Tell me a little about yourself and your hair journey.
My name is Miranda (a.k.a The Style Gallivanter). I am a fashion stylist, blogger & photographer based in Melbourne, Australia. N.B. I grew up in the lovely African country of Botswana.
How long have you been natural?
Most of my life. I have only had brief encounters with hair relaxers i.e. Through-out high school, then once when I was in university. The last time I relaxed my hair was about 10 years ago.
What motivated you to go back to natural?
Let’s just say I looove the hair that God gave me and the show-stopping things it can do 😉
How would you describe your hair?
My hair is thick and very fine. I think it is type 3b / 3c (not sure, will leave that to the hair gurus).
What do you love most about your hair?
I love the versatility of my hair! Especially with the photo-shoots I am constantly doing, it has all the drama I need and more. And it straightens out very easily too without much heat. This gives me more options than I know what to do with. And of course all the attention I get – even though it can get a bit annoying at times 😉
What has been the most memorable part of the journey?
The fact that it has inspired a lot of people to embrace their own natural hair. In my books, it doesn’t get any better than that.
What are your favourite hairstyles?
I love all the easy ones that I can do on the go. The fro hawk, the large ninja bun, the pineapple. Other than that, I am always accessorized, with a turban, a cap, a fascinator, whatever I can find… just to jazz up all those simple hairstyles.
Any memorable reactions from others?
Once when I had straightened my hair, someone told me my hair was too long for an African (I know! I was left speechless too!)
What is your hair regimen?
Honestly, I try to keep it as simple as possible. I do a wash and go at least once a week with whatever shampoo and conditioner I can find (not fussed as long as they do the job). Then I use the Mixed Chicks leave-in and some coconut oil / or olive oil, then it’s go time. Gone are the days I used to have a 100 products on wash day. I have a brand new baby now so doing my hair has to be very efficient and up to speed.
Who are your favourite vloggers and bloggers?
I love NaturalNeiicey and Ahfro Baang for the simple fact that they have a similar texture of hair. For being efficient and effective, Naptural85 is my go to girl. And of coz Urban Bush Babes rock!
Anything else you would like to share?
There’s nothing more enjoyable and liberating than being the person you were meant to be. And getting there is a process that includes embracing (and rocking) little pieces of you, like your natural hair. Sure, we all get bored every now and then, and might want to try other things. But accepting yourself first (warts and all), will give you a wonderful and reliable default to revert to when all else fails.
And a big thank you to CN for creating an amazing platform where we can all share and inspire each other.