After I gave birth to my son almost nine months ago, everything in my life completely shifted. My furniture slowly but completely rearranged itself around baby gear. My marriage became this new,…alien thing, so much fuller and more meaningful, and also so disrupted by the fact that my body was no longer my own. Yet there was another change, which at first didn't feel quite as significant: My hair. My mother warned me that, with the hormonal shift after the birth of my baby, I would lose… >> Read More
I'll be the first to admit it: I gave up. After nearly two weeks of 90 degree days with 95% humidity in New York, I had enough of the uncontrollable frizz atop my head.
So I decided to say goodbye…to my stereotypically Jewish lady hair this summer. Last week, I got a Brazilian blow out, which is similar to a keratin hair-smoothing treatment but takes less time. A lovely woman I was connected to came to my home and while I worked on my laptop and chatted with my girls about their day, she applied… >> 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