From the Neck Up

I'm not sure how many of you have naturally curly hair, but I've been asked how I style mine. I decided to make a video since that seemed simpler than trying to explain. The whole process takes about 2 minutes at most - any longer and my arms would get tired and I would get grumpy. This video is sped up a little, so don't think I move this quick or blink that fast. That'd be creepy.

I try not to put too much in my hair, so I stick to two of my favorite tried-and-true products. There's nothing worse than crunchy curls, so I avoid heavy products that make my hair look & feel like French's fried onions.


Ouidad ("wee-dod") makes a mean hair gel and that's the goop I was using in the video. It's medium hold and does a great job moisturizing my hair, which is really thick and coarse (as a kid, I was asked by a caricature "artist" if I had a brillow pad on my head). The other product is my second favorite, Carol's Daughter Black Vanilla Leave-In Conditioner. What does it do? Well, I don't know, but it smells good.

I love to look at the products people use (what, you don't peek into friends' medicine cabinets?), so I figured I'd run with this "neck up" post and show you some more of my favorite items that I use.


With red, curly hair, I try to avoid lots of makeup so I don't look like I'm part of the circus. I've been through a lot of different makeup phases; in high school I wore almost a bottle of concealer to hide my freckles, and in college I went all Yoko Ono and wore none. I think I've found a happy medium that doesn't make me look like a stripper or a flower child.

{Ahava face mask, Lavanila face sunscreen, Lush Celestial face moisturizer, and Lollia dusting powder & lotion in Imagine}

If you guys have any hair or makeup tips/secrets or any products that you can't live without, let me know. I'm always looking for new ways to tame my brillow pad and make myself smell like various fruits & spices.