A Naturalista’s Christmas Gift Guide/Wishlist

A Naturalista Christmas Gift Guide. A guide for persons looking to buy the perfect gift for a natural haired person/ naturalista. Marsha's Journey

Today is Black Friday and the Christmas shopping season has officially  began. It can be quite a task figuring out what to get people for Christmas but if that person is a naturalista worry no more because I have put together the ultimate guide for what to get the naturalista (s)  in your life. Side note- this list may or may not be the things that I want for Christmas…soooo u know if you are kind then hit me up for my address, wink!

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5 Months Post Big Chop Length Check and Hair Update

5 Months Post Big Chop Length Check and Hair Update. In this post I do a quick length check on my five months post big chop natural hair. I also share some pictures of my hair in its blown out afro state. Marsha's Journey

Hi there! I hope you are having a great Sunday or whatever day it is when you are reading this. Today’s post is just a quick catch up and length check on my hair.

So I did the big chop at 10 months post big chop on the 23rd of July I think…I can’t remember exactly but the end of  this week would make it 5 months since I’ve big chopped.

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Review of the Ettenio Moisture Infusion Deep Penetration Conditioner- Love it or Leave It?

Hi guys! Today is an exciting day for me because I have finally found a deep conditioner that is worth sharing with you all.Over the past 4 months I have been testing out different conditioners in my quest to find my holy grail moisturising deep conditioner for my natural hair.

So far I have tried 4 different ones and this is the only one I feel like I can recommend. I have deliberately been choosing ones that are  affordable but had good ingredients because you know a girl ain’t rich and I’m not trying to be hungry with a head full of beautiful curls.  None of what I tried  had me wowed and so I decided I needed to take the plunge and step up to a bit more of an expensive product with hopes that it would do me justice. 

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Top 10 Reasons Why Your Wash and Go is Not Turning Out Right

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Every time I scroll down my Instagram feed I see beautiful naturalistas showing off the most perfect curly hair and I think how wonderful is it. But for every one of these posts there are a whole host of followers in the comments complaining about bad hair days and bemoaning the fact that their hair is not turning out like that. As I go about my day almost everyday I’m asked multiple times whether in person or online : “How did you get your hair like that?”; Followed by “how can I get mine to look like that?” After directing them to my blog or Youtube channel I usually ask a few questions to see what they are doing wrong and offer some specific solutions. And while everybody’s hair is different and no set of rules apply to everyone I have noticed many commonalities among persons who complain that their hair just doesn’t turn out right or is dry, frizzy, undefined etc. I have compiled a list of the top 10 reasons your wash and go is not coming out right and not to worry I will be offering some advice on how to fix these problems. So if your wash and go keep turning out wrong keep reading:

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Combat Frizz and Get Popping Curls With This Protein Treatment on Your Natural Hair!

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My hair has been fully natural now for about two and a half months. Since I did the big chop I have been doing moisture based deep conditions once a week. I do not have a benchmark against which to judge whether my hair is doing great or not. However, what I know is that my curls are not clumping the way I would want them to without product in my hair. See exhibit A below- very frizzy.


Based on this observation and a little research I have decided to incorporate a protein deep conditioner into my routine. I know there are other things like Clay and Henna that might be able to remedy this issue but I need to do some more research before I start reaching for those Ayurvedic products. Plus I have prior experience using protein while on my relaxed hair journey so I inherently felt comfortable giving protein a try before anything else.

In picking a protein treatment I decided to forego my all time favourite ORS Hair Mayonnaise to go with something I always wanted to try but never did: the Aphogee Two Step Protein Treatment.

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Post Big Chop Natural Hair Wash Day Routine

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Hello! Today I am sharing what I am doing to make sure that my natural hair is the healthiest it can be. I uploaded a video to my YouTube channel where I show the steps in my wash day and so this post is to give some more context to that routine.

Since I did the big chop I have been immersed in an experimental phase of trying to figure out a routine for my hair. If there is one thing I have learned from my relaxed hair journey is that a routine is essential to have a healthy head of hair.

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How to Maintain Healthy Natural Hair Without Overspending

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The most frequent question I get is “What do you use in your natural hair?” So obviously people are on a quest to find products that are going to have their hair looking it’s best. Today I am going to give you a guide for how to find these products without breaking the bank.

I recently did a more condensed version of this on my YouTube Channel. You may watch it now (video can also be found at the end of this post also) if you’re strapped for time or you prefer your advice in video form.  In this post I will be sticking to the five tips I mentioned in the video but I will be expounding upon them a lot more.

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Ecostyler Olive Oil Vs Black Castor and Flaxseed Oil Gels- Which is Better?

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Ecoco the manufacturers of the Ecostyler Gel line has recently added some new Gel formulas to their line of styling gels. These include the Coconut Oil Gel and the Black Castor and Flaxseed Oil Gels.

Prior to now the only gel I used was the Ecostyler Olive Oil Gel. As fate would  have it I ran out and went to repurchase but it was out of stock at my local beauty supply store out and my only choice was to pick up the Back Castor and Flaxseed Oil Gel and hope it wouldn’t disappoint.

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Reactions to my Big Chop- Natural Hair Update

The Big Chop

I big chopped July 2017, after transitioning for 10 months, 1 week and 3 days. It came as a relief after struggling to detangle my hair every week and try but failing miserably at find cute creative ways to style my then thick natural roots and thin stringy relaxed ends.

I did not record my big chop because in my mind it wasn’t that big a deal. It was not a huge transformative or enlightening moment for me. For me it meant that I would be able to wash and detangle my hair with much more ease, my hair would look 100% healthier cuter and I could finally start taking proper care of my natural hair.

The Reactions

Most persons who knew me with my mid-back length relaxed hair wanted me to transition longterm or keep on relaxing. They were totally against the idea of chopping off all of my hair. So it’s came as no surprise when I cut my hair that there were some flabbergasted stares and probing questions coming my way. This was especially true among older persons.

Most people loved it however. My fiance, my close friends, whilst mixed with some disbelief that I could actually do it, there feed back was positive. Strangers are the most endearing, their view is not muddled by the past knowledge of long flowing tresses. All they see are beautiful curls that they are so intrigued to find out how I achieved.

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Relaxer (texlax) Day Routine and Length Check

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I know! I know! This post is waay overdue. I have been extremely busy but alas here it is. The Saturday before the last (April 2) I texlaxed my hair after a 13 week stretch. The first thing I did was part two of my relaxer prep that you can read here.

Next, I mixed my relaxer per the instructions in the kit. Once that is done, I set a stop watch to twenty minutes. Why twenty minutes? It is the amount of time I give myself from the beginning of relaxer application to rinsing. This is the amount of time that gives me my desired texlax results. Read more about texlaxing here.

The next step is to start applying the relaxer. I start applying on one section at the back, then I move on to the next back section and work my way to the front.

That is hair grease below my ear

Once I finished applying the relaxer to my new growth I proceeded to smooth. I used the back of a rat tail comb for smoothing.  When my 20 minutes were up I rinsed the relaxer out of my hair.

I rinsed as much of the relaxer out as possible using water, after which I massaged ORS creamy Aloe Shampoo onto my hair and scalp and to neutralise the relaxer residue that was left on my hair. I repeated this three more times, four times total. For my last shampoo I left it on my hair for about 3 mins to allow it to neutralise all the remaining relaxer.

After shampooing I was ready to apply the ORS Replenishing Conditioner, which is a light protein conditioner that is included in the relaxer kit, but I realised that it wouldn’t be enough so I added some ORS Hair Mayonnaise to it, mixed it in a bowl and applied it to my hair. I covered my hair with a plastic cap and steamed under my hooded dryer for about 25 minutes. I was not planning on following up with a moisturising treatment but since I added the hair Mayonnaise which is a strong protein I decided to err on the side of caution and go ahead and deep condition for 20 minutes with some DPR-11+ to restore the moisture.


After rinsing out my second conditioner I applied Zimmi Thermal Sheen Booster as my leave-in conditioner and detangled.


After that I applied my Tresseme heat Protectant and proceeded to blowdry.

Once my hair was fully dry I applied a small amount of Softsheen Carson Heat Protectant Serum and flat ironed.

Phew! I am not going to lie, it was a long day but I pushed through and I loved the results. My ends are not doing too badly so I did not trim, but I am keeping a close eye on them and will be dusting as needed.

So this is how my hair came out



I did also make myself a DIY Length Check Shirt so that I can keep better track of my growth. I could have ordered one and I am going to order one, but I wanted to start tracking my progress immediately so I decided that the only way to do that is to make one myself. It is not perfect but it does the job!


The longest part of my hair is below line six /barely touching seven. lets see where it will be when next I relax. Notice that the right side of my hair is not as even as the left, the explanation for that will be in my hair analysis post coming soon! Until then thanks for reading!

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