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Marenna // Natural Hair Style Icon

Avatar • Jan 18, 2012

Introduce yourself!
M:
My name is Marenna Nicole. I’m a 26-year-old free spirit currently taking root in DC. I grew up in Michigan, but I live in DC. The job that pays my bills is in the music industry reaching out to recording artists and record labels about their digital royalties. As for my real work — I am passionate about race and diversity issues. I am actually in the process of starting up a meet up near me that will focus on learning about other cultures, exchanging dialogue and promoting racial diversity.

When did you go natural?
M:
I went natural about two years ago. I was tired of having relaxed hair, of paying for relaxed hair and having my hair weak and damaged all the time. I also took on a more holistic and organic lifestyle after I lived in Austin, Texas that just naturally extended to my hair. My instinct to cleanse the chemicals from my hair came as natural as the urge to cleanse them from my body. Plus, people will tell you that my wild curls match my personality more.

In what ways (if any) has going natural affected you?
M:
This may sound corny, but being natural has actually made me more confident. I can be a quiet wallflower sometimes, but my hair automatically forces me to stand out. It has made me aware of my individuality and how precious that can be. It has also made me take notice of other naturals! It’s like my eyes are automatically drawn to a natural head of curls when I am out and about now. I never knew there were so many different types of curls, and haircare routines and hairstyles for natural hair. I find it all lovely.

How would you describe your hair?
M:
Moody! I have fine, wavy, dry hair in the back, loose curls on the sides and shiny tight curls in the front and at the ends — and that’s just on “good” days! On bad days — anything goes.

What’s your regimen?
M:
I just recently (about 6 months ago) found a regimen that works great for me. I co-wash every 2–3 days with Organix Moroccan Argan Oil. I then spritz a leave-in conditioner in my hair before taking Organic Coconut Oil and lathering it all over my curls. I seal with Aloe Vera juice, define with Shea Moisture’s Curl Smoothie and style with Kinky Curly’s Curly Custard gel. It’s a lot of work sometimes, but I have seen extensive growth in my hair in this last year than I did in the year before when I didn’t have much of a routine. To make my routine a little quicker and easier, sometimes I cut out the coconut oil.

How do you retain length and moisture?
M:
I sleep on a satin pillow. I also find that staying hydrated and drinking more water has helped. I haven’t really gotten into protective styling or found one that suits my hair.

What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
M:
Oh geeze, so many mistakes. I think the worst one before I was natural was putting relaxer in it and that Pink Oil stuff. That stuff was heinous on my hair. After becoming natural, my biggest mistake has been leaving my hair in messy buns for days. My hair needs to be moisturized everyday or it gets really dry. Add a rubberband snagging at my dry hair and I end up getting really bad knots and some breakage.

What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
M:
Honestly, just letting it do what it wants. As long as my hair is moisturized, I let my curls go free. I don’t try to force them to do anything they aren’t trying to do on that day.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
M:
http://theskyinfront.tumblr.com/

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CuteKinks
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Beautiful hair!

MaybeBB
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MaybeBB

Ok I loooooooooooooe all the girls hair shown via this blog,
and I love this blog as well,
BUT
actually, I would rather see beautiful pictures of the ordinary black girl you will find in the street than these beautiful-it-feel-a-little-fake girls.
I mean, they seem all to be models, or have kind of an artistic activity and it feels as if this blog was designed for an elite…
Just saying, but the pics are beautiful

Faye
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Faye

LOL! “beautiful it feel a lil fake”? I don’t know love but maybe you need to find yourself or something… They are regular girls. They just have a life that is a little more artistic than yours.… Doesn’t make them elite, makes them complete.

MaybeBB
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MaybeBB

maybe I am too sensitive because I studied ethnology…
and design too!!
and got tired of people telling me my hair was ok because it make me look like an artist!!! lol

maralondon
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maralondon

If the girls featured on this website are not ordinary black girls you find on the street i don’t know what they are. Sounds like you’re hating.

Marcia
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Marcia

First, lovely hair…I just want more pics!! One is def not enough… I kind of get what MaybeBB is saying…I wouldn’t use the “fake” language but a majority of the ladies featured here seem to be models of some type, their pictures are professionally done, most look like formal photo shoots… not the ones that I snap with my camera phone or my webcam. I have zero clue of the BGLH selection process and I have never sent any of my pictures in for a feature. Regardless I love the pics here…i just get what MaybeBB is saying (i think)… Read more »

Marcia
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Marcia

Correction…i was looking at it on my phone… I see there are many many pics!!! Thanks BGLH! Great feature!

MaybeBB
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MaybeBB

Yes sorry it was not like the girl were fake but undrestand me, I am not hating at all, but in fact I just feel that the ordinary girl, the one that maybe is less educated don’t heve room ti live her, that was just what I was trying to say despite my bad english And I know much more black girls that are nurses or waitress or help desk or whatever than modeling, design and selling jewellery. I would even like to have a mom choosing to stay at home there because you know the danger for me is… Read more »

HomeGrownHairGirl
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Nurses and CSRs are very educated… Who told you they weren’t? Also many waitresses are students…

nelle
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nelle

i understand her too. Marenna is beautiful, and her photos seem more natural. I find that since meosha of 1menaturally (sp?) has been doing interviews, the photographs seem more professional, and the women tend to list “model” as one of their many hobbies or jobs. You can almost see the diff. between the ones submitted straight to bglh by the person, & the others. I love to see the myriad of beautiful women/models w/natural hair. It’s also good to see the fly sister from around the way with the great hair story/job/advice who isn’t a model.

Rachel
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Rachel

I’ve always been curious about the selection process for the girls chosen to be natural hair style icons, myself. I’d be curious to see how it works.

Sulaimon
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I hate to sound negative, but I would tone down the color of the brows just a bit, if I was her. Anyway — I think she looks aoelbutsly fantastic! Sofisticated, confident and with a lovely and sweet smile and sparkle ind her eyes! She looks like a person I would really love to know! 😉

Shanee
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Shanee

how do you become a style icon?!

Corynne
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Well, I am a 38 yo wife, mom of 2 and middle school teacher, who has been considering submitting my photos for a icon feature for a couple of weeks now. I’ll have to get my hubby to take some more pics of me! I just had my son 2 months ago so I guarantee I am not a model! Marenna is beautiful and her routine is very similar to mine — minus the Kinky Curly.

Carmel Bordley
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I have the SAME lipgloss and nail polish! And? I also thought that it was a ripoff with the gloss but I still use it anyways because you know, lipgloss is lipgloss

Candis
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Candis

Love your Style!.. and your in the DMV.. shine on girl!

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