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 😂😂😂

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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. 🙂 🙂 🙂 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. ♥

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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 here https://vote.bakeawards.co.ke/ 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. ♥

 

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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 Jumia or at various beauty shops.

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

Love,
Jo.♥

 

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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. ♥

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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. 😀
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.♥

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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.  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,
Jo ♥

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Natural Hair | From Curly to Straight

My head has been feeling cold, naked and just empty.

Hey! Hey! Hey!

6th day of the 2nd month and let me just say, January came and went so fast, we can practically say that 2018 is coming to an end. Right?

Most of you have been so eager to see how I straightened my mane and today I am here to deliver. I’ve had my hair straight for a week now and I honestly miss my kinks, coils and curls. My scalp is honestly itching and I’m just so ready to wash my hair, but I need another week or two to play around with a few styles I’ve been wanting to do.

When my hair got this straight, I was so shocked because my hair is very stubborn and in the past, I’ve never been able to go this straight and now I attribute it to great products, good tools and a great technique.

Watch the video here to see my transformation.
Do you plan on straightening your hair?

Products used;
•Dark n’ Lovely Au Natural Moisture Replenishing Shampoo.
•Dark n’ Lovely Au Naturale Knot Out Conditioner.
•Mosara Kenya Deep Treatment Masque.
•Saru Organics Leave-in Treatment.
•Sheth Naturals Avocado Oil.

Love,
Jo

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Super Defined Twist Out ft Saru Organics

When that curl can be seen from miles away.

Hello! Hello! Hello!
Today is technically my 4th year as a natural, but your girl has a fresh cold sore and I’m not about to subject you to that in the pictures and yes, my hair is very straight. Out here looking like a totally different person, check out my instastory.

But, that is besides the point, today’s video is all about getting those defined curls with just one product.
If you know me by now, you know I’m not that much into defined curls because my hair is very frizzy and I love it just like that, but Saru Organics Curl Pudding came into my life and just gave me another reason to love both frizzy and defined hair.

Here is a quick tutorial on how to go from “crows nest” to super defined curls that have the hair gods singing. 😀

What do you think? Do you love the results? Let me know.

Love,
Jo. ♥

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Product Review | Saru Organics

Second week into the new year and I can fully say I am back on “WorkMode”.

Hello! Hello! Hello!
I hope the new year is treating you well, for me, I have been doing a lot of relaxing, chilling and amazingly enough, gaining weight, YES! More on this later. 😛

For today I introduce you to BAE #1, Saru Organics. 

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I’ve been a Sarulicious girl since day one and this is not me just blowing smoke, it was love from first application. Yes, I do have a favourite, but all the products that I have tried have not failed me whatsoever.

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Flat Twist Out using the Curl Pudding

Saru Organics is a Kenyan Brand made by a Kenyan for our African hair. It’s a fairly new brand, but let me tell you, it is making it’s voice heard. Just click on the video and just hear what I had to say, nothing but love for it.

Product & Price List;
The brand consists of both formulated products and pure oils/powders.

  • Revitalizing Clay Shampoo – Kes.500.
  • Leave in Treatment – Kes.700.
  • Curl Pudding – Kes.650.
  • Deep Condtioner – Kes.500.
  • Jamaican Black Castor Oil – Kes.600.
  • Baobab Oil – Kes.500.
  • Avocado Oil – Kes.300.
  • Macadamia Nut Oils – Kes.300.
  • Moringa Oil – Kes.900.
  • Moringa Powder – Kes.250.

Rating;

  • Price; 4/5
    It is affordable (Kes.2,350) for all four main products and you have your wash routine sorted out from start to finish.
  • Quantity; 5/5
    Each item is 240ml and as I state, a little does go a long way. You will use the products for at least 3months (If you’re going through it like water :-D)
  • Smell; 4/5
    Other than the curl pudding and deep treatment having strong scents, it’s nothing that will put you off unless you have serious allergies. I just avoid using them when I have a cold.
  • Overall; 4.5/5
    As a brand and as a complete wash day package it’s a win for me. I highly recommend all her products, and if you’re looking for a starter kit, I suggest you give this a try.

Have you tried any of Saru Organics products?
Do let me know in the comment section.

Love,
Jo. ♥