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3 Tips to Survive Growing Out Your Bangs: Hairistocracy

We’re guilty of sticking with the same hair cut for years — if it’s not broke, why fix it? — but that can be a little boring. But not everyone has our issue. Paulina, one of our amazing operations associates, is always eyeing new cuts and styles. She’ll be sharing her tress inspiration and tips every other week.

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We’re absolutely fans of bangs here in the Birchbox office. But if there’s anything more trying than growing out a pixie cut, it’s growing out your fringe. So let’s say you’re trying to go for a more bangs-less look in these next few months—it shouldn’t mean you have to lose your knock-out hairstyle too! Here are three painless tips and tricks to help you grow out your fringe without having to compromise:

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Totally Crushing on Delicate Hair Rings: Hairistocracy

We’re guilty of sticking with the same hair cut for years — if it’s not broke, why fix it? — but that can be a little boring. But not everyone has our issue. Paulina, one of our amazing operations associates, is always eyeing new cuts and styles. She’ll be sharing her tress inspiration and tips every other week. 

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The new year is off to a running start and we’re totally swooning over this new accessory—hair rings! Looks complicated, right? But don’t be fooled, each ring is actually a little hoop with an opening so they’re a piece of cake to put in. Simply slide the opening around a bunch of hair, then let these little bangles sit and do their pretty thing.

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Hairistocracy: New Year, New Hair. 3 Trends to Try in 2013

We’re guilty of sticking with the same hair cut for years—if it’s not broke, why fix it? But not everyone has our issue. Paulina, one of our amazing operations associates, is always eyeing new cuts and styles. She’ll be sharing her tress inspiration and tips every other week.

With January 1st right around the corner, many of us will undoubtedly be contemplating a hair re-do. (What better way to stride into a new year and season?) Whether you’re ready to chop off major inches or thinking about something more subtle, we have some inspiration for you. Behold, our forecast for 2013’s top three trends. From the looks of things, this year is all about embracing natural texture and bringing back graceful, feminine cuts.

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Major Fringe:

Let’s bring back thick, playful fringes that showcase the face. It might mean a little upkeep but it’s a fresh change for spring. We love this style because it can be pulled off with longer lengths; as well as shoulder-length bobs. 

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Is Your Towel the Source of Frizz?: Hairistocracy

We’re guilty of sticking with the same hair cut for years—if it’s not broke, why fix it?— but that can be a little boring. But not everyone has our issue. Paulina, one of our amazing operations associates, is always eyeing new cuts and styles. She’ll be sharing her tress inspiration and tips every other week.

About a week ago, I was pumping through a workout through the awesome tutorials at ToneItUp. In the midst of a thigh-burning lunge, I was suddenly struck by hair envy. Has anyone else noticed how Katrina’s hair is out of this world?

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This babe has some of the most admirable beachy waves I’ve ever seen—there doesn’t appear to be a frizzy in sight. I was so intrigued I dropped the weights and immediately began looking up how to mimic Katrina’s hair instead of her equally enviable abs.

In the course of my research, I discovered that the source of frizz may all boil down to our bath towels and the oh-so cute turbans I make to dry my strands after showering.

As it turns out, the fibers in most bath towels can leave hair frizzy after all that rubbing and twisting to rid it of excess water. The weight of a towel turban will also pull on the roots, which tends to promote breakage. All things I don’t opt-in for.

So instead, I’ve been taking a tip from Katrina at ToneItUp.com. You can try it too—all you need is a plain white cotton t-shirt. Surprise—you even get to keep the turban!

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How To Stop Hat Hair: Hairistocracy

Taylor Swift sporting an adorable red beanie paired with her signature red lips. (Photo: Fashion.telegraph.co.uk)

It’s time to break out the hats, ladies! As we witnessed here in New York last week (hello, Nor’easter!), winter is closer than we’d like to admit. While cold weather can be a bummer, I’ve never been more excited for it since that means I can finally don the season’s latest hats. 

There’s one very important thing that calls for your attention though, when wearing a chapeau: every hat must eventually come off, and that means the inevitable return of hat hair. So how are you going to keep your strands beautifully voluminous and tousled beneath your favorite beanie?  

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5 Adaptable Hair Ideas for your Halloween Spookfest: Hairistocracy

We’re guilty of sticking with the same hair cut for years — if it’s not broke, why fix it? — but that can be a little boring. But not everyone has our issue. Paulina, one of our amazing operations associates, is always eyeing new cuts and styles. She’ll be sharing her tress inspiration and tips every other week.

October has officially arrived, and I’ve been feeling the pressure to find the perfect costume for Halloween. Yes, I know it’s still weeks away, but it’s never too early to tackle the dress-up dilemma! I’ve always been envious of my friends and family who take Halloween to the next level, and this year I’ve realized that the right hairdo can really elevate your costume.

I’ve put together a list of creative ways to work your mane into your chosen identity for the evening. The greatest thing about these options is that they’re versatile: their base idea could apply to almost any costume, and you can keep them simple or take them up a notch (depending on the length of your hair and how much time you want to spend).

No matter what you have planned—whether it’s a round of parties, doorbell duty, or taking your little ones out for a night of trick-or-treating—here are a few ideas to get your locks in the spirit!

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Hairistocracy: Mending Our Split Ends for a New Season

We’re guilty of sticking with the same hair cut for years—if it’s not broke, why fix it? — but that can be a little boring. But not everyone has our issue. Paulina, one of our amazing Operations Associates, is always eyeing new cuts and styles. She’ll be sharing her tress inspiration and tips every other week here via her feature Hairistocracy.
After too many sessions with a curling iron, blow dryer, or any hot tool, there comes a time when your hair needs a little extra TLC. Weekly hair masks are a great way to revive stressed strands, but preventative measure are equally as important. 

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Hairistocracy: Très Jolie!

We’re guilty of sticking with the same hair cut for years — if it’s not broke, why fix it? — but that can be a little boring. But not everyone has our issue. Paulina, one of our amazing operations associates, is always eyeing new cuts and styles. She’ll be sharing her tress inspiration and tips every other week here via her feature Hairistocracy.

This week on Hairistocracy we’re celebrating our oh-so-recent news (Have you heard?!) with some inspiration from our brand-new French counterparts.

It started this past weekend at the Birchbox Sample Stop. Little miss Whitney, my beloved Ops Associate, volunteered to help our team with the event and had the lucky opportunity to get her hair done by the Fekkai team. She walked out with a killer up-do that happened to be one of the most unique I have ever seen. Even though I immediately assumed this look came from one of those stylists with magic hands (you know, an up-do that’s absolutely impossible to replicate yourself), I asked Whitney how they created it anyway. 

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Test-Driving Miss Jessie’s Enhancing Curl Cremes: Hairistocracy

We’re guilty of sticking with the same hair cut for years — if it’s not broke, why fix it? — but that can be a little boring. But not everyone has our issue. Paulina, one of our amazing operations associates, is always eyeing new cuts and styles. She’ll be sharing her tress inspiration and tips every other week.

Paulina (top photo left) and Sarah (right) showing off their gorgeous curls.

We’re big fans of Miss Jessie’s products for curly hair here in the Birchbox Office. But if you sift through their catalog, you may quickly notice that there are so many options. My associate Sarah and I were overwhelmed by the amount of products—to say the least—so we took it upon ourselves to do a week of trials with the brand’s best sellers. Enter the Curly Meringue, Quick Curls, and Stretch Silkening creme

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3 Quick Tricks for Buns: Hairistocracy

We’re guilty of sticking with the same hair cut for years—if it’s not broke, why fix it? — but that can be a little boring. But not everyone has our issue. Paulina, one of our amazing operations associates, is always eyeing new cuts and styles. She’ll be sharing her tress inspiration and tips every other week here in her column, Hairistocracy.

We’re big fans of Free People’s bohemian chic aesthetic so it’s no surprise that their blog, BLDG 25, is a go-to source for fashion inspiration. Recently we’ve started looking to them for beauty inspiration as well, especially after seeing this too-cute video featuring three different styles of buns. 

It’s a great reminder of how versatile buns can be. Whether you wear yours pulled-apart and messy or sleek and classic, it’s a style that frames your face and makes you look pulled together. Let us know in the comments: How do you wear your bun? Have you tried all three of the techniques from the video?

—Paulina

You’ll need a good hairspray to get buns to stay put while you’re on the go.