Hair, Hair & Identity

It IS Easy Being Green


Karley today

Blogger Karley Ziegler Mott Finds Beauty Bliss in Conscious Living.
A Certified Aromatherapist with a long professional background as an Esthetician & Make Up Artist, Karley Ziegler Mott discovered make up at age 14 and never looked back. She translated her experience with major lines such as Lancome, Clinique, and Laura Mercier into the development of her own line of skin care which was featured in Martha Stewart Body + Soul magazine.
In addition to her love of beauty products, Karley is also passionately committed to natural, organic living. In 2007 she founded Chic & Green, a blog that allows her to share her love of all things green and beautiful with the world.

We discovered Karley’s blog shortly after launching Original Moxie, and she quickly became one of our biggest and most vocal fans!  As an entrepreneur, beauty product fanatic, mother, and self-proclaimed ‘Liberal Feminist,’ Karley embodies many of the personae of today’s modern woman. Having so much in common with Original Moxie Founder Rachel Blistein, she was the perfect candidate to kick off our series on Hair & Identity.

How would you describe your relationship to your hair? Does it play a significant role in your view of yourself? It does play a role in how I view myself. When my hair cooperates and it looks great, it does make me have more confidence. For example, in that awkward stage I just went through from pixie to bob, I definitely felt more self conscious about my hair.

Karley's Pixie Cut - July 2012

Karley’s Pixie Cut – July 2012

How big of a role does your hair play in how you feel about your appearance? I would have to say it plays a major role. Hair is highly visible. When it looks great, it has an affect on my self esteem.
You are fortunate enough to be able to wear your hair straight or curly.  Do you notice a difference in your attitude or confidence when it is one way or the other? Yes– when I wear it straight and more sleek, I feel super confident, polished, and refined. When I wear it with curls, I feel more carefree, less serious, a little bit more playful.
Image is such a big part of social media.  How has being a public figure via your blog changed the way you feel about your hair?  Do you feel more pressure to look good all the time since launching your blog? I do feel more pressure. A couple years back, I started having people recognize me for my blog, saying, “Hey, you’re the Chic & Green blogger.” I definitely worry more about being put together all the time.
Green living seems to be a core part of who you are as a person.  How does your commitment to using environmentally-friendly products affect how you style and care for your hair?  Do you ever feel that your commitment to natural principals and products comes into conflict with what is convenient or desirable?   No. Fortunately, there are so many wonderful eco-friendly products now. It used to be an issue. I am able to use natural products from head to toe now. This makes me feel great because I no longer have to compromise.
How old were you when you first developed your own unique sense of style?  Is your hair a big part of that style?  I would have to say that I really came into my own in college. I really embraced my own tastes and I think I will always be the blonde with some form of short hair, always wearing earrings and a stack of bracelets, and never without lipstick on. That’s just me.
What do you love most about your hair?  I love how thick it is. I have very thick hair and I love that.

What issues (if any) do you continue to grapple with when it comes to your hair as it relates to your overall appearance and sense of self?  My own personal hair issue is becoming frustrated when it is hot and humid. It gets a bit frizzy and feels heavy–that’s when I go and get a pixie without fully thinking it through 🙂
What are your favorite Original Moxie products?  I absolutely must have Straight Up™! Now that my hair is getting longer and I am flat ironing it again, I am reaching for it every morning.  I also swear by Featherweight™. I love the soft scent and the fact that it leaves my hair feeling silky, but never weighed down.  Sweet Poof is another favorite.  When I want some “oomph” at the roots and crown for a fuller look, this is my go-to styling aid!