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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!

How To: Curl Short Hair

You may know Birchbox staffer Whitney as one of our dedicated discovery specialists, but what you probably don’t know is that she’s also a creative genius at work behind the scenes of our video program. Since she’s a hairstyling wiz to boot, we recently dragged her out from behind the camera to show off her skills with a curling iron on her newly-chopped hair. Watch the video above to learn how to transform a short bob into a curly style, perfect for a Saturday night out or getting prepped for the holiday party season.

Who says girls with long hair get to have all the fun? Let us know in the comments what your favorite short hair styles are—we may just persuade Whitney to make another tutorial! 

—Lorelei

Find all the products featured in this video in the Birchbox Shop.

Have You Seen Our Holiday Beauty Series with InStyle Magazine Yet?

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We’re thrilled to announce we’ve partnered with the beauty gurus of InStyle Magazine to help you shape up your beauty routine for the Holidays! Watch our exclusive video tutorials with InStyle Editors, plus shop all the products you need to pull off the look in the InStyle Editors’ Shop. We’ve got a holiday makeup look you can pull off in ten minutes or less, a chic and grown-up bun updo, and tips for relaxing amid all the craziness. Watch the tutorials below and then find all the InStyle picks in the Birchbox Shop.

How To: Elegant Holiday Updo

How To: Holiday Party Makeup in 10 Minutes or Less

How To: Create an Indulgent DIY Spa Experience

—Lorelei

Shop all the InStyle beauty picks in the Birchbox Shop.

How To: Triple Braided Hairstyle Tutorial

A few weeks ago, we asked our Facebook followers to vote on their favorite medium-length hairstyle and this triple braided overwhelmingly received the most love. Whether you need an easy wedding updo or a pretty way to keep your hair up, this boho-chic hairstyle should do the trick. All it takes is three simple braids, some bobby pins, elastics, and of course, hairsprayAnd while it’s lovely on its own, don’t be afraid to twist it to your taste—you can add pretty hair clips or other embellishments to make it your own.

Check out Candice’s video for the full tutorial on this gorgeous look. 

What are your go-to hairstyles for medium-length hair?

—Geraldine

Looking for a look that’s more sleek and professional? Here’s how the achieve the perfect easy sock bun.

A Braided Updo You Can Do in Ten Minutes or Less
Spring and summer events (read: weddings) always pose some hair conundrums for me. I want to look polished, but don’t have the time (or skill, frankly) to master some elaborate style. I’d rather be celebrating! That’s why I’m so in love with this new updo that Noelle Chen, stylist and SHU UEMURA Art of Hair Director of Education, showed editor Meredith and I a few weeks ago at the Dop Dop Salon in SoHo. The finished product looks like you’ve gotten your hair done professionally, but it takes less than ten minutes to achieve. If you can do a basic three-strand braid, you can do this. And if you’re so inclined, you can also add your own twist with fishtail braids, a four strand braid, etc. The the sky’s the limit. Watch below:

—Lorelei
Noelle used SHU UEMURA Art of Hair products to achieve this look. Find our favorites, including the products she used for this style, in the Birchbox Shop.

A Braided Updo You Can Do in Ten Minutes or Less

Spring and summer events (read: weddings) always pose some hair conundrums for me. I want to look polished, but don’t have the time (or skill, frankly) to master some elaborate style. I’d rather be celebrating! That’s why I’m so in love with this new updo that Noelle Chen, stylist and SHU UEMURA Art of Hair Director of Education, showed editor Meredith and I a few weeks ago at the Dop Dop Salon in SoHo. The finished product looks like you’ve gotten your hair done professionally, but it takes less than ten minutes to achieve. If you can do a basic three-strand braid, you can do this. And if you’re so inclined, you can also add your own twist with fishtail braids, a four strand braid, etc. The the sky’s the limit. Watch below:

—Lorelei

Noelle used SHU UEMURA Art of Hair products to achieve this look. Find our favorites, including the products she used for this style, in the Birchbox Shop.

Double Braided Ponytail: Birchbox Video of the Week
There are so many amazing videos on YouTube, we have a hard time keeping up with all of them. You name it, there’s a video about it. Wondering how to turn flat, limp strands into sexy supermodel hair? There’s a video for that. Always wanted to see what a moonwalking pony would look like? There’s a video for that. That’s why we’ve decided to choose one video a week to share with you. Keep reading for this week’s pick. 
New York City summers are hot, and with the added humidity, I’m always trying to find innovative ways to put my hair up. I usually only discover time consuming (or complicated) updos, which is why I was pleasantly surprised when I came across this chic braided ponytail tutorial. Kate from The Small Things Blog gives a great, easy-to-follow breakdown of how to get this look at home. Watch to learn how to do it yourself!

What’s your favorite summer hairstyle? Let us know in the comments!
—Charisse
Pets love Birchbox, too! Take a look at all of our furry friends.
(Photo and Video: The Small Things Blog/K8bryan)

Double Braided Ponytail: Birchbox Video of the Week

There are so many amazing videos on YouTube, we have a hard time keeping up with all of them. You name it, there’s a video about it. Wondering how to turn flat, limp strands into sexy supermodel hair? There’s a video for that. Always wanted to see what a moonwalking pony would look like? There’s a video for that. That’s why we’ve decided to choose one video a week to share with you. Keep reading for this week’s pick. 

New York City summers are hot, and with the added humidity, I’m always trying to find innovative ways to put my hair up. I usually only discover time consuming (or complicated) updos, which is why I was pleasantly surprised when I came across this chic braided ponytail tutorial. Kate from The Small Things Blog gives a great, easy-to-follow breakdown of how to get this look at home. Watch to learn how to do it yourself!

What’s your favorite summer hairstyle? Let us know in the comments!

—Charisse

Pets love Birchbox, too! Take a look at all of our furry friends.

(Photo and Video: The Small Things Blog/K8bryan)

Your New Favorite Everyday Hairstyle: The Princess Roll!

Stop everything. This cute, super easy hairstyle is about to become your new go-to style. Not only is it a favorite among Birchbox staffers, but it’s a highly requested tutorial from our members. We can understand why: it takes less than five minutes, requires nothing but a simple headband and some hairspray, and can easily transition from the office to a dinner with the ‘rents.

—Lorelei

Read the original Birchbox Princess Roll tutorial here.