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Breanna // 3C/4A Natural Hair Style Icon

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Introduce yourself!
B:
Heyyy! My name is Breanna Chevolleau (better known as MiniMarley on YouTube) and I’m originally from South Florida. I currently live in New York City where I attend Pace University as a communications major, and intern at Oprah Magazine in the fashion closet.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
B:
If I said my decision to go natural was based on a desire to liberate my hair and myself I would definitely be lying. I decided to go natural mostly because I was going off to college. My mother is a professional hair stylist and has always been the only person to touch my hair. When I was planning to move to New York for college I knew I wouldn’t want anyone new playing in my hair, and I also knew I would be too broke to afford it lol! I decided to go natural so that I could care for my hair on my own. (P.S. I’ve also always been low key obsessed with curly hair, so I knew it was time!) My last perm was in August of 2011 and my big chop was about 9 months later in June of 2012.

How would you describe your texture?
B:
I would say I’m a 3C/4A. The curls around the front and back of my hair are very loose, while my edges on the sides are more tightly curled. In the middle I’m pretty much all 4A and my hair is very curly and easily defined. My hair is low-porosity and takes awhile to soak up water and moisture.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
B:
Over the course of a month you’d probably see me rockin’ a braid-out or puff the most! I love braid-outs because they stretch my hair more than any other style and when taking my braids out I can separate until I have a big defined fro. (Check out my YouTube channel to see how it’s done!) When my braid-out or twist out gets old I am almost always wearing a mega puff with the occasional frohawk when I want to stand out. Though I am new to the wash-n-go family because it’s just beginning to work for me, I must say I love it!

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What does wash day look like for you?
B:
My wash days usually start with me looking a hot MESS! I generally wash my hair once a week unless I’m feeling lazy (don’t act like you don’t know!) I used to detangle with a denman brush but I have recently gotten into the habit of finger-detangling because I find that I shed a lot less hair that way. I also just started using shampoo a couple months ago because I didn’t feel like my scalp was getting clean enough. My go to conditioners are Herbal Essences Hello Hydration (to separate into four sections and moisturize), Aussie Moist (detangler) and Organix Coconut Milk and Moroccan Argan Oil Conditioner. The only shampoo I use is Herbal Essences Hello Hydration. I usually separate into 4 sections, finger-detangle, rinse, and pat dry with a towel or t‑shirt.

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
B:
I NEVER seem to have enough time to style my hair so I usually have to prepare the night before. When I do get lazy and have no time, I almost always put my hair in a huge puff. However, when all else fails I do two flat twists at the front of my hair and put the back section in a beanie! It’s super easy and it’s also great for mornings when your twists/braids haven’t fully dried or you just aren’t ready to take them down. I gel down my edges, make two neat flat twists, throw on a satin scarf then a beanie and that’s it! I’m always on the lookout for cute (big!) beanies because they always come in handy.

How do you combat shrinkage?
B:
Shrinkage was a huge problem for me when I was back home in Florida because we had so much humidity! To combat it I used less coconut oil (which I usually use for EVERYTHING) because it seemed to attract even more moisture. Other than that I just had to embrace it because nothing seemed to work long enough. Luckily, now that I live in New York where it’s much drier, I don’t have too much of a shrinkage problem. The only time I experience major shrinkage is when I decide to wash-n-go. To solve that problem I simple let my hair dry after I apply product then stretch it over-night using the banding method.

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
B:
My problem areas would be my edges because they have a tighter, less defined curl pattern and are a bit thinner. What works for the rest of my hair never works as well in those small sections, so I usually just do smaller twists or braids in that area to compensate.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
B:
Coconut Oil and Finger-Detangling! Coconut Oil has done wonders for me. I’ve used it since the day I big chopped and it has since been a holy grail because it constantly keeps my hair moisturized and helps with growth. Finger-Detangling is also a must because it keeps my curls poppin’ 24/7 and allows me to shed a lot less during washes.

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
B:
Wash-n-gos without gel…..oh no. For the longest time I thought wash-n-gos would never work for me because I only used a conditioner and moisturizer to “define” my curls and was afraid of the amount of gel some people use. Buuut after one of my insta followers convinced me to try it, I fell in love and now my wash-n-go is a bangerrr! (I use EcoStyler Olive Oil Gel.) Co-washing without ever using shampoo is also a don’t for me because my hair is super thick and just won’t get clean that way.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
B:
Duhhh! You can find me on YouTube by searching Minimarley (don’t forget to subscribe!) and on Instagram @mini_marley!

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elle

I always felt the same about wash n gos too! I didn’t think they worked, and I was afraid of the gel. I’ve been using the CG method for about a month now, though, and I’m loving it. I use the La Bella gel. Maybe I’ll try the eco olive oil one day. I’ve heard good things.

Trisha
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Trisha

I used to love the LaBella Lots of Curls… then out of nowhere it started to flake in my hair..even with a clarifyng shampoo. Now I’m using the yellow Eco Styler, level 8…soft hold and no flakes…yet.

Kita
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pink eco styler, level 8. i learned, through 1 trial and much error, that any product with olive oil (i’m talking to you eco styler olive oil) is a big NO. olive oil is just not friends with my hair at all lol

Breanna
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Yes! Gel is a must! And thanks for sharing I’m definitely gonna look into La Bella gel maybe it will be good for me !
‑Minimarley

Bridget J.
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Bridget J.

Beautiful hair! My wash n gos only work when I use gel as well. Every time I try to accomplish it without using some sort of gel, it will not hold up.

Breanna
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Thank you!!
‑Minimarley

a1sgrl
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a1sgrl

Breanna — one of the best praise dancers I have ever seen. Loving your hair!!!! It’s beautiful.
Sis T formerly of LW

Breanna
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Thank you! Who is this exactly though?

a1sgrl
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a1sgrl

My hubby and I attended your home church until we left last year; I use to sing with the worship team :-).

Andie
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Andie

Her hair is everything!!! Love it, love it, love it.

Trisha
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Trisha

I love her YT page. Is anyone else seeing a young Janet Jackson?

Breanna
Guest

Thanks for watching my videossss :))

Pat
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Pat

Very nice. Is there colour or do you henna? As a low porosity person myself, henna only made my hair drier.

Breanna
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Nope no henna. I dye my hair with permanent and semi-permanent dyes. My mother is a pro stylist so she’s the only person who has put permanent dye in my hair! Try coconut oil to get it moisturized!
‑Minimarley

Tiana
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Tiana

I absolutely LOVE your hair !!! I feel like we have the same exact hair ! I always felt like wash and gos were a no for me , because my hair is reallyy curly (3c,4a)! But hearing from you that gel is the key , ill try it ! Upload a new video on youtube on your wash and go ! I would love to see how you do it !

Breanna
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I definitely will be making a wash-n-go video soon, but yes trust me gel will make all the difference and you have to do it in small sections!

Brittany Lingard
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See that’s why I don’t wanna play with the wash n go I hate to much gel but maybe I can try a more lightweight gel

Check out http://www.curlskinksfashion.com for fashion and natural hair

And check out curlskinksfashion on instagram that’s where all the fun is!!!

Brianna Love
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Brianna Love

Beautiful hair and lady!!! 🙂

Monique Laidlaw
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It’s so weird that I stumbled upon her videos the other day, and was so intrigued by her. I even tried some of styles only difference is that I have locs, but she is absolutely stunning and to see her up here is another step forward for her. Stay blessed

Breanna
Guest

Thank you so much! I really really appreciate your comment and the fact that you are genuinely happy to see me succeed! 🙂 Keep watching!!
‑Minimarley

Jasmine
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So glad to see you featured! Your videos are awesome!! I have to use gel as well! I have found one curl cream that I liked (curl junkie coffee coco-lite). It works great for when I want to do a crown twist and wear the rest curly. I would say I’m mostly 3C/4A, but I have one section in the front that is like 3A or something and required scrunching to curl/wave. For the longest I thought it was just straight. It needs the gel! lol!

Aleesa N
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Aleesa N

Omg girl!! I remember when you started you transition an now look! Long hair don’t care!! 😀 I’ll definitely be rewatching your wash day video on YouTube again after I cut these relaxed ends of for good! Keep making videos!

Breanna
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Hey girrrrlll! Lol thanks and I will!
‑MiniMarley

Tia
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I love your hair color! Looks very pretty and healthy!

Jasmine
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Jasmine

Still waiting on a coloring video miss thing! LOL!

Breanna
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Its coming its coming!! lol
‑MiniMarley

Dorian
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Love those bouncy curls!

BUtifullyHuman
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BUtifullyHuman

OMg, I just love MinnieMarley! Thee cutest! I especially loved your big chop video on YouTube. Reminded me of me and my mom doing mine. LOL! But your hair is FAB! I love your IG page too. Awesome to see you on here. Take Care!

-Nakia

Breanna
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Awww thanks so much! I’m really glad you like my videos and I think the Big Chop is everyone’s favorite cuz my mom is crazieeee !
‑Minimarley

TP
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TP

absolutly gorgeous!! love ur hair n wash n go

youngin girl
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youngin girl

Too good to be true. This was well put and detail oriented. Thw wonders of those cheeks.

Breanna
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The wonders of those cheeks” LMAO
‑Minimarley

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Now THIS is 3c/4a hair!!!! I get annoyed when girls that are clearly 4c claim to have your hair type. Beautiful hair!!!

chalise
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chalise

beautiful hair! I’m lovin how thick and luscious it is!

Finn
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Finn

Beautiful hair. I’m kind of getting a young Janet Jackson from you….

Deyah
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Deyah

Gorgeous hair, omg. I just stalked her Instagram for the past 30 minutes lol.

Desiree
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Desiree

Your hair is gorgeous, goregous, gorgeous!!!

lisa
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I really Love your curl definition, how can I get my hair to do the same..

Abeo
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Abeo

I love your channel!! I came across it some weeks ago and watched every video. You can’t imagine how excited I was to finally find someone with similar hair to mine! You have a great personality girl and I love the fact that you’re from the Caribbean. I am from Trinidad and Tobago! Woop woop!! Lol keep on doing your thing girl and always remember to put God first 🙂

Sarrah
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Sarrah

Gorgeous hair. PLEASE tell me what color you used!

Cidriana
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Cidriana

Hey! Lol, I found your channel first and was so surprised to come across your interview here. Beautiful hair. You need to make some more videos when you can!

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