Category: business

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

 

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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.

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.
curl smoothie my curls

#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

5 Spring Makeup Looks You’ll Love!

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5 makeup looks for spring

Spring can be a great time to experiment with new hair and makeup ideas. And this season, pops of color are all the rage. Whether it’s lips, cheeks, eyes or hair, choosing just the right shade is important.

Brightly-colored hair highlights are super-chic. From pinks and purples to blues and greens, a streak of unexpected color can go a long way. If you are afraid of commitment or don’t want to dye your hair, try clip-in highlight streaks.

For your face, here are a few spring makeup suggestions that will have you looking fabulous in no time!

  1. Ombre Lips: We’ve all heard of Ombre hair. Why not take that trend and apply it to your lips? Ombre, which means graduated or shaded, is a great way to add texture to the lips. If you aren’t normally adventurous when it comes to makeup, try this look with a classic lip color, like red. To start, take a darker shade of red and use it on the sides of your lips. Then, use a lighter shade of red for the middle, blending the two colors together where they touch.
  2. Blue and Green Eyeliner: Bright eye liner, especially emerald green and peacock blue, is increasing in popularity. These colors can significantly brighten your entire face, making you look wide-awake and fresh. The trick to applying these bold colors is to create a thin line on the top and bottom lashes. Other makeup worn with this look should be fairly subtle, so as not to detract from the eyes.
  3. Shimmer Blush in Coordinating Shades: It’s a known fact that when done correctly, blush gives you a rosy, youthful appearance. Blush compacts containing coordinating shades are a must-have. Look for one that has both a blush and a highlighter. The darker shades can be used for accentuating and contouring, while the lighter shades are best for brightening.
  4. FullFace Nude Makeup: Ever heard the old saying less is more? This can certainly prove true when it comes to nude, or natural-looking makeup. This trend is great for casual events where you want to look your best, but not too over-the-top. To create this look, use neutral eye shadows, like taupe or beige. Opt for brown mascara instead of black. Depending on your skin tone, a creamy, peach or light pink blush can add just enough color to your cheeks. A high-shine lip gloss in a pretty coral color finishes off this natural look!
  5. Highlighter- Pale colors such as off-white, custard and cream are great for highlighting purposes. Highlighters are supposed to brighten your face, making it look lighter in natural places, like along the cheek bones and around the eyes.   

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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

I Need Your Help!

It’s not often that I beg. In fact, I’m usually the last person to ask for anything and have the awful habit of trying to do everything myself.

However, over the years I’ve come to realise that sometimes a girl needs a helping hand and it’s perfectly okay, natural and normal to ask for help when needed.

In fact, by doing so you’ll come across dozens (maybe even hundreds) of people who’ll be there to help you out.

So why do I need your help? Well, I’m in the running for a business scholarship. It’s for an online business programme called RHH B-school.

The programme is meant to be one of the best online business programmes available and is lead by one of my big business inspirations and mentors, Marie Forleo. Words can’t describe how awesome Marie is! She’s gone from being a girl with a dream to building a million dollar business.

Aside from that, Marie’s weekly videos have inspired me to change my thoughts, beliefs and actions for years now. She’s an incredible woman and I can hand on heart say that it is one of the biggest  dreams of my life to take part in this scholarship.

watch my rhh b-school video entry

In order to win I seriously need your help. Firstly, I need you to please pretty please watch my video entry. In this video I share my story of how I went from being unemployed with no business experience to starting my own hair care brand. I also share my vision for My Curls and reveal the very things that inspired me to start my business.

I’ve always been afraid of being on camera, it’s just one of those things that makes me go ‘Aaaaaaghhhhh’ but in order to enter the scholarship I had to face one of my biggest fears.

Throughout the video, I had the phrase ‘feel the fear and do it anyway’ running through my head. I was absolutely petrified! But despite my fears I decided to face the camera and just tell my story. Once I turned the attention away from me and onto the purpose of the video, the fears dissipated into thin air. Take that fear!

I can’t say it enough, I really, really want to win this scholarship and the possibility of winning means the absolute world to me!

Please help support me by doing these three things:
1. Watching my video. Here’s the link: http://bit.ly/12Xd7F8
2. Leaving a comment under the video.
3. Sending a tweet to @Marieforleo and telling her why you think I deserve to win the scholarship.
E.g.  You could send something like this -> “I hope @MyCurlsUK wins the @Marieforleo scholarship because she’s a great entrepreneur #winBSCHOOL rhhbschool.com.”

Your reason should be honest and should reflect what you think is great about My Curls.

I’ve already received lots of tweets, Facebook messages and words of support from some of the most amazing people ever!

I’ve been utterly flawed at the level of support I’ve received and can’t thank you enough for everything. It means the world to me!

If I win, I’ll be jumping for joy and you’ll watch me turn everything I learn into mega success. I promise!!!

I’m also really considering doing Youtube videos more often. In the comments below tell me what you’d like to see me post about on youtube.

Hair tutorials? Q&A’s (questions and answers) or something else? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Lots of curly love!

Vicky xoxo