*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally
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.
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.