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 it means peace within different backgrounds, it means true love, it means diversity, and it means that anything is possible. It means that I can be whoever I want to be in life, and that no one in this world will ever have the power to define me. I am a firm believer in being in tune with who you are as a person and sticking to that no matter what, so much that no one can label you or tell you who you are. Being mixed means that while I run into all kinds of labels about myself, I don’t ever have to conform to any one label or be put in a box. To me being mixed is so limitless, it means constantly evolving and growing, experimenting with different looks, and having an amazing time being myself. Not a day goes by that I don’t love being mixed.
Do you have a Go-To or token Mixed Chick Product you cannot go without?
I would definitely say the Mixed Chick Leave-In Conditioner is something I cannot go without. I found it in my mom’s hair salon one day, and revisited it to very quickly discover that it might have been made literally for me. That’s just how I felt. I use it for every wash and go routine I have, it leaves my hair feeling moisturized, keeps my curls in tact and feels healthy on my hair. It has made the biggest different to my curls. I will be trying out more products from Mixed Chicks in the very near future.
How has having a product specifically for your cultural/biracial/ethnic/multiracial background impacted your beauty regime?
More than anything it has made me feel more excited about taking better care of my hair with a regular hair care regimen, and letting it grow to it’s biggest potential. I used to be more committed to my skin care/makeup routine, which I still am but I was not as involved with my hair care routine and experimenting with different hair care products until I found hair products like the Leave-In Conditioner, and Deep Conditioner from Mixed Chicks that made me realize the amazing possibilities with my hair.
How do your curls/hair texture represent your cultural/ethnic background?
My curls and my hair texture showcase my ethnic background, representing my West Indian background. I was born and raised in Brooklyn New York, but both of my parents are from St. Vincent and the Grenadines. If anything my hair texture represents their Caribbean culture being vibrant, full of texture, layers, and energy. Most importantly it has helped me to be even more proud of where my family comes from.
What is one feature of the Mixed Chicks brand that empowers your hair/beauty care?
I would definitely have to say the Leave-in Conditioner, which I fell in love with right away. I have tried products from other hair brands to serve as a leave in conditioner for my hair, but the Mixed Chicks Leave-In Conditioner was the one leave in I kept going back to. It adds so much more to my curls, and makes my hair feel so much softer and strong throughout my week. And I make friends from all of the compliments I’ve been getting about my curls.
Why is the hair revolution celebrating natural/healthy hair types vital for our generation?
It is incredibly mportant, because a lot of girls with curly hair are not proud of their hair in it’s natural state or they feel as if their hair is not manageable. They end up putting chemicals in their hair to keep it straight, and end up damaging their most beautiful feature which is their hair. I speak from personal experience, and I have grown to realize that my God given hair is the hair that I need to stick with. As thick, unpredictable, and curly as my hair can be I love my hair. Around middle school I used to put my hair in a high bun every single day with no clue on how to manage it myself, thank goodness my mom tried to help me out the best that she could. I ended up doing a big chop off and cried throughout the process, because my ends were so destroyed from how poorly I managed my hair. I didn’t know how to detangle my hair properly on my own, how to keep it clean, or how to style it.
My first year of college I decided to put a relaxer in my hair, with this belief that a relaxer would make it easier to handle my hair and that it would look better on me. I very quickly realized how much I did not like my hair straight, and ended up shaving all my hair off. Best feeling ever. Straight hair just is not me, it hides my beauty, and it requires just of much maintenance in my opinion if not more than simply wearing my hair natural and curly. Apart from being blonde at one point after chopping my hair off, I have been natural ever since. Our generation needs to be more introduced to products that make it possible to manage their natural hair, makes them excited about their hair, and helps them to know that their hair is naturally the most beautiful that it can be.
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