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5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Aging Hair

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We spend hours tending to our skin, and can panic at the sight of the faintest fine line. Yet until recently, we’ve never stopped to consider what happens to our hair as we get older. Not to add another item to your worry agenda, but it turns out that hair also goes through a host of changes with time. We got the scoop from Andre Puleo, the Technical Brand Manager of Research and Development for Nexxus. Here are the top five facts you need to know about aging hair: 

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10 Spring Trends You Need to Try

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We’re three days into spring, and it still feels pretty chilly outside. Not that we’re lobbying for tank top season just yet, but it’d be nice to toss off these scarves soon. Our friends at Food 52 just twisted the knife a little bit harder with their list of 10 Recipes to Welcome Spring—hello rosy rhubarb curd shortbread, decadent morel crostini, and sunny radish couscous.

Since Birchbox HQ has plenty of beauty products but nary a garden plot, we’ve put together our own list of 10 beauty trends to welcome (or shall we say hasten) spring’s arrival.

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Would You Wear Gloss on Your Eyelids?

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From left to right: Givenchy, Donna Karan, Just Cavalli, Giambattista Valli (Photo: Fashionista)

I was in fourth grade when I first read about the phenomenon of putting Vaseline on your eyelids in an issue of Seventeen. It seemed like a very brave and grownup notion at the time, and certainly something that would never fly in front of my classmates (whose beauty experimentation stopped at flavored Lip Smackers). Ever since then, I’ve tossed the idea around whenever I grow bored of my everyday matte shadow. And if the Fall 2013 shows are any indication, now may be the best time to finally experiment with the shiny eye look. The coolest part? In lieu of petroleum jelly, you can use almost any translucent lip gloss (and probably even that half-used tube of balm lying around in your purse).

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In North Korea, Women Can Choose from 18 Haircuts

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North Korean salons allow women to select from 18 pre-ordained haircuts. (Photo: AP)

Most of us have experienced the pre-haircut indecision that accompanies every visit to the salon. But if you’re a woman living in North Korea, your options don’t feel as overwhelming…because the government dictates your hairstyle. According to the New York Daily News, women living under Kim Jong Un’s regime can select one of 18 cuts ranging from a blunt bob to a shoulder-length perm (as evidenced by the photo above, which was taken at a North Korean salon). And here’s the real kicker: single women are required to keep their hair on the short side, while married women are allowed to wear perms and slightly more flamboyant styles. 

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How to Fake a Blowout Without a Blowdryer

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After the demise of a long-term relationship over a year ago, I did what many newly single girls choose to do: I cut my waist-length hair into a chin-grazing bob—and immediately started to regret it. I’ve been growing my hair out ever since, and because frequent cuts are not in my game plan (or budget) I’ve turned to conditioning products to keep my hair healthy through this transitional time. My latest and greatest discovery? Macadamia Natural Oil’s Healing Oil Treatment, a light golden serum that functions as a cure-all for my locks. (Pst…some of you will be receiving it in this month’s boxes!)

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On Our Desks: JustBe Skincare

I was so excited when this new trio of organic skincare products landed on my desk. A package arrived last week packed with a cleanser, bath and body salt, and recently launched face oil from one of my favorite NYC-based facialists, Negin Niknejad. I’d been asking (okay, begging and pleading) for something to save my dried-out winter skin, and this was Niknejad’s delicious-smelling answer. I love her holistic approach to beauty—she doesn’t believe in using chemical-laden products and has convinced me to pay closer attention to what I eat (I’ve been devouring tons of salads as a result). 

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Nail Trend Alert: At-Home Gel Manicures

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The first and only time I got a gel manicure at the salon, I chose a set of pink-and-purple gradient nails (so 2012, I know) that lasted what felt like forever. While the extra-glossy finish and chip-free staying power lured me in, I wasn’t exactly thrilled with a bill that was the equivalent of a week’s worth of groceries.

Now a new breed of gel manis that you can do sans nail technician promises to give all the benefits and none of the drawbacks of their salon predecessors. I’m a big—no, huge—fan of these treatments, which work without the aid of UV lamps.

Get the full scoop in this month’s issue on the new nail trend: at-home gel manicures

—Mai 

Dying for even more nail intel? Check out Anna Norman’s weekly nail-spiration column—Mani Monday.

Why Is Height Still Such a Big Deal In Relationships? Would You Date a Shorter Man?

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At 5’10”, Nicole Kidman is about 2.5 inches taller than husband Keith Urban. (Photo: Zimbio)

Even in a city as diverse as New York, spotting a couple where the man is shorter than the woman is rare enough that I can’t help but notice them. Now I know why such pairings seem like the unicorn of relationships. According to a recent The Atlantic article, most heterosexual couples seek out partner arrangements that reinforce conventional height differences between men and women.

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Get Anne Hathaway’s Bold Brow & Matte Lip Combo

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Anne Hathaway flashes a gorgeous smile at the SAG Awards. (Photo: Getty)

When the SAG Awards aired this past Sunday night, we were so busy staring at Anne Hathaway’s intricate butterfly nail art that we almost forgot to check out her makeup. But as the picture above can attest, it warrants a second look. The Les Miserables star rocked a subtle but oh-so-pretty duo of bold, sweeping brows and matte lipstick. We love that she opted for a rosy pink-red lipstick instead of a bright crimson shade—or a dark lip à la Claire Danes—since it kept the look red-carpet-ready but still accessible. Click through to learn how we’d recreate Anne’s makeup step-by-step.

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Young Women Are Jumping on the Botox Bandwagon

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Maybe I’ve watched too many episodes of The Real Housewives of Orange County, but I’ve typically thought of Botox as a treatment used mostly by middle-aged women looking to erase or fight wrinkles. So recently I was shocked to hear that women as young as 25 are starting to go under the needle. What gives? I interviewed Dr. Mitchell Chasin, a cosmetic physician, to find out more about this surprising new trend. 

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