L to R: Original Moxie’s founder’s grandmother, mother, & great grandfather.
Our second expedition for our Original Roots Tour was to Yellow Springs, Ohio! This was an important stop in many ways! The roots of Rachel’s hair (and by extension, Original Moxie) spring from Yellow Springs. Rachel’s grandmother Martha Porter, nee Mcconaughey, lived in Yellow Springs for much of her life and was her oldest living relative who also carried the curly hair gene. Yellow Springs also has a long history of racial diversity, dating back to the mid-nineteenth century*. Though Rachel’s curls came by way of her Irish ancestry, her tight curls were nothing unusual in this integrated tight-knit community.
Our first stop was at the Yellow Springs Senior Center where we had the pleasure of meeting many wonderful women. Rachel began with a talk on how to care for mature hair. We then moved on to hair demos and rousing conversations on how hair our changes as we age. Above is Rachel demonstrating the magnificent volumizing properties of Sweet Poof. Stay tuned for more from this talk!
Our final stop in Ohio was at the semi-annual Yellow Springs Street Fair. From our booth we were able to hear from new and old fans alike! In addition to the engaging conversations, we had hair demos as well as an essential oil scent station. All in all, a great way to start our summer!
*”A History of Racial Diversity”, Diane Chiddister, Yellow Springs News, February 4, 2010
The second leg of our Original Roots Tour will take us to Yellow Springs, Ohio! This is an important stop in many ways. Original Moxie Founder, Rachel’s family tree (and curly hair) are rooted in the quaint and verdant village of Yellow Springs.
We invite you to come say hello as we host an interactive booth at the Yellow Springs Street Fair being held this Saturday, June 14th from 9AM to 5PM. You can find us near the corner of Corry St and Xenia Ave, in front of The Winds Cafe.
In addition to special discounts, we’ll be offering styling demos and an essential oil scent station. We’d love your input as we develop fragrances for the new products we have in the works. See you there!
Our first expedition for our Original Roots Tour has now come to an end. Our whirlwind adventure was invigorating; we’re excited for more. We started off the DMV leg of our trip by visiting Myra and her apprentice Angela of La Paix Herb Farm, shown above.We were lucky enough to attend a Curly Hair Artistry symposium at Oasis Hair Salon. Above is Original Moxie founder Rachel demonstrating the best amount of product to use.
We were also lucky enough to meet several OM fans, such as Kahlilia, at our meet & greet! Getting the chance to mingle with fans and hear their experiences was priceless.
Our final stop in the DMV area was at Fiddleheads Salon in DC. It was super wonderful to meet and work with such wonderful ladies!
Watch this space for more from our tour!
We’re celebrating our 5th year of business with a series of journeys to connect with our roots. This means meeting with you, our customers, who are the inspiration for our problem-solving hair care formulations! We’ll also be visiting growers and spotlighting the natural ingredients that make our products so effective and unique. As we write about and film our adventures, you’ll see us pop up in all kinds of places, getting to know what makes each of us an original.
Our travels will commence with a visit to the East Coast this May, and will last for just over a year so that we’ll have time to visit all parts of the USA, developing meaningful connections along the way. Chime in! Where would you like to see us visit?