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Interview With Curly Hair Specialist Cala Renee

Tue, 09/20/2016 - 09:27 -- Jess

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. 

Curly Hair Specialist Cala Reneee

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. 

A Little Feel-Good Story For You

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 13:54 -- Anonymous (not verified)

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.

Bennett Brothers Balm Logo

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?! :) 

Bennett Brothers Harry and Heath

You Have Questions, I Have Answers

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 13:05 -- Jess

Hi Curlies,

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?

Important Information About Spiralicious Styling Gel

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 09:51 -- Jess

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.

New Featured Charity: A Little Help

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 14:44 -- Jess

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. 

A Little Help Logo

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.

Interview With Curly Hair Specialist Neel Morley of Neel Loves Curls

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 14:16 -- Jess

Neel Loves Curls, and curls LOVE Neel! :) I had the good fortune to meet Neel last year at a Curly Hair Artistry event and he was just a total ray of sunshine. (And clearly VERY dedicated to curly hair, as he came all the way from Australia to attend the event!) If you are in or around Melbourne, please do yourself and your curls a favor and go visit Neel! :) 

Neel Morley and his salon Neel Loves Curls

How long have you been in business?

I've been in Melbourne 6 years and had my first salon for 2 years. On the 2nd of April we moved to a larger salon as we needed to expand to meet the curly hair demand! 

Neel Morley

Where are you located?

We are located at 399b Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne, 3065, VIC Australia on one of Melbourne's funkiest streets! The best bit about it is you can get your curls done and not go home and have to redo it with the way we help style the curls and the Jessicurl products! You have soft bouncy curls to sit in cafés or go shopping with!!


What made you go into the hair business?

Please vote for Jessicurl in NaturallyCurly.com's annual Best Of The Best awards!

Tue, 02/23/2016 - 09:23 -- Jess

Naturally Curly's Best of the Best Award Logo

Hey curlies!

We know from your feedback that you love Jessicurl products (and we're so glad!), and now is your chance to tell the whole world. :) 

NaturallyCurly.com's annual Best Of The Best Awards are like the curly hair Oscars and we've been thrilled and honored to win in various categories every year since the awards were created. 

The best part for you is that everyone who completes the survey is entered to win a collection of ALL of the winning products! Not a bad deal, eh? :) 

You can fill out the survey here, and voting ends February 28, 2016.

Please note that in order for your entry to qualify, the specific product must be listed. For instance, "Jessicurl Hair Cleansing Cream" rather than simply "Jessicurl." 

Thank you in advance for taking the time to tell the world how much you love Jessicurl! Have a curly day!


Interview With Curly Specialist Carleen Sanchez

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 09:00 -- Jess

Next up in our ongoing series of curly hair stylist interviews is Carleen Sanchez in Reno, NV. I love seeing Carleen’s social media posts because it is so clear that curly hair is a huge passion for her, and the resulting photos prove it! Not to mention, she pampers her clients during their appointments :) If you’re in or near Reno, I think you’ll love Carleen. :) Giver her a call at 775.721.2969

Curly Specialist Carleen Sanchez

How long have you been in business?

I have had the honor of serving my guests and uplifting the salon industry thru my residency program for over a decade. 

Where are you located?

I am located In Midtown Reno Nevada in a private boutique salon getaway.

Curly Hair colored, styled and cut


What made you go into the hair business?

My first adult job was as a professional athlete Snowboarder (Big Air, Halfpipe, slope style) Then I was a massage therapist and a Esthetician. I wanted to get out of the "quiet" services and return to my fun roots and be in the salon where all the fun and laughter is. Life is supposed to be happy and I am happiest working with my team of style residents serving my guests. 


Interview With Curly Stylist Superstar Amalia Rauch

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 08:48 -- Jess

I've been stalking ... er ... following ... Amalia Rauch on Instagram for a while and am wowed on a regualr basis at the amazing transformations she achieves with Jessicurl products. She's clearly so talented at both cutting and styling curly hair and I had a great time talking all things curls with her recently. :) 

Curly Stylist and Superstar Amalia Rauch

Amalia in action. 

Where are you located? 

Salon Glow is located at 1855 Plumas Street in Reno, Nevada. I am an independent contractor, so I make my own appointments by phone. 775-741-0786

How long have you been in business?

I have been in business a little under 3 years!

Before and after restored long curly hair

Check. Out. Those. CURLS!! 

What made you go into the hair business?

My mother was a hairstylist, so I was able to see firsthand the power of beauty. I would read her old cosmotology books over and over, and I even got my hands on a doll head once or twice! I have always felt that I was meant to do hair.

If you specialize in curly hair, what made you adopt that focus?