Mixed Chicks: Your Hair Story Series – Shandra Rouse

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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.

 

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Shandra Rouse

What has your experience been with the Mixed Chicks products? So far my experience with Mixed Chicks has been nothing short of amazing. I recently purchased the Mixed Chicks Leave-In Conditioner for the first time about 2 weeks ago, while I was shopping at Target. I was so excited to try it that the very next day, I washed my hair and used the Leave-In Conditioner and let my hair air dry. I was FLOORED, my hair felt soft to the touch but still held its curl without that crunchy feel or ramen noodle look. Normally I would combine at least 2 products in my hair to get the look I desire, but with Mixed Chicks that wasn’t necessary, I’m in love!

What makes them different than other hair/beauty products you tried in the past? Many of the products that I’ve tried in the past, usually didn’t give me all that I needed by using just one product. I’m not the type to use 50 million products all at once. I love the ole wash and go, and the less products for me the better.  Some products would moisturize my hair well, but would also weigh my hair down, which was a problem because I love volume. Or the opposite would happen, some products would give me the volume I am looking for but my hair would get frizzy, which I think it’s safe to say that all curly girls hate! However, with Mixed Chicks I get both the moisture and volume that I love!

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Do you have a go-to or token Mixed Chick Product you cannot go without? Being that I am new to the line I have only tried the Leave-In Conditioner, but I am now a believer and can’t wait to try more products.

How has having a product specifically for your biracial/ethnic/multiracial background impacted your beauty regime? I love having a product designed specifically for “us”. Growing up as a biracial kid, my hair gave my mom a run for her money! She has very loose wavy hair and was not used to my hair texture. Products were scarce and few, if any worked at all. I am very pleased to see that the industry has evolved and are now catering to curls of all kind!
How do your curls/hair texture represent your cultural/ethnic background? One look at me is a dead giveaway that I am of a multicultural race, and I am proud of that. I love my curly hair, but that wasn’t always the case. When I was about 13 years old I had my first relaxer done, because I wanted to be like everyone else and have straight hair. But now it’s 2016 and I wouldn’t touch relaxer with a 10 ft. pole, because I feel like my hair makes me who I am!

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What is one feature of the Mixed Chicks brand that empowers your hair/beauty care?The Mixed Chicks brands empowers my hair care by letting my curls be who they are meant to be! I’m a firm believer in all things natural, so the fact that Mixed Chicks products allows both men and women to embrace their natural tresses is awesome. I’ll never go back to relaxers, especially not when Mixed Chicks are in the curly hair business!

If you could define Your Hair Story in one word what would it be? WILD!

Why is the hair revolution celebrating natural/healthy hair types vital for our generation? I think it’s so important to love who you are naturally. For years, people of color & biracial individuals has been fooled into believing that their hair isn’t beautiful. So we bought into the idea society place on us, and hid our natural textures by using relaxers, wigs and/or weaves. But true beauty starts within and only until you love yourself will you be able to see your beauty. Naturalistas are taking over and it’s so empowering to watch women love themselves naturally.

If your ‘Mixed Chick’ story were a song, what would it be?
Simply The Best – Tina Tuner

Do you have any go-to beauty/hair bloggers or vloggers who inspire or help your hairstyles? I’m not loyal to any hair bloggers or vloggers. I usually just go to YouTube when searching for inspiration, and whoever pops up at the top is who I’ll invest my time in.
Instagram: @ShandraRouse
Website: www.ShandraRouse.com

 

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