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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. :-)

 




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 Betsy but she's an active commenter/poster on the Jessicurl Facebook page so when it came time to ask people if I could feature them, she came to mind right away. :) I love that her story is a bit different in that she didn't really fight with her hair as much as some of us did. These stories are really showing me that while yes, we are all very much alike, we still have our differences. And that's awesome. :) Thanks Betsy! :)

 

 

Your name:  Betsy O’Phelan

Number of years using Jessicurl products:  5

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 slightly wavy hair up until I hit puberty and it suddenly started curling.

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?

As a kid, I thought very little about my hair unless it was detangling time. My mother put it in pigtails almost every day until I was in 4th or 5th grade, I think, but it still tangled badly. She didn’t have the heart to deal with it so my poor Dad got the fun job of making me cry.

Did that relationship change at all during your adolescent years?

Oh yes. Once it started becoming curly, I had no idea what to do with it. This was in the mid-80s on Long Island, and people were transitioning from feathered “winged” styles to BIG HAIR looks. That was actually a pretty decent change for me, because there was no earthly way to do wings with my hair, but big? That I could do!

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’m not sure I ever really fought with it much. I suffered frizz and triangle head, and I went through phases where I was jealous of people with straight her and attempted to straighten it myself (not good a good plan—I’m awful with a blow dryer) but I didn’t go through any prolonged periods of hair hate.

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?

That’s a good question. I’m not really sure exactly how I ended up loving my curls as much as I do. For several years, I cut my hair super-short (think Winona Ryder in the 90s) and dyed it bright red. I was living in Manhattan at the time, and when my awesome hairdresser moved to L.A. I ended up growing my hair out and searching for a salon that was good with curly hair. I had a brief interlude at one place where I was pretty happy (and found the stylist who did my wedding hair—a curly updo) and then I heard about Lorraine Massey and started getting my hair cut at Devachan. I think I probably read about it in New York  or Time Out magazine. Actually, I guess the Deva approach to styling is what pushed me into the land of curly love. The dry cut, cutting out sulfates and ‘cones, and gently blotting my curls rather than rubbing them with a towel—all of that really made an incredible difference.

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

I was using another line of products and while I liked them, I wasn’t entirely thrilled, so I started looking at the naturallycurly.com forums for alternatives.  

What made you decide to try Jessicurl the first time?

People on the forum gave great reviews, and I loved your back story. And honestly, your gorgeous curls! If you looked that good using your products, I figured they were worth a shot.

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

It was the dark green translucent plastic. It looked just “cult internet product” enough to be intriguing.

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?

Too Shea pretty much is the best conditioner I’ve ever used. It just melts right into my hair and makes it so soft, without weighing it down. And the combination of Rockin’ Ringlets and Confident Coils just gives my curls the perfect amount of hold, definition, and frizz protection without making them stiff or crunchy. And I really love the Island Fantasy scent. It makes me happy every shower.

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

I think it’s just improved as it’s gone along. I rarely have a bad hair day anymore, and if I do it’s usually because I got distracted and didn’t do something I normally do (like blowing my hair half dry and then realizing I never put any product in. Oopsie.)

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

The combination of your products and my years of experimentation and knowledge-gathering about curly styling has really done great things for my hair. Other curlies often stop me and ask what products I use, and I absolutely always sing your praises and give them your URL!

September 4th was Jessicurl's 10 year anniversary so we're celebrating all month long. :) 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 met Lauri several years ago when I was in Boston for a conference. We had a curly meet up and she drove in to participate. I liked her instantly, as she is a warm, friendly lady. :) I hope to get the chance to meet her again someday. Thanks for letting me write about you and your curls Lauri! :)

 

 

Your name: Lauri Lee

Number of years using Jessicurl products:  6

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 curly hair. When I was little, my mom mostly pulled it back in a ponytail. If it was left to its own devices, I’d end up sitting in front of my dad while he tried to detangle the “rat’s nest”! 

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 hated my hair. I grew up in the 70s when ideal hair was straight and parted in the middle or feathered, and my hair just wouldn’t do that. Other people always complimented my hair, but they said it was “cute” – like Shirley Temple’s!  Let’s be real – who wants to be compared to Shirley Temple, once they’re old enough to know who she is?!

Did that relationship change at all during your adolescent years?

When I was in 7th grade, I became a figure skater (suprisingly, the Dorothy Hamill cut wouldn’t work for me), and my standard hairdo was pulled back in a pony tail or braid to keep it under control. By 16, I had discovered my punk side, and I went very short (kind of like Jane Wiedlin’s haircut), which made me appreciate my hair much more. 

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 made peace with my hair after I cut it short. But the remarkable invention of Japanese hair straightening (aka bio-ionic hair straightening) tempted me fiercely in 2003, and I enjoyed having stick-straight hair for the first time in my life for about 18 months. It was ridiculously expensive, but I loved it – until my hair started breaking off. So I cut it short again and grew out my own natural curls. Discovering Jessicurl products also changed my perspective on my hair – finally, I could guarantee that my hair would look good all the time, instead of it having a mind of its own. Knowing that I had products that I could count on to give me hair that I could count on made a huge difference!

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

My husband has always been supportive of my struggles with my hair, and he claims to love it regardless of how I wear it. My mother has always preferred my hair “controlled” – she really liked it straight. Natural is not really her M.O., though, because she would like it better if I colored my hair and covered up my gray, too. J

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 husband Terry has been a great positive influence. I’ve always struggled with the fact that as a short girl with curly hair, people always thought I was “cute”. My whole life, from 8 to 18 and probably to 88, always “cute”!  Terry thinks I’m beautiful no matter what my hair looks like. He even says he likes it when it’s “crazy” – like when I get up in the morning.

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

I first heard about Jessicurl on NaturallyCurly.com, while I was researching ways to try to love my hair.

What made you decide to try Jessicurl the first time?

I read the reviews and decided that these products were worth a try – and within a few weeks, became a lifelong devotee! In 2008, Jess traveled to Boston for a conference, and invited those of us in the area to meet up with her. I took the train up from Providence (where we had just moved) and met Jess and a bunch of other curlies. It was great, and she was fabulous! I think the products and brand really reflect Jess’ fun and positive personality.

What did the packaging look like when you first used Jessicurl? How did that affect your opinion of it? The packaging was much simpler, but I did like the bottles and labels! I started using the Citrus Lavender scent, but after meeting Jess and hearing others rave about Island Fantasy, I tried it, and I’ve totally made the switch. People always compliment me on the way my hair smells, but it’s not too strong or overpowering. I’ve always kind of liked the fact that Jessicurl is a little like a cult product – those of us who use it are sort of like a fan club! It’s fun to be “in the know”. J

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 like the fact that Jessicurl products are natural, cruelty-free, and do what they say they do. Since I am an Arbonne consultant, these things are really important to me! I don’t feel like I’m using chemicals to control my hair, and I feel like my hair appreciates the effort (do non-curly people ascribe personalities to their hair and anthropomorphize it like this?!). I also value Jess’ attempts to educate us – the microfiber hair towel has been a game-changer, and I learned that from Jess!

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

See above. My hair and I get along much better now, whether it’s short or long or somewhere in between. I change the length and style of my hair pretty often, and it always looks good now!

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

I wish Jessicurl had been around when I was younger, I might have learned to like my hair earlier! It’s nice that curlies growing up today have more options. I still think society doesn’t feature naturally curly hair in positive ways – the ugly duckling always has her hair straightened to become beautiful, and wild hair still seems to represent wild women. The movie “Brave” was a good start, but I wish more real live actresses with curly hair wore their hair natural more often.

September 4th was Jessicurl's 10 year anniversary so we're celebrating all month long. :) One way is by doing a series 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 had the pleasure of meeting Karen Lynne when I was in Seattle a few years ago. She came to a curly dinner meet up I organized and was a lot of fun! She totally did NOT dispel my theory that “you rarely meet a shy curly haired person.” :) She was friendly, bubbly and very very passionate about curly hair. :) Thanks for letting me feature you on my blog, Karen Lynne! :)

 

 

Your name:  Karen Lynne Knaup 

Number of years using Jessicurl products:  7

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? 

My hair has always been curly, but went from looser curls as a child to chaotic, crazy frizz around the 5th grade. 

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?  

Oh, heavens.  The age of 12.  Such a crazy time for the life of ANY adolescent, but throw in an unruly mop of untamable frizz, and life can get even crazier.  I would blow it dry with a roll brush trying to straighten it out.  I think at about age 13, I relaxed it a few times with lye relaxer.  This not only burned scabs into my scalp, but the curl came back before the scabs even healed. 

Did that relationship change at all during your adolescent years? 

I fell victim to the WORLD’S WORST HAIRCUT on March 23 of my Sophomore year.  (You know, one of these straight haired stylists who thinks you should just “go with the curl” and cut it short and in layers, only to be horrified to find that it SHRINKS as it dries?)  I had a frizzy corkscrew crew cut--with a tail!   I would not let another stylist even TRIM my hair for another 4 years.  I would wake up at 5 am to start the process:  Take a shower.  Pull my wet hair into a pony tail.  Let it dry being pulled straight.  Iron the bangs straight using a large barrel curling iron. (This was the 80‘s:  pre flat-iron.)  After hair dried (or at least mostly dried) by 7:45, take out the pony tail and use a bandana to hold the whole big mess back away from my face.

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? 

In college.  I still hadn’t had a trim, and finally went and interviewed several stylists and finally picked one.  Once I had a fairly good cut, it was certainly better, but I still dreaded the frizz that was unavoidable in the Nebraska humidity.  I REALLY embraced my curls after reading Curly Girl: The Handbook as an adult.  Ironically, I read this book while at a salon getting my hair STRAIGHTENED. (This wasn’t something I’d ever done nor intended to do; the stylist wanted to try out a new flat iron just to see if it worked as good as it had at the show on a model with hair like mine, and begged me to be her Guinea pig.  She gave me the book to read while she straightened my hair.)  After 48 hours with straight hair, I vowed never to curse my curls again.  Armed with new knowledge about my hair, I quit using shampoo and started reading ingredients on the products I used.  I wasn’t happy with my styling products, however, and reading online one day, I came across someone raving about Rocking Ringlets and Confident Coils.  I ordered 8 oz of each and have been a “certified quart gal” ever since! 

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

Like a recovering alcoholic, I was out to save the (curly haired) world, and told anyone I saw who had curly hair about my new hair care/product finds. Curlies share a bond (and I’m just certain we are more fun).   I would walk up to total strangers and start talking curls, and only once did someone look at me strange. (Turns out, she had a perm.)  I’d always been an extrovert, and loved sharing great finds, so I don’t think those around me even thought it was strange for me.

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 think the stylist who I finally allowed to cut my hair after that long hiatus was the first to really ask me questions about my hair and LISTEN to my struggles and what I like about my hair.  She took those things into account, and armed with a good cut, I think I started to accept it.  She’s the only one who cut my hair for the next decade even though we lived all over the US and overseas at one point!  Thanks, Kitty. 

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

I don’t remember exactly, but I know I read about it online, then saw some of the videos Jess put together demonstrating how to use the product.  She was JUST LIKE ME and I felt an instant connection.  I loved that she was so fun and laughed all the time (and the fact that she was very obviously very passionate about curls didn’t hurt)! 

What made you decide to try Jessicurl the first time? 

I loved the videos on the Jessicurl website.  After watching the videos, I felt I knew JUST how to use them when they arrived, and I couldn’t wait to try them!

What did the packaging look like when you first used Jessicurl? How did that affect your opinion of it?  Green bottles. I was so impressed with what was inside, I don’t know the bottles themselves made a huge impression.

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?  

They just work!  I started using Rockin’ Ringlets and Confident Coils.  Eventually, I grew to love the Weekly Deep Treatment and Too Shea! as well.  I just love how the products keep your curls soft and help hold their shape without feeling like plastic!  I really spend very little time on my hair, and it looks better than it ever has. 

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

I have really grown to love my hair.  I love how easy it is to care for.  (I would NEVER have imagined saying that when I was in high school getting up at 5 am for the “routine”!)

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

I think current day curly preteens and teens have so much more information that we did growing up, much in part due to awesome gals like Jess.  I will never fight my curls again.  I simply have a “curly” personality!  I am so thankful, not only for the great Jessicurl products, but for the message Jess sends out to the world on behalf of curlies everywhere to love yourself and your curls.  After all, we do “have the right to remain curly”!

Unless you've been averting your eyes any time you come across my blog or Facebook in the last few weeks, you know already that September marks Jessicurl’s 10 year anniversary. :) And maybe it’s become a little obvious that I personally am pretty excited about that. :) Heck, I even got my LOGO tattooed on my BODY to commemorate it! (So, yeah, no worries that I’m going to run off to Tahiti any time soon, eh? :)

Part of what makes my job so satisfying is hearing from you how much Jessicurl has helped you love your curls, whether you’re a man, woman or child. :) We gathered up one of each, plus a “straighty” for good measure and put them in our new radio ad.  I added some pictures of some of the people in it and made it into a little YouTube video. As you can tell, I'm a big fan of little 4 year old Ava. I call her my BFF. :-) Love that kid. :) (and ALL of you!!) 

 


 

On Tuesday I’m heading once again to what I’ve come to call my third home – Atlanta! :) (California and Canada being my first two. :) ) Fro Fashion Week takes place twice a year and you will ALWAYS find me there. Here's a picture from Febraury 2012's event.

 

 

It’s a great event that celebrates curls of all textures. Besides, it includes a penthouse party with an awesome DJ and THIS time, that party will be renamed Jessicurl 10 and will be our official 10 year birthday celebration!! :) I cannot WAIT. Oh, and I’m SUPER stoked that my awesome photographer Terrence McNally from Arcata Photo Studios will be coming with me to help document all of the festivities. So rest assured, there will be SO MANY pictures to show you when I get back. :)

 

If you’re in or near Atlanta and haven’t registered yet – DO IT! You’ll have so much fun, I promise. See you on the dance floor at the Jessicurl 10 party! :)

September 4th was Jessicurl's 10 year anniversary so we're celebrating all month long. :) One way is by doing a series 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 met Jordana several times over the years and would absolutely call her a friend at this point. :) Once a few years ago when she going from Southern California to Oregon, she stayed with me for a few days mid-way. :) It was great! I also got to see her a few years ago when I was up in Seattle and she came to our curly gathering. She’s always been a huge supporter of Jessicurl and I appreciate that so much. It’s such an amazing thing, customers become friends! :) Thank you Jordana, for being so great all these years and for becoming a true, real-life friend! :)



Me and Jordana in Seattle


Your name: Jordana Estner

Number of years using Jessicurl products: 9

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?

My hair was somewhat wavy as a kid, but turned curly at puberty.

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 always wanted it to be longer… I envied the girls with hair so long that they could sit on it! But I didn’t have any major issue with it. Just brushed it and didn’t think about it much after that.

Did that relationship change at all during your adolescent years?

Oh yes, definitely! My waves turned into ringlets, and I loved it! I’d always thought of my hair as kind of boring before 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 never fought with it. At one point in my early 20s I straightened regularly for a short while. The day my little brother said to me, “It’s weird. It’s like you’re trying to not look like the rest of the family,” was the day I realized how silly I was being. I’m a curly girl through and through. Always have been, always will be!

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

The first day I went to work curly after having straightened for a while, one coworker reached out and boinged a curl, and expressed surprise at how curly my hair was. That was really it; everyone else complimented my curls and ooh’d and aah’d over them!

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 think I’m lucky in that I never witnessed anyone straightening their hair while I was growing up. It honestly never occurred to me to heat style, simply because I’d never been exposed to it. I was oblivious to it as an option. My parents are both curly. My little sister is curly. I was raised to appreciate the way I look and enhance it, but not to fight it. I suppose I credit my mother for that. It’s her attitude towards her own appearance, and I guess I just got it from her.

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

Naturallycurly.com’s message boards. Jessicurl was first becoming really popular right around the same time that I started participating!

What made you decide to try Jessicurl the first time?

All the rave reviews from other curlies!

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

You know, I don’t really remember…  sorry!

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’m kind of a commitment phobe. I’ll use Jessicurl products for a while, then I’ll be lured away and will want to try something new. Time after time, though, I keep realizing that Jessicurl is simply what works best for me. Particularly the Deep Treatment. My hair is naturally quite dry, and nothing gives it moisture like Jessicurl’s DT does. I’ve tried so many others, but I always come back!

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

I used to want to control my curls pretty badly. I’ve gotten away from that in recent years. I very rarely even bother with product at all. Just conditioner, then I’m done. I like to let my curls be wild and free. That didn’t used to be the case. I think the fact that my hair is in much better health now than it used to be makes it easier to just let it to whatever it wants to on any given day.

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

Jessicurl makes my curls soft, shiny, well defined, and fabulous. I love it dearly and am proud to be one of the longest-term customers!

September 4th was Jessicurl's 10 year anniversary so we're celebrating all month long. :) One way is by doing a series 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 Monique but she’s a regular, long term customer and active on our Facebook page and seemed like an interesting curly that I wanted to include in this series of posts. :)

 

 

Your name: Monique Patenaude

Number of years using Jessicurl products:  8

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 straightish hair until about 8th grade, 13 to 14 years old.

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 don’t remember having any hair issues until it started to go curly. 

Did that relationship change at all during your adolescent years?

Even though my hair was changing I didn’t really realize that it was getting curly; all I knew for sure was that it wasn’t behaving.  I remember a constant struggle trying to keep it flat, then at some point in 10th grade I got a curly perm.

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?

In between my junior and senior year in high school (summer of 1982) I cut my hair short and kept it that way for the next 20 years!  Still, I did not know that my hair had become curly during adolescence.  To me, it was just unruly.  No one in my family has curly hair.  If I kept my hair short it had “body.”  Finally in 2003 I began to grow my hair out.  Ugh!  Such a pain!  But at least by then there were hair straighteners, mousse, and other products that I could use to keep my hair flattened until it dried. 

When, and in what context did you first hear of Jessicurl?  In 2004 I decided I had to find something to do with my hair other than fight with it.  The only time I used products was to keep my hair flat!  I researched and researched local hair experts and found

Stefania Buonomo, owner of Metro Salon here in Rochester, NY.  I made an appointment to get my hair straightened, but even on the phone the folks at Metro just told me to leave my hair natural—ie no plastering it straight with gels and mousse, or ironing—and come in.   It wasn’t until Stefania had me flip my head upright after she dried my hair with a diffuser that I finally realized I had curly hair!  She kept telling me my hair was curly as she was cutting and styling it.  Although she seemed to know what she was talking about, I “knew” my hair, and even though I never used a diffuser before, I “knew” blow drying my hair upside down was going to end poorly.  HA!!! I fell in love with my hair instantly! 

What made you decide to try Jessicurl the first time?

Metro Salon carries Jessicurl—Stefania used the Weekly Deep Conditioner in Citrus Lavender on me!

What did the packaging look like when you first used Jessicurl? How did that affect your opinion of it?  Green jar.  Simple label.  I liked the simple 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?  

The products consistently keep my hair in check.  I usually tweak the combination of products I use depending on the season or humidity and with Jessicurl products it’s just a simple proportion difference rather than having to buy different products for every season.

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

Jessicurl and my curls came to me at the same time—the two are inseparable!

September 4th was Jessicurl's 10 year anniversary so we're celebrating all month long. :) One way is by doing a series of Curly Chronicle blogs 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 Rosie Newchurch but I know I'd love her. :) She still places orders from us, but I remember packing up orders for her while sitting on my couch in my Berkeley apartment back in the first 6 months of business! How's THAT for a long-term customer? :) It's an honor to have such loyal customers and I loved interviewing her for this blog series. :)



Your name:  Rosie Newchurch

Number of years using Jessicurl products: 10

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? 

As a kid, my hair was absolutely wavy with lots of shine and NO frizz.  Around the time I turned 14 or 15, my curls began to emerge, but because there was no internet back then (the Dark Ages, I know) and because I didn’t understand that hair texture could change with age, I kept treating my hair the way I always had:  shampooing and brushing daily.  And I wondered why I had frizz!

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 really didn’t think much about my hair at that age.  My main focus was letting it grow as long as possible (or until my mom forced me to sit down for a trim.)

Did that relationship change at all during your adolescent years? 

Yes.  The teen years were full of angst, for all kinds of reasons, and my hair was no exception.  It began to change, but the way I treated it did not.  What a mess.  There are a few pictures of it where it looks decent, but I clearly didn’t know what was happening to it, or how to properly care for my emerging curls.

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?  

In my early 20’s I began to work with my hair, rather than against it.  I should’ve bought stock in Pantene for all the cans of mousse I went through.

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

The first time I wore my hair curly to work, one of my buddies raved about it.  “Ro – you’re curly!  I love it!”  That comment gave me the confidence I needed to stop fighting nature.

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? 

Yes, my aforementioned friend.  Around the same time, I met the man who eventually became my husband. He’s curly, too, so that was a great help. 

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

Through naturallycurly.com.  J

What made you decide to try Jessicurl the first time? 

Rockin’ Ringlets was in the development / ground floor stage “back in the day,” and I was one of the fortunate few to whom  Jess extended an invitation to try out the product. 

What did the packaging look like when you first used Jessicurl? How did that affect your opinion of it?  It was a very simple plastic bottle with top that had one of those little flip up / flip down nozzle (can’t really describe it – but it’s like the kind that’s often used for travel because it doesn’t leak).  I remember the label had sort of a matte finish and if it got wet, the print would smudge a little.  The packaging had  that homemade, grass-roots appearance that signifies you’re getting something hand-made, the product inside a labor of love that was many years in the making. 

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?  

While I adored that very first bottle of RR I received (and wished I’d kept it just for nostalgic reasons), the new packaging is simply gorgeous – and durable.  I especially like that Too Shea is now in a squeeze bottle – super convenient to keep in the shower.  The line had grown to include Confident Coils, which I think I love more than Rockin’ Ringlets, at least in the super-humid months, which are endless here in the Gulf South region.

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

My hair absolutely loves the Jessicurl line and I, in turn, have come to love my hair.  Frizz is greatly diminished, curls are more defined, and the compliments keep coming, even from total strangers.

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

My hair is one of my favorite features nowadays.  Like any curly, even though I’ve found outstanding products, some days are better than others.  I never stop experimenting with product combinations and application techniques.  I’ve gotten pretty good at knowing what my hair needs and ‘troubleshooting’ certain issues, thanks largely to the naturallycurly.com community.  There is SO much information available today it’s amazing.   I’m always learning ~ just when you think you know everything there is to know about your curls, you discover something new.  It’s like a hobby . . . my hair is my hobby.  And that’s fine with me.

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 I mentioned, I have two other tattoos, but it's been a long time since I got them, and I guess I remember them hurting more. Maybe I was just SO excited for this one or something, but it really didn’t hurt. I mean, yeah, sure, I FELT it, but not in a painful way at all. It took less than an hour and before I knew it, it was done! Here's a little picture montage of during, and the finished tattoo! Keep in mind, the "after" picture was taken RIGHT after. Over the next week or two it will heal up and be much prettier. :) I already love it though! :)

After it was done Wendy and I drove home, did some grocery shopping for dinner, got dad and the three of us had a really great anniversary dinner at their house. I made a cake and Wendy made a Jessicurl logo on it out of Saskatoon berry jam!! :) I couldn't believe she could do it free-hand like that! :) It was awesome. :) (For the record, Saskatoon berries look like blueberries but aren't as sweet and are native to, well, Saskatoon... as if you couldn't guess that yourself. :) ) Check out our cake! :)

Here's another little photo collage of the 3 of us from the night, mostly posing with the cake. :) We were pretty impressed by that cake, as you can tell. :) And I'm pretty stoked with my tattoo, as you can also probably tell. If you see me wearing t-shirts on cold days, don't be surprised. :-)

All in all, I can't imagine a better way to have celebrated Jessicurl's 10 year anniversary. :) As I've said before, my dad was one of the first people to encourage me to stop fighting with and hating my hair, and while you can't tell from these pictures, I get my curls from him. :) Actually, just to prove it, let me leave you with a picture of what HIS curls used to look like. :) Just because I can. :) Thanks again everyone, for 10 awesome years in business. :) I know it ony gets better from here. :)

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