About Roshini “Glamazini” Cope

GlamaziniHi, my name is Roshini Cope and I am the founder of Glamazini.com (that would be me looking all sunshiny while holding the yellow umbrella LOL).  

In 2002, I created this website (formally Roshini.net) as a personal journal to document my transition from relaxed to natural hair.  At the time this sort of website was nonexistent and, to my surprise and joy, my readership grew quickly.

Since then, the site has taken on a life of its own, expanding into a beauty and style destination with an ample emphasis on natural hair, mental health,  travel and much much more.  If I love it, I share it with my audience, affectionately called my “Glam Fam”.  

Beyond that, I’ve added a thriving YouTube channel that currently boasts over 19,500 loyal subscribers while gaining a love for public speaking.  I have been a conference speaker on topics ranging from growing a successful YouTube channel to gender perspectives on natural hair, and I’ve even served as conference host (which was beyond fun let me tell ya!).

My goal is to inspire my audience while making them smile. Whether I’m styling healthy natural hair, reviewing a product, advocating for mental health, educating about my son’s special needs, taking you along on my many travels, reviewing a book, showing you how to make healthy coleslaw or your own moisturizer, or just goofing off, you’re sure to smile your way through the entire thing and learn a little something while you do. I promise. :)

I am a 6 foot 1 inch tall natural-haired Virgin Islands-born & raised married Christian full force of geeky glamour currently living in St. Louis, Missouri with my husband and 1 year old son.

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Here is my Media Kit for more stats and accomplishments.

Brands That Have Partnered With Glamazini.com

To my Glam Fam

I’ve emailed you, driven out of state to meet you, let you stay on my apartment floor (seriously I really did that), texted you, thought of you daily, had you yell my name across the grocery store parking lot, had you recognize my husband in the underwear section at Walmart (awkward), been in your weddings, held your babies, traveled with you, received gifts, gave gifts, told you (almost) all my business and dang near documented my every move for years because of you.  I love you all.

64 comments

  1. Toyshia Ridley

    Ini, Thank you so much for all of your hard work. Your website has been my safe haven for the bad days when i want to give up on my hair. You always inspire me. I’ve damaged it from wearing weave styles and now i have to fix this mess i created, but with the help of your site i will come through like i always do.

    Thank you!

  2. glamazIni

    @ Toyshia, thank you for stopping by and posting. I’m glad my site has helped you and been a safe haven (is it safe even when i’m crazy LOL!!). Blessings! ~ ini

  3. Adeola

    Ini, you are one of the most down to earth people I know online or IRL (and I’m the most down to earth person I know! lol). You have been an encouragement to me in my own natural hair journey which I started in Feb 2008 after my hubby chopped off the creamy cracked strings that were residing on my head. I don’t need to tell you that you are a beautiful,hilarious,crazy lover of life who is impacting her world by His grace but I will,lol! Imma have to borrow your catchphrase-‘go be cute’ because I just love it. Blessings to you and your sweetheart!

  4. Donna

    Ini,

    I chopped the poison out of my hair Dec. 29, 2008 on a whim and as I see it, it was meant to be.

    Following your life’s journey has inspired me to continue without a second thought as to what others think about the “real” me — I was raised very conservative with every hair in its perfect place (my parents think that I have lost my mind).

    I have a natural beauty that God created and I intend on brandishing it with grace and glory.

    Thank you for your guidance and taking me and so many others along on your journey through life.

    May God continue to bless you and yours!!

  5. Shinika

    Hi!

    So I just discovered this website and I am so excited! I have been natural all of my life, but just have been recently(within the at three years) learning how to take care of and value the hair God gave me! I am also from the Virgin Islands(born and raised) and I am part of a Christian dance company! I feel truly blessed to have come across this website!

    God Bless

  6. glamazIni

    @Donna, you are welcomed and thank you for visiting!

    @Shinika! Big up VI Massive!!! AND a natural-haired dancer for Jesus! *swoon*

  7. Lol I love me some Vitamalt, I though it was just an African thing but I guess it’s an Island thing too. You rock woman! God bless you… looks like He already has. :)

  8. Veronica

    Roshini, I have tracked your website of and on since ’05 when I first went natural. Now four years later I wish that I had paid more attention to your tips and suggestions because here I am again trying to find a way to maintain a healthy head of hair. I’ll take good notes this time! I love you from afar and thank you so much for your taking the time to maintain this site. I also thank you for your open acknowlegement of your belief in God!!!

  9. Shirelle

    Hi Ini!!! I hope I subscribed/joined right. Anyways, I just wanted to send a short shout out. I am looking forward to keeping up with you over on these parts. And yes indeed, everyone at the job is loving my hair. Recall that when they last saw me, I had long twists :D Now I’ve got plenty of short curls. Have a great night (hugs)….

  10. Blessings Ini :)

    I have been happily nappy since June 2007 and like you I am a dancer (liturgical). I was led to your site from a posting you did on hair sisters re:Indi Afro Weave. I’ve gone to your site everyday since! I have gotten so many ideas from you and your product reviews are EXTREMELY helpful. Just when I was ready to go back to “Lyeing” God led me to your site. THANK YOU for truly living the rule “To whom much is given, much is required”.

    Napp on Sista!

  11. Avril

    Hi Ini!

    When I went natural in 04 I was a faithful follower :) I decided in 06 to loc my hair, yesterday I just decided to cut them. I was missing my loose hair, I know I’m going to have people ask why’d you cut them they were so long (past my shoulders)anywhoo. I get off topic sometime. I was browsing youtube, and I came across your channel. I’m so glad that I found you again!!!!

    I would follow your site faithfully for tips, I’ll being doing the same. Thanks. Good to know that your still helping others with a new site.

  12. paule

    well I don’t know how to work the blog, so I send you a message instead, I love your videos, I’m new on youtube and you are my number one videos i love them, and I just cut my hair BC on July 28,2009 and it growing pretty well, I stop being a product junky, I’m co washing with suave and I did my own mix also with shea butter, I went and bought the Dr. bronner soap love it I got the peppermint one. You are an inspiration to all natural. I was wondering how am I going to do my hair for my wedding, and you gave me an Idea Love the pictures.

    May God Bless you

  13. @Miss Fizzy —————————>

    Not an African thing ’cause we LOVE our Vita Malt in the Virgin Islands….but I have to buy it from an African store here in Missouri LOL. yum.

    @Veronica —————————>

    Hi hun :hug99:…thanks for being a loyal stalker and no worries with the hair, just do better now =). see you online.

    @Rellie!!! —————————>

    The reader works with Google and Blogger readers that I know of so hopefully you subscribed right =) … I see you with the flower on CB…work it!

    @T Nolye —————————>

    YAY Praise dancer!! I’m really trying to get in better shape because I’m not at optimal performance for these dances God is giving me LOL! Like you said, to whom much is given…. so I will ge it together! Thanks for visiting and saying ‘hi’

    @Avril —————————>

    Love your name btw. Hi Avril! All the best on your newest natural journey.

    @Paule —————————>

    Wonderful! That just brightened my day (seriously). So what have you decided for your wedding? I wore a twisted bun but since last week’s photoshoot I wish I’d done this strawset with a birdcage veil ’cause it is SO HOT!!!

  14. BrooklynnsMom

    I am so glad that I was able to find this site. Everything that I have seen from your hairdos to your wedding to getting to know you has been very inspirational. I am transitioning and I receive a lot of negativity from my friends about my decision so its a blessing to have somewhere to go and see progress.

  15. @Brooklynnsmom————–>
    Glad you’re here. Hope I can inspire you as we both go on this natural hair journey (I’m still learning things too). Welcome and blessings.

  16. ditto what Veronica said. I started my natural hair journey in 2005 (transitioning then big chop dec 2005) and proceeded to ignore my hair for 4 years.

    I have only recently begun to try and treat it well and style it another way besides “wash-n-go”

  17. Kat

    I just found you on youtube tonight, and spent the last 1 1/2 hrs caught up in your videos. You are a breath of fresh air and a fello caribbean girly like me.!! Keep it up! Continue to be blessed and fly!!! Kat

  18. Raedell

    Wow…I’m so glad to have found this site! Over the past 6 months since my last creamy crack fix I’ve found tons of blogs & vlogs about transitioning and caring for natural hair – but none who have detailed their journey so thoroughly and with such a great personality that oozes out of even your written words.

    This is the first time I have ever seriously considered going natural – but I am in need of a change, of some renewal, and would love to know what my natural hair looks like! – but fear of the unknown has been holding me back. You have inspired me and I sit here with my third installment of extensions contemplating – to perm or not to perm.

    No perm it is! Maybe I’ll even document my own journey in hopes that I can pay it forward and be a blessing to someone else.

    Peace & Blessings – I will be watching!

  19. @Raedell———–>
    Oh wow how sweet and wonderful! Yes my site begun as a way to keep me accountable, now almost a decade later is just too much fun for me to stop! Welcome and God Bless!

  20. Launie Barnes

    It is funny because I came upon this website when doing a google image search on box braids and I clicked your picture. I have been natural for a year and nine months now. I barely have my natural hair out simply because I don’t know what to do with it. I have been going through my series of micros, kinky twists and sew-ins
    :-). I am slowly working towards getting dreads but I have not decided yet. I’ve looked through whis website and you have really gave me a new perspective on natural hair! Thank you..I just had one question. My hair is really dry it never seems to retain the oils that I put in it.I am not sure what products I can use. What do you suggest?

  21. @Launie —————->

    Thanks and welcome to my site :) … it really depends on your hair type so all I can do is offer suggestions. For me, oils only help hold in the moisture on my hair, they do not add any moisture. That said, you can try to do things to moisturize your hair then think of the oils as a sealant, not as a moisturizer. For moisture I drink a ton of water, use humectant products (be careful, this contributes to frizz), spritz my hair with water, conditioners etc, and use shea butter. The oils I do put on my hair are then able to coat the strands and help the moisture from the previously mentioned items stay in my hair. I hope that helps! I’m gonna post your Q&A on the main blog because I think it would be helpful to other. Thanks! ~ ini

  22. I was just browsing on youtube and found your channel and I must say you have become my Online natural hair guru!!..I have been natural for going on 5 months, and I had been blogging since september and I just not too long ago decided to include my transition from damaged to happy hair–And I just wanted you to know that, through the people that I have found on youtube I have learned to embrace my natural hair and that it’s something to not be ashamed of! THANK YOU FOR THE INSPIRATION!!–because I was borderline chemical relapse a couple of times..especially when the new growth got thick!..LOL!….

  23. Jocelyn

    First, let me start by saying that your Spirit is so beautiful, you definitely see, “The God In you”! I came across your page, roughly 5months ago. I must say, since i’ve stumbled across this treasured blog/vlog i have been estatic about my newfound natural look, and life in general! I have raved about your site to all of my friends. they think i’m crazy, but that’s everyday all day:)! Anywho the decision to go natural, was something that came naturally. I am a Trini gal and my hair has always been curly, even with the relaxer in my head. Everyone was confused on why i was relaxing my hair, since it was soft, curly and very much manageable!The decision of going natural wasn’t really the problem for me, it was the “Big Chop”! Since i was going through an early mid life crisis(lol, i’m only 29),i was looking for change,but the chop actually didn’t turn out that bad. Your vlog/blog journey has been the best thing that i have come across to help me with my outlook on life,my inner and outer beauty,and not to mention my walk with God! I’ve been blasting, and singing the song that plays when your video comes up on youtube.I don’t know you, but thank you and love you! God Bless!

  24. @Lovie Dovie————>
    Thank you and all the best on your natural journey :)

    @Jocelyn—————->
    That post just made me smile from ear to ear (btw, my best friend is Trini). Thank you so much for your kind words and all the best on your hair journey.

  25. Shavaun

    Hey Ini,

    Like many others I have been following for what feels like forever! :) 1)I just wanted to say thank you soooo much, stumbling across roshini.net helped me to solidify my decision to go natural, 2)you are a B-E-A-U-tiful person both inside and out and I wish you continued blessings, (ok, im winding down, promise) 3)Hair question/suggestions please–W/twists how do you maintain them (wash, moisturize, re-twist,scarf or satin bonnet, etc.)? I saw your “Black Wash 1/28/09″ post but consider me like windows 97 to your windows 7 :) Thank you again for continuing to give me the inspiration to keep on going & “be cute” in all my nappy glory :D

  26. glamazIni

    @Shavaun ————————->

    Hola! Thanks for the kind words and support, I appreciate it! With twists I may rinse, I may not…just depends on how I feel, how icky I feel they are getting and how long I wear them. Every night (no matter the style) I sleep on satin be it a scarf, bonnet or pillowcase. That is a must! Always moisturize your ends, I go for every 2-3 days. If I rinse twists I do not manipulate them at all (to try to lessen frizz and unraveling). I basically stand under the water and let it roll through my hair for what seems like forever. I may lightly massage my scalp with some castile soap but no scrubbing and and rubbing (honestly, I don’t do much scrubbign and rubbing when I wash my loose hair either).

    Hope that helps! ~ ini

  27. naomi

    THANK YOU!!! I just started my hair journey, I have been transitioning for four months now. You are inspirational a real phenomenal woman. may god continue to richly bless you.

  28. SHANEE

    ok i just got the BIG CHOP and im kindanervous but you videos and website helps ALOT!!! its so encouraging you have no idea. Im trying not to rush the hair to grow and get irritated with the supa short twa lol love and God bless!!!

  29. glamazIni

    @Alta Angel —————————–>

    Hi Tall Angel :) … Thanks for stopping by, I’ll have to check out you site!

  30. Joselyn Coogler

    Roshini,

    I started following your blog about 6 years ago. I am now happily nappy for 6 years. I locked my hair 5 years ago and now have a beautiful mane of natural hair. I made the decision to stop straightening my hair after 42 years and it is one of the most liberating and affirming things I have ever done. Your site was an amazing support system for me on my journey to natural hair.

    Blessings,
    Joselyn

  31. glamazIni

    @Joselyn ————————>

    Oh wow *blush* … thanks so much for the kind words hun & blessings on your journey :)

  32. ISLANDGURL30

    HI ROSHINI I WANT TO ASK YOU IF THE COCONUT OIL AND THE SHEA BUTTER THE ONLY PRODUCTS YOU USE ON YOUR HAIR BTW YUR HAIR IS VERY THICK AND PRETTY

  33. ISLANDGURL30

    ANY HOW I JUST ORDERED SOME SHEA OIL AND AVOCADO OIL I HEARD IT WAS REALLY GOOD FOR THE HAIR AND SKIN AND WANTED TO TRY SOMETHING NEW. BUT’ I DON’T KNOW IF THE SHEA OIL IS AS GOOD AS THE SHEA BUTTER I REALLY HOPE SO . BTW YOU AND I HAVE 3 THINGS IN COMMON WE’RE BOTH TALL i’M 5″11&1/2, WE’RE BOTH FROM THE ISLANDS (BIMINI) AND WE BOTH HAVE NATURAL HAIR THAT IS SO COOL, ANY WAY LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT THE SHEA OIL AND AVOCADO OIL.

  34. glamazIni

    @IslandGirl30 —————->

    Yah, pretty much all I use is shea butter & coconut oil … sometimes I add olive oil, sometimes not. I’ve never used shea oil before but it sounds wonderful :)

  35. Roxanne

    Hi there, I’m looking on the net for ideas for my son’s long natural hair. I saw your picture and you look so much like someone I know. I am from St. Thomas, VI. I graduated in “92 from CAHS. If I am lost and confused please forgive me but if I am correct and there is a chance we went to school together please respond.

    Sincerely,
    Never Forgetting A Face
    Roxanne

  36. CICI

    Hello my name is Cici, I feel truly blessed to have found you, Most of my life I had really nice hair, but as soon as I got to high School and me messing with it trying to be cool it all fell out. My problem is around my temple area and I do believe I suffer from Traction Alopecia. As of now I don’t have health insurance but in a month from now I should. My question to you is what if they tell me its too late and I will neva have my hair back what do I do?? the rest of my hair is fine now except my edges..would love to wear my hair natural but I cant with no edges?? If you could please right me back that would truly help me..THANK YOU:) xoxo Cici

  37. glamazini

    If anyone was curious, turns out I did know Roxanne :)

    @Cici ———————->

    Unfortunately, if a doctor tells you that your hair will not grow in there isn’t much that can be done. I’m sorry. There is a lady on YouTube going through this very thing from wigs and glue and you may want to contact her. She is getting some sort of shots in her head from the dermatologist. Ouch. I’m not familiar but here’s her channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/SongbirdDiva4Life

  38. maria

    hi dear,you’ll never how big the articles about natural hair encouraged me.i trimmed my hair six months ago to half an inch and all screamed that i was crazy but i have come to understand that i am the most courageous and thank you very much.i love you.

    maria

  39. Cecily

    Ini,
    I came across one of your videos when it was featured on curlynikki and the first thing I thought was that I liked your style and this chick is too funny. I immediately went to youtube to check out your videos and have been hooked ever since. I have been natural for almost a year (sometime in May) and I am truly enjoying it. Thanks for the new ideas and laughs.
    Cecily

  40. Kim J

    Ini:

    You and your hair lead me to going natural. I looked at your page for a year before I did the big chop in April 2006. I hadn’t been to your page in forever and said to myself she is probably pregnant or have a child by now and look at Jesus girl! You are pregnant and I just want to send you and Adima a big ole BOOM SHACKA LACKA SHACKA LACK CHICKA BOOM!

    Maybe I will run into you in STL one day. From STL but live in Dallas. I will be the Tall, dark-skinned lunatic chasing you down in the store. That could be any of your page stalkers I’m sure so probably won’t do that. Don’t want to scare your baby.
    I am a loc’d sister now. Yay me! INTYWHO, I just say Hey Boo! and congrats

    Kim J

  41. Candy

    Hi. I really love your site! But I wanted to comment just to say that my Dad is from St. Thomas (and a Christian). Its kinda rare to find anyone from the Islands in the States, so I’d though I’d give you a shout-out!

  42. Malaika I.

    Hi,

    I just stumbled across your blog today in my attempt to find some box braid inspirations. I’ve been natural since 2002, including locs from August 2007 Jan 1 2012. I combed out each & every one & now I’m back to enjoying my loose hair. Needless to say there’s lots of pampering & protection needed so I’ve been on the hunt for inspiration. I absolutely love your blog & it’s now in my favorites list. Thanks for the inspiration :)

    P.S. – I’m from Guyana & live in KS so I’m always happy to see another West Indian out here in the Midwest *yay*

  43. Tracy

    Hi,
    I was just looking at your video from two years ago! about the baltic amber jewelry and it’s effects in alleviating pain. I am really struggling with chronic tendinitis in my posterior tibial tendon in my foot and really was jazzed about the ankle bracelets you were mentioning. I am seriously considering it for it pain alleviation and anti inflammatory effects. Congrats on your new baby and I have to say……you are totally adorbs. Kinda want to hang out with you! I’m in Chicagoland, ;).
    Best,
    Tracy

  44. PJ

    I came across your website, I been thinking about going natural for a few weeks before I actually decided to do so. I made the choice to go for it on my bday in May. Im actually transitioning, instead of doing the bc. Im loving the journey, I know its going to be rough and long journey for me as well, since I have illness, but Im willing to do it and see it out. Glad I came across your blog. Thank you for sharing your journey with us. Many Blessings :)

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