Natural Hair Journey

Wash and Go on Natural Hair

Life isn’t perfect, but your hair can be.

Hello! Hello! Hello!

I never thought I’d be able to achieve a defined wash and go on my type 4b/4c hair, but here I am now, loving the simplicity of the wash and go’s.

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I love how my hair is able to sit in defined, clumped curls and last me the entire week. As you can tell by now, I don’t re-moisturize or restyle my hair in between washes, ’cause child, no one has time or the energy for that #LazyNatural πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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Marini Naturals Curl Me Pretty Curling Butter Review

The simple things in life, make it all worth it.

Hello!

I remember when I started my natural hair journey, I had the impression that I would only use very few products, but a few years later and I have a whole box of hair products.πŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆ

201810071399614435When Marini Naturals lauched their new and improved products, my heart skipped a beat and I was so excited when I received the butter and daily spritz. Though, forΒ  today, I’ll focus on the butter because I LOOOVEEE butters.😍😍😍

201810072010536457The amount of moisture and definition this butter gives me is just life. I have been loving how it works with my hair and I don’t have to bother about moisturizing my hair in between washes.

20181006-1311158492Just look at that definition and tell me it doesn’t make you want to get the butter for your hair.

I’d highly recommend the butter and it only retails for Kes. 950 and a little goes a long way. The tab will last you at least 4 months.

Talk to you soon.

Love,
Jo β™₯

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How I Dye My Natural hair at home.

Hey! Hey! Hey!

Time seems to always fly by when you are having a good time.

The past 3 months have felt like a week for me and I’m not too sure if someone is playing with time or time is just moving how it’s meant to.

If you are not subscribed to my channel on YouTube (Joan Miano), which you actually should be, you would have not had that I got a new job. Yep, your girl is now in the 8 – 5 train. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I am at an advertising agency and to keep it short & sweet, I am enjoying myself.

I’ll be sure to give y’all an update very soon.

Anyway, I finally got the time to colour my hair, it is nothing crazy, but we will get there eventually. It is going to be somewhat of a journey of me lightening my hair to the “perfect” blonde for me.

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As you know, I am a DIY kinda girl, so I chose to do it at home.

Here is the video on how I achieved my current colour and the products I used.

Products Used;

  • Inecto Plus Sunkissed Blonde.
  • Dark n’ Lovely Moisture Replenishing Shampoo.
  • Design Essentials Natural Almond & Avocado Moisturizing & Detangling Conditioner.
  • Saru Organics Hair Growth Masque.
  • Design Essentials Natural Almond & Avocado Detangling Leave-In Conditioner.
  • Saru Organics Shea & Avocado Curling Butter.

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Now that step one is done, I can’t wait for step two in about 2 months, where we even go lighter.

I hope you enjoyed today’s read.

Love,
Jo.Β β™₯

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Fulani Inspired Braids

At times a slight change helps settle the turmoil.

Hello!

First off, I’d love to thank each and every one of you who voted for me, we didn’t win, but I’m thankful and proud that I got nominated. Next step, is to keep working hard and putting a smile on someone’s face. πŸ™‚

Secondly, I have honestly come to the stage with my hair where I’m bored with her and before I do something drastic, that I may or may not regret, I have decided to do a few protective styles.

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For starters, I decided to do the lines and box braids. I’m pretty sure most of us remember having this style growing up and during the holidays, we would march to the salon and ask for “Half lines, Half rastas” Oh, the good old days πŸ˜€

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I used three packets of Darling’s Elegant Braid in Number 1/350, a few rubber bands for the box braids and plenty of beads just to style up the do.
You can get all these supplies from any beauty store.

I’m excited and a bit relaxed that I don’t have to bother with my hair at all, plus, it doesn’t hurt that the hair is light and I see myself having the style in for another two week or three, who knows? πŸ™‚

Here is a quick video on how I was able to achieve this look.

Are you currently protective styling? Are you and your hair on good terms?
Let me know.

Love,
Joβ™₯

Features

BAKE Awards Nomination

Let the universe know your intentions and it’ll always give you what you need.

Hi!

I know that I am so late to announce this here, but I was on vacation for 4 days and I just readjusted back to Nairobi life. Hahahaha

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If you don’t follow me on my social media accounts (I’m quietly judging you), then you don’t know that I’ve been nominated for this year’s BAKE (Bloggers Association of Kenya) Awards under the category of Best Beauty & Hair Blog.
I am more than honored and humbled and it wouldn’t have been the case if it wasn’t for each and every one of you who takes the time to read my blogs and just sticking by me through my ups and downs.

On that note, I want to ask, if you could vote for me hereΒ https://vote.bakeawards.co.ke/Β Category 20, Option E (justnimu), it would mean the world to me and it only takes a few minutes.
Voting ends on April 30th 2018.

Thank you so much for sticking by me and all your support.

Love,
Jo.Β β™₯

 

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Dark and Lovely Au Naturale Review

I have some amazing news to give, but I shall leave that for another post.

Hello!

Hope your week went well, mine just seemed to pass by, but it was a good one.

Being a natural, I’m always looking for products that will work well with my hair and leave it feeling loved and taken care of.
Dark and Lovely sent me a package a few months ago and I have been testing out the whole Au Naturale range and I must say, I’m in love.
My favourite has to be the Moisture Replenishing Shampoo, it leaves my hair so moisturised and happy that it has become a staple.

Here is my full review;

The range has 7 products;

  1. Moisture Replenishing Shampoo.
  2. Knot out Conditioner.
  3. 3-in-1 Cleansing conditioner.
  4. Wash Free Braid Refresher.
  5. Anti Itch Scalp Soother.
  6. Afro Moisturising Butter.
  7. Plaiting Pudding Cream.

You can shop for all the products off JumiaΒ or at various beauty shops.

Hope you enjoy your weekend and I’ll talk to you soon.

Love,
Jo.β™₯

 

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African Inspired Hairstyle

Simple is always best.

Hello!

March is over and I just don’t know how that happened. One second I’m freezing to death at Hairitage Chronicles, the next I’m planning my April calender. How? But it seems as though it’s something to get used to.

Speaking of, on the 10th of March I went for Hairitage Chronicles 4.0. A natural hair event that is all kinds of fun, from hanging out with amazing naturalistas to stocking up on your favourite natural products, dancing yourself away and just having a good old time. But for some reason that day just went from bad to worse and I was so close to calling it quits. My outfit was ruined, I was super duper late and it rained heavily.

Anyway, with the little excitement i had, I decided to create a simple African inspired hairstyle that I think came out just perfectly.

What do you think? Did it turn out well?

Let me know.

Love,
Jo.Β β™₯

My Style

GRWM |Darling Kenya Product Launch

Step out of your comfort zone baby, that’s where all the fun is.

Hello,
One of my goals of this year was to step out of my comfort zone and last week Thursday, I had the opportunity to do so with Nurtured Knotts at the Darling Kenya product launch at Sankara.

I don’t know about you, but the first 2 months of 2018 have been amazing for me so far and I am sending you the vibes I have, so that your year can be just as amazing or even better.

First thing that came into my mind was what will I wear, I own nothing formal or elegant, I seriously need to revamp my whole wardrobe.
Then 2 hours to the event that’s when I came up with this ensemble.
And let’s just note that this is the only time I am last minute, when it comes to my outfit.

Case and point, Hairitage Chronicles is on Saturday and my outfit is being made in less than 3 days.
Please pray for me. :’-(

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Top | Mini dress
Pants | Mum’s
Trench thing | Made by me
Shoes | Thrifted
Hair | Marini Naturals

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Now, you see how everything just came together? Kris was also just amazed and had to pick up his jaw. Hahahahaha.
I was so comfortable and felt like an adult, boss lady who know’s what she is doing. πŸ˜€
All I want now is to live in pants like this, high waisted and long, because yaaaaaaas.

I was also able to film myself getting ready and got a few clips from the event.
Here you go;

Let me know;
Do you plan your outfits or you just wing it?

Love,
Jo.β™₯

My Style

Simple but Cute Valentine’s Outfit.

But baby, it’s cold outside.

Happy Valentine’s day my loves.

For some weird reason, I have woken up in such a good mood, despite that its cold and wet outside. I just want to listen to loud music do my work for the day and have random conversations with myself.

On Monday I showed you guys what I’d wear if I was going out tonight, click here if you haven’t seen that yet.

And for today, I’ll show you what I’d wear. If you’ve read my other style posts, you already know I’m all about that simple, comfortable life and this outfit is all about that.

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I’m all about oversized clothing. I just love how my little, but growing frame disappers, just too cute.

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Oversized shirt – Used to belong to mum.
Bodycon dress – Thrifted.
Shoes – Thrifted.

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I just enjoy the contrast from baggy and oversize to damn girl, kumbe you got a body underneath all that. It’s basically unwrapping a present. Hahahahaha

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Choker – Kilimall.
Lippie – Huddah Cosmetics in Nimoh

And with this fit, there is no need for a lot of accessories, keep it simple girl.

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Hope you enjoyed.

Love,
Jo.Β β™₯

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Quick, Cute Valentines Hairstyle

Simplicity is key.

Hello! Hello! Hello!

What are you doing for Valentine’s?
I’ll probably be cuddled up watching a movie or chatting up with the babe.

But, for those who have plans, and don’t know what to do with your hair, I give you a quick style.Β  This crown twist is my fave go-to protective style and I’ve been a fun of it since I was a new natural.
It can be done on any hair type in any state, that is, stretched out, straight, freshly washed or a crows nest. :-D. if you know how to do a flat twist, this is as easy as ABC, but if not, you can switch it up for a crown braid. Just cornrow two large braids.

How are you wearing your hair?

Love,
JoΒ β™₯