*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 ;)