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The Top 10 Coolest Hairstyles At NYFW

New York Fashion Week may have ended last week, but we’re still reveling in the backstage festivities (and recovering). At this point, however, we’ve had some time to process it all, and we’re ready to deliberate on next season’s biggest trends and most fashion-forward looks. Today we’ve rounded up our favorite hairstyles, from the totally outrageous to the completely wearable. Check back tomorrow and Friday for our top makeup and manicure picks!  

  1. Rebecca Minkoff: The braided crown trend lives on! Frida Khalo was the muse for these unfussy updos crafted by TRESemmé stylist Jeanie Syfu. To create the style, she plaited three different ponytails into four-stranded braids before securing with pins.  (Photo: Courtesy of stila) 
  2. Zac Posen: Is there anything more romantic and feminine than white silk flowers strewn through hair? Odile Gilbert for Kérastase masterfully executed this hairstyle—and brides-to-be everywhere are swooning. (Photo: Courtesy of Kérastase)
  3. Cynthia Rowley: Surfer girl with edge was the style at Cynthia Rowley and Staci Child for Cutler/Redken pulled it off to a tee with her half beachy wave, half punky pulled back ‘do. (Photo: Tom Newton) 
  4. Marchesa: Goth glamour was the vibe at Marchesa, where stylist Odile Gilbert for Kérastase adorned strands with dark, moody plumage. (Photo: Courtesy of Kérastase) 
  5. Rachel Zoe: The perfect hybrid between a braid and a bird’s nest, this style is something you’d never want to do yourself (brushing that out must have hurt). That said, we’re so impressed by Antonio Corral’s fabulously frizzy plaits. (Photo: Courtesy of Moroccan Oil) 
  6. Alice + Olivia: When in doubt, a sleek, low bun is always a sophisticated choice. Stylist Nick Irwin for TIGI's pro tip was to add a shine spray, flat iron the hair, and then use mousse throughout the pony before coiling it to keep flyaways at bay. (Photo: Courtesy of TIGI)
  7. Jason Wu: Odile Gilbert for Kérastase can take credit for the stick-straight blunt ponys at Jason Wu. To add a hint of glam, he finished the minimalist look off with gold cuffed ponytail holders—a must-have accessory for next season. (Photo: Courtesy of Kérastase) 
  8. Kate Spade: Creating the perfect topknot might as well be an art form and hairstylist Tommy Bucket got it exactly right at Kate Spade. We especially loved that these chunky buns were slightly undone, which gave the hair a very effortless and real feel. (Photo: Tom Newton) 
  9. Mara Hoffman: Holy braid! The butt-grazing plaits by Nick Irwin for TIGI at Mara Hoffman were too long for real life, but we definitely plan to try a modified version of this style ourselves. (Photo: Courtesy of TIGI)
  10. Badgley Mischka: This delicate roll by Peter Gray for Moroccan Oil is so utterly sweet, we can’t stop staring. (Photo: Courtesy of Moroccan Oil)

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Retro Updos and Hues Reimagined at Badgley Mischka

We’ve come to expect serious glamour from the duo that dresses A-listers like Halle Berry, Angelina Jolie, and Eva Longoria. And Badgley Mischka’s Fall 2013 collection didn’t disappoint. For their latest catwalk triumph, the designers drew inspiration from Alfred Hitchock’s femme fatales (think Grace Kelly and Tippi Hedren).

Playing on the collection’s cinéphile theme, Moroccanoil’s lead hair stylist Peter Gray created a retro-inspired updo with a modern twist, while nail guru Deborah Lippman debuted a classic red polish from her upcoming Holiday 2013 collection.

To construct the ‘do, Gray started by weaving a classic-school girl braid from the nape of the neck to the top of the crown and fastening the braid with an ecstatic. Next, he fashioned the un-braided fringe into pin curls, pinned down and reinforced with a one-inch barrel curling iron. Finally, he gently racked a wide paddle brush through the wavy rolls on the top of the head to create an undone French brioche shape.

While we watched him work his magic backstage, Gray gave us some practical tips for pulling off the look: never braid clean hair and spritz hair spray onto yours palms for better grip. Gray explained that the finished product complemented the collection’s “long silhouettes and elongates the neck fantastically.”

We also got a chance to catch up with nail guru Deborah Lippmann. Her unreleased Red Silk Boxers polish added instant pizzazz to the models’ nails. And while the 1950s-inspired hue is classic, it dries to a trendy matte finish. Lippmann predicted that matte and textured polishes would be a huge fall trend: “Finish is huge for Fall—it’s definitely no longer about a pretty sheer pink.”

We expect we’ll be seeing these two looks a lot more come September. 

-Ally

Missed the first couple days of #nyfw? Don’t worry. You can catch up by checking out all our backstage coverage.

Crushing On Badgley Mischka’s Woodland Nymph Hair

This year, summer wedding season has overflowed into fall (some of us have been to three weddings in September alone!). Needless to say, we’re running out of updo ideas. But at last week’s Badgley Mischka show, we spied a romantic look that we’ll be adapting for our next event.

Both the collection and the beauty took inspiration from the 1935 A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream film adaptation. Created by stylist Peter Gray for Moroccan Oil, the hair was a direct reference to one of the movie’s stars, Olivia de Haveland. “There’s a scene where she’s a woodland nymph and wearing an old gossamer wig; she’s white-blonde, everything is back-lit, and her hair is looking very dreamy and chiffon-like,” said Gray.  

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A Cool New Take On the Topknot At Katie Gallagher

There is nothing we love more than a fresh take on an easy-to-achieve hairstyle. Yesterday at Katie Gallagher, we spied the perfect new iteration of the topknot, one that’s messy and expertly side-swept. Lead stylist for Moroccan Oil, Cesar Ramirez, said of the look: “I wanted to add an intricate feeling to something that was really simple and effortless.” To add that extra dimension, the back of the hair was sectioned into three twists and then all the pieces were twisted into a topknot. “The less effort the better,” said Ramirez, much to our delight (even though he later admitted that anyone with thick hair would need to use a handful of bobby pins). To set the romantic, wispy style, he used Moroccan Oil’s Luminous Strong Hold Spray.  

—Meredith

Another favorite hairspray is Ojon’s Volumizing Styling Spray.

5 Awesome Eco-Friendly Brands To Add Into Your Routine

We fell hard for Natalie Alcala last fall, when the LA-based writer and blogger spent a week guest blogging for us. In fact, we loved her posts so much that we asked her to be a contributing editor. In addition to blogging for us once a week, she’ll also be writing for the Birchbox Magazine and keeping us up to speed on all things fashion, beauty, and fun.

Did you know that Earth Day is this Sunday, April 22? In addition to contributing to one of the many green organizations taking part in this vital eco-friendly holiday, I’ll also incorporate more organic products into my beauty routine. Here’s a roundup of some of my favorite ecologically-inclined brands to date.

1. Josie Maran Cosmetics: Actress and model Josie Maran is ridiculously gorgeous, wildly talented, and cares deeply about her environment. (In other words, she’s perfect.) Her sophisticated range of beauty products contain pure and gentle formulas that are free of parabens, toxins, and animal testing. To remedy split ends, I’m loving her 100% Pure Argan Oil ($48) that is organically grown in Morrocco.

2. Pangea Organics: I’m obsessed with all things Pangea Organics. Not only has the brand’s arsenal of skincare savers made a major impact on my complexion, but they stay true to their formula mantra: “Always beneficial, never artificial.” All of their products are free of harmful ingredients like petrochemicals, paraben, and GMOs and are sourced using fair trade practices whenever possible. Their Facial Cleanser for Oily to Combination Skin ($28) is sublime.

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Community Spotlight: Casey Coté

We found Casey when she tweeted that she’d received her Birchbox at the United States army base in Germany where she lives! We thought that was pretty cool, so we had to learn more about this American living abroad.
Name:
Casey Coté

Hometown: Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Current City: Wiesbaden, Germany

Blog: keepingupwiththecotes.blogspot.com

Twitter: @CaseyCote

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Moroccan Oil Hair Masks Will Save Your Strands: Guest Blogger

Who doesn’t love toast? We sure do, and as much enthusiasm as we have for the delicious complex carbohydrate, we love the blog A Piece of Toast even more. The masterminds behind the beauty amalgamation of covet-worthy products, style inspiration, and yes, yummy food, are sisters Sally Ann and Molly Bernadette. This week, the Molly is graciously bringing her flair to our blog, dishing on everything from the best hair masks to perfect holiday gifts. 


I’m always trying to make my hair (especially my ends) healthier and I think I finally found a conditioner that helps me do that! Who knew that Moroccan Oil makes luxurious hair masks?  I had no clue and in my opinion, this stuff is way better than the company’s famed Oil Treatment.

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Guest Blogger: (After)Sun Shine

Certainly not all style blogs are worth reading, but we’re absolutely smitten with Sonia Evers’ Runway Hippie and we think it should be on your radar. Aside from her daily dose of inspiration, great finds, or personal pics, Evers also finds time to contribute to Refinery29.com, Modelina.com, and Glamour.com. Check back here all week as she muses on all things summer fun, from self-tanner to beachy waves.

By the end of the summer my hair feels more like straw than actual strands of hair. Thanks to the humidity, the sun, the chlorine, and other dehydrators, my hair becomes dry, brittle and full of split ends thus making me the perfect candidate for horrendously frizzy hair. After having to cut off five inches of my long locks one summer due to excessive split ends (and the fact that the bottom half of my hair was dyed green from chlorine), I learned my lesson in proper summer hair care.

I use Moroccan Oil Hydrating Styling Cream everyday — no joke, this stuff changed my life. I also use Frederic Fekkai’s Protein Reparative Treatment Mask once a week to lock in moisture and keep my hair strong and healthy. And if I’ve been extra naughty and spent a few too many hours basking in the sun, I coat the ends of hair in Aveda’s After-Sun Hair Masque, which keeps them from fraying and breaking. A bit extreme? Yes. But the difference that these few techniques made in my hair last summer was priceless. My hairdresser even told me so.

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Guest Blogger: Beauty Bets’s Favorite Tamer

This week, we have beauty writer extraordinaire Elizabeth Dehn (aka Beauty Bets) chiming in with her best hair tips. After giving her previously straight and silky hair to a Body Wave (ie perm), Dehn has been on an ongoing search for products to resurrect her now-fried tresses. Here’s today’s trick.

MoroccanOil

There’s fine line between smooth hair and greasy hair, and I have crossed it many times with the wrong serums and pomades. MoroccanOil is almost impossible to mess up. Work in a few drops before you blow dry or use it to tame frizz and flyaways on styled hair. Either way, it’s worth every penny. 

Read all our guest blogger posts here.

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Guest Blogger: Stripes and Sequins

This week, we’re lucky enough to have the uber-talented Grace of Stripes and Sequins on board for a week of blogging fun. As one of our most loyal fans — she was one of Birchbox’s beta members and has been with us ever since — we’re thrilled to have her on the blog. She’s a DIY whiz, savvy beauty and fashion blogger, and one of the nicest people we know. First up: Grace’s Beauty Essentials.

Like any beauty product junkie, my must-have product list has a revolving door. I’m constantly on the hunt for new products, so I’m always switching it up. But these are some that I can’t live without.

Right now, I’m all about hydration.  Cetaphil Body Cream is an oldie but a goodie.  It’s the richest body cream I’ve found, and gentle enough to (gasp!) use on my face when it gets really dry. Sunday Riley Juno Facial Oil is also amazing.  Although spreading oil on your face seems a bit counterintuitive, this one is lightweight and absorbs incredibly quickly. I put a thin layer just after washing my face, and my skin is instantly happy. I’m a little bit obsessive-compulsive about eye cream. I tried Face It’s Smooth Eye-Operator a year ago and was instantly hooked.  It zaps dark circles while hydrating intensely.

As far as beauty products go, for lips I’ve gone back to another favorite: Benetint. I apply a coat, do my eye makeup, and then apply clear gloss. The tint/gloss combination is just…juicy!  To give my skin a glow, I use Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint.  (Discovered this one via Birchbox and instantly became obsessed!) I use only the tiniest amount on my cheeks, temples, and brow bone – it instantly brightens winter skin. For eyes, I’m addicted to Rimmel London Lash Accelerator Mascara. This stuff proves that drugstore mascara works just as well as the expensive stuff. It lengthens and separates like no other.

I have thick, wavy hair and I swear by Moroccan Oil. I cringe a little bit writing it, as the stuff has gotten so much buzz. But it works, plain and simple. Once my hair dries, I use Garnier Glossing Spray (another blogger introduced me to this and it’s amazing – works just as well as Fekkai) to de-frizz and sleekify.

Check back tomorrow for more of Grace’s beauty and style intel. In the meantime, get inspired to try new products in our Shop!