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My Beauty Uniform: Reagan Baker

My Beauty Uniform: Reagan Baker

Reagan Baker, the brilliant stylist of hair tutorial fame, knows everything about everything when it comes to beauty. And she’s also one of the funniest, most down-to-earth people we know. Here, she shares her secret weapon hair products, her experience as a single mom and her happiness philosophy…

What’s your daily skincare routine?
In the shower, I cleanse my face with Cetaphil, which I happily started using after reading that it’s Iris Apfel‘s favorite. She said she’s tried everything at every price and that’s what she liked best. I’ve loved her since the Bill Cunningham documentary; she stole my heart. At the end of the day, I remove my makeup with Pond’s cold cream, which is so soothing and the only thing I’ve found that doesn’t feel drying. For night cream, I’m into Kiehl’s Super Multi-Corrective Cream for maximum hydration. The people in the store told me it’s for old ladies, and I was like, “Yup, that sounds good.”

My Beauty Uniform: Reagan Baker

Do you wear makeup?
Yes! For under-eye concealer, I use a few dabs of Make Up For Ever, in a shade lighter than my skin, to brighten my face and trick people into thinking I’m super well-rested. I just got the Dr. Jart+ BB Matte Contour Kit. Contouring can look like stage makeup, but this one is really light. I’ll just put a little highlighter under my eyes and on my forehead, and put a little of the dark contour color in the hollows of my cheeks. I have a round face, and it helps bring out my cheekbones. Then I’ll do a quick swipe of Sephora Mineral Face Powder all over. Lastly, I swear by YSL mascara. You only have to do a few swipes to get both volume and length. My whole routine takes just a few minutes — if only high school Reagan could see me now!

My Beauty Uniform: Reagan Baker

Did you wear a ton of makeup in high school?
Oh yeah, a ton. I was an awkward child; I’ve been the same height — 5’8″ — since I was 10, with the same size feet. I was really skinny growing up, but then I filled out my junior year in high school and started caring about makeup. Not only did I wear a lot of makeup, but I would touch it up in between classes! I had this white, white eye shadow and tons of lip gloss. I’d also put handfuls of gel in my hair, so it was crunchy. I wish I could go back in time knowing what I know now.

My Beauty Uniform: Reagan Baker

What was the attitude around beauty like where you grew up?
I grew up being homeschooled in Tennessee, and my friends and I were sporty and kind of awkward. When I was 14, I moved to Utah, and the friends I made there were completely different — they were years ahead! They were going to tanning beds and getting highlights and acrylic nails. I was fascinated by how these girls looked. My mom was really nervous and wouldn’t let me start wearing makeup. I needed help from my friends. From their perspective, I was far behind. It was like Clueless. I think it’s part of the reason I wound up going to beauty school.

What was it like going to school after being homeschooled?
It was a huge change. The workload was a struggle because I wasn’t used to that much. Back in Tennessee, I had helped my mom a lot at home. We were a Mormon family with lots of children, and we had a hot dinner ever night, and I babysat my younger brother, so a lot of my home schooling wasn’t school at all. When I started public school in Utah, I suddenly had homework every night and tests. It was intense.

My Beauty Uniform: Reagan Baker

Nowadays, where do you like to travel?
Growing up, I always wanted to travel. Now I try to do one big trip a year. The best one I ever took was Thailand. It was my thirtieth birthday present to myself, and I went with a girlfriend, Sarah. Before we left, everyone was asking us, have you traveled together before? We were like, no. People were making us nervous, but we got really lucky because everything fell into place. We had the same budget, liked the same food, were hungry at the same time. It was so beautiful.

Do you pack any particular beauty products for trips?
I hate the way my nails look when they chip, so I always take individual nail polish remover pads, plus clear nail polish. I’ll go crazy if my nails are chipping all over the place.

My Beauty Uniform: Reagan Baker

Your hair is so beautiful! Do you have any inspirations?
My first ever “girl crush” was Daryl Hannah in Splash, because she was a mermaid and her crimped hair went right down to her bum. I’ve had a thing for long hair ever since, because it feels like a blank canvas that can be taken in any direction.

What are your favorite hair products?
I wash my hair about once a week, and I love the moisture shampoo and conditioner from Matrix. My highlighted hair is so thirsty, and their conditioner is super rich and makes detangling easy. On the other days, I couldn’t live without the dry shampoo SachaJuan Volume Powder. It makes hair look clean AND gives the best volume. Holding the can about six inches away, I’ll spray all around my hairline in front, and then down my part. Then I’ll lift sections of hair and spray around. Let it sit for 5 to 10 seconds, then massage it in with my hands.

My Beauty Uniform: Reagan Baker

Can you recommend any magical styling products?
Oribe Crème for Style is the product I use most, by a landslide. It smoothes down flyaways and adds volume. It works well whether you air dry or heat style, and is great for any type of hair.

Do you have any “splurge” items you’d recommend?
I have three Mason Pearson hair brushes. You don’t need three, but you should really have one. It makes sense to have the nicest version of your most everyday tool. They last forever and are so good for your scalp. By brushing scalp to ends, you’re loosening up the oils and letting them condition the ends, which is why we produce oil in the first place!

My Beauty Uniform: Reagan Baker

What’s your bedtime routine?
My big thing the last few years is wearing real pajamas, which was inspired by Betty Draper. She always seemed to have a whole matching nightgown, robe and slipper combo. I have a few pretty sets from Victoria’s Secret and cute sets from Gap. They make me feel grown up and ladylike.

Do you have a guilty pleasure?
Dubsmash! I have a couple friends I do it with. We’ll get really into it. I’ll go through phases where I’ll look at the clock and it’s two in the morning. I’m like, I’ve been setting up my camera and popping out of nowhere for hours! I try too hard to make them unique. I’ll add a dog into them.

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Do you have any non-beauty rituals that help you feel great?
It may seem a little corny, but I make an effort to be positive and smile a lot, which to me is a major part of beauty. I listen to music when I get ready for work, and the first song is always something that gets me excited about being awake — like Beyonce, Mariah or Britney.

My Beauty Uniform: Reagan Baker

Do you have a signature scent?
On special occasions, I wear Do Son from Diptyque. It’s a sexy, moody scent. That’s not my usual aesthetic — I like bright colors and I wouldn’t consider myself very mysterious — but I love how it balances things out. You can also get a tiny, beautiful container of the solid form to carry in your bag.

Where did the name Reagan come from?
My name came from my Republican parents! I have an election button that says “Reagan ’84” from the year I was born. When I was a kid I was envious of my friends with more popular names, because I could never have personalized notebooks or pencils, but it’s nice to have an unusual name.

My Beauty Uniform: Reagan Baker

What did the women in your family teach you about beauty?
My mom always praised us for saying something funny or for being creative. I never once heard her or my three older sisters talk about dieting or beauty trends. I remember caring a lot about looks from when I was very young, so I appreciate their grounding influence. Their balance is what prevented me from turning into a beauty obsessed monster! When it comes to “outer” beauty, though, they’d be nothing without me. Just kidding. They might read this.

Do you ever make any impulsive changes when it comes to your appearance?
I have four small tattoos. The first is a flower on my foot that I got when I was 19. Ten years later, I got my second tattoo, a quote from my favorite movie, Harold and Maude: “Go and love some more.” I have a “P” on my left wrist for my daughter, Piper, and a broken arrow on my other wrist, which symbolizes peace.

My Beauty Uniform: Reagan Baker

How has motherhood changed your perspective on beauty?
My experience with motherhood has been different than most because my little girl, Piper Jane, has pretty serious physical disabilities that prevent her from being able to live at home with me. When I was pregnant, the doctors knew there might be something wrong, but she was very small and it was hard for them to see. Everything was vague, I didn’t know what to take from it. She was born two months early and then they were able to see her abnormalities. She has a syndrome that affects her lungs and rib cage. Her rib cage is too small, so when she inhales, her lungs can’t expand all the way, which is why she has to be on the ventilator all the time.

I have this big scar across my lower abdomen because I had to have an emergency C-section, and it’s something I’m weirdly not self-conscious about. It represents my child’s life, and that’s beautiful. We have so many expectations from ourselves for perfection — everything from our appearances to decorating our homes to how the timeline of our lives will go. There’s something beautiful about not getting your way all the time, and choosing happiness despite that.

My Beauty Uniform: Reagan Baker

What’s Piper like?
She’s both the sweetest person you’ve ever met and the most mischievous child. She’s still snuggly like a baby. She never walks next to me without reaching to hold my hand. But then she gets a look in her eye and this giant grin, and it’s like she has an idea and is about to go through with it. You have to keep an eye on her!

Do you have any advice for parents of children who have special needs?
The challenges can consume you, so I believe in celebrating the situation as much as possible. That has made everything worlds easier for me, just noticing every little thing about Piper that makes her special. My favorite thing about her is that she does what she wants to do. She doesn’t know what’s cool with other nine-year-olds. She likes things because she likes them, not because she’s trying to impress anyone else. I want to be like that, I don’t want to care about what other people think. It’s inspiring and amazing to be around someone like that. She marches to the beat of her own drum.

Thank you so much, Reagan! We love you.

P.S. How to blow dry your hair like a stylist and how to do a horseshoe braid. Plus, more lovely women share their beauty uniforms.

(Photos courtesy of Reagan Baker.)

  1. Loved her story. My favorite is line “There’s something beautiful about not getting your way all the time, and choosing happiness despite that.” touched home!

  2. I met Reagan once in Boston (we have mutual friends) and she’s the coolest.

  3. Maija says...

    This series, and the one about motherhood all over the world, are my favorite reads on the entire page. Keep it up!

  4. I love this series so much Joanna. It’s my guilty pleasure. I’ll remember that I haven’t read them for awhile and hop on my computer when I’m snugging my toddler while he naps and then get to read several at a time. It is pure pleasure. If it’s a good nap then I get to catch up on your whole blog. As always a huge fan. xoxo, jaimejo

  5. Claire says...

    I love your blog all the time and am a loyal reader but the beauty uniforms are absolutely my favourite! All the women are so inspiring and share such lovely stories and wisdom and good tips! More please, more! Thank you x

  6. So ravishing and brave young woman! Thanks for this post!!

  7. Tara says...

    I haven’t felt compelled to post a comment in a long time, but this woman and her perspective on life is truly Beautiful. I love how she embraces life.

  8. When we learned one of our twins was going to be born with Spina Bifida, it was devastating. But I remember the second day after the diagnosis, we got our s%*# together and sat down to make a list. At the top, I put “Be Happy”.
    I sooo get what you’re talking about, Reagan. There really is something beautiful about not getting your way and making the decision for happiness anyway. Reading about your life with your daughter at the second half of a beauty article was deeply satisfying. Thanks for sharing!

  9. AshleyG says...

    I never comment, but I LOVE this! Beautiful soul!

  10. Kukla says...

    I knew I recognized you! I remember reading the story of your little girl Piper. Very sweet interview.

  11. Charlene says...

    “There’s something beautiful about not getting your way all the time, and choosing happiness despite that.”
    This moved me so much. What a wonderful post.

    • Allison says...

      Couldn’t agree more. One of the most powerful statements I’ve read in a long time.

  12. Madie says...

    Love this post! Reagan seems like a really awesome, cool, beautiful, smart person. And a big thumbs up for Mason Pearson brushes.
    Quick question about products: I also used (and loved) Cetaphil cleanser and Kiehl’s SPF 15 moisturizer, but have become a little more aware of (and nervous about) all the bad junk in them. They both score a 10 (that’s the worst) on the Think Dirty app. So I stopped using them but haven’t found replacements that I love :( I’m currently liking Drunk Elephant bar soap (which I discovered in a previous post about Alice Gao!) Maybe you could do a post about “natural” products (no parabens or other products banned in the EU, and physical, mineral-only sun blocks) so we can find some winners? Just an idea. Does anyone else think/worry about this stuff?

    • Juliana says...

      Yes! I’m really trying to be more careful about my skincare and it’s hard to find good, natural products that work! I’d love recommendations as well

    • Yes, unfortunately cetaphil is NOT a good product for your skin. It’s full of chemicals, alcohol and water – zero benefits. As a licensed esthetician, I lead my clients towards more organic lines – such as, One Love Organics Easy Does It wash (amazing!), Intelligent Nutrients Gel or Cream cleanser, and the Intelligent Nutrients Restorative Moisture Emulsion for a daily lotion. As for SPF – these can be really hard to find. Alchimie Forever SPF Defense is really nice, but not completely organic.

    • Betsy says...

      I have never commented before but wanted to chime in that I too would love a post about “natural” products. Love this blog!

    • jessica says...

      The facial cleanser and polish from French Girl Organics is great. This line is sold on etsy and some anthropologie stores.

    • Chris says...

      I have such sensitive skin I can’t even use cetaphil/la Roche posay/ avene on my face anymore but recently I found a cleanser that I really like – the smell, the tiny larger, and it uses mainly organic ingredients!
      I live in Australia but you can get it in the US too :)
      http://www.amazon.com/Grown-Alchemist-Gentle-Facial-Cleanser/dp/B00489CKO8

    • Jess says...

      Yes! I would love, love, love to see more interviews of women who use mostly natural skincare products and makeup. There are so many great natural products out there and I’d love to hear what works for other women. I absolutely love the ladies featured in the beauty uniform posts, but I can’t even consider using the non-natural products mentioned.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you so much! we will definitely feature more. really appreciate your comment.

      here are a few past beauty uniforms which have emphasized love natural products, if you’d like to read:
      http://cupofjo.com/2015/12/my-beauty-uniform-monique-viard/
      http://cupofjo.com/2015/07/courtney-klein-beauty-tips-storq-maternity/
      http://cupofjo.com/2014/07/my-beauty-uniform-7/
      http://cupofjo.com/2015/03/my-beauty-uniform-12/
      http://cupofjo.com/2016/04/beauty-uniform-s-w-basics-adina-grigore/

    • Samantha says...

      In case you have oily/combination skin, I recommend Fist Aid Beauty’s deep cleanser with red clay (http://www.sephora.com/skin-rescue-deep-cleanser-with-red-clay-P384539?skuId=1567205&icid2=D=c6:products%20grid:p384539), I’m very happy with the way my skin feels and looks after I started using it. It’s the first cleanser for oily/combination skin that leaves my skin super clean without making it tight and dry. My breakouts have also reduced. I’ve had the 1oz tester for about 3 weeks (using it day and night) and there’s still some left, a little bit goes a long way.

      Like you, I started caring more about the junk we put on our skin everyday and saw this cleanser featured on Popsugar beauty’s instagram, and it really cught my eye, so when I saw that Sephora offered the 1oz bottle for free with a $25 purchase, I decided to try it. I’m definitely ordering the regular size.

    • Cathleen says...

      Bridget, I also love the Alchimie Forever Daily Defense for SPF! It’s not organic but contains blueberries and sunscreen so 2 for one!

  13. Linda says...

    I love the name Reagan! Her hair is so gorgeous, and her daughter is absolutely darling!

  14. HMB says...

    This is my favorite beauty post of all time. Thank you for bringing this to your readers.

  15. Courtney says...

    What a wonderful post! This is by far my favorite series on Cup of Jo and I found Reagan so inspiring. She’s not only beautiful, but the story about Piper was incredibly heartfelt and moving. I’d love to know Reagan’s workout routine! Her body is amazing!

  16. Sarah says...

    I found this interview so inspiring. Thanks to Reagan for her genuine, sincere optimism and positivity. It really resonated and encouraged me to bravely look on the bright side of things, in the face of fear and darkness. Also! Kiehl’s Super Multi Corrective Cream! It’s so good. Pricey, but it’s really transformative stuff. xo

  17. Loved this post, especially: “My favorite thing about her is that she does what she wants to do. She doesn’t know what’s cool with other nine-year-olds. She likes things because she likes them, not because she’s trying to impress anyone else. I want to be like that, I don’t want to care about what other people think. It’s inspiring and amazing to be around someone like that. She marches to the beat of her own drum.” It’s what I strive to be!

  18. This was a beautiful read. Thank you so much for sharing this Reagan! Piper sounds like an amazing little girl, she’s so lucky to have you as a mom!

    — Dara // http://www.peoniesandhoneybees.com

  19. Christy says...

    She is amazing and so is Piper. Thank you for featuring a very really side of life.

  20. Jill says...

    I miss Reagan’s blob so much! So good to see Pip!

  21. Cynthia says...

    This is my favorite beauty uniform post so far. Reagan radiates inner and outer beauty, and so does Piper. If we could only be like Piper, and like what we like without trying to impress others.

  22. Amy says...

    Loved this post! Like many here, I also miss Reagan’s blob!

  23. StartCloseIn Styling says...

    Loved this-and especially that sheep costume!! The bell puts it over the top.

  24. Alice says...

    “…choosing happiness…” is such an inspiring quote, let alone the rest of that paragraph. A truly beautiful, strong, woman.

    And Jo, your questions for Reagan, and their progression, are spot on. You tease out what makes her beautiful – inside out – and by the end of the piece I’m in love with her!

  25. Kat says...

    I miss her blob!!!!

  26. Sara says...

    Loved this feature! Was a HDOF devotee, soooo nice to catch up with Reagan here. Loved learning more about her routine and life.

  27. Ana says...

    Absolutely everything about this post is honest and balanced, with a serious hold on real life. I’m very moved by it.

  28. Sarah says...

    Wonderful post, and thank you Reagan and Piper for sharing your lovely spirits.

  29. What a great post! She seems like a great person to have in your life.

    On a side note, I am so envious of anyone who has a grasp on their hair and beauty – I am 33 with flat, poker- straight hair and oily skin. And I have no idea what to do with either!

    • mon says...

      silent lurker but had to comment here.
      i saw myself when i read how you described yourself. oily skin and straight hair, wrong side of 30s and still know nothing of hair and beauty..

    • Nathalie says...

      34 oily skin and straight hair gal too here. For oily skin, the most effective for me has been applying daily avocado, almond or apricot kernel oil (usually in rotation). It follows the principle of oily skin needs oil, that is why it gets oily! My skin is so much better and rarely gets oily now. I also make olive oil hair mask regularly and recently I started using rassoul clay; it’s a bit messy but my hair have never been so smooth and shiny + it’s natural. Hope it helps :)

  30. Catherine says...

    I can’t tell you how nice it was to see a photo of Piper! I used to follow Reagan’s “blob” and it was like visiting a long-lost friend, and being so relieved to see them doing well. Please pass along our love to her!

    What I love about this blog is that you include stories of real life – and not in the sense of a messy living room, but of true pain and deep emotions. People have lived through nightmares and can still find happiness.

  31. Candice says...

    I LOVE Reagan and miss her blog so much!! So gorg and love that Piper. Thanks for sharing!

  32. I’m so happy Reagan was featured! I’ve loved her hair tutorials for years! I’ve even imagined making an appointment to have her cut my hair if I ever get to New York again. :)

  33. Nikole says...

    Beautiful and inspiring. Thank you for sharing.

  34. Shannon says...

    I’ve swooned over the posts where you’ve profiled Reagan’s hair styling forever, and this Beauty Uniform might be my favorite ever. What a wonderful story this woman has — she is both beautifully confident and empowering to womankind.

  35. Kristen says...

    This one took my breath away. Her perspective was a gift to read today. True beauty!

  36. This was very beautiful…but I have to know! What is that bright red lipstick shown in a few of the photos? Houglasse’s matte in Raven?!

  37. Reagan’s comment about not being able to find personalized notebooks and pencils as kid made me chuckle. If only I had been named “Leslie” instead of Lesley, I could’ve been in on all the cool personalized stuff too. But alas…I wasn’t.

    You and me, Reagan. We’re kids of the 80s with unique names in this together.

    • Nina says...

      Guessing you’re female?? Here in the UK the “normal” spelling for girls/women is Lesley (Leslie would usually be for boys) – so come over here and enjoy all the personalised nonsense you can stand!

  38. Kara says...

    ‘There’s something beautiful about not getting your way all the time, and choosing happiness despite that.’. What a simple but inspiring idea. Thank you for sharing Reagan’s story. Her discussion about her daughter is beautiful and honest and graceful. What an incredible woman.

  39. Cheri aubertine says...

    You seem beautiful inside and out, I love The quote “We have so many expectations from ourselves for perfection — everything from our appearances to decorating our homes to how the timeline of our lives will go…”

  40. Katherine says...

    Beautiful story and beautiful little girl! My 10 year old would LOVE that cloud costume. I’d love to know how you style your hair when it’s natural and wavy. I haven’t mastered mine -and I’m 32!!

  41. Kris says...

    This was truly such a lovely look at a beautiful person! Thank you, Joanna, for setting the bar so high on your blog- you pick the most interesting people to feature here and it leaves me so inspired.

  42. Elliesee says...

    It’s so good to see Piper all grown up! I remember her from a motherhood post a long while ago. I appreciate the short routine:)

  43. Mimi says...

    I have a physical disability and admit have been following this blog for the past year as I am bedridden most of the time because I envy all the healthy women! I dream of being able to simply walk, have money to afford Loeffler shoes and yes, ride a cool bike like Jo. So, reading about Reagan and Piper is my jam. Sadly, when you are in your 40’s people judge you a bit harder for not being like them. Thankful all are allowing Piper to be the sweet mischeivious girl that she is and “Reagan” for being a Mama with goregous hair too!

  44. Michelle says...

    I love this whole series but this one really stood out. Regan is so inspiring!

  45. Dana says...

    This was so moving. (I must copy what some others have said- the content on this blog has made it my absolute favorite.) I always enjoy Reagan’s hair posts, so this was a real treat and inspiration.

  46. Elizabeth says...

    Wow! Loved reading this. We need more people in the world with Reagan’s attitude. (And I wouldn’t mind her hair!!)

  47. Sasha says...

    The part about parenting her child who has disabilities really stayed with me. Maybe you can do a motherhood mondays post with her.

  48. It was fun to read this! I wore a ton of make up in high school too! I am so glad I know that I don’t need to glop it on any more!

  49. Leticia says...

    Joanna will you tell us the secret to meet and making friends with such amazing woman? Everytime I read a beauty uniform I feel like I want to be part of this club! Love this blog!

  50. Sonya says...

    I’ve learned so much from these Beauty Uniform posts, some of which has been about beauty :)
    There is no other blog out there balancing fun and meaningful content so perfectly. Keep it coming!

  51. Emily says...

    Reagan you and your daughter are gorgeous. Thank you for sharing a story that goes beyond which products you use and gives light to your inner beauty.

  52. Liz Arnold says...

    Best Beauty Uniform post ever. My heart swelled and I am teary at work. What an amazing mom and daughter.

    • Egle says...

      I agree… I read this post early in the morning and my eyes are full of tears. Really inspiring. Huge respect and all the best to Reagan and Piper.

  53. Elaine says...

    I’m surprised nobody has mentioned her strong shoe-game. HELLO!

    Please list the brands?!

    • Abbey says...

      I’m also dying to know what those black loafers are in the photo with Piper dressed as a lamb (which is *ridiculously* cute)

  54. Kelly says...

    This took my breath away! I have a child with special needs and know how challenging life can be. I can’t imagine not having my child sleeping in my home, etc. I’m so glad Piper and Reagan have each other.

  55. Amazing how while I’m reading this, I’m thinking this girl is perfect. She has a perfect job, perfect hair, great style, great ideas. And then seeing her daughter made her so real and authentic and even more perfect. I really appreciated this post – for the beauty tips and the realness and for reminding all of us to choose happiness. Really inspiring.

  56. Sarah M. says...

    Favorite post yet! Not only because she mentions Pond’s cold cream (a real long-time favorite of mine) but it’s so nice to see a parent with a special needs child. Having a child myself with special needs, it is often hard to find articles to completely relate to. What a beautiful family and a truly inspirational outlook.

    • Emily C says...

      Agreed. My daughter has serious physical disabilities and on a tough day some of the “Motherhood Monday” posts can be a bit painful. Love being able to fully relate once and awhile.

  57. Such an inspiring interview! Reagan is just so lovely and sunny and Piper Jane is adorable! Feeling so warm and positive after reading this. Thank you!

  58. Ruby says...

    This women is wonderful.

  59. Erin says...

    I love love love having a mom with a special needs child on here – thank you so much!

  60. Anabel says...

    “We have so many expectations from ourselves for perfection — everything from our appearances to decorating our homes to how the timeline of our lives will go. There’s something beautiful about not getting your way all the time, and choosing happiness despite that.”
    Loved this so much. Thank you Reagan!

    • Meg says...

      I love this whole series, but this one will stick because of that line.

  61. Rosie says...

    Finally someone has mentioned Pond’s cold cream in a beauty uniform! I kept wondering if I was the only one who had discovered its secret. I’ve been using it for years and have no idea why anyone uses anything else to remove their makeup – it’s simply the best.

    On another note, I’d love to hear more about Reagan’s hair coloring process. I have what looks like a similar natural color to hers and am forever trying to find the “perfect” blonde. Does she exclusively go the balayage route these days? Her blonde is so natural looking.

    xoxo

  62. Tyler says...

    would love to know her fitness routine :)

  63. also I love the name Piper deeplymadlytruly
    just fyi little girls named Piper are all so deeply adorable literally-I-can’t-even (yes, in that voice)

  64. God DAMMIT CupofJO your articles spin me round the cycle from god-she’s- gorgeous-I-want-to-live-life-like-her through full-ugly-cry to happy tears and back. I’m at work-can’t you understand?? :0

    • Erin says...

      LOL. And also Yes! ;)

  65. Julie says...

    I bought the round brush she recommended in her blowdry post, and when my dog ate it, I bought another. Thanks Reagan for some more great recommendations and musings on motherhood—I always loved to read your blog posts about Pip back in the day!

  66. Sasha says...

    I love reading these beauty uniform posts, not only do I learn about all things beauty, but also about the lives these beautiful and inspiring women have. Please keep these coming :)

    By any chance, do you know the brand of the tortoise sun glasses she is wearing??? I love them and must find them :D

    • Reagan says...

      Norma Kamali! Thank you!!

  67. Katie says...

    1,000 THUMBS UP to all of this.

    Amen, holla, and hooray.

    YES.

    • I second that.

  68. Deb says...

    “My favorite thing about her is that she does what she wants to do. She doesn’t know what’s cool with other nine-year-olds. She likes things because she likes them, not because she’s trying to impress anyone else. I want to be like that, I don’t want to care about what other people think. It’s inspiring and amazing to be around someone like that.” Wow, this spoke to me and made me well up….as a Mom to an almost 24 yr old son with autism…thank you, Reagan…I needed to hear that today….xxdeb

    • Deb says...

      …and Piper is one lucky girl to have you as her Mom :)

  69. meredith says...

    what a beautiful mom and daughter. heart swelled to at least three times its normal size reading this post.

  70. Theresa says...

    Favorite Beauty Uniform ever…more about what she said about motherhood, her daughter and inner beauty! Loved it…thanks for posting!

  71. Katie says...

    So glad to see Reagan and Piper! I used to follow when she blogged, and Piper has gotten so big! Gorgeous girls right there! Bravo, sweet mama.

  72. jeannie says...

    This is such a beautiful post. I love the last paragraph the most. Great advice!

  73. jen says...

    Yep, the beauty uniforms are so good, they’re becoming an institution on this site. Whoohoo! If it’s possible, I’d love to ask Reagan: “Is it worth it for someone with very thick and straight hair to buy a Mason Pearson brush?” I have put it in my shopping cart many a times, but have yet to bite the bullet, simply because when I take the questionnaire on their site, the brush I’m supposed to buy is a nylon brush. Hmm…I thought the whole point was the boar hairs…? Also, yay for washing once a week! Thanks for this post :)

  74. Olivia says...

    Long time reader but have never commented. I love all your posts but this one stopped me in my tracks. A beautiful perspective on life; so inspiring.

  75. Everything about Reagan is so beautiful, and I’m so glad to see her highlighted here!

  76. What a wonderful family! Piper seems like a time and half, what a jokester! I love that cloud costume. Bless you!

  77. Natalie Brennan says...

    What a beautiful woman, inside and out! She’s very inspiring in all ways.

  78. More Piper, please! I’m in love with her cloud costume :D

  79. Molly says...

    I adore Reagan! Used to read her blog every day. Thank you for the reminder to try and love every beautiful, difficult moment. So much love your way, Reagan and Piper! ❤

  80. Mary says...

    This was the best ever. People have said it before me but I’ll say it again- beautiful on the outside and inside. And that quote about choosing happiness anyway. Truly inspiring. Thanks for sharing Reagan and Joanna. x

  81. E says...

    Omigosh, what a beautiful person both inside and out! I’ve loved her tutorials, but her perspective on life is incredibly insightful!

  82. Mary Novak says...

    Such a beautiful and inspiring post! Thanks so much CupofJo for showing true beauty. What a precious mother and child! Such great advice about living life!

  83. Kristen says...

    This is beautiful and something I need to remember:

    “We have so many expectations from ourselves for perfection — everything from our appearances to decorating our homes to how the timeline of our lives will go. There’s something beautiful about not getting your way all the time, and choosing happiness despite that.”

    <3

    • Melanie says...

      A million times yes!

    • Sara says...

      Agreed. Gorgeous post. Thank you

    • Lea says...

      What a lovely sentiment and a way to live life.

    • Jessica says...

      I was planning on commenting on the exact same thing! This is something I’ve been really struggling with lately and really needed to read.

    • Shannon says...

      Yes! Loved this paragraph! Everyone’s lives look so perfect on instagram. I think we compare our lives to this level of perfection. We need to be happy where we are.

  84. Jan says...

    My favorite thing about her is that she does what she wants to do. She doesn’t know what’s cool with other nine-year-olds. She likes things because she likes them, not because she’s trying to impress anyone else. I want to be like that, I don’t want to care about what other people think. It’s inspiring and amazing to be around someone like that.

    Love this.

  85. Sarah says...

    I love her! We just had our first child and if it was a girl we were going to name it Piper. The name had been on my radar since she was “blobbing” about her Pip.

  86. Molly says...

    Please do more pieces with Reagan! I just love everything about her and am also a former long time reader of her “blob”. Reagan is actually how I found CoJ years ago. Beautiful, beautiful piece – she is truly one of a kind!

  87. yael steren says...

    I’m OBSESSED with her hair! I can’t believe I didn’t know about her before now!! Yay!! Going to read up more on her now!! Thanks for sharing! xx yael

    http://www.yaelsteren.com/blog/

  88. Meghan says...

    What an inspirational mother & human being! This article warmed my heart & I will admit made me teary eye :)

  89. I’m sure I’ve said this before, but these posts are my absolute favorite! Reagan seems like a pretty cool lady!

  90. Mara says...

    <3 <3
    what a strong woman with great hair!

  91. Chau Phan says...

    Reagan is beautiful and courageous. Thank you for sharing.

  92. Nina says...

    Ok, once a week? You wash your hair once a week? Seriously? how? Do you wash it with just water on days you sweat? Do you live in NYC or Utah? Either way I’d be sweating!

    Lovely person, inside and out, thanks for sharing. but still…once a week?

    • Ellen says...

      I’m curious to hear what Reagan says.
      I wash my hair once a week, but am only able to do this because I wash with baking soda & condition with apple cider vinegar. (Ever since I stopped using shampoo, my hair has produced way less oil…apparently shampoo overstimulates your hair’s production of oil.) Here is something I read when I first stopped using shampoo (four years ago now!): http://theartofsimple.net/how-to-clean-your-hair-without-shampoo/

    • Jill Palumbo says...

      I know! I’m half jealous and half incredulous. My hair is fine and thin and has to be washed everyday. I’ve tried in vain to stretch it and it just doesn’t work for my hair type. While I don’t think I could go a week (love my hair squeaky clean), a couple of days would be nice. But then again, it’s not that much more trouble since I shower every morning anyway.

    • Finn says...

      I wash my hair a little less than twice a week, every five days maybe? It took me a while to get here though! I washed my hair every day for years and I was so sick of it, so I tried scaling back to every other day. After my hair adjusted to that, I added a day. This went on for a while. I can now go up to six days although this rarely happens and there’s a lot of dry shampoo involved when it does.

    • I usually only wash my hair once a week and I rarely use dry shampoo. People think it is crazy (my mom thinks I am gross), but it works for me and never looks too greasy! I think hair-type is a big part of it though.

    • Jill Palumbo says...

      I guess what I don’t get is that these women do the dry shampoo thing, restyle, maybe flatiron or use the curling iron, then maybe braid or bun their hair. In the time it takes to do all that, I can wash, dry and style my hair and it’s clean. So if it is a time issue, I don’t see where they are saving any time. Plus, I already get some buildup from styling products, I can’t imagine putting in dry shampoo and more products – I think my hair would just flake off! Maybe if I had more hair……………..

    • I’m a fellow once-a-week washer. From what I understand, the keys are 1) how dry your hair is naturally, and 2) whether it is overproducing oil due to being stripped by washing too frequently. I have curly, long hair that is very dry, and we live in Denver, so the air is also very dry. Washing more than once/week strips my hair of what moisture it does have and makes the texture frizzier. Sometimes people with oilier hair can train their scalp to produce less oil by gradually waiting longer and longer between washes – the oil production may be caused by the scalp overproducing oil because it is constantly being washed away.

      Washing weekly really isn’t gross, I promise! :)

    • Lauren E. says...

      I agree. This might be gross, but my scalp gets flaky if I go more than two days without washing. PLUS if I work out? Forget it. If I can smell the stink of my own hair, I have to wash it. And once a week just isn’t gonna do it for me.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      From Reagan: I vary on how often I wash it. I would say I wash it every 4-7 days, depending on how good/bad it looks. Sometimes it’s just not working and I have to wash it a little sooner than I want. I have a whole system. I start out with my hair parted in the center on day one, then day two and three I wear it tossed over to the side. Then the last few days, it may need to be worn up. Dry shampoo usually comes into play day two and then again day four. But if it’s really looking bad or if it’s feeling too dirty, I’ll just wash it.

      Hope that helps!

    • I can see how it would be great to wash your hair just once a week, but if you workout on a regular basis I don’t see how this is possible – unless I’m missing something??

    • So much truth and wisdom here, inspiration and good advice, which everyone is pointing out. I’d just like to say how nice it is to see a healthy, smiling woman being photographed with delicious-looking food. Without words, it’s says worlds about enjoying life and being happy in the moment.

    • Nina says...

      Thanks for all the replies! I live in Utah now and grew up in Philadelphia so feel I have experienced the same climates Reagan has. I agree I think it depends on your hair type and, for me, my hair length, too. When my hair was much longer I could go 3 or maybe 4 days but now that its short (and growing out) I can barely go two and by the end of the 2nd day I feel like it looks gross. But dry shampoo makes my hair feel sticky? so I love it, and use it, but can’t stand the feel of it after one day so no way I’d be able to go several. I have tried no ‘poo (meaning no shampoo just using conditioner) and making my own shampoo (aloe, tea tree oil, coconut oil), and vinegar rinse etc…and still I.must.wash.my.hair or it looks flat and greasy and gets a gross musty smell (I feel like). but, again, thanks for all the responses! :)

    • Sarah says...

      I’m also a once a week washer and I don’t use dry shampoo either. But then I live in dry Denver so maybe it’s a Colorado thing?

      I have very long thick dry hair so washing and styling takes a while. And I prefer sleeping on weekday mornings to hair styling! On days I wash, I bun it up and it is still usually damp the next day which stretches the clean. I wear it up at night which I also think helps.

      I do wash more frequently if I work out a lot or am exposed to environmental factors such as cigarette smoke, aromatic food or outside things.
      I

  93. Audra says...

    I remember Reagan from a hair tutorial (that I wisely bookmarked!) and am so glad to hear about her life. Beautiful on the outside and seems to be that way on the inside, too!

    **Much respect for the morning playlist.

  94. Hillary says...

    What a beautiful and inspiring woman and mother. Her amazing beauty advice is totally eclipsed by her amazing perspective. So, so good.

    P.S. I bought almost everything.

  95. Summer says...

    I miss Reagan’s blob (blog) SOOOO MUCH! So good to read up about her and Piper. Reagan, you’re as beautiful and inspiring as ever! Thanks for sharing (and there were 2 Reagans in my small school for the same reason ;) ) Also, I’m ordering that styling creme as. we. speak. Is that the only thing you use on a normal wash or style day?

  96. I’ve always loved Reagan, and miss her blog (“blob”) so much. It was one of the few regulars I read in those days. I love her hair, and her style.

  97. Jamie says...

    Aw, Regan seems amazing (and a supermom to boot), adorable and has the best hair ever!

  98. jill c says...

    What a wonderful post. Both Reagan and Piper are just so beautiful and inspiring!

  99. happycamper742 says...

    “There’s something beautiful about not getting your way all the time, and choosing happiness despite that.” I am saving this and will be referring back to it over and over again. Such an important perspective.

    • Di says...

      Agree- that quote is so beautiful and just resonates on many levels. Kudos to you Reagan for being an amazing champion for your daughter and letting her see her beauty reflected in your eyes.