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Marsh

Intro­duce your­self!
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.

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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! :)

Web­site: http://banginbirdfood.blogspot.com/
Twit­ter: @BanginBirdFood
Face­book: https://www.facebook.com/BanginBirdFood

Meosha

Just anoth­er lover of nat­u­ral hair and expres­sion.
— Style Icon Coor­di­na­tor for BGLH

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D.P.

I absolute­ly love your hair!

TheActiveSpirit

Went to school with her! Small world…

Dee

Hi Mar­sha, nice job. Your hair reminds me of mine before I had my two kids. Since then I have been bat­tling to keep mois­ture in my strands and I feel the crown is a lot more Bril­lo pad like then the rest of it. Any thoughts on how to keep the mois­ture and reduce break­age? Dee

MGD
Hee Dee! I know whatcha mean girly! To keep mois­ture in now, I do week­ly deep con­di­tion­ing and I’ve been wear­ing more pro­tec­tive styles. I use SheaMois­ture prod­ucts, oils like coconut, olive and shea and all the oth­er prod­ucts I list­ed in the inter­view. Wear­ing your hair in twist-outs will make your hair dry faster but I have heard that peo­ple deal with that by spritz­ing with water through­out the day and twist­ing reli­gious­ly at night. I think in the future I will try real­ly cool pro­tec­tive styles like the­se: http://blackgirllonghair.com/2012/12/tammy-3c4a-natural-hair-style-icon/. But I real­ize that my hair stays ridicu­lous­ly mois­tur­ized… Read more »
Dee

MGD, thanks for the reply. I will give the tight­ly twist out a try. Cause it so bad for me now that I can’t hold a pro­tec­tive style too long because it gets so dry. I real­ly hope this issue cor­rects itself. I had anoth­er ques­tion the apple cider rin­se, does that act as a clar­i­fy­ing agent? And what impact does that have on mois­ture reten­tion of the hair?
Dee
Ps: those styles from Tam­my are hot!

MGD

Wow Dee! I am sur­prised about the pro­tec­tive style not allow­ing you to hold mois­ture. I would think it would be the oppo­site. The ACV acts as rin­se before I style my hair. For me, it rins­es out excess oil and leaves my hair real­ly soft and shiny. My hair has been real­ly mois­tur­ized since I have been using that and my reg­i­men in the post above. What kind of mois­tur­iz­ing prod­ucts do you use?

PatoyEly
I real­ly wenatd to con­struct a mes­sage to be able to thank you for some of the fan­tas­tic point­ers you are giv­ing on this site. My par­tic­u­lar­ly long inter­net lookup has final­ly been reward­ed with pleas­ant infor­ma­tion to write about with my com­pa­ny. I would point out that most of us web­site vis­i­tors actu­al­ly are rather endowed to exist in a per­fect com­mu­ni­ty with so many per­fect indi­vid­u­als with use­ful guide­li­nes. I feel some­what for­tu­nate to have come across your entire weblog and look for­ward to so many more excit­ing times read­ing here. Thank you once again for all the… Read more »
Renee

Did you do the cut in Jamaica? I’d love to find the salon that did this.

MGD

Hey Renee! I actu­al­ly cut it myself. Fun­ny to say I didn’t trust that the styl­ist would get it exact­ly as I want­ed so I opt­ed to give myself a try. :)

MGD

Thank you lovelies! Ladies, you should total­ly try a new cut like this. Nat­u­ral hair is soooo ver­sa­tile so don’t feel hin­dered. Your hair will always grow back espe­cial­ly when you are not putting all the focus on it and just enjoy­ing life. So just go for it! You only have one life!

Cathey Poindexter-Taylor
Cathey Poindexter-Taylor

I soooo love and want that hair cut! Cute pics!

cb

is her web­site updat­ed?
love the cut

MGD

Hey cb! Yes, my web­site is very recent. I just made it pub­lic in Sep­tem­ber. I usu­al­ly post week­ly so it is grow­ing slow­ly but sure­ly.

LaNeshe

Beau­ti­ful!

Amma Mama

Beau­ti­ful and I love your pics!

Tiff Dizzle

may­be the rea­son why your hair feels so dry is b/c you do a ACV rin­se after you deep con­di­tion.… ACV strips out all the build up in your hair. It would be best to do it before u sham­poo.

Stace

Yea I actu­al­ly use ACV in my wash water ( I also boil my water I have hard water where i live) then I use plain boiled water dur­ing my con­di­tion­ing. I find this works best.

Mika

That hair is soooooooo cute! Absolute­ly love it.

Reppin JA

Gor­geous hair and girl! Love the styles too

JENNID

Anoth­er vote for that cut. Nice! Was/ is it easy to main­tain? I’m think­ing about doing some­thing like that in the future. Also your blog is what we need to see more of. Peo­ple cook­ing real food that actu­al­ly looks edi­ble. One thing to preach about eat­ing healthy but anoth­er to show that real food doesn’t have to be bor­ing or time con­sum­ing.

MGD

Hey Jen­niD! It was pret­ty easy to main­tain. I would still twist my hair at night but it would take a quar­ter of the time! By far my favorite cut EVER! Thanks so much for the blog kudos!! Much much appre­ci­at­ed and all I hope is that it can inspire folks to want to live the health­i­est life pos­si­ble!

For the Love of Curls

The cut is every thing. Too cute!

DiJah

My girl mi love di cut!

MGD

Tanks my girl. Haf­fi rep­re­sent fi di yardie dem! :)

Toya | The Limerick Lane

The pix­ie cut is too cute! I love it when peo­ple aren’t afraid to cut their hair.

Toya

I love the cut you have! Very nice

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