Natural-origin haircare line Biolage R.A.W. invites inspirational women to share their thoughts about living R.A.W. Meet raw food chef and recipe developer Natalie Yonan.
What defines you?
– The urge and ability to grow and change. When I look back on my life, I can see that I’ve always been in search for something new. I’m curious to try new things and have no problem redefining myself.
Would you say you live close to nature?
– In some ways yes, and in some ways no. I’m a true city girl and can easily count the times I’ve the visited Swedish nature, so by that definition I would say no. However, the way I eat and live is very much in tune with nature and what I consider to be a natural way of life.
How do you define “raw”?
– Raw for me is when something in its purest form. Unprocessed, without alteration.
What does “raw” mean to you?
– Everything in nature is designed to exist in perfect harmony. To live or eat raw is for me the desire to live within that harmony.
How much effort do you put into making greener choices in your everyday life?
– When I first started changing my lifestyle it took quite an effort, but today it’s more or less a natural part of my life. I eat plant based, which I consider to be good for the planet. But of course I have much more to learn, and there’s always room for improvement.
What’s your best sustainability tip?
– Eat less meat and dairy.
What’s your food philosophy?
– Most people today have a very complicated relationship to food, and in our part of the world we’re eating much more than we really have to. Yet, people in other places are starving. I think we all need to find a more harmonious way to live and eat. At the same time, I believe it’s very important to find a diet that works for you. There’s no blueprint of the perfect diet—we all need slightly different things. But I’m sure that conscious and kind choices will lead us right.
What’s good health to you?
– A long and happy life without sickness is what I strive for. For me, emotional health is equally important, and I believe that we all need to adapt to a mind-body-spirit philosophy in order to achieve optimum health.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
– Fried food probably… I really like the crunchy texture of anything that’s fried. It’s really bad for my stomach and I usually feel bad after eating it, so I choose my moments. I always buy healthy groceries for my home, but whenever I go out with friends I get the stuff I don’t wouldn’t normally eat.
What’s your hair type and how does it behave?
– I have thick, wavy hair that’s not very easy to control—it lives a life of its own.
How would you describe your relationship to your hair?
– My hair is definitely one of the things I like most about my physical appearance. I have always had long, healthy hair and for me it’s closely connected to youth and femininity. But long hair is also a pain in the ass that requires lots of attention. It gets in the way and is to very little use—apart from being beautiful.
Tell us about your hair routine!
– I never shampoo more than twice a week, and when I do, I use an organic shampoo with no perfume.
Have you ever detoxed your hair?
– Haha yes, many times, but not intentionally though.
Are there any hair-related experiences that stand out in your memory?
– As a child, I always wanted to play hairdresser with my friends when they came over, and at a countless number of times I convinced them I was really good at cutting hair. So they let me. I remember one of these times, when I decided to cut a friend’s hair really short. Let’s just say her parents weren’t very supportive of my future plans of becoming a hairdresser after that…
Do you have any homemade recipes for hair and beauty treatments, or any natural ingredients you swear by?
– Yes, argan oil. I always put a few drops in the ends of my hair after washing.
How do you hope your hair and beauty routine will develop over time?
– I wish to continue taking care of my hair and myself in a healthy and natural way. For one, I quit using makeup in 2016. I hope to inspire women to let their natural beauty radiate from within, and to take care of themselves instead of covering up. Eyes that sparkle from happiness and wellbeing—that’s beauty to me!