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 being (“Mixed, Multiracial or Bi-racial) mean to you in 2017?
To me being mixed is powerful and beautiful. I have a background, i have tradition, and i have culture. Being mixed i have a story to tell and it also makes me feel unique.
Do you have a Go-To or token Mixed Chick product you cannot go without?
Yes, i live for the Leave-In Conditioner. Finally found something that works perfectly for my hair type.
How has having a product specifically for your Cultural/Biracial/Ethnic/Multiracial background impacted your beauty regime?
It feels great to finally have a brand that looks at the importance my hair and creates products that understands my hair. I have invested money and time over the years testing out products that have really done no good to my hair or not done what it says it would do. I used to relax my hair a long time ago because there was nothing out there for me to help embrace my natural hair.
I remember a time when curly/afro hair types were looked at as messy and untidy. I’ve been out where kids will ask their parents “mummy why has that girl got messy bushy hair”… all because the only hair type looked at as tidy and suitable was straight hair. The other great thing about using Mixed Chicks Hair Products is that not only does it work for me but it works perfectly for my son as well, he has such different hair texture to me yet it so perfect for him too.
How do you curls/hair texture represent your cultural/ethnic background?
I was born and raised in Ghana for 10 years, my dad is from England and has blonde wavy hair and my mum is from Togo, she has very thick and full Afro hair. I would say my curls is a good blend of the both, I get my curls from my mum but with my hair being lightweight and it falls rather than lifts, I would say that comes from my dad.
What is one feature of the Mixed Chicks brand that empowers your hair/beauty care?
I just love the back ground of the brand and how it started, that empowers me.
Why is the hair revolution celebrating natural/healthy hair types vital for our generation?
It is very important we educate people that being natural is beautiful and we should not be put in the corner because we are ‘different’. As a model iIhave found my self in many situations where the hair stylist or make up artist has struggled with what to do with my hair or matched the wrong shade of make up on me. This is just down to not knowing or understanding what to do with a ‘Mixed Chick’ like me, and to them the normal is a white girl with straight hair.
I sometimes end up not feeling comfortable working with other models who don’t have my look as a lot of time is spent on making sure they look the part but with me i have to watch the hair stylist see if they have the right products for my hair type or a make up artist mixing multiple shades to try and make mine as there isn’t one out there for me already. With these types of struggles i cant express how vital it is for us to educate our generation.
What is your Go-To summer hairstyle?
I am trying to grow my hair as I have had a short look for a while now. I also like to have my hair in braids, this helps to grow my hair and also protects it. I would say I mainly have my hair in braids in the winter as i love my hair in the sun the most.
Is there a (Mixed/Multiracial/Bi-racial) celebrity who empowered you?
As a child I always loved Mel B’s back in her spice girls days. I loved her hair and she was the only barbie i wanted. Right now i really love Solange. Although Beyonce is my main chick I have to say I look up to Solange more for her style and i just love how she wears her natural hair.
Do you have any go-to beauty/hair bloggers or vloggers who inspires or help your hairstyles?
I follow @frogirlginny on instagram i love her hair movement.
Do you use any other Mixed Chicks products as part of your beauty routine?
I have not yet tried any other products but I will be trying the bar soap and also some make up.
What new 2017 Mixed Chicks product are you interested in trying out?
I would like to try out some kids hair care for my son and for my self I will look try the coil, kink and curls styling cream to see what look I could achieve.
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