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Intro­duce your­self!
M:
My name is Mar­quita and I was born and raised in Fayet­teville, NC. I am cur­rent­ly resid­ing in Chesa­peake, VA.

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­u­ral?
M:
I decid­ed to go nat­u­ral for a few rea­sons. The first being the state that my hair was in at the time of my deci­sion. I bleached a por­tion of my hair the sum­mer before going nat­u­ral in order to achieve a blond col­or in my hair. It was real­ly cute, but I was very unin­formed on how impor­tant it is to mois­tur­ize hair that has been bleached. Need­less to say, my hair start­ed get­ting very dry and even­tu­al­ly start­ed break­ing real­ly bad. Every few months I end­ed up cut­ting it short­er and short­er to keep it even from the break­age. After it was cut to about ear length, I had had enough! Also, I have a real­ly sen­si­tive scalp and when I used to get relax­ers my edges would burn and pro­duce scabs each time, even with Vase­line bas­ing my scalp. 

I final­ly was think­ing one day that I don’t have to sub­ject myself to this pain. Even though I was only get­ting relax­ers about 3 times a year at that point, I still felt it unnec­es­sary to do so. My old­er sis­ter was already nat­u­ral and actu­al­ly did a big chop, so I was very inspired and con­vinced that I could return my hair to its nat­u­ral state as well. From that day on, I nev­er craved a relax­er or felt that I need­ed one. No mat­ter what strug­gles I had with my hair, I did not go back to chem­i­cals. I have been relax­er free for 4 years and 5 months and I have been com­plete­ly nat­u­ral for 3 years and 2 months. I tran­si­tioned for 15 months before cut­ting off my relaxed ends.

How would you describe your tex­ture?
M:
I am not good at hair typ­ing at all, but if I had to guess I would say that my hair is pre­dom­i­nate­ly 3c ish may­be 3b? Hope­ful­ly some­one can help me with this. Lol. It is real­ly man­age­able and does not get tan­gled very eas­i­ly. When it is wet, it just curls up with some parts a lit­tle wavy. It is very thick and I would say my strands are dense.

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the mon­th.
M:
My styling reg­i­men is very sim­ple right now. I start­ed a no heat reg­i­men on Nov. 19, 2011 and have stuck to it. As far as my month­ly reg­i­men, it is very low main­te­nance. I wear two strand twists from week to week. Some­times I bun the twists to add a lit­tle some­thing extra to the style. Every day I spritz the twists with water and seal with extra vir­gin olive oil. May­be twice a week instead of just water, I will mois­tur­ize with my Gio­van­ni Direct Leave-In as well. I re-twist my hair once a week after wash day.

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What does wash day look like for you?
M:
Wash day for me is about 4 hours out of that day. I try to stay con­sis­tent with the one day a week that I wash my hair, but I am so ran­dom that it varies from week to week. Just when­ev­er I feel like it that week, I will do it. Some­times I end up wash­ing my hair twice a week. I am a co-wash type of girl. I hon­est­ly have not used sham­poo in over 2 years. I will be using some this year though because I acci­den­tal­ly pur­chased a bot­tle of sham­poo think­ing that it was con­di­tion­er. So first I pre-poo with extra vir­gin olive oil. I enjoy how soft it leaves my hair. I let that sit under a cap for about an hour and a half. 

After I rin­se out my pre-poo, I co-wash with TRE­Sem­me Lux­u­ri­ous Mois­ture. I do not leave it on my hair longer than 2 min­utes before rins­ing. I repeat that step once or twice depend­ing on how clean my hair feels. I imme­di­ate­ly start the detan­gling and mois­tur­iz­ing process. I only detan­gle every oth­er wash day. In sec­tions, while damp, I apply Gio­van­ni Direct Leave-In and seal with extra vir­gin olive oil. I twist it back up as I fin­ish mois­tur­iz­ing each sec­tion and I am done.

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
M:
My favorite go-to hair­style when I don’t have a lot of time is a high bun. Even when I had relaxed hair, that was my go-to style for some rea­son. When my hair is in twists I bun it as well. It is quick and easy for me. I just form a high pony­tail and form a bun by tuck­ing or wrap­ping my ends.

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
M:
I don’t real­ly have to com­bat my shrink­age often because my hair is main­ly styled in ways that help stretch my hair (twists, bun, braids). The few times that I have worn my hair in twist-outs, braid-outs, or my one wash and go, I found myself pulling down my hair all day. Just tug­ging at it all day so that it wouldn’t look so short. So, I try to stay away from those types of styles for that rea­son and the fact that my hair gets so big so fast that the style always ends up as a fail.

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require spe­cial care and atten­tion?
M:
I have this one real­ly small spot on the front right side of my hair that I con­sid­er a bald spot. My fiancé thinks I am just being dra­mat­ic when I say it, but I feel like I have a bald spot. I have been mas­sag­ing that area more fre­quent­ly and I just ordered some Jamaican Black Cas­tor Oil in hopes that it will thick­en that lit­tle area. Also, the back of my hair gets tan­gled way eas­ier than the front and gets dry faster, so I tend to pam­per the back more when it comes to being gen­tle and mois­tur­iz­ing, just to make sure that it doesn’t become a prob­lem area.

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
M:
2 do’s for my tex­ture are mois­tur­iz­ing often to keep it healthy and hydrat­ed, and buns! I think my tex­ture is great for buns.

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
M:
2 don’ts for my tex­ture are wash and go’s (in my opin­ion). I am sure with the right prod­ucts it would look great and last all day. Also, a big don’t for my tex­ture is over manip­u­lat­ing. My tex­ture seems to like sim­ple things. Any­time I do “too much” to my hair, it hates me! Lol.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
M:
I don’t have a blog or web­page, but I do share a lot of my hair pic­tures and my over­all hair jour­ney on my Insta­gram @bright_­like_­di­a­monds. I also answer a lot of hair ques­tions there as well. 

Meosha

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

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22 Comments on "Marquita // Natural Hair Style Icon"

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Mikki

We have the same name! LoL Any­way, I love your hair and eye­brows. I just start­ed transitioning(5 months) and I was almost ready to give up. It’s so much main­te­nance. I love my nat­u­ral tex­ture and cant wait to get back there. Thanks for the advice!

Marquita

Thank you all for your kind words. I real­ly appre­ci­ate it.
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Renee

Hair…Stunning! I have dreads and been nat­u­ral for almost 10 years, but I am think­ing of doing the big chop and start­ing from scratch with twists. This makes me know it is pos­si­ble! Won­der­ful!

Mika

What beau­ti­ful hair! Loved the inter­view as well. She’s got such a great atti­tude and thumbs up also for her big sis­ter!!

Eboni

I absolute­ly LOVE her respon­se to com­bat­ing shrink­age. It’s sim­ple & real­is­tic! Anoth­er great article/icon BGLH :)

Jacky

Three words-BIG,GORGEOUS HAIR but i would like to know if she is still tran­si­tion­ing because her ends look like tran­si­tion­ing ends.

Stace

I don’t know if you read the arti­cle or not, or if you just missed it but, this is what she stat­ed in the begin­ning of the arti­cle : ” I have been relax­er free for 4 years and 5 months and I have been com­plete­ly nat­u­ral for 3 years and 2 months. I tran­si­tioned for 15 months before cut­ting off my relaxed ends.”.… hope that helped!

http://www.neosoulsistahs.com/
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Gor­geous hair!

Kim

OMG just found her page in the last week and she is such a doll. Answer­ing all my ques­tion and trust me I had a lot. Very knowl­edgable about the nat­u­ral hair care.She is my go to per­son.

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Saisamorn

Leslie, I think we all want to be more aware of people’s needs arn­uod us. It’s true, we often get so wrapped up in our dai­ly lives that we are in a hur­ry and don’t take the time to be a Noticer. I hear it is high­ly reward­ing. Lynn Jones recent­ly post­ed..

Stace

nice !!! Great hair! Type-less.

Stephanie

Love her hair and love that she’s from my home town TRILLVILLE!!! FAYETTNAM!!

Rochelle

AYEEE!!!! FAYETTEVILLE NC! It’s about time! Final­ly, some­one from my home­town on this web­site! I love your hair, it’s so thick and lus­cious! I can’t wait until my hair gets longer. I’m in that in-between stage, where it’s too short to bun, but to long to where my twists don’t look right. UGH, so I’m just going to try yarn braids so I don’t get too upset with my hair or SOME kind of pro­tec­tive style.
Ok, rant over lol. 

I loved your sto­ry btw!! I was soo hype when I seen where you were from!!!! lol.

Dana

What a beau­ti­ful girl! And so awe­some that you were inspired by your old­er sis­ter who was brave enough to set the good exam­ple for you to fol­low. She deserves a spot­light too. You go girls!

jjac401

Now that’s a beau­ti­ful full head of curly hair!

Kamilah

Awe­some arti­cle

Candice

I’m so excit­ed for my four year nap­py-ver­sary! All the wom­en whose hair I real­ly admire are about four years nat­u­ral. I’m only at 2 years nat­u­ral, and only one years since I big chopped my dread­locks off.

Kelly
I used to have locs as well, Can­dice. Had them for 13 years then did a big chop because I saw a bald spot. I can’t wait to get to four or five years since my big chop as well. Since I’m after length, I read about or watch oth­er nat­u­ral vlog­gers wom­en on YouTube who have long nat­u­ral hair (not exclu­sive­ly — I’ll watch any­one whose hair I admire) and it seems like four or five years is the mag­ic num­ber for waist length or almost waist length. I’m at almost two years since my sec­ond big chop and… Read more »
Kayla

Con­grats, Can­dice!

keisha

Gor­geous!!

Toya

You have got some gor­geous hair!!

Kisha

pret­ty

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