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I’m a professional hair and make up artist raised and based in Nairobi, with seven years of experience in the Hair and Make up industry. I pride myself on being a fun, creative and energetic person that seeks to infuse my talents into my work and the content I create.

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Author: Joey Richard

Survival Tip for Working Mothers

Dear Working Mother,This one is for you. The one who prays for sleep at night so that she can focus in the day. The one who feels a special kind of guilt when leaving your child in the arms of someone else. The ones who takes a work call while changing a diaper or getting a snack for your toddler. The one with dreams, goals and ambition not only for your child, but for yourself too. The one who stares are your child sleeping because you don’t get to stare at her enough in the day. The one who hopes you are doing this right…every single day.-J Let...

Confessions of a Breastfeeding Mother `

As I come to the close of my second breastfeeding journey and stare down at my beautiful son at my breast, I notice a little swell of sadness in my chest. It’s the end of an era. I am left with a healthy boy and a beautiful bond built and the feeling that yet again, this is something ‘they’ don’t tell you; that there is a moment where we as mothers need to mourn and process the end of our breastfeeding journey with each child. This and a hundred other feelings, both positive and negative have washed over me during my time as a breastfeeding mother. These feelings...

What You Need to Know About Postpartum Hairloss.

Having children is truly the greatest joy there is, but every mother knows that there are constantly physical sacrifices that come up at every stage of the journey.  As a longtime hairdresser with many clients that are mom’s I get asked very frequently about the causes behind post-partum hair loss and if there are any solutions. Mothers often come to me in a panic, completely disheartened after finding clumps of hair falling out in the shower and thinning hair lines appearing. As a mother myself, I also have a very personal experience with postnatal hair-loss. After the birth of my second child, around 4 months post-partum, I had...

My Home Birth Story

I gave birth to him and just like that, he is five months old. To celebrate him and myself I want to share my homebirth story with you. I want to share my story not because I think I know what the best way to give birth is, but because I think every woman deserves the right to more information and more options regarding how we give birth. My hope is that my story will inspire you to search for ways to improve your experience if you are planning or expecting a child. When I was pregnant with my first child, all I wanted was to survive childbirth...

My Pregnancy Fitness Journey

Exercise has always been a big part of my life but after having my first child last year, it became even dearer to my heart. It helped me feel strong again, regulate my moods and feel generally good about myself. We often associate the motivation to exercise with wanting to look good and be thin but there are so many deeper benefits to staying active. Some of these benefits include, maintaining good heart health, regulating hormones, aiding sleep, boosting energy levels, reducing the risk of chronic illness, boosting confidence and relieving anxiety and depression and the list go on and on. When I fell pregnant the second time,...

Tips from Mama O on raising two under two

My family is growing which naturally means I’m growing too and not just in the physical sense. I’m looking to learn every step of the way to make sure I’m prepared for what lies ahead and as much as I have faith in my internal badass, I naturally have lots of concerns about raising two kids under the age of two. Some of these concerns include: Will I ever sleep again? Will my first one adjust well to the change? How will I balance it all?  As you can imagine, I need all the strength and support I can get so I met up with Mama O...

The Benefits of Natural Facial Oils

If anyone told me a couple years ago that I needed to apply oil to my face I would have looked at them funny, but now facial oils have become part of the skincare routine of beauty gurus everywhere. I wanted to share a little insight into facial oils as well my recipe for a magical facial oil that I created at home. I’m also going to highlight a few facial oils on the market here in Kenya that I’ve used and enjoyed.  First I wanted to talk about some of the facts and benefits of facial oils as well as some of the possible misconceptions. Oil is incredibly important for skin health, and our...

Eating your way to Healthy Skin & Hair

The industry is flooded with amazing technology and cosmetics that help us achieve great skin and help fight the aging process. But under all the great products we use, we all want healthy, glowing skin that is resilient to aging. As with most things with our bodies, it’s far more effective to work from the inside out.  The cheapest and most meaningful way to healthier skin is by making healthy food and lifestyle choices. A diet focused on high-quality lean protein, fatty acid rich oils, fruits and vegetables and spices is best for supporting healthy skin.  The skin in the largest organ in the human body and is...

Hair & Beauty Tips for Brides

If you are getting married this year and you want to look and feel like the best version of yourself, then you are the inspiration for this blog post. I’m really excited for all the bridal hair and makeup engagements I have coming up this year and I get asked frequently about what a bride can do to prepare for her walk down the aisle.  Every woman wants to look absolutely flawless, fresh and stunning on her wedding day. It’s a day of change, a day when you step into a new phase of your life and it’s also likely to be the most photographed day of...

Traveling with a Little One

Ask any parent, traveling with a little one has its challenges and comes with its fair share of anxiety. That being said, every time I do it, I stress a little less, I pack a little less and I embrace it a little more.  Taking your child on a trip into the unknown is a lesson in patience, ingenuity & flexibility. When I had Hero I was determined to breastfeed every day and I didn’t want to spend nights away from her while she was still an infant, however, being a hair and makeup artist means I have to travel for work every couple of months for destination weddings...