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Daily Inspiration: Meet Marlina Yarbrough

Today we’d like to introduce you to Marlina Yarbrough.

Hi Marlina, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
As a little girl, my mom reminds me that I would want to go outside and paint my friend’s nails. I remember getting up early before catching the bus curling my friend’s hair. When I entered middle school “pixie” braids were popular. My friends trusted me enough to practice on them. I began styling hair in high school. I would see certain styles and just believe that I could achieve them. I’ve always considered myself a visual learner. In college, the demand of braids grew more. I soon realized that no matter what degrees I had obtained, nor what path my career took I enjoyed braiding hair. When Covid19 resulted in me being furloughed as a single mother I had to rely on my passion to meet our necessities. I was the “essential braider”. That time away from work grew my clientele. During that time I attended workshops and seminars to become knowledgeable on keys that would help my business grow and become successful. I now get to wake up and do what I love and enjoy.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Smooth? What’s that! I can remember being in school for my master’s completing my practicum and practice. My practice consisted was working part time at a local university. I would work there in the morning, go to work in the evenings. I would start my day around 9 in the morning and wouldn’t finish until 11 at night. I also had the demands of parenting. Getting my little one to and from daycare. Once I graduated, I was just excited to work one job full-time. Due to financial demands and fear, I still had two PRN jobs. One of which I would work overnight periodically. Braids were still in demand on my off days and free time. I had no time for me. I had lost myself. I began to stress eat which resulted in weight gain and it affected my confidence and soon my relationships and parenting. Summer of 2018, I didn’t want to do any outdoor activities if I didn’t absolutely have to. I stayed in the “hustle” mindset for another year or so before I had had enough. I was forced to choose me. Later dismissed from school, working one job, and taking care of me. I learned that I couldn’t present my best self to my daughter or others if I wasn’t loving me. Thankfully my clients were patient.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I braid hair. I specialize in knotless braids and box braids. I am known for my timeliness and professionalism. I am most proud of the opportunity to grow in this industry. What sets me apart from others is my insight and experience. Before braiding, I was a client. I love to get my hair braided. Being a 1st generation college graduate, member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., mother, daughter, friend, sister, cousin, etc. allows me to welcome many walks of life. I am committed to my craft and clients. “SeKured” is more than just my brand, it’s what I do. I aid in assisting others in SeKuring their confidence and self esteem by providing them with an experience to remember.

Is there anyone you’d like to thank or give credit to?
First, I am nothing without God my Father. Big Thanks to my Mom Marqueto for always supporting me and believing in me, My Boss Friend Onika and her Family for loving and supporting me and my daughter. Thanks to my supporters near and far. My clients for trusting me to SeKure the assignment every single time. Last but certainly not least to my daughter Myuari for always being patient with me. Thank you for sharing your mommy with the world. To the naysayers, the “no” motivated me more. Thank you!

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  1. Marqueto Caffey

    March 9, 2022 at 9:50 pm

    I am so proud of you!

    Love your mommy

  2. Tammy

    March 10, 2022 at 3:29 pm

    I remember when I first meet Marlina I use to do her hair, way back in high school! Now she’s mastered braiding an has accomplished so much and is doing such an amazing job. Someday I’ll be In her chair.❤️

  3. Danielle Anise

    March 11, 2022 at 1:15 pm

    Marlina and I grew up in church together. She was always mature for her age. She has many talents and gifts. She place God first and acknowledge Him and all her ways. She has awesome mannerism, she’s polite, and she’s very intelligent. She’s so blessed to wake up each day and do what she loves. I always say, “Do what you love, and you will always love what you do!” I’m a very happy client of Marlina’s. In 2020 I moved to Texas but still remain a faithful client. I come home and get my hair braided by her. There is many people that can braid, but not many braiders with her same heart, her passion, her mannerism, and her appreciation. I love being “sekured” 🔒 by Marlina 🌻

  4. Taylor

    April 10, 2022 at 3:45 am

    I’ve known Marlina since elementary school. She’s always been polite, polished and a very patient person. Not only does she braid my hair but my son’s as well! Keep up the good work Lina!!!

  5. Breeanna Betts

    April 10, 2022 at 3:23 pm

    Marlina was very professional and fast. I was thrilled to be greeted with a smile that made me feel welcomed. Almost 2 months later and I’m still getting compliments on my braids. After experiencing Marlina’s work I have decided to make her my go to when I need braids🥰

    Marlina keep on CLIMBING and SHINING girl…

  6. Shebree Williams

    April 10, 2022 at 3:55 pm

    Marlina is the true definition of “Black Girl Magic.” She is such an amiable person. I couldn’t imagine being Sekured by anyone else. Continue to shine and inspire!!!!

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