Naturals To Know: Masha Davis
1 How long have you been a natural? Did you transition? If so, how?
I got my last relaxer in February of 2005. A few weeks later, my hair began to shed horribly. I started looking for websites about going natural and found Nappturality. I had planned on transitioning for a year but I chopped it all off in July 2005–spur of the moment decision. In March of 2007, I started my locs.
2 Describe your hair in three words.
Healthy, rebellious, and liberating.
3 What is your hair routine? What products do you use?
My hair has been locked for over 5 years now. My hair routine is quite simple:
I wash every 2 weeks with Suave Clarifying Shampoo. I then do a hot oil treatment with Extra Virgin Olive Oil from my kitchen. Sometimes I do a light retwist on my damp hair just to keep my roots separated. Then, I let them air dry.
I spritz almost daily with plain ol’ water and I sometimes follow that up with a light oil. I do an ACV rinse occasionally, but that’s it. I don’t use any other products.
4 Name one thing that you learned about your hair after becoming a natural.
I learned that simple is better. I feel a lot of people think they have to use a ton of products to keep their hair soft and healthy. To me, it’s just the opposite.
I used shampoo, conditioner, and one moisturizer when my hair was loose. I did lots of twistouts and other styles. Now I see women using four or more products in an effort to achieve curl definition. In my opinion, that’s just too much. I say, keep it simple.
5 Tell us about your business, Masha’s Therapeutic Massage.
I am a licensed massage therapist in Illinois. I travel to my clients’ homes and businesses to do therapeutic massage for office health fairs, spa parties, baby showers, bridal showers, etc. My website is http://masha.massagetherapy.com/.
6 Where else can we find you online?
7 A final word of advice for new naturals?
Focus on the health of your hair instead of length. Short healthy hair is far better than long damaged hair. If it needs to be trimmed, trim it. It grows.
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