Homie Improvement

I did something outside my comfort zone today. I spent the afternoon at a hair salon.


We’re here in Atlanta to makeover a living room, but since it may end up on TV one day, I thought I’d better do a little “homie improvement” before we get to the home improvement stuff.

I’ve been wanting to warm up my hair for a while now, and I thought this would be a good time to go for it and have fun with it! My friend, Meghan, whose shop “The Parlor” is located near the Perimeter Mall, specializes in color.

She doesn’t cut hair…she only colors it. Amy (pictured below) came in and cut my hair after Meghan was done coloring it. Check out my new (warmer-so-I-don’t-blend-into-light-walls-or-my-skin-so-much) hair color…

Amy was showing me how much more volume I could get with my new cut. I was really excited about that. (I have no idea if I’ll ever actually be able to create it without her help, but a girl can dream, right?)

Amy also introduced me to something called a “curling stick”…

Me, Meghan (back), Amy (right), and our executive producer Patrick (far right)

It’s a little different than a curling iron, and man I’ve gotta get one of those suckers! Totally natural-looking curls! (But holy scary-because-it-seems-like-you-could-get-burned-really-easily Batman!)

And even though I’ll probably always spend more time thinking aboutΒ home improvement than I do homie improvement, I gotta admit, it was fun hanging out with the gang and their curling sticks today.

The best part, however, was splitting a 1/4 roasted chicken plate with this guy in the food court at the mall across the street when I was done…

Now if I could just have Amy teach him how to use that curling stick.


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  1. Tiff says

    For gorgeous curls with no heat involved check out ‘sock curls’ on google or youtube. There are some girls who do great how-to’s and the curls are beautiful and so easy to achieve.

  2. Ter'e Crow Lindsay says

    You know????? What can WE do to get you and Kev a show of your own? I would watch you two 10x over some of their new “stars”. You and Kev have never-ending-ideas-on-the-cheap and your personalities are just the BEST!
    I do think I have a “crush” on the two of you!!!!! Such a lovely duo.

    You too Kev!!!!!!!

  3. says

    Your hair came out so lovely! I personally like the warmer, darker shades especially with going into the Fall & Winter seasons. :)

  4. says

    Beautiful!! My friends and I called it a “curling wand” and then just “the magic wand” for short – because its so amazing!! You can get them at target for like 20 or 30 bucks..they are very easy to use! I’ve actually never even burned myself, its easier than it seems!

  5. Lisa W. says

    Layla you look fabulous, the color looks great! The toning down looks wonderful! Your hair always looks nice, (wether you learn to curl or not:) You guys always look so happy, gosh how do you do that, any hints:) ?

  6. Patricia Neron says

    Love it, you look fabulous. It’s very subtle and very natural your sure to get your own tv show now.

  7. kelly says

    that looks great! i think i need to do that too, it gets so blonde that roots come very quickly!! i wish i had long beautiful hair like yours!

    • Layla says

      That’s so true Hollie! Thanks for the well wishes…we really appreciate them! πŸ˜€

  8. Sharon in California says

    Oh my goodness! Who knew a warmer color could make such a difference in how one looks. You’ve always been so pretty as a light blond but this color totally warms up the color of your face and you almost look like a different girl altogether. Excellent Choice Layla. You obviously have good taste in more than just decorating.

    • Layla says

      Well, thank you Sharon- but I gotta give all the credit to my friend Meghan. She’s the one who mixed it up! πŸ˜€

  9. Melinda says

    Always thought you were beautiful – now you are even more beautiful : )

    I would say let the camera’s roll because you are ready!

  10. kelly says

    We loved Decatur when we visited the Atlanta area last year. They little downtown is so cute & charming. And…may I just say you look AMAZING! Now you look like a natural blonde! :)

    • Layla says

      Thank you for the tip about Decatur, and the compliment on my hair, Kelly! πŸ˜€

  11. says

    I like this “warmed up” look…I need to check those sticks! I need some curls because I am “blessed”(!) with skewer-straight hair!!

    • Layla says

      Thank you Ilke! I’m still getting used to wielding the curling stick! πŸ˜€

  12. Kim in MD says

    I love your new color, Layla! I recently added some low-lights to my hair, too! You and Kevin are just adorable. Now I have to find me a curling stick!

  13. Cheryl F says

    Love the new colour! I always go a little warmer in the fall and then more blond for summer. You look fantastic. Your fear of being burnt by a curling stick is one I can understand. I have had to explain more than a couple of red/brown marks on my forehead and neck just from curling irons. Scary hot sticks!

  14. kathy h says

    YOU CRACK ME UP!! I love your term “Homie Improvement”. May I steal it?

    Your hair looks great. Good luck this week!!! Sending some positive vibes your way!!

  15. Tina K says

    As a fellow pale person, I think the warmer hues really work with your skin tone. I’m loving it! You’ll look fab on the old tube.

  16. Deb Guillette says

    I love it! I don’t know you except for this blog but somehow I think you are just as sweet as you are pretty. You guys are the cutest couple ever and you affection for one another is sooo obvious. So nice to see in this hostile world. I love your sense of taste and you motivate me to want to organize and make things pretty around here.
    Thanks for the inspiration .
    Deb G. from Holden, Massachusetts

  17. Katherine says

    Wow! You look amazing! Your new hairstyle really suits you : )

    Katherine, OZ

  18. says

    Wow! I LOVE the new hair color! Honey-ish blonde with highlights is my favorite for myself as well. Great choice!

  19. says

    Hey there! I JUST discovered your blog and WOW! My sister’s name is Layla so I thought, “it has to be a cool blog”. :)
    Also, I have that pillow from IKEA too :) Looking forward to reading through all the fun stuff!

  20. Kristin says

    Wow! Your new look is amazing. Love it. Your face is much brighter with the darker hint in your hair.