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Writer Yaminah Mayo on That Time She Shaved Off Her Eyebrows

She gives some pretty sage advice to her younger self.

By: Alicia Cesaro

Writer and creator of the Girl on the Glo podcast Yaminah Mayo—aka Spicy Mayo on Instagram—is a beautiful combination of curls, freckles, and orange matte lipstick. And while her routine is straightforward—with a minimal Solange-inspired approach to makeup and a Trader Joe’s-friendly skincare routine—she’s not afraid of color and seems to have the hair routine thing down pat. Lucky for us, Mayo gave us her whole beauty and self-care rundown, including the all-natural face soap she’s been using since high school (dedication), what she’d tell her younger self (yup, it’s eyebrow-related), and where she stocks up on eye masks.



What does your skincare situation look like?

“I’ve been using a great facial soap for YEARS since about junior year in high school, and it still works! It’s Rhassoul Clay & Yogurt Natural Complexion Soap by a company called Chagrin Valley. It’s amazing. I tone with Thayers Alcohol-Free Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner. I moisturize with Jojoba oil from Trader Joe’s. I used to use watermelon seed oil, but I don’t have the same access to it like I do Jojoba.

“At night, I use a rose clay soap by Chagrin Valley. If I’m wearing makeup, I’ll wipe that off with some Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes then wash my face. I always do a two-step clean when wearing makeup (hair flip), but Ashley Weatherford of The Cut just confirmed that taking that extra step is necessary, so I’ll continue.”


Okay, and what about *those* curls?

“I went back to being natural in high school. I just hated wasting perfectly good Saturdays at the hair salon. I currently have my hair routine down pat. I use Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Shampoo then condition with Trader Joes Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner. I follow the L.O.C. [Liquid. Oil. Cream.] method of moisturizing with Miss Jessie’s Leave-In Condish, coconut or jojoba oil, and Oyin Hair Dew.”

Any beauty disasters?!

“Other than shaving my eyebrows off at 13...I’m grateful to say no.”

What are some of your self-care traditions?

“I love reading. I do A LOT of affirmations. I love Pilates, and I used to exercise a lot, but now I have a job that requires I wake up at 5:00 AM, so my gym days have dwindled.

“I love a good smoothie, I usually make one when I get home from work at 2:30 PM. I also love aloe vera gel and eye masks (Sephora has some GREAT in-house ones).”



What would you bring to a desert island?

Simple Face Wipes, I think they’ll be a good multi-use product.”

What feature do you love most about yourself?

“I love my lips. When I give them a good swipe of lipstick, they usually pull a look together.”

And who inspires you?

“I’m a fan [of] Solange’s beauty looks, I love her use of color. I also love Nikisha Brunson and Thelma Golden. They’re extremely beautiful and love a good lip, but they’re pretty minimal in the makeup looks.”

Go-to lipstick color?

“I’m a Nars girl, so ANY color is a winner. Right now, however, I’m living for their color Red Square. It’s determining a lot of my looks.”

What advice would you give your younger self?

“Just chill. The people that matter think you’re gorgeous already. STOP SHAVING YOUR EYEBROWS!”


Photos: Courtesy of Instagram/@spicy.mayo 

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