Today was officially Jessicurl's 10th anniversary and I celebrated it up here in Saskatchewan with my dad and step-mum Wendy. :) I don't celebrate all of my Jessicurl anniversaries with them, it was just coincidence that the trip happened at this time. :)
As you may have read in my previous blog post, I've been VERY excited to commemorate my 10th anniversary by getting a Jessicurl logo tattoo. The fact that it happened on my actual anniversary was even cooler. :)
My appointment was for noon in Saskatoon and my Dad and Wendy live about an hour and a half away. Dad was supposed to take me but he got caught up in a last minute meeting so Wendy took me instead. That was cool with me because Wendy is super fun and we had a great time. I reminded them both later that, um, hi, I'm 36 and manage to find my way around strange cities ALL the time. They totally could have just given me the keys to the car and I'd have been just fine going alone. :) Parents are adorable that way, eh? :) The irony there is that I got my first tattoo by myself, when I was 17, also in Canada, so it's not like I'd have been breaking with tradition. :) In any case, Wendy and I had a great time on our adventure to Saskatoon. Here's a quick little pre-tattoo video Wendy shot for me before we went in. :)
As of today, Jessicurl has been an official business for 10 years!!
The Tuesday after Labor Day in 2002 is when got my business license and decided to give this whole curly hair product thing a go. Am I ever glad I did. :)
If you know the origins of the Jessicurl story, you know that initially my goal was just to create something that worked for my own hair. When I accomplished that goal, I was so excited by what I’d done that I shared the recipe with my online friends on the hair discussion forum at NaturallyCurly.com. Not too long after (I’m talking within 24 hours) I got a slew of emails from curlies asking if they could just buy the magic potion from me.
The first to ask was Jordan Pacitti, someone whom I now consider to be a good friend. Jordan is an integral part of Jessicurl history and am so glad I’ve gotten to know him over the years.
When I decided to do this series of blog posts featuring Jessicurl customers to commemorate our 10 years in business, I couldn’t think of anyone more appropriate to start with than Jordan, my very very very first customer ever. :) Here's a picture of the two of us from a few years ago when I was up in Seattle.
Your name: Jordan Pacitti
I was sent some lovely hair ties by Sarenzo Beads. Check out my review and find out how you can win one of your very own! :-)
Please share this with the young curlies in your life. Or curlies of any age. Or young girls of any hair type. Or anyone. :)
Dear 16 year old Jess,
It’s 7:00 am and you just woke up and removed your “cap”. You know, that thing you so ingeniously crafted out of a pair of nylons? You wear it while you sleep in an attempt to flatten out your hair and make it take up less space on the planet. Sure, your hair puffs back out after an hour or two, and it creates a pretty deep red indentation in your forehead, but we both know you suffer major anxiety if you go to sleep without that stupid nylon on your head. Only your best friend Betsy knows your secret curly hair flattening measures. :)
(Oh, by the way – in 15 years you’ll find out that you can actually buy something pre-made that functions in a similar way. It’s called a do-rag. There’s no way for you to have known that now though. :) )
I know how much you hate your hair, and how much thought goes in to trying to control it. How you think that if only your hair was straight, kids at school would be nicer to you; maybe a boy would ask you out. You put WAY too much thought into it and you let it have way too much power over you. But that’s ok. You don’t know it right now, but you’re not the only one. You won’t find out for another 10 years, but there are millions of other curly haired girls out there who are going through the exact thing you are. Girls whose self worth is tied up in what is growing out of their head. Some of them go to much greater extremes to control it, using chemical relaxers that burn their scalp and cause all sorts of other physical and emotional pain. It’s not just you. But you don’t know that right now.
I get a fair amount of hair questions every day and thought this one might be helpful to some of you out there. :)
I have watched your demo videos and notice that you style your hair right after you wash and condition it. However, I usually wash and condition my hair at night. In the mornings if I were to start out with dry clean hair and then wet it so it is soaking wet and then style would the products work the same? Or is it better to wash and condition my hair in the morning before I style? Thank you for your help!
Here's my answer:
Yes, it’s totally fine to just wet it in the morning and then style as usual. You might find you need a bit of leave in conditioner to help with slip but maybe not, depending on your hair. If you want to fully style your hair the night before and sleep with it curly, it’s possible to do, though a bit trickier. :)
The best bet there is to let it finish drying all the way before you go to bed but don’t scrunch it out. Let it stay crunchy when you go to bed. That extra crunch will help preserve the curls overnight as you sleep. If you have a silk or satin pillow case, even better, because they will glide over it more smoothly than cotton and stay intact better. In the morning just scrunch out any lingering crunch and you’re on your way. It won’t look AS perfect as when you style if freshly in the morning but it’s a lot more effective than trying to achieve 2nd day hair. :) I do this sometimes when I’m flying out early the next morning and don’t want to take the time in the morning to do my hair.