Millions of women for virtually millions of reasons find themselves with thinning or shedding hair. We might as well get real and talk about it, eh? I have some real talk and practical ideas on what to do when it happens to you. Because it's happening to me too.
Last weekend I was in Chicago for America's Beauty Show and got a great haircut from the owners/creators of Raw Curls. Here's a little video update, and also an introduction of the newest member of the Jessicurl family. :)
Here is the hair before and after my cut from Melanie. :)
Our good friends at NaturallyCurly.com did a great write up about us today, called The Dos and Don'ts Of Using Jessicurl Products. It includes lots of great info but the best part is you can enter to win a collection of Jessicurl products! :) So head on over, give it a read and enter to win! :) Thanks Naturally Curly, and write Jen Hill, for featuring us. :)
Dear Curlies, The Wait Is Over! Spiralicious Is BACK!
Spiralicious is back in stock and ready for your order at www.jessicurl.com! We are also ready to re-stock your favorite retailers, and in fact many of them have product either on the way to their stores or in-store already.
As our way of saying that we are sorry and thanks for your patience you have TWO WEEKS to use this coupon, GEL, at checkout on our site to receive free shipping on any order with at least one 2 ounce bottle of any style of Spiralicious Styling Gel on it as long as we are shipping to a U.S. address.
We are making gel as fast as we can but if the response is higher than normal, there is a chance that your order may ship a bit later than the normal wait time of the next business day. We will work hard to ship your order on the next business day after you order it but it's possible that we may be a little behind.
Thank you again for your patience while we worked through this issue. Have a curly day!
We have some fabulous curly hair specialists that carry Jessicurl in their salons, and we love to feature interviews with them here on the blog. Today I'm happy to introduce you to Cala Renee of Beverly, MA.
How long have you been in business?
I opened in November 1989.
Where are you located?
The salon is located at 309 Rantoul St, Beverly, MA 01915
What made you go into the hair business?
My first reason was I was not enjoying college at all and my second reason was I was tired of getting haircuts I did not like.
What is unique about your work, what sets you apart?
We are one of the few ALL curly staff salons in our area. 80% of my personal clientele is curly. Because of our own curls, clients know we get it.
If you specialize in curly hair, what made you adopt that focus?
In the 90’s, I was a conservative cutter because I understood spring factor. In the 2000’s, I learned and adopted the curl-by-curl dry cutting technique and loved it.
What changes have you seen in relation to curly hair in the last 10 years?
Many! Product knowledge. How moisture is such an important part of daily care. And how people want to wear their hair more natural. Even print work in magazines is curly now more than ever.
How did you first hear about Jessicurl?
Hi curlies! This post isn’t about curly hair, but it IS about starting a business and charitable giving, which are two things I’m clearly passionate about. :)
A few months ago, a dear college friend of mine from Boston wrote me and said her 11 year old son Harry wanted to talk to me about business. Um … ok. :) I was intrigued. :)
She told me that one of his friends had recently been diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma and Harry decided that he wanted to start making lip balm as a way to raise money for cancer research. He wanted business advice from me. Um… ok! :) Harry and I hung out for a few days when he was 3, so it thrilled me to learn what an awesome human he's evolving into. :)
The end result is Bennett Brothers Balm.
Harry and his little brother Heath (with help and oversight from their mom and dad of course :) ) are now up and running and donating 100% of their profits to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. They’ve already made a donation of $587 and have only been in business for a few months. That’s a lot of lip balm, eh?! :)
As you know, charitable giving is important to Jessicurl, and you can read more about our efforts here.
On the 3rd Thursday of each month I do a real-time question and answer chat on Facebook so Jessicurl fans can get their hair questions answered. Since not everyone is able to participate due to scheduling, I thought I'd put a few of the questions that came up this past week here in the blog. Hopefully something here helps you in your hair routine. :)
Question: What's the difference between the Confident Coils product and the Rockin' Ringlets? I've actually used them both, but a long time ago for the Confident Coils one. I seem to remember that the Confident Coils one had less hold, but I can't really be sure. I love the Rockin' Ringlets one to pieces, but it seems to make my hair a little dry.
Answer: The two products actually work really well together. Rockin' Ringlets is quite curl enhancing, so it helps to tighten the curls. Confident Coils is great for curl definition and frizz control. So together, they're like a bra: lift and separate. :) Of the two, Confident Coils has more hold. I hope that helps but let me know if you have any other questions. :)
This is a great time to remind you all that we have several product demo videos on our site that show some really helpful tricks and tips for applying the products and getting the best results. You can check those out here.
Question: Are there any products that you suggest to use in place of Spiralicious until the drought is over? A combination, perhaps, that will have the same effect?
Dear Jessicurl Customers,
In early February of this year we introduced a new formulation of Spiralicious using Optiphen rather than Germall as the preservative. Although we had tested the new formulation extensively prior to its release, we are receiving some reports of the product turning color and separating. At this point it is not clear if the issue affects all Spiralicious made with Optiphen or just some of the batches, but out of an abundance of caution we have decided to go back to the original formulation until we understand the issues and are confident the new formulation will reliably perform the way we expect it to. Just for reference, Optiphen contains Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, and Phenoxyethanol, and Germall contains Diazolidinyl Urea, and Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate.
We have contacted all of our customers who have ordered directly from us, whether on the web or from a salon, but know that many of you buy from your stylist or beauty supply store, so we want to make sure the message gets to you as well.
If you have bought Spiralicious between February 1, 2016 and May 31, 2016 with batch codes between 8436 and 8961, we would like to replace it for you free of charge. Alternatively, you can look at the last section of the ingredients list and if it contains Phenoxyethanol, it is the Optiphen version. Any product with batch codes lower or higher than those listed, or which don’t contain Phenoxyethanol, are the original Germall formulation and should be fine.
In January Jessicurl launched our new Giving Program. Over the years we’ve done what we could to support charities and non-profits, usually through donating products to auctions and the like. Starting in 2016 we’re making charitable giving a part of our business model and I couldn’t be more excited.
Each quarter we donate to a different charity or non-profit, and are very much interested in hearing from YOU about who you would like to see us support. Go to our Giving Program page and use the submission form to let us know what is important to you.
For the second quarter of 2016 I'm please to support A Little Help, based in Colorado. This orgnization was suggested by a Jessicurl customer and I'm thrilled to be supporting causes that matter to you! :)
A Little Help began in 2005 when a group of retirees recognized the desire of many seniors to stay in their own homes and contribute to their respective communities. These neighbors based their model on the national village movement, where neighbors coordinate and deliver essential services within their community to allow elders to remain in their homes. In 2007, A Little Help (formerly Washington Park Cares) incorporated as a 501(c)(3) with the mission of providing older adults with non-medical services essential to maintaining active, productive lives in their own homes within community.