Thank you for all of your comments and emails over the past few weeks. January was a really hard month. A crushing and simply unimaginable diagnosis for a child in our extended family. Unanswered questions and heart-breaking scenarios have been creeping into my mind at all times of the day. (And night.) I’ve received the family’s blessing to write about it here, and I will because these wonderful people need all the prayers and support you can give during their long and impossibly difficult journey.

I’ve tried many times to write the post, but I fail every time. It’s just too raw. Too impossible to convey just exactly how I feel. Most of all, it’s as if hitting publish confirms how real it is. I don’t want it to be real.

But I will write about it. Soon. Because it’s becoming increasingly clear what my role should be during this difficult time. Because I have a platform to raise awareness and I need to use it. Because I want to do everything I possibly can to help. Most importantly, because every day I don’t write about it is a day that passes without all of your prayers, good wishes and support.



Favorite Products for a Smooth and Shiny Blowout


Instead of sprinkling product recommendations randomly throughout my posts, I am planning on putting together some videos where I list all of my favorite products in one place. That way, you don’t have to go pilfering through years of posts looking for that ONE time I might have mentioned my all-time favorite shampoo/curl product/curling iron/etc. (Seriously, DUH. Why did it take me so long to do this?)

Today’s video is all about smooth blowouts. My favorite products, tools and brushes for several different types of hair. Enjoy!

Products mentioned in the video:

Less Control (great for all-around shine):

Fekkai Glossing Cream
Kendi Oil Dry Mist
Kerastase Chroma Riche Luminous Softening Essence

Medium Control:

Sally Hershberger Luxe Layers Blow Dry Gel
Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Styling Tonic
Pureology Colour Stylist Anti-Split Blowdry
Bumble and bumble Tonic Lotion

Strong Control:

Pureology Super Smooth Relaxing Serum
Redken Real Control Slim Supreme
Redken Align 12


Pantene Beautiful Lengths Smoothing Balm

Hair Dryer:

Sedu Revolution 4000i


Marilyn Futuro Brush

Flat Iron:

Sedu Precious Metals Flat Iron

Please leave a comment if you would like to request a favorite product subject. Dry shampoos and wavy hair products are the next two in line, but I’d love to hear your thoughts!


Heavy Heart


We received some devastating news about an extended family member this week, and I just don’t have it in me to write much of anything at this point.  Please give your little ones an extra hug and kiss today.


Gorgeous Gray


The hilarious and quite lovely Alice of Finslippy fame recently decided to give her monthly coloring treatments the heave-ho and embrace her natural silver gray.

Alice had been coloring her hair auburn for many years.

Which was a great color, but the constant upkeep was not so great. So, she started to grow.

And grow.

Until the artificial color was gone and the silver gray reigned supreme.

Totally gorgeous, right?

Yep. Gorgeous. I can only hope my shade of gray will be half that beautiful. Bravo, Alice!