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Marian // 4A Natural Hair Style Icon

Avatar • Aug 29, 2013

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Introduce yourself!
M:
My name is Marian Pearson. I’m from Panama (Central America).

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
M:
I have been natural all my life, however I wore my hair straightened for about 9 years and I didn’t really know what my hair texture was like. I decided to wear my hair in its natural state because I realized my hair was thinning out from the excessive heat and it didn’t look healthy to me. I wanted to get back to loving me completely and my texture for what it was, so I decided to cut my damaged ends and wear my hair natural.

How would you describe your texture?
M:
I don’t normally hair type, but I would be a 4a. I have tight coils that are S shaped, thick strands, and my hair retains moisture. My hair pretty much does what it wants.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
M:
I love Wash and GO’s! I normally have a regular wash day once a week and I always do a protein treatment which is homemade (plain Greek yogurt, oil of choice, and depending on quantity 2–3 tbsp of honey, or 1 banana, 1 egg, milk and 2 tbsp of olive oil applied to freshly shampooed hair). I love these treatments because they promote fuller and healthier hair and they help keep my hair moisturized. I co-wash 3 times a week with Tresemme Naturals. I love using Giovanni Direct Leave-In Weightless Moisture Conditioner. It’s great for my hair and helps with the detangling process. My favorite oils to seal my ends and moisturize my scalp and hair are avocado, sweet almond, Jamaican black castor oil, jojoba and coconut oil. Every 3 days I massage my scalp with Jamaican black castor oil. It works wonders.

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What does wash day look like for you?
M:
Wash day consists of a coconut oil pre-poo. I then wash my hair with Shea Moisture Yucca & Baobab Thickening Shampoo, or I may use Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap. After shampooing, I proceed to do either a homemade protein treatment or I use Shea Moisture Yucca & Baobab Anti-Breakage Masque or Giovanni Smooth As Silk Conditioner. And just recently I started to use The Mane Choice Green Tea & Carrot Deep Conditioning Mask. (I leave all treatments on for 2–3 hours w/ a shower cap). After my treatment I use Giovanni Direct Leave-In, detangle, and twist my hair using Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie or Carol’s Daughter Healthy Hair Butter (leaves the hair so soft and lush and looking oh so healthy).

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
M:
I love a curly, defined fro…When I don’t have time, and all else fails, I go to my go-to style “the bun”. I usually do a middle part and slick my hair back into a low bun. You can never go wrong with a bun.

How do you combat shrinkage?
M:
I actually love it, although sometimes it’s hard to track the growth process when you have shrinkage. But I love it. It’s part of the journey. If ever I want to stretch my hair I wrap my twists at night, pin them, and tie my head up with a satin scarf. In the morning it’ll be nice and stretched. I’ve tried the banding method, but I’m not really a huge fan of it. I prefer the shrinkage.

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
M:
The middle section of my hair would be my “problem section”. It requires a little extra TLC and more moisture. I’m usually very careful with this area. The middle of my head is quite sensitive and has tighter coils. It’s very easy to get single strand knots, which is why I co wash as often as I do to maintain my hair in a good state.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
M:
For my texture I have to co wash 3 times a week because I get single strand knots. Sealing my ends is a must, and massaging oils into my scalp every three days promotes growth and adds moisture.

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
M:
Combing dry hair is definitely a DON’T. I get single strand knots, so combing my hair dry would be a big No-No! Also, using light moisturizers (they don’t do enough of a job). My hair texture requires more of a cream based moisturizer.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
M:
You can find me on Instagram: Mari_pana04.

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Just another lover of natural hair and expression. - Style Icon Coordinator for BGLH

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mlank64
mlank64
7 years ago

Beautiful hair!

Boyhead
Boyhead
7 years ago

Stunning! And honey your brows are “BEAT”!! YAS!!!!

Jessica
Jessica
7 years ago

That is a phenomenal head of hair!

Jj
Jj
7 years ago

Lovely girl and hair!

keisha
keisha
7 years ago

beautiful!

julebell
julebell
7 years ago

Great hairstyles, beautiful hair!

One
One
7 years ago

Love her hair!

xyzebra
xyzebra
7 years ago

Gorgeous hair! (and eyebrows too)

Panamishe
Panamishe
7 years ago

Q xopa panamania!! Nice to see una de mi gente featured on the sight. Q bonita son sus rizos! Chao chica

desiree
desiree
7 years ago

Que Viva Panama! i just came back from visiting family in Panama and i only saw three ladies with natural textured hair the whole time i was there! i admit i felt a little out of place and discouraged about it…but now the day after i reach home i see a Panamanian featured on on here! Go Figure! She is beautiful and has a beautiful crown of hair! #encouraged.

Love JAH
Love JAH
7 years ago

What a beauty!

Nelda
Nelda
7 years ago

Viva a los Afro-Antillanos de Panama! Que belleza!

Kayla
Kayla
7 years ago

Okay, am I the only one focusing on her perfect eyebrows in all of these pics? Seriously, her hair is gawgeous, though.

MaYa
MaYa
7 years ago

Beautiful gurl with beautiful hair and beautiful skin!!!

Christina
Christina
7 years ago

I’m Not Feeling the Trend with the eyebrows…

Also, only Out of curiosity: Is she really a 4a or rather a 3c? Cause i thought i was a 4a and i cannot smooth my hair against my scalp this flat?!

Mackenzie
Mackenzie
7 years ago

Christina, I had the same question myself, and it’s not a bad question, but people are highly sensitive to “texture” questions on here…They can, at times, assume they are clear on your intent rather than answer. But, it’s likely that she has a mixture of textures like most of us, and her 4a hair is mostly predominant. The hair around my edges is finer as well, but by far not the most prevalent on my head. I’ve always considered myself a 4 (a,b,c), but recently, I have been told my hair falls into the 3 category. Either way, all of… Read more »

Christina
Christina
7 years ago
Reply to  Mackenzie

Hi!
Thanx! 🙂
My question wasn’t meant to be rude; so thanx for the explanation 🙂

BeUtifully Human
BeUtifully Human
7 years ago

Your hair is very beautiful. Also, your details on your hair regiment has given me some great insight on how to continue to care for my 4a stands! Thanks!

D.K.
7 years ago

Nice thick hair. Love the big s‑curl pattern and the slicked down hairstyle. It’s like you’re ready to samba or tango or something!

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Marian
Marian
7 years ago

Thank you for the wonderful compliments ladies . Muchas gracias a mis panameñas , que dios las bendiga .
Mackenzie & Christina ,
It’s definitely not a bad question 🙂
Thanks for the explanation Mackenzie .My hair has different textures but the most prevalent is 4a..

Blessings

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