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#RealMenBraid | Class with Cozy


#RealMenBraid | Class with Cozy

Girls' hair is intimidating for dads.  Most dads have never run a brush through more than a couple of inches of hair, let alone try to brush through a mess of tangled hair attached to a small girl with ninja like agility. Cozy Friedman, creator of the SoCozy line of haircare products which we LOVE, developed an alternative to dads showing up to dance class with their daughter, brush and pony tail holder.  Real Men Braid is a class taught by Cozy that gives dads hands on training so they will have confidence when it comes to tackling their daughter's hair.

Cozy started off by getting the guys a little pep talk and explaining that doing girls' hair is no different than taking on any project - first you need the right tools in your tool kit.  The tool kit included SoCozy Detangler Spray, SoCozy Brush, SoCozy Hair Gel, bobby pins and pony tail holders.

real men braid class

The dads learned how to brush out tangles, section off hair and be organized with their brushing.

daddy daughter hair class

While the girls were getting styled, the baby brothers made themselves right at home in the Snippets Mini Cuts Chicago's play space.  Snippets was such a fun place - little kids can sit in cars and watch a show while getting their hair cut.  They have a great selection of gifts, too!

snippets mini cuts chicago


First, the dads learned a basic pony tail.  Then how to braid it.  If you look in the mirror below, you can see both girls' braided pony tails.



girls ryan so cozy

But then the dads took it one step further and did the daring braided bun!  This hairdo is a requirement for ballet class.  I can't tell you how excited I was that Ryan now knows how to do this style!dad and mads hair

Cozy is the best!  This innovative class is a bonding experience for girls and their dads.  It also gives dads confidence and makes that mess of curls seem not so intimidating.  All SoCozy hair products are free of "nasties", work great and smell even better.  Thanks to SoCozy and Snippets Mini Cuts for having us!socozy group(This was our "before" picture)

For more information on the Real Men Braid classes and all of the fun stuff SoCozy has coming up, visit




Crazy for SoCozy hair products!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of SoCozy. All opinions are my own and not edited by the sponsor.

Mia has VERY thick hair and a ton of it!  It can be hard to manage and tame. She is nine years old and at the age where she needs to put hair product in her hair to tame and style it. I don't want her using products that will damage her hair. When I was spotted the cool  SoCozy prodcuts at Target, I was happy to find out that all of their products are non toxic and made without parabens, sulfates, phthalates, synthetic color, propylene glycol, gluten, wheat or nuts.

I had no idea how excited my kids would get about hair products! Seriously, they spent about 20 minutes checking out the entire SoCozy  product line and oohing ahhing over the wonderful smells. Mia needs a good conditioner and it seems to be hard to find one made for kids hair. The SoCozy product line is perfect for Mia, her personal favorites are the 2 in 1 shampoo + body wash,  super hydrating conditioner, Detangler + leave in conditioner and  styling mouse. Her hair has never looked or smelled better. She has a lot of fun trying out new hair styles. She can even braid her own hair better than I can!

Dylan enjoys spiking up his hair or trying to make a faux hawk when possible.

He loved testing out both the styling gel and cream. Of course he had to check out the smell and he approved of the Trop-O-Lish and Pear fection scents.

The styling gel gave him the right amount of hold but wasn't crusty and hard. His hair stayed crazy spiky just like he wanted it all day.

Want to tryout SoCozy products for your kids? You can save $3 on all SoCozy products at Target until 6/13 with this coupon.

Disclosure:  I received products to review and compensation from SoCozy for this post. My opinion is my own and not edited by SoCozy.


Mom Style Monday: 3 Summer Hair Styles


Mom Style Monday: 3 Summer Hair Styles

In the summer, my hair styles differ quite drastically from my winter 'dos. In the winter, my hair is dry, full of static, and I usually shove it into a ponytail or keep it over my ears to stay warm. In the summer, there are so many more options and places to go that motive me to actually style my hair. Here's the thing with moms, though- many of us have chopped our lovely long locks in exchange for an easier-to-manage style. If the length of my hair is going to necessitate a 45 minute session with my blow drier, I would rather pull a Charlize Theron a la Mad Max buzz than waste my precious morning minutes in a stuffy bathroom. There are ways to fake length, whether it be permanent extensions, clip ins or flat iron styling. I loved my long hair for all of the versatility it provided- braids, complicated top knots, long beachy waves, prom girl curls (ok...maybe I don't miss those). Here are a few of my favorite looks for Summer 2015, inspired by both the runways and my personal preferences.

Long Beachy Waves

The perfect beachy wave is such an enigma- you want it to look tousled and undone, but to get it to that point, you have to put a heck of a lot of product in and have some serious skills with styling tools. Since my hair isn't long enough to really get that wind-swept look, I used clip in extensions from Irresistible Me. Since they are real hair, you can style them, wash them, even color or cut them like you would real hair. If you go the extension route, I highly recommend spending the extra money to get ones of this caliber. The set I used comes in 10 pieces in varying widths, so you can make your hair as thick as you wish. They have 12 different colors, come in lengths from 14-24 inches, and varying thickness. For this style, I clipped 3 pieces in and used a bubble curling wand, specifically the Bed Head TIGI Rock N' Roller. The trick to beachy waves is leaving out the very end of your hair- leave it straight for a relaxed look.

Braided Topknot

First of all, the topknot is the best hairstyle for second day hair, hands down. Some of my favorite style icons such as Nicole Ritchie and Rashida Jones have raised the bar with a braided topknot. Unfortunately, my hair hits just below my collarbone, so I can't get the volume they do (FYI- a wimpy topknot just looks like something growing out of your head). I grabbed my extensions again and this time clipped them in upside down to go with the flow. To make a topknot, flip your head upside down and secure a HIGH ponytail just above the crown of your head. Celeb stylist Kylee Heath recommends pulling hair up in sections, lightly teasing some and braiding the others, wrapping all around the base of the ponytail. The goal of this isn't sleek perfection- more of controlled chaos.

Crown Braid

I am still on the fence with this one- it is very appropriate for festival season, but I am not sure if I can pull it off for the carpool. Let's give it a shot! I am not about to get into the crazy french braided crown- that is too much effort. To cheat, make regular braids and pull them across. Again, I used the Irresistible Me extensions to give myself more hair to work with. I used four clip-ins and pulled my hair into two low ponytails secured tightly right behind my ears. If you don't have any texture to your hair (like me) try to build some on top with a curling wand or dry shampoo. I then pulled the braids across the front of my head and secured just above my hairline behind my ears with bobby pins. Done!

What are your thoughts? Do these look like styles you might try, or are they better suited for the glossy pages?

Disclosure: I was provided with Irresistible Me product for review purposes. As always, all thoughts and opinions are honest and my own.


SoCozy Detangler Kit is So Easy for Kids


SoCozy Detangler Kit is So Easy for Kids

This is a sponsored post, all opinions are honest and my own.

socozy kids hair detangler kit

SoCozy, our favorite hair care products for kids ages two to twelve, is going to be available on this weekend.  We are SO excited about this news because not only do I love these products because they are non-toxic and made without parabens, sulfates, phthalates, synthetic color, propylene glycol, gluten, wheat or nuts. But the kids love the detangler spray and hair brush because it's easy for their little hands to use all on their own.

Doing their own hair is, like, such a big deal when you're eight.  The SoCozy hair brush glides through tangles and with the help of the detangler spray it just couldn't be easier.  Even my almost six year old is now able to do her own hair.

girl brushing her hair at the bathroom sink

Bath/shower nights and school mornings are so much easier with SoCozy.  Instead of chasing kids around the house, they WANT to brush their hair.  My girls love creating hair styles on their own and with a little assistance from their mom.

SoCozy kids hair products

Even their baby brother loves to get in on the brushing action.  And at thirteen months, he's going to be an pro before preschool.

toddler holding hair brush

Get the SoCozy Detangling Brush exclusively on HSN in their Cinch Basics Kit for $24,95. Catch Cozy on HSN on May 7th at 7am or 11am and May 8th at 12pm.

This is a sponsored post, all opinions are honest and my own.



Embrace your curls! #curlpower

One of my morning routines is to watch the Today show. I don't always get to watch a lot of it (because I am getting the kids ready and multi tasking) but its always on in the background. When I watched the segment on the new Dove campaign #curlpower this morning, it really resonated with me. I was born with naturally wavy hair but when I hit puberty (yes its true) my hair got really curly. In high school I was known for my curls but by the time I got to college, I hated my curls. I think the main reason I hated my curls was because  the majority of girls around me had straight hair. I wanted to blend in and not stand out. I did everything in my power to make it straight. A rocked a short bob hair style that I had to straighten with a hair dryer and then use a curling iron (before flat irons were around). Let's be honest it wasn't the best year's of hair for me.


In my twenties I gave in and embraced my curly hair. I searched out a hair stylist that knew how to cut curly hair the right way and that made the biggest difference in the world for me! You may see me with a blow out every few years but that is a very rare occasion. I am very comfortable with my curls now and it is a big part of who I am.


My daughter has wavy hair. She has mentioned to me that she wishes she had straight hair. I am trying to teach her to love her gorgeous locks because she need to embrace what god gave you. Its our jobs as moms to teach and show our girls that we can love who we are and what was given to us, whether it be our hair or the size of our body.

I do get questions about what products I use on my hair. I won't lie that it takes a village to tame my mane! I cannot live without conditioner. It is my #1 product that I cannot live without.  I would skip washing my hair if I didn't have any conditioner.  I always use mouse, hair serum, an oil and hair spray. One of my favorite products is Bed Head Control Freak. It helps define my curls while still leaving them soft.


To make sure my hair is not a frizz mess when I leave the house I use a drop of Dove Pure Care Oil. It is a must have to keep my hair looking shiny.  My hair is super thick and can dry out easily because of this I wash my hair every other day.

Do you or your daughter embrace your curls? Share your photos with us on facebook and on instagram with hashtag #TLSFlovescurls. Show off your curls to the today show with hashtagss #curlpower and #todayshow on both instagram and twittter.