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Marisol Correa is the Editor In Chief of MamaNaturalista.com. A world traveler, she currently resides in Washington, DC - where she was also born and raised. A married mother of 4 kids; a sixteen year old son, six year old daughter and 4 year old twins (fraternal boy and girl). She also holds the position of Event Coordinator at Four Brothers, LLC and is an actor whose (most recent) roles are currently airing on TV.

How long have you been natural (brief natural hair journey)?

Almost three years - July is my 3rd year NH Anniversary!

What's your daily hair routine?

I try to keep it simple… I either have it styled in a twist-out, braid-out or wash & go. I do other styles as well but stick to the hairstyles I can actually do! I try not to fight my hair, rather than go against it – I go with it… “Que Sera, Sera.” translation… “What will be, will be.”!!!

What are your favorite products?

As a former product junkie, I’m happy to say that my list is very small as of recently.  There is a cliché that goes something like, “less is more”.  Well, after trying almost everything under the sun (believe me), I came to realize that a lot of the products were unduly hyped.  These are the products on which I rely on a daily, weekly & monthly basis:

Trader Joe’s: Nourish Spa | Shampoo & Conditioner, Trader Joe’s: Tea Tree Tingle | Shampoo & Conditioner, Trader Joe’s: Coconut Oil, EcoStyler Gel | Krystal & Olive Oil, Braggs: (ACV) Apple Cider Vinegar, Lily Of The Desert | Aloe Vera Juice (Whole Leaf), CrecePelo | Deep Conditioner (Dominican), Random MISC Products When My PJ’ism Kicks In! [prodmod]

What's your nighttime routine?

Chocolate, Anderson Cooper, Channel 4 & 5 news, never, never land LOL!  I wish. But my nighttime routine is actually quite simple… depending on the hairstyle, it varies but usually I put in a pineapple along with a bonnet and I’m good to go!

How did you get your hair color (if applicable), how do you maintain it?

I haven’t colored my hair as a “Natural” but I’ve thought about it! I DO Henna my hair, which leaves a slight color on my strands, mainly my greys! Ha, ha!

Do you ever get tired of curly hair?

To be honest, I occasionally get tired of curly hair when it’s washday. It requires more maintenance and ‘time’ which is taxed as it is due to my hectic schedule. I would LOVE to just simply ‘Wash & Go’ but that is NOT a reality in my curly haired life!!! In addition, I have 4 other curly heads to do besides my own; that in it-self is tiring BUT I’m always down for the challenge! 

We love your reviews and the information for Moms on your blog. As a busy Mom of 4 kids how do you make time for caring for your natural hair, let alone blogging and vlogging?

Wow, that’s a great question! *DEEP BREATH* I like to call it ‘controlled chaos’.   The reality is that maintaining a disciplined schedule is the key.  I wake up early, kiss the hubby goodbye, and then get the kids ready for school. After breakfast, I drop them off at their respective schools and enjoy a brief respite: Starbucks coffee and the morning news. From 9-11am I concentrate on the housework.  Then it is my time for business!  Between blogging, vlogging, networking, and caring for my hair, the hours fly by. By mid afternoon its time to pick up my kids again, and then back to being an awesome mom.

(If you don’t believe me, just ask my kids… well, maybe, just take my word for it!)

When did you start blogging?

It’s hard to remember definitively, but I think 2011.

How did you become a successful blogger/guru?

It’s funny, but I don’t consider myself to be a guru.  Granted, I have had some success, but that can largely be attributed to the many mentors I’ve had along the way.  And possibly, that innate stubborn streak (I like to call it work ethic) that makes people either love or hate me!

What do you like most about blogging?

Great question!  What I like most about blogging is the platform my blog provides to reach such a broad based audience.  I feel like in life, people all have the same basic needs: we want to be loved, we want to love, we want to matter, and we want to share our experiences.  Not quite up to Maslow’s Hierarchy, but close, right?  Blogging provides the platform for me to do these things on a national and international level.

What do you want to do beyond your blog?

Wow, another great question that requires bullet points:

  • Be the best mom in the world
  • Be the best wife in the world
  • Be embraced by the ones that matter
  • Help those less fortunate than me
  • Further my acting career
  • And be a good person in general.

Do you have any advice for new natural hair bloggers/gurus (what you wish someone had told you?)

Become best friends with Curly Nikki! LOL! No really, do! Nikki Walton is an amazing woman… I love her to pieces! Aside from that, be persistent, respect those who have come before you, keep an open mind, and always remain humble. I learn from others every day!

Any upcoming projects/events you'd like to tell us about?

There are GREAT things in the works… stay tuned, there’s more to come!!!

How to reach me:

Facebook www.Facebook.com/MamaNaturalista

Writer Kala is the founder of the blog, The KG Lifestyle. Check it out for more hair, beauty, and lifestyle motivation! You can follow her on Instagram @TheKGLifestyle.