January 20th, 2015 · 3 Comments


This is sort of rite of passage, right?

I scheduled a haircut for this weekend, and in the morning, as I was getting ready, I looked at my insanely long hair, and suddenly realized… I was sick of it.

It was as simple as that: the ends of my hair have been growing for about a decade, nearly untouched.  After a terrible crop my freshman year of college, I’ve pretty much let my hair grow with just bare minimal trims twice a year. 

But now that I’d grown my hair out to nearly waist-length, I found myself looking in the mirror and it just suddenly looked… wrong

I don’t know how to say this except this way: it was like finding a Metrocard in my wallet after we’d moved out of Manhattan.  I looked in the mirror and my hair looked like a relic from a different life.  These days, my hair is almost never curled, straightened, or blown out.  Sure, long locks look great when you have time to style them, but most of the time, I don’t.  Throw in a heaping dose of inevitable postpartum hair changes (none of them good) and I was just done with my long hair. 

So I went to my hair appointment and told my stylist to chop of a whopping six inches. 

And the result is above!  It’s still long, but it’s shorter than my hair has been in years (practically since the beginning of this blog) and I love it

I wrote last week that one of my 2015 beauty resolutions was to take more risks, and this is me, putting my money where my mouth is.  And this feels fresher than my hair has felt in years, easier to style, and just right for where my life is, at this exact moment. 

And, hey, great minds think alike!  My friend Jordan from Ramshackle Glam went all the way to a bob over the weekend!  She looks completely amazing, but more importantly, I have to give you a snippet of her post on the transformation below.  I love how she describes the experience of having long hair:

All those long curls were such a security blanket for me — if I felt shy or tired or not like my best self I could sort of fluff them around my face and make my hair be what people saw, not me. And now I don’t have anything to hide behind, so whatever’s on my face — happiness, exhaustion, worry, whatever – is right out there in the open. And I like that. 

It feels honest.

If that’s not the best reason I’ve heard to chop off your hair, I don’t know what would be.



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At-home hair dyes… Yay or Nay?

December 3rd, 2014 · 6 Comments


Truthfully, I have a very love-hate relationship with dying my hair.  On one hand, I love my blonde color and think that blonde hair fits my personality. 

But, oh my gosh… the ups and downs of maintaining that color sometimes make me crazy.

I’ve had a back-and-forth relationship with dying my hair since midway through college, when I discovered the hair dye aisle of CVS and didn’t look back for about two years.  In those two years, my hair went from purple-black to bright orange, depending on the month.

And if you’re currently thinking, “Hmm, this story sounds fishy.  ‘Purple-black’ and ‘bright orange’ don’t actually sound like particularly attractive hair colors.”

Well, you would be right.  They were not.

But, hey, how was I supposed to know?  I’d grab a kit off she shelf, pay for it, and go home and slather it on my entire head, like it was a bottle of shampoo — and, not surprising, when I’d rinse the color out, my hair would be flat and one-dimensional.

Eventually, I got sick of it: my hair never quite looked right, so I dyed my hair back to what I best remembered as my natural color and left it alone for a while, until all the dyed parts eventually naturally grew out.

And for about two more years, I was back to my natural brunette.  No at-home color kits, no trips to the salon.

And then… I started itching to dye again. 

I started thinking… about going blonde.

And you see that photo above?

That photo, right there, is my first shot as a blonde on Sugarlaws.

Looks pretty good, right?  See, this time, I had my hair color done by a professional.  And, not surprisingly, it made a huge difference.  The shade of blonde in the photo above was completely different from anything I’d had before — natural and full of depth and tone. 

And now, apparently, I know why. 

The answer is below (that’s me, the first time I highlighted my hair):


See, in that picture, you can see clearly that the colorist is using a different treatment for the roots and the lengths of my hair, which is how salons color hair.  But those at-home kits?  They just use a single treatment for your whole head, which is why your color ends up flat and wig-like. 

It makes sense, right?  Your roots (which are new, undyed hair) take in color completely differently from the lengths of your hair, which have probably been colored dozens of times.  So when you’re coloring your hair, you have to treat them differently.

But one thing I don’t love about salon-colored hair?  It’s pricey and time-consuming.  It can’t be done at 9pm when the baby is finally asleep, which is pretty much my only free time these days.  On the other hand, when I think about that head of orange hair from my college days, I’m still nervous to try at-home kits again. 

So that’s where I am now: I’d like to try an at-home kit, but I’m nervous about the results.  I wish I could get salon techniques at home, particularly being able to treat the roots and lengths separately, when I color my hair at home.

I want to hear from you guys: Do you color your hair yourself, or do it at the salon?  Any at-home coloring tips for me? 

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curls, curls, curls

September 3rd, 2012 · 1 Comment

One of my favorite things about having wavy hair is that I can style it into curls without a ton of effort!  This is one of the easiest styles to pull together in just a few minutes, and looks so awesome and pretty!  For this look, I used Paul Mitchell’s Crunch-Free Curl Definer along with a clampless curling iron to get low-key, beachy waves (this video is the technique I used for the curls)! 

Be sure to share your Curl Confession on Paul Mitchell’s Facebook page!  Share your story about embracing your natural curls, or creating some curls of your own!

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