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 your experience been with the Mixed Chicks products? I was first introduced to Mixed Chicks a few years ago by a hair stylist who suggested the products would work well with my type of hair. She gave me a sample deep conditioner, and when I tried it, the difference, whether worn curly or street, was very evident. When used before straightening, my hair seemed as straight as if I had just gotten a deep condition and flat iron at a salon. When worn curly, my hair retained more moisture with this single product than any others I’ve encountered. Great products!
What makes them different than other hair/beauty products you tried in the past? These products really cater to my specific type of hair: thick, coarse, curls with a 24/7 need of moisture. Using regular, mainstream products like L’Oréal of Pantene for curls may maintain moisture for a small period of time, but not as well as Mixed Chicks since it’s made specifically for my type of hair.
Do you have a Go-To or token Mixed Chick Product you cannot go
without? The deep-conditioner was the first product I tried, and is one I have kept in my beauty routine for the last several years. It works wonders whether I’m applying heat or wearing natural. It also works well with other products that are not Mixed Chicks.
How has having a product specifically for your cultural/biracial/ethnic/multiracial background impacted your beauty regime? It’s so refreshing! Like many people I’m sure, I’ve been on a hair care journey for YEARS trying to find the perfect products. I unfortunately used to get relaxers to keep my hair straight, which of course damaged my natural curl. But I’ve been natural now for 6 years, and since then, I’ve had to totally change up which products I can and should use. It’s also nice that the hair product industry is catering to more ethnic-hair, so there’s a lot more available to choose from than even 5 years ago.
How do your curls/hair texture represent your cultural/ethnic
background? I’m bi-racial, with a black father and Hispanic mother. My mother has very soft, medium-sized curls, and my dad has tight, small curls that are coarse. My hair is absolute balance of both of these curl types, with an added thickness that can make my hair a little more difficult to care for, especially now with the added length. But, I love my hair! It’s big, beautiful, and makes me unique!
What is one feature of the Mixed Chicks brand that empowers your hair/beauty care? I love that the company uses a diverse amount of black and brown faces and different types of colors to show a different side of the women and men that need to be served by the hair care industry. When I was younger, I rarely saw anyone on TV or in commercials that had hair like mine or looked like me. It’s nice to see black and Hispanic people represented more throughout the beauty industry.
If you could define Your Hair Story in one word what would it be? Demanding.
Why is the hair revolution celebrating natural/healthy hair types vital for our generation? There’s a lot more demand for people with our type of hair yearning for more representation in the beauty market than ever before. And not just for hair, but more diverse make-up options, and more products made by people of color for people of color. It’s awesome to live in a time when we can have more influence on the products we use!
If your ‘Mixed Chick’ story were a song, what would it be? Spice Up Your Life – Spice Girls
Do you have any go-to beauty/hair bloggers or vloggers who inspire or help your hairstyles? HeyFranHey is a go to for me for suggestions for products, rather than styles. I don’t really go to beauty blogs for styles, but I do take influence from celebrities with natural hair, as well as simple experimenting. One of my favorite things to do is if I find a straight-style I like, such as the double-ponytail, for a longer looking, fuller ponytail, I try to re-create that with my natural hair. Of course, sometimes it’s a success, sometimes not so much, but it’s fun!
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