Marsha Ambrosius: “Don’t Deprive Yourself”

marsha-aWith a CD that debuted at Number One and a resume of hits, Marsha Ambrosius career star continues to soar. As one half of the London, England-hailing duo, Floetry, with Natalie “The Floacist” Stewart, they both wrote the lyrics and sang the songs for such memorable songs as “Say Yes,” “If I Was a Bird”, “It’s Getting Late” and even the famed Michael Jackson’s “Butterflies”. Marshall explains how that happened.

“Michael happened to have heard a demo of the song about a boy that worked at McDonald’s in London,” explained Marsha. “I had a crush on him and he gave me butterflies. He asked to record it and…it was just crazy.”

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Fast forward through successful solo tours, critically-acclaimed albums and a Floetry reunion tour, Marsha says none of this would’ve happened without change. Her changing and embracing who she was–or wasn’t–to be specific.

From her hair to her weight, the change is evident. When asked how she did it, here’s how she breaks it down:

On Her Hair
“I grew out my relaxer, and in doing so, my comfort zone became my ‘fro. I wanted to add a bit of body, length, texture and color, so I started to add blonde and brown sew-ins (extensions). I realized that they were my friends because I don’t process or apply heat to my own hair. I’ve been big and curly for over a year now, and it’s been invigorating,” she laughs. Her advice for getting or keeping the coif fly? Leave chemicals and hair dye alone. “Sew in the color; you don’t have worry about breakage and you can change it if you don’t like it. Trust me on this, sew-ins are your friends. Use human hair, the textured kind, and don’t relax yours.”

On Her Weight
As for her weight loss, Marsha said that it was about her health, not image: “I was comfortable with who I was and there was never an issue that I was considered overweight. But later, I felt that…