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Video of my TEDx talk: Your Unknown Impact

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 15:13 -- Jess

As I mentioned in a blog post back in November, I was recently honored to be asked to do a TEDx talk at our local TEDx Youth At Humboldt Bay event. I’m SUPER stoked that I can now share the video of my talk with you.

I do a lot of public speaking, and it’s always about Jessicurl. Not this time! :) In fact, Jessicurl doesn’t come up in my talk at all.

My talk is called Your Unknown Impact and seeks to remind viewers that those seemingly inconsequential interactions you have with people can sometimes have long-lasting impacts that you often never find out about.


It’s 9 minutes long and I can honestly say I have never prepared more for any other public speaking I’ve ever done. I very much enjoyed the challenge of writing and preparing for the talk but more importantly, I’m grateful to have been reminded of the two stories told in it. We forget that we have an impact on each other with every interaction, and sometimes a conversation that means nothing to you means the world to someone else.

I’d love for you to watch my talk. Thank you for taking the time.

Interview With Curl Master Mary MacDonald of Gossips Hairstylists in Toronto, Ontario.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 11:50 -- Jess

As Jessicurl continues to grow, so too does the list of salons around the globe that carry us. Yay for that! I love talking curly hair and promoting the curl-positive salons that support us, and I especially love it when they’re Canadian. :) Today I’m featuring Mary MacDonald of Gossips Hairstylists in Toronto. The small-world twist is that she’s located in the same neighbourhood where my dad worked for years. Too bad they didn’t overlap, eh? My dad could have gone there when he ran out of his precious Confident Coils. :-) Ok, let’s get on with the interview, eh?



How long have you been in business?

I’ve been in the business for just over 31 years, owned the first Gossips Hairstylists Inc. from 1987-1995, and then wanted to just rent a chair so I could concentrate solely on honing my craft!

I opened up this incarnation of Gossips Hairstylists Inc. last August 2012 by popular demand from all of my wonderful clients!

Where are you located?

I am at 3037 Dundas Street West,

Dundas and High Park,

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

What made you go into the hair business?

It wasn’t anything I consciously thought of, believe it or not. I accidentally stumbled into the business!

I had quit my job as a manger in a huge retail chain at the ripe age of 19 after working with them for four years. I wanted to just go out and try anything and see where it led me. There was a recession at that time, so the very few ads for jobs were shrouded in mystery. You had no idea what you were applying for, nor to whom you were sending your resume!

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

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 13:36 -- Jess

It’s that time of year again! That magical time when NaturallyCurly.com hosts its Best Of The Best awards and you all get to vote for your favorite curly hair products.



In years past you’ve really made your voice heard that you LOVE Jessicurl products, and I’m politely requesting that you do the same this year. :-) (I’m Canadian. We’re a very polite people. :-) )

You can find the survey at this link. It very clearly states that your answers should specify brand and product, not just brand OR product. So if your favorite shampoo is our Hair Cleansing Cream, you need to put “Jessicurl Hair Cleansing Cream”, not just “Jessicurl” or “Hair Cleansing Cream.”

If our new Spiralicious Styling Gel is YOUR new favorite, please let the curly world know! :-) The best part is you could totally win free stuff from NaturallyCurly.com by entering!

So, please, I’d very much appreciate if you took a minute or two to complete the survey and let the other curlies know how much you love Jessicurl. :-) Thank you!! :)

Let's talk about tattoos for a minute.

Thu, 11/21/2013 - 13:42 -- Jess

You may have noticed that over the last year or so, I’ve accumulated a couple more tattoos. Seeing as they didn’t just accidentally show up there in my sleep (I’m a very light sleeper), I figured I’d explain some of my reasoning behind it. I know that people have a wide variety of opinions on tattoos, especially on women, and I wanted to explain why I personally went from having very few to much more visible ones.

You may recall that on the 10th anniversary of Jessicurl, I got the Jessicurl Logo Lady tattooed on my upper arm. That was my 3rd. I got my first one when I was 17, but not for the reasons you might think. I wasn’t trying to rebel against my conservative parents or any of that. (If you know my parents, you’re DYING laughing right now.)  In fact, I was SO well behaved that my father was genuinely worried about me, and would give me lectures when I’d, in his mind, pass up the opportunity to do something “normal-kid-bad”, like stay out late or whatever. So in order to prove that I COULD do something out of character, I got that tattoo. I went by myself to get it; it wasn’t like a big fun trip with the girls or whatever everyone else was doing in 1993.

Anyway. I got my second when I was 20 and really didn’t think I’d get any others until the idea struck to get my logo on my 10th Jessicurl anniversary. That just made sense. I loved it. As before, I really didn’t think I’d get any others. Famous last words.

So many new salons where you can buy Jessicurl!!

Mon, 11/11/2013 - 15:30 -- Jess

The list of salons that carry Jessicurl contines to grow each week so I thought I'd make you a quick list of some of the recent ones so we could welcome them to the Jessicurl family together! :) They all seem to be very passionate about curls and you know how much we love that around here! :)

In no particular order, please welcome:

Bombshell Salon
2243 N. Tyler Suite 506
Wichita, KS 67205                                                                                                                           (316) 461-0841


Wendy Wolfe, Curly Hair Specialist
1335 E Whitestone Blvd
Building O, Suite 500-B
Cedar Park, Tx 78613
(512) 814-9449

MissNaturalista is located in the Virgin Islands and carries Jessicurl online.

DyeVerCity Salon
122 Old Evans Rd.
Martinez, GA 30907

Enter our "Show Me Your Spiralicious Selfie" contest and win a free bottle!

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 14:54 -- Jess

Some of you have posted pictures of how awesome your curls look using our new Spiralicious Styling Gel and I want to encourage more of that! So, please enter our "Show Me Your Spiralicious Selfie" contest. :)

Here's how it works.

Post a picture of your curls using Spiralicous on either our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter page (or all 3!) and hashtag it both #Spiralicious and #Jessicurl. On Tuesday November 12 I'll randomly pick a winner from each of the three platforms to win a free bottle. If you enter through each platform, that means you're entered three times!

Please, no cheating. Only post pics where you actually have Spiralicious in your hair, ok?

Here's mine from today, though clearly I'm exempt from winning. :-)