Sharing my “Hair Journey” with Herbal Essences

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Sponsored by Herbal Essences and ShopStyle

Change is good.
Change is necessary.
Change is possible.
Change is magic.

People say that you know a woman is about to change her life when she changes her hairand I couldnt agree more. Today Im very excited to partner with Herbal Essences to show you my hair journey and how I have embraced change.

My first hair transformationhappened when I was about 4 years old. I had the most beautiful bronze curls, but I would cry my eyes out and ask my mom why wasnt I born with bangs?. Yes, I thought people were born with bangs.  After months of continuous complaining, my mom took me to the hair salon. Little did I know that the perfectly blown out bangs would turn into two little curls on my forehead after the first shower.

I barely did anything to my hair for the next two decades (well, lets not talk about the brief period I had chunky highlights around my quinceañera- dont judge, it was the early 2000s. Oh yes, I cut bangs again in 2009, I guess 4 year old me didnt learn the lesson).  

In 2012, I did my hair ombré. It was the first time I felt like a big change inside and out. I had started blogging full time and it felt like I was letting go of Daniela and embracing Nany somehow. It was a new beginning. I felt more daring, I wasnt afraid to try new, and edgier, trends. The lighter ends made me want to experiment with color,  I started with a pastel pink that was so much fun and I did some purple/aqua strands for a mermaid feel.

But something happened in the midst of my rebeldays, my now-husband asked me to marry him. I wasnt going to get married with faded mermaid hair- those pics are forever! So I rushed to my stylist and said take me back to my natural color.” Even though Im glad because the pictures are beautiful, I wanted to go back to my edgier self- this time, I had a plan. I was going to light it up as much as possible to then do an intense blue and then finish it with a big chop- the big chop Ive always wanted and had always been so afraid to do.

I did exactly that. I dyed my hair blue in a hotel bathroom in California. The bathroom titles were black and I dont think the hotel found out the big mess I made. However, the aqua waded into a grayish green that made me look sick.

With all the bleaching over the past 4 years, my hair was truly damaged and I knew what I had to do. I was so afraid to cut it short. Ive always had very long hair- most of my life up until my waist. Why was I so afraid to cut it? Why was I so attached to it?

But I DID IT! I chopped it and I felt free. I felt like a new person. I felt lighter. I loved the freedom when styling it- either straight or curl a few pieces around my face and I was ready to go.

When I was approached to do this campaign, Herbal Essences reminded me to embrace change in my life - big or small - as a way to live more fully and let life in. So I headed back to the salon. I wanted to go back to my natural hair color by cutting the last pieces of bleached ends I had. Can't wait to show you the Nany who is ready for anything that life might bring- who has grown more than ever this year and who is ready to EMBRACE CHANGE!


  1. i loved the pink ones!!!!

  2. Como sea que te pongas el cabello, todos los looks te quedan geniales! Y sí, amé tus puntas rosadas también. Besos!

  3. Tu cabello siempre luce bien, yo nunca se que hacer con mi cabello jajaja

    Asshly xx

  4. images too good and bag