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LIAM'S MIXED CHICKS HAIR PRODUCT REVIEW


You Never Forget Your First Time…

Swirl Nation bloggers had the opportunity to sample the Mixed Chicks Hair product line and give us feedback on how the products worked in their hair. Mixed Chicks Hair products were created by Kim Etheredge and Wendi Levy whose collaboration of love developed products for multiracial men, women and children who had curly/textured hair types.


Who better to try Mixed Chicks Hair products than your favorite Swirl Nation ladies? Here is Liam's experience...

Before Leave In

Before Leave In

Name: Liam, age 3 (son of Swirl Nation founder Amal)

 

Social Media: IG / TW 

 

After Leave In

After Leave In

What was the first Mixed Chicks products you tried? Mixed Chicks Kids’ Leave-In Conditioner

 

Initial reaction? Yay

 

Why did you decide to try Mixed Chicks products out? Giveaway

 

Does using a culture specific beauty product impact your beauty regime? My son’s hair has never been challenging.  Being from a mixed racial background myself, I have a pretty good grasp on his type of hair; however, from my experience, to have the shine and definition for my curls and his curls, hair-wetting, every day, is almost mandatory.  Every once in awhile, we might have that lucky day where we could get away without wetting our hair and still have the brilliant, just-washed look.  With the Mixed Chicks Kid’s Leave-In Conditioner, my son can go three whole days – THREE- without me having to re-wet his hair and he still has defined curls.  This definitely saves time.  I don’t know the price-point of the products used, but if you could only buy one of the products, I would say invest in the leave-in.  Also, from a mommy standpoint, I love how you can easily “lock” all of the bottles without pushing down and turning (inadvertently dispensing product). My kids like to pour shampoo in the bath to make bubbles… whole bottles… that’s a lot of screaming and money.

 

Are there other Mixed Chicks products you are interested in trying out? For the 3-year-old, no.

LIAM'S MIXED CHICKS HAIR PRODUCT REVIEW via Swirl Nation Blog
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Day Two

Day Three

Day Three


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XAVIA'S MIXED CHICKS HAIR PRODUCT REVIEW


Swirl Nation bloggers had the opportunity to sample the Mixed Chicks Hair product line and give us feedback on how the products worked in their hair. Mixed Chicks Hair products were created by Kim Etheredge and Wendi Levy whose collaboration of love developed products for multiracial men, women and children who had curly/textured hair types.


Who better than to try Mixed Chicks Hair products than your favorite Swirl Nation ladies? Here is Xavia's experience...

XAVIA'S MIXED CHICKS HAIR PRODUCT REVIEW via Swirl Nation Blog

I get a little nervous writing reviews. The way my opinion is set up, it's really hard for me to fluff and fudge, and I worry about the day when I have to review something I hated. Not today, though. Phew!

XAVIA'S MIXED CHICKS HAIR PRODUCT REVIEW via Swirl Nation Blog

Mixed Chicks was my first. With curly hair care that is. Years ago, I was a faithful customer. With each baby, though, I lost a portion of the energy I put into my hair until, eventually, it was all messy bun, all the time. What can I say, the kids killed my curls! Since I'm all about making a mess beautiful, though, I thought it was time to direct some of that attention to my mane. I was given the opportunity to review by the Mixed Chicks crew, and I was more than happy to revisit my first love.

With the intent to help my girls embrace their locks, I’ve made the decision not to straighten my hair anymore. At least until they're old enough, and their self-image is a little less pliable. You'd think I have a stockpile of good curly girl product, but very often I don't; hence the messy bun. Thanks to Mixed Chicks, though, I now had the goodies I needed to give my curls some life.

XAVIA'S MIXED CHICKS HAIR PRODUCT REVIEW via Swirl Nation Blog

The wash and wear process required as much energy as I remember, but there was a ginormous difference. My girls lasted longer than I expected. I attempted to cheat the system, and just run a bit of the leave in conditioner through, but my results were just "meh". I still got compliments, but once I took the time to section my hair and really work it in, I was impressed with the result. All these years I've associated Mixed Chicks with amazing definition and curls, but with a lot less softness than I prefer. I appreciated the hold when I needed my hair to turn heads, but it wasn't practical for my every day. I'm a mama of small kids, I need practical.

Once I stopped cutting corners my hair lasted an impressive 3 days, with very little effort on my part; aside from day 1 of course. To be fair, I have a whole lot of super thick hair. I'm not sure the work I had to put in is typical. Now back to the softness, let's get back to that. My hair was like clouded pillows . I remember the leave in being a little tacky which left my curls with a slight crunch. Well, either they have done their homework and stepped their game up, or my mind is playing tricks, because I had crazy definition without sacrificing the touchable factor. It itches the left side of my right cornea when someone touches my hair uninvited, but if I do give you the go, you're gonna want to linger.

Back in the day all I knew was the shampoo, conditioner combo. If there were other products I certainly wasn't aware. This time around I had their Deep Conditioner, Smoothing Serum, and Morning After Redefining Foam to play with. I felt like the deep conditioner, and serum had something to do with the luxurious outcome, but I felt a little clumsy with the foam. It wasn't difficult to use, I just was a little less than sure of how. I intended to use it day 2 to revive, but I didn't need to! I kinda liked day 2 even more.  Perfect ringlets are great, but I'm a fan of the "I woke up like this" approach to hair care. My curls had fallen just enough to make it look like I didn't try, my hair was just awesome on it's own. That was a huge score for me. Day 3 I really didn't need it either, but I was getting impatient so I went ahead anyway. It was easy to use, and brought the plum back, but I'm not sure if I used the right amount. Again, I did the work a little through with my fingers, and I have the feeling my volume and length probably needed a little more than that.

I finger combed the deep conditioner through, but followed it with the Mixed Chicks brush, which felt amazing on my scalp and gave it some much needed attention. I'm not sure why or how, but chunks of my hair were not left behind in the bristles. That was new to me, but not nearly as important as how my scalp felt, Most every other shampoo leaves it super irritated, but Mixed Chicks was scalp friendly. Huge bonus for me. If I have one gripe with co-wash, other than liking a lather clean from time to time, it's that they really irritate my scalp, as do most shampoos. Co-washes though, tend to leave it extra cakey, and even if my hair looks great my scalp is never happy. I didn't even have any scalp expectations of Mixed Chicks, but it felt and looked super healthy afterwards. That either means there's a uniquely awesome ingredient that agrees with me, or that there's the lack of an ingredient that all other shampoos have that perhaps I'm allergic to. It's a win either way. I'm not a chemist so don't ask me to explain the science, all I know is I didn't want to instantly destroy my hair with a scratch attack.

Last but not least let's sniff this stuff, because it smells sooooo good! Honestly, most of us would use even the worst product at least sometimes if it smelled amazing. Makes no sense, but then again, beauty isn't always synonymous with logic. Luckily with this brand you don't have to smell good in vein, because the products work just as wells as they smell. The styling products smell good too, but the shampoo and conditioner have a very distinct scent, that's kinda fruity, kinda floral, and leaves me smelling the bottle, just cuz.

Most curly girls know, it can be difficult to maintain a monogamous relationship with any one line. The mood of our curls swing just as much as we do with styling them. Most lines have one stand out strength and serves a specific purpose in our arsenal. For me, Mixed Chicks used to serve as my definition/smell good go to. The fact that there's also a softness now, has me considering settling down.

XAVIA'S MIXED CHICKS HAIR PRODUCT REVIEW via Swirl Nation Blog

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THERESA'S MIXED CHICKS HAIR PRODUCT REVIEW


You Never Forget Your First Time…

Swirl Nation bloggers had the opportunity to sample the Mixed Chicks Hair product line and give us feedback on how the products worked in their hair. Mixed Chicks Hair products were created by Kim Etheredge and Wendi Levy whose collaboration of love developed products for multiracial men, women and children who had curly/textured hair types.


Who better than to try Mixed Chicks Hair products than your favorite Swirl Nation ladies? Here is Theresa's experience...

THERESA'S MIXED CHICKS HAIR PRODUCT REVIEW via Swirl Nation Blog
THERESA'S MIXED CHICKS HAIR PRODUCT REVIEW via Swirl Nation Blog

Name: Theresa, age 9 (daughter of Swirl Nation contributing blogger Chris Kelly)

Social Media: TW 

What was the first Mixed Chicks products you tried? Shampoo

 

Initial reaction? Was concerned when reading ingredients because it contains sulfates.

 

Why did you decide to try Mixed Chicks products out? My daughter is 9 years old, mixed race, Caucasian and black with a head of curls. I have tried every product on her hair and have been unsuccessful in finding anything that truly works. I tried Mixed Chicks when she was about 3, the children’s line and didn’t really like it.

 

Does using a culture specific beauty product impact your beauty regime? Culture specific is not why I would buy or use a product, the efficacy of the product is what is important. Having tried many culture specific products, I do find there is a positive difference in products that are specifically designed for ethnically mixed hair.

 

Are there other Mixed Chicks products you are interested in trying out? The generosity of the products we received including the brush have really covered all of our needs. I would probably like to try the sulfate free shampoo I saw in their brochure included with products I received.

THERESA'S MIXED CHICKS HAIR PRODUCT REVIEW via Swirl Nation Blog
THERESA'S MIXED CHICKS HAIR PRODUCT REVIEW via Swirl Nation Blog



 

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KAIA'S MIXED CHICKS HAIR PRODUCT REVIEW


You Never Forget Your First Time…

Swirl Nation bloggers had the opportunity to sample the Mixed Chicks Hair product line and give us feedback on how the products worked in their hair. Mixed Chicks Hair products were created by Kim Etheredge and Wendi Levy whose collaboration of love developed products for multiracial men, women and children who had curly/textured hair types.


Who better than to try Mixed Chicks Hair products than your favorite Swirl Nation ladies? Here is Kaia's experience...

KAIA'S MIXED CHICKS HAIR PRODUCT REVIEW via Swirl Nation Blog

Name: Kaia (daughter of Swirl Nation founder Jen), age 12

Social Media: IG / TW 

What was the first Mixed Chicks products you tried? The Mixed Chicks Kids Shampoo and Conditioner.

Initial reaction? The shampoo was nice and gentle. My daughter has volleyball or conditioning pretty much every day of the week and gets super sweaty so she has to wash her hair every night, which can really dry out your hair. But the combination of the Mixed Chicks Shampoo, Conditioner and Leave-In Conditioner keep it moisturized and looking great! Every night she goes to bed with wet hair and it air dries as she sleeps and in the morning we spray it with the Tangle Tamer Spray to define the curls and just scrunch it up a little.

 

Why did you decide to try Mixed Chicks products out? I had always been curious about the products, so I was excited when we had the opportunity to try them through the Hair Stories series!

 

Does using a culture specific beauty product impact your beauty regime? I think it is great to know that a product is made with mixed hair in mind. Obviously not all mixed girls’ (or guys’) hair is the same, my daughter’s hair for example is pretty fine and has looser curls. Overall her hair is low-maintenance and easy to handle, it just needs the right mix of cleansing and conditioning which I think Mixed Chicks provides.

 

Are there other Mixed Chicks products you are interested in trying out? The Replenishing Oil would be great to try, I usually use Moroccan Oil or Coconut Oil Spray on her hair in the mornings so it would be great to see how that compares.

KAIA'S MIXED CHICKS HAIR PRODUCT REVIEW via Swirl Nation Blog
KAIA'S MIXED CHICKS HAIR PRODUCT REVIEW via Swirl Nation Blog
KAIA'S MIXED CHICKS HAIR PRODUCT REVIEW via Swirl Nation Blog
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CHANEL'S MIXED CHICKS HAIR PRODUCT REVIEW


You Never Forget Your First Time…

Swirl Nation bloggers had the opportunity to sample the Mixed Chicks Hair product line and give us feedback on how the products worked in their hair. Mixed Chicks Hair products were created by Kim Etheredge and Wendi Levy whose collaboration of love developed products for multiracial men, women and children who had curly/textured hair types.


Who better than to try Mixed Chicks Hair products than your favorite Swirl Nation ladies? Here is Chanel's experience...

CHANEL'S MIXED CHICKS HAIR PRODUCT REVIEW via Swirl Nation Blog

Name: Chanel Bosh

Social Media: IG / TW

CHANEL'S MIXED CHICKS HAIR PRODUCT REVIEW via Swirl Nation Blog

What was the first Mixed Chicks products you tried? Slick Styling Tamer

Initial reaction: OH MY GOD! This is magic! Nothing works to slick my hair. NOTHING! I have never been able to really achieve a "slick" look. For whatever reason, edge control pastes never really work on my hair texture. But as soon as I tried Mixed Chicks Slick Styling Tamer, I was very pleasantly surprised. I rubbed some of the product between my palms, then smoothed it onto my hair. Before I even used my brush, I noticed that my hair was already relatively slick. 

 

Why did you decide to try Mixed Chicks products out?  I decided to try Mixed Chicks out because of a referral to be a product tester. I had always been on the fence about trying this product line, because I did not think that the products would work for my type of hair, which is a bit kinkier than what people usually think of as "mixed chicks" hair. I thought, my hair might be too coarse and kinky. But when I saw that Mixed Chicks has expanded their product link to include the Slick Styling Tamer and Coil, Kink, and Curl Styling Cream, I decided to give it a try. 

 

Does using a culture specific beauty product impact your beauty regime? Yes! Culture specific beauty products make me feel good about myself and my hair type. Also, because culture specific products are more tailored to my hair type, it is easier for me to style my hair, while using fewer products. 

 

Are there other Mixed Chicks products you are interested in trying out? I am interested in trying the Detangling Deep Conditioner and the Sulfate Free Shampoo

CHANEL'S MIXED CHICKS HAIR PRODUCT REVIEW via Swirl Nation Blog
CHANEL'S MIXED CHICKS HAIR PRODUCT REVIEW via Swirl Nation Blog

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#ItsMineToDefine Giveaway


#ItsMineToDefine Giveaway via Swirl Nation Blog

Happy Holidays! I’m so excited to announce the last big GIVEAWAY Mixed Chicks will be hosting for 2016 that has something for everyone. If you have any social media platform (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) you are eligible to participate!

Give us your favorite holiday hairstyle selfie and #Itsminetodefine by Dec 25th. Winners will be selected and notified shortly after.


You Must TAG

@mixedchickshair
@mixedchicksuk
@yourhairstoryseries

in your post or we won't see your entry, only 1 entry per participant

  • Any social media platform can be used, but you must tag us so we can see it!!
  • 3 winners will receive the kids product set w/spring bands
  • 2 winners will receive the full men's line w/spring bands
  • 1 winner will receive the leave-in conditioner w/redefining foam and spring bands
  • 1 winner will receive deep conditioner w/replenishing oil, hair silk and spring bands 

I am excited to see your beautiful faces and encourage you to participate even if you have never used the products before. I look forward to seeing all the submissions.

Make sure to TAG and use the HASHTAG!

And follow on social media! Facebook  / Instagram / Twitter

#ItsMineToDefine Giveaway via Swirl Nation Blog

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MORE CURLS, MORE QUESTIONS


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Where I grew up, “Can I touch your hair!” was never a question– it was a statement.

My slinky-tight curls enamored my blonde and brunette friends. With glowing eyes, my classmates would squeak with amusement upon stroking what they said was a ‘soft’ and ‘fluffy’ Afro, often comparing my hair to that of a cloud. 

As a young girl the comparisons seemed to be nothing more than kind words and a generous compliment. I glistened and welcomed the petting of my hair, and would even wear colorful bows to attract attention to my poof-ball ponytails.

But as I grew into my preteen years, the admiration of my hair became less about its unique texture and more about ‘how exotic’ it seemed.  Groups of girls would form a tight circle around me at lunch and ask questions about my everyday hair maintenance. I didn’t mind feeding their curiosity, but the one question that always seemed to bother me was, “Don’t you want to make it straighter? “How do you get your hair straight like ours?”

There wasn’t a day that had gone by where I hadn’t grappled with my hair’s thick, tight curls. When a comb snapped in half mid brush, I recognized the challenges my hair posed - but figured it was simply who I was. I never toyed with the idea of trying to change what had always been, but the more and more the other girls asked, the more I wondered if that’s what would make me feel beautiful.

More Curls, More Questions via Swirl Nation Blog

It was then I committed the ultimate sin and doused my natural curls in chemical relaxer. My once voluptuous hair sank flat onto my scalp, the curls succumbing to straight, mousy waves. Writing about the experience now sounds like a nightmare, but back in 2008 it was my dream unfolding (or more literally, my curls).

Instead of making my hair longer, straighter and more culturally accepted – the relaxer destroyed not only my hair, but also my confidence. I could never maintain length, my hair was dry, brittle and DAMAGED- and in result I had felt ugly. Instead of taking this as a sign to transition back to natural, I hid under extensions for years.

Now, with the help of an excellent and very trusted stylist, I am on the pathway to a more natural approach to my hair.  I yearn to get back to my bouncy, full curls. As I continue to transition, I still wear extensions as a protective look as well as a way to try unique hairstyles.

Extensions are great, and I embrace everyone to try them as a way to enhance your natural beauty-not as a shield from the world.

As I wake up each morning I can see my natural curls peaking out, longing to ambush my scalp once again. Looking the mirror I can smile at the person I’ve become as I am one step closer to celebrating my fully natural self.  

Post was first published on Biracial Beauty


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SWIRL HAIR: EXPRESS YOURSELF


I work in the world of advertising and marketing (experiential marketing to be exact) so I love to keep a close eye on what brands are doing. Dove is one of the few brands out there that has made some great ads with real women and addressing issues real women experience. Their new content piece addresses "Hair Shaming", citing that 80% of women feel pressured to wear their hair a certain way. It's an interesting stat and not surprising. On Swirl Nation the topic of hair is always a hot one since the multiracial community and women of color in general are often unfairly judged by their hair. 

The video features women with curly hair, natural hair, straightened hair, blonde hair, flowing grey hair, electric blue hair, and short hair. The message is every woman should wear her hair however SHE wants and I agree. Let me know your thoughts on the commercial. 


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SWIRL HAIR: CURLY VS STRAIGHT

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SWIRL HAIR: CURLY VS STRAIGHT


I get asked all of the time, why I don’t wear my hair in its naturally kinky state all of the time.  No, it is not because I don’t like my African roots.  It is not because I want to look more white.  I love my ‘fro.  I get so many compliments on it.  In Miami, I was one of the first models with my big hair and I got booked all of the time.

The reason I don’t where my hair naturally all of time: maintenance.

I first went natural 18 years ago during my freshman year of college.  I was too poor to afford getting every-six-week relaxers, so I did the “big chop”.  My hair was about 4 inches long with some relaxed ends that I set on straws (yes, drinking straws), to help the relaxed ends match my natural roots.  Once my hair reached about chin-length curly, I stopped setting my hair on straws and went full-blown Angela Davis

It took a long time for me to figure out my hair.  I was a hair product addict.  In the beginning, I would wash my hair and leave conditioner in it, then let it air dry.  I would wash my hair every 2 – 3 days to revive the curl.  This was 1998-1999.  The only curly hair product on the market was John Frieda’s “Frizz Ease”.  I finally settled on alternating between VO5 conditioner and Suave conditioner, purely because they were both cheap.  This led to two problems.  The first problem was build-up.  My hair would become a limp noodle with no volume, because I was basically wetting my hair every other day and piling on conditioner.  The second problem was that I lived in Colorado.  I walked to school every day and it took about a full day for my hair to fulyl dry.  I remember arriving to school with frozen hair in the winter.  I also remember having a bronchial infection for six weeks, probably due to wet hair every day.

I began modelling at 20, two years after I went natural.  So much of my “look” banked on my looking ethnically vague, so it was requested that I where my hair straight most of the time.  I never relaxed my hair, but I did get weaves to lighten my straightening load and I wore hair pieces.  I still wore my hair in the ‘fro when I was lazy, or didn’t have any modelling jobs.  My very liberal University in Boulder, CO (go Buffs) took to my kinky hair with admiration, so I was never ashamed of my hair.  I totally went through the “can I touch your hair” moments EVERY time I wore my hair curly.

I gave up the weaves, but I continue to go back and forth from straight to curly to this day.  So, WHY do I not wear my hair curly all of the time?  I will list the reasons why:

  • It takes an hour to detangle my hair
  • I don’t have the patience to be gentle with my hair, so I rip it out
  • My hair is very fine and tends to knot easily
  • I have to wash my hair twice a week for the curls to look flawless (and that isn’t guaranteed)
  • I am NEVER GUARANTEED a good hair day with curly hair, it’s hit or miss
  • I don’t feel sexy when I go to bed looking like Bone Thugs N Harmony if I decide to do twist-outs to cut down on detangle time
  • It really boils down to TIME

It takes me (or the DryBar, actually) approximately one hour to an hour and twenty minutes to blow out my hair.  With said blow-out, I only wash my hair once a week, sometimes I can go longer.  I’m guaranteed a neat, put-together side bun every day my hair is straight.  I can do my hair in less than 2 minutes when my hair is straight.  I can brush my hair and really get to my scalp when my hair is straight EVERY DAY.

The longest I ever went wearing my hair curly consecutively was when I was pregnant with my son.  I wore my hair in either milk braids or a bun.  My hair grew to my waist.  It was ridiculous.  My arms are tired thinking about it.  My husband traveled a lot for work, so he didn’t have to endure sleeping with “Snoop Dogg” all the time, as twist-outs were my go-to maintenance regime.  My hair was healthy and somewhat manageable, but again, the TIME it took to make it look decent.  I eventually ended up paying someone to give me the Ouidad cut.  It is a weird cut – it looked amazing for three days, and now I’m in the process of growing it out again.

So, do I have pointers on wearing your hair kinky?  

  • I love the No-Poo method/co-washing.
  • Make sure to use a clarifying shampoo or apple cider vinegar rinse once a month or so if you decide to no-poo.
  • I love Kinky Curly’s Knot Today Leave-In Conditioner.  I always go back to this product.  Hands down, the best detangler.  Ever.  It makes your hair really slippery.
  • I love the Denman brush to get my curls to “clump” together.
  • If you want to save time on washing and detangling every day, wear twist-outs or braid-outs.  If you share your bed with a significant other, be prepared to be teased about your new sexy bedtime look.
  • Make sure your hair is moisturized.  Many people “seal” their curls after the moisturizing process.  I still haven’t figured this part out.  My hair is very fine and any oil on my hair just kind of sits on top.  My hair doesn’t exactly absorb oily products.  My hair likes creamy products, but everyone is different.
  • Divide your hair into sections and only detangle your hair when it is saturated with conditioner.
  • When detangling straight or curly hair, begin at the ends and work your way up to the roots.

I’m sure I’m missing more pointers, but these are good ones to start.  I will post a tutorial later, but as for now, I will enjoy my fresh blow-out.


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GROWING UP WITH MIXED HAIR

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GROWING UP WITH MIXED HAIR


GROWING UP WITH MIXED HAIR BY ALIX DAVIS via Swirl Nation Blog

Thank you for not shaving it, mom!

Growing up, my hair was a daily topic of conversation and frustration in our household. My hair was a handful, literally.

A little background, for you– My mom is white with fine blonde/brownish hair, and my father is black with thick coarser hair. When I was younger, I always wished I’d gotten my mom's hair. I was jealous. My mom’s wash-and-wear hair was so pretty, and easy to maintain. Who wouldn’t want that?! Crap, I still want that, but that’s not what I got. I landed somewhere in the middle with a thick head of fine, curly hair.

It’s not that my mom was oblivious about how to do hair; she just had no experience with my type of mixed hair. I remember her taking me to her hair stylist, and them not even knowing what to do with me. So we’ve washed it, now what?

At one point or another, I'm sure my mom fantasized about shaving my head. One of those times where shaving my head turned from a fantasy to deep consideration was when I was 5, and got lice. Yes, cringe, ew, don't act like you’ve never had it.

I’ll never forget lying outside on our patio bench, melting under the hot sun with my hair in a wild fro. My poor mom combed through my hair strand by strand, and globbed my hair down with oil. After about 4 hours, I had so much grease in my hair that it wouldn’t have been safe for me to be around an open flame. She could’ve shaved it; she considered it. Luckily for me, she didn’t shave my head or dramatically cut my hair. Actually, unbeknownst to me this was a big turning point in my life, oddly enough. After we dealt with my lice scare, a few years later, my mom took me to get my hair relaxed for the first time. She said it changed my personality. I was more confident at school, and I took on a new persona. As I sit here, today, with my hair straight, it makes sense. It’s not that my “natural” hair isn’t beautiful, but this is my natural hair just styled, differently. Straight hair has always given me a confidence booster, and it's just the way I prefer to wear my hair. I'm sure it has something to do with society’s perception of “attractive” but that’s a different rant for a different day.

Today, I feel like I have a good handle on my hair. It just took time (31 years), patience, the right stylist, and practice. Using “regular” shampoo and “regular” conditioner aren’t options for girls with hair like mine. It took some trial and error, but nowadays it’s so much easier with product reviews only a click or screen touch, away.

So for any mom struggling with their mixed daughter’s hair, know there is hope. Don’t give up, and step away from the razors.

Here’s a list of what I’m using, daily. Side note – I haven’t had my hair relaxed in over 10 years, and I don’t use any other chemicals to straighten my hair. Win!

 

PRODUCTS

GROWING UP WITH MIXED HAIR BY ALIX DAVIS via Swirl Nation Blog

Dove Daily Moisture Shampoo

Herbal Essence Hello Hydration Conditioner (It’s a 10 Leave-In with Keratin)

Moroccan Oil Deep Hydration Mask (If you want to do a deep condition or have some free time)

 

TOOLS

Blow dryer with a straightening comb attachment

Mini straightener (face framing hair pieces, less heat)

½ in. straightener (sides for styling)

1 in. straightener (back of hair)

 


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5 EASY STEPS TO ACHIEVING SOFT WAVES


When I wear my hair down, soft, flowy waves are flexible and look great. They're easy, quick and look great with long or shorter hair. This should be achievable with most ethnic hair types.

These are the five quick and easy steps to achieving soft, effortless waves.

  1. Section your hair into four parts.  Two in the front, parted in the middle and two in the back. hold separated hair sections with hair clips.
  2. Start on the back sections and move your way to the front. Section three fingers worth of hair and spray with Moroccan Oil Heat Styling Protector.  Wrap the section of the hair around a 1 1/2 barrel curling iron leaving three fingers worth at the ends of the hair free. This is the secret to keeping the curls looking loose and natural.  I use a Hot Tools Professional Spring Iron.
  3. Gently finger out all the curls when finished.  Spray your hair from all four sides, left to right, front to back with Bed Head Masterpiece Hair Spray.
  4. Smooth with a few sprays of Alterna Kendi Oil Dry Oil Mist for frizz control.
  5. Part your hair in your preferred style, the middle, right or left.  Hair done!

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