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 has been your experience with the Mixed Chicks products?
My mother *loves* Mixed Chicks products, so the first time she brought them home a few years ago, she pushed me to use the leave-in conditioner, which I did and loved because it kept my routine simple and my hair moisturized everyday! But my ultimate, favorite Mixed Chicks product is the Deep Conditioner [insert angelic chorus]. The first time I deep conditioned my hair, it was using that little jar of magic, and then I went home and introduced it to my sister and she loved it. It makes everything easier for someone who has tight and loose curls like mine that need to be consistently deep conditioned and detangled. It’s my #1 deep conditioner product.
- What makes them different that other hair/beauty products you tried in the past?
A lot of the hair products I had been using were sticky, smelled too strongly, or kept my hair wet ALL DAY LONG. When I finally started teaching myself how to really take care of my natural hair, I found that Mixed Chicks’ Deep Conditioner was the best for my hair type and I stopped being afraid to put a comb through my curls! Also, when I colored my hair, the sulfate shampoo really helped out because I hadn’t found a shampoo that was safe for color. Mixed Chicks makes my hair softer and lets my curls do their thing, so I was glad to add these products to my hair regimen.
- Do you have a go-to or token Mixed Chick Product you cannot go without?
The deep conditioner makes me feel like a Queen every wash day.
- How has having a product specifically for your biracial/ethnic/multiracial background impacted your beauty regime?
I used to have dreadlocks, so I didn’t grow up *doing my hair* in any intense way. But when I cut off all my hair and had a TWA (teeny-weeny afro), I still didn’t know what to do. My mom kept bringing home products to try and test out and Mixed Chicks is one of the few brands that has claimed a place in my hair regimen. Honestly, if I hadn’t used Mixed Chicks deep conditioner first, I’d probably still be timid and afraid of doing my hair, but now, I love it. And people ask me how I take care of my hair, so that’s a first!
- How do your curls/hair texture represent your cultural/ethnic background?
My hair is weird: I have loose curls, tight curls, and kinky curls. My sister has the Angela Davis fro. Spending the past seven years, relearning and taking care of my hair has really impacted how I see myself as a black woman. I really think that my hair is a big part of who I am and where I come from and the texture of my hair is a symbol of my history and I want to show that off. They call it a “crown” for a reason.
- What is one feature of the Mixed Chicks products that empowers your hair/beauty care?
The first time, I remember thinking: “Is this product really for me?” and I read the bottle over and over about why the brand was created and for whom. It’s for everyone, especially us curly/kinky people with our wide range of textures, and for a while, the options for people with “ethnic” hair were limited, and even more limited to those us who were natural. So it’s empowering to find a brand dedicated to natural hair and helping to expand natural hair product lines that works for so many different types of textures and curl patterns.
- If you could define Your Hair Story in one word what would it be?
- Why is the curly revolution vital for our generation?
Heat has never been “good” for hair, not even during the painstakingly beautiful days of the hot comb. I think that curls have become a symbol of liberation for some women and we’re glowing from that boost of self-confidence in finding that we’re still beautiful, natural or not.
- If your “Mixed Chick” story were a song, what would it be?
Video by India.Arie, no questions asked.
- Do you have any go-to beauty/hair bloggers of vloggers who inspire or help your hairstyles?
I get most of my styling tips from Pinterest and some blogs and sites that show up a lot are: BlackHairInformation.com, BlackGirlLongHair.com, BlackNaps.org, NaturallyCurly.com, and TallnCurly (for the best and funniest illustrations about the struggles/wonders of natural hair).
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