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Our Los Angeles

by Jackie Babe

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Our Father, Who art in traffic

Hallowed be Thy fame;

Thy food truck come,

Thy hike be done,

on earth as it is at Runyon.

Give us this day our daily kale,

and forgive us our star tours,

as we forgive those who mixtape against us;

and lead us not into street performance,

but deliver us from earthquakes. Amen.

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Hairstyles by Darin™

When you think back to your childhood (or most recent visit to the salon), maybe you look back fondly on other people styling your hair. I remember girlfriends doing “makeovers” at sleepovers and thinking they felt awesome. There’s nothing like that warm feeling of personal attention and the tingly scalp feeling you get when someone is styling your hair.

With curly hair, I spend so much time trying to make sure everyone DOESN’T touch it (whoa, frizz!) that rarely is there a chance at this golden throwback feeling of someone playing with my hair. The other night, nostalgic for the tingles, I asked Darin to quick braid my hair before bed. (I sleep in a braid most nights to avoid choking on my mass of hair.) He offered not just a simple braid, but a signature hairstyle that was sure to be unique and beautiful. While not relaxing like the salon, it was definitely hilarious. When he was finished I asked him to photograph the wonder.

First, he took exactly 7 selfies.

Then he photographed his masterpiece:

A lovely triple braid.

A lovely triple braid.

I explained that, while fit for a runway, this hairstyle wasn’t exactly a great way to sleep. Not missing a beat, he tied the three together.

You wish your man was this resourceful.

You wish your man was this resourceful.

So lovely, but so difficult to sleep on. So he went for a single braid – a vast improvement which also managed to defy gravity and levitate off the back of my head.


Darin is now accepting reservations for his signature hair services, in case any of you ladies would like to hire him for your next wedding, girls’ night, Quinceañera, holiday party or other formal outing.

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