M: My name is Miranda. I was born and bred in the beautiful African country of Botswana, but I am now based in Melbourne — the fashion capital of Australia. I am a qualified Financial Risk Analyst, Fashion Stylist, Blogger and Model. My career is now fully focused on fashion – which means I can go as crazy and big as I want with my natural hairstyles!
What is your style philosophy?
M: My personal style is mostly what I call tomboy chic with an urban-Afro infusion (African street fashion style). If I could, I’d wear jeans, chucks and a bow-tie everyday — but my husband does appreciate a wife who wears a dress once in a while 😉 I believe that style is an extension of one’s character. We should be ourselves, and not let people’s opinions affect us. I know who I am and I am not afraid to show it. The ultimate revelation is to love and accept yourself the way you were created and to encourage and inspire others to realize the power that comes with embracing who they are and all that they were meant to be.
What are the three favorite things in your closet?
M: I have what I call NNI’s i.e. my No Nonsense Items. These are reliable pieces that go with anything and rescue me when all else fails. The list includes:
1. My oversized stone coloured throw-on that goes with tights, jeans, stockings etc. (Needless to say, this is hubby’s least favourite as it has been worn one too many times ;p ). 2. My 50’s silhouette grey skirt, which is versatile whether in a formal or casual setting. And the neutral colour allows me to team it up with most things. 3. I am a big fan of the black tailored blazer. It’s a must have basic that can dress up any outfit. Roll / pull up the sleeves for that fresh, mod look.
How long have you been natural?
M: I have been natural most of my life. My mum ensured no chemicals touched my hair until I was a teenager (when I could do it out of my own will). I had my hair ‘relaxed’ throughout my high school years. That is only about 5 years of my life — and when I did relax it, it was only 3 times a year because my hair is not tightly coiled.
How and why did you transition into natural hair?
M: Mine was more of a transition from an afro to straight hair — one that did not last long because I realized soon into it that I wasn’t keen on straight hair. I prefer big hair. Yes, the type that can stand up on its own. I got my hair relaxed from the time I was 13 till 17, when I gradually cut off the straightened hair over a period of about a year. I started to embrace my amazing God-given chaos of curls once again. Since then, I have flat ironed on occasion, which I know is not ideal, but I need to switch things up every now and then. I love braids too; they are the perfect way to take a break from my hair. For some reason, I am in touch with the best part of me when I have my God-given hair. Creativity comes so easily and so effortlessly and I just feel like a masterpiece! Lol, maybe the stares I get from people contribute to that last bit.
What is your signature hairstyle?
M: The fro-hawk is my go to hairstyle because I can do it on the run. As long as I have something to tie my hair on top of my head with, I am able to just pin it down to whatever form of craziness I want. Otherwise I wear a lot of headgear — caps, hair scarves, fascinators, bows, etc.
What are your must-have products for shampooing, conditioning and styling your hair?
M: I try to make my hair routine as simple as possible, and living in a country where black hair products are a rare commodity, I’ve resorted to The Body Shop products. I love their Rainforest Volume Shampoo and the Rainforest Moisture Hair Butter. When it comes to hair conditioners, I switch very often. I am currently using Schwarzkopf’s Marrakesh Oil & Coconut Conditioner. Besides those 3, I just use food items from my kitchen. My Routine: I mix extra virgin olive oil with natural yogurt, slather it onto my hair then cling wrap it for at least an hour or overnight. Then I rinse it off and just wash as per normal with the above mentioned shampoo and conditioner. I usually rinse out with apple cider vinegar as it helps in combating frizz and defining my curl pattern. After that, it’s moisturizing time with the Hair Butter from The Body Shop, then olive oil. If I have time I will let my hair air-dry, but otherwise I just blow dry on low heat with a diffuser (which was a YouTube pearl from Taren916). Note: My hair is 3B/3C type and it loses moisture very quickly, therefore I try to wash it at least once a week.
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
M: Blog: www.mirandasinsidescoop.com
YouTube: “Hair Sunday Best” Series www.youtube.com/mirandasinsidescoop
Facebook Page: Sakhino