Everyone’s Hair Tells a Story! What’s Yours? At Original Moxie we understand that each person’s hair is unique and believe that understanding is the key to embracing your own special beauty. Come share your ‘hair story’ with us and choose from one of the following services that we now offer in our Ypsilanti shop.
Stop by anytime for personal advice on which products will bring out the best in your hair. If you like, our experts will guide you in testing out the products in our store to see whether they are right for your hair. (Approx. 5 min.)
Curious as to your hair type and styling needs? We’ll perform a seven-point analysis of your scalp and hair, including density, texture, elasticity, and porosity. Based on our assessment, our experts will recommend products and styling tips that suit your unique hair type profile. (Approx. 15 min.)
Premium Services *
*By Appointment Only. Call 734.340.4022 or email email@example.com to schedule your service today!
Diagnostic Hair Exam…………………………………………………………$25
Using our ProScopeHR2, we’ll incorporate high magnification imaging of the hair and scalp into our Seven Point Assessment. The ProScope will allow us to gather specific data, including damage to the cuticle, and establish a baseline against which you can track future changes in your hair and scalp. Digital copies of your exam results, along with a detailed hair care regimen, will be provided to you at no additional charge. (Approx. 30 min.)
Full Service Hair Consultation ………….…………..……………………… $45
Meet with one of our hair care experts to receive a Seven Point Assessment culminating in a start-to-finish tutorial for heat-free styling and a customized product regimen built just for you! (Approx. 1 hr.)
Full Service Protective Style Consultation …………………………….….$65
Our natural hair expert will begin with a Seven Point Assessment and, using the knowledge gained from that process, show you how to achieve a basic protective style, such as twists, braids, or coils using our luxurious natural hair care products. (Approx. 1.5 hr.)
Big news, folks: we opened a flagship store right here in our hometown of Ypsilanti, Michigan! The store is all we hoped for: spacious, centrally-located, and beautiful. As part of our extended Grand Opening, we are very excited to welcome to the store one of the region’s top Curly Hair Artists: Melissa Stites of There Once Was a Curl! A leader and innovator in the curly hair community, Melissa is active in the international Curly Hair Artistry Group , an international community of stylists that “work with Waves, Curls and Muli-Cultural Hair by applying art, methods/techniques and business skills”*.
Melissa will be at the Original Moxie Store on Tuesday, January 27th from 10am to 8pm to offer her expert dry cuts and styling. The fee for her service is $55. To schedule an appointment, please email Melissa at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find out more information by calling our store at 734.480.8096 or emailing us at email@example.com.
*Source: The Curly Hair Artistry Group Facebook Page
Original Moxie is celebrating Earth Day with one of our largest sales of the year! Friday April 18th – Tuesday April 22nd, get 30% off orders of $30 or more with coupon code EDAYOM14. For every qualifying order, we will donate $2 to Leaping Bunny to support Cruelty Free beauty! The Leaping Bunny Program provides the best assurance that no new animal testing is used in any phase of product development by the company, its laboratories, or suppliers.
We’ll be continuing our celebration of all things earthy with a series of posts on how we commit ourselves to cruelty free & eco-friendly practices. Stay tuned!
Coupon code for use on retail orders only. Gift sets and kits are excluded. No rain checks, no cash value, limit one per customer. Valid Friday, April 18th – Tuesday, April 22nd.
Humectants have the all-important property of attracting water to the hair – essential for keeping our strands moisturized! They work a lot like magnets, literally attracting water molecules toward the hair and skin via a process called hydrogen bonding.
There’s a wealth of information (and misinformation) surrounding when, where, and how to properly moisturize and hydrate your hair. Original Moxie’s philosophy is that humectants should always be applied to damp or wet hair. Just as you’d apply moisturizer while your skin is still moist from the shower, it’s key to apply humectants to your hair when it’s already wet. When humectants are used in this way they bond with the water on the hair’s surface (or ‘cuticle’) and help it to penetrate into the cortex, where moisture is stored. To assist water in reaching the cortex, we recommend smoothing a humectant downwards along the hair shaft as it’s applied. This technique is known as ‘filling’ and is the first step in ‘Proactive Hydration’ – a hair care approach pioneered by Original Moxie. By filling the hair shaft with water when it’s wet, it achieves an optimal level of moisture during the setting and styling process. Because hair is already fully hydrated (and therefore less prone to humidity-induced frizz) Proactive Hydration reduces concerns over dew point and humidity.
Original Moxie’s humectant ‘par excellence’ is Oasis Moisture Gel, is an intensively hydrating treatment which contains five types of humectants: Glycerin, Sodium Lactate, Aloe Vera, Hydrolyzed Silk Protein, and Panthenol. Because it’s lightweight, oil-free, and sublimely slippery, it slides easily through all hair types and works as a primer for all subsequent styling products.
‘Sealing’–the second step in the Proactive Hydration process–further eliminates frizz and locks moisture inside the hair shaft. Sealing can be achieved with the use of mildly acidic agents, natural proteins, botanical oils and plant-derived waxes. This step works by laying down the scales of the hair cuticle and by forming a water-repellant film on the outside of the hair shaft. As with the filling process, sealants should be smoothed downwards along the hair shaft and applied when the hair is still wet. Which type of sealant will work best for you is largely a factor of your natural moisture level. Dry hair types should look for oils and waxes, such as those found in Twist Mist or Hair Bling. Normal to oily types should seek out protein-based sealants like Mane Tame, which has a low pH and a high percentage of natural proteins.
Want to boost your humectant power even more? Try some Original Moxie stylers such as Sweet Poof or Lux Locks, which add moisture and enhance curl via their powerful humectant properties.
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.
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!