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Beauty Throwback: Double Hair Buns

We’ve got contributing editor Natalie Alcala on speed-dial. Not only does the LA-based writer and blogger know the best places to score an unforgettable braid, she’s also discovered the secret to perfect skin from Hollywood’s elite. Every week, she’ll be cluing us in to the latest in West Coast fashion, beauty, and fun.

(Photo: © David Bergman/Corbis)

As demonstrated in this post, I love a good throwback. My latest obsession is the resurgence of double buns—a statement hairstyle championed by edgy fashion forces like Gwen Stefani (above) and Bjork in the ’90s. I’m glad to see that the look has parlayed it’s way back onto the scene, thanks to gals like Vanessa Hudgens and Rita Ora—two girls who know a thing or two about having fun with fashion.

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Our Favorite Summer Wedding Hair Tutorials for Guests and Bridesmaids

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It’s that time again: time to dust off your dancing shoes, practice your receiving line small talk, and get reacquainted with those online registries. That’s right: wedding season! In the event that you’re not getting your hair done professionally—which helps you save up for all those plane flights!—we’ve got you covered. Below are five of our favorite wedding appropriate hairstyles to get you to the church (or city hall) on time. Now you just have to worry about giving that toast.

Modern Topsy Tail Updo

Editor Meredith has been to about a million weddings, and she’s become a pro at doing her own hair and makeup for the events—whether she’s a bridesmaid or just a guest. This new take on the topsy tail (yes, that topsy tail) is sophisticated enough for any event.

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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.

How Gorgeous Are Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel? Here’s How to Steal Their Looks Right Now

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Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel at Time’s 100 most influential people gala earlier this week.

Like most worker bees, my 9 AM office routine follows a fairly familiar pattern. Trudge zombie-like towards coffee, browse my inbox for 10 minutes, then head to a gossip site to catch up on some celeb happenings. (Especially here, beauty news is important!)

This morning, I found myself swooning over a photo of America’s favorite newlyweds: the Timberlakes. While we don’t all have red-carpet galas to attend, these looks are still perfect for a night out on the town or a formal summer wedding. The former Ms. Biel looked radiant with bronze smoky eyes and a Bridgette Bardot-esque ‘do, and her beau looked particularly dashing in his updated 20/20 Experience look—we love the side-swept hair and fitted tuxedo. Whether you’re heading to a sophisticated fête or just a dinner with friends, follow these grooming tips to snag this A-list couple’s style. 

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One Product, Three Styles: 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. 
We’re a little bit in love with the SHU UEMURA Volume Maker here at Birchbox HQ. A few clicks at the end of this handy brush releases a translucent powder that’s like a dry shampoo, a texturizing powder, and a hair spray all-in-one. It adds serious volume, styling ability and oomph to limp strands—but admittedly is a potentially head-scratching product to try and use for the first time. Check out this SHU UEMURA video below to find out how you can use this one brush to create three different looks with the Volume Maker.

Which style is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!
—Charisse
Learn even more about the Volume Maker and other SHU UEMURA products in this guide to solving three different hair problems.
(Photo/Video: SHU UEMURA ART OF HAIR)

One Product, Three Styles: 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. 

We’re a little bit in love with the SHU UEMURA Volume Maker here at Birchbox HQ. A few clicks at the end of this handy brush releases a translucent powder that’s like a dry shampoo, a texturizing powder, and a hair spray all-in-one. It adds serious volume, styling ability and oomph to limp strands—but admittedly is a potentially head-scratching product to try and use for the first time. Check out this SHU UEMURA video below to find out how you can use this one brush to create three different looks with the Volume Maker.

Which style is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!

—Charisse

Learn even more about the Volume Maker and other SHU UEMURA products in this guide to solving three different hair problems.

(Photo/Video: SHU UEMURA ART OF HAIR)

3 Hair Problems Solved With One Brand: Shu Uemura Art of Hair

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If you follow our blog regularly, you’ve probably sensed that the Birchbox office is basically a beauty-product candyland. As exciting as that is, it can also make it hard to find the formulas that really work for me. We recently added a number of products from Shu Uemura’s Art of Hair to our shop, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that the line had products that worked with many different hair types. From brittle and over-processed strands to extra limp locks, there’s a Shu Uemura formula that can help your specific hair dilemma.  Here, a breakdown of my favorite products and how to use them:

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Taking Your Hair From Blah to Va-Va-Voom: Guest Blogger

When it comes to hair, stylist Amalia Moscoso of The Hair Dame knows what she’s talking about. From the latest and greatest products to the hottest celebrity hair trends, Moscoso has a range of expertise which she’ll be sharing all week long right here on the Birchbox blog. 

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If you’re not familiar with hair powders, then you need to be. Similar to dry shampoos, hair powders offer more in the way of volume. They work by using little fibers that actually attach to each strand to make your hair appear thicker, fuller, and a lot more voluminous. 

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SRSLY’s Serious Obsession with Birchbox Co-Founder Katia’s Hair

Birchbox Co-Founder Katia’s hair has been a major source of envy around our office for quite some time now. No matter the day, rain or shine, her locks are always perfectly tousled, her waves are epic, and her updos are to die for. Le sigh. We have a pretty obvious hair crush.

Watch the video above to find out all the deets on her hair routine! 

—Lorelei

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Today’s Obsession: Shu Uemura Art of Hair’s New Essence Absolue Hair Fragrance

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Long ago, before I was a Birchbox editor, I was a Birchbox subscriber who had never been brave enough to try hair oil. I’d smelled it, I’d put it in my hand, and I had patently decided that I was going to pass. That all changed when I received a sample of Shu Uemura Art of Hair’s Essence Absolue in my box—it smelled so good that I couldn’t not try it. I have a tough time with strong scents, so I was pleasantly surprised to fall so hard for the light floral scent. Flash forward two years , and I use Essence Absolue almost daily to prep my strands before blow-drying and to perk up my mood on particularly lackluster mornings.

Lucky for me, I’ll soon be able to get even more of the intoxicating fragrance. This coming January, Shu Uemura is releasing Essence Absolue Nourishing Hair Fragrance with Oil Pearls, which spotlights camellia oil, the ingredient that’s responsible for the unforgettable scent. Color me excited.

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