Natural Hair Stories: ‘I'll always be natural’ (Mia Santo)

Natural Hair Stories: ‘I'll always be natural’ (Mia Santo)

What’s your name, where are you from, and what do you do?

Hey! My name is Mia, I’ve been travelling the world for over 8 years, but I currently live in Bali, Indonesia. I am a certified Vegan Chef and the founder of Wild Roots Clothing & Good Karma Decor.

How long have you been growing your locs for?

I’ve been growing my locs for over almost 2 decades!

What is a misconception people have about your locs?

​​Since I’ve been in Bali, some people think that they’re fake and not natural.

What do you love the most about your locs?

Um, I love its versatility. I love that it just goes with the flow. I can put it up, put it down. I love its low maintenance. 

¨What you put on your hair and then your body is still a part of you, you know? So, it's good to be conscious of both.¨

Have you ever considered chopping it all off?

I never considered cutting it off truly. I've considered cutting lengths off, but not all the way off, but I can see myself with an Afro. I'll always be natural, for sure. Before locs, I used to have corn rows.

What was the most embarrassing hairstyle you’ve ever had?

When I had a perm, oh man! When I was in my senior year in high school, I was saving up the whole year and letting my hair grow out because I wanted to start my locs when I was 18. Then, my aunt made me get a perm and an upstyle for Prom. It was like a jerri curl with a swoop up for prom. I was like, oh my gosh, I had to wear a dress. I think I wore a dress maybe three times my whole life. And I had to wear this dress and this up style, and it was just so not me. It was horrible.

If your hair had a name and a personality, what could she be called, and what would her personality be like?

I never thought of a name for my hair. That's so funny. I think it needs to be a unisex name, though. I think the personality would be similar to mine. A free spirit, free flow, open. I’ll have to get back to you with the name, though!

You should try out Bourn Beautiful Naturals Loc-it-in Moisture. It’s a moisture spray for your locs. What does it smell like to you?

That's a beautiful name. It smells. Um, I love it. It smells like a black woman.  

It smells natural, very fruity, and It smells kind of sweet. Not too heavy. It's kind of light. This is nice and non-greasy.

Yes. I love that. I'm all about natural products. What you put on your hair and then your body is still a part of you, you know? So, it's good to be conscious of both.

Thank you for chatting with us, Mia! How and where do we find you?

It was great chatting with you, too! You can find me on Instagram. It’s @yoshisantoofficial

Watch the full interview here:

PSST… We are delighted to announce our Loc-It-In Moisture Spray is a finalist in the haircare category of the Health & Wellbeing Awards 2022!! 

This spray was developed with a loctician to soothe itchy scalps with calming lavender,  and hydrate locs and loose curls without making them greasy and weighing them down. We have our fingers crossed for the awards ceremony at the end of July 2023.

Wish us luck! 

Team BBN

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