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You’re an Original!

 

When you think about something of which you’re proud,  whether it’s raising a child or getting a college degree, chances are that it involved pushing your own boundaries and struggling to overcome some pretty significant challenges.  The same can be said of our sense of self-esteem and personal identity.  Often, it’s the very things over which we obsess that are, in reality, the features that make us unique and truly beautiful.  As such a visible signifier of identity, attitude, and self-expression, hair is a common focal point for the struggle to embrace our most authentic selves.

We wanted to explore the connection between hair and identity with a project we’re calling ‘I’m an Original.’ Working with Portrait Photographer Carolyn McCarthy, we are documenting the personal hair journeys of some of the inspiring and amazing individuals whom we serve. Through these intimate and moving narratives, we hope to encourage further understanding and acceptance of one another and ourselves. Each month we’ll feature a new individual as they share with us what makes them an Original.

Charnika, a Detroit-based Youtube Vlogger known as ‘Charyjay’, is our first subject.  She shares some of her personal hair journey in our first video.  We hope you’ll watch, comment, and share what makes you an Original!

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Turmeric – Your Hair’s Best Friend

get-clean_turmericHailed as a powerful immune-booster and anti-inflammatory, Turmeric has gotten a lot of press for it’s health benefits.  But did you know that, applied topically, it also has immense benefits for the skin and scalp?

This golden, earthy-smelling powder is what gives our Get Clean! No-foam Shampoo is beautiful hue as well as many of its key properties.

Dedicated users of this cult favorite have come to appreciate the way in which it balances oil and moisture for all hair types. This is, in part, thanks to Turmeric’s ability to regulate the production of sebum in the scalp.  The active component of the root, Curcumin, possesses  anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antiallergic, antioxidant, antiseptic and antibacterial properties, and works effectively to correct scalp conditions from Cicatricial alopecia to dandruff.

Original Moxie Founder, Rachel Blistein, attributes the remission of her her lifelong Seborrheic Dermatitis  to this one product.  So trust us when we say, this is way more than your average no-foam shampoo!  It’s truly turmerific ;-).

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Introducing the Moisture Detox™

Before and After DetoxDo you have hair that is coarse, wiry, or resistant?  Do you struggle to achieve curl definition?  Do heavier oils and butters sit maddeningly on the outside of your hair, either weighing it down or making it feel hard and brittle?  If any of the above sound familiar, you may have low-porosity hair, which can occur in all textures – from tightly coiled to bone straight.  The cause may be due to a variety of factors, from genetics to aging (grey hair tends to have a much more tightly sealed cuticle),  but the solution is always moisture.  Once moisture is allowed to penetrate the hair shaft, the hair becomes softer, curls pop,  frizz abates, and all is right in the world.

But how do you get that stubborn cuticle to open up without the use of harsh chemicals or overly alkaline DIY treatments?  We’re thrilled to introduce our Moisture Detox™, one half of our  Hydrophil™ System,  a unique approach to moisture balancing that not only enhances texture, but which also improves the health of the hair!   Formulated specifically for the needs of low porosity hair, the Moisture Detox™ is a pH-balanced treatment that effectively removes build up,  gently opens the cuticle and infuses the hair shaft with  moisture.    Best of all, the results last for  weeks (4 – 8 on  average*) making this a sustainable and long-term solution to help balance your moisture levels and tame your mane.

greenilliteclayThe star player in this fabulous fusion is Green Illite Clay, derived from ancient marine beds and rich in mineral content. It is strongly adsorptive, which means it functions as a magnet for toxins.  Clay also possesses demonstrated benefits on curl grouping, allowing the individual strands within a curl cluster to more effectively wave or spiral together as a unit.  This produces a noticeable improvement in textural definition and curl formation.

A complementary treatment for high-porosity hair will debut later this Spring to complete our Hydrophil™ System and making this the first comprehensive texture-perfecting salon treatment to  provide long-lasting cosmetic benefits by improving the overall health of the hair.

Currently, this treatment is available exclusively at the Original Moxie Salon in Ypsilanti, Michigan.   If you are interested in learning more about this treatment or want to experience it for yourself, you can schedule a free Seven Point Assessment with one of our experts, who can determine whether this service is right for you.  You can learn more online or by calling us at 734.340.4022.

*Results vary for each individual.

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Ribboning: the Key to Definition & Volume

Ribboning Method

Whether you’re wavy or tightly coiled, the way in which you apply your moisturizer can make all the difference between a so-so or fabulous hair day.  Most of us know that we should apply product in sections in order to achieve even distribution and results.  But how do you determine the ‘right’ size for your section?  The next time you style your hair, try this simple method and, we promise, you’ll be amazed at the results:

  1. Section off the crown of your hair, leaving the lower layer all the way around the base of your head exposed.
  2. From that lower layer of hair, create one more section, leaving the front-most portion by your ear loose and separated from the rest of your hair.
  3. If needed, spritz this section with water, even if you just stepped out of the shower.   Before you apply your moisturizer, your hair should be saturated with water, but not sopping wet.  Keep it that way  by misting as needed as you work your way through the sections.
  4. Rake  a nourishing moisturizer, like Shape Shifter Re-forming Creme,  through that large, loose section.  Your moisturizer should melt into your hair, giving you a feeling of ‘oneness’ between hair and product.  Anything less means your moisturizer is not penetrating into your hair shaft and cannot plump, pop, and set the curl.  You know you’ve applied enough of the right moisturizer when you start to see the hair grouping together in families or ‘ribbons’.
  5. Apply a defining product, like Hold Up Defining Serum, to that same section.  This will lock in and set your natural texture.
  6. Now here’s the important part:  working in much smaller sections of no more than 1″ at a time, rake the product through again and, as those ribbons appear within that smaller section, take each one, wrap it one time around your index finger and pull through, smoothing all the way down to the end of the ribbon. The individual ribbons should be very small – no more than 1/8″ in width.  Give it a small flick/tug before releasing to set the wave or curl.  If you see the hair start to lose definition right away, your ribbon is probably too large.  Separate it further until the ribbon stays together on its own.
  7. Repeat this throughout your hair, working around the perimiter in a crown pattern until all of your hair has been ribboned and defined.
  8. Either air dry or use a hood dryer to set.  Do not use a diffuser, as this will disturb the ribboned curls and create frizz.

Because this method meets your texture where it lives, rather than clumping it in overly large groupings, the definition is much more long-lasting.  You’re also training your hair to form into it’s natural growth pattern, which means definition occurs more naturally each time you do it.  For the volume-challenged, this also maximizes lift and fullness.    Try it for yourself  (or schedule your own, personal demo at our shop in Ypsilanti)!  We promise you won’t be disappointed.

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The Anti-Shrinkage Method that will Change Your Life!

If you have tightly-coiled hair, you are intimately familiar with the phenomenon of ‘shrinkage’.  Some embrace shrinkage as natural side-effect of a moisturized, healthy spiral-shaped curl.  However, for others, it is extremely frustrating, particularly when you are trying to grow out your hair.   Original Moxie Production and Operations Manager, Jacoba Williamson, herself a Coily Girl, has developed her own damage-free stretching method that works so well, we want to share it with the world.  Here’s her personal anti-shrinkage Rx:

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    Detangled Damp Hair

    After washing with Get Clean! No-foam Shampoo and conditioning and finger-detangling with Intense Quench Deep
     Conditioner, Jacoba moisturizes with Lux Locks Styling & Shine.  This not only keeps her hair from drying out (and shrinking up) too quickly, it also helps to keep her hair moisturized until her next wash day.  She then applies Everyday Leave-in, to provide extra moisture and definition.  She will sometimes add in a bit of Hold Up Defining Serum  to get a stronger, longer-lasting set.

  2. When her hair is approximately 80% dry, she pulls her hair in two sections as shown, with the top and
    Sectioned Hair

    Sectioned Hair

    sides pulled back and the lower layers pulled down.  Pulling the top layers back, rather than up, as in the ‘pineapple’ method, helps to add more length and stretch.  Jacoba uses a cotton scrunchy to fix the sections into place.  Do not wrap the scrunchy around the section of hair – that will lead to a visible indentation in the hair.  Instead, simply slide the scrunchy over the section of hair and allow it to remain somewhat loose.

    Pinning the Bangs Back

    Pinning the Bangs Back

  3. Finally, she pins up the bangs, tucking them back towards the base of the top section.  As she explains “I found this made a big difference in the front. It helped keep the curl pattern there and disguise any other bits underneath that may have a little too much stretching.”
  4. She allows her hair to fully dry – this is generally an overnight process.  The style looks nice as it’s drying, which is an added bonus given the lengthy dry time.

    Stretching & Drying

    Stretching & Drying

  5. In the morning, she
    Fully Stretched Hair

    Fully Stretched Hair

    removes the scrunchy and fluffs her hair with her fingers.  And, just like magic, she has an extra three full inches of length and a completely different shape to her hair! To maintain this look for as long as two weeks, Jacoba re-sections her hair at night in the same manner.  In the morning, she showers with hair still up. She’ll sometimes spritz a bit of Twist Mist in for extra shine before she takes it all down. Within a half hour the hair starts to relax from the root and falls naturally, without any hint of the pinned-up style.  Repeating the procedure over time, adds even more length to her look and helps to preserve her curl definition.  For those of us who value our time as much as our hair, easy techniques like this one are a lifesaver.  Ready, stretch, GO!

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Transform Your Hair in Four Easy Steps!

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Four healthy habits that will take your hair from meh to mah-velous!

  1. Check in with Your Scalp.  Is it dry and tight or supple and moisturized?  Though many of us forget it’s there, healthy hair starts at the scalp.  Your scalp should move easily when gently nudged with your finger tips.  Areas of tightness and immobility can spell problems, like hair loss, brittleness, and dryness.  Keep your pate happy with regular scalp massage and a moisturizing treatment like Scalp Therapy.
  2. Practice ‘Just Right’ Cleansing.  Not too often, not too harsh, and not too little.  Unless you put absolutely no product on your hair, periodic cleansing with a low or no-foam shampoo, like Get Clean! No Foam Shampoo or Get Fresh! Shampoo, is required to remove build up and allow moisture and nutrients to penetrate the hair and scalp.  However, no one needs a heavy detergent  to accomplish effective cleansing.  Any product that contains sulfates and/or produces a vigorous foam is probably taking too much of the good stuff (like your hair’s natural oils) out, leaving hair dry and unbalanced.
  3. Make Your Conditioner Count.  A good conditioner, such as Intense Quench or Featherweight,  should do three  things:  moisturize, strengthen, and balance.   To get all three, check for ingredients that draw moisture into the hair (humectants), vegetable-derived proteins that strengthen the hair and a balanced pH (between 4 and 5).   It also helps if you get a slippery texture to detangle and smooth along the way.  Always rinse out your conditioner in unless it’s specifically designed to be a leave-in.  Excess conditioner in the hair can cause fungal disorders on the scalp and inhibit your hair’s natural shine.
  4. Limit your Leave-ins.  Yes, you can have too much of a good thing.  Whatever your hair type, it’s best to stick to a stripped down styling routine.  With Just Right Cleansing and a Conditioner that Counts, you shouldn’t need buckets of styling products  to keep your hair nourished, shiny, and well-defined.  In fact, less is often more.  Too many layers will dull shine and actually dry out your hair by blocking natural oils and nutrients from penetrating the hair.  To find your perfect mix of styling products, start with your natural moisture level.  Oily to normal generally need hydration and hold, while normal to dry hair types need oil and hydration with less of a focus on hold.
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Discover What Makes You An Original!

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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.

Complementary Services

Product Makeover
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.)

Seven-Point Assessment
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 info@originalmoxie.com to schedule your service today!

COMING SOON
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.)

COMING SOON
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.)

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Beyond Hair Typing

Ethnic Beauty

Close your eyes and describe your hair.  What comes to mind?  Chances are, it’s a mixture of words like ‘curly,’ ‘thick,’ ‘dry,’ ‘oily,’ ‘straight,’ etc.  Could you describe your hair with just one adjective?  No – at least not completely.  This simple exercise demonstrates a profound fact:  our hair is complex.

The Andre Walker Hair Typing System was one of the first and most widely accepted methods to categorize hair using a system of letters and numbers.  The ‘Walker System’, as it is known, primarily describes curl pattern and ranges from 1A, which is totally straight, to 4C, which is tightly coiled or curled.  Although wildly popular in the curly community, this system has generated an increasing amount of controversy, due to the fact that those with textured hair are beginning to question the wisdom of categorizing hair on curl pattern alone.  While the simplicity of the system offers convenience and accessibility, it also glosses over many important characteristics, like texture, porosity, and dryness and places undue importance on curl pattern.

Identifying your curl pattern is helpful, but it’s not the whole story.  To really understand the hair, we need to listen to what it’s telling us.  The next time you’re tempted to describe your hair in terms of curl pattern or perceived deficits, think instead of what your hair likes and does not like.  Does it prefer heavier, richer products?  Does it look best on the second day after a wash?  Do products tend to build up on the outside of the hair or absorb easily into it?  The answers to these questions give you a simple and straightforward way to understand your hair, without getting bogged down in labels and numbers.

At Original Moxie, everything from our product development to our 3D Diagnostic System is designed around all the messy details that make your hair unique. We do not fit our clients into boxes or label them with one-dimensional tags.  Instead, we encourage you to ‘think outside the curl’ and see your hair for what it truly is.

Have questions about your own hair type and want to find out more?  Contact Original Moxie Founder, Rachel Blistein,  for a free, personalized consultation at rachel@originalmoxie.com.

 

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Humectants: The Magical Moisture Magnets

Woman applying product to wet hair.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.

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The Ultimate Natural Hair Gift Guide by Essence.com

Original Moxie is thrilled to be included in Essence’s gift guide for the second year in a row! A HUGE thanks to @MsDanti for choosing our Natural Wonder Gift Set as one of her picks. Find Danyelle on YouTube and Instagram for adorable hair demos, informative reviews, and all around fierceness! Click here for the blog post featuring her tutorial for side-swept curls using our products from earlier this year 🙂