“Where are you?” I desperately text, “I need to see you.” I’ve been following this person like a lovesick puppy for years—panicking when he takes off without telling me, bursting into…tears of relief when I find him once again. My dependency knows no bounds. Does he feel the same way about me? Not a chance. This is a thoroughly one-sided affair. “C,” as we’ll call him, holds the key to my youth, if not my heart. Behind a curtain, like the Great and Powerful Oz,… >> Read More
I shake my hair out in front of the mirror, and bountiful waves and curls greet me. I ruffle my fingers through the thick mane I’ve acquired thanks to pregnancy hormones, and can’t help but laugh…at the irony. Here I am, nine months pregnant, really enjoying this crown I am waving on my head. And yet, my hair remains hidden from all other eyes but mine and my husband's. I think back to my first three pregnancies that came close to each other, one succeeding the next. It was a… >> Read More
Shonda Rhimes, one of the leading entertainment icons of our age ("Grey's Anatomy" creator, "Scandal" showrunner, the list goes on), just created a new beauty video that we all need to watch.
She…collaborated with Dove to make "Meet Kylee," which is a short documentary created with an all-female crew in Utah. The film focuses on Kyleee Howell, the founder of Friar Tuck's Barbershop, a mecca for hair, since it offers free haircuts to anyone of any gender. Howell told Rhimes why this service is important: "I thought about a… >> Read More
My third child was diagnosed with a rare syndrome at age 2—when my fourth baby was just 3 weeks old.
My son’s syndrome is called Sotos syndrome. It’s an overgrowth syndrome (so he looks…older than he is) that also causes developmental disabilities (so he acts younger than he is)—an excellent combination, if your goal in life is to be accosted by strangers in Target. At any rate, the stress of having four children, including a baby and a child with a label, was overwhelming, so one day, in… >> Read More
"Stop plucking them!" says anyone I tell about my latest obsession. Easier said than done.
It all started when I was about 26. Here and there, a friend would say, "Oohh, I see a grey hair. Let me…get it." I would anxiously wait for her to pull it out and verify: yes, there was a strand of grey in my dark brown natural head of hair. What had me greying at this age? We always hear it’s related to stress, so each piece represented a tricky part of my life: my job… >> Read More