that I have been using. Also, in the winter I use heavier creams so I need all dead skin and old residue to be gone before using heavy creams. If you have bad eczema where you have rough patches I would not suggest going to a spa because they might scrub your skin too hard. I suggest that you buy a moisturizing exfoliating scrub and pad and have a spa day at home. I use the Shea Moisture Body scrubs.

Make sure that your body is soaked in hot/steamy water for at least 10 mins before you start. This allow your pores to be open and for some of the dead skin to soften.

2. Cleanse with a moisturizing cleanser.
Using soaps and cleansers with Sulfates is just plain wrong if you have dry skin. So read the ingredients. Stay away from sulfates. I cleanse my body and face with Shea Moisture soaps and Irie Essentialz soaps because they are organic and moisturizing. I also use Cetaphil soaps and body washes - they are medicated for dry skin.

3. Moisturize Your Skin More.
The winter air is very drying and harsh on your skin. You need to keep the skin moisturized and hydrated. If you have eczema skin like I do, then you know that this is the challenge - especially in the areas where I have flaky patches. Find an oil-based moisturizer or moisturizers specifically formulated for dry sensitive skin. I am currently using Cetaphil moisturizers to moisturize my skin - they are gently on the skin and moisturizes effectively.


MY BIGGEST TIP EVER: Moisturize on damp skin. This is best because you can seal in some of the moisture from the water. Moisturize your skin at least twice a day. So morning and evening if that works well for you.

***You can make your own moisturizer if you like (I love my DIY mixtures -cheap and effective).
My current mixture: Coconut oil, Aloe Vera gel, Shea butter, Water (in this order or proportion). My Skin loves it.

4. Take care of that face!
Do the above steps to your face as well. Moisturize twice a day. I normally use Ambi moisturizer on my face and neck - its been my holy grail for many years. I am also testing the Loreal Hydra-Renewal face moisturizer for dry sensitive skin - so far I love it. It leaves my skin really moisturized and it stays supple all day. I love it.


5. Exfoliate and moisturize the lips.
I exfoliate with ELF exfoliating stick - I love this stuff. Best part is, it cost $2. Its made from brown sugar and oils. Moisturize your lips immediately after exfoliating. Moisturize with  Chapstick or moisturizing butter. Use hydrating lipsticks.

6. Don't forget the feet! 
This is my driest area and the part of our body that is mostly neglected. My feet get so dry that they sometimes feel like lead. Stiff! Cracked! I moisturize my feet using the LOC method. (Liquid. Oil. Cream - in that order). I wash my feet prior to going to bed. My (L) is water. I then apply my oil. This is when I pull out the good ole petroleum jelly. I apply Petroleum Jelly to my feet then I add a heavy cream like Shea Moisture Lavender Cream to seal in the oil and water. Put on a comfy sock and go to bed My feet love it. I think you should try it.

Those are the steps I follow to treat eczema or dry skin. They work well for me and might be helpful for uou too.

How do you take care of your dry skin?

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Giveaway: Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Hand & Body Scrub


Giveaway Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Hand & Body Scrub



Its Giveaway Time!!!!
Not 1 but FIVE(5) lucky winners will receive a FULL SIZE 12oz Coconut & Hibiscus Hand& Body Scrub from Shea Moisture.

The Coconut & Hibiscus Hand & Body Scrub is a great organic exfoliating scrub that is gentle on your skin and leaves you with moisturized and hydrated skin. Nourishes skin with vitamin E and K, iron and fatty acids.

No parabens, phthalates, paraffin, gluten, propylene glycol, mineral oil, synthetic fragrance, PABA, synthetic color, DEA or sulfates.


Rules: 

  • US Residents ONLY! Only winners with a US address will be granted their prize!!
  • Winners will be chosen at random using PunchTab!


Enter Below to WIN!!!!

Featured Naturalista: Tshenelle Bethel

Featured Naturalista: Tshenelle Bethel  

Check out this week's featured naturalista Tshenelle. Beautiful caribbean princess that has a smile that literally make you want to smile too. Check out her interview and follow her on Twitter, Facebook, IG and her blog. Enjoy!
 What Is Your Name: Tshenelle Bethel

Where are you from?
I am from and still reside in Trinidad and Tobago

What’s something we wouldn't know by looking at you? 
That I model. I've been a plus size model for over three years now.

Ripping the Runway!

How long have you been natural?
I've been natural almost my life with the exception of two stints, one where I had a dry curl perm back in secondary school which last a year, and then a relaxer a few years ago which lasted 16 months.

Did you do the Big Chop or did you transition to natural hair and When? 
I transitioned then big chopped. My last relaxer was August 19th 2011. I transitioned for 5 months then did my big chop on February 19th 2012.


Did you have a support system? 
Of course!! My family, boyfriend, friends and our entire local and Caribbean natural hair community.


What is more important to you - Hair Length or Hair Health? 
Hair Health!! what's the point of having long hair if you can manipulate the way you like because it's not healthy?

What are some of your favorite natural hair products? 
Hmmm..too many to name lol. FCA Naturals Wonder Essence Hair and Body Oil, H2BN Naturals Uyai Kreemi Kustard, Body Savvy Hair and Scalp Oil and Eco Truffles Shampoo Truffles. I can go on and on but that should suffice lol.

What is your natural hair regimen? 
I don't have a specified regimen, but for the most part I'm subscribed to the LOC method.


What advice would you give to someone who is considering to go natural or a newly natural sista? 
Enjoy each stage of the journey. It may be a challenge at times but once you learn what works for your hair and you learn to love and embrace what's growing out of your crown then you will be on the right track :-)


Where can we find you? (Facebook, Twitter, blog, website, etc.) 
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/nellybplussizemodel
Twitter https://twitter.com/blessednelly
Youtube http://www.youtube.com/user/Blessednelly16
Blog http://nellybplussize.blogspot.com/
Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/blessednelly/
Google+ https://plus.google.com/+TshenelleNellyBBethel/posts


Monday, November 25, 2013

Natural Hair Wash Day Regimen

Natural Hair Wash Day Regimen 


Everybody have a frequency as it relates to washing their hair and it varies from woman to woman. Only you know how your feels, what you put in it, etc. If you’re a person who uses loads of product then you have to wash more frequently than someone who doesn't  I personally wash every week during the winter and much more often in the summer where I can go out with a wet head and not be sick.

Below is my Wash Day Natural Hair Regimen:

1. Put hair in 4 sections (2 in front and 2 in the back). Working in sections will make your life wayyyy easier - trust me. I experience less tangles and I find that it enables me to move faster (idk just me. Lol!)

2. Pre-poo: This is where you apply oils to your hair while it’s dry prior to shampooing/cleansing. I don't always do this but i try to at least once per month. I normally mix Olive Oil, Coconut Oil and Cold Pressed Castor Oil together and apply to each section making sure the shaft is well oiled. After I apply the oil mixture I gently finger detangled to get rid of visible shed hair and then Bantu knot and pin each section and move on. Put plastic cap on a apply heat. (Sometimes I skip pre-poo if I am crunched for time)

3. Shampoo/Cleanse: I am a shampoo girl unlike most natural girls. I searched far and wide until I have found staple cleansers that do not strip my hair. As of right now I use Shea Moisture Curl & Shine shampoo, Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention shampoo, OBIA shampoo bar or AS I Am CoWash to cleanse. I focus on my scalp at this stage. I massage my scalp re-twist then move on to the next section.

4. Oil Rinsing: If I am not going to do a full on Deep conditioning step then I oil rinse my natural hair. Oil rinsing is where you apply oil to freshly cleansed hair to bring back some life to your hair and seals in moisture from the water. Right now I am using the white castor oil to oil rinse my hair. I know most naturals would hate this because castor oil is very think and not might be tricky to work with. I prefer castor oil because my curls pop more and the effects are longer lasting. The key is to apply the to sopping wet hair not damped. And most of all leave the combs alone. Use your fingers to go through your sections while smoothing the oil down the shaft of your hair. Most knots would be oiled away. Lol! If you haven't tried this yet, then I suggest you do.

5. Deep Condition: This is where you focus on your hair. For a deep conditioner I normally mix a cheap conditioner with Honey and oils and apply to my hair. Also I have been trying out the NuNaat Blast Mask and so far I like it. I use that mask if I don't feel like making my own. After applying the condition I begin the detangling process working from ends to root first with fingers then your tool of choice. My order is: use fingers then wide tooth comb then Denman brush. Still working section to section.

6. I start my LOC method of moisturizing. Apply Leave in. After rinsing I squeeze out as much water as I can and add my leave in section by section. Right now I alternate Shea Moisture Curl and Style Milk, Karen’s Body Beautiful Sweet Ambrosia Leave in or Cantu Hair Lotion. I love them. I prefer to further moisturize on hair that is damp versus wet hair. So I Let it air dry a little.

7. Apply my oil of choice. I prefer coconut oil or a mixture of coconut and castor oil with a few drops of tea tree oil. Massage the oils into my scalp and rub it down my hair shaft.

7. Apply Moisturizer. I moisturize and style my hair with my Cantu Curl Cream. So far it’s the greatest thing since slice bread to me. Lol.

8. Style! For me it's a braid out.

How do you wash your natural hair?


Thursday, November 21, 2013

Natural Hair Goals

Do You Have Natural Hair Goals




Hey loves! Quick question. Do you have natural hair goals? What are they?


What are my natural hair goals?

  • I really mainly want healthy hair.
  • I want to comb my hair and see no knots in the sink.
  • I want to keep my hair moisturized at all times (that's a hard one...I know)
  • I desperately need to be diagnosed and treated for Hand In Hair Syndrome (HIHS). My edges are paying the price. (I need to stop!!! I need HELP!!)
  • I secretly want longer hair but I can't get that if the above goals are not met.

Those are my current goals. Lol! 

Do you have natural hair goals? Chime in. Comment below and let us know.



Monday, November 18, 2013

Featured Naturalista: Iknowlee

Featured Naturalista: Helecia Phillips (Iknowlee)
Natural Hair Guru & Vlogger Iknowlee

Hey Girls!! 

This week's Featured Naturalista is none other than Iknowlee. If you are natural for more than a month and ever searched for videos on Youtube, then you know who Iknowlee is. See below what she has to say........

Introduce yourself!
My name is Helecia otherwise known as Iknowlee and  I was born and raised in Houston, Texas.

How long have you been natural?
I have been natural since May 2010. It has been about three and a half years.

Did you Big Chop or did you transition to natural hair and When?
I did a big chop due to my personal battle with patience. I shaved my entire head on May 14, 2010.

What made you decide to go natural?
I was somewhat inspired or rather convinced to go natural. I didn't mind experimenting with my hair and I was interested is rocking a curly fro. I also wondered what my hair texture was like and how I would look with curly hair. 


Featured Naturalista: Helecia Phillips (Iknowlee)

Did you have a support system? Explain the level of support that you had.
The only person that supported me in my initial journey was my sister. She was the one who convinced me to go natural in the first place. My best friend was also natural at the time, so she was down for however I wanted to wear my hair. Everyone else was extremely negative about the changes I was making. 

Do you have hair length goals or is hair health is more important to you? Elaborate if you like.
When I first began my journey I was concerned about the health of my hair. As time progressed and I noticed that my hair was growing at an active rate, I became more interested in experimenting. I wanted to try various styles, methods, products, and colors. I began to notice breakage and a decrease in the amount of length that I was retaining. Now the most important thing for me is length and hair health. 

What are your favorite hair products?
When it comes to hair products, I seldom switch things up or forget about sertain products. Instead of focusing on my favorite hair products, I have favorite brands. My favorite brands are Carols' Daughter, Oyin Handmade, Afroveda, Jessie Curl, Shea Moisture Kids and Hairveda. 

What is your natural hair regimen?
My regimen is extremely simple. I don't really wash my hair much anymore but if I do, I cleanse it with Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar and water. I do this maybe once a month. In the mean time, I co-wash my hair weekly and primarily do twist outs. Through out the week I either re-twist my hair or pineapple it nightly to maintain the style. If I notice dryness during that time period, I moisturize with coconut oil and water. 


Featured Naturalista: Helecia Phillips (Iknowlee)

What advice would you give to someone who is considering to go natural or a newly natural sista?
You will never know what its like until to you do it so give it a try. If things turn out badly for you, go back to what you are used to.  Be patient and don't be afraid of trial and ERROR. Notice the error because it will probably be more of that than anything. 

Where can we find you? 
Blog: www.iknowlee.com
Youtube: www.youtube.com/iknowlee
Instagram: @iknowleee


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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Be Featured on Glam Natural Life!!



Hey Naturalistas!!

I have made it soooooo much easier for you girls to submit your story to be featured on the website. Now you can do it all on the Be Featured page instead of emailing me your story and pictures. Doesn't that make everything easier? I want to make sure that using this website is very easy for you. 

If you would like to be featured on Glam Natural Life go to the Be Featured page or fill out the form below on this page.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Moisturizing Natural Hair


Moisturizing Natural Hair




Learning how to moisturize our natural hair is very important if healthy hair is what you seek. 


First we have to understand that water and certain oils are the only things that can enter our hair shaft. Second thing to keep in mind is that marketers use the labels TO GET YOU!!! Its their job to do so. I have seen so many bottles that claims to be All Natural or claims to be Ultra Moisturizing but the ingredients make me scratch my head. You have to start reading the ingredient label before you buy a moisturizer. That is the part of the packaging that means anything to me. If water is not the first ingredient, PUT IT BACK!!  If you see Petrolatum or Mineral Oil in the first five ingredients I would suggest to put it back as well.


Ok, so you find an all natural moisturizer and you apply it to your hair and you love it but then by the end of the day your hair looks dull or even feels dry. Then you say it didn't work right? But you might be wrong. Maybe you are not moisturizing properly.

For example, if you put a little bit of water in a container and leave it out in the sun for the day, will there be water in it at the end of the day? I think you know the answer to that is no. However, if you covered that water tightly you will see some water left in the container at the end of the day. The same applies to your hair. When you apply moisturizer you have to seal that moisture in or it will evaporate - similar to our water in the sun example. After moisturizing we have to seal in the moisture with an oil or butter.

I suggest following the LOC method when moisturizing natural hair. After moisturizing with a leave in, add your sealing oil and then top it off with a cream.

Demonstrating how I moisturize my natural hair using the LOC Method


The L stands for liquid like a water-based leave in or just plain water. Here I use the Shea Moisture Style Milk or my DIY Leave-in Spray. Water by it self is never enough moisture for my natural hair but it work for some. 

The O stands for oil. This is where you are sealing in that moisture. I use a light oil like coconut oil, or a heavier oil like castor oil or Shea butter.

The C stand for cream. This add an extra layer of moisture to your hair. Here I tend to use the Shea Moisture Smoothie, the Ettenio Creme de la Creme moisturizer or the Cantu Coconut Curl Cream. I also feel like this step prevent my hair from feeling too oily. I remember when my moisturizing routine was adding moisture and then seal with oils. I always had greasy hair but my hair was soft. After switching to to LOC method I realize that adding the cream after the oil resulted in moisturized and sealed hair with sheen but not the greasy feeling.



I believe that by moisturizing natural hair the right way, you will achieve your healthy hair goals. Moisturized natural hair leads to stronger hair which leads to better length retention which leads to longer hair. It's a simple step in your wash day routine that defines your hair's performance throughout the week. What is the sense of moisturizing daily when you could have done it right on your wash day and rock out during the week? When your natural hair is moisturized properly, you will only need to lightly moisturize again maybe once or twice during the week.

Take care of yourself and your hair. Until next time, See Yah!


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Product Review: NuNaat Real Me Curl To Coil Collection

Introducing NuNaat Real Me Curl-To-Coil Collection

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I first got introduced to the NuNaat Brand in October. I tried and did a review of the NuNaat Keratin Conditioner and the Leave-in re-constructor and I absolutely love it. When I found out that they recently came out with a natural hair line called Real Me Curl-To-Coil I just had to try it. I am so happy that I did. The Keratin line was designed for chemically treated hair, however I love it on the days when I am blow drying my hair or when my hair feels like it needs a little added boost of protein.

The Real Me Curl-To-Coil Collection on the other hand is formulated for us girls who have curly, coily, kinky hair textures. It is very moisturizing and perfectly formulated to help our hair be more manageable while enhancing our natural curls. I tried the conditioner, the Hair Mask and the Curl Activator and I am in love.

They use 5 main ingredients to create this great formula ('the Join Complex'):
Vegetable Collagen: to allow for better water absorption to prevent and treat breakage
Pracaxi: to heal hydrate, soften and enhance shine
Coconut: to hydrate and soften hair fibers
Avocado: to moisturize and leave hair feeling silky
Argan: to repair dry and course hair leaving it shiny and frizz-free



See below for my Reviews.

Review: NuNaat Real Me Blast of Shine Hair Mask

NuNaat Real Me Blast of Shine Hair Mask


Price: $9.99 (17.6 oz)
Product Promises: Defines natural curly textures, moisturizing hair and eliminating frizz. Intensely nourishes hair, leaving it silky soft and easier to style. Strengthens hair and maintain a healthy scalp, promoting intense shine.


My Thoughts

I tried the Blast of Shine Hair Mask on a day when my hair was at its worst. I needed a deep conditioning session badly. I do not buy deep conditioners; I make my own because I am impressed by a DC off the shelf. However, this mask is letting me rethink that. I loved it.

Application: I first shampooed with the Shea Moisture moisture retention shampoo and made sure my hair was clean. I then applied the 
Blast of Shine Hair Mask to my hair section by section. I made sure that the mask was raked through and evenly distributed then twisted up that section. I put a cap on and leave it on for about 30 mins then rinsed. 

Result: I loved how my hair felt when I removed the shower cap. My hair felt so moist. After I rinsed the mask from my hair I couldn't stop touching it. I do love this Deep Conditioning Mask. It leaves my hair feeling soft and with visibly less frizz. It lays the hair cuticles down. I love it! 


Pro:
  • Leaves my hair really conditioned and moisturized
  • Reduced the look of frizzes and the slip was lovely.
  • Only 9.99 for this huge jar of product. - cant go wrong with that.

Con:

  • Would prefer a squeezable tube over a jar but hey, the product works.

Review: NuNaat Real Me Real Moisture Conditioner

NuNaat Real Me Real Moisture Conditioner

Price: $8.98(11.1 oz)
Product Claims: Softens, hydrates and detangles wavy to kinky textures without weighing hair down. Eliminates frizz for a longer period of time.


My Thoughts


I tried this Real Moisture Conditioner after shampooing my hair and have also tried it as a co-wash. I loved it both ways. The slip is to die for - and you natural sistas know good slip is like gold right? Lol! I was able to detangle with ease. My hair literally sucked it up. It was amazing. 

Pro: 

  • Moisturizing, Great Detangler and really conditions my hair


Review: NuNaat Real Me Natural Curl Activator


NuNaat Real Me Natural Curl Activator

Price: $6.99 (6.7 oz)
Product Claims: Keeps hair hydrated and frizz-free for an extended period of time. Protects hair against harsh environmental conditions and prevents breakage. Ideal for daily use. 


My Thoughts:

Okay, I am not a gel person so i was hoping and praying this curl activator will make my curls more defined without that flaky crunchy mess I get using Eco Styler Gels. Boy It Delivered!!!! It was everything I prayed it would be.

After conditioning my hair, I squeezed out most of the water out of my hair then moisturized my hair with the Shea Moisture Curl and Style milk and sealed in the moisture with Jamaican black castor oil (as I normally do after a wash). I applied the curl activator to my hair and raked it through. Instantly curls I didn't know I had was alive and kicking. I was like WOW! I instantly took a pic of a one of my curls. See the picture below.

NuNaat Real Me Natural Curl Activator
The definition when the Curl activator was raked through once was AMAZING!

I twisted my hair and put an scarf on my head and when to bed. The next morning I unravel my twists and it came out very nice. I loved it. If you are living in warm weather I would recommend you try wash N'gos with this Natural Curl Activator too. Your curls will be clumped together nicely with a nice hold that is not too crunchy and DEFINITELY not flaky.


wist-Out Result using NuNaat Real Me Natural Curl Activator

Twist-Out Result using NuNaat Real Me Natural Curl Activator


My twist out was great. My curls were not super crunchy (it had just enough hold) and there was no flakes. Also, my curls lasted a few days without looking too messy.
Disclaimer: I never ever put stylers on un-moisturized hair so I cannot comment on how it works on freshly washed hair that has not been moisturized. 

Pro: 
  • Defined my curls beautifully. Or as the bottle stated - it ACTIVATED my curls. I love it.
  • Not a hard crunchy hold
  • None Flaky


Conclusion on the NuNaat Real Me Curl-To-Coil Collection

I would recommend this collection to everyone. It was really hard trying to find something I did not like about these three products. Now I want to try the entire line. All three products that I tried left my hair frizz-free and the conditioner and the mask made my hair soft and manageable with a soft sheen. And most of all, the price for everything in the line is very affordable and available at Walgreen, www.drugstore.com and http://www.nunaat.com/shop/

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