One of my best memories is being a young teen and running my quarter horse, Fig, a big sorrel gelding down a dirt road that encircled the little 9-hole golf course my father owned. Me with my long hair, and Fig with his tail, we were a mass of brown hair flying as fast as we could go. To this day, when I think of freedom, my freedom, I think about those moments racing with Fig. When I was little and before I had any say in the matter, my hair was super short, a glorified bowl cut. As I got older and more opinionated, I grew it out, but my mom still dictated the style. There are pictures of me … [Read more...]


In a little over seven weeks, my sweet mother will be drawing the winner of the Ultimate Book Club Getaway contest, and I’ve got to be honest with you—I’m ecstatic! If you don’t know about the contest it’s a chance for book clubs to win a four night stay at my beach house on the Isle of Palms, SC. All clubs are eligible. You don't have to read The Wisdom of Hair to enter, but if your club does, you get ten extra entries! I've sprinkled pics of just a few of the clubs who have entered throughout this blog entry, and by the looks of it, they're as excited as I am!   When I got the idea … [Read more...]


  You sit down in the chair and your stylist asks you what want to do this month. Do you want to keep that Jennifer Anniston look or go jagged and short? How about a great big bouffant or soft pink curls? Your stylist offers you a world of choices, but consider our brave women in the military who give up their freedom to do whatever the heck they want with their lovely locks. The fabulous LTJG, Jocelyn Fox, graduate of the Naval Academy and sailor of the seven seas writes-- For women in the military, our hair is a source of exasperation, identity, beauty and defiance. We cut it short … [Read more...]


Everyone has done it at one time or another. The first time it happens is usually around the age of 5 and someone leaves a pair of scissors sitting around. You pick up the scissors and look at your own hair and wonder what would it would feel like. How hard can it be? Why not? And then you do it, you actually make that first cut. Maybe it doesn't looks so bad, but you have to finish. Therein lies the problem. In THE WISDOM OF HAIR, Zora Adams participated in this ritual when she was nine and cut her bangs until they were the length of those little paint brushes that come with dime store … [Read more...]


What I love most about women is our ability to nurture like nobody's business. My favorite passage from THE WISDOM OF HAIR, except for the one towards the end that will make you stand up and cheer, comes at a time when the protagonist, Zora, is at her lowest moment. There is so much in this world I’ll never know, that I’ll never understand, but one thing I know for certain, there is a bond of sisterhood and friendship that overrides all things. It came to me before sunup the next morning as a ready-made rescue with tears and hugs that drew me in, almost suffocating me with its warmth and … [Read more...]