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.