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Intro­duce your­self!
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.

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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
Twit­ter: @sakhino
Face­book Page: Sakhi­no
Insta­gram: sakhi­no

Meosha

Just anoth­er lover of nat­u­ral hair and expres­sion.
— Style Icon Coor­di­na­tor for BGLH

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11 Comments on "Style: Miranda in Australia"

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finola prowed

Expert Tips on short hair.

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Ashley

beau­ti­ful hair!

StyleSeeker

I see Aus­tralia has some real tal­ent ;p Love her!

Khadijah101

OMG! This girl is it! Every­thing abt her is FABULOUS! Miran­da, Con­sid­er your blog ‘fol­lowed’

Tim

Chick’s classy — all cov­ered up but sexy as can be!

freedes

Dat’s my girl from Botswana! You rock! God bless you!

Kamali

I love her blog! she knows what she’s doing for sure.

Jojo satoes

Gor­geous curls and style!

Michele-Antoinette

I love your hair and all but I must say that your fash­ion is off the charts and insane­ly Uh-maz­ing.

Mel

She is gor­geous!!

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