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Hi there. I’m Sonya and I’m a new beauty blogger here on Babble. I’m super excited to bring you useful information, product recommedations, time-saving tricks, and my unique perspective on beauty as as a person working in the industry. Since I am new to this role, I would like to introduce myself. So, here are 14 things you should know about me.


  • First of all, Im a mom. 1 of 14
    First of all, Im a mom.
    I get the need for fast, easy, streamlined beauty routines. And I love a ponytail.
  • My son rules! 2 of 14
    My son rules!
    My five-year-old son, Julian, is a constant source of both pride and laughter.
  • My husband has quite the hair past… 3 of 14
    My husband has quite the hair past...
    Julian and I live in Chicago with my husband, Sean. Sean is a web developer and musician.
  • I’m a beauty professional. 4 of 14
    I'm a beauty professional.
    I'm a hairstylist, colorist, and makeup artist at Pin Curls Salon in Chicago, Illinois. I feel so blessed to love my job.
  • Technically, I’m a cosmetologist. 5 of 14
    Technically, I'm a cosmetologist.
    In addition to hair and makeup, I'm also licensed to do facials and nails.
  • I’m an artist of sorts. 6 of 14
    I'm an artist of sorts.
    I studied painting and photography in college. I became interested in hair because I really wanted to do something creative with my life and work with my hands.
    Untitled, 2004
  • I’m an avid crafter. 7 of 14
    I'm an avid crafter.
    I love to knit, sew, bake, etc. I'm happiest when I'm making something.
    I knit this sweater.
  • I like wine. 8 of 14
    I like wine.
    A lot. Also beer.
    Here I am at Bell's Brewery in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
  • I blog. 9 of 14
    I blog.
    My blog is called Parlor: Diary of a Hairdresser. On it, I offer tutorials, product recommendations, reader Q & A, and much more. I hope you will check it out.
  • I’m a Yankee. 10 of 14
    I'm a Yankee.
    I was born in Rhode Island, I grew up in Maine and I went to college in Massachusetts. I love the Midwest but I've definitely got New England in my veins.
    The photo was taken on the top of Mt. Battie in Camden, Maine.
  • I am a product junkie. 11 of 14
    I am a product junkie.
    I love makeup, nail polish, hair products, skincare all of it. At this time, I'm not paid for any of my endorsements.
    You can enter to win this Express Stylist Kit here.
  • Im a workout-a-holic. 12 of 14
    Im a workout-a-holic.
    I'm pretty devoted to Tracy Anderson, Gwyneth Paltrow's trainer.
  • Im forty. 13 of 14
    Im forty.
    Really, 39 was harder. Once I turned 40, I realized I'm still the same person. And I refuse to grow up.
  • I’m never far from technology. 14 of 14
    I'm never far from technology.
    I have a very full on-line and iPhone life. You can see what I'm up to on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Flickr, Google+, Youtube, Instagram (sonyaleebenham), and Vine (Sonya Benham).

While your at it getting to know me, be sure to check out my list of The 25 Beauty Products I Can’t Live Without.

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