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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