Dry shampoo got you a little confused? Check out this tutorial for application tips and more!
4 Products To Fight Fall Frizz
The air is getting dryer, and that means statically-charged strands and poofy, frizzy locks. What’s worse is your beloved hair dryer and heated styling tools tend to add to the problem by stripping your hair of moisture and natural oils in an already dry season. No need to panic, try these super-smoothing products to get the sleek, shiny hair you crave:
- Bain de Terre argon oil & passion flower COLOR THERAPY STYLING OIL. A little goes a long way with this incredible oil. It’s formulated for color-treated hair, but works wonders for natural locks as well. A blend of argon, mono, and passion flower oils improves hair’s resilience and adds silkiness and shine. Stressed out strands will be frizz free with only a few drops.
- DevaCurl One Condition Hydrate. Those with curly hair, this one goes out to you. Without proper hydration, your bouncy spirals will turn into a frizzy, shapeless mess. The natural botanicals in this cream smooth and moisturize hair for healthy, lightweight curls.
- Miss Jessie’s Original Pillow Soft Curls. Say goodbye to heavy creams and crunchy styling products. This lotion uses avocado, coconut, sweet almond, and olive oils to heal strands and give your hair a voluminous healthy bounce.
- Klorane Mousse With Chamomile. Lighter and thinner than a typical mousse, this amazing formula leaves hair smoother, shinier, and brighter after every use. Chamomile is rich in apigenine, a golden pigment that works especially well in blonde hair. No worries though, my darker-haired friends, this mousse brightens hair, but won’t leave you with bleached locks.
For days when you’d rather rock an up-do, try this easy tutorial for 360-degree braids.
I was a pretty late convert to dry shampoo—in all honesty, I was a Birchbox editor before I ever tried it. But the first time I spritzed one of these oil-absorbing products on my hair and watched my strands become instantly un-grimy, I became a loyal devotee.
Last summer, the sticky New York heat and a broken air conditioner left my hair clumped together, sticky and often matted to my head. (Ugh!) Which meant I was trying every dry shampoo I could get my hands on to prevent twice daily hair washing. Unfortunately I kept running into the same troubling issues: 1. The scent of each new option was usually incredibly overpowering and headache-inducing or 2. the super strong formulations left my head feeling itchy or uncomfortably texturized.
After roughly a year of experimenting with different dry shampoos, I had resigned myself to experiencing one of those two problems when I used them. But then another Birchbox staffer stealthily dropped Klorane’s Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk on my desk for a test drive—and it legitimately changed everything. (Major bonus? Some of you will be receiving it this month in your June Birchbox!)
Earlier this year, we gave you an update on the Pencils of Promise school that we built in Pasebeyena, Guatemala. The three-classroom school has been open since December 13th, and this weekend Katia, Hayley, and I are getting the (amazing) opportunity to visit it. The phenomenal PoP team has put together a jam-packed itinerary for us, including community visits, cultural activities (Lema weaving classes!), and of course plenty of time with the school staff and students. (We’ll also be zip-lining—eek!)
The Birchbox school in Pasebeyena, Guatemala, right after completion!
We’ve already been studying our pre-departure packets, which has handy information on the local currency and slang, and grabbing SPF samples off Birchbox staffers’ desks. In addition to snacks and bathing suits, here are some of the items the three of us will be packing:
Yes To Grapefruit Brightening Facial Towelettes: Single-use wipes are to travel what sprinkles are to ice cream—that is, non-negotiable. We’re fans of Yes To’s oil-free wipes for their citrusy scent and gentle, but satisfying exfoliating effect.
It’s hard to believe that today marks the two year anniversary of my college graduation. In celebration, my four best friends and I are planning a reunion trip this Memorial Day weekend to Puerto Rico! I love New York City, but I’m super pumped to lay on a beach with my girlfriends far, far away from the concrete jungle. Here are some of the essentials that I’m bringing along for my trip:
1. COOLA Cucumber Moisturizing SPF 30 for Face
COOLA is my favorite brand for anything SPF related. I’m indian, so I tan quick (understatement)! So it’s super important for me to carry a powerful SPF product when I’m in the sun and this one is great because it doesn’t feel heavy or leave any white residue on your face.
2. Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk
I tend to rock third day hair while on vacation, so carrying a dry shampoo with me is crucial. Klorane’s is great because it also adds texture to my hair—perfect for beachy waves.
Summer is approaching, which means that many of us will be visiting the salon for a lighter hair shade, highlights, or both. This year, we’re getting smart about protecting our expensively dyed hair from the sun. Protect your strands against UV rays with our handy round-up of the best color-protecting ingredients:
Birchbox May 2013 Sneak Peek: Beauty Diaries
This month our theme is Beauty Diaries—get ready to spill the beans! We want to hear all about your beauty secrets, what products you try first in your Birchbox and more. To kick things off this month Katia, Hayley, and Mollie are picking out a few of the products they hope to receive in their boxes. Let us know in the YouTube comments what products you’re missing from your makeup bag and you could win all their picks!
Join Birchbox by May 14th to receive a May box this month!
Great makeup selections, haircare essentials, awesome polishes, and so much more that can be gifted all year long.
Our Beauty Pulse Survey revealed an interesting stat: women love receiving beauty-oriented surprises. It may be time to take down the tinsel and turn off the Christmas lights, but as gifters and beauty fanatics we love to surprise our Mamas throughout the year. We’ve all come a long way from the days of Play-Doh-shaped lipsticks and compacts as presents, but that doesn’t mean finding the right beauty loot is easy.
Rather than spending countless hours in the beauty aisle or surrendering to the siren call of a gift card, give mom something sweetly scented, brightly colored, or totally luxurious. These 10 sensational options will (secretly) have mom referring to you as her favorite child: