By Desiree Johnson
Welcome to the Your Hair Story Series presented by Mixed Chicks. This dynamic, new innovative series allows Mixed Chicks users to share their personal stories behind their hair. Hair that kinks, coils, curls, waves, and tells a story reflecting their culture, race, ethnicity, and upbringing. Like our customers, hair comes in all shades, textures and shapes unique to each individual and here at Mixed Chicks we want to celebrate that to the utmost extent. Meet our exquisite Mixed Chicks women, men, and children who exhibit beauty from the root and give us honest, bold stories that we are honored to share with you
*Answered on her behalf by her mother
What does “Mixed, Multiracial or Bi-racial) mean to you in 2017?
Ayla Being Multiracial in 2017, to me, means She is able to be openly proud of not just part of her, but all of her. It is important to know your history, your story, yourself. She has so many resources, so much history she can learn from from her very own family and there are many places she can go to learn about her ancestors. Self-love is in and I will make sure it will never go out of style when it comes to Ayla
Do you have a go-to or token Mixed Chick Product you cannot go without?
By far, Coil, Kink & Curl Styling Cream has been awesome for Ayla’s curls. Her curls have been so much more defined and full of life. She comes home after a full day of pre-k and her curls still look great. Definitely wouldn’t want to be without it.
How has having a product specifically for your cultural/biracial/ethnic/multiracial background impacted your beauty regime?
Having a product specifically designed for Ayla’s Multiracial background has impacted MY life! She’s only five, so I have to do her hair for her. I couldn’t even begin to tell you all of the products I have tried, just to find the perfect one for her hair. Some products were too dense which made her curls look frizzy and dry by the middle of the day. Others ended up being too heavy and it weighed her curls down and not to mention, made them look greasy. It hasn’t been cheap trying all these products and it hasn’t been fun, but I am grateful to have come across Mixed Chicks haircare products.
Do you use any other Mixed Chicks products as part of your beauty routine?
Ayla loves her baby hair, or “little hairs” as she calls them. The Slick Styling Tamer/Edge Tamer has been great. It doesn’t take much of it either. We use a very small amount, take a baby toothbrush to them, brush them down and we’re good to go.
What new 2017 Mixed Chicks product are you interested in trying out?
I would really like to try the whole Mixed Chicks kids product line on Ayla’s hair. I’d like to introduce her brothers to the to the line as well.
How do your curls/hair texture represent your cultural/ethnic background?
I would say Ayla’s curls represent her cultural/ethnic background in a sense that they will always have curious people questioning her. I am sure she will be asked 1,000 times in life, “What are you?” “What are you mixed with?”, “Who’s Black, your mom or dad?” This will in turn give her an open door to educate, reveal and proudly tell her story.
What is one feature of the Mixed Chicks brand that empowers your hair/beauty care?
One feature of the Mixed Chicks brand that caught my eye and made me comfortable enough to bring these products home to my daughter, is their uplifting posts on Instagram. Mixed Chicks is not just promoting their products on their page, they’re encouraging their followers, promoting self-love and bringing many different cultures, hair types and even genders together. In turn, it makes you happy to use and support their product. With all the craziness going on in the world today, it’s refreshing to see positivity.
Why is the hair revolution celebrating natural/healthy hair types vital for our generation?
The hair revolution of celebrating natural/healthy hair types is vital for our generation because it is important for people to know that there is no certain way hair should look. It is ok to love your natural hair and it is ok to showcase it proudly. You don’t have to change the state of your hair to fit into society. Natural hair is beautiful and if anything, adds so much more character. Ayla loves her curly hair and I am glad. I couldn’t imagine her without her curls.
Is there a (Mixed/Multiracial/Bi-racial) celebrity who empowers you?
Since Ayla is very young and doesn’t know much about the subject, I can only hope she’d look up to the couple of Multiracial celebrities that I have been following for awhile. One being the very young and beautiful Zendaya. She is so independent, fierce and not afraid to be herself. Another would definitely be Alicia Keys and her “no makeup” movement. While I do not knock anyone who wears makeup, it is refreshing to see a very public celebrity break the celebrity stereotype. You do not have to be dolled up all the time to be your very best, visually. Even without makeup, Alicia is drop dead gorgeous!
Do you have any go-to beauty/hair bloggers or vloggers who inspire or help your hairstyles?
I am not sure of any go-to bloggers that I follow, but I would love some suggestions from anyone if they would like to share their favorite hair bloggers with me! Also, I did create a feature page inspired by Ayla called @bows.and.fros it is still very new. I try and showcase a variety of kid hairstyles, hair types, protective styles, and much more.
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