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We’re celebrating in the biggest way ever!

This year has been incredibly busy and the fact that it’s drawing to a close has forced me to reflect on some of the things I could have done better.

Clearly, the new year has the ability to give most of us the push that we need to make changes and it’s certainly done that for me.

my curlsOne thing that I was yearning to do, but never found the time, was change the website and make it more up-to-date and pretty (because who doesn’t love pretty things, right?)

So, I finally did it and am pleased to say that My Curls now has a gorgeous, newly developed site that’s far easier to use but still contains all of our signature products.

I’ve now vowed to make a few more changes in 2017. For instance, updating the blog way more often and answering your burning hair questions at least once a month.

I’m also going to be more active on social media. We have well over 40,000 engaged Twitter and Instagram followers and they’re yearning for more hair inspiration so I’m making a commitment to post more frequently and share some of the great things that we’re doing at My Curls.

Finally, to celebrate all of these new goals and achievements, I’m holding our biggest ever sale and it’s open to all customers no matter where in the world you live. Yes, we now ship internationally which means that our American and Canadian sisters can try out our products with ease.

Click here to view our new website and grab the 30% discount (no coupon code needed!).

Now, it’s over to you.

What changes are you making in 2017?

What do you think you could have done better?

What would you like to see change in the year to come?

Share your thoughts and ideas below. I can’t wait to read what you have to say.

With love,

Victoria.

Founder, MyCurls.co.uk.

 

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Here’s why we’re giving away free hair products

As the owner of a small, boot-strapped business, I pretty much do everything myself.why we're giving away free hair products

PR, marketing, social media and writing blog posts are just a few of the things that keep me on my toes every day! It can be a lot of work sometimes but it is so much fun and I love the fact that I have a personal connection to my customers. I answer every email they send, share tons of hair advice and answer their hair care questions.

Lately, I’ve been thinking about ways to spread the word about My Curls UK without having to wear so many hats and so, I came up with an idea which will enable our customers and social media fans to receive rewards for helping spread the word.

I wanted to keep things as simple as possible so that almost anyone can take part.

The idea is that everyone who wants to can become part of the My Curls UK family by simply sharing the link to our website with their friends, contacts and family.

For every friend who purchases a product, you’ll receive a free product of your choice.

You’ll therefore not only save money but will help a small business to grow. How cool is that?

Here are a few pointers to get you started:

When sharing on social media, use the hashtag #mycurlsuk so that we can find you.

When recommending our website to a friend through email, text or any other means, tell your friend to let us know that you recommended our products to them so that we can reward you for your referral.

Get started by sharing the link to our site: http://www.mycurls.co.uk with those you know and love today.

PS. If you’ve ever found it difficult to find a professional natural hair stylist, check out a new service called Afrocks who are transforming the way natural-haired women find stylists who actually understand our hair. Take a quick minute to sign up to their website registration list which is free for a limited time only.

Wishing you a great week,

Victoria.

Founder, MyCurls.co.uk

 

3 Stunning Natural Beauty Queens Who Are Rocking The Professional World

Here at mycurls.co.uk, we pride ourselves on being open-minded and tolerant. We like to look at arguments from both sides of the fence; we think compassion is an all-too-rarefied commodity in today’s cut-throat environment.

There are limits, however – and nothing gets our goat quite like that being told that our natural hair is “unprofessional” or “unsuitable for the workplace”.

Excuse me, what?

It’s true: it happens, it’s damaging (and plays no small part in the growing number of women with natural hair who suffer from self-esteem issues), and it needs to stop.

What better way to end this onslaught of bigotry than by starting a conversation about the wildly successful women who refuse to abandon their curls for the sake of “professionalism”? Read on to discover the three queens we’ve chosen to profile for this piece.

1.
Julee Wilson‘s first steps in the professional world were as humble as they could be. After being told numerous times that her preference for wearing her Afro hair naturally was “unprofessional”, she finally landed a position an assistant to the Editor-In-Chief of Real Simple Magazine.

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Needless to say, her natural hair didn’t hinder her journalistic talent to any degree – a fact made evident by her meteoric rise to the Staff Fashion Editor in two years, becoming the first African-American woman to do so.

Where is she now?

Queen Wilson now plies her trade as the Style & Beauty Editor for the Huffington Post’s Black Voices project, making frequent reference to her roots (pun intended!) through articles and series such as Curly Hair Chronicles, in which she discusses the very problem she had to overcome to get to where she is today.

 


2.
Denise Young Smith: a name you should get used to because you’re going to be hearing it a lot over the next few years. After earning her bachelor’s degree in Communications and a master’s degree in Organisational Management from Grambling State University, she made her first corporate inroads when contributed HR and management consulting to companies such as Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers portfolio companies.

Denise Young Smith

It wasn’t until 1997, when she joined Apple (then still a fledgling, albeit rapidly-expanding, company) that she really started making waves, though. She has since served the company in several key HR roles, not least among them sitting on the team that crafted Apple’s retail organisation – which today welcomes more than one million people every day, and has re-defined what the word retail means to the corporate world.


Where is she now?
Ms. Smith was recently chosen as Apple’s Vice President of Worldwide Human Resources – a position whose responsibilities include attracting and retaining talent at Apple, and reports to none other than Tim Cook, the CEO, himself.

3.
Kay Wilson Stallings earned her master’s degree at the University of Illinois, and ever since has been charting an astonishing rise through the ranks of corporate television.

Starting out as a manager at Nickelodeon, within ten years she’d become the Vice President of Production and Development – the first African-American woman to hold the title. She was primarily responsible for the development of such adored television programs as “Yo Gabba Gabba!”, “Lazytown” and “Wonder Pets”, and shows no sign of slowing either her creative juices or her impressive ambition.

Kay Wilson Stallings
Where is she now?
Ms. Stallings currently works her naturally-curled head off as Senior Vice President for Sesame Street, where she has an enormous amount of influence over what our children are exposed to on television’s most-loved children’s program.

There they are: three gloriously natural women sticking it to the Man one curl at a time.

Do YOU have any similar success stories you’d like to share?

Let us know in the comments below!

London Photographer Showcases The Beauty of Black and Mixed Race Redheads

Michelle Marshall is a London-based photographer who is capturing redheaded black and mixed race individuals.

People almost instantaneously think of redheads as being white, however, there are thousands of redheaded black and mixed race individuals who have naturally red tresses.

michelle marshall redhead photography exhibition MCR1

Photography by Michelle Marshall

It is estimated that between one and two percent of the global population is redheaded. Although red coloured hair is most commonly found in Scotland and Ireland, 35% of people within the UK population carry the recessive gene which is responsible for this particular hair colour.

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Photography by Michelle Marshall

When speaking to the Huffington Post, Michelle said:

“I am currently interested in documenting the incidents of the MC1R gene variant responsible for red hair and freckles, particularly amongst black and mixed raced individuals of all ages,” Marshall wrote in an email to The Huffington Post.

“I want to stir the perception that most of us have of a ‘ginger’ as a white caucasian individual, potentially of Celtic descent … As we struggle with issues of immigration, discrimination and racial prejudice, Mother Nature, meanwhile, follows its own course, embracing society’s plurality and, in the process, shaking up our perceptions about origins, ethnicity and identity.”

Take a look at Michelle’s wonderful photos over on her website http://www.michelle-marshall.com/personal/mc1r

4 Simple Steps To Longer Natural Hair

Before I started my natural hair journey, I found myself often becoming envious of other people’s hair. I remember looking at girls with natural hair and thinking “how did she grow her hair so long?”
how to grow longer natural hairOn top of that, throughout my childhood and early teens I’d constantly been told that “afro hair doesn’t grow,” OR “black girls can’t grow long hair” which led me to believe that growing long hair was simply impossible for a girl like me.
After deciding to go natural, doing the big chop and spending ages digesting everything there is to know about natural hair care, I was able to grow my hair to the longest length it’s ever been.
Now, don’t get me wrong, growing long hair isn’t just about length, it’s about having healthy hair. In my opinion, healthy hair is what all women (regardless of ethnicity or hair texture) should aspire to,
So how can you as a curly haired naturalista grow longer hair?
Here are 4 simple yet highly effective steps.
1. Moisturise
I’m sure you’ve heard it a thousand times before but moisturising your curls is absolutely vital if you want to grow long, healthy natural tresses. When it comes to moisturising, you should opt for products that have a high percentage of water because moisture comes from water. To get the most out of water, mix water, leave-in conditioner and a natural oil like jojoba and pour it into a spray bottle. Spritz your hair with this mixture a few times each day. This will help to keep your curls in top shape throughout the day. It’ll also aid growth because you’ll retain more hair as a result of keeping your hair moisturised.
 2. Dust, don’t trim.
Years back, I heard about ‘dusting.’ I thought it sounded a bit crazy but it works. The idea is simple; rather than trimming or cutting large chunks of hair every 6-9 weeks (as recommended by hair stylists), instead choose to only ‘dust’ or trim off unhealthy ends. Dusting simply involves searching for splits, knots and tangles and cutting them off every time you spot them. The minute you see one strand that’s visibly unhealthy, trim it. This saves thousands of healthy hair strands from being trimmed off and enables you to only get rid of the exact hairs that are damaged or split. It’s a hair saver!
3. Apply heat once or twice a year.
As much as I love the look of my hair when straightened, I have seen incredible results by simply not straightening it more than twice a year. In fact, I avoid applying heat to my hair unless I really, really need to. Whilst heat-based styles can look great for special occasions, they can also wreck havoc on your curls. Instead of using heat, try using your blow dryer on the cool setting, towel drying your hair and rocking gorgeous formal styles using nothing more than your
natural curls and hair accessories (think flowers, hair bands, ribbons etc).
natural hair accessories

Opt for hair accessories like ribbons, scarves and flowers rather than applying heat to your hair.

 4. Exercise.
This is one that many of us miss because we’re so busy. However, exercising regularly not only boosts your body’s health but it also aids hair growth by stimulating the scalp and increasing blood flow to it. Even if you despise working out, try simply walking or doing fun activities that don’t feel like a workout. Zumba, hiking and swimming are some great options and they’ll leave you in top shape as well!
So there you have it, my 4 top tips for growing healthier, longer hair this summer.
If you have any extra tips to share, please let them in the comments below and don’t forget to subscribe to my newsletter at www.mycurls.co.uk for more hair tips and a chance to win free products.

My Curls Founder Is Announced As Virgin Media’s Pioneer Of The Week!

We’re pleased to announced that Vicky has been selected by Virgin Media Pioneers as their Pioneer of the Week!

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VirginMediaPioneers.com is an incredible online community of enterprising people who use videos and blogging to share their ideas and experiences.

The Virgin Media Pioneers Programme is an initiative of Virgin Media and words closely with Virgin Unite.

You can read the full interview with Vicky here http://www.virginmediapioneers.com/2015/01/pioneer-of-the-week-vicky-olubi-of-my-curls/

 

 

Breaking down? Overcome heartache with a simple mindset shift

Back in October, I wrote my first article for The Huffington Post.

Writing for Huffington was one of my biggest goals of 2014 and I was so happy when THE Arianna Huffington gave me the opportunity to become a blog contributor.

I wanted my article to be heartfelt because I often find that when I write from the heart, I create my best pieces of work (I guess that’s only natural, right?).

And so, I wrote about a real life situation (which you can read about here) and in the article I share a pearl of wisdom that might just transform how you handle difficult situations and dark times.

Click here to read the article in full and discover what that one simple but highly effective mindset shift is.

PS. If you liked the article, please click the ‘LIKE‘ button beside it and share it on your social media handles. You can also tweet me @mycurlsuk to let me know that you think it’s awesome 🙂

Victoria.

Founder, MyCurls.co.uk

 

3 Fun Ways To Use Our Curl Smoothie

curl smoothie my curlsThe Curl Smoothie is by far our biggest selling and most popular product and what never ceases to amaze me is the rather unique ways our customers use this product.

When I came up with the Curl Smoothie I was looking for a soft, creamy moisturising lotion that would help to soften my hair.

I, like many naturals, felt as if there were no hair lotions that really moisturised without making my curls feel greasy and icky. I was therefore determined to create a lotion that was super moisturising but that didn’t weigh my hair down. After much experimentation, I came up with a recipe that made a tremendous difference to my hair.

Here are 3 unique ways to use the Curl Smoothie, some of these might surprise you. Read on!

Way # 1

As a scalp lotion. Yes, the Smoothie was designed to be a hair lotion but a number of our customers use it as a scalp lotion as well. To do this, it’s best to start with freshly washed hair, part it into sections and apply the Smoothie directly to your scalp in small-medium sized sections. Apply it to your whole scalp and your hair as well. To finish off, massage your scalp as this will help to stimulate it.

#Way 2

As a split end preventer. Split ends are the bane of most curly girls existence. We all hate them!

Split ends are often caused by dryness and neglect. Sometimes you might neglect your hair without realising that you’re doing so. This is exactly why it’s important to remember that the ends of your hair are so important because once they begin to break, split or tear, there’s no way to repair them. To prevent splits from happening it’s a really good idea to apply the Curl Smoothie to the tips of your hair and finish off with a dose of olive oil. Keep the ends of your hair constantly moisturised and you’ll be far less likely to get splits.
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#Way 3

As a body lotion. A customer recently emailed me to say that she’s been using the Curl Smoothie as a body and hair lotion! I was pleasantly surprised but then I realised that its moisturising properties make it an excellent lotion for your hair and skin. However, it’s always a good idea to test whether it would work for you by applying a small amount to your skin before using it as a regular moisturiser.

Have you used the Curl Smoothie before? Have you discovered a unique way to use it? Share it by leaving a comment below.

Click here to try the Curl Smoothie on your hair.

Victoria xo

Words of Wisdom: Life and Beauty Quotes We Love!

Sometimes a girl needs a pick me up!

When things don’t quite go your way, you’re tired or stressed out and you’re feeling a little down in the dumps, there’s nothing better than a good ole’ quote!

I love quotes and find myself gravitating more and more towards them as the days go by.

So today I figured I’ll do something a little different and I’ll share some of my favourite words of wisdom with you.

Read the quotes below and in the comments below tell me which of them is your favourite.

By the way, if you like this post and want even more natural hair inspiration head over to our website and subscribe to our VIP List.

audrey hepburn quotes

 

beauty quotes

beauty quotes

words of wisdom
steve jobs quotes

 

Sources: http://pinterest.com/pin/10555380347843309/

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When Technology Fails: This Week’s Technical Glitches

Just a very quick post to let you know that we’re in the middle of some big changes! I’m so excited about them.

However, sometimes technology isn’t perfect and over the past few days it’s certainly proved to be difficult.

The plan was to have a website makeover. Sounds exciting, right? Well I was sooooo excited until I discovered that our url (website address) wasn’t pointing to the right website.

In fact, it’s actually pointing to our old website (if you’ve been a customer for a long time you’ll remember the pink butterfly, hot pink colours and error signs). Yes, it’s pointing to that old website!

Whilst I’m rather embarrassed by the whole situation, it does nonetheless remind me of how far My Curls has come over the past few years.

And if you don’t believe me, take a look at the brand-spanking new site which looks great if I must say so myself. Yes, I designed it! I’m really proud of it but slightly disappointed that most people won’t be able to see it until we sort out these technical problems 😦

Our gorgeous new website

Our new website!

Not to worry, we’re working crazy hard to ensure that in the next few days, our site points to the right address so that when you type www.mycurls.co.uk into your browser you won’t be stepping back in time.

I’m praying all of the chaos calms down and everything gets sorted out.

Once the new site is ready and our email is back up, I’ll be jumping for joy and will be making some even more exciting announcements! Let’s pray there are no more glitches.

Fingers and toes crossed, Vicky xoxo