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Intro­duce your­self!
M:
My name is Mari­ah Peart and I am from Brunswick, GA.

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­u­ral?
M:
I returned to nat­u­ral because at the age of 14 years old I wasn’t tak­ing care of my hair very well. One day my mom was styling my hair and she sim­ply told me not to put any more perms in my hair. She knew my hair bet­ter than I did! I tran­si­tioned for a year and 5 months (Sept. 2006 — Feb. 2008). I’ve been com­plete­ly nat­u­ral for 6 years and 2 months (Post Big Chop).

How would you describe your tex­ture?
M:
The tex­ture of my hair is a mix­ture of 3c and 4a. My hair con­tains curls, coils, and kinks. It is thick, but it is not coarse.

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the mon­th.
M:
As for my styling reg­i­men, I usu­al­ly style my hair once a week and allow that style to last for the week. I most­ly style my hair in twists or twist outs (my favorite). The prod­ucts I use for styling are Paul Mitchell Orig­i­nal The Con­di­tion­er (leave-in con­di­tion­er), Eco Styler Olive Oil Gel or the Eco Styler Moroc­can Argan Oil Styling Gel.

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What does wash day look like for you?
M:
My typ­i­cal wash day con­sists of: co-wash­ing with Pan­tene Pro-V Tru­ly Nat­u­ral Hair Co-Wash Cleans­ing Con­di­tion­er, a light pro­tein treat­ment (when it is time for one) with Aphogee Ker­at­in 2 Min­ute Recon­struc­tor and a deep con­di­tion­ing with Tre­sem­mé Flaw­less Curls Curl Hydra­tion Con­di­tion­er and an oil. Depend­ing on the sea­son, coconut oil (Spring and Sum­mer) or African Pride Olive Mir­a­cle Growth Oil (Fall and Win­ter).

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
M:
My favorite go-to hair­style when I don’t have much time to style is a sim­ple, easy bun.

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
M:
I com­bat shrink­age by styling my hair with oil-based prod­ucts (such as twist­ing but­ters, shea but­ter, etc.). This allows my hair to elon­gate rather than shrink.

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require spe­cial care and atten­tion?
M:
The hair on my tem­ples tends to be my prob­lem area because it is the most sen­si­tive and dri­est of all oth­er parts of my hair. So, I have to apply more pro­duct (con­di­tion­ers, oils, mois­tur­iz­ers, pro­tein treat­ments) on those areas of my hair for more hydra­tion. I also have to be more gen­tle when I have to detan­gle in those areas as well.

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
M:
Mois­ture is impor­tant, so apply­ing medi­um con­sis­ten­cy prod­ucts, con­di­tion­er and water are great for my tex­ture. Also, detan­gling once a week is impor­tant as well!

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
M:
Apply­ing heavy prod­ucts are not good, and nev­er allow styles such as wash and go’s to go for more than 3 days, or the hair will tend to have unnec­es­sary tan­gles and knots.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
M:
You can find me on Insta­gram at: http://instagram.com/reggaeinspired and my Blog: http://www.reggaeinspirednaturalhair.blogspot.com/.

Meosha

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

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28 Comments on "Mariah // 3C/4A Natural Hair Style Icon"

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youngin girl

How did I miss this? Her hair is big, puffy, pop­pin’ and beau­ti­ful. You can tell right off that she takes good care of it. It is obvi­ous and know­ing your hair makes a dif­fer­ence. She has shown that. This was a great fea­ture.

Caramelcurls

Wowza!!! Some of the most beau­ti­ful hair I’ve ever seen–so lush and healthy look­ing! Love that smile too — GO GIRL!!

ReggaeInspired

Awww thank you!!!

Jacky

Aww, she’s so cute and her hair is so gor­geous, thick, healthy and long! Beau­ti­ful smile too!

ReggaeInspired

Thank you so much!!!!

JazzWife

Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow! Your hair is awe­some and inspi­ra­tional!

ReggaeInspired

Thank you!!!

Ugonna Wosu

…WOW…

Isabelle Brown

Gor-GEOUSE hair! Love the colour as well. Straight for­ward and sim­ple reg­i­men and few prod­ucts. Do you lay­er the con­di­tion­er on direct­ly onto your hair or mix it in a bowl first??

Thanks!

ReggaeInspired

Thank you!! I direct­ly apply con­di­tion­er to my hair!

MJ

Couldn’t stop say­ing “What gor­geous hair” :o Hon­est­ly though, love­ly hair, I espe­cial­ly love that ponytail/bun (Pho­to 15)!

ReggaeInspired

Aww you’re so sweet! Thank you so much!!

alice

That mane is all kinds of deli­cious… Love­ly hair and beau­ti­ful face. That pony­tail in the 4th pic is gor­geous…

ReggaeInspired

Thank you!!!

kb

If I could only have half her thick­ness! Love your hair.

ReggaeInspired

Thank you!!!

Cheryl

Wow!!! Hair porn for real!! Amaz­ing hair and a great smile!

ReggaeInspired

Thank you so much!!!

Miss Mo

Wow, plen­ty of beau­ti­ful hair. :)

ReggaeInspired

Thank you!!!!

Megan

Love her hair! (And I need that pony puff.) Hope to be there in a cou­ple of years.

ReggaeInspired

Thank you!!!

niksmit

She has such gor­geous­ly dense hair!
I like to think my hair is aver­age den­si­ty, but then I see hair like hers and I must fall into the sparse/thin cat­e­go­ry because I have about half as many strands of hair on my head.

ReggaeInspired

Thank you!!!

kitso

Just wow.

ReggaeInspired

Thank you!!!

BUtifullyhuman

Bel­la

ReggaeInspired

Thank you!!

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