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Yesterday I posted on my Jessicurl Facebook page asking you what you wanted me to blog about today. I have a few ideas listed in my notebook but none of them were screaming out to be begging to be written up. I figured since YOU are the ones reading this thing (right?), you’d be able to tell me what you’d like to read about! :)

There were several different ideas that came up (thank you, by the way, for all of your comments!) but a few people requested that I write about winterizing our curls. It’s clearly a well-timed question since winter is pretty much here. Sure, ok, technically it’s still only Fall but I know it FEELS like winter to many of you.

So let’s get into it, shall we? First of all, I need to preface this with the caveat that winter climates CAN and DO vary across the country, and as such, there really is no one-size-fits-all advice. I know, shocking, eh? :)

Case in point. For many MANY of you, your climate get drier, as does your indoor atmosphere due to indoor heating so basically, ALL the moisture is getting sucked out of your hair. For that reason, you’ll often be advised to put a humidifier in your bedroom or other parts of your house to help restore the lost moisture to your parched hair. This is great advice, because dry hair = frizzy hair. And I know we’re all just trying to make it through the day frizz-free.

Here on the Northern-most coast of California where I live? Where we basically live AT sea level? Totally the opposite. :) We get rain, rain and more rain and when it’s not rainy, it’s foggy, which, let’s be honest, is just what I like to call “non-productive RAIN.” :) It’s WET here, people! The LAST thing I need is a humidifier. In fact, I have a DE-humidifier in my house to help reduce the moisture content because closets and such tend to mold and mildew around here.  If you ever want to see an angry Jess, just find me on the day I discover my favorite pair of shoes or boots is MOLDY.  :) It’s not cute.

My point is, the advice I’d give someone living in, say, Chicago, is totally different than what I’d tell a local curly friend. We’re still seeking humidity control here in the winter due to the high atmospheric moisture whereas you curlies dealing with sub-zero temperatures need to get as much moisture and humidity as you can back in.

When the temperature and humidity drops and the indoor heat is cranked up, it becomes even more vital that you stick with your weekly deep conditioning treatments. (Ahem… My Deep Conditioning Treatment was MADE for this purpose…) You can (and should) boost their conditioning power by using a heat source, like with the Hair Therapy Wrap.  The heat opens up the cuticle of the hair which then allows the moisturizing properties of the conditioner to better penetrate the hair shaft.

Those of you who prefer to air dry your curls might have no choice but to diffuse them in the winter, as walking around with wet hair in the freezing cold is just not a good idea.  Whether you do it all the time or just in the winter, we can all agree that any kind of heat styling is going to further dry out your hair. Again, all the more reason to kick it up a notch when it comes to conditioning.

If you don’t have time to do a full on deep treatment with heat where you leave it in for 30-60 minutes and lounge about your house all luxuriously, try my multitasking version. :) While in the shower, wring your wet hair out really well, slather it in Deep Conditioning Treatment, put on a plastic cap and … clean your shower! :) The plastic cap will help trap in your body heat, thus helping to open up the cuticle of your hair, and it will also prevent the shower from rising out your DT as you clean. Is it AS effective as a 30-60 minute lounge-fest with the Hair Therapy Wrap? No, but it’s better than nothing AND your shower will be clean.

Since you’ll be fighting dryness all winter, it’s even more important to avoid shampoos and cleansers with sulfates in them, as sulfates tend to be very drying. This is a  non-issue if you’re exclusively using Jessicurl since we’d NEVER include them in our products. :) On the other side of that coin, you’ll want to avoid any products that have heavy ingredients that tend to build up, such as silicones, waxes, and petroliums, as then you’ll need the sulfates to get them out.  Again, stick with Jessicurl and you’ll be fine. :)

Basically, it’s all about moisture. It always is for us curlies, but much more so in the winter. We really don’t need to over think this, my friends. :) Just amp up your deep treatments, avoid products that dry out your hair and you’ll go a long way to keeping your curls looking good this winter. :)

This blog post isn’t going to be about hair so much, but it is going to be about something else I seem to talk about a lot, and that’s confidence. Look, I of all people know that confidence is often difficult to come by, ESPECIALLY when it comes to our hair. Sometimes we have to fake it ‘till we make it, but my goal for ALL of us is that we do, eventually, make it. “Make it to what, Jess?”, you might ask. Why, make it to the super-confident woman represented in my logo, silly! :) My goal for all of us is to feel like THIS as much as possible.

 

 

Switching gears a little, I want to share with you one of my personal philosophies. That is, “If you’re thinking something good about someone, it doesn’t do you any good to keep it to yourself.” It’s just TRUE, people. :) I especially think this applies to women and our ability to genuinely complement each other.

If I think someone is beautiful, I tell her. If I think someone’s eyes are stunning (looking at YOU Lisa of This Hair Of Mine!), I tell her! What good does it do me to think it silently inside my head, right? I want ALL of us to be confident enough in ourselves to be able to genuinely compliment each other AND to be able to accept the compliments we get. (Oohhh that’s rough to do, I know. :) )

Ok, so where am I going with all of this? Check out this picture my 5 year old friend Sasha made me last week. If you can’t read her writing, let me translate. It says, “I love Jess. You are great as me. Love Sasha.”

 

 

OMG, right??!?! This kid is FIVE and somehow has already figured out the balance between confidence and compliments. :) I LOVE IT. (I also love that she drew me in pants with one green and one blue leg. I see a new trend coming on…) If you hadn’t guessed, this picture now has the prime spot on my fridge. :)

So, that’s it for today, curlies. I can’t do much better than 5 year old Sasha did with that picture so I’ll stop here. :) Go drop a compliment on someone and I’ll see you back here soon. :)

 

Jess

So yeah, I made up that word, Customerfriends. :)  I had to come up with SOMETHING to describe the influx of people into my life whom I’d not otherwise have met had it not been for Jessicurl. The people who started out as customers but who quickly became people I consider friends I’ll have for life. What an amazing phenomenon, eh?!? I feel super lucky to have had to create such a word! I had no idea when I started Jessicurl 10 years ago that I’d become Real Actual Friends with so many of my customers. :) Ok, I feel myself getting WAY too mushy here and I need to reel it back in.  :)

But please, check out this ADORABLE situation below. My dear, sweet Customerfriend Haley Rhine of Derby City Naturals posted this on Facebook today and I HAD to share it with you. I blogged about Haley recently and told you how much I just LOVE her, and have loved her since the minute she bounced up to me at the World Natural Hair Show a few years ago in Atlanta. (Yes, literally, bounced up to me.) She is a blast to hang out with and the two of us in the same room is downright too much to handle. :)

 

I saw that picture of those two ADORABLE little girls online a few months ago and instantly thought of me and Haley but SHE went a step further and added her own touch of cute. Now, come on. How can you see that and not just break out into a huge smile, eh? :)

Stuff like this makes me just GIDDY with love for getting to be Jessicurl, share the curly love and meet all the wonderful Customerfriends that I have. I can’t wait for 2013 to see how many more of you I get to meet! :)

September 4th was Jessicurl's 10 year anniversary so we're drawing the celebration out. :) One way is by doing a series of Curly Chronicle Blog posts featuring Jessicurl customers I've come to know and love over the years. :) (Ok, there are several people featured in the series that I've not met in person, but I still love them! :) )

Haley is a local curly who lives in my area, which is one of the reasons I wanted to feature her in this series. :) One of the awesome aspects of Jessicurl is traveling and meeting curlies around the country, but I really love my community here in Humboldt County and it’s important to me to foster the relationships with curlies at home too. :) Thank you Haley, for letting me feature you and for your very kind words. :)  

 

 

Your name: Haley Goetsch

# of years using Jessicurl products: 1

Tell me about your curly hair journey. Did you always have curly hair, or like many of us, did it go curly at a certain point in your life?

I had long straight blond hair as a child. As I grew older I continued to keep my hair long, with bangs. I never really thought of myself as a girl with curly hair. It was just long and wavy. I would spend what seemed like hours in the bathroom when I was in middle and high school, trying to straighten my bangs, and then curl them under, just slightly, so they’d sit “just right” on my forehead. My bangs were annoyingly unruly. I grew my bangs out after college when I had a baby and didn’t have time to fuss with my bangs anymore. It was easier but I felt like I looked older. Last year I turned forty and for my birthday my sister said she wanted to treat me to a day at the salon. I told her I wanted to get my hair cut (and possibly colored) so off we went. I had long, blondish brown heavy hair that hung down in the middle of my back. I had it all cut off and dyed it a gorgeous red. I had no idea my hair was REALLY curly! I returned back to Humboldt (after donating my locks to Locks of Love) and began using Jessicurl products!

When you were a kid, let’s say, under the age of 12, how did you feel about your hair? Did you get along with it?

Yes – before junior high school I had no problems with my hair. I didn’t really pay much attention to it, but got compliments once in a while about how long and thick it was.

Did that relationship change at all during your adolescent years?

Yes, in middle and high school I spent every morning fighting my sister for space in the mirror, while I struggled with straightening my bangs for at least thirty minutes every day. I also had to use a lot of hairspray and worried about them all the time. I was very self-conscious, especially when we moved to Florida and had to deal with the heat, humidity, puberty and pimples.

If you fought with your curly hair for a portion of your life, at what age/point in your life did you decide to embrace your naturally curly hair?

I began to love and accept my (short) curly hair finally at age 40! I felt sassy, young(er) and confident.

How did the people in your life react to that decision?

My family (sister, brother-in-law, daughter, aunt) loved the new look. My brother-in-law said it changed my whole image, and that it took “ten years” off my face. My fiance did not love it however – and told me I reminded him of his mother (who just happens to also have short, curly red hair)! He said it was “cute” but not long and sexy like he was used to, and couldn’t wait for it to grow back again.

If you always loved and accepted your curls, is there someone in your life that you feel was helpful in helping you with that? If you had to accept them later in life, is there someone who you feel was helpful in accepting/loving your curls then?

I have to say that you, Jess, were a big inspiration, in helping me to love my curls! My daughter met you at North Star Quest Camp years ago, when she was in junior high school and told me how great it was to meet you and how you inspired confidence in the girls and women there. I am so impressed with what I’ve heard, and the impact you and your business continue to have on others. Thanks!

When, and in what context did you first hear of Jessicurl?

I saw your ads in the local papers (over the years) and had heard about you (and a bit about your business) from my daughter. I also saw you on TV, talking about your business at some venue and really liked how honest you were with the audience.

What made you decide to try Jessicurl the first time?

I saw on your website that you give samples out to people who donate to Locks of Love. Since I had just returned from Portand (getting my hair cut and colored and then donated) I had short curly hair for the first time in my life! Honestly I wanted to try it to see if I could get my hair to look as amazing as yours does!

What did the packaging look like when you first used Jessicurl? How did that affect your opinion of it?

It came in a set, with the curly girl logo on it, and matching bottles. I really enjoy the cool names and calming/invigorating scents. I love the empowered curly girl symbol and every time I use the Rockin’ Ringlets I just feel good. It smells great too. 

Clearly, since you’re being featured on my blog, you liked the products and have continued to use them. :) What was different about them and what made you keep coming back to them?

I feel that they are more natural and less ‘chemically’ than other products. I don’t get the over-stripped, dry feeling on my hair when I use JessicurI that I tend to get when I use other products. I also love that they are made locally, and made by someone who loves hair - and helping girls and women feel better about their locks! I love that you support Lock of Love and I am glad that you are sharing your gifts and talents around the world. I continue to use Jessicurl because I love them!

How has your relationship with your hair changed or evolved during your time using Jessicurl products?

I feel like I take more time to ‘care’ for my hair than I used to.  In the past I didn’t really think there was much I could do about having dry, frizzy hair, but since I have been using Jessicurl I have been happily surprised at how my hair has changed and how many compliments I have received. =0)

Please tell me whatever else you’d like me to know about you and your hair and your experience with it.  

 I just want to say thank you for creating such great stuff! I recommend your products on Facebook to all my curly haired friends, and smile every time I see you out and about. Keep up the good work <3                                       

I first met Haley at the World Natural Hair Show in Atlanta a few years ago. She literally BOUNCED up to my table to say hi, and well, needless to say, we were instant friends. :) (As a bouncy person myself, I appreciate my fellow bouncy-folks.) She runs a blog at Derby City Naturals and brings her bubbly personality to her site where she blogs about natural hair. I LOVE Haley! I was SO happy to get to see her again on my recent trip to Atlanta and can’t wait until our paths can cross (and bounce) again. I just knew I had to include her in my series of Curly Chronicle blog posts. :) Thank you Haley, for letting me feature you, and for your wonderful enthusiasm over the years. I love you!!! :)

 

 

Your name: Haley Rhine

Number of years using Jessicurl products: 2

Tell me about your curly hair journey. Did you always have curly hair, or like many of us, did it go curly at a certain point in your life?

I have had nearly every style imaginable; natural curls, braids, jheri curl, relaxer, extensions, flat-ironed… I have worn my curls off and on over the years. I committed to stay curly in 2008.

When you were a kid, let’s say, under the age of 12, how did you feel about your hair? Did you get along with it?

No! I had naturally curly hair that my mother pressed using a pressing comb to make it straight however my active sporting and running around would quickly revert it back to a big fluffy mess.

Did that relationship change at all during your adolescent years?

My adolescent years were all about experimentation including creative short cuts and color. I changed (and damaged) my hair so often but I always liked the styles I chose.

If you fought with your curly hair for a portion of your life, at what age/point in your life did you decide to embrace your naturally curly hair?

Not until adulthood.  I did not like using chemical relaxers to straighten my hair however I only thought my curls were cute when my hair was short. As it grew longer it was just a puffy mess so I used heat to straighten it and constantly battled against reversion.  Finally in 2008 I decided to go natural and to wear my natural curly texture.

How did the people in your life react to that decision?

I did it for my daughter and I think it had the largest impact on her. She was a pre-teen and felt the pressure to chemically straighten her naturally curly hair just as I had at her age. When I embraced my curls I felt she did also.

If you always loved and accepted your curls, is there someone in your life that you feel was helpful in helping you with that? If you had to accept them later in life, is there someone who you feel was helpful in accepting/loving your curls then?

I would say that the online community message boards really helped me connect with others who were like me and trying to embrace their hair.

When, and in what context did you first hear of Jessicurl?

On the message boards at naturallycurly.com

What made you decide to try Jessicurl the first time?

I heard great reviews on these products, they were natural and someone was swapping a bottle for cheap so I decided to try it.

What did the packaging look like when you first used Jessicurl? How did that affect your opinion of it? The old green bottle with tan label. I did not even think about the packaging.

Clearly, since you’re being featured on my blog, you liked the products and have continued to use them. :) What was different about them and what made you keep coming back to them?

I could tell that for once I was using a product that was DESIGNED for curly hair and they worked! What keeps me loyal honestly is Jess. She is such a wonderful person and I love her spirit and the way she cheers for curlies everywhere.

How has your relationship with your hair changed or evolved during your time using Jessicurl products?

I learned so much about my hair, what it likes and what works. My hair is so much happier because of it.

Please tell me whatever else you’d like me to know about you and your hair and your experience with it.

The most awesome thing about Jessicurl products is that it dispels the myth of products that are for “White hair” “Black hair” or “Bi-racial hair” these are stupid, foolish and divisive terms that have nothing to do with hair. Curly hair is curly hair. Whether you have a loose wave, winding curl or springy coil these products are made for you!

Last Friday we had a really fun party at Jessicurl World Headquarters. The main reason was to celebrate our 10 year anniversary, but there were other reasons too. It’s been two years since my business partners Cedar and George invested in Jessicurl and we expanded our facility, but we never did get around to having a party to celebrate that. So yeah, we were WAY overdue on opening the doors to the community. :)

My friend Norman came and played some music for us and that was SO awesome. He’s the bass player in my favorite Grateful Dead cover band, but I’d never heard him do solo acoustic so that was a wonderful treat. Sadly, the one picture I took of him playing got deleted before I could post it. I’m sorry Norm. :(

This community is absolutely amazing and I’m so blessed to have mentors and friends of every age. It’s no secret that one of my all time favorite people is my little buddy Ava, and I was SO stoked that she came. (Accompanied by her awesome parents, my friends Lynn and Andy, and her adorable brother Morgan. Somehow I only ever take pictures of Ava though… sorry Lynn and Andy…You know I love you too, right? :))

 

Ava painted me a picture as an anniversary present. When she handed it to me, she said, “This is you in space!”

 

 

Um… ok. :) I love kids, and especially THAT kid. Who knows what makes them say stuff like that, but I’ll take it. :) (Actually, in this case I do know. Ava and I share a love of a band from Bellingham, WA called Yogoman Burning Band and they have a song called What’s There In Space. I’m 99% sure her comment is in reference to that song. She’s a pretty hip little kid, as you can tell. :) )

Another super special treat is that my mom Nancy was up visiting from Palm Springs. She doesn’t get up here much so it was great that she could make it for the party. :) Here’s a picture of mom, me and Ava. :)

 

Since the party took place at our factory, we didn’t have any lampshades for people to put on their heads, so my buddy/Jessicurl’s amazing photographer Terrence had to get creative when it came time to do something silly…

 

 

Here’s a great group shot Terrence took of all of us. What a happy, wonderful group of friends Jessicurl has, eh? We have an AMAZING staff as well, and they were all there to help celebrate too.  I was so touched at the turn out and all of the support this community has shown us over the years. The party was great, as you can tell by all the open wine bottles on the table. :)

 

That’s my business partner Cedar to my left in the picture. He deserves a super-special-shout-out because he is super-special-awesome and has helped Jessicurl grow over the last two years in ways that would absolutely would not have been possible otherwise. Thanks you Cedar. :) 

Hey Curlies,

A subject near and dear to all of our hearts is breast health, so in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October we are offering Pink Hair Therapy Wraps! The best part is that for every one sold this month, we will donate $5.00 to our local breast health non-profit here in our hometown of Arcata,

The Humboldt Community Breast Health Project.

 

They, like many small, community based organizations around the world are supporting women (and men) who have been affected by cancer.

 

So, if you have ever been tempted to purchase one of these awesome curly essentials, buy it this month and you will be doing something special for yourself and you can feel great about it too! Here's a link to the Hair Therapy Wrap, and remember, they will be available in pink for October only :)

 

Have a curly day!

Jess

September 4th was Jessicurl's 10 year anniversary so we're drawing the celebration out. :) One way is by doing a series of Curly Chronicle Blog posts featuring Jessicurl customers I've come to know and love over the years. :) (Ok, there are several people featured in the series that I've not met in person, but I still love them! :) )

I’ve never met Emma but I sure would love to! :) She often answers questions people post on the Jessicurl facebook page before I even see them and always has the right answer. :) She is a true Jessicurl evangelist and I very much appreciate it. :) Thanks Emma, and thanks for letting me feature you on my blog! :)

 

 

 

 

Your name: Emma Youngdale

Number of years using Jessicurl products: 3

Tell me about your curly hair journey. Did you always have curly hair, or like many of us, did it go curly at a certain point in your life?

I inherited my curly hair from my dad. He and I are the only ones on his side of the family with curly hair. There are pictures of me as a baby and toddler with bouncing curls. Once I got to about age 5 my hair was down to my back, so I had pretty waves.

When you were a kid, let’s say, under the age of 12, how did you feel about your hair? Did you get along with it?

I remember that my mom had my hair cut into a bob when I was around six years old. She had to work early, and my dad wasn’t doing that great of a job taking care of my long hair. So from about the age six to twelve, I always had short hair. I struggled with it because it was unruly. It would never lie straight, and I had weird flips of hair around my crown. Once I was in junior high I learned about blow driers and vented brushes, and that helped me fight some of the unruliness. It was never the stick straight hair that I wanted, though. And if I wasn’t careful it would turn into a frizzy mess. I never realized that I was fighting with my curls.

Did that relationship change at all during your adolescent years?

My mom is a natural beauty. She doesn’t wear makeup and lightly styles her hair. I don’t have an older sister, and my female cousins lived out of state. I learned most of my beauty tips from friends, from teen magazines or at the hair salon. Everyone I knew had straight hair. The girls in the magazines had straight hair (unless they were African-American), so of course, I had to have straight hair. The blow drier became my best friend, and then I learned about a large, round bristled brush. This helped me to tame my frizz, because I still didn’t realize that I was fighting my curls. I just thought that I had unruly hair. The TV show “Friends” came out around my senior year of high school. Of course, every girl, including me, had to have “The Rachel.” I can still remember blow drying my hair straight and then using a wide barrel curling iron to add body back into my hair. How ironic is that?

If you fought with your curly hair for a portion of your life, at what age/point in your life did you decide to embrace your naturally curly hair?

I was in my mid-20’s when I realized that I was fighting my curly hair. I wouldn’t say that I embraced my curls, but I did start wearing my hair curly every once in a while. It became my “I’m running late, I don’t have time to do my hair so I’ll wear my hair curly” style. I remember the hair gel I used was a nicer brand than a drug store brand, but it left my hair super crunchy. I didn’t like it. I still preferred to wear my hair straight, and then a hair stylist introduced me to a hair straightener. I thought it was the holy grail of my hair problems. There was a period of time when I went back and forth, curly and straight, and I always went back to my hair straightener because I couldn’t find the right product to style my hair curly. I tried a lot of them, too, from some of the most popular hair care and curly care lines. The big turning point for me was on June 18, 2009. That was the day my sister had her first baby. My parents called me that morning and told me to head to the hospital. I took a quick shower and drove to the hospital without styling my hair or wearing any makeup. When I saw the pictures of me holding my new little nephew, I got so sad because my hair was a big frizzy mess. I figured there had to be something out there that worked.

When, and in what context did you first hear of Jessicurl? What made you decide to try Jessicurl the first time?

I was an active member of a message board called Mineral Madness (it’s a Bare Escentuals fan board). Several of the women there had naturally curly hair. One of them posted about how they received their Jessicurl order and liked the products. I was intrigued. I went to the website and looked at the products. What sold me were the videos. I didn’t realize I was handling my hair all wrong! I was wrapping my hair in a towel and then using styling products in my partially dried hair. I wasn’t scrunching, and I was constantly touching my hair making it frizzier. Before I even received my Jessicurl order I was following the styling tips on the website and was seeing improved results.

How did the people in your life react to that decision?

I started using Jessicurl while I was visiting family in Michigan (I live in Arizona). I actually had my order shipped to my mother-in-law’s house. When I returned to work my co-workers were stopping me in the hallway and asking me if I had permed my hair, or if that was my natural curl. I was getting compliments left and right about my beautiful hair! My beautiful hair! My family, all straight haired, was so jealous! My hubby was a little sad, though, because he loved brushing my hair and running his fingers through my hair.

If you always loved and accepted your curls, is there someone in your life that you feel was helpful in helping you with that? If you had to accept them later in life, is there someone who you feel was helpful in accepting/loving your curls then?

I am thankful for the curly girls at Mineral Madness! They were the first to encourage my accepting and loving my curls.

What did the packaging look like when you first used Jessicurl? How did that affect your opinion of it? The packaging was the green bottles with the tan colored labels. I personally don’t care what a bottle or jar looks like because it’s what is inside that matters most.

Clearly, since you’re being featured on my blog, you liked the products and have continued to use them. :) What was different about them and what made you keep coming back to them?

love that Jessicurl leaves my curls soft and touchable (but please don’t touch them). My hair is also super shiny. I also love that there are a lot of great natural ingredients. The other thing I really like is that each product is lightly fragranced with the same scent, or can be fragrance free. I am sensitive to scents, and some curly hair products I’ve tried smell terrible or are very strong. I don’t want to smell that all day. There is even one curly brand in which every single product has a different fragrance. I don’t need three or four difference scents clashing in my hair.

How has your relationship with your hair changed or evolved during your time using Jessicurl products?

I went from thinking that I was cursed with curly hair to knowing that I am blessed with curly hair. Since using Jessicurl I can confidently say that I love my hair! I remember walking in the mall, and there was a kiosk selling hair straighteners. The sales girl asked me if she could show me how their product could straighten my hair. I looked at her and asked, “Why would I ever want to do that?” and kept walking.

Please tell me whatever else you’d like me to know about you and your hair and your experience with it.  Your products have encouraged me to share with other curly girls that they too can have beautiful curls that they love!

September 4th was Jessicurl's 10 year anniversary so we're drawing the celebration out. :) One way is by doing a series of Curly Chronicle Blog posts featuring Jessicurl customers I've come to know and love over the years. :) (Ok, there are several people featured in the series that I've not met in person, but I still love them! :) )


I’ve known Dan and his wife Jessica for about 2 or so years now. They live here in Humboldt County, CA where I do, and in the last year I’ve gotten to know them better as friends. They are AWESOME people, and NOT just because of their curly hair. :) (We joke that I’ll be able to retire someday because of how much hair they have, and can you imagine if they ever had KIDS?!?! :-)

I love Dan’s story because it gives us a guy’s perspective on his curls that we don’t often get to hear. I think it’s awesome that he has grown it long and curly and takes such good care of it. :) He and Jess are strong, vocal supporters of Jessicurl and I really appreciate that. Thanks so much, Dan, for letting me feature you here, and thank YOU Jess, for setting him straight on his curls back when you met him. :) Y’all are just too cute. :)

 

Here's a picture from a few weeks ago with me and Dan and Jess. They are so awesome.

Just look at all the great curls in this picture!! :-)

Your name: Dan Davis

Number of years using Jessicurl products:  4

Tell me about your curly hair journey. Did you always have curly hair, or like many of us, did it go curly at a certain point in your life? 

I’ve always had some curls, but my hair went way curly in my late teens.

When you were a kid, let’s say, under the age of 12, how did you feel about your hair? Did you get along with it?

I think, like most boys, I hardly knew I had hair when I was under the age of twelve. I did get along with it however, I kept it pretty short.

Did that relationship change at all during your adolescent years?

Yep, I began to hate it! My hair began to have a mind of its own. My solution was to keep it really short. I even wore a crew cut for a while.

If you fought with your curly hair for a portion of your life, at what age/point in your life did you decide to embrace your naturally curly hair?

I finally accepted and embraced my curls in my early 20’s. My hair became a way to express myself. Perhaps the best incentive to embrace my hair was when girls started to notice my curls. I was becoming a hippie.  A hippie with long curly hair!

How did the people in your life react to that decision?

They hardly noticed.

If you always loved and accepted your curls, is there someone in your life that you feel was helpful in helping you with that? If you had to accept them later in life, is there someone who you feel was helpful in accepting/loving your curls then?

My sister, who is not curly at all, was very helpful. She gave me some clues and product to get me going.

When, and in what context did you first hear of Jessicurl?

I met a girl named Jessica (not the famous Jessicurl) and she had amazing curly hair. We started dating and I quickly realized she had stuff in her bathroom that had the word “curl” in its name. I started asking questions.

What made you decide to try Jessicurl the first time?

My girlfriend at the time, now my wife, all but insisted that I give this stuff a try. I have never regretted taking her advice, she is a curl genius.

What did the packaging look like when you first used Jessicurl? How did that affect your opinion of it?

I don’t really remember it being any different, though it probably was.

Clearly, since you’re being featured on my blog, you liked the products and have continued to use them. :) What was different about them and what made you keep coming back to them?

What kept me coming back? Results! With curls consistency is everything, if you’re not using the same stuff you’re not going to get the same results. So when I started consistently using Jessicurl and getting the same result, I was hooked.

How has your relationship with your hair changed or evolved during your time using Jessicurl products? 

I love my hair now. In the past it was a pain and often lived in a pony tail, now it flows freely and is easy to care for.

Please tell me whatever else you’d like me to know about you and your hair and your experience with it.  

JESSICURL = AWESOME

I’ll start out by saying this will be a super long blog post. :) My trip to Atlanta for Fro Fashion Week was so fun and so busy and I met so many awesome people, there’s no way to recap it concisely. So, yeah, go get a cup of tea or something. :)  The upside is I have a TON of pictures to include as well. :) Here's one I took from my hotel room balcony on my first night in Atlanta.

 

My good buddy/awesome photographer Terrence McNally of Arcata Photo Studios was with me on the trip, so that just made it all even more fun and resulted in some amazing pictures. Ok, let’s do this recap! :)


I got to Atlanta Wednesday morning to participate in the I Love Me event put on by Julia Davis of Tru Chat Online. I LOVE participating in her events because they’re all about helping young curly girls learn to love and embrace their curls NOW, so they don’t have to go through the years of hair hatred that some of us did. As usual, the girls were adorable and we all had a really great time.


Here's me and Julia, the organizer of the event. She is one of my favorite people on the planet. :-)

With Julia, the host of the event.

The girls and their Jessicurl temporary tattoos. :) (And me with my real one, of course. :) )

The girls and their Jessicurl temporary tattoos. :)

You can see a whole bunch more pictures in this album on the TruChatOnline Facebook page if you'd like to check them out. :)

Friday night we had a model call in the lobby of the hotel. Part of the reason Terrence was with me was so we could do a photo shoot and get some new pictures for Jessicurl.com, so Friday's model call is how we met some of the lovely ladies who participated in the shoot. Also, my awesome cousin Jen drove in from Tallahassee to help me out, so THAT was super cool too. She's a lot of fun to have around and it doesn't hurt that she has awesome curly hair! :) 

Here's our table during the model call-turned-party Friday night in the hotel lobby. :)

 


The lobby band was playing some great salsa tunes and I have a VERY hard time not being a total dork and dancing no matter where I am. Friday night was no exception. (And yeah, I was the only one...) Before I knew what was happening, Trevor the hotel concierge swooped over and was dancing me around the lobby bar. :) ADORABLE. Trevor was for sure a highlight of the weekend AND, I found out later, has been an avid Jessicurl user since he got samples at the last Fro Fashion Week! :) Love that!! :) Here are some super cute pics that Terrence took of us dancing. :)

 

When we got done with that and I had given everyone instructions on how to use the products for the photo shoot on Sunday, it was still pretty early, so Terrence and Jen and hit hit the town to take some fun pictures! :) Where Terrence and I live, up here in Northern California, it is BEAUTIFUL, but it's not all hip and urban like Atlanta. :) I don't often to get dressed up and Terrence takes a lot of pictures of people in front of redwood trees and the ocean. :) NOT like there's anything wrong with that, just, photographers like to branch out sometimes. Downtown Atlanta on a Friday night is a great place to do just that!

I changed into a different dress and we went out on a photgraphy adventure! :) We had a blast! Terrence has a great eye, so we'd stop every few blocks or so and he'd pose us for different shots. There are FAR too many to post here, but I'll share this cool one from a parking garage we were walking by. :)

 

Now this next part of the story is by far the least awesome part of my trip and the only reason why I’m including it in this blog is that so many of you know about it and would probably be like, “Uh…Jess? Remember that other really huge thing that happened???” I’ll keep it short and move back on to the good stuff. We were having a blast, traipsing around down town Atlanta, getting GREAT pictures. We were walking across the street on a green light, with a walk signal. A car was turning left, not paying very good attention, and hit Terrence. Yes. With his CAR. I fell down with Terrence and since we saw it coming, we managed to have eye contact with each other AS we hit the ground. That’s a crazy thing, my friends. To have eye lock with your friend as he gets hit by a car and you are falling to the ground with him. I’ll cut to the chase and tell you everybody is FINE. (Including the guy who was driving who is lucky *I* didn’t hit HIM, I was so mad right then.) He turned out to be a really nice guy who … had an accident. People have accidents. In fact, after all the police had come and gone and such, we were quite friendly with him and I took this picture of him and Terrence. (That’s Terrence on the right, as if to say, “Who’d of thought I’d come to Atlanta and get hit by a car?!”) In all seriousness though, I’m SOOOOO glad Terrence is ok. That is putting it about as mildly as I’ve ever put anything ever. 

 

Saturday brought several awesome events, starting with the Bloggers and Brands Brunch. That’s always a favorite of mine as it brings dozens of bloggers together and we can all talk about how we can better work together. This year the featured speaker was Mattie of www.mattieologie.com and she was awesome. She’s a very engaging speaker and gave the other bloggers in the room some great tips on how to make their voice more authentic and personalized. I really enjoyed her talk and I know everybody else did too. :)

 

Mattie speaking to the bloggersMe, speaking to the bloggers

Listening to Mattie speak

After that, Fro Fashion Week creator and founder Tarin Boone and I headed downstairs to host a really awesome, candid chat with the curlies about our shared struggles with our hair. It was a great discussion largely because everybody was really open to talking and sharing their stories. I loved being able to share in the hosting of it with Tarin. :)

 

After the discussion, the cutest, dorkiest thing happened. :) This beautiful woman Jess came up to say hi and take a picture, and in my typical blunt fashion, I blurted out, "You're beautiful - what are you doing tomorrow morning at 10:00?" :-) See, we needed a few more ladies for our photo shoot and that was my not-smooth way of asking her if she'd like to be in it. She excitedly agreed and, well, rather than try to explain what happened next, I'll just let the pictures demonstrate it...

 

And then...our attempt at being serious for a second. :)

I seriously love Jess and am SO glad I met her and that she was a part of our photo shoot on Sunday! Expect to see her beautiful self on Jessicurl.com SOON! :) In the meantime check out her awesome blog at HairGetsKinky.com

 

Later that night was... the PENTHOUSE PARTY!! :) That is always a highlight of Fro Fashion Week but THIS year they renamed it Jessicurl 10 and it was our official 10 year anniversary party!! :) It was a BLAST. :) I did get thrown into the fire a bit with the dancing though... :) I LOVE to dance but I don't know all the steps they were throwing at me! :) I did my best to keep up but I know that I looked ridiculous several times. Oh well, I don't care. It was FUN! :-)

 

And one more just to make you laugh.

Sunday was our big photo shoot!! :) Terrence and I met the ladies in the hotel lobby and then headed out on our big adventure! We had SUCH a great time and it was awesome how supportive everyone was of each other. When it was someone’s turn to get her pictures taken, the rest of us just hung out and cheered the model on. It was awesome. :)  

Terrence is not only a great photographer in a technical sense, but he has a wonderful ability to make people feel really comfortable while getting their picture taken. Clearly that shows in the end result! I’m not going to post THOSE pictures here because they’re not done with final editing but we’ll be putting them up on Jessicurl.com just as soon as they are. :) In the meantime, here are some “behind the scenes” pics that were taking throughout the course of our superhappyfuntimes photo shoot. :) I feel so lucky to have made so many new and wonderful friends that I know I’ll stay in touch with forever! :)

 

Getting ready to head out on our adventure. :)In the cab on the way to the park

 

The grand finale of Fro Fashion Week is the fashion show! I don’t actually have any pictures of it because I was on the edge of my seat WATCHING it, but this blog has some great shots. :) THe models in the fashion show are just STUNNING and I look forward to it each Fro Fashion Week.


Remember how I said I love to dance and will just do it, well, anywhere? Well, the music playing in the room after the fashion show was awesome and Nicole and I had a hard time keeping still so we just decided, ah, what the heck, and got up on the runway for an impromptu dance party. Terrence snapped some great shots of it. :)

Whew! That's a lot, eh? :) What a week! As usual, I met SO many awesome people and loved the discussions we had about our hair and our experiences with it. Keep your eyes out for a slew of new pictures on the site from our photoshoot featuring our beautiful models. :) Thanks again to everyone at Fro Fashion Week for, as usual, making me feel so at home and such a part of the family. I truly love you guys!! And thank you TERRENCE for being such a great dude to have on the trip!

One last picture to show you because it's adorable. :) This is how my awesome friend Rachel picked me up at the airport when I got home. :) How cute is she?!?!? Love that girl. :-)

 



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