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Your Holiday Hair – let’s change it up.

December 3rd, 2015 No Comments

Braided hair

I think we can all agree we’ve been blown out enough.  I’m not sure if this is your problem too, but my beachy curls fall way too fast.  On the other hand, a funky and fun braid won’t move all night long!

The other night I went to a party at BRAMBILA salon in Santa Monica.  Mary, the owner, is very popular amongst the westside crowd.  During the event, she had someone give a braiding lesson so that I might be able to braid my own barely-there hair at home.

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I’m sitting there watching with my jaw on the floor.  I would be lucky if I could do that to someone else.  When I found out BRAMBILA charges the industry standard $20-$50 to do it for me, I was relieved.  Sign me up and charge my card, no way I’m doing that to myself!

Here are some styles I found to inspire your stylist!





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Miracle Moisture Spray: It’s A 10

August 20th, 2013 No Comments



First of all, meet Max (@liolind on Instagram), the young little beauty I entrusted to do my highlights in LA.  Raphael Portet (my stylist for 5 years now who specializes in blonde) is thousands of miles away in NYC and Houston.  You know it can be exciting but also SOOO nerve racking to go to someone new, especially when color is involved.  But when I saw how meticulous Max was with other clients, my fears subsided and I gladly put my hair in her hands.  She did an AMAZING job; my highlights are truly flawless.  If you’re in LA, you can find Max at The Local Salon in North Hollywood.

Before she blew dry my hair, she spritzed it with It’s a 10 5  Minute Hair Repair for Blondes.



This stuff is truly magical and made my hair feel like a baby’s.

Recently publicists have been sending me a lot of moisturizing products: that new Macadamia nut line, revamped Mane & Tail, Morcoccan Oil, etc.  I’ve been trying them out but nothing really blew me away like this spray.

It’s a 10 makes a whole line of products for different types of hair and needs.  You can find it in the drug store or buy it online (reduced prices at Walgreens and Amazon).  You’ll raise your eyebrows at the price, especially if you see it at CVS, but know it will last a long time.

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Keihl-er products

June 25th, 2013 No Comments



People email me all the time asking what products I use in the shower.  I really haven’t had one shower to call my own in a while so the best answer to that question was “whatever they stock in SoulCycle.”

Now that I’m settling down, I am LOVING Kiehl’s.  Every time I get a Kiehl’s product via their PR I love it, but I’ve never been able to subscribe to the brand as a whole.  Something about everyone  and their mother using it I suppose.  Now I realize, there’s a reason everyone uses it:


The Sunflower shampoo and conditioner is vitamin rich, Sulfate-free, Paraben-free, Silicon-free, gluten free I’m sure, everything we need it be free, yet it still suds up beautifully and makes my hair softer than its been in a long time.

(For those of you looking for a more affordable Paraben free option, I will refer you to L’Oreal.  But, having used it several times at my Mom’s house, I really didn’t get the extreme softness I do with the Keihl’s.)

The Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser is a little bit more aggressive than I’ve used in the past, but a little dab does the job and doesn’t wreak havoc on my pores while it cleans.  I’ll admit, it’s not the best with removing makeup.  On the other hand, no matter what cleanser I use, I have to reach for the Neutrogena makeup remover afterwards to get off the leftover mascara and base.

Finally, pictured is also my old faithful Gillette Fusion razor.  My head hair eventually becomes unresponsive to products I love  (see those by Molton Brown, Biolage, Paul Mitchell), yet my old faithful GIllete Fusion never lets me down when it comes to body hair. I left it in the pic because most women are surprised when I name it as my favorite.

(Full disclosure: Products in this post were not provided by PR.  Many thanks to Glenn for turning me on to them!)

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A Secret to my beach hair

June 4th, 2013 4 Comments



My friend, who shall remain nameless, who occasionally visits those crazy reblogging sites, tells me my nickname has become “MMBH” which stands for Mare Mare Beach Hair.  First of all, that’s hysterical. I think it stems from my days living in Playa del Carmen with this particular friend and posting pics where I didn’t have a stitch of make up on or any product in my hair.

Tons of you wrote in asking “how do you make your hair wavy like that?”  I had a method back then. I never posted it. (Sorry!)

Recently, since I’ve been doing nothing really but spinning, I don’t do my hair or my makeup.  I feel like a ragamuffin (as my mom would say).  So you can understand my surprise when I get consistent compliments on my hair!  I should say, EVERYONE likes my hair better this way.

Well, I don’t!  <<stamp my foot with a pouty face>> I prefer it straight, I feel better when it’s straight, and it’s easier to manage when it’s straight.

That being said, to straighten it is a process and time consuming.  In order to get this wavy look everyone loves….I don’t have to do a THING to it.

The secret I’ll offer you is this: DON’T BRUSH YOUR HAIR after the shower.

Throw it up in a towel to let it dry and then shake it out with your fingers 10 minutes later.  Then you have a wet head until it dries.  The wait can be a little annoying if you’re trying to get out the door, but if you’re not doing anything to it, your hair will just dry on the way.  I always bring a rubber band in case it falls flat so I can just throw it up in a bun or pony tail.

My friend Lily actually has long thick beautiful hair that couldn’t get curly if she tried, but she refuses to brush it an so she  has this nice little wave going on.

You can try a light gel product to scrunch into it.  Just make sure the weight of the product it’s heavy because it will pull your hair flat.  I’m going to look into a few other kinds of products and I’ll report back.

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I’m secretly jealous of….

April 2nd, 2013 2 Comments

Renee Herlocker and Mary Rambin with hair on top of their head

…Women who look super cute wearing their hair on top of their head.  Doesn’t Renee and all of her long hair tied up look adorable…and sexy, all at the same time?!  It’s such an “easy, breezy” look as my friend Kim would say.  It’s a little grunge and a little glamor all in one bun. It’s the PERFECT post-workout do!

After years of trying to twist my hair into the bun, I thought I was incapable of achieving the look. But as you can see, I can do it, even with my short, thin hair.  Thanks to Renee Herlocker, a sports and social personality I met on twitter and contacted for coffee (which turned into SoulCycle and smoothies) when I moved out to LA.  As you’ll see in her hair tutorial, she’s amazingly cute.  I can’t wait to hang out with her more when I get back.

I keep telling people they should reach out to new people on social media.  What’s the worst that can happen?  They say, “No thanks.”  Big deal.  The best part about it is you make a new friend or contacts.  I met my BFF Sarah for the first time when she introduced herself as a tumbr reader at a concert.  That night changed my life!

I digress.  Fun hair, cute girl.  Watch the video!

You can find Renee on twitter, facebook, instagram, etc @ReneeHerlocker.

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11 new tricks for fabulous hair

January 8th, 2013 No Comments
  1. Rinse apple cider vinegar through your hair after you’ve shampooed and conditioned to seal down the hair cuticle. (via GarnierUSA)
  2. Use a vented paddle brush to dry your hair faster (this Goody one looks awesome!) and then a medium-sized round brush with boar and nylon bristles.
  3. Wipe down your flatiron plates with Windex or a damp cloth so styling products don’t form residue that will diminish the iron’s capabilities on your next use.
  4. Splurge on a dryer that has lower heat and higher wattage.  You’ll get a stronger wind for a quicker dry without hair shaft swelling from intense heat. (My two favorites here.)
  5. Wrap a silk scarf around curly hair that has been blown out straight for 10 minutes to maintain bounce without getting the curl back.
  6. Apply a dollup of “nurishing” or “hydrating” hair oil to your hair BEFORE you shower.  Let it sink in for 10 minutes and then hop in the shower. This will give you a sleek blowout. (I like Moroccan products and use the LIGHT oil, but usually AFTER my shower….)
  7. Use a lightweight aerosol shine spray instead of hairspray after you blowdry to tame flyaways and keep out moisture. (I use Biolage by Matrix Color Care Sheilding Shine Mist.)
  8. Seek out finishing spray with UV.  Just like your skin, your hair and color treatments need protection. (The Biolage spray above has UV.)
  9. Opt for a root booster instead of mousse for extra volume. (I like Catwalk Root Booster by TIGI)
  10. Keep your eye out for products to try next.  Your hair will become accustomed to your favorite products and no longer respond to them after a while.
  11. Eat healthy to improve your hair.  Foods like Salmon that is high in omega 3 fatty acids, turkey supplies protein, green leafy veggies with vitamin A and C helps follicles produce a natural conditioner.  (Read the full list here.)

(Info gathered from Allure Magazine, GarnierUSA, and my own experience.)

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Sun burn solution and more from Dr. Oz

June 6th, 2012 1 Comment

Yes, I know, it’s embarrassing I watch Dr. Oz.  I just have the tv on in the background and he comes on!  But, as I suffer through it, I pick up a lot of great tips.  Yesterday, there were so many I couldn’t type fast enough to keep up.  Here are the ones I thought would be most helpful for you:

1.  Sun Burn Remedy

Slice a fresh potato in half or blend one up in water.  Apply to the sunburn and then rise off.  He says their phytochemicals will help ease your pain and heal the burn.

2.  Split Ends.

Give yourself a beer rinse!  Let your hair soak for 5 minutes and then rinse with shampoo and conditioner.

3.  Weight Loss.

Dr. Oz referred viewers to the 7 day crash diet from Dr. Joel Fuhrman.  The lady who they had give reactions to the rules of this diet seemed very uncomfortable with it (and giving up sugar on everything!), but it sounds reasonable to me. Eat 90% fruits and veggies and 10% meat and dairy.  They advised lean breakfasts, belly-blasting bean lunches, and “skinny” shakes.   Try to include BOMs in your meals.  That is, eat more berries, onions, and mushrooms to help shed pounds.  Click the link for all the details.

4.  Dog Care

There were a bunch of different topics regarding dogs.  Most of his answers I already incorporate into Mason’s life, like mixing wet food and dry food to keep your dogs happy and their teeth clean.  For more detailed tips, click here.


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So jealous of her just-threw-it-up ‘do.

April 3rd, 2012 1 Comment


I saw this girl sitting on the curb as we were waiting in line for Fiona Apple at SXSW in Austin (where boho chic thrives).

When I asked her how she did it, she looked at me and said politely with her eyes, “Is she serious,” and actually responded, “I just threw it up.”

Well, of course she did! Ugh, I can never pull this together, no matter how long I try.

The best part was when I asked if I could snap a few pics and the guys next to her started laughing. Then when they realized I was serious they were all impressed with her. She was graceful about the whole thing, which is why she is truly a natural beauty :)

Long story long. Love her hair. Great look for spring. If you make it happen, let us know how you did it please!

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