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!
The temperature is dropping and the nights are longer, but the excitement and fun of the holiday season is building! This year, we are thankful for many things. In the past 12 months, we’ve opened our first storefront location and launched our brand at Sephora. So we’re celebrating with extra moxie during this year’s annual Black Friday Sale! In addtion to a 30% discount in our online store, we’re offering two new ‘secret’ ways to save on the products you love best. Read on to find out how!
Boost Your Savings with a Sephora Shout Out
It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3! Make an Original Moxie purchase from Sephora byThursday, December 31st, 2015 and get a $5 credit at originalmoxie.com. Here’s how:
1) Purchase an Original item from Sephora.com or from your local Sephora store.
2) Send a screenshot of your receipt or other proof of purchase to firstname.lastname@example.org with Sephora Shout Out in your Subject line. (You can also post your screenshot to Instagram and tag it with #sephorashoutout. Please note, however, that we need your email address in order to apply your credit).
3) We’ll add a $5 store credit to your originalmoxie.com account within 24 hours. Don’t have an account? Don’t worry, we’ll create one for you.
Best of all,your store credit can be used just like any other form of payment and can be combined with our Black Friday discount to supercharge your savings! Pretty cool, huh?
Share the Love
This one goes out to our local fans! Bring a friend to our our storefront location in Ypsilanti, Michigan during our Black Friday Sale on Friday, November 27th or Monday, November 30th and, in addition to your 30% discount, we’ll gift you with a voucher for a Complimentary Natural Hair Consultation ($45 value). It will be a festive atmosphere in the shop as we fill orders and ring in the holiday season with refreshments, music, and cheer, so stop by and enjoy the fun! Please note that our store hours are 10am to 7pm on Monday and Friday. We are not open on weekends.
Petroleum derivatives, like mineral oil and liquid paraffin, are another controversial topic in the world of hair care – particularly in natural hair communities! On the surface petroleum derivatives seem like a workable solution to fighting frizz and dryness. After all they’re occlusive, have the ability to enhance curl formation, and are wallet friendly. Unfortunately, there’s a darker side of petroleum derivatives. They’re easy to quickly ‘overdo’ because they’re often high in the ingredient list, difficult to remove from the hair, and offer no nourishing or restorative benefits. Apart from lacking nutritive properties, they create tacky buildup that attracts dirt and dust, dulling the hair as well as blocking nutrients from penetrating. Additionally, petroleum derived ingredients are a nonrenewable resource. Because we’re committed to using green, sustainable practices whenever possible that’s quite a large drawback.
The use of petroleum derivatives creates a cycle of dependency that encourages and exacerbates dryness. Because of their tendency to create build up, petroleum derivatives require more frequent washing which can lead to moisture-induced stress (aka hygral fatigue). This causes loss of protein, natural and artificial color fading, split ends, and breakage. In turn, this creates more frizz driving the need for more frizz fighting.
Essentially petroleum derivatives create a very temporary fix for frizz while offering none of the nourishing benefits that plant derived oils do. Correctly used silicones as well as botanically derived oils are a much better choice of occlusives as they not only create a barrier around the hair shaft but do so in a way that is easy to remove. The added plus of botanically derived oils are the many beneficial components they contain like antioxidants, vitamins, and fatty acids – all essential for maintaining healthy hair.
Although there are some small benefits to petroleum derived ingredients the drawbacks render those benefits negligible. If you’re interested in healthy, frizz free hair petroleum derivatives are not for you. Plant derived oils, and products that contain them, give you wonderful frizz fighting power while also feeding your hair with the good things it needs.
Looking for Original Moxie products with amazing moisturizing, sealing, frizz fighting power? Try Emollience or Twist Mist!
Now that Winter is fully upon us many of us have begun changing our routines and hair care products to better preserve precious moisture. The dry winter air wreaks havoc on our hair by making it more difficult to retain moisture. Unfortunately, some commonly used ‘moisturizers’ and ‘sealers’ actually exacerbate dryness and frizz! Two of the main culprits are petroleum derivatives like mineral oil & liquid paraffins and the overuse of silicones. In this post we’ll focus on the ever controversial silicones. Next week we’ll tackle petroleum derivatives as well as the super helpful group of substances known as humectants!
Though they often get a bad rap, silicones can, in fact, be quite beneficial, providing they are used correctly. In limited quantities, silicones assist in smoothing the hair, preventing breakage, and preserving moisture. Because silicones are ‘occlusive,’ meaning that they form a barrier on the hair and skin, they also protect the hair from heat styling and retain needed moisture. However, silicone serums or products containing silicone as one of the first ingredients create the illusion of moisture without actually penetrating the hair (hint: beware of anything other than pure oil that is labelled as ‘Argan Oil’). Without a significant amount of natural oils and butters, silicone-based products actually create a cycle of dependency that leaves hair chronically dry and dulled by build up.
Our approach blends small amounts of silicone ingredients with natural oils, waxes and water-based ingredients – it is never used as a stand-alone serum or as a primary ingredient. By using products that contain silicones in a minor, supporting role rather than a starring role, silicone is able to provide its beneficial qualities without resulting in dryness or excess build up. The bottom line? Silicones can be extremely helpful in preserving moisture during the winter months, but must be used in moderation as part of a healthy hair regimen that includes penetrating oils and butters, hydration, gentle cleansing, and deep conditioning.
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 🙂
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!
Nicole’s Before & After
“Thank you for making this product. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Detangling Leave In Conditioner and Hair Bling!!!! As long as you make it, I will buy it. I don’t know which ingredient you put in that leave in conditioner that makes my hair soft and moisturized, but please don’t change a thing!!! I have the driest hair on earth and NOTHING has ever made my hair feel like this—even to the point where I can have second day hair and it’s still soft and shiny!<— which I have never had since transitioning for a year.
Since transitioning, I notice my hair does not respond the same to the products I used when I was relaxed, so it forced me to learn my hair all over again. Which meant more products to buy and test out and surfacing my inner product junkie. I am happily awaiting my full sized bottles in the mail after using the samples.”
– Nicole H.