*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally
M: My name is Marsha-Gail Davis and I am originally from Kingston, Jamaica. That hyphenated name will give everything away :)
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
M: I went natural because I got really curious about my natural hair after washing one day, and seeing the new growth appearing so interesting and amazingly curly. I also didn’t want to deal with processing my hair anymore. I was a Big Chopper. I like very drastic changes because I like being thrown into new situations that force me to adapt. I was also so determined to go natural that I allowed my relaxed hair to begin dreading and thus there was no turning back. I was so done with the process of burning my scalp, smelling the relaxer every time I turned my head and the light tapping to heavy slapping of my head to keep it from itching before I could get it relaxed and actually wash it (I just crack up every time I think about that). I just wondered to myself how it would look all over my head and more importantly I wanted to appreciate what was given to me from birth. I’ve been natural for about 6 years now. The ABSOLUTE best years of my life.
How would you describe your texture?
M: To be very honest with you, I never really got into hair typing. I have no clue what type I am. If I could guess, I’d say 4a/4b but I just thought the typing thing was kinda intense for me. All I know is that my hair produces these small but super defined ringlets when wet, is incredibly thick, incredibly fine, does NOT stay down under water and is insanely versatile. People are always so fascinated with what this hair can do. I LOVE black hair! I think it’s the most beautiful and amazing thing ever.
Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
M: So the regimen is to WASH then CONDITION then DEEP CONDITION then RINSE then STYLE. I used to twist my hair before washing, which I will do in the future when it gets longer…yes, I’m growing it back again :)…..see how versatile natural hair is!!…..but since my hair is on the short end now, it is actually easier not to twist it. After washing with a sulfate-free soap, I am currently using one from Trader Joe’s (Nourish Spa), I saturate all of my hair with Aussie Moist Conditioner and comb through. I wash it out then apply olive oil to the hair first and then add a conditioner, which could be Shea Moisture Deep Treatment or Aussie again. If it’s Aussie, I will not wash it out and will simply add the oil on top (which gives it even more slip) and comb through. Then I’ll either let it sit over night or go under the dryer for 30 minutes to an hour. I use my Tangle Teezer to do a final detangle. After I wash out the deep conditioner, I will do an ACV rinse. This makes a noticeable difference. My hair is softer and shinier for sure. Lastly, I will spray with a Lemongrass Leave-in Conditioner from Alikay Naturals (bought it last year and I am still using it!), twist with Shea Moisture Curling Souffle and Beautiful Curls Shea Butter Curl Activating Cream, add some coconut oil once in awhile and let it air dry. I just re-twist the hair dry as the week moves a long for a bigger effect.
Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
M: Just recently I cut my hair in a shaped pixie after 5 years of growing my hair (picture of me in the white dress). Since I cut my hair, I can no longer make an easy puff so my go to hairstyle is my faux-hawk where I pin the sides of my hair up after smoothing my hair with a brush. My hair is longest in the front so it creates a really funky, artsy look which very accurately represents me. I absolutely love it!
How do you combat shrinkage?
M: Stretching! I will stretch the hair out by twisting and re-twisting. Re-twisting it dry is key to getting hair at its largest for me.
What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
M: My problem area has always been moisture. My hair just needs so much and I am realizing that more so now than ever. I know right, 6 years in and I am just now understanding how important this is…ya girl is still learning even now. I’ve been seeing some negative effects of not getting enough moisture in with split ends occurring more than I would like. This has been particularly exacerbated by me recently starting medical school, which has been a huge transition. So I am opting to wear protective styles to safe guard from moisture problems and also focus on my books. :)
What are 2 do’s for your texture?
M: Moisturiiiiize!! My hair is like, “Thaaaank you!”. I use WATER to hydrate and Shea Butter, Olive Oil and Coconut oil for deep conditioning and twisting. It depends on what I feel for, but I will use them alone or in combination. The second is Aussie Moisture Conditioner. That amazing invention has absolutely changed my life. I never knew detangling could be so easy. No joke. Definitely give it a try if you have been having those, “I kinda feel like tearing my hair out right now” detangling nightmares.
What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
M: I can’t leave my hair without moisture…ever. My hair has made it very clear to me that she is not having that so I have listened, learned and am really making that an integral part of my regimen. I guess I thought I could kinda get away with it in the past, but I was kindly guided back to the right path via a split ends scare.
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
M: Of course! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to share. I didn’t mention this earlier, but my hair grows like wildfire. It’s always been that way, but I think it might have been amplified by my diet as well.
I like to say I eat bangin’ bird food because seriously the food I eat is simply that…BANGIN’! And then the fact that it’s not only delicious but hecka nutritious. Jackpot!! I can only speak for myself, but eating this way has been amazing. I feel like I’ve found the key to awesome health and I’m pretty happy about it. So, I recently started a blog called Bangin’ Bird Food because I just want to share the experience with others and also provide information, inspiration, recipes, entertaining posts and personal stories from others. I hope to make this lifestyle more appealing, especially to the black community since sadly we do suffer disproportionally more from chronic diseases and don’t readily consider lifestyles such as this one. Thanks for checking me out lovelies. Be happy and healthy! :)