*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally


Introduce yourself!
I’m Mariama, born and raised in Boston. Corporate workin’ girl by day. After hours I work on brownbelle, an internationally distributed accessory brand that I started October 2010.

How long have you been natural?
I’ve been natural for about three years now.

How and why did you transition into natural hair?
I rocked a short relaxed haircut that I LOVED. But my hair was falling out, so I made the decision to go natural in order to preserve my hairline. I tried to transition with braids and weaves for a month or two, but I hated it and just cut all my hair off.

What are your must-have products for shampooing, conditioning and styling your hair?
I love Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Castile Soap to clarify. Year round if I’m not clarifying I like Shea n’ Honey Shampoo from Butters and Bars (http://www.butters-n-bars.com/shshamp-01.html) and Giovanni Deep Moisture Shampoo. Since my hair is on the thinner side, I find that washing once a week especially in the summer time is a necessity.

I try to deep condition every week with Natural Girls Rock Deep SOULutions Deep Conditioner or a mixture of BASK Y.A.M. Nectar Intense Honey Hair Nourisher and Cacao Bark Deep Conditioning Hair Treat. When I don’t deep condition my two favorite conditioners at the moment are TRESemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner and L’Oreal Ever Crème Conditioner.

After conditioning I use Giovanni Direct Leave-in, Kinky Curly Knot Today or sometimes I use TRESemme Naturals as a leave-in and seal with olive oil or Oyin Burnt Sugar Pomade. I then twist out or braid out with Eco Styler Gel.


What is your signature hairstyle?
My signature style is a fro. I generally don’t do styles because I don’t have the patience for them and I never end up liking them as much as my loose curls.

Did going natural affect your style choices at all?
Not at all, I think my hair accentuates my style, but then again afros are like leopard print. They go with everything!

How would you describe your personal style?
I wear a lot of bold prints and some may label my style as Afrocentric, but I also make and wear bow ties for brownbelle, which can be very preppy. So I guess I’m Afro-prep!

What are the three favorite things in your closet?
Anything leopard print. My chambray denim collared shirt from H&M, and my Steven Madden for LF limited addition black and white tribal print platform sandals.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
blog: http://brownbelleblog.blogspot.com/, shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/brownbelle


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

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22 Comments on "Mariama // Natural Hair Style Icon"

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You have beautiful hair but I CAN NOT stop staring at your skin! Just beautiful! Feel free to drop some knowledge for a sista! lol


That purple lipstick in the first picture >>

Tiffany W

Your eyes and skin are gorgeous!


Great post!

Her hair, style and confidence are on point.


Beautiful pictures and hair!


Beautiful hair! You’re very photogenic and you have a captivating style!


oh lord, I thought adding a photo was going to be an avatar photo not this big azz picture of me! Sorry yall and please let me know how to delete my comment if possible!


Don’t worry. Pic is lovely 🙂


You’re Gorgeous!


NO need to delete! I love the pic!


Gorgeous hair & style

“…but then again afros are like leopard print. They go with everything!”

Love this!


Enjoying her style, I see that she loves Zara too!
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I think after 4+ years, I have found my hair twin! Beautiful, Mariama!

Annie L.

*Faints at the tuxedo shot* It’s just…too…dope!

And you are channeling Lillian Gish for me with that romantic, blurry updo and blue bow. Love it, great photos on your site, thanks for the fun interview!

P.S. The two-toned d’Orsay heels and mint, lemon and papaya palette are a 10+

Curly Queen

Love the pencil skirt.


she’s stunning… and her toned calf is making me want to go jogging.


Hey Mariama!! You look gorg as usual.. see you at Eb’s wedding!


Love love your style – and hair!


Love your:

1. Hair
2. Hooded Eyes
3. Unique Fierce Style

WERK girl!! 🙂


Love your style…the idea of incoporating a bow tie is a cute and creative. Love the updo bun!


My goodness! The shape of your eyes is absolutely gorgeous! So captivating. I’m mesmerized by your face.


I totally agree with u! I was looking at her eyes like wow! they’re so gorgeous, and so is her skin! I really like her style, especially the bow ties…
enjoyed this post 😉