1. What's your name and where are you from?
My name is Joan Miano and I’m from Nairobi, Kenya.
2. What is your hair type?
I have type 4 hair (4a in the front, 4b in the middle and 4c at the back)
3. When did you go natural and what made you do it?
I went natural January 25th 2014. I actually didn’t plan on going natural but I really wanted to see how my hair looked like in its natural state and now I’m here,
4. What was the most challenging thing about going natural?
Most challenging thing was finding affordable products that were made for natural hair. Took me about 6 months to a year to find products that work for my hair and a regimen to go with it.
5. What is your weekly regimen?
It is more of every two weeks.
I cleanse, condition and deep condition my hair. Follow that up with the LCO/LOC method as I install a protective style, e.g.; flat twists or twists.
Second week I rock the twist out for 2-3 days then wash my hair on Sunday.
6. What is your daily morning regimen?
Every other morning, I spritz my hair with a mixture of water & eucalyptus oil. Followed by a bit of coconut oil on my ends. I love me some coconut oil.
7. What is your daily night time regimen?
Every other night, I just massage some castor oil onto my scalp, tie my silk/satin scarf and go to bed.
8. Do you use heat on your hair at all?
I have fear heat damage, so only once a year during my hair anniversary.
9. Do you braid your hair? If so, how often do you do so in a year?
I stopped braiding as school decided to take over my life. But when I do, I braid twice a year. And it’s usually box braids or Senegalese twists.
10. Wide-tooth comb or Denman brush?
Wide-tooth comb all day, every day. But I wouldn’t mind trying out the Denman brush.
11. Is your hair normally loose or in a protective-do?
Mostly a protective do. My hair has a mind of its own and the less my hair is out, the better for the both of us. But when all else fails, the turban comes to the rescue.
12. Have you ever had a hair tragedy? What was it? How did you recover from it?
Fairy knots, fairy knots, do I need to say more. Late 2015, I noticed my hair had more single knots than usually and it was due to the extreme heat that was only beginning. So, I gave myself a fresh trim, removed about half an in inch all round and started wearing protective styles to protect my ends.And so far, so good.
13. What's your biggest tip for maintaining healthy or long hair?
My biggest tip is to listen and know your hair. Each single one of us has different hair; no two strands are the same. So, take the tips and advice given and makethemwork for your hair.
I have frizzy, high porosity hair, so I learnt to touch my hair only when needed and not to overdo it with moisturizing.
14. Where can we find you online? (blog, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc).
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