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How To: A Crown Braid Tutorial

Who needs a 2014 tiara when you’ve got a crown braid? If you’re still looking for a hairstyle to wow your fellow party-goers tonight we’ve got just the ticket with this tutorial. Watch to learn how to recreate the look yourself with step-by-step instructions from Birchbox editor (and hair guru) Meredith. 

—Lorelei

Don’t stop here! We’ve got you covered for all manner of beauty woes with our top 10 videos of 2013!

Reading List: A Crown Braid Tutorial, Uncle Jesse, and More

We know you don’t have oodles of time to browse through everything on the Birchbox blog and in the Magazine each week. Here’s a short list of the top blog posts, articles, videos, and news that we don’t want you to miss.

1. How To: Perfect a Crown Braid: This beautiful updo is one of our favorite styles for when you’re sick of your long hair. 

2. Uncle of the Year—John Stamos: Birchbox Man takes us back to the ’90s this week with a thoughtful look back at the coolest uncle of them all.

3. Get NYE Ready: Rachel Zoe’s makeup artist teaches us how to get his untraditional smoky eye (think: khaki and gold!) for the biggest party night of the year.

4. Orange You Glad?: Last week, the Birchbox France team boldly explored an underused shade—orange. Watch their video to see how it’s done!

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Mingle All The Way: 10 Hairstyles to Get You Through Holiday Party Season

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Holiday party season is about to kick into overdrive, and that means you need some new hair tricks to wow your friends, family, and coworkers—especially when you’re going straight from the office to the party. 

1. Sock it to Me

Here at Birchbox HQ, Senior Social Media Manager Rachel reigns as the undisputed queen of the sock bun. Lucky for us, she’s willing to share the secrets behind her superior ‘do. Watch the twitter maven whip her hair into a bountiful and sleek-looking sock bun. To ace this look, start with healthy and hydrated hair. For a mini-mane makeover, we love Miss Jessie’s Leave-In Condish, which uses soybean extracts and glycerin to strengthen weak strands.

2. Keep Frizz Under Wraps 

You don’t need Grace Kelly’s golden locks or summery weather to wear a hair wrap with style. Here are four easy ways to wear our favorite static-busting hair accessory and look incredibly glamorous while you’re at it. Make sure to smooth out stray flyaways with a small, round brush like Keratherapy’s Square Ceramic Curling Brush

3. Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls (But Do Try this Waterfall Braid)

So you’ve mastered the French braid and aced the fishtail. Now what? The waterfall braid is the next big trend in braids—and it looks way more complicated than it actually is. This technique might take a bit of practice, but once you get the hang of it you’ll be braiding up a storm. 

4. Live Happily Ever After with the Princess Roll

This hairstyle is about to become one of your go-to looks. It’s a classic, chic style that’s fitting for a day at the office or a weekend rendezvous. Best of all it takes less than five minutes, and anyone with medium-length to long hair can pull it off. All you need is a sturdy headband and some hairspray to finish. Watch to find out why our entire office loves the “Princess Roll.”

5. Feeling Fishy

Much like Shaggy’s dancehall hit It Wasn’t Me,” the basic French braid is so 2001. Right now, it’s all about the classic staple’s modern-looking successor: the French fishtail. This style is dressy and easier than it looks; it will have your holiday party date complimenting you on your creativity.

6. Make Waves

When we say our co-founder Katia’s hair inspires envy all over our office, it’s no joke. So we jumped on the chance to see exactly how she gets her signature waves. Turns out that her technique is quick and easy enough to do in twenty minutes before work.

7. Heavy is the Head that Wears the Crown Braid 

In another video favorite starring Katia, our fearless leader demonstrates how to get a pretty crown braid. Perfect for hot and cold weather alike, its a fool-proof way to camouflage slightly dirty hair and jazz up last year’s party frock. 

8. A Tall (Pony) Tail

From your SO’s office party to your family’s Thanksgiving feast, this new take on the topsy tail (yes, that topsy tail) is sophisticated enough for any event. To make sure your upgraded pony stays sleek all night long, spritz on multitasking uniqONE All In One Hair Treatment, a lightweight styling mist that tames frizz, detangles, and demands more volume from limp strands. 

9. We’re Mad for Mad Men-Inspired Bouffants

As if there weren’t enough reasons to love Mad Men, the women of the show have been sporting some majorly enviable hair height. Inspired by 1960s bouffant hairstyles, this piece-of-cake tutorial shows you how to get big hair with a retro twist. Watch to learn how to get this look in just a few simple steps

10. The Braid-y Bunch

Meet the “Brunch Braid” (a.k.a. an upside-down French braid with a bun). This off-duty style can spice up last minute gatherings and otherwise-dull gift shopping. Re-create the look with this step by step tutorial

—Ally

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Backstage at Alice + Olivia: A Chic (and Totally Easy!) Braided Updo

These days, it takes something a little edgier than a fishtail braid to make our jaws drop. At Alice + Olivia’s Fall 2013 show, the amplified, messy braids we spotted backstage fit the bill—our mouths are still open in awe.

As a throng of eager beauty bloggers jotted down notes, Moroccanoil’s Artistic Director and Lead Stylist Antonio Corral Calero explained, “I was inspired by all of you guys.” What did the hair maestro mean? The look played off the collection’s street-style aesthetic. (We also like to think he was inspired by all of us Birchbox staffers.)

To create the look, Calero applied a pea-sized amount of nourishing Moroccanoil Treatment to damp hair, and followed with a quick spritz of Moroccanoil’s soon-to-be-released Heat Style. Next, he used a blow-dryer for about 5-10 minutes. “The hair doesn’t have to be completely dry,” Calero said, “you simply want to add texture.” He then created a center part, divided the model’s hair into two sections, and braided each section to make two pigtail braids. Don’t aim for perfection: “We want it to be messy—not perfect!” he said. Sounds like our kind of style. 

—Ally

Follow all the New York Fashion Week fun at Birchbox NYFW.

Get a Crown Braid à la Mary-Kate Olsen

As much as we love a good holiday party (mulled wine! cookies!), we don’t always love the endless prep. Finding an outfit and beauty look for each event is hard enough; wrangling our hair into a cute ‘do can push us over the edge. This week, we’re arming ourselves—and you—with plenty of options. With the help of Number 4 Hair Care’s Jordan Nicole Webb, we’ve put together three holiday hair styles for every skill level

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(Photo: zimbio.com)

[Editor’s note: This look works best with long hair]

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