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A few days ago one of my Twitter buddies asked me about pool hair care and I promised to do a blog about it, since I didn’t think I could do the question justice in a mere 140 characters. That said, the steps to protecting your curls in the pool are pretty simple. :)

First, you’ll want to totally saturate your hair with water. The old analogy of a sponge comes into play here – when your hair is already full of clean non-chlorinated water, it can’t soak up much drying chlorinated water.

After that, saturate it in a rich, thick conditioner, like my Deep Conditioning Treatment. This will help moisturize it and protect it further. Comb that through and then as an added bonus run about a nickel sized puddle of oil over the top of it. The theory on that last part is that since oil and water don’t mix, the oil will help give one last layer of protection. Will it create a totally water-tight barrier? Well, no. But it will sure help. :) If you’re up for it, throw a swim cap on for some serious protection. If you’re not up for it, know that you’ve done as much as you can to nurture your hair while having fun in the pool. When you’re done, rinse rinse rinse rinse rinse, and then rinse some more.  Wash with a gentle cleanser like my Hair Cleansing Cream and conditioner with Too Shea. Style as usual and your curls should look their bouncy, ringletty best. :)

Jess as Merida

By now you must know of the (seemingly) awesome movie coming out tomorrow called Brave. It stars Merida, the heroine who, by all accounts, goes against the norms of her traditions and society as much as her large, big, red curls would suggest. The curly hair world has been all abuzz about this movie for months now, clearly. :) The general consensus seems to be, FINALLY! One of us! The heroine, not the geek in the background getting called mushroom head or chia pet! (These are all presumptions of course, as the movie doesn’t debut until tomorrow.) I think it’s safe to say though, that Merida prevails as the hero at the end of this movie AND that she’s able to do it without straightening her lovely curls as might be done in other movies.

Ever since the trailer began airing for this film, many many MANY of you wrote on my Facebook, Twitter and email saying you see a pretty strong resemblance between me and Merida. :) Nah…REALLY?  :) SO, since that just kept coming up again and again, I thought it’d be fun to grab my awesome photographer Terrence, borrow a bow and arrow and head out in to the woods to take a Brave-esque photo of our own. :) And I was right – it WAS fun. We got a few strange looks, but I’m used to that by now. :)

But this whole Brave thing is so much more than a cool picture or a charming movie, at least to me. I talk to a lot of curlies all over the country with all different hair types and it sounds like a common theme is that to do what we’re doing – to embrace our curls, to LOVE our curls – is something that initially feels quite brave. For me, it felt brave to stop wearing my hair in a bun every single day for 4 years and finally let it loose and curly. For MANY of you the bravest thing you’ve done, hair-wise, was to stop relaxing, do the Big Chop, and allow your natural hair to grow out in all its curly glory. This is NOT just about hair, and you and I know it.

 It’s about choosing to step out into the world and make a statement for which earlier in your life you may have been ridiculed. Maybe you’ll STILL be ridiculed by someone close to you. That’s scary. But you’re doing it. And THAT is brave. You’re telling the world that your hair is just fine the way you were born, thank you very much!

I found a great quote from Katherine Sarafian, producer of Brave.  She says, “I think people will take different things away, but one important theme is the various types of bravery that we explore. There is a lot of shooting arrows, and riding horses and fighting wild animals - and that’s one kind of bravery, but that’s an outside kind of bravery. There is another, very real kind of bravery in your heart that is required to accept people as they are; for children to accept and understand their parents and for parents to accept and understand their children.”

And for us to accept and understand ourselves. That’s why I personally vibe so strongly with this movie, even though I haven’t even seen it yet!

So I pretty much can’t wait to see it, and REALLY hope it starts showing tomorrow up here in my tiny piece of the world. (Humboldt County, CA is pretty rural, in case you didn’t know. :)

Will you be seeing it opening day, fellow Brave curlies? :)

Happy Friday! Some of you may recognize the subtle shout out in the subject line to my all time favorite celebrity crush, Drew Barrymore. :) I love her. In perfectly acceptable, non-stalkery ways. (I live too far away to be a stalker anyway.) But I digress.

Later today I’m heading down to San Francisco and given the epic weather, you can bet I’ll have the top down on my car. That’s right – I have a convertible AND a hair obsession. How can that BE? I’m here to tell you my secrets. :)

The key to preserving your curls during a top-down drive is NOT to scrunch out the crunch when they dry. Whether you air dry or dry with a diffuser, when your hair gets to that point where you’d normally scrunch out any crunch, DON’T. That crunch is what will (mostly) preserve your curls during the drive.

No, this picture was not taken today. I don't tend to take long drives in fancy dresses. :)

Will your hair be in perfect, frizz-free condition when you arrive at your destination? Nope. Should you get over it and enjoy your life? YEP! :) In the end, it’s just hair, right? It might be a bit frizzier than normal and certainly wind-blown (duh) but by not scrunching out the crunch your curls will be in much better shape than they would be otherwise.(Oh, and no, this picture was not taken today. I don't tend to get so dressed up for long car rides. :) )

The drive to SF is about 5 hours from where I live and yeah, I’ll have some hairs out of place but nothing I’d be embarrassed about. Would I do that and then go do a Jessicurl photoshoot? Well, no. But it’s all about balancing our hair obsessions with the simple joys in life, right? Right. :)

And, since no sunny top-down road trip is complete without a killer soundtrack, I figured I’d share with you my go-to song for wind-blown driving: Freedom’s A Stranger by Scott Miller. If you don’t know of Scott Miller, you should. He’s awesome. Happy driving! :)

Check out the lovely Diane and her video. :)

When I suggested y’all let your friends know about our Contest/Scavenger Hunt/Quiz/Game-Thingie, she really took that idea to heart by making this video urging her followers to do just that. (Even if it decreases her chances of winning. :) )

Thanks Diane! You and your hair ROCK! :)

**Updated July 18, 2012 at 12:07PM Pacific time: This contest is now closed and the winners have been notified by email. Thanks for entering! We'll do it again in the future since it was so fun!

Hey Curlies!

First off, welcome to my new blog! :) It’s been a while since I’ve kept a blog but I’m excited to start it up again. I’ll keep you updated with any Jessicurl info, as well as all things curly hair related and whatever else I hope you’ll find interesting. I’m totally open to your suggestions for what you’d like to read here, so if you have one, (or thirty-seven) let me know. :)

We’re kicking off the new blog with a Contest/Scavenger Hunt/Quiz/Game-Thingie! Why the long name? Well, we really just couldn’t figure out what to call this…thingie…and it was holding up actually TELLING you about this … thingie … so we stopped there and just called it that. Who cares what it’s called – participate and you can win one of three fabulous prizes:

First prize: $250 Jessicurl gift certificate

Second prize: $175 Jessicurl gift certificate

Third prize: $100 Jessicurl gift certificate

The best part is that participation couldn’t be easier.

If you’re a fan of Jessicurl on Facebook, Youtube or Twitter, you may have seen the AWESOME Stuff Curlies Say video my friend Ryan submitted. Ryan Constantino is the charming, curly haired guy you may recognize from the makeover videos on Jessicurl.com as well as our brochure. He’s an actor/producer and the video he made is hilarious and adorable. (Just like him, I suppose. :)

SO, here’s how this thing works. Watch the video – it’s embedded below. Below THAT is a survey with questions pertaining to the video. Answer those questions and hit submit. BAM. That’s it. You’re entered to win tons of Jessicurl products. Make sure to include your email address in that last question so that if you win, we can inform you of the awesomeness.

And hey, please share this with your friends/lists/followers. :)