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Gloria // 4A/B Natural Hair Style Icon

Avatar • Jan 9, 2013

*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally

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Introduce yourself!
G:
My name is Gloria and I’m a 23 year old from Quartz Hill, California. I’m currently a student at Stanford University.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
G:
My last relaxer was in August 2008. I spent the first 7 months post-relaxer trying (and failing) to work with my two textures. I ended up finishing my transition in kinky twists, which I wore for a little over a year. I cut off the last of my relaxed ends about two and a half years ago. I had a lot of reasons for going natural! The primary reason was that I had moved away from my hairstylist, who had always done my hair at a discounted price. I knew that trying to find someone else to put in my kinky twists for me was probably going to cost a lot more money than I was willing to spend. I also really wanted to grow my hair out, which was something I had been unable to do when I was relaxing and flat ironing my hair. I had a lot of hair when I was a kid, and I knew that the only real way I would be able to see any length retention was if I stopped using chemicals and heat on my hair.

Finally, I saw going natural as a personal challenge; I wanted to see whether or not I could learn how to take care of my own hair, kinks and all. This is a little weird, but every time I watched a stranded-on-a-desert-island TV show like “Survivor” or “Lost,” one of my first thoughts would be, “If I were trapped on an island with limited supplies, WHAT WOULD I DO WITH MY HAIR?” That situation is a little extreme, but I realized that it would be a good idea to learn how to care for and style my hair naturally. Hairdressers and chemical relaxers are not guaranteed in this life!

It didn’t take long for me to fall in love with my hair. I don’t believe in letting my hair define me, but I honestly feel more beautiful and unique with my kinky-curly hair. I also feel more like myself. I love to play with it; all of my friends know that I have perpetual Hand-In-Hair Syndrome! Twisting it, washing it, conditioning it, and detangling it is therapeutic for me. I know that a lot of people reach a point at which they get bored with their hair, but I am constantly confused/amazed/surprised by it. I’m not sure I’ll ever get tired of my hair.

How would you describe your texture?
G:
My hair is a pretty even mixture of 4a and 4b curls. It’s really, really thick. The strands are also very coarse. My hair is pretty easy to style as long as I detangle it every night. I have my best hair days in super dry weather. This might be because I grew up in the desert. My hair will look okay when the dew point is between 40 and 50 degrees F, but as soon as the dew point drops below 35 degrees F, my hair will look fantastic. My hair’s strange that way!

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
G:
I like to experiment with a lot of different products, but my one product that is in my hair 99% of the time is the Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie. I have used this in my hair almost every day for a year and a half, and my hair responds really well to it. On a typical night, I will wet my hair with water, apply some type of oil (right now, I’m using a mixture of olive oil and castor oil), and then I will style my hair into a bunch of big twists with the Curl Enhancing Smoothie. If my hair is super dry, I will rub a little Nubian Heritage Repair and Extend Butter in my hair before I wet it. If it’s really humid outside, I will rub a little bit of Giovanni Smoothing Serum over my twists right before I take them down in the morning.

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I retwist my hair every night because it is the only effective way to keep my hair detangled. On the rare night that I am too tired to twist my hair, I will spritz my hair with water and gather it all up into a ponytail on top of my head. This will allow me to sleep without disturbing my curls. I also henna my hair at least once a month, but sometimes as often as every two weeks. I have a surprisingly large amount of grey hair for a 23 year old! (I’m the daughter of two people with premature grey hair, and I found my first grey hair when I was six years old.) Henna deep conditions my hair while dying all of my greys a vibrant red color.

What does wash day look like for you?
G:
I wash my hair twice per week. Usually, my wash day is pretty simple. I shampoo my hair with either the Shea Moisture Curl and Shine Shampoo or the Shea Moisture Moisture Retention Shampoo. I’ll then put some sort of conditioner in my hair and let it sit while I wash the rest of my body (my conditioner of the moment is Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose Conditioner…this stuff is like a miracle in a bottle). After I rinse the conditioner out, I will immediately apply the Shea Moisture Curl and Style Milk to my hair. I’ll wrap my hair up in an old, worn t‑shirt instead of a towel, and I’ll let my hair dry like that for five to ten minutes. Then I’ll twist and style my hair the way I would any day. Once every couple of weeks, I’ll do an apple cider vinegar rinse in place of a shampoo.

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
G:
When I’m busy, my go-to style is a bun on top of my head. Actually, I only ever wear my hair down, in a twist out, in a bun, or in a ponytail puff. I don’t vary my styles all that much. If I’m feeling really adventurous (or if my edges are super frizzy), I’ll add a headband, a bow, or a scarf.

How do you combat shrinkage?
G:
My hair is almost always stretched in a twist out, so shrinkage isn’t a huge problem for me. If I am having an issue with shrinkage, I’ll wear my hair in a ponytail on top of my head for an hour or so. When I take it down, my hair will be nice and stretched, while still maintaining its definition.

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
G:
I have one small section in the back left side of my head that knots up like crazy. I have no idea why, but it knots up way more than the rest of my hair. I have just learned to accept the fact that I will always have to spend a couple of extra minutes detangling and moisturizing that small portion of my hair.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
G:
Do: wet my hair daily. Doing this had made a huge difference in how moisturized my hair is. Do: be gentle. I don’t use any heat, chemicals, combs, or brushes on my hair, and I think my hair has benefited because of this. I have found that finger detangling with oil is really gentle and effective, and it doesn’t take me any longer to style my hair now than it did when I used a comb.

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
G:
Don’t: leave my hair in protective styles for too long, especially not mini-twists. My hair tends to loc after it has been in twists for about a week, and this makes detangling a nightmare. I’d much rather have to take 20 minutes every day to detangle/style than 3 hours once every week to do the same. Don’t: get frustrated with my hair. Frustration can lead to less-than-gentle styling, which can lead to damaged hair. A bad hair day is never that serious. If I can’t fix it with a bun or a ponytail, then I’ll just be sure to smile a little more that day to compensate for it! This way, people are focusing less on my hair, and more on me.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
G:
I have a Tumblr that I’m really bad at updating: naturalglo.tumblr.com. I also have an Instagram account that I am pretty good at updating: instagram.com/gjdallas.

Thanks Ladies!!!

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Mika
7 years ago

Gorgeous hair!! I love when its all big and curly!

VWillis
VWillis
7 years ago

You are my hair twin! LOL, I will be checking out your tumblr, cause I haven’t seen anyone with so near to my length, thickness, and curl type ever before. I loooove twist outs, but have a hard time keeping the tangling from happening. So, I stay in protective styles, generally mini twists, but the same as yours, the locing process begins immediately. Please keep your style stories coming, I’ll be looking! Thanks for sharing.

Gloria
7 years ago
Reply to  VWillis

Thanks!!! Haha, last week I went three full days without detangling my hair, and I ended up with locs. It took me 2.5 hours to detangle it all, when it usually only takes a few minutes. I understand your struggle. 🙂

keisha
keisha
7 years ago

Sooooo cute!!!! Love the styles!

KARAJ
KARAJ
7 years ago

Hair is really cute!! Love the throwback child pic

ivicoco
ivicoco
7 years ago

Gorgeous simply GORGEOUS!

Natalie
Natalie
7 years ago

I’m so proud of you!!! Woo hoo for natural haired girls! It takes more effort and attention but soooo worth it!

Love you, dear. …
[img]https://bglh-marketplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/20121224_173023.jpg[/img]

Gloria
7 years ago
Reply to  Natalie

Aaaaaah! I just squealed when I saw this!!! Love you, too, beautiful cousin!!!

PS: This picture is still the background on my phone. 🙂

Gloria
7 years ago

Thanks everyone!!!

Kisha
Kisha
7 years ago

Hairdressers and chemical relaxers are not guaranteed in this life! <3 that!!! pretty hair.

J Starr
J Starr
7 years ago

Dear Glo,

Congrats.

I’m mad you know the dew point of your hair. You make me seem like a lazy natural (which I am).

Also get back to class/work/etc. Being famous is no excuse to no be wasting time on here lol.

Always,
Jess (who should be working lol)

Gloria
7 years ago
Reply to  J Starr

Dear Jess,

This cracked me up! And this is just a study break, lol. 🙂

Love you and miss you!

Glo

Alethea
Alethea
7 years ago

I love this!! I am glad to see so many people I know using the same website!! You hair is amazing as I tell you every time I see you!

Gloria
7 years ago
Reply to  Alethea

Aw, thanks, Alethea!!! You have some pretty hair, too!

Cynthia Jackson
Cynthia Jackson
7 years ago

I love your hair and you are beautiful. i am going to take some of your regimen tips because i like how your hair has grown!

Caramelcurls
Caramelcurls
7 years ago

Beautiful hair with a low key regimen is a plus in my book–LOVE it!

Patricia Kayden
Patricia Kayden
7 years ago

Such lush beautiful hair.

shelikes
shelikes
7 years ago

such a pretty smile. can’t tell which i like more, your pretty hair or your pretty smile…and a STANFORD student too. girl is makin’ it happen!!!!!!

shelikes
shelikes
7 years ago

I don’t use any heat, chemicals, combs, or brushes on my hair”

I wish bglh would feature more naturals that follow this philosophy. All of your styles flow so prettily. I prefer loose styles, even when pinned up, I like a soft feminine look. Not so fond of those slicked back pinned-tight styles…

Gloria
7 years ago
Reply to  shelikes

Haha, thanks!!! Back in the day, I used to try the slicked-back, tight styles (especially while I was a dancer), and they NEVER worked for me. Ever. No amount of gel or bobby pins would keep my hair down. Also, tight hair styles HURT, and I’ve always been tender-headed.

I’ve since decided to just let it be. 🙂

EG
EG
7 years ago

Beautiful hair. I have a very similar wash regimen and love the fact that you are not afraid of shampoo.

myblackfriendsays
7 years ago

I know this blog is about hair, but you have a great smile!

Gloria
7 years ago

Thank you!!

Deena
Deena
7 years ago

OMG I thought I was the only one who had weird thoughts like that?! When I had a relaxer I always imagined what I would do with my hair if suddenly I was stranded on an island or if they stopped making it lol
Your hair is beautiful!

Michelle
Michelle
7 years ago

Love your hair, it’s really beautiful 🙂

Jj
Jj
7 years ago

Looove her hair..my hair has a role model lol

Dana
Dana
7 years ago

Absolutely, your beautiful hair and joyous smile is heartening to see.

jamila
jamila
7 years ago

love your hair and your smile.. so beautiful!

Love JAH
Love JAH
7 years ago

Pretty hair, skin and smile!!!

jjac401
jjac401
7 years ago

Now that’s a gorgeous head of hair!

Latoya
Latoya
7 years ago

Your hair is gorgeous!!!!

Ashley
Ashley
7 years ago

Beautiful hair! Love the childhood pic.

Nicole
Nicole
7 years ago

Great post! What types of henna are best for covering grays? I’m not quite 30 and have quite a few more gray hairs than I’d like. They don’t act right!

Gloria
7 years ago
Reply to  Nicole

Thanks! I’ve been using Body Art Quality Jamila henna. It’s less messy than other henna’s that I’ve tried, and it leaves a pretty stain. I almost always buy it off of Amazon, but I’m pretty sure that there are a lot of places you could buy it. I get it for about $5 per 100g, so it’s not that expensive.

Also, http://www.hennasooq.com/ is my favorite henna website. They sell henna, tell you about the pros and cons of different types of henna, and they have a lot of helpful tips and recipes.

Hope that helps!

Nicole
Nicole
7 years ago
Reply to  Gloria

Thank so much! I’ve only used henna for mehndi before, so I appreciate the tips.

Dnjalo22
7 years ago

Luv,Luv your hair!!!!! Thank you so much for sharing your story and your hair tips!!

Jacky
Jacky
7 years ago

beautiful hair!!!

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