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Christina // Natural Hair Style Icon

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*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally

MerelyMarie Mohawk

Introduce yourself!
C:
My name is Christina Marie Kellogg. I’m from Chicago.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
C:
I’ve been natural about 3 years now. I stopped relaxing my hair in October 2009 and big chopped in June of 2010. I went natural because I wanted to see myself, as I was. Plus, I’d met my relaxed hair goals of growing my hair down to my armpits. After which I grew tired of roller setting it every weekend, for that “voluminous blow out” look. I wanted to see my real curls, spend a lot less time doing my hair, and just feel more comfortable with myself.

How would you describe your texture?
C:
My hair is very dense with fine strands and very tightly coiled curls. They look like little corkscrews after I shampoo my hair. I’m not really sure which letter type my texture is. Maybe 4a…4b? Which do you think my hair is?

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
C:
My styling regimen is rather straightforward, as I currently have my hair cut in a Mohawk style. I love my cut (and having short hair in general) because it seems the older I get, the less I feel like actually styling my hair. I wash my hair 1–2 times a week. Deep condition, whenever I feel up for a “spa‐like” treatment, which is maybe once or twice a month. For the most part, I wear the “wash & go” style. When I want something different, I grab my flat iron and straighten my hair. I also enjoy “out styles” (twist, braid, bantu, etc.), from time to time. As far as products, I switch back and forth between the following: Head and Shoulders 2‐in‐1 Itchy Scalp Care, Giovanni Direct Leave‐In, and Smooth as Silk Conditioners. Jane Carter Shampoo, Conditioners, Condition & Sculpt and Nourish & Shine.

short natural hair flat ironed

Please detail how you, your stylist or barber maintains your cut and how often you shape/trim your hair.
C:
My husband (who is SO not a barber, or a stylist for that matter. Ha!) cuts my hair. I get my sides shaved and tapered about every two weeks.

What does wash day look like for you?
C:
A typical wash day goes real quick! I shampoo with Head and Shoulders 2‐in‐1, or Jane Carter Shampoo (whichever is in front of cabinet at the time), rinse, and towel dry.

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
C:
Hmmm…I don’t really have any problem areas. Except my scalp gets dry and itchy in the winter. For that, I use Head and Shoulders 2‐in‐1 Itchy Scalp Care. My temples used to bother me because they are sparser; and now, I have a gang of grays popping up there and around my forehead. But I just let them be. They add character!

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
C:
Detangling with conditioner. And, cutting it! So you don’t have to spend so much time detangling with conditioner. Shorter hair is so much less work.

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
C:
Combing it dry. And, going anywhere past 10 days not combing it at all. I’ve been there, and it’s pretty dangerous!

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
C:
Yes, MerelyMarie.com.

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Laura

LOVELY!! THANK YOU,THANK YOU,THANK YOU for putting her up,finally someone I can relate to hair wise,I love the texture and the versatility of her short hair cut,She has given me ideas for my hair cut and hair texture (and which is similar to hers).Werk!!

Nicole
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Nicole

Love this and can relate to the part about getting older and wanting to spend less time on hair. That’s one of the reasons why I BC and never looked back!

Chichi
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Chichi

LOOOVE the tapered look and how simple her regimen is…I’ve been trying to figure out if there is a way to achieve a more or less tapered look w/ long hair but so far I have not found any examples(that I like) on the internet

nina abbass
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nina abbass

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nina abbass
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nina abbass

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LaNeshe
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I love Marie!

nina abbass
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nina abbass

bjr j’suis venu au naturel sa fais 3 mois trés contente et je vois sa pousse mieux et bien quand c plus naturel avec un shampoing tous les 3jours masque a lhuile de ricin j’utilise le shampoing et l’aprés shmpoin et un petite creme le soir préser d’avoir de trés bon résultat en fin d’année .
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Obehi
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Marie is the best! She has a simple, stress‐free mentality about her coily texture. Love it!

Cleo
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Cleo

Chitownnn!! Lol it’s so refreshing to hear about a woman who is not obsessed about long hair, short hair is just as cute and feminine.

Coconut + Cream
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Yaaayy! Love Merely Marie!

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Jacky
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Jacky

Your natural hair is gorgeous and suits you beautifully!I love your mohawk and your body figure is gorgeous!

merry
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merry

i love her hair/look.

makes me wistful for the days when i wore mine short.

Grace
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Grace

I absolutely love her hair and style. I’ve been natural for a year now and I struggled because I love short hair. Here is a woman that shows how to be natural and have stylish short hair too! LOVE IT!!!

taurusdragonfly
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taurusdragonfly

This is like sign number 100 that I need to go ahead and cut my hair off. I’ve been hesitating to get my boy to cut off my sides for the past 5 months. It’a about to go down! Thanks for the inspiration! She looks fab and the simplicity of her regimen is awesome.

Jamz
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Jamz

yayy! i love this post cuz I can sooo relate! i big chopped at the end of twenty twelve n am wearing a similar hairstyle…short hair is so much less work and still fly!

Jamz
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Jamz

here’s a pic
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Jamz

I’m on the left 🙂

Jamz
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Jamz

another angle, last one! lol
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