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You have the right to remain curly and save at Jessicurl

To use a highly abused political term, I’ve been flip-flopping on my curly hair products lately.   I am a big fan of the DevaCare line and just had a curly cut a few weeks ago.   But the other day, I noticed that my hair just wasn’t performing well and I decided to revert back to my good ol’ Jessicurl line.  In response to some Rockin’ Ringlets and Confident Coils Styling Solution, my hair behaved beautifully yesterday.  My waves felt soft, not weighed down and without frizz, even on a windy September afternoon.  Oh Jessicurl, how I love thee!

FYI, Jess released some new specials today on the Jessicurl site:

10% off on both products when purchasing 8oz, Liters, or Gallons of Gentle Lather Shampoo and Aloeba Daily Conditioner together here.  You don’t even have to get the same size or scent for both products, just a few extra clicks in the shopping cart “configurator” to pick the details and make your combo.

For the big spenders, $5 flat rate shipping for orders of $100 or more or free shipping for orders of $200 or more.  Discount applies to product purchase amount only, and excludes tax and shipping.

Trial Collections, Rich and Light, both still 10% off. Each pack contains six trial size products, a great gift for the curlies in your life, and also a great way to travel with your favorite Jessicurl products.

And many good hair wishes to you!

September 18, 2008 at 8:17 am 6 comments

Beauty Byte: Hair Frizz Fighters

These product reviews reveal which formulas tame fine, thick, wavy and curly hair … and which are a waste of money


August 15, 2008 at 2:03 pm Leave a comment

Wet Hair. Does it offend you?

Since adopting the naturally curly hair care method I have avoided using a hairdryer.  It has been over a year since I have used a blow dryer to straighten or flat iron my hair.  I have discovered more curl in my hair than I ever knew I had, and the qualities of my hair have vastly improved.  These changes include having less hair breakage and overall heat damage, hair that feels much softer, shinier, and has hardly any frizz. 

Julyne Derrick, a beauty writer at recently wrote a post called, “Beauty Mistakes We’ve All Made.”  Number 4 on her list? 

We leave the house with dripping wet hair. Yes, curls should airdry. Yes, that can take forever. So do it the night before, or wake up early. Or use a diffuser on your hair dryer or roll your wet hair into a bun. But please do not go out into public with a dripping wet head. 

Is wearing your hair wet in public offensive?  After many divided comments at that post, she elaborated her complaints further in a second post titled, “Drip, Drip, Drip: Should One Go Out in Public With a Wet Head?”  Julyne writes, “So I have a beauty pet peeve.  I don’t like it when women with long, wet, curly hair ride the subway.  If the subway jolts, I can’t help but imagine a bunch of wet hair slapping me across the face.”  The comments on both sides have been fascinating.  Clearly there is need to educate and clear the air.

Does it offend you when someone at work or around town has wet hair?  I am not talking soaking wet, straight-out-of-the-shower wet hair; I mean clean, damp, neatly styled wet hair.  Does having it cut short or long matter?   I am also referring to this hair being “first thing out the door morning hair,” not on your way to a formal evening event, or to a professional business meeting.

If you would have seen me today, this is what I would have looked like dropping off my daughter for kindergarten.  Would I have offended you?  I really would like to know.

August 8, 2008 at 11:07 am 16 comments

Introduction to the Curly Girl Method: Devachan

In the past year, I have devoted a great deal of time and energy toward learning and obeying the rules of the naturally curly method.  Lorraine Massey, the author of, “Curly Girl” created her own hair salon, Devachan, and a several popular naturally curly product lines:  DevaCurl, DevaColor, and DevaCare.

Below is a quick 411 introduction video of Devachan and the Curly Girl Method:

Devachan is also responsible for the creation of the DevaSun Dryer DevaFuserThe DevaSun Dryer DevaFuser was uniquely made to suit the unique needs of curly hair.  Sheer brilliance!   Most hair dryers would merely blow your hair to galactic frizz heights.  The DevaSun Dryer DevaFuser is ionically charged to dry your hair without damaging it.   The DevaFuser distributes the current gently and lifts your hair through its hand-shaped diffuser. 

This morning after my regular conditioner washing hair routine, I added a leave-on conditioner and styling gel, twisted a few areas around my crown, and reached for the DevaSun Dryer Deva Fuser.  I am telling you honestly, this ain’t your mother’s hair dryer!

DevaSun Dryer
-ion generating technology.
-6 times more negative ion delivery.
-3 temperature settings specifically designed for curly and wavy hair.
-2 motor speeds.
-2 concentrator nozzles included.
-Unique ergonomic design.

-The first diffuser innovation in over 60 years.
-360 degree diffused air flow.
-Unique ergonomic design.
-Light weight and quick drying.
-Eliminates frizz forever.

I went from wet, dripping hair, to beautiful tame waves in less than 10 minutes.  This dryer is not cheap (retails for $185); however, this is a high quality, intelligently designed hair dryer.  If you have naturally curly thick hair this money will be well spent.  The DevaSun Dryer and DevaFuser will drastically cut down your drying time, and assist you in achieving a gorgeous head of curls.  My only complaint, the DevaFuser attachment doesn’t always stay attached to the dryer, which can be annoying.

But don’t just take my word for it…

Dandelion Mama (Tracy) observations on the DevaSun Dryer DevaFuser:

  “ looks like a strange chicken hat on top of a rocket- but it’s not.” 

April 18, 2008 at 8:02 am 2 comments

Embrace Yourself!

How about a little show and tell story? This is a story about my hair, and it is a bit of a sob story. Here is my picture at the age of 2 in 1971 with my older sister, Monique, and younger brother, Eddie. Can you guess which one I am?

My sister has always had stunningly gorgeous, very dark brunette hair. She could wear it short, or easily grow it very long. She had just the perfect balance of waves and thickness.

In the early 80’s when the style was “preppy,” she could wear perfect wispy bangs and draw the rest back with a stylish pink and green ribbon headband. On lazy mornings, she could sweep it all up in a ponytail, simple and elegant.

When hair styles went bigger and wavier in the mid 80’s, she got a body wave perm. Monique could then style it any way she pleased: full and wavy, or blow dryer straight with curled ends. Yes, I thought my sister had the perfect hair, and I was always green with envy.

I was born with very little hair, and the little hair I had the nurses immediately shaved off. After my delivery, I had some breathing issues and severe jaundice that led to having an IV being placed in my scalp. After a few months, my true hair started coming in. My hair had the appearance of yellowish downy feathers like what you see on a baby duck.

As I got older, and my hair grew, my mother tried several things and consulted with many women at the local beauty shops. At the age of 2, she gave me my first home perm in hopes of giving it some curl and control. I can remember at times standing next to my Mom in the checkout line at the grocery store, or at church, and someone would ask her, “What happened to your daughter’s hair? Bad perm or something?” It always amazed me how people would make these comments and think I didn’t understood what was being said, or that I wouldn’t feel badly about their statements.

I have many memories of my Mom trying to brush my hair out in the morning before school. My scalp just grew accustomed to the pain. It was no use complaining. I just had to accept it. I usually would avoid looking at myself in the mirror as well. In the morning, my Mom would slick it down with Vaseline and water and pull it tightly into a pigtail. By the end of the day, it would be bursting out of the pigtail all over the place. One big frizz ball.

When hearing the story of the Ugly Duckling, I truly believed that I was that duckling.

While growing up, I learned little by little how to try different techniques and products to make my hair look better. Luckily, by high school, I could actually make my hair presentable. It would take a lot of time and work. I usually would wake up at 5:30 am to have enough time to wash, blow dry, set curlers, and style my hair. And usually, if I went out again after school, I would need to re-wash and re-style my hair. .Seriously, the amount of time and energy I have spent on my hair is staggering to think about! And the end product still left me self-conscious and embarrassed.

That is until March of this year, when something inside me couldn’t do it anymore. I couldn’t torture, blow dry and fight against the hair God gave me one more day.
I believe it was nothing short of divine intervention that sent me to and Lorraine Massey’s book, “Curly Girl.” Without a doubt, these two sources of information have changed my life and given me a new found love and appreciation for my hair.

I only wish I had learned to be comfortable and confident with my hair before now. All those years of despair, feeling like an outcast and believing I had a flaw that made me different from other children. All that time thinking I was an ugly duckling waiting to become a swan when in fact I was an adorable little chick!

That is also what inspired me to create my blog and share these experiences. Writing out those memories still gets to me. I sincerely hope that we can empower each other by sharing our knowledge and building each other up. I want to get the word out so that the “little Jenny’s” out there can benefit from my experience and learn to accept themselves for the beautiful people they are! Embrace yourself and your hair, no matter what!

September 20, 2007 at 10:31 pm 6 comments

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