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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.

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!

I got a call for an interview, showed up and it was for a receptionist in a huge hair salon. It was an incredible experience working there! The stylists were involved in photo shoots, hair shows and did education for hair colour. It was the early eighties and hair was taking centre stage in a big way! We did everything from Punk, New Wave right through to family hair care.

I was so inspired that after one year, I went straight into Hairstyling School full time, got my license and went back to work at the same salon as a stylist. It was a fantastic way to start at an amazing time for stylists!

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

I’ve always specialized in working with natural textures of hair, sculpting and drawing inspiration from how it sits and grows. My philosophy is that the stylists’ job is to create the style with scissors rather than blow-dryers.

I’ve been focusing on curly hair because so many curly gals are coming to me with unbelievable damage from straightening, flat irons, weekly blowouts, bad products, bad advice, low self-esteem and they need help. I’ve also seen such horrendous haircuts and chemical work on curly hair that I couldn’t believe it. There are quite a few salons claiming to be ‘experts’ with little or no training and experience. The development of your ‘Tactile Ability’ is something that can’t be taught; only experience and diligence can develop this talent. It’s not about a certificate for a one-day class. I’ve got over 31 years of experience and classes under my belt. Time to get busy and fix things! Curly girls need help? I’m there!

 

(Check out this great before-and-after of one of Mary's clients. So awesome.)

Before:

And after:

 

What changes have you seen in relation to curly hair in the last 10 years?

One change was in the first few years, women were getting into trying to straighten their hair chemically and manually.

The bow drying franchises tried to come here to Canada, some salons tried to offer blow-out bars within their locations, but without big success. Some salons offer chemical straightening but not in a huge way. Lots of curly gals tried it but didn’t like it.

Here in Canada, it’s a different market. We experience all of the extremes of weather in temperatures and humidity (or lack of) so this keeps us having to be more natural, whether we like it or not! We wear lots of hats and are very active, so natural is what works best! We want a simple and quick hair care routine.

Toronto is a great multi-cultural city and we’ve had innovative curly hair salons for over 30 years. There seems to be a wave spreading out over North America now for natural curly hair cutting and products. I’ve always nagged my clients to work with what they have and make it their individual signature.

Another great change has been in the incredible acknowledgement that curly hair needs moisture.

In Canada, there has been a big divide in products between straight and curly hair. If you had curly hair, the only options for products were more for corkscrew, fractal or high-frizz hair. Most of the products for curly hair were heavy, oily, goopy made to weigh the curls down instead of letting them spring free. Some of us have big, thirsty, lazy curls that are not springy but very dry. We’ve all been seeking products to put in and retain moisture, not slick them down and finally the manufacturers are listening to us. Products are heading into more diversity, allowing for a more customized hair care routine with less fuss.  We have to change some of our products as the weather and humidity levels change, and who wants to have to use multiple products just to style? My bathroom counter only has so much room!

How did you first hear about Jessicurl?

I first heard about Jessicurl products through clients coming in and asking if I’d ever heard of the line. Also folks were coming in to tell me you were from here! I immediately started researching. More great curly products. More choice. More customization.

How long have you been carrying Jessicurl?

I’ve just started carrying Jessicurl and it is a beautiful addition to my retail line as well as a dream to work with, on my clients’ hair as well as my own.

What sets Jessicurl apart from other lines, curly or otherwise?

Jessicurl is set apart from other lines in that all products are offered in No Fragrance Added options. That is almost impossible to find and to have it in all your products is incredible.

I also love the fact that the styling products are milder, not crunchy. For us gals with ‘Yoga Curls’, using just one styling product is fantastic. I’ve had to use three styling products sometimes to get the same results and almost miss the bus to work!

In my location, people do not want to use many products on their hair. The fewer the better. Forget layering. Clients have no time for that here. Everyone is busy and just wants to get out the door with a minimum of fuss. Jessicurl lets you do that! Cleanse, condition, one styling product and done!

The Hair Cleansing Cream is one of my favourites for fine, colour-treated hair. I’m a Colour Correction Technician, so I fix breakage, extreme dehydration, badly dyed, product build up with hair on a daily basis. I do need some lather at times and the mild, creamy little bubbles do just the trick of gently cleansing weakened tresses, without leaving a film on the hair.

It’s wonderful that there are different conditioners for different hair textures and levels of hydration.

I also love the differing amount of ‘slip’ the conditioners have. All of us curly gals have tangles to some degree or another and being able to choose the right level of ‘slip’ is heaven.

There’s also a great little thing that folks may not notice, but it’s the sizes.

I love the 8 oz size. I’ve got many curly gals who have shorter hair and do not need to cleanse more than once a week. This size is perfect. Clients who are curious also love to buy and try the 2 oz sizes. They make great little gift basket treats as well!

 

Here's another great before/after set of pictures showcasing Mary's curl genius.

Before:

 

And after:

If you're in the Toronto area, I highly suggest you get your curly self to Mary at Gossips. If you're not in need of a cut, just stop by to stock up on your Jessicurl! :) Thanks for your support Mary.

 

 

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!! :)

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.

Here’s something you may or may not know. Since 2000, I’ve had heart surgery 6 times, the most recent being in May. This last one was the most intense and certainly the most painful. (Comparitively, yes, the others were easy.)  I’d known for about 2 years that I would have to do it but was putting it off because… well … pain. :)

So over the years, with all those surgeries, a lot has been done to my body that I didn’t have any control over. There are scars I’d prefer not to have and pain I’d rather not have felt. Getting these tattoos has been a way to take some of that control back, in very decorative, beautiful ways. (That last part is clearly subjective and merely my opinion. You certainly don’t have to share that opinion.) For most of my adult life, it's felt like my heart has been in charge, and when I'm deciding on how to decorate my arm or leg, that puts me back in charge. 

Will I get more? Yeah. I might end up with a pacemaker at some point and those suckers show a visible lump through the skin. I don’t want that. I’d much rather disguise it with a tattoo. I have no intention of being totally covered, but I do enjoy the process and experience. I don’t find it painful in the least.

Will I regret them someday? I doubt it. I think they’re beautiful. Besides, I’ve always been into decorating everything around me. :)

Do I care that they’ll be all saggy someday? Nope. All skin sags, tattooed or not. I’ll just be glad to be OLD enough to be saggy, you know?

Does it bother me that people judge people with tattoos? Yes. Because nothing about me has changed. So to think that I could be thought of differently upsetting. But when I need to, I can wear clothes that cover them up.

Let’s remember the Jessicurl tagline and how I’ve always said it’s about so much more than curls. You Have The Right To Remain Curly extends beyond hair, to you have the right to be yourself. To like yourself. To express yourself. To feel comfortable in your hair AND your skin.

Here’s a picture of the decorations I got around my Jessicurl logo lady. I love it. Shout out to Dean at Visual Tattoo in Arcata for being so awesome.

Very few people haven't heard of TED Talks these days.

Thousands of TED Talks can be found online, on a wide range of subjects from technology to education to inspiration.

TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Communities around the world host TEDx events to share the ideas and speakers that are important to them.

I’m SUPER excited that on Sunday I’ll be a speaker at our local TEDx event.  Our event is called Imagine→Ignite. From the website:

 

     On 11/17/13, the inaugural TEDxYouth@HumboldtBay event, “Imagine→Ignite,” kicks off, bringing together young thinkers, inspiring speakers, innovative musicians and performers, and Humboldt County’s passionate visionaries to celebrate our unique sense of place, and each individual’s Ignited life. This Youth Event comes one year after the very successful and well received TEDxEureka event.

 

 

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.

If you’re just kickin’ it online on Sunday, the event will be live-streamed here. I’ll be doing my talk at around 3:30 Pacific time. Of course once I have a link, I’ll post it.

I do a lot of public speaking, but I can honestly say I’ve never prepared more for anything in my life. :) I’m very much looking forward to this and beyond honored to be a part of it.



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
706-922-8759ta.com

Tagis Hair Design
5134 Thunder Hill Rd.
Columbia, MD 21045
410-997-8244

Class Act Hair Design
194 Bridgeport Rd. East
Waterloo, ON N2J 2K5
Canada                                                                                                                                                                                                      519-725-3794

Gossips Hairstylists Inc.,
3037 Dundas Street West,
Toronto, ON M6P 1Z5
Canada
416-885-9954

I'd also like to shout out to our good buddy Scott Musgrave for sending most of these curly stylists our way! Scott continues to sing the praises of Jessicurl far and wide and we very much appreciate it! :) If you are lucky enough to live near Cary, NC, please PLEASE go get your hair cut from Scott. He's clearly a curl genius! :)

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. :-)

Wheeeee!!!! I'm super stoked to announce that today is the official launch of Spiralicious, our new firmer hold styling product.

 

 


Spiralicious is much thicker than Confident Coils and very gel-like in consistency but does not flake in the hair like many gels can. While it can dry crunchy, that initial crunch scrunches out really easily, leaving the hair very soft to the touch, but the curls hold up all day. No ramen-noodle curls here!

One of the best parts about it is the frizz control. Seriously people, the frizz control on this stuff is NO JOKE! If you currently use Rockin’ Ringlets, you’ll find that the two work together really well. If you don’t find you need a curl enhancer (which is what Rockin’ Ringlets is), Spiralicious will provide you with fabulous hold and frizz control but without giving you “helmet head.” It’s pretty awesome, if I do say so myself. :)

For the last month it’s been available exclusively at CurlMart.com but as of today you can get it at                     all the places you’d normally buy Jessicurl.*

(*We’re still working in EU certification on this product and hope to have that completed by early 2014.)

The initial reviews on this stuff are AWESOME. Want to read some before you take the plunge and buy it?

Go for it! :)

If yo’ud like to try a free sample, I encourage that too!

 

I’m really proud of this new product and am thrilled that it has finally hit the market. I’m pretty sure you’re going to love it as much as I do. :) So again I say, wheeeeee!!!!!!!

Why don't you head on over and get yourself a bottle, eh? :) 

Well curlies, my new baby, Spiralicious Styling Gel was “born” a week ago today and the reviews are starting to come in. As anticipated, they’re really good! :)

 

When we did the testing for it, we did so anonymously, so the testers didn’t know what company they were testing for. That was pretty fun. :) I even created a secret Gmail account from which to write the testers and did my best to not say “eh” and end every sentence with a smiley face so that they wouldn’t figure out it was me. :) Apparently it worked. :) (I did reveal who I was once the product was launched though.)

 

Anyway, I wanted to share with you some of the reviews people have been posting online via Facebook, Twitter, and on CurlMart.com so you can see what customers are saying in their own words. Spiralicious is available exclusively at CurlMart.com for the rest of October and after that will be found at Jessicurl.com and everywhere else Jessicurl is sold.

 

If you’d like a free sample, you can snag one from us here. Now, on to the customer comments…


“My hair is LOVING Spiralicious!! Lots of definition and no frizz, even in these southern CA east winds!” – Mary, as posted on the Jessicurl Facebook page, along with this accompanying picture.

 

“I have really long, fine and super super super thick 3a/3b hair. I participated in the testing of this product before it was revealed. I still have product left in my teeny tiny test tube after several months (that is with waist length hair almost), and I am still using it. On my hair, this product goes forever! I knew that as soon as it was revealed I would buy it, so I did THAT DAY. Now I'm dying for it to get here. You should try this product, I am so picky, and I just love it. The consistency is really neat and not super sticky, sort of like a lotion but stronger. This is only the second styling product in two years that has made the cut for being a regular part of my hair care regimen. I use it by itself without having to layer. Try this...no, I am NOT being paid to say this!! ;) I just like to help out my fellow curlies!” – via CurlMart.com

 

“Love this gel. Great consistency! Just the right amount of hold.” – Via CurlMart.com

 

“I used this product for the first time today and all I can say is WOW! I love it. It has great hold, lots of volume. I used it alone today to see how it works by itself and I don't think I need any other products with it.” – Via CurlMart.com

 

I love my hair, lots of defined curls!!” – CurlyKimmyStar, via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, along with this awesome picture.

 

So far so good w/ Jessicurl Spiralicious gel. Same results as I get w/2 products & less frizz in trouble spots.” – Carrie, via Twitter.

 

Perhaps the most powerful comment comes from Beverly Neeland, owner and stylist at Hello Curls in Sacramento, CA. She writes, “Working on a picture and post soon! Loving loving loving it so far. Used in 4b, 3c, 3a, 2c curls with stunning results!”

 

Those are some pretty powerful testimonials! :) You can get your own bottle or post your review here.

                                                     

 


Woooo HOOOO! It's not every day we launch a new product, so I'm SUPER stoked to tell you that after months of anticipation, Spiralicious is now available! :)

You'll find it exclusively at www.CurlMart.com for the rest of this month. Starting November 1, you'll be able to get it at Jessicurl.com and the other fine stores, salons and sites that carry Jessicurl. We're currently working on EU certification for it and should have it availalbe throughout Europe in early 2014.

 

For a while now, our customers have been asking us to provide them with a stronger hold styling product. If we had to rate our current styling line up, Gelebration Spray and Rockin’ Ringlets would be light hold, and Confident Coils would be medium. That definitely leaves room in the category for a firmer hold styling product and we hear you that you’ve been filling that need elsewhere.

Well, you don’t have to anymore, Jessicurl fans! After months of testing, we’re super excited to introduce Spiralicious Styling Gel, the thicker, stronger hold styler for you’ve been asking for.

Jessicurl customers have been involved in the creation of this gel from the very beginning, as testers during the formulation process all the way up to naming the product itself! That’s right, through our “Name Jess’s New Baby Contest”, L. Rassmusen suggested the name Spiralicious and named this stuff! Jessicurl customers truly are involved every step of the way when it comes to launching a new product. :)

Spiralicious is much thicker than Confident Coils and very gel-like in consistency but does not flake in the hair like many gels can. While it can dry crunchy, that initial crunch scrunches out really easily, leaving the hair very soft to the touch, but the curls hold up all day. No ramen-noodle curls here!

One of the best parts about it is the frizz control. Seriously people, the frizz control on this stuff is NO JOKE! If you currently use Rockin’ Ringlets, you’ll find that the two work together really well. If you don’t find you need a curl enhancer (which is what Rockin’ Ringlets is), Spiralicious will provide you with fabulous hold and frizz control but without giving you “helmet head.” It’s pretty awesome, if I do say so myself. :)

 

So what are you waiting for?? Head on over to CurlMart and get yourself a bottle. It IS my new baby, after all. :-)

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