Curly Hair Care, Natural Hair, Original Moxie, Rachel

The Big Kahuna: Hair & Identity

Rachel - Age 18 months

Happy and free!

As a post-feminist, 21st Century gal, it pains me to admit how much of my life has been shaped by my hair.  In my case, it’s been a mixed blessing since my early self-loathing fueled an obsession with hair that ultimately blossomed into what is now Original Moxie Natural Hair Care.  That transformation was a long time (30+years) in the making and, for better or worse, played a massive role in shaping the person I am today.

Rachel - Age 14

Dreaming of straight hair…

While I’m sure that, deep down inside, there is still a 7-year old girl that just wants to fit in, the grown-up me loves my wild, one-of-a-kind mane.  After years of struggle, it has become a signifier of my identity – proclaiming both my sense of style and my sense of self.

One thing I’ve learned since founding Original Moxie is that I am not alone!  It turns out, the whole time I was hating my curls, all my friends were hating their straight hair.   My conclusion:  the quest for Hair Happiness is universal.  In the coming weeks and months, we’ll be exploring this topic in a series of interviews with various beauty and lifestyle bloggers.  Our bet is that you will recognize something of yourself in our journeys, insecurities and insights because, after all, it’s just hair!Rachel - Today

2 thoughts on “The Big Kahuna: Hair & Identity

  1. Jess A

    Your curls look fantastic! I, too, spent many, many years absolutely despising my hair (and my father for giving it to me) – only to realize by mid university that it was awesome. I never straighten it and treat it so well (no sulphates or silicones) and it has repaid me a thousandfold. Go curly girls!

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