1. Tell us your name and where you are from?

Marie, from Chicago.

2. How long have you been natural?

2 years. My last relaxer was on October 2, 2009.

3. What do you do? Is there a resistance or compatibility with your hair in your field of work?

I am a graphic designer, blogger…and soon to be, entrepreneur. My hair doesn’t matter, at all.

4. Describe your hair.

Tiny tight coils, cottony, black, brown in direct sunlight, frizzy, thin strands, & dense overall. Oh…and with the tiniest bit of water, steam, or humidity, it shrinks, a lot.

5. What is your regimen?

I wash & deep condition my hair 1-2 times a week, usually with Jane Carter or Giovanni products. After applying a leave-in conditioner, I braid, twist, or bantu knot my hair in about 9-12 sections. After it air dries, I take down my hair & fluff, using my trusty hair pick to comb at the roots & disguise any parts. I moisturize with leave-in, or water & Nourish & Shine 1-2 times a week, and wear a satin bonnet nightly. I wear my hair loose in “out styles” regularly.


6. What is your best hair advice?

Be gentle. Be patient. If you’re tired, don’t do your hair.

7. What is the strangest comment, request or hair story?

I was on an elevator with a young man. He turned (as I stood directly behind him), looked at me, then my hair, smiled & chuckled. He didn’t say a word…turned back around. When the doors open, he got off.
8. How would you describe your personal fashion style?

Comfortable & Classic. I like being able to wear the same outfit to different places, and not feel over or underdressed. My wardrobe is filled with neutral colors & timeless pieces (dark jeans, button-down blouses, V-neck sweaters, etc., & leather flats). A sucker for bows, ruffles, flowery details, & simplicity, I love stores like J.Crew, Ann Taylor Loft, & Anthropologie, but, I have more fun shopping at messy, discount retailers & thrift shops. There is where I hunt for timeless, quality pieces.


9. Do you have a blog/website?

Yes. www.merelymarie.com

10. What makes you a bush babe? I didn’t instantly find myself after going back natural, but my hair was certainly part of the spark. I’m constantly learning things about myself & evolving into the woman that I want to be. It is an on-going journey & I’m enjoying the ride!