"The label you give yourself cannot impact external forces that are not motivated by your own psychology or influenced by a third party's pre-existing consciousness of you. We are all presented with reasons to struggle which come from completely external forces; to pretend that one is not struggling is either arrogance or an admission of defeat. To admit that one is struggling is a sign and a source of strength." - Evan A. Baker

Monday, February 1, 2010


So if you're just joining me, you should see my before picture.

As I've mentioned, this is the shortest my hair has ever been. It's quite strange to pull my head through my shirts and sweaters and then automatically sweep my hair off my neck that my shirt trapped. Now there's nothing. Now there's bare neck.

This is how I looked after the dry haircut on stage.

CUTE, right?! I really like it. I can go nuts with hair clips and headbands and really long earrings.

But I was not finished.

Michael Karg cut my hair dry for the main stage, but afterward I was whisked away to the technical stage downstairs. The technical stage is more intimate which allows the audience to see things up close and ask questions. My hair was highlighted by Jo Blackwell from the DopDop salon in NYC.

Because I've been hair modeling since 2006, my corkscrew curly hair has only been in the hands of master stylists, master creative directors, artistic geniuses, and only the best, high quality products. And I get paid. Jealous? My hair cuts have always looked amazing.

One of the things I've been concerned about in auditions lately is how sometimes my hair overwhelms my face. I'm like a lion: all mane. Now with my hair short, I feel like my face is finally on display! I mean, wow! Look how big my eyes are! Look at my cute nose! (getting the itch to pierce it again, even. Marley, let's go!)

So yeah, highlights! Highlights were put in on the technical stage and Jo only put in 6 foils; 3 on each side. Just enough to add a bit of depth and pop in my hair.
Then they teased the heck out of it.

I've been jealous of black women for years, because they can do ANYTHING with their hair. They can braid it! They can do cornrows! They can fro it out!

And look: Now I can fro it out too! Hooray!

This is the same hairstyle I had in the 80s, when I was 3 years old. So I really think it's adorable.

But really, the ultimate test would be how my hair looks once I wash it out and style it myself. I don't have a clue when it comes to styling, so I was looking forward to see what it'd look like. And here's the thing: It looks just like the top picture!

Mike Karg cut my hair dry because, as he says, we wear our hair dry! When he's cutting a curly girl with her hair wet, the curl shrinks to almost half its size, ruining the look of the cut. Cutting me dry meant that that is how my hair is going to look when it's dry, period.

I am super happy! Hooray!


  1. You are too funny. Go ahead & rock your fro girl!

  2. So cute!
    And I know just the place to get that nose of yours pierced...it's just going to require a bit of time on an airplane.

  3. I know Jo!!! I love her!! I work with her at the L'Oreal shows in NYC. And you look super cute!!

  4. I loved Jo - she was so nice and kept thanking us individually. Lovely and extremely talented lady. Next time you see her, tell her I said hi!


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