But with COVID-19 surging at even higher rates in the United States, this holiday season is going to look very different. Sure, there are still folks who think a deadly pathogen that has killed over 250,000 Americans in less than a year is NBD, but most of us will be opting out of the in-person office parties, elaborate Christmas dinners, and New Year's toasts. Many of us will happily take our Zoom calls and mind our respective businesses at home, maybe with a select few people in our quarantine circles.
Brandy spoke to ishonest via email about why she chose to sign on with the campaign. "I'm looking forward to keeping the magic of the holidays alive through music," she shares. "You can't go door-to-door caroling this year, so this is a positive way to be able to give back to those in need and spread some holiday cheer." And boy, could we all use some of that in these times. Brandy, who says she's spending the holidays safely with her family, is committing herself to remaining thankful for the things she does have, even in these tough times.
But before she makes her signature stuffing and sweet potato pie for Christmas dinner, the singer will be meticulously decorating her home. "I go all out for my family in terms of the decorations," she says. "We try to create as many memories as possible." Songs from artists like Ray Charles, The Temptations, and the queen of Christmas herself, Mariah Carey will help set the mood in her home. When she's not playing classics from those legends, she'll have the soundtrack to The Preacher's Wife on repeat.
Though we're often focused on our loved ones during this season, it's also super important to take care of yourself — especially with all that's going on. As this chaotic year has dragged on, our personal beauty rituals have anchored us, giving us those brief, fleeting feelings of normalcy. Brandy herself has clung to many of the beauty tips and tricks she learned when she was growing up. She still takes care of her signature braids, which were a definitive part of her look in the '90s, mostly in the same way today. "Not much has changed over the years in caring for my natural hair," she says. "I still wash, condition, and do daily maintenance." Brandy says she also likes to stay faithful to her stylists. "Having the same braider is very important — she knows my hair, my scalp, and my style."
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