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Marva // 3B/C Natural Hair Style Icon

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Introduce yourself!
M:
My name is Marva and I’m from London, England. My parents are from the wonderful little island of St. Kitts in the Caribbean.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
M:
My last relaxer was in 2003. I turned to the relaxer in secondary school. I believe I was trying to conform to a standard of beauty in which the longer and more straight the hair, the more attractive the person. Oh how wrong I was! When I started university I decided to colour it and cut it all off. I then went through a variety of short natural and relaxed hairstyles for around 5 years. In 2003 I went to a friend’s hairdresser for a relaxer. She refused and said my natural hair is more beautiful than any relaxed hair could be. I said prove it! She started doing my hair and transitioned me to shoulder length natural hair with roller sets, weaves and braids by 2005.

However, from then I always wore my hair straight. I mean religiously! I had found a new hairdresser who roller set and blow dried my hair to perfection. Everyone presumed the flowing tresses were relaxed because the hair was….how do you say? Laid to the gods? In reality I still hadn’t fully embraced my hair. It just felt too difficult and too time consuming. In 2007 I got a real desire for my natural texture. Also I got fed up of paying £50/$80 every time I did my hair. I was 27 at the time and working in a fairly rigid environment, so the journey of understanding what the heck to do with my mop was quite challenging and frustrating. After the excessive blow drying my natural hair was limp and lifeless; something I never noticed because someone else was always doing my hair. I started really taking care of my hair and youtubing like a mad woman. I also vowed never to have my hair styled in a salon again and I haven’t since autumn 2007 – time has flown!

How would you describe your texture?
M:
My texture is predominately 3b/c. It is fine, but dense/thick. I used to lament my little hairs falling out, but I can’t worry about maintaining every little strand in perfect condition.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
M:
Now I have to say some of the ladies on BGLH are pretty awesome when it comes to styling. I wish I could do more but the truth is there are 3 styles I’ve accomplished; WnG, twist out and bun/single braid. I’ve had a funny journey with WnGs. I’ve gone from hating them to loving them. This is down to the use of good products and simple styling techniques. After I wash and condition my hair I split it into four sections. To each wet section I add a 50p (quarter) size of Kinky Curly Knot Today leave in and smooth it from root to tip using flat palms…lots of smoothing in the section to make my curls clump. I then add Shea Moisture Curl and Style Milk and yes you guessed it…more excessive smoothing. I finally add sweet almond, camellia or jojoba oil to seal. I do this to all sections and leave to dry with no touching. It’s very quick and easy. This will last me 4–5 days.

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When it looks birds nest-ish I dampen with water and reapply the same products (minus excessive smoothing) and make 5 twists. I leave these to dry overnight and in the morning I’ll separate and shake for my twist out. This will last another 4–5 days and then I wash it. In the event that I really can’t be bothered I’ll either bun or do a single braid on damp hair with the same products as above. Once in a while I’ll straighten with flat irons after tension blow drying. Although there are a fair few pictures of my hair straight-ish, the majority of the time my hair is in a WnG or twist out.

What does wash day look like for you?
M:
Wash day starts the night before – my husband calls it overnight marinating – just like you do with chicken (lol). I apply an oil mix to my scalp, finger detangle with coconut oil and apply Aubrey Organics GPB Conditioner or Shea Moisture Anti-Breakage Masque to my length and cover with cling film (Saran Wrap). In the morning I gently detangle with a wide tooth comb and split my hair into four sections. I do everything from this point in sections – sections save me from tearing my hair out. I wash each part with Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo and Shea Moisture CoWash Conditioning Cleanser, apply Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose Conditioner and work my way round. Once the conditioner is rinsed out I spray ACV rinse and then proceed to style.

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
M:
My regime keeps the time I spend on my hair to a minimum. I like the slightly disheveled look, so unless it’s straight it always looks carefree.

How do you combat shrinkage?
M:
I don’t mind shrinkage at all – it’s like the 8th wonder of the world.

Tell us about your hair color?
M:
I love coloured hair and have always had it done professionally. I had t‑section highlights for years, first in caramel blond and then red. This was done at Toni and Guy. I then grew this out and dyed it a rich mahogany brown with Aveda in 2010. When this grew out I started to get the itch for red again and went to Aveda in August 2013 to get the colour I am now. I have to say this is by far the nicest shade of red I’ve had. The highly skilled technician knew what I wanted and more. Although it’s expensive it’s worth it as I get the vivid results I desire. I should mention that I never have my hair styled in these salons – I did once and left looking like a haggard lion. I leave with lightly towel dried hair and style at home. I should also mention I do not use any particular products to maintain my colour and my texture has not changed as a result or colouring. My regime allows me to maintain healthy hair. Overnight deep conditioning is all I really need.

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
M:
During the winter my scalp can become dry, so oiling my scalp is important.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
M:
Overnight conditioning and applying product generously to my ends when styling.

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
M:
Do not ever go more than 5 days without restyling, otherwise detangling is torturous. Also, I don’t go to bed without my trusted pineapple to maintain my curlies.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
M:
You can find me on Instragram @marvadlcs. It’s an outlet for my style and love for art and architecture. Hopefully I’ll see some of you there!

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knetts

Love love love the color. Your hair looks great and healthy too.

Marva
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Marva

Thank you so much!

YVONNE
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YVONNE

Marva, you claim that your hair is 3b/3c but you should really get a second or third opinion because your hair texture does not even look like a 3b/3c. Your hair actually looks like you have a relaxer and your hair has been blow dry. Your hair is actually more along the lines of 3c/4a maybe. It is sad that so many black women like yourself use the term “West Indian”, and not just admit that your black. you look like any other black woman in the world. A light skin black woman trying to feel that she has a… Read more »

Jo
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Jo

She’s not light skinned.

Fay
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Fay

Well… That escalated quickly…Why are you so angry lolz and to make matters worse you don’t even know her, YOU DONT EVEN KNOW HER YVONNE!!!!
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Aint nobody mad but you YVONNE
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Find a different Hobby YVONNE
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YVONNE, Its not that serious, i promise

fluffy in flight
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fluffy in flight

My name is Marva and I’m from London, England. My parents are from the wonderful little island of St. Kitts in the Caribbean. It’s just amazing how those few words to describe herself could bring out the insecurities in some of us. Really Yvonne? — is it really necessary? You sound really bitter and angry — She makes you sick? Just from reading your comment I can tell that you are really sick, you want to tell her what her hair is, that she is pretending to be what she is not, that she is ashamed of herself. I keep… Read more »

cacey
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cacey

okay, are you trolling or what? get a life. nothing about her hair looks relaxed.

Paulinha
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de la sanidad. Centro de salud Avenida de Daroca Centro de salud Dr. Cirajas. 19:00 Cacerolada en desfnea de la sanidad pfablica. Centro de especialidades Jose9 Marva. Calle Bravo Murillo 317. 19:00 Acampada destituyente. Puerta

Adrienne
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Adrienne

All Caps? Tina Smith is that you?

YVONNE
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YVONNE

Marva, you gave your hair some henna, a relaxer, some gel to lay the sides down and make it look wavey an added product to it. YOU DON’T HAVE THE TEXTURE THAT YOU CLAIM AND YOUR A BLACK WOMAN WHO FEELS THE NEED TO LIE ABOUT HER HAIR TEXTURE BECAUSE SHE FEELS ASHAMED OF WHAT SHE WAS BORN WITH. YOU DO LOOK BETTER WITH THE WEIGHT IF THAT IS EVEN YOU. BE HONSET BEFORE PUTTING YOUR MUG ON A SITE TRYING TO MAKE YOURSELF AND OTHERS BELIEVE THAT YOU HAVE “GOOD HAIR” AND IT IS NATURAL.

Marva
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Marva

Hello Yvonne. Had your comments and/or questions stated here been put forward in such a way as to incite positivity and productiveness, I would respond. As I have read them, all they represent is absurdity, anger, disrespect and ignorance and have nothing to say about them. Due to this, I can only hope the light of love, hope and peace reaches you wherever you are. Thank you.

Katharine
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“Black” is not a culture, it’s a race. There are 1 billion “black” people on this planet, and even on a single continent, we come from thousands of extremely different cultures. Who each person in this world is as an individual is mainly influenced by their culture. Not their race, which is irrelevant to everything about a human being except their hair texture and skin tone. Marva mentioning that she is West Indian (aka: CARIBBEAN, Where people of African descent are the majority) has nothing to do with anything other than her being proud of her culture, which is who… Read more »

Tracienatural
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Tracienatural

Love your hair! Another West Indian from farrin! Love it! To me, you have a resemblance to Naptural85 🙂

Marva
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Marva

Thank you! Yes another West Indian! I need to go back. I was born in London but my parents, particularly my mum, have a very strong connection to ‘home’. Lol.

Kaila P
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Kaila P

OMG!!!! I’m Kittitian as well , lived here all my life. You should def come back!

Marva
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Marva

Well hello there. I love it! Maybe for Christmas this year? Carnival time!

reallyMichael?
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reallyMichael?

Your hair is lovely & I LOVE that shade of red (I prefer red shades on my own hair) but what I’m most interested in is your weight loss! It looks like in a couple of pics that you were a larger size & that you’ve since lost a significant amount of weight. How did you do it?

Marva
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Marva

Thank you! He did a great job on the colour. It’s fading now with my roots showing so I need get it done again.

Weight loss? Which picture did you mean?

ehjayl
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ehjayl

Yayyy a fellow kittitian! I got super excited when I saw that. You and your hair are gorgeous!

Marva
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Marva

Ohhhh! Hello! Yes its always great to see another one — we are a rare breed lol.

Thank you for your compliment.

Kaila P
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Kaila P

Hi there! I’m from St. Kitts as well!

Charlene
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Charlene

Very beautiful, but what about the growth method?

Marva
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Marva

Thank you! My hair grows nicely but I think the key is keeping it well moisturised and doing protein treatments so it doesn’t break. The overnight conditioning really helps keep it strong. I know some people don’t like it but it makes detangling easier too. Hope that helps.

Jacky
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Jacky

Your hair is so long and so beautiful!

Marva
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Marva

Thank you so much!

keisha
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keisha

beautiful woman and gorgeous hair! love the color!

Marva
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Marva

Thank you! 🙂

Anisha
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You get a lot of respect from me for writing these helpful areisltc.

:)
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:)

beautiful hair!!!so envious,but can i ask u some thin?where did u get shea moisture,because where i live in London they don’t sell it.

Samantha
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Samantha

Of course London has Shea Moisture products. Go to Pak Cosmetics, you will find the products there. Check them online to find your nearest store.

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:)

Thank you so much 🙂 sometimes i forget that pak comestics has ton of prosucts i will go there 🙂

Marva
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Marva

Thanks! I didn’t know you could buy them at Pak! Haven’t been in one for ages! I buy mine online from http://www.curlyemporium.co.uk I always get vexed when I go to the states and find all kinds of wonderful products and offers. We definitely pay a premium here!

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yes,I so agree products that are supposed to be cheap in the states they are so expensive here,but hey we are slowly reaching the states with natural products,I’m going to try curlyemporium too, thank you so much girls 🙂

Elle
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Elle

it’s like the 8th wonder of the world”

LoL, love it! Gorgeous hair, I’m super envious of that color! Beautiful name too.

Marva
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Marva

Thank you kindly. Natural hair is wondrous! When I see the variety of naturals it gets me excited lol

Hamed
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Another way to have the head and body on different UV Maps is to V rip the loop arunod the base of the head or the base of the neck, whatever you prefer, than P Separate the head from the body to make two meshes. They can still be linked to the armature rig I think.I noticed this when I downloaded the Second Life avatar model, which has three objects making up the body; 1 the head, 2 the body, 3 the legs. and three different UV Maps.Hope this helps

Suzan, UK
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Suzan, UK

Thanks for sharing.….

Marva
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Marva

Thank you! Thanks to Meosha for asking! Love BGLH.

youngin girl
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youngin girl

Wow, The hair and color is exciting. I bet the red dye looks so good in reality and I would recommend this color if anyone ask me what color to dye their hair and the good part is that you found a color that fits your face shape. Your interview was so detail oriented and interesting. Also, say ‘Hi’ to London for me.

Marva
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Marva

Thank you! Bruno did such a good job. He’s definitely skilled. I didn’t actually show him the exact colour. I showed him two different shades and said “I want the richness of this one and the brightness of that one” and he created a colour I hadn’t even envisioned! Glad you found the interview interesting!

DiJah
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DiJah

That pic of her 1 braid down her back???? Why yes please, I want it! Such lovely thick hair..and that color! Love it

I just have 1 question Marva, if u get a chance to read this. How often do you clip your ends?

Marva
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Marva

Thank you! When I wore my hair straight I had it trimmed every month without fail. At that time I loved a blunt cut. Now I wear it curly I trim 2–3 times a year and do it myself. I cut a few layers in the front last September which I love — it gives the hair movement.

Sarah
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Sarah

Hello 🙂 my name is Sarah and I hail from the US, I am mixed raced and attempting to transition my hair. Last perm was two/three months ago and I stumbled across your webpage. Your hair is LOVELY, the kind of healthy full look I am aiming for. I have been perming my hair since I was 17 and I’m now 23, I can’t even remember what it was like so maybe I am crazy to be doing this. I would love some advice and assistance to help me on my way to growing beautiful healthy hair like yours. Look… Read more »

Marva
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Marva

Thanks for your message Sarah and its great to hear your transitioning. When I last relaxed in 2003 my hair was short (3″ at the most). I had a hairdresser who used braids and weaves for around a year to get it to the stage where it was a workable length for me. The key thing is simply working with your hair. I was so used to seeing my hair straight and long I felt strange, even unattractive, with short natural hair. When I began washing it and handling it myself and seeing how it responded to different products (… Read more »

YVONNE
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YVONNE

Sarah, why do you feel the need to state that you are “mixed race”? Do you feel that makes you special in some kind of way? do you know that mixed or mulatto means a mix breed of dog? Especially coming from the U.S! You statement comes off as if you think your rare and/or special. MIXED OR NOT YOUR BLACK AND GUESS WHAT BLACK WOMEN CAN GROW LONG HAIR AND YOU DON’T HAVE TO PUT MIXED AS YOU SO PUT IT. I JUST GET SICK OF BI-RACIAL PEOPLE ACTING AS IF THEY ARE THE ONLY WOMEN WHO CAN GROW… Read more »

IB
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IB

.…Yvonne, it’s time to get off BGLH and sort out your issues

Simone Daley-Richards
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I love Marva and her hair she has surely been a hairspiration for me! And she’s wears that coulour to LIFE!! I love your hair bone straight and super curly and that’s the beauty our natural tresses our hair whatever curl pattern is so versatile.

Hopefully the products will become much easier (and a heck cheaper) in the UK soon.

Love from London

Marva
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Marva

Thank you hun! x

Zalika King
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Zalika King

Marva!! Truly representing for us UK naturalista s …your hair looks beautiful and abundant and has also restored my faith in colour!! Keep up the good work gorgeous…With love

Marva
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Marva

Thank you Zalika!

Rica
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There is a much simpler mtoehd: it’s faster and scales better with more imagesYou don’t need multiple uv layers, nor any image applied to the material, and it will work- in the 3d viewport- in the final render- and for texture paintingSteps:1) create / import your images2) in the 3d viewport select all your model’s faces that will show the same texture, then in the image editor, select that texture.3) unwrap as you usualRepeat steps (2) and (3) for each image to put on your model4) in the material panel, go the options group at the bottom, and check face… Read more »

IB
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IB

I love seeing fellow UK naturals!! Beautiful hair & I love that colour. Totally agree with you about shrinkage too!

Daniele
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Nikos,Always great music man! The Persuaders albums just blew my mind (had a chacne to listen to em yesterday with a friend lots of interesting, almost discordant harmonies and some killer strings awesome!), and I can’t wait to sink my teeth into this one. You deserve a lot of respect man, and even though the numbers might not be there on the comments, rest assured that the reason people come back is because they trust your impeccable musical taste and know that they will always leave funkmysoul satisfied.Keep up the good work,Cheers, Jake

Cads
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Cads

Hello Yvonne, I understand the points that you have raised. However, I am not quite sure that you are expressing yourself in a way comfortable enough for persons to want to dialogue with you. I take the point on Marva’s hair. I agree that from what I can see her hair is about a 3c/4a. Even if she has stated that her hair is a 3b/3c, it’s her opinion and we can express our views to her in a diplomatic manner…it does not negate the fact, in my opinion, that you have exerted way to much energy with ‘someone’ that… Read more »

Maria
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Jeremy and Family, so sorry for your loss your in our thoughts and pyrears. this is going to be a rough time for all of you. even though i don’t know what is like to a brother i know how hard this is for you. Karen i’m so sorry for your loss i also know what it is like to lose a child. my thoughts and pyrears are with you threw this difficult time.with love, heather and chris

Corporelle
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Corporelle

Thanks for sharing. I’d love to see your hair with its natural color. It looks rather dry.

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