Hi! I’m Sequoia and I’m the newest member of the Original Moxie team. Like many people with curls, I’ve had a difficult journey to accepting my natural hair. When I was little, I didn’t know my hair was different. Being half white, however, I was around a lot of my cousins with long, straight, blonde hair. I remember watching one of my cousins brush her hair and envied the ease with which she did so. That’s the first time I can remember being insecure about my big hair.
My mom always did my hair and it usually involved tears. She loved the volume my hair had and always said, “If I had hair like yours, I’d always wear it big and curly.” Meanwhile, I just wanted straight hair like my mom. I think it’s human nature to want to fit in, so I asked if I could have my hair straight too. That was the start of years of relaxers and flat irons. Naturally, my hair became very damaged and I didn’t even like how it looked straight. The Michigan humidity would always cause frizz as soon as I stepped out the door. It didn’t look like my mom’s hair or like any of the girls at school.
Once in high school, I just wanted convenience. I decided the easiest thing for me to do was to put my curls into a high “poof” or into a little bun that was often compared to a nest. Some of my peers would go as far as grabbing at my bun and asking why I didn’t just “brush it.” I felt embarrassed about my hair every day. I dreamed about just cutting it off because I didn’t know what to do with it.
College brought me to the Ypsilanti area and I found so many resources for my hair. For the first time in my life, I saw people with hair like mine and I found stylists (shout-out to Cherish from Crystal Skull Studio) that knew how to care for curls. I was introduced to Original Moxie products during my first big chop. I was so happy – I’d never seen my curls look so healthy or defined. Being in college, I felt that Moxie products were out of my price range. I reverted back to using a particular, curly hair brand with an orange label. I could never get the same results with those products.
In the long run, I was spending more on my hair when I went to the salon because the products I used daily weren’t nourishing my hair. I ended up doing another big chop because I didn’t know how to maintain my curls.
While I loved having a short haircut, it lacked the curl definition I wanted. I can’t help but think of the years of great, healthy curls I missed out on because I didn’t invest in my hair. The value of good products cannot be understated. Of course, being an employee of Original Moxie, I’m biased. That’s why I provided so many photos.
It’s been about six months since I’ve used Original Moxie products exclusively. In that short time, my hair has grown immensely. I’ve learned so much about my hair type and I continue to learn every day. While I still have days that I struggle with my hair, I find solace in knowing I have a community of curls around me.
My story isn’t unique. Working around so many people with curls has taught me that most everyone has struggled to love their hair. For a lot of people, they don’t find that love until much later in life. If you’re still reading, I have a feeling you have a similar story to mine. There is so much freedom in learning about your natural texture. Invest in yourself and invest in your curls. They’re worth every penny and then some.