Are you from Tennessee, because you’re the only ten I see. 😆 Spoiler alert: He actually is. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my butter (not a misspelling) half, my travel buddy (although Pappu and Justina are quickly catching up to you) and the most tolerable Lakers fan I know (30% of the time. GO CELTICS). You’re the only guy I know that not only sets and meets goals, but vastly exceeds every single one of them. Dang overachiever. Thanks for being a good instagram husband and gym-video guy, a great dog dad to @jarvisthegemini, and my best friend. I love you a waffle lot, @sammen89

PS: Don’t hate me for that last picture, it was too cute 🥺

Are you from Tennessee, because...

I hope you have people in your life that would follow you into a cave. 🖤

I hope you have people...

Chicago. You’re pretty cool. I’ll be back. I’ll bring my best friend too. Bonus: swipe to see the prettiest city sunset I’ve ever seen.

Chicago. You’re pretty cool. I’ll...

I was super excited about this trip to Chicago, and it didn’t disappoint. 😍

I was super excited about...

On game days we wear Scarlet and Black ❤️🖤

On game days we wear...

A good trip takes things off your bucket list, a great trip does that and adds a few more things 🥰 Any guesses as to how many more Colorado pics I have my up my sleeve? 😂 [📸: @jessica_s_pappu]

A good trip takes things...

Started from the bottom 👉🏼 Now we here⛰

Started from the bottom 👉🏼...

Texas Tech and the Cowboys both won! ✭ Jarvis and I watched SO MUCH FOOTBALL this weekend. He was probably really concerned for me. Also, @sammen89 is back so I’ll stop posting selfies 😂

Texas Tech and the Cowboys...

Hieeee 💁🏻‍♀️

Hieeee 💁🏻‍♀️

Details. 🖤

Details. 🖤

Calling All Curlies!

Have you been blessed with springy, bouncy, sometimes rambunctious hair? So have I. After years of being told by father to “brush out my hair because I looked like a mental patient,” and straightening my hair to oblivion, I finally convinced him (and myself) that working with my natural texture was the way to go (it was his curly hair I had inherited after all…).

Here are my top 5 tips to owning curly tresses:

1. Know your curl pattern. It’s important to know what your curl pattern is so you can know the best products to use for your hair. You wouldn’t shop for shampoo or conditioner without keeping your hair type in mine (dry, oily, etc.), and it’s equally important to curlies.

Find out more about your hair type here.


2. Delicate drying. What’s the fastest way to mess up your curly hair before it’s even dry? Using a traditional towel. Substitute a microfiber cloth (I used the kind you can pick up in the automotive section), or a t-shirt for reducing frizz. (Here’s a “science-y” explanation).

I use this method, especially if I showered before bed. It keeps my hair out of my face, and preserves the curls for the next day

Curly Hair Technique: "Plopping"
Curly Hair Technique: “Plopping”

3. Keep it conditioned. Curly hair generally needs more moisture. Avoid washing hair too often (try for 2-3 times a week, max) and using shampoos that are too harsh. I use a clarifying shampoo once every 2 or 3 weeks, if I have too much product build-up in my hair or right before a deep conditioner. On regular wash days, I just use a conditioner to wash my hair. You may be thinking CONDITIONER TO WASH HAIR? INSANITY! Fun fact: Conditioners have a low amount of surfactants – the same ingredients found in higher amounts in shampoo to get your hair squeaky clean – so your hair is still getting clean without completely stripping your hair. If you must shampoo, look for something without sulfates. This is also important if you color your hair, as sulfates can fade hair color faster.

Can’t afford the more pricey “cleansing conditioners”? Not to fret, there are several drugstore conditioners that have captured the hearts of myself and other curlies: Aussie Moist, Herbal Essences Hello Hydration or Moroccan My Shine, and Suave Coconut, just to name a few.

4. Hands off! Once you style your hair, DON’T TOUCH IT. The oils from your hands will make your length frizzy and your roots greasy. BLEH. Also avoid using a brush or fine tooth-comb once dried. It’s best to gently comb your hair with a wide-toothed comb while wet. Any handling past the damp-stage will increase the chance of your hair poofing up into a face-eating cloud (you know what I’m talking about).

5. Experiment. Everyone’s hair reacts differently to different ingredients. It’s important to experiment and figure out how your hair handles products. Examples are protein sensitivity and over-conditioning.

Bonus tip! Are you ever in a rush after a shower and want to blow dry your hair but can’t? Traditionally blow drying your hair will disturb your curls. I highly recommend investing in a diffuser attachment. Even if you mostly air dry your hair, a diffuser can help cut drying time. I usually diffuse dry my roots and hair about 50% and let my hair air dry the rest of the way. And of course as with all heat styling, make sure you use a heat protectant.
Be fearless,


Live fearlessly,

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