Friday, August 23, 2013

My 2 Week Protective Styling


Hey Guys! So, remember in my Low Manipulation post I had said that I was going to leave my hair alone and do a protective style? As you know, my version of protective styling was doing flat twist and buns that can last at least up to 3 days without redoing my hair. However leaving a style in my hair for longer than 3 days was unheard for me because my hair gets frizzy quite easily.

Well I did not comb my hair for 2 weeks and I love it.


Glam Natural Life - Protective Style on Natural Hair
Protective Style: Roll, Tuck and Pin Updo with Twists

I washed, Conditioned and wore my hair stretched in a bun to air dry. When my hair was about 80-90% dry, I moisturized it then did small twists my hair. I believe it took me the entire episode of So You Think You Can Dance to finish. Lol! My hair is on the thin side so wearing twists hanging don't work out too well for me; so that was not even an option. So, I roll tuck and pinned the twist and BOOM - It was Hot.



I rocked this style for a serious week and a half. All I did was mist with water and tie at night. If necessary I might put some edge control on the sides. Done!


After a week, it was getting too frizzy and I missed my hair down so I prepared for a twist-out. I mist with water then pin the hair to my head with bobby-pins so that it lays flat. Tied my head and caught some Zzzzzzs. In the morning I removed the pins and undo the twists. Then Voila! I loved it!


Twist-Out on Natural Hair
Twist-out after wearing twists for a week

At night I put my hair in 4 big braids and wear my hair out like the pic below:


Definition after wearing 4 big braids at night

Then I got lazy and was just going to my bed with just a satin bonnet on my head so I wore my hair in a puff and rocked that for the rest of the week. 

High Puff done without the use of tools!


 I have been realizing that keeping my hair in twists is actually good for my hair. No combs, no brushes for 2 weeks equals hardly any manipulation. My hair retained moisture for a whole week and a half. However, I had to add moisturizer to the top of my hair puff and some water.

Overall I enjoyed these two weeks of not combing and re-twisting my hair. I think this is an excellent practice to retain more length. 

I might make this into a practice. What do you think? Do you do protective styling?



Wednesday, August 21, 2013

7 HERBAL HAIR & SCALP RINSES FOR NATURAL HAIR

Check out this lovely article from Kiki of RockItNaptural


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Nappturals, there are so many factors out there that contribute to unhealthy hair such as the environment, heat, dry indoor air, hair dyes, shampoos, and hair styling products. All of which can cause problems for your hair such as breakage, split ends, stunted growth, dry and brittle hair.

A hair rinse is a very inexpensive way to treat your hair with some TLC and not to mention, many of the items your have in your kitchen work well as a hair rinse. A hair rinse is not only highly beneficial for hair but also for the scalp.

A natural hair and scalp rinse can help with the circulation of the scalp, which also aids in the stimulation of the hair follicle. Your scalp is what supplies the hair with protein and other nutrients.Of course, this helps stimulate the hair for growth and some have the potential to help repair scalp disorders such as dandruff, itchy or flaky scalp and stunted hair growth.

Here are 8 of my favorite  hair rinses:

Sage Hair Rinse
{invigorating, cleansing}
Sage helps cleanse the hair of oil buildup and promotes healthier hair.
Recipe:
2 cups boiling water
2 tsp. dried sage (or 1/2 cup fresh sage leaves)
Pour the water over the sage and steep until cool. Remove (or strain) the sage and apply to freshly washed hair. Don't forget to massage into your scalp!

Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse
{cleansing, clarifying}
If you haven't tried an ACV rinse yet, you must be living under a rock! Okay, kidding but seriously the ACV rinse is one of the easiest and most popular hair rinses within the natural hair community. I wrote a post a while back on the benefits of ACV for the hair. There are also a few recipes for you to try.

Beer Hair Rinse
{invigorating, adds body and sheen, resilience}
Once a month, you can use flat beer to rinse your hair. Yep, beer! Although it is not necessary, I prefer to rinse my hair with cool water after this rinse. Beer also acts as a natural "setting lotion" and works great in adding vitality to hair when blow-drying. The added sheen and body comes from the natural sugars and the B vitamins that are found in beer. You can try my Beer &Vinegar Green Tea hair recipe to see if you can feel a difference in your hair.

Birch-Leaf Hair Rinse
{helps prevent hair loss, maintains scalp health, softens hair}
When used on a regular basis, the birch leaf rinse will help prevent hair loss and maintain the overall health of your hair and scalp. Birch leaf will also soften the hair and add sheen.
Recipe:
2 cups boiling water
2 tsp dried birch leaves
Pour boiling water over birch leaves and steep until cool. Strain and pour over clean hair. Massage into scalp. Caution: Consult your physician before using this rinse if you are allergic to wild carrot, mugwort, celery, and certain spices. When using on blond or gray hair, birch leaf can darken the hair over time.

Chamomile Hair Rinse
{soothes and heals, provides sheen}
Chamomile has been used for centuries to add in relieving stress and restlessness at bedtime.  It is also great for soothing an itchy or sore scalp. It has also been said to heal scalp ailments such as dandruff, dry patches and eczema.
Recipe:
2 cups boiling water
2 tsp. dried chamomile (or fresh chamomile if available)
Pour boiling water over chamomile and steep until cool. Strain and pour over clean hair. Massage into scalp. Caution: Chamomile has been known to lighten hair.

Linden-Flower Hair Rinse
{promotes healthier hair growth, ideal for over-stressed hair that is dry and brittle}
Linden-flower is great if you're dealing with dry, brittle hair as a result of over-dying or dying the hair too often. For hair that is severely damaged, linden-flower will aid in overly brittle hair. It also promotes circulation in the scalp and will help new hair grow in healthier.
Recipe:
2 cups boiling water
2 tsp. linden flowers
Pour boiling water over linden flowers and steep until cool. Strain and pour over clean hair. Massage into scalp.

Lemon & Tea Tree Scalp Rinse
{great for flaky scalp, excessive dandruff}
Lemons are very versatile and they can be used for so many things! Lemon juice is great for treating oily dandruff but be careful, using too much lemon juice can dry out your hair.  Caution: Lemon juice can lighten your hair, especially if you tend to play in the sun a lot.
Recipe:
4 tbsp lemon juice (use real lemons!)
5 drops tea tree essential oil
3 cups hot water
Add 5 drops tea tree oil and 4 tbsp of freshly squeezed lemon juice to 2 cups of hot water. Pour over hair and avoid getting into eyes. Massage into scalp and rinse out. Follow up with a clarifying conditioner.



Nappturals, what are some of your favorite hair rinses?


Reference: The Complete Guide to Natural Healing



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Monday, August 19, 2013

Chilling with Naturalista Monique


Naturalista Monique Rocking a Fine Twist Out


This beautiful black beauty had never been a victim to the creamy crack. Being childhood friends, she would follow me to the hair salon to get my fix but was never a victim to the crack. Her Afro puffs was her signature and still is.



Afro Puffing It!

Now she is grown and has a daughter and now she too will love her hair because her hair look like her mommy's. And her mommy rock it natural.



Her Lovely Daughter Rocking



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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Natural Hair Regimen (Updated)





As you continue on your hair journey you will realize that your natural hair regimen tend to change from time to time. We bloggers stress that you should find a system and stick to it. But, while this is true we are not prisoners to our hair care routine. The basics should be the same but you can experiment. Its your hair and journey after all isn't it? Enjoy it!

Ok, let me share my hair care regimen with you (in a nutshell) - lol! This is what I do and what works for me. You do not have to do this but you should experiment and see what work for you.

Pre-poo (every two weeks):

I like oils that are easily absorbed into dry hair; so, I opt for coconut oil. Also, honey is one of my favorite natural humectants and preservative. I know you are not to use humectants in dry winter but all year round honey is good to me. Hence why I stress 'know what your hair needs'.



Prepare (measure according to length of hair):


Coconut oil

Honey
Cheap conditioner (for added slip)
(Mix together until it’s smooth and apply tips to roots. Massage scalp, twist and pin away. Continue until the hair is done. Leave in for about 30 minutes.)

Cleanse (once a week):

I only use sulfate free shampoos. This is because it doesn't strip the hair of the natural oils we secrete or strip away all of our pre-poo work. My favorite shampoo is Shea Moisture Curl & Shine Shampoo or the Shea Moisture Retention Shampoo. They leave my hair soft and clean.


Condition (once a week):

After cleansing I condition with a deep conditioner or my deep conditioner mix.


Favorite Deep Conditioners:


Aubrey Organics Balance Conditioner

Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque 

My Deep Conditioner mix: 


Tresseme Naturals Condition or any Herbal Essence Conditioner

Jamaican Black Castor Oil or Olive Oil
(Mix – Apply – Leave on for 15 to 30mins)


Moisturize:

After a cleanse:
I first squeeze as much water as possible out of my hair. I always moisturize using the LOC method. (Liquid first then Oil then Cream).

  • I divide my hair into 6 sections and apply my leave in of choice to moisturize my hair. Right now my 2 favorite leave-ins are the Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk and the Karens Body Beautiful Sweet Ambrosia leave-in.
  • I apply my oil of choice to seal that moisture in. My mom brought me a bottle of black castor oil from Jamaica so that is what I am using right now. I have been dying to get some real black castor to seal my hair and make it stronger. Thanks mommy! Lol!
  • I further moisturize and seal in all that goodness with a water based cream moisturizer or butter. This also masks the smell of the castor oil.

Daily: 
Spritz with water  and re-moisturize if needed.


Style:
Style with style cream or Gel. I rock braid outs most of the time or Twist&Curl styles. I am not a lover of gel but I use a little or use Cantu Coconut Curling Cream before braiding or twisting.


Twist out with Cantu Coconut Curl Cream
Twist out with Cantu Coconut Curl Cream

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Monday, August 12, 2013

The Shea Moisture Hair Color Giveaway WINNER IS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hi Loves!


I want to first thank you guys for entering the Shea Moisture Hair Color Giveaway and celebrating my 2yr Nappiversary with me! We had 265 entries over the 5 day period. You girls were going IN! 

So its time to announce a winner. The Winner was selected at random using PunchTab. And the winner of the giveaway is the beautiful Neshii Smith. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! 


Neshii Smith -Winner of the Shea Moisture Hair Color Giveaway!

Continue to follow Glam Natural Life's blog, Facebook page and Twitter. Neshii, please email your mailing address to shelly@glamnaturallife.com and I will confirm and get your prize out to you as soon as possible.

To everyone else, I do giveaways ever so often of products I have tried and loved. Subscribe to Glam Natural Life's blog, Like  Facebook and follow on Twitter as I share with you guys my hair journey, products I love and discuss topics you are interested in.

Love yall!!


Thursday, August 8, 2013

Chatting with Naturalista Alisa from CoilyLocks.com


Hey Guys! Check out this blog feature on the beautiful naturalista Alisa from CoilyLocks




Introduce yourself:
My name is Alisha and I’m the mother of an 11 year old and little mini diva that will be turning 4 at the end of the month!  I’ve been married for 12 years and I’m also the creator of COILY LOCKS. http://www.coilylocks.com

What made you decide to go natural?
I actually went natural 12 years ago before I got married to save money. This time around I did it to show my oldest daughter that she can be beautiful with her natural curls and it was pretty hard to emphasize that to her when I was walking around with relaxed, bone straight hair. 


Did you Big Chop or did you Transition and When?
I’ve always gone between shoulder length and short pixie cuts so big chopping was no problem for me.  I wore kinky twist braids in my hair for about 3 months and as soon as I took them out I ran right to get my hair cut. This was November 15, 2011.  I take my hat off to anyone that can transition for 2+ years!

Were you nervous when you big chopped and why? What went through your head?
I wasn’t nervous at all and felt liberated after I did it!  The only thought going through my head was “I really need to buy more accessories for this short hair now!”  LOL  And then the other thought was “Who knew I had so many textures going on!”  This led to me calling my hair Sybil…haha!

Are you happy you made the decision to go natural?
I’m very happy about being natural and love talking about hair and products with my other curlfriends.

Do you have hair length goals or hair health is more important to you?
I let my hair grow out for one year with the main goal of having a BIG, obnoxious fro!  In December 2012 I went to have my hair flat ironed and trimmed. Unfortunately this resulted in a lot of heat damage on my crown.  So back for another big chop it was.  I cut it all off again this past January and I’ve been keeping it tapered every since.  Right now I’m only concerned about my girls and me having healthy hair.

What are your favorite hair products?
It’s funny how my Holy Grail (favorite products) has changed over the past 2 years.  Right now my favorite leave-in is Giovanni Direct Leave-in.  I typically co-wash daily during the warmer months with VO5 since it’s cheap and gets the job done. For deep conditioning I love Hair Rules Quench Ultra Rich Conditioner.  The slip is amazing and makes your hair feel so soft! I’ve been working with KJ Naturals to develop a hair butter and hoping to have that available to others for purchase soon. It will be called Sybil’s Buttah and the base is mango butter.  To clarify I use Bentonite Clay a few times each month but have also been hearing great things about Rhassoul clay.  Then to give my curls some texture and pop I used Curls Curling Jelly.  



What is your weekly regimen?
I like to keep things very simple!  I’m not a product junkie and if I want to try something new I always make sure I purchase it from a retailer where I can return it if I’m not happy. Since I’m pretty much just doing WNGs right now, I’ll cowash each morning, followed by a leave-in, my hair butter and curling jelly.  That’s it!  I also try and DC once a week with my hair steamer.  I’ll use my Hair Rules conditioner and depending on how Sybil is acting I may add some extra oils such as jojoba and almond oil to the mix.  Then I’ll steam for about 20 minutes, rinse and style.




What advice would you give to someone who is considering going natural or a newly natural?
The biggest thing to get used to is how much moisture your hair needs as a newly natural.  Water based products should be the first staple product you buy.  I also tried to find other naturals with a texture similar to mine when it came to finding good products.  Be patient and remember it’s ok if your hair doesn’t look like the YouTube person you’ve been following.  Do what works for you and don’t believe the hype of magic pills or potions to get your hair to grow.  Exercise, eat healthy and take care of yourself and your hair will do great.  


Do you think natural girls will have a harder time wearing their hair in its natural state at the job vs. a woman with permed hair?  
I don’t think it’s any harder to wear natural hair in the corporate world, but I think a lot of naturals may be limited on certain styles that may be considered “professional”.  A big picked out faux hawk might not go over well, but a bun or pinned up twists may work better.  And I really think it also depends on your work environment.  But natural or permed, being professional should always come first.


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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Shea Moisture Giveaway: Hair Color System!



Hey Guys,

Today is my 2yr Nappiversary Guys! Yahh Me!!!!! Lol!

As I bask in my excitement today, I acknowledge that my natural hair journey was great partly because of you guys. I have been sharing my experiences with you guys as I continue my natural hair journey and have tailored my blog to suit you. I am forever grateful for the love and support you guys have shown me. It has not went unnoticed at all! You will be awarded!

Last month, I colored my hair with the Shea Moisture Hair Color System in Bright Auburn and posted a review. The likes and comments poured in from Instagram, Facebook and the review I posted on the blog. So, to show my appreciation to you guys for hanging in there with me, I am doing a Giveaway of a box of Shea Moisture Hair Color System in Bright Auburn.

If you have not seen the review on the hair color yet,  then please click here.



To Enter The Giveaway of the Shea Moisture Hair Color System in Bright Auburn Please follow the instructions below:






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