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.
What does “Mixed, Multiracial or Bi-racial) mean to you in 2017?
To be a unique, rare combination of so many beautiful things.
Do you have a go-to or token Mixed Chick Product you cannot go without?
I am hooked on the Mixed Chicks Leave-In; this product is amazing! I use it alone or pair it with one of my favorite gels for more hold.
How has having a product specifically for your cultural/biracial/ethnic/multiracial background impacted your beauty regime?
It has assisted me on my journey of self-love and acceptance. Growing up, there were not any products specifically tailored for curly hair which for many, including myself, forced us to succumb to relaxing and straightening our curly tresses. I remember growing up and being told by stylists that relaxing my hair was the only option as there was no way to make my hair “stay curly”. I viewed my curly hair as being an unruly disaster because I did not know how to properly care for it. Being able to now find curly hair products in store and online is an amazing feeling. I now have so many options when it comes to caring for my curly hair.
Do you use any other Mixed Chicks products as part of your beauty routine?
Not currently, but I plan to try a few!
What new 2017 Mixed Chicks product are you interested in trying out?
All of them, I am a product junkie! I am most anxious to try the curl sculptor and styling gel.
How do your curls/hair texture represent your cultural/ethnic background?
I am the product of two Jamaican immigrants. Jamaica is a melting pot of so many different cultures (Black, Asian, Hispanic, White, etc.) and my hair is a reflection of the cultural fusion. My father particularly, was born in Jamaica however he is of East Indian descent. My hair is a combination of his thick, shiny hair and my mother’s tightly coiled hair.
What is one feature of the Mixed Chicks brand that empowers your hair/beauty care?
The message behind Mixed Chicks’ brand is empowering. It gives many who do not feel like they fit into a certain type or box a brand to identify with.
Why is the hair revolution celebrating natural/healthy hair types vital for our generation?
Representation in our community is key! Growing up, there was a lack of representation in the natural hair community and I judged myself based on European standards of beauty. This led me to believe that having straight hair was part of what made a woman beautiful. It is important that we educate and demonstrate to our youth that they are beautiful in their natural form. It is important that they know that they do not need to alter their hair in any way in order to fit into the societal norms and confinements or to make anyone feel more comfortable.
Is there a (Mixed/Multiracial/Bi-racial) celebrity who empowers you?
Kelis. She is the first multiracial celebrity I remember seeing as a child. Her hair captivated me, it was so bold and I felt inspired watching her.
Do you have any go-to beauty/hair bloggers or vloggers who inspire or help your hairstyles?
- I love keeping up with my curly girls on social media and getting new ideas/inspiration. My top 10 would have to be:
- Monica Stevens (@Moknowshair)
- Jessica Lewis (@Mahoganycurls)
- Jade Kendle (@lipstickncurls)
- Alba Ramos (@SunkissAlba)
- Charmaine Daudu (@charmise)
- Samantha Pollack (@samanthapollack)
- Gigi (@honeyblondegigi)
- Jewellianna Palencia (@jewejewebee)
- Chelli (@Chelliscurls)
- Sierra Isaac (@sensualsierra)
- Be on the lookout for my blog, ‘Legal Curls’ coming later this year!
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