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Avatar • May 28, 2010

Little Bliss

Where do you live?
B:
I’m a Midwestern chick from Cleveland, Ohio, though I’m culturally colorful by way of a Trinidadian mama and a daddy whose family is from the South. I’m a broadcast journalist currently in the online/new media realm.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
B:
It was a long process really. I’d wanted to go natural since I was 14 or 15, but I was so used to getting it done I never let it become anything more than a thought I occasionally told my mother, who tried to talk me out of it. The thought began to become a reality in 2004 when I got sick and had to be admitted to the hospital for some time. During that time I was unable to get my hair done, and when I was released I was unable to bend or sit still long enough to get touch ups for a month and a half or so.

When I saw my new growth coming in I was intrigued, but not completely yet sold on the idea–so many people balked at the idea I was in a mental fog about it–and I ended up relaxing again but not as often. I finally stopped but went back and forth for a time before fully committing to transitioning. My transition lasted from around the following summer in 2005 to a week before senior prom in 2006. I had around 4 inches or so of hair when I cut off the relaxed ends.

During my transition I had major issues learning my hair because it had/has so many textures going on, so I studied photos of myself during my pre-relaxed years to get somewhat of a glimpse of what I was working with. I also got tips from my mother, who wasn’t all that enthusiastic about my decision at first. Luckily she not only came around, but began her transition shortly after mine, cut off her relaxed ends about four months ahead of me, and is now rocking 3‑year-old locs.

What’s your regimen?
B:
During warmer weather I wash my hair about once a week or as needed using Aussie shampoo and conditioner. I also use Suave and Pantene depending on what I feel like. I usually switch up every few months or when I get tired of the smell of one, haha. I detangle while the conditioner is in my hair, rinse, put it in plaits and apply olive or coconut oil. When all or mostly dry then I put it in twists for a twist out or twist out puff. In colder weather I do most of the same thing except I’ll sometimes put my twists in a loose wrap around bun and spray an additional mixture of olive and coconut oil on in it. If I leave it down I’m careful to pay extra attention to putting oil on my ends. If it’s super cold and dry outside I may also wear a knotted wrap on my head as well.

I also regularly work out and, if I happen to get especially sweaty, I give my hair a warm rinse. After the rinse I apply olive or coconut oil and quickly put it into plaits at the gym. I may put in new twists when I get home.

If it’s really humid I might use some FOTE aloe gel to slick down the top/sides if I wear a puff or something. Nowadays my puffs just kind of sag unless the humidity gets to it.

What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
B:
This would definitely have to be letting folks’ opinions of my hair be facts. I let my friends talk me into getting it straightened with a hot comb my freshman year of college. Nothing happened the first time, so I got it done again. The second time I also got the top colored honey blonde which looked great with my brown hair color, but successfully ruined a year’s worth of growth. On top of that the hot comb permanently straightened some of hair and I had to cut it off, and the color changed my texture in some places and made it much more susceptible to the elements. It was also super dry what seemed to be nearly 24/7.

What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
B:
I try my best to go with the flow with what it needs. I currently wash it once it week, but if a week has gone by and it looks fine I may wait another day or two before washing. This is especially true during the winter when the air is drier. I also make sure I do all I can to ensure I seal in moisture.

Overkill is another problem I had to overcome. This past year I’ve resorted to not slicking it down as much so as to not cause issues with my edges. My edges were getting a bit thin for a minute from using a brush almost everyday, but after applying a vitamin E concoction I made I was able to coax it back to life.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
B:
I have a personal blog at icarryitinmyheart.wordpress.com, and a professional site at www.blissdavis.com.

I also have a non-hair centric fotki, anyone can email me for the url at blissadavis@gmail.com

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CurlyLee
10 years ago

whoa whoa whoa girl we could be related! lol
I’m a Clevlelander with trini heritage.
But I love your hair!

Supa
10 years ago

Her name is Bliss? forereal? i LOVE it! and her hair is beautiful!

Kasandra
Kasandra
10 years ago

her fro is making me think I shouldn’t have started my locs! Her fro is AMAZING!

thelady
thelady
10 years ago

I’m also a Clevelander, glad to see more naturals in the area.

DM
DM
10 years ago

luv her ‘fro!

dre
dre
10 years ago

Beautiful hair! so full and lush

kindredb
kindredb
10 years ago

Bliss, you are gorgeous and I am *loving* your hair. *does the math* I’m 7 months into my transition with 3.5 inches of natural hair…if I could have an awesomely huge puff ponytail like that by November 2014, I might die of happiness. *sighs* So, both my parents are from Trinidad and my mother is NOT happy about me going natural at all. The few times I’ve had it blown out, she asks me excitedly, “What did you do to your hair?” only to give me the ill grill when I tell her it’s not relaxed. It’s cool that your… Read more »

Courtney
Courtney
10 years ago

I just adore your hair. It looks so pretty.

sesi
sesi
10 years ago

OMG Bliss D! I took a class(Ramona Coleman Bell) with her at BGSU. Looking bad I had SERIOUS hair envy. There was another girl in that class rocking teh natural ahir.

sesi
sesi
10 years ago

Okay clevelanders let’s have our own meet up!

Khalilah
Khalilah
9 years ago
Reply to  sesi

Bliss, your hair is amazing and gorgeous! I can’t WAIT to get to your length. Much love to you.
I am also a natural who was born and raised in Cleveland and I would LOVE to have a naturals meet up!!!!! It would be nice to sit down and chat with other beautiful natural women in the area.

Sofull Sista
10 years ago

Bliss, your hair is gorgeous, it kind of reminds me of mine 🙂

I can’t beleive you would be jealous of others as we are clearly in awe of your GORGEOUS coils!

C.O
C.O
10 years ago

Your hair is awsome!

kindredb
kindredb
10 years ago

Soooo…I have a bit more to add. When I was here earlier, I clicked the link to PeaceImages Jewelry and ended up buying a gorgeous two-finger ring that I cannot *wait* to wear. Anyway. I told my friend about it and he asked how I found the company’s site (since he’d never heard of it), so I showed him BGLH…upon seeing that first picture of Bliss, he said, “Mmmmmm, who’s that? She’s FINE!” He also asked when my hair will look like hers. In my dreams, dear heart, in my dreams.

Just felt like sharing. 🙂

justicefighter1913
justicefighter1913
10 years ago

Hey Bliss!!! You’re my neighbor to the North! I’m in SW OH, but I went to graduate school up in your area! Hey girl! Love your hair! That first pic is FABulous!

seygra
seygra
10 years ago

Go gurl your trini by extension like nicki minaj.…Im full trini

Msnappy
Msnappy
10 years ago

THAT TUB!!!!!!!!!!!! Typed while shivering! Her hair is awesome!

Olivia
10 years ago

I read a post on her blog recently but now it looks like it is private. Is there a way to get access? I was really enjoying it.

Thanks

Phylis Blohm
8 years ago

I really enjoy this theme youve got going on on your internet site. What is the name of the theme by the way? I was thinking of using this style for the web site I am going to construct for my class project.

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