Yogi-Artist Mia Ghogho On Finding Confidence In Perceived “Flaws” and the Herbal Tea Rinse That Keeps Her Hair Healthy
As her yoga journey has evolved, Ghogho, 22, has gained attention for her powerful teaching style and messaging, partnering with brands like Free People and Outdoor Voices, as well as modeling for Nike and Glossier. When she’s off of the mat, you’ll find her painting, making ceramics, beadweaving, sharpening her photography skills, and designing clothes. “I’m morphing into home and decor design through my soon to launch brand,” she teases. And transforming creatively isn’t the only way the multi-hyphenate wellness guru likes to shapeshift. Her jaw-dropping hairstyles—from her side-swept braided bangs to Afros and wigs of all shapes and sizes—are a constant source of hair inspiration.
“I have always loved my hair in all of its stages,” says Ghogho, who in late 2012, decided to grow out her Afro and subsequently explore an array of styles including locs, twists, and braids. Her eager embrace of different natural hair looks is no coincidence as throughout her childhood, she looked up to her late cousin, Chicago beauty blogger Meechy Monroe, and her sister Vaughn Vaughn, who are both considered YouTube royalty within the beauty community. “For my 8th grade graduation I decided to wear my hair in a twist out, which was largely inspired by them,” she explains. “Having them as role models for my natural hair journey was so important to me. As I grew, I went on to create my own Youtube channel, where I shared my experience. The people in that community really helped me feel seen. So many of us were on this same journey toward accepting and embracing the uniqueness of natural hair.”
As of late, Ghogho’s grandmother has also been a driving beauty reference. “She always had the largest Afro in all of her pictures from the ’70s,” she says, also listing off Diana Ross, Toni Childs from Girlfriends, and hair artist Fesa Nu as other hair muses. “I love how she makes Black hair look so majestic,” she says of Nu’s work. When it comes to styling and keeping her hair healthy, Ghogho says almost all of Camille Rose’s natural, nutrient-rich products do the trick for her. She also reaches for the Mielle Organics Mint Oil (“My scalp absolutely loves it, it’s so soothing!” she says) and the Well Fed Organics Herbal Hair Oil. “As someone who has a very dry scalp, I tend to focus on it,” she explains.