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A hair straightener worth its plates and weight

September 27th, 2011 5 Comments

For the last year or so, I’ve been buying straighteners at Marshall’s, telling myself they’re all the same.  We all know that’s not true.

On my recent trip to Mexico, I used Lisa’s Paul Mitchell ProTools (on Amazon for $162 down from $225) and was determined to splurge on a good one.

Then, by the grace of the PR goddesses, this GHD straightener was included in a beauty swag bag I received!  (Love it when that happens.) I’d never heard of the brand, but I was going to give it a shot.

After using it for a week, I can tell you it’s worth every penny I didn’t spend, but absolutely would.  It’s much lighter than the others, gets hot but not scorching, and straightens the relentless curls and waives out of my hair.  Bonus: my hair stays straight for at least a day, even in the humidity.  That, my ladies, is worth $240. I couldn’t care less about the “limited edition” clutch it comes in. But from what I read, they did streamline the design and made the plates smoother for the limited edition. (The standard is $225.)  Either way, I’d highly recommend the brand.  Their product works wonders over the Marshall’s ceramic ones I bought and even the Paul Mitchell.

Click here for the Pink Orchid Limited Edition I’m using above.

On the left hand menu you can see the other ones they offer as well.

(Full disclosure:  Product provided by PR as noted.)

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Nobody does blonde like this baby!

January 4th, 2011 1 Comment

I’ve been saying it for years, my hairstylist Rafael is the only man on the planet who understands YOUR blonde.

For a blonde, it’s very important to get a treatment that gives you the natural look you’re looking for.  And that particular combo of highlights, lowlights, and natural color is different for every single woman.

I don’t know how he does it, but Rafael listens to what you want and just makes it happen!

For example, I like a heavy heady of full highlight, no lowlights.  Nothing really natural about it, but that’s what I like.

Kristyn digs this look from Rafael too.

My girlfriend Lauren likes a lot of highlights, with a little low for a more natural mix.

Jenn has historically been platinum, but she’ in love with her new honey ‘do.  The cut is awesome too!

If you’re looking for the perfect shade of blonde or a new style, Rafael is your man.  He’s based in NYC but spends 1 week (working 13 hour days, everyday) in Houston.  Email me for his contact info and I’ll hook you up!

(Full disclosure: I do not receive a discount, nor have I ever, for Rafael’s services.)

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September 7th, 2010 No Comments


This woman walking down the beach would make anyone do a double take for several obvious reasons.

I would be hard pressed to turn my eyes away from her at all.  My eyes would be burning with envy for her hair!  I’m sure her breasts are pheonominal, but natural hair (I’m assuming) like that is just striking to me.

(suckafuck: via toshiiamlosing)

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July 17th, 2010 No Comments

Well, my hair is finally back to its nothing-special length. I guess that’s a good thing. A “friend” once told me that men don’t think short hair is sexy. But she’s still single so I didn’t put a lot of value in that comment. I really loved my Katie cuts, but it’s nice to have something to run my fingers through again.

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My Makeup Routine-Summer!

July 11th, 2010 No Comments

My traveling face exposed.

Pretty neutral. I’m going “au natural” with my look this summer. In fact, I’ve cut out a lot of this stuff for daytime wear.

My usual day consists of conclear, tinted moisturizer, a little powder, mascara, and eyebrow pencil. Maybe a little creme tint on my cheeks. Just cleaning up what God gave me basically.

At night, I employ more product to define and highlight. On the left, you’ll see the Eve Pearl Sapphire eyes palette that gives me a little color when I need it.

A quick brand breakdown:

— Rectangular powders and dual foundation are Eve Pearl

— Square powders are Jouer

— Circular powder is Mac

— Bottom right corner, Stila kitten, a must for everyone

— Revlon Lash fantasy mascara in Blackened Brown

(Full Disclosure: All products were sent via PR but I loved them so much I abandoned Chanel and Max…well, at least for everyday colors.)

Putting on my face. Not stabbing myself in the eye guys. Sometimes I wonder what men REALLY think of the whole makeup routine. And do they really prefer a fresh face? Because I’m thinking no one wants my three zits staring at them while they’re trying to enjoy a juicy steak.

Photo shoot day meets running around like crazy day. Not a good combo. I popped into Bubble Blow Dry, a walk in salon that gets you glam in minutes. Perfect concept for my day!

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May 22nd, 2010 No Comments

Getting gussied up to host the Catwalk by TIGI event. Sonny from Qua Salon (where we’re having our intimate event in Houston) is styling me up with the product. My hair could use a little TLC. For the gala last weekend, I blew it dry without a brush and teased it into a helmet!

Let’s see how big we can get this hair with Catwalk’s root boos. Traci has a full head of gorgeous hair (I’m not the least bit jealous…do you buy that?)

Remember Reader Danielle from Smile Friday? Her sweet Mom brought her to the salon. Of course I invited her, but she insisted her mom needed a night off. But of course she wasn’t going to have her girl miss out. Too cute!

My Jarrod really isn’t a canidate for a blowout, but a maritini is right up his alley.


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This Is As Corporate As I Get Head To Toe

April 24th, 2010 No Comments


This Is As Corporate As I Get Head To Toe:

  • Beach bum hair
  • H&M knit top
  • Assets tank*
  • Pants from Tootsies
  • Christian Dior faux croc shoes
  • LV clutch

I think I look better in person than in pictures. But again, I’m not really sure I care.

(Full disclosure: Assets Tank free via PR)

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July 14th, 2009 No Comments

I direct this reader’s question on chemical hair straightening to you. 

“I happen to have extremely frustrating thick kinky frizzy hair, which I would now LOVE to make straight with a little salon processing.  Here are my mane (haha, see what I did there?) concerns about the thermal reconditioning straightening process:

  1. It might be damaging.  Lots of chemicals = not natural.
  2. It might not come out right if done by the wrong person.  Its a patented system, I think, and I know people who haven’t had it work out.
  3. Its…EXPENSIVE.  I want to know if its worth it to bargain hunt, or if i should go to a pro and just shell out the cash to have it done right.

I’ve done a little research—but there is shockingly little info onthe web about chemical straightening.”

Do you have any experience to share or advice for her?