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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.

The Healthy Hair Challenge: Going Blonder Without the Damage

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Me before and after getting my hair colored. Don’t I look so much blonder? 

This might come as a shock, but I’m not naturally this blonde. OK, well maybe that’s not a shock per se, but I do pride myself on finding extremely talented colorists. (Shout out to Jeff Chastain here in NYC and Robert Parrish in Chicago.) And now I’m adding a new name to the small list of hue wizards I trust: Noelle Chen, the director of education and a master stylist at Soho’s very posh Dop Dop Salon. 

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