Everyone always says that spring is the season of rebirth, but I’d like to offer up a different perspective. For me, fall has always been my season of rebirth. When I was younger, fall always signaled back-to-school season. And being the organized and orderly person I am, that meant time to shop for new school supplies, start a new planner, and — I shit you not — create School Year Resolution lists (I wish I was joking, but this was, in fact, something I always did). And as time has gone on, the association of fall with rebirth has always stuck with me. Something about the time of year gives me hope and optimism instead of dismay for the summer days behind me. That’s why I’m so excited to be writing this post.
You see, recently I happened to do something a little crazy. I chopped off six inches of my hair. Six. That’s like the most hair I’ve had in a long time. But that’s not the only thing that’s giving me a new sense of optimism. I’m happy to announce that this post is in collaboration with Madalyn Joy Designs. My good friend (and former classmate) designs bespoke lingerie — and guys, she’s good. Madalyn, knowing my quest for refreshing my lifestyle and wardrobe for fall, made me the most wonderful pair of silk and lacy shorts (in my trademark pink of course). And, with all these changes, I’m finally feeling myself again.
After a month of getting used to the new changes of the fall season — and my dope new hair being one of many —I’m pretty sure I nailed the secret to achieving the perfect lazy day waves. Ever since the big chop, I’ve gotten used to a little bit of a routine: throwing just a little product in my hair, letting it air dry, sitting down for a quickie face mask or a few chapters from my current book, and of course, lounging around in those adorable pink shorts from Madalyn Joy. After all, is there any thing more relaxing than a lazy fall morning with coffee in one hand and a book in the other?
My go-to hair products: I start with a leave-in conditioner (distributing from root to tip) when my hair is damp. Next, I go in with a styling cream. My absolute favorites are Bumble & Bumble Don’t Blow It (for medium to coarse hair) and Redken No Blow Dry Just Right. I’ll rub a nickel-sized amount between my hands and then finger comb throughout my hair, ever so slightly scrunching. The real scrunching doesn’t come in until the last step: mousse. I’d like to make an argument for mousse: it’s no longer the crunchy, stiff texture it once was in the ‘90s. My favorite is by Dove and it costs less than $5 (seriously, you need to try it). Notice: this lazy hair routine does not include brushing or combing with actual tools. I prefer to let my natural texture speak for itself.
I’d like to say that this autumn is turning out to be a pretty great season already: crisp weather, drastic new hair, new lingerie. I feel sexy, confident, and ready for anything life might throw at me. Who knew one little hair cut could even do that?
Photos by Alexandra Folino.