Team Tuesday: Meet Janelle

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Last year, I introduced our Hair + Makeup Team: Rachel, Sara, Lindsay, and Nicole (we've added one more since then: another post to come!) At the time, it felt really silly to "introduce" myself since I feel like I'm everywhere. In our video you hear and see my passion for the industry, it's my words on our website and all throughout the Styling Guide we send to each #jolbride , etc. etc. You guys already know me, right?

But, then I started thinking: I'm not just the owner of Janelle on Location. I'm the Senior Stylist, too. And, as a Stylist, I figure, I should probably introduce myself. So. Here goes!

Hi! I'm Janelle. I'll be 32 this month- the day before Valentines Day. I've been married for 6 years (by the end of February) and we have two adorable kiddos: a 2 year old girl, and a 3 month old boy (and their oldest sibling is in Heaven.) My little family moved to South Carolina last year, where I run Janelle on Location and am stoked about expanding to Charleston this year. Also. We travel a LOT. It's worth the work that travel is with kiddos to have our windows open with warm, fresh air starting in JANUARY. Not exaggerating. The weather here is GLORIOUS!

After watching my aunt do hair for my cousin's wedding, I did my first updo when I was 13. It was for a friend who had a piano recital. And then in typical 13-year-old-fashion, when you do one "updo" that gets compliments...you're dubbed as the friend who "does hair." Hey, I'm not complaining. That reputation spread fast, and I had so many guinea pig volunteers who were an incredible asset to gaining the unheard of hands on experience I had at such a young age. Some of this I alluded to in my recent post about "The Beginning" of JOL.

At 14, two girls in my Study Hall (who were two years older than me) asked if I'd do their hair for prom. PROM, you guys. I was so nervous. But I love a challenge...so I said yes! They went to prom, got lots of compliments, and their friends freaked out that they got their hair done...by a Freshman. The next year...and I'm not exaggerating...I was booked from like 8am to 6pm for updos in 30 minute appointment slots. I think I gave myself a lunch break- but it was 15-16 heads of hair in one day. AS A FIFTEEN YEAR OLD. I was EXHAUSTED. And loved every second.

My parents were really strict that I not charge anyone un-licensed. So. After losing money buying so much hair spray and so many bobby pins out of my hard-earned babysitting money, I asked for Homecoming that the girls bring their own supplies. Cue: my first lesson in learning the VAST differences good and bad hairsprays make! OH MY WORD!

I was booked for multiple school's dance-dates every Homecoming and Prom throughout High School. I also did my first wedding at 15, and had done ten weddings by the time I was 17. After that, I lost count!

Fast forward through getting my Cosmetology License before graduating High School, working a Disney World internship to learn about Customer Service, moving to Florida, and loving "formal" styling WAY more than ANY other service I offered working in a salon there...I moved to Wales for a mid-term Mission's Trip. Yes, the country. And no, it's not "in" England. And yes, the Welsh are offended by that question. ;) Wonderful experience. Hard year. Life-changing in amazing ways.

I came back to the States and make Janelle on Location official. With literally $18 in my bank account. Eighteen. One-eight. No zeros. I've worked extremely hard and sacrificed a ton over the years for Janelle on Location to be debt free- even since it's inception. Busting my butt doing haircuts and highlights throughout the week, I FINALLY started specializing in weddings, (then added Curly Hair as a specialty a month later). I wanted to focus so hard on what I was best at, and what my passion was.

Oh my goodness, I worked so so hard those years. Before sunrise to after dark. Getting up crazy early to do hours of admin, reach out to local vendors via email, schedule appointments, write out directions from one client's house to the next while I saved for a GPS because I had a dumb phone (and then friends surprised me with an iPad for Christmas!)...doing confirmation calls while in the car between appointments, and I took clients alllll day, to come home and do hours more of admin responding to those who emailed me back during the day. I was a one woman show! Maybe circus?! This went on for years (though, after the first year I had an iPad and a Scheduling Coordinator-- which were SO NEEDED to take the edge off of my many responsibilities so I could business plan better, providing a bit of momentum.)

Met the hubs (at a wedding, no less! He was truly the Best Man ;), got married, moved to PA, and ONLY focused on Hair + Makeup for weddings. Best decision. Why do other things when you can do what you LOVE?!

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And now, as my family actively grows, I personally take a small number of weddings and continue investing in the absolutely incredible Team God has blessed me with. You guys. I am not exaggerating when I say they are the best. They are THE.BEST. There is such affection in our friendships, and camaraderie in sharing our passions serving brides. And we manage to work with such incredible brides! HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE?! We genuinely think they're the best in the world. True relationships that are long lasting are born from this journey of getting to know each of them, and helping them come up with the best Bridal Look for their day.

This adventure has had it's fair share of sleepless nights, and tears. But not even close the amount of excited squeals and enthusiasm it's given me. I simply wouldn't want to be doing anything else!!

Photos by our amazing and talented friendor, Alison Dunn Photography

JOL Team: Meet Rachel!

At Janelle on Location, our Team dynamics are wonderfully unique and we wanted to take some time to introduce you to each member. First up:  Rachel!

I was so excited to meet Rachel that fateful day in 2014. She'd been recommended for me to consider as a new addition to the Team, and it was evident immediately that she has a God-given eye for enhancing natural beauty. Her eagerness to always learn and grow as a Stylist (which is a requirement for the JOL Team!) was extremely evident, as well as an unbelievably hard work ethic and tremendous dependability.

This past year, Rachel received certification from the Devachan Salon in NYC and is now "Deva Certified!" We are so proud that she's specializing in Naturally Curly hair.

Emails from Rachel are full of exclamation points as her genuine enthusiasm can't be stifled. She is kind, up-beat, steady as a rock under stress, and has a beautiful servant's heart. "Whatever she needs!" is the most frequent response I receive from Rachel as we orchestrate the details of Trial Run and Wedding Day schedules with each #jolbride that is "hers." 

Just recently, I received this sweet email after our #jolbride Nicole and her mom had their Hair Trial Runs with Rachel,

"I cannot thank you both enough.  We just got back from dinner and were both talking about how much we love our hair.  Rachel was amazing.  I really wasn't sure how to explain what I liked (I'm not sure if I even knew to be honest) but she was so patient with me and wonderful to work with.  It made me so excited for what's to come and to have her as part of our big day." 

Rachel loves sushi, 7 Brides for 7 Brothers, plays the harp, sings, and is number 8 of 10 kids (yes, you read that right: TEN!). She looks forward to picnics with her husband and her annual family vacation to Maine with no electricity or indoor plumbing!

We are so thankful to have Rachel as part of the #jolteam !

Who is Janelle on Location?

You know how they say a picture is worth a thousand words? Well, I think a quick two minute video is worth a hundred emails, several phone calls, and an "About Us" page on a website! The amazing Kristen of Kristen Kiraly Films put a video together that couldn't possibly more accurately sum up what Janelle on Location is all about. Because it needs absolutely zero introduction...here it is! Enjoy!

What kind of hair do you have?

There's a lot of confusion about what kind of hair people have; type and texture. Fine, Course, Thin and Thick...so few people seem to know how to describe their head of hair accurately...and I don't blame them! The language can be confusing! So let's clear some things up.

For the basics of hair descriptors, there's two categories, with two options in each. You'll pick ONE option from each category, and describe your hair with TWO words. We're going with the very basics, here.

First is for the width of your hairs...the actual texture and size of each strand.

Hair texture words are FINE and COARSE.

Fine:

Fine hair has a small diameter, and generally a smooth texture. Each individual strand, if looked under the microscope, would be skinny. Fine hair is usually soft, and tends to be more shiny naturally.

Coarse:

Coarse hair is larger and more broad in diameter. Strand by strand, the texture is not as "slippery" as fine hair. While it can still be very soft, many people with course hair complain that their hair isn't silky smooth.

 

The second category is for the density of your hair. How many hairs PER SQUARE INCH on your head. These descriptions have NOTHING to do with the texture or diameter of each hair, but only with how MANY hairs are on your head.

Hair density words are THIN and THICK.

Thin:

Thin hair means that there's not as many hairs, or that hair follicles are a further apart from one another. If hair is "thinning", it is falling out and there are fewer hairs on the head.

Thick:

Thick hair means that it is DENSE! There'are many hairs in any given space on your head.

Many times I've heard people describe their hair as "thick" when it's not very dense and they really mean coarse. Or that they're hair is "thin" when they actually have a TON of it, but it's really fine.

Describing your hair accurately can help you tremendously as you're looking for styles and haircuts, or even just interacting with your hairstylist! And if you're among the few who have multiple textures and varying density on different places of your head...that can be VERY helpful to identify. It will save you a lot of frustration as you wonder why your hair doesn't fit completely into either category!

 

Try Deva Curl for FREE!

Are you one of those Curlies who's heard great things about Deva Curl Cuts and Products and you want to give them a try...but you don't want to commit?

Then this Deva Curl Giveaway is for YOU!

Here at Janelle on Location, we love GIVING AWAY free stuff. This week...win a Deva Curl Sample for FREE! Try the three most important products; products that allow you to completely test the Deva Curl styling method: Cleanse, Hydrate, Style without investing a single penny.

Deva Trial Giveaway We are more than happy to have a phone consultation with the winner about how to use these products to get the most out of them and your curls!

These products go hand-in-hand with the Deva Cut technique and method.

Enter for your chance to win in a Rafflecopter giveaway! Entries accepted all week!

Oh. And share the love. Tell all your Curly friends!

 

 

Does a Curly Bob have to be a Triangle?

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There are a lot of things Curly Girls think they can't get away with, that Straight Haired Girls have an advantage in. However, on a lot of things, I beg to differ. A Curly Girl can certainly have bangs...they just have to be the right kind of bangs for her face and spirals.

I discussed in a recent post, the varying factors about the bob hairstyle and its many forms. Today I want to demonstrate how, contrary to popular belief, a Curly Girl can absolutely have a bob without having a triangle on her head.

As mentioned all over my website and in previous posts, a DRY HAIRCUT is imperative to this kind of style.

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This Curly Lady wanted a big change. Beginning with a very slight inverted bob, she only continued to amaze me with her bravery asking for a little bit shorter/sharper angle. We snipped until we got all of the curls just right. And isn't it so cute on her?!

I received a text just days after her cut exclaiming how much she loves this new style. That's one way to bring a giant grin to a Curly Stylist's face!

Speaking of cute new Curly bobs...get a load of THIS.

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Oh.my.goodness. How much fun is this cut?! Adding all kinds of density and curl definition, this style could not be more perfect for these locks. Framing the face, interacting with one another to boost volume and create fantastic shape...these are seriously happy curls. Just ask the client!

"I. LOVE. MY. CUT.  It's been SO much fun to wear down, and people are telling me all the time how great it looks..." -KG

Not sure if a bob is right for your curls? Feel free to contact us with a photo of yourself and ask!

 

 

Deva Curl Cleansers Video: No Poo vs Low Poo

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I wish I could tell you how many clients have informed me that they "used" to {or even still use} Deva Products, and then during their first Deva Cut appointment with me exclaim, "OHHH! THAT'S how you use that?!" Technique is half the battle. Think of it as a recipe-- if you have all the right ingredients, with no directions as to how to mix it all together to complete the dish...you're going to be missing out big time!

Deva Curl Cleansers Video: No Poo and Low Poo

Since it can be overwhelming to switch {or even tweak} your Curly hair routine, I've decided to make some informational videos explaining the purpose, proper use, and the "why" behind each Deva Product. Check out the first video on Deva Curl Cleansers: No Poo and Low Poo.

For those of you who prefer reading over watching, the jist of the video is below.

Deva Curl Cleansers: No Poo vs Low Poo

No Poo

Deva Curl's Cleanser, No Poo is white in color, and the consistency of a conditioner. It doesn't bubble or emulsify, and does not strip your hair of all of its natural oils. {Which is a good thing!} While dish soap is created to "cut grease" {and we love that when we do dishes!} -- we do NOT want to do the same thing with our hair- but many shampoos do! No Poo purposely leaves a thin layer of your natural oil on your scalp to keep your curls hydrated. This keeps your oil glands from being "over productive" and telling your hair to produce extra oil because its all being stripped away with your shampoo.

I recommend No Poo for coarse, dry curls.

Low Poo

Deva Curl's Cleanser, Low Poo is translucent in color- with a slight yellow tint to it. It DOES bubble, but not due to sulfates! They added coconut just for people {like me} who love the "bubbly feeling."

I recommend Low Poo for fine hair, or scalps that tend to be more oily.

Deva Curl Cleansing Technique

For both cleansers, be careful to not use big arm and wrist movements as you wash your scalp. The cleansers aren't meant to scrub the shaft of your hair, just your scalp- think of your scalp as an extension of your face, and No Poo and Low Poo as your scalp "face wash." Stick with your fingers to do the scrubbing for you- lifting dirt, oil, and free radicals.

If you have any questions about the products or techniques, feel free to email me at janelle@janelleonlocation.com- I'd be happy to answer them for you!

 

Curly Transformation

This Curly decided just seconds before her haircut that she wanted to go short-- I was amazed at her bravery! But oh.my.goodness. was it a great decision.

 

 

Curly Haircut Transformation

Curly Haircut Decision Makers

With an initial intention of evening up the length {a common area to address if the last Curly Haircut wasn't a dry one}, the top curls here have a much higher curl spring factor. A dry cut allows me as the stylist to see what I'm really working with. And while we were able to get the curls in the nape area to curl more tightly, they simply aren't the same kind of curls as the ones on top.

This incredibly cute bob allowed us to hide the not-as-tight-curls and highlight the spring-y-er ones. The exact outcome we wanted!

We now have less frizz, increased curl definition, and an overall curly look that is even- with correct weight distribution and shape with more volume.

Check out this previous post for additional ideas about how to cut/style YOUR curls!

What does this make you want to do with YOUR curls for the summer?

Selfie Deva Cut

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So, I don't think I've ever put a "selfie" of JUST myself online before now. There are more than enough of my husband and me together...mostly on facebook- but {maybe I'm too old} I just haven't jumped on the selfie band wagon. Aaaaannd this feels really REALLY uncomfortable.

But.

At the risk of being vain, I believe visual aids are important. And. It's for the sake of hair-learning.

So.

Here I am.

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Both of these photos were taken this past weekend. The one on the left I snapped on Friday early morning before heading out the door to work a wedding.

The right photo was taken Sunday morning before church.

I used the exact same products, in the same order, with the same technique on both days. Both are "fresh off the Deva-fuser."

And yet...there's a huge difference, right?

Saturday I gave myself a bang trim, and chose about 10 strategic curls on the sides of my hair, and took of some weight/length.

And every time I do that, and then style my hair, I am AMAZED at how much easier it is to style my hair, how curly it gets, and how little I have to "work" to get my curls to come out of hiding.

I am freshly reminded how vital consistent Deva Cuts are to my curls working for me. No extra coaxing or encouraging...they fall into place and seem eager to go right where I want them...with hardly any work.

So Curlies, if you're using the right products, the right techniques, in the right order and still leave in the morning feeling like your curls aren't all you want them to be...

...it's time for a Deva Cut.

What are your first signs that you're ready for a trim?

Devacurl Haircuts

I absolutely love my job.  

No matter how long I do this {meaning Devacurl haircuts}, I am ASTOUNDED and AMAZED after each and every client's curls-- this cut, these products...seem to work miracles. And...I just love it.

Take a look at these lovely ladies from recent appointments. I didn't write "before and "after"...because. Quite frankly, I think it seems redundant. Duh.

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Look at the way her hair now curls up at her roots, and the curls cascade alllll the way down her hair...not just clustering at the ends the way they did before.

And. Can we say, DEFINITION?! Wow.

Ladies, let this be proof...that haircuts for Curlies do NOT have to end up SHORT! She kept almost all her length-- and still had tons of weight taken out and distributed more evenly. SHAPE. Not length. This is why I do what I do. Devacurl all the way.

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I love the shape this Deva Cut provides. {Oops. Was I already talking about shape?} Just look at those two shots of her gorgeous face-- those curls are now COMPLIMENTING her face shape. The slight bang {isn't her ombre cool?} is a perfect accent. So many words come to mind. Framing. Flattering. Gorgeous. Hydrated. Natural. Deva Cuts allow your curls to work together...instead of against each other. The proof is here!

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Devacurl Haircut #3

I seriously couldn't {and still can't} get over this one. These curls were thirsty...and they took the hydration that Deva Products provide, and DRANK it up. So much so, that the spring factor bounced up! We didn't take much off of the ends, but with some weight distribution and the right products...I am in disbelief: look at how thick and full her curls now are!!

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Devacurl Haircut #4

Out of all the photos in this post, this cut has the least "dramatic" shape change. Let it be proof: this was her SECOND Deva Cut {first one was in NYC}. While yes, her curls needed more definition, and new shape...it grew out really well. Can't you tell a difference between these "before's" and the others?

This sweet mom has such cute cut! Her appointment was so fun. I love how her curls bounce, and that she's chosen a style that is manageable for her season of life. Yay for reality. Yay for hair that looks great everyday with very little effort! She has beautiful waves, and wears them so well.

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Since many Curlies have been scarred by previous "hack jobs", it can take a while for confidence to be built to have a stylist go short. But this beauty, even on her first appointment, wasn't afraid at all! And oh.my.soul. Look at how those curls turned out! Is this the cutest little bob, or what?!

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Devacurl Haircut #6

No before pictures here...but holy cow was this precious girl ADORABLE!! Check out her gorgeous locks!

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Don't take our word for it...read for yourselves how much these Curlies love their new Deva Cuts!

So, which one is your favorite transformation?

Deva Cut: Brittany

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JOL Website1-001 As you can clearly see, Brittany is beautiful no matter what style her hair is in.

What the photos don't show, but you would discover upon your first 5 seconds of meeting Brittany, is that she is ridiculously beautiful inside as well. A sweet, hospitable, caring soul who is passionate about loving others well. An utter delight to be around.

In need of a new style with some specific hair concerns/styling difficulties, Brittany and I discussed the best place to go with her cut. Removing a lot of weight out of her hair, adding some layers and framing, and making those curls BOUNCE!

DSC_0766-002Notice how LITTLE length we took off, and how MUCH hair was left on the floor after her cut! {shoe provided for scale-- and I have big feet for a girl!}

Deva Cuts are not about the "ends" or the "length." It's all about shape and weight distribution.

Brittany is now looking forward to getting more than one day out of her curls, and saving so.much.time. drying, styling, & putting her hair up. Just a little bit of scrunching with this new cut, and she's ready to bounce frizz free!

So, what's your favorite thing about

Brittany's new Deva Cut?

 

Styling Basics

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A few secrets, tricks, and styling tips for you on the subjects of frizz and styling:

Condition. Condition. Condition. When the center of your hair is not well-hydrated {and your conditioner merely detangles}, the outer layer of your hair, the cuticle, reaches into the atmosphere to grab moisture. This...is called FRIZZ. And we hate it.

Tip: Invest in a conditioner that is sulfate-free, and truly penetrates your hair; conditioning it from the inside out.

Naturally Curly Girl Tip: After hopping out of the shower and setting your curls how you’d like them to dry, DO NOT TOUCH THEM until they’re completely dry. This will significantly reduce frizz. Do NOT continue to scrunch your curls throughout the drying process-- be very very gentle with them. They can last you days if you treat them right while they dry!

 

Hydrogen Bonds. Ever heard of them? Unless you were in cosmetology school, or a chemist of some kind...probably not. Yet, they are essential to understanding how and why your hair styles like it does {or doesn’t.}

 

Wet to dry, and hot to cold-- it’s so important you take note of your personal styling habits.

 

Tip: To double-seal your hair’s hydrogen bonds, and reduce frizz-- after drying your hair completely, put your hair dryer on “cool” and cool it down all the way. You’ll be amazed at how the frizz STAYS away!

 

Ever have your bangs dry all wonky and no matter WHAT you do...there’s no fixing it? Or have you ever curled your hair, touched it while its warm, and watched all of the curls just melt away before your very eyes? It can be so disappointing watching all of that work go to waste!

 

Tip: When curling your hair with a curling iron {or any styling with heat} do NOT touch your hair until it’s cool. Even if you want to soften or separate curls, wait until AFTER they’re set-- they will last much longer throughout the day...and maybe even overnight!

 

When your hair goes from wet to dry, or hot to cool, you’re “setting” it. Instructing it, basically telling it, “Stay here.” Wetting and heating your hair are the “breaking down” of hydrogen bonds and drying and cooling re-build them.

 

More details on the specifics in the next post!

What are some of your favourite tricks to keep frizz at bay?

Deva Fuser FREEBIE!

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DSC_0805-003Well, they say a curl's greatest tool isn't a brush, or comb {in fact those are the enemies!} but it's our hands and fingers. It's now possible to have a "hand" in the drying process too!

The Deva Fuser is an AWESOME tool to help safely dry your curls without overheating or blowing on them- causing them to separate. The Deva Fuser attaches to most hairdryers and works better than any other diffuser I've used- both in how it "scrunches" and "sets" your curls in place as they're drying. Fantastic at keeping your "crystalized cast" in tact to eliminate frizz-- see this post to learn a little about AnGel.

{This tool also fantastically doubles as "monster hand" if you're babysitting or have children of your own. Little boys especially find "roaring" with the "monster hand" hysterical and very entertaining. But I definitely don't know that from experience. It's just what I hear...}

{Dryer and little boys not included} Here's how to enter:

1. Comment on this post about which giveaway has been your favorite or what you're most excited about learning as a result of this blog.

2. Make sure you don't miss a blog post and subscribe with your email at the top right if you haven't already.

3. Share this blog post on facebook and tag Janelle on Location and 2 curly friends.

"Grab" a free book!

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Even though it doesn’t touch your hair {don’t be weird and try to prove me wrong} one of THE MOST essential tools to styling your curls naturally...is the Curly Girl Handbook. I hand it to all of my curlies when they are under the dryer after their Deva Cut.  

This book is full of tips, tricks, and curly information. It’s the history of how and why Deva Curl came about.

 

But we know its not exciting to just READ about something. We want to DO something new.

 

So, going hand in hand {no pun intended} with our Curly Handbook giveaway are the wonderful and amazing…

 

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Deva Gloves! {see? get it? hand in hand?}

These babies are awesome. No longer struggle to get the curls closest to your scalp properly “scrunched” and released of water. These bad boys are my favorite. I just don’t know why someone didn’t think of this ingenious idea sooner! Microfiber towel gloves. I love it.

 

Want to win it these TWO amazing giveaways today? Here’s how to enter:

 

1. Comment below with your best {honest} plea for why you need information on how to handle your natural curls.

2. Enter your email at the top right to subscribe to this blog and make sure you don't miss a single tip, tutorial, or giveaway!

3. Share this blog post on facebook and tag Janelle on Location and at least 2 curly friends

 

Let Your Naturally Curly Hair SPRING Giveaway!

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Attention Curly Girls!

Well I don’t know about you or your naturally curly hair, but here in Pennsylvania we are soooo ready for Spring. Snow melting, weather warming, birds chirping...it can’t come soon enough. {Plus, leaving the house without fearing “curly icicles” forming on my head when I want to air dry will be nice.}

As the weather shifts, and your wardrobe changes {goodbye sweaters!}, its a great time for a new hair product. And let’s be honest. No matter what the weather is, it’s ALWAYS a good time to get rid of frizzy hair.

 

Today, we are featuring one of our ALL-TIME favorite Curly Girl products.

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Maker of the famous Deva Curl “Crystallized Cast” I’m telling ALL of my clients about, AnGEL. Technically, they've changed the name to "Light Defining Gel"...but it will always be ANGEL in my heart. It's an {if not THE} essential key to eliminating frizz.

 

Lightly coating each curl in this protective cast prior to and during immediate post-shower scrunching, frizz doesn’t stand a chance!

 

In an attempt to encourage the weather to SPRING into Spring {see what I did there?}...we’re giving one of these beauties away today! Want to win it? Here’s how to enter:

 

1. Comment below with at least one reason you think your curls desperately need AnGEL. 2. Share this blog post on facebook and tag Janelle on Location and at least 1 curly friend.

We wish you luck!