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Meet Anders.

Anders’ hair:

A tad bit straggly

From his “email:”

Dear Sarah (Mom),

I’m in need of a new look for summer. Don’t get me wrong – I like my longer hair and get compliments on it, but it’s really bugging me now that the weather is heating up. I mean, I’m a busy guy! Swimming, playdates, birthday parties, park visits…all of this hair on my neck makes me a little crazy. Plus, I soon will be in possession of the coveted title of Big Brother. I take that designation very seriously.

And really, can we talk about the UPS store incident last week? I strutted in with my banged-up knees and monster trucks and the employee remarked to you “what a beautiful girl” I was. REALLY? What’s up with that? Now granted, that UPS chick looked like she might be missing a few marbles, but still? A GIRL? I’M ALMOST FOUR.

Please send me into the summer months in style! Oh and please, no clipper cuts. I am a Man of Distinguished Style, you know.


Well, Anders, you have come to the right place. I will have you looking dapper in no time.

My issue with Anders’ hair is that although I like it longer, it tends to look a little stringy. And although it would be a breeze to get out the good ol’ clippers, that happened once and it just did NOT work out. Trust me. The super short cut did not suit him AT ALL.

So what do you do? I knew I wanted to take the sides and the back much shorter, but leave his bangs longer in the front to keep the overall style from appearing too short. Lo and behold, I saw this child in the J. Crew catalog and was instantly smitten.

I loved the messiness, the longer bangs and the fact that the sides and back were much shorter for the summer months. But most of all? I liked that it wasn’t your run-of-the-mill preschool boy haircut.

I emailed the photo to my stylist and told her we were coming in ASAP.

Let’s stop right here. I know some of you are asking yourself a few questions. Namely:

1. Why is this woman searching for haircuts for her 3 1/2-year-old boy?

2. Why is she emailing photos to her stylist of potential haircuts for her 3 1/2-year-old boy?

3. Does she really request her stylist (who doesn’t usually cut children’s hair) to cut and style her 3 1/2-year-old’s hair?

And my answer to you is:


So! Check it out!

Look at that hunk of love!

And the best part? You can make the style all funky or just let it chill out.

Another Hair Thursday success, don’t you think?

(How beautiful is that boy? Yeah yeah yeah, I might be a LITTLE biased…)


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This is Addie.

How adorable is Miss Addie? I want to pinch her cheeks. And then cut off all of her hair and make a wig for myself.

Addie had a couple specific questions regarding her hair style and color. From her email:

My question is about side bangs. I have had them for a while but they are starting to get long. I am wondering if I should keep them or let them grow out. If I cut them, what length should they be?

Also, I was wondering if there is anything I can do to help keep my hair this color. A lot of natural red hair fades into blonde or brown eventually. I am pretty sure its just genetics, but I still thought I’d ask. Thanks!

From the rest of Addie’s email, I can tell she knows what’s best for her hair. She cuts tons of layers to emphasize her gorgeous waves, she uses organic shampoo and knows not to EVER change her hair color. For it is unbelievable, right?

Let’s address her questions, though. What about the sideswept bangs? I definitely think Addie should keep them. I love how they sweep across her forehead and that extra layer gives her waves more definition and bounce. If that front layer was longer or all one length with the rest of her hair, her waves could look a little flat.

Addie could definitely take off about an inch of those bangs too. A good reference is to have the bangs trimmed to eyebrow length towards the middle of the forehead (or side of the nose) and then have the bangs angled downward towards the ear, thus getting longer as they sweep across the forehead. This ensures that the bangs will blend nicely with the sides of the hair and create that swoop. (Blunt banged gals can attest to this: if you bangs are cut straight across, they are not going to sweep across the forehead easily.)

As for the color of Addie’s hair, she is right. Red LOVES to fade. In fact, it is the hardest color to keep vibrant over a long period of time. Go ahead, ask anyone who colors their hair red. The maintenance is brutal! The good news for Addie is that her hair isn’t artificially red, so she won’t need the upkeep that faux redheads need to maintain. However, here are some ways to keep her hair looking vibrant for as long as possible! (And this goes for other shades too!)


What’s the #1 hair color enemy? SUN. If you aren’t a fan of hats, these UV protectant products are perfect for keeping tresses intense and lively. Summer is right around the corner, you know…

From left to right:

1. Cutler Protectant Treatment Spray, $21.00

2. Citre Shine Color Prism Anti Frizz Serum, $6.99

3. Pureology UV Colour Defense, $17.99

4. John Frieda Frizz-Ease Thermal Protection Hair Serum, $3.79

5. Oscar Blandi Acqua Marina Styling Gel, $19.00

I think a UV protectant is the best way to go in Addie’s case (I wouldn’t want to alter her color at this point), BUT for others who are looking to keep their color vibrant or even add a little oomph, here are some color-depositing shampoos to consider.

FYI – All of these shampoos come in different formulations for different hair colors, but the ones listed are for red/auburn hair.


From left to right:

1. Klorane Shampoo with Pomegranate, $13.00

2. Alterna Caviar Red Shampoo with Seasilk, $34.00

3. Aveda Madder Root Shampoo, $26.50

4. Ted Gibson Captivating Copper Shampoo, $19.95

What do you use to keep your color vibrant? Any additions for these lists?


5 Weeks!


It seems I’ve been a little lax in the whole ‘preparing for a new baby’ gig. Time to batten down the hatches over here. Let the lists commence!

(Is the Wito chin grab cute or WHAT?)


A 7-Minute Braided Style for Busy Chicks


Do any of you all receive Gwyneth Paltrow’s GOOP newsletter? I love it. Despite the mixed reviews I’ve heard, I think it’s chock full of great tips on dining, exercise, fashion and beauty.

Imagine my joy when this week’s newsletter was all about hair. HURRAH! In the newsletter, she highlighted Orlando Pita’s “easygoing hairstyle” for this season. Now, I adore Orlando Pita. I thoroughly enjoyed him on the greatest show ever, Shear Genius. Orlando was the contestants’ mentor, although his docile temperament and great advice made me think of him as more than just a mentor. A personal buddha. Or Obi Wan. Yes! The Obi Wan of Hair.

photo credit:

Teach me, Obi Wan.

Look at his sweet smile! Orlando, I love you! Kisses!

Anyhoo, here’s the dish from Gwyneth’s newsletter on how to achieve this great style, and you can read tons more about her style and product picks here.

Then, I’ll show you MY MUCH EASIER VERSION.

Okay, that’s gorgeous. GORGEOUS. The fishtail braids are so incredibly lovely.

But here’s the deal. Given the limited time I have in the morning to get my 8 1/2-month pregnant ass out the door with my preschooler in check, I don’t have the patience to perfect this look.

(I also don’t have Obi Wan Pita at my beck and call to personally create this look on my head.)

(Or, frankly, the arm strength to hold my hands over my head for 45 minutes.)

(Although, Orlando! Call me!)

So! Would you like to see the Orlando Pita-inspired hairstyle that took me 7 minutes to complete?

Sure, this is NOT as lovely or intricate as Pita’s version. It just involves regular braids and no flat iron, but I really like the simplicity of the look, as well as highlighting my hair’s natural texture. Plus, the look is so loose and flowing that you absolutely don’t need to worry about making the look perfect.

What you need:

A hairband that matches your hair color
A ribbon (optional)

What to do:

1. Grab a a 1 to 1.5-inch section at the front of your hair

2. Braid about halfway down the length of the hair

3. Secure the braid with a bobby pin

4. Repeat on the other side

5. Pull the bobby pin out of the first side and join the two braids together

6. Wrap a hairband around the two braids to secure

7. Add a ribbon or accessory if you feel the need

Voilá! How easy was that? I timed myself and it truly took 7 minutes. Give it a try – the weekend is coming up and it would be a perfect look for a lazy Sunday.