How to Get a Great Haircut. Every time.

Happy February, friends! Can you believe spring starts next month? I can, seeing as it was an unseasonably warm 55 degrees here in Philly yesterday. And with the higher temps, and the dawn of a new month, I figure, there's no time like the present to freshen up my look. And there's few things that make me feel better than a crisp, new haircut.

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Problem is - few things can make you feel worse than a wonky, bad haircut, either. Amirite? Read on to get my tips for getting a great haircut, each and every time you visit the barber. Seriously. Watch and learn:

1. Know where to go: Honestly, this is the most important one. If you have friends who's haircuts you admire, find out where they get it cut. Do your research, read reviews, check out the vibe, and see if they do the kind of work that you're into. Think about it like choosing a tattoo parlor - you wouldn't go somewhere with artists who's work you didn't admire. Right? Which brings me to...

2. Build a good (loyal) relationship with your barber: So often, you hear people claiming they got a bad haircut because they couldnt get an appointment to see their regular guy/gal. If there's one thing I have learned - it is ALWAYS better to wait the couple days and take the appointment when they are available, than to rush it and go to someone who doesn't know you and your hair. Seriously.

3. Try to learn as much as you can: Be informed about your barber, their process, ask questions. Learn the lingo. Knowledge is power. Find out what number clippers you get on a side, ask them how they decide where to start your fade, or which side to part your hair to, or which products they're using. It'll only help you moving forward.

4. Know your hair and what it can and can't do: I love the look of a beautiful, shiny-pomaded head o' hair. But I also know that I can't pull that look off, because my hair texture won't allow for that. Being honest with yourself about your hair's strengths and weaknesses will help you do appropriate research going into your next appointment.

5. Take care of them, and they'll take care of you: This one should be a no-brainer, but. Be courteous. Be on time (read, early) to your appointment. Take genuine interest in what they have to say, while you're getting cut. And for goodness sake. Tip them. Well.

I hope you'll find that these tips are helpful for you. I'm telling you, armed with these in your back pocket, you'll be unstoppable. Or at the very least, feel that way. I know I do when I have a bangin' haircut. Shoutout to my boy Sean at Groom in Philly - my personal favorite place to go. If you're in my neck of the woods, do yourself a favor and check it out. X

My New Skincare Routine

Hello and happy Cyber Monday! Honestly, thank goodness for today. If I had to go back to the weekly grind without the lure of online shopping today, I don't know if I could make it through. In honor of the holiday, and one of my favorite topics, I wanted to share with you my devotion to Baxter of California.

Our love affair began back when I attended the Men's Clarisonic Launch at their Barber Shop in LA back in the summer. It started with their oil free moisturizer, moved onto their aluminum-free deodorant, and before you can say "Baxter-Finley" I was hooked. Since then, I've adapted to their full line of products (which includes skincare, haircare, and shaving essentials.)

One thing I adore about Baxter's products (besides their signature spicy scent) is their tried and true history. Beginning in 1965 with a simple conditioner to protect against the California sun & sea, the brand has used its science-meets-nature philosophy to expand into a men's grooming powerhouse. And I'm here for it. Hook, line & sinker.

Want to give some of these great finds a try? They make a gift set for anything you (or your man) may need. Shaving? You got it. Travel? Check. A little bit of everything? Say the word. So head on over to their site and order today - act fast, everything is 25% off through the end of the day! If that won't sell you, I don't know what will. Cyber away!

MOGBLONDE: Mogblog Lightens Up for Spring

Do you ever get in a rut with your hair and want to do something different to bring a little life back into it? I know I do. I feel like I also suffer from chronic dissatisfaction - whenever my hair is long, I want to buzz it all off, and whenever it's short, I'm praying to the hair gods to make it long again. And/Or considering getting a weave

This time around, I wanted to try and do something a little less drastic to calm my hair boredom woes, and I thought lightening up a bit could be just the thing. So, I did some research and discovered amazing colorist Jean Pierre Sosa, via Instagram of all places. Isn't social media amazing? I headed to B2V Salon here in West Hollywood, and got in his chair.

A couple hours of teasing, painting, foiling, drying, toning, and styling later I came out with the most natural-looking luscious warm golden blonde I've ever had. (and I've had every shade of hair under the sun, trust.) JP described it as "Gatsby Blonde". And you know... I'll take it. I feel very much like Leo in Great Gatsby now. Super elegant, but with an inherent casual coolness too. Can't speak highly enough of him and his work.

PS - to keep my newly colored strands at their best, I've been using Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Shampoo and Conditioner. It smells amazing and makes my hair feel like silk. And hey, if it's good enough for Jen Aniston, it's good enough for me.

Do you guys have any warm-weather plans for your hair? Let me know in the comments below - or, offer some advice for this newly-blonde bombshell! Always on the hunt for new products to try! And, tune in FRIDAY for a MOGBLOG first. You won't want to miss it. Really.