Can You Say Carpal Tunnel?


1. It’s not all tofu and hemp over here. I’ve finally admitted to my paper towel addiction.

2. If you have an iPhone, you have to check out these apps for parents. (Your iPhone can act as a baby monitor! That calls you at your number of choice when it detects sound! DUDE.)

3. Plus-sized tips and cute fall fashions. 

4. Playing catch-up at Hair Thursday.

5. Victory rolls! Be sure and watch the video I posted by Super Kawaii Mama. (I’m cyber-stalking her in a mild, rule-abiding way.)

6.  If this kid doesn’t make you feel all warm and fuzzy, you are an asshole robot.

Wow. Maybe there is a reason why I can’t get things written at Whoorl. Like, MY FINGERS ARE FALLING OFF. Now, if you will excuse me, I’ve got a couch and a DVR calling my name.

Have a super weekend!


hair thursday makeover 51


No time for chit chat – just lots of awesome hairstyles and of course, your votes.


Courtenay’s hair:

Auburn brown
Extremely thick, very straight
Prefers hair out of eyes
Always has hair in ponytail or messy bun

Courtney, I love your natural auburn color. However, with hair this thick, I think you need to grow it longer to give it more weight. If you keep the length where it grazes your shoulders, it will always flip up and/or gravitate towards your face. Here are some options for you.


Alyce’s hair:

Dyed platinum blond several months ago and slowly repairing color
Very thick, tendency to frizz
Wants something “cute and short”

Alyce, I definitely gravitate towards a darker blond or strawberry blond for you. I think a shorter style would look great with your features. These would be super cute on you, but FYI, you are going to have to texturize the hell out of your hair.


Susie’s hair:

Light brown with golden highlights
Normal to oily condition
Very thick and wavy hair
No preference for length
Uses flat iron occasionally
Loves the messy bun look
Tons of layers in hair

Susie, I like your hair with a little more length. Right now, the shorter cut combined with all of your layers is creating a little bit of a helmet-type shape. Keep growing and blending the layers – once it’s a tad bit longer, you will be able to pull it back into messy buns all the time.


Kristi’s hair:

Light medium brown, considering a color change
Oily at the scalp
Very fine, naturally curly
No preference for length
Cut her own layers

Kristi, I think you should go with a blond shade with a hint of red (like #1) or even blonder. (You know, to match your darling baby!)


My current crushes


This post is exactly what I need right now. Thanks to Amy’s comment and Joslyn’s series for giving me the idea.


1. Tom Colicchio – I don’t know what it is, but I have had several impure thoughts about this man. Very much looking forward to the Top Chef premiere tonight.

2. Retro hairstyles – I’ve always had a soft spot for 40’s and 50’s hairstyles, and I’ve recently become obsessed with YouTube how-to videos. This gal is awesome, and I just now realized that a very brief segment of her video was shown on my Nightline segment.

3. NARS Dolce Vita lipstick with Chanel Glossimer in Pagoda on top – Shiny, pinky-rose perfection.

4. Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate – I’ve only had one of these, but it damn sure changed my life.

5. Ashley G’s Beard illustrations – I want to create a room where one wall is covered entirely in these beard illustrations. I dig a man with a good beard.

6. J Brand black cigarette jeans – My #1 clothing staple this fall.

7. Twilight movie – I’m not embarrassed to admit that my tickets have already been purchased. (Picture it now…Whoorl and 120,000 14-year-olds.)

8. Hayden Harnett bag – My new birthday gift. I’m not going to lie, I don’t know if it will fully take the place of my Gray Havana Hobo, but it is a nice change.

9. Super Hopeless Romance – Although fiction, this blog has sucked me into Cordy’s vortex. GET IT TOGETHER, SETH.

10. Relish Meal Planning System – This is beyond incredibly awesome. I love to cook, but have trouble planning my weekly menus ahead of time. This system lets me choose my weekly dinners, creates a grocery list (down to specific aisles) and takes all guesswork out of the planning process. The yummy recipes are just the icing on the cake. (This week’s menu includes dishes such as Buttermilk Unfried Chicken, Huevos Rancheros, Porcini Mushroom and Walnut Penne…)

11. Backyardigans Super Spy episode featuring Cyndi Lauper – Wito is obsessed with the Backyardigans. I am obsessed with the episodes that feature my favorite 80’s musicians.

12. This video of Andrew Bird – Sorry Tom, Andrew is still my main man.

13. The Blue-Green crayon – Best color ever.

Your turn. Who/what are your current crushes?


Natural African-American hair care: moisture to the rescue


Mareshia is 28, a full-time graduate student and a part-time procrastinator living near Boston.  She starts her weeks with mimosas, not Mondays.  Her current pet project?  An online Black Hair Care Compendium for the Greater Boston Area.  When she’s not obsessing about natural African American hair, she’s attempting to blind the world with SCIENCE!

My hair has taken on many incarnations in life: curly, straight, kinky and outright wild. Throughout my hair adventures there’s one problem I’ve faced consistently – breakage. All my African American lady friends seem to sing the same lament. We’ve developed clever ways to braid, twist, lengthen, straighten, fry, dye, slick down, do?up and otherwise coif, yet, the breakage problem persists. My dearly departed dyed in the wool old?school?lye relaxer?hot?comb wielding aunt said “It’s oil, you don’t use enough oil in your hair.” Tried that, didn’t work. My nouveau soul he?beautician said “Protein. The hair breaks because it’s weak. You should use protein products.” Tried that, even more breaking than before. I then took matters into my own hands. I did something completely out of character for myself and most African American women I know, I embraced water as a styling tool.

Yes, water. And no it wasn’t a holistic “Drink this water that thine hair should not break,” approach. I put it in a spray bottle with a little leave in conditioner, honey— as a humectant, and almond oil…it seemed intuitive. Then? Voila! Hello, moisturized, happy, elastic, springy hair. Goodbye excess breakage. Now, I’m not suggesting that you go to the extreme, buy a spray bottle from a hardware store and concoct your own version of ‘manna from hair?ven’. Since I faced that hard time, I’ve found there are actual products that work at least as well and often better than my primitive approach…and lucky you, I’ve done the footwork. Brace yourselves for a list of my current hair crushes. All of the products work for both natural and processed (relaxed/colored) hair, and work wonders for my ‘fro.


I usually go without shampoo (as recommended in Curly Girl) but when I need the suds I
use these:

Motions Lavish Hair Conditioning Shampoo

Créme of Nature Detangling Conditioning Shampoo

Aussie Miracle Moist Shampoo


For the most part, I try to use products with as many natural ingredients as possible.

Hair Rules Quench Deep Conditioner – Hair Rules, how I love thee!! These products are designed for EVERYONE. Do you hear me? Dickey uses terms like ‘cross textural.’ I use Quench every time I wash my hair. It smells like cotton candy and leaves my hair soft and dandy. Also, the First Lady Elect, Michelle Obama, uses Hair Rules. Mentioned on the Today Show, they’re offering free shipping through 11/30/08 on orders of $50 or more.

TRESemme Deep Quench Conditioning Treatment – Doesn’t smell like cotton candy but works in a budget pinch.

Motions Moisture Plus After?Shampoo Conditioner – Uses silicone for smoothing effect but it does the job.

Styling/ Finishing

Michael Stone’s Natural Island Hair, Scalp and Skin Nutrient—This is a true two-fer. A magic man in North Carolina makes this stuff. So simple: Jojoba oil, coconut oil, aloe, vitamin E, grapefruit extract, beeswax and carrot oil. Hair Oil/Body Oil. Love the ingredients. Love the minimalist concept. Love the product.

Hair Rules Hydrating Finishing Cream – A great pick me up for a stale style on a lazy day.

Hair Rules Kinky Curling Cream – Hello, did you say Wash?n?Go? Now, you and your new happy hair deserve to be acquainted. Grab a wide toothed comb and get on with it.