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From Straw to Shiny Strands: How I Revive My Hair in One Night

Editor Lorelei reveals her secret to shiny hair—and it’s a simpler trick than you’d think.

A few weeks ago Candice wrote about the steps she was taking to restore her hair after coloring it for the first time ever. (You can see her cute highlights in action here!). As someone who’s been coloring my hair every shade under the sun (blonde, blonder, strawberry blonde, black, etc.), for about 15 years, I can relate.   

For a long time I accepted that coloring my hair meant it wasn’t going to be very nice. It’s always gorgeous for a few washes post-salon until the toner—and the shine—fades. After years of this I finally realized that I should do something about it. Enter Birchbox and a slew of hair-saving tricks. Now, in addition to my hydrating shampoo and conditioner, I also use a moisture-infusing hair mask once a week—and it’s made a huge difference in the quality of my formerly straw-like hair.

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Holiday Weekend Pampering: You’ve Got Male

Once a week, Birchbox’s resident yoga and men’s product expert, Eric, will gives us girls some insight into his world in You’ve Got Male. Whether he’s giving his expertise on skincare (boys need advice, too!) or highlighting his new favorite grooming trend, this guy has got taste — so we’re lucky he’s on staff and willing to share.

I think a holiday weekend is a perfect opportunity to take a little extra time and indulge in some of the beauty and grooming practices that we might otherwise skip under busier circumstances. Even if you’re in a crowded house or entertaining guests, take a moment to shut the door and relax. Here are my August picks for pampering — they will definitely all be coming with me to the Hamptons this weekend!

June Jacobs Papaya Purifying Enzyme Masque: Using a purifying mask is essential to keeping pores small and clear. This June Jacobs treatment is one of the most soothing masks I have ever used. It smells lovely and leaves skin feeling clean and smooth, but not stripped. Put a thin layer all over your face and leave on for ten minutes. You’ll be glad you did!

WEI Tibetan Chrysanthemum Correcting Eye Treatment Pads: I called out these gems in my video about de-puffing your eye area. The ultimate in eye pampering, they take the cucumber trick to the next level. Place these over your eyes for ten minutes while lying back in bed and be amazed at how quickly they take down swelling and darkness.

Number 4 Lumiere d’hiver Reconstructing Masque: Your hair needs the same love that your skin does when it comes to deep cleansing, moisturizing, and conditioning. Using a hair mask is a great way to provide your strands with some extra TLC. This formula is amazing. It restores shine, moisture, and overall health to your hair. Perfect for the end of summer after all of that sun, salt, and chlorine.

While you’re pampering, don’t forget to light a candle to take your Zen experience to the next level.