Heart Your Curls with Mixed Chicks

Like many other curlyheads, I’ve spent my entire life hating or loving my curly hair.

orangejuicecanI’ve fought it, ironed it, straightened it, hated my genetics for not endowing me with straight blonde hair, and bought every product under the sun to tame the curls and control the frizz, from Dippity-Do (anyone remember that?) to sleeping — painfully– on hair set with orange juice cans.

I know I could get a Brazilian BlowOut and end up with the straight and shiny hair I’ve always dreamed about — but my stylist has convinced me to love the hair I have — it’s who I am — and now, finally, I do love my curls.

A good cut and color made me fall in love with my curls. Plus, my tugboat man said the first thing he noticed about me — well, ONE of the first things he noticed — was my hair. It’s true, opposites are attracted; I loved his stick straight surfer blonde hair. Now, his is not so blonde nor as thick, but it’s super straight and I’m totes fascinated by that!

Yup, when I talk like that, you know I’m already missing the big guy. Sigh…

Yesterday, I was out shopping (what else) and stopped in a little beauty supply store nestled between Ross Dress For Less and Pier One in Encinitas. (I wasn’t really looking for anything, not REALLY; just a bit of browsing therapy. Of course, if anything caught my eye, I wouldn’t have — couldn’t have–resisted.)

When the sales associate asked me if I was looking for anything specific, I pointed to my hair and asked if they had anything for curly hair like mine. She directed me to Mixed Chicks which I had never heard of before and said I’d really love it.

According to the Mixed Chicks website:

Finally, a curl-defining system for “us”. Whether you’re black, white, asian, latin, mediterranean, or any glorious combination of the above, you’ll love the way these non-sticky, lightweight curly hair products leave your hair inviting to touch as they define and lock moisture into every curl. Be a proud part of our multiracial movement…

Mixed chicksI got the shampoo and leave-in conditioner which doubles as a styling lotion.

The shampoo info: 

…quickly cleanse your defiant hair with a combination of borage seed and avocado oils that work harmoniously in a blend as unique as you are. botanical extracts are infused for their healing properties. silk amino acids, soy protein, and panthenol penetrate the follicle and add luster.

I do so love good ad copy, don’t you?

Last night I used the shampoo and I have to admit that I’m not totally convinced I like it…my hair certainly felt clean but I had to use another product for a rinse-out conditioner because it was impossible to comb through. SoCal has extremely hard water, so maybe that’s part of the problem…

Then I used the leave-in conditioner. I could immediately feel it soak in and caress every wave and define each and every curl.

See? What do you think? No frizz, right?

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I’m kinda loving the Mixed Chicks leave-in conditioner.

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To summarize: I’m not overwhelmed by the shampoo, but I’ll give it another try. It’s a definite thumbs up for the leave-in conditioner, though.

If you’re a curly girl like me, give it a try it and let me know what you think.

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20 thoughts on “Heart Your Curls with Mixed Chicks

  1. People slept with OJ cans? Ouch! You know, the one and only time I got a perm in HS the person next to me was getting her hair straightened. Grass is greener on the other side. I wanted Charlie’s Angel hair and I ended up with a poodle head instead. Epic fail.

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  2. I think Mixed Chicks hair products were the very first things that I ordered online. I bought it for my daughter. I’ve tried over and over to convince her to embrace her curls, but she’s still not sold. I hope that someday she will be. Your hair is beautiful. Mine is what I call semi-curly. It curls but I need to give it a little help in some places.

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  3. Dippity-Doo! You mean you didn’t use beer cans? My sister had HUGE ‘curlers’ and ironed her hair…mine was always straight as a pin, which was good for long, straight hair, but I turned to perms for some years.I accepted mine, straight, again.

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  4. I’ll try the Mixed Chicks. Mine is more manageable here in the desert, but when I’m in moist air my hair slowly “lifts off” and almost flies me down the street. I remember the orange juice cans and ironing. The first straightener I ever used was a Toni Home Permanent. Instead of curling the hair it’s combed straight and it worked quite well. A compassionate hair dresser told me about it.

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  5. I am always looking for a good leave-in. Mine is a bit looser curl—it has been a tough while for us curlier girls, these past few years when EVERYONE irons their hair. If I did, I am certain that it would disappear in a plume of ash and smoke.

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  6. Aren’t brazilian blowouts–as you would say–tres dangerous? Like, poison? I’m a curly haired girl from way back and I love the ease of our hair. I feel the humidity drama and the frizz drama. But I also feel the joy of dry and go. I will search me out some Mixed Chicks!

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  7. I always have had poker straight hair & I always kept it long. A few years ago I cut my hair to shoulder length & discovered I had a bit of a curl in my hair (I guess the weight of the long hair had always pulled the curl out). I also have very fine hair but lots of it, so if I get a perm (in the old days) then my hair poofs out so much you would never believe it is my hair! Mostly now I just wear it long & straight, pulled up in a knot on the back of my head though.

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