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How To: 360-Degree Braids

The braided updo is probably our favorite hair trend right now and it has no signs of vanishing as we get deeper into fall and winter. As gorgeous as it may be, however, attempting one of these woven styles on our own can be a bit intimidating and confusing.

Luckily, our Birchbox France editors have come to the rescue. Using a few spritzes of Beauty Protector Protect and Detangle, a handful of bobby pins, and a hair twist, these awesome 360-degree braids are a cinch.

—Ashley

Get more braid inspiration with our Birchbox Braids tutorials.

Beach Bunny Reinvents the Ponytail at Miami Swim Week

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.

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While there were tons of stellar shows at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim this year, (Wildfox was definitely a crowd-pleaser), nothing holds a candle to the beauty spotted at Beach Bunny.

TRESemmé and super-stylist Tyler Laswell helped the Cali swimwear label bring even more heat to the sizzling city by debuting the fauxhawk French braid of my dreams.

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What’s Trending at Birchbox: Braids, Braids, Braids

Working at Birchbox brings many rewards, not least of which are the awesomely curious colleagues who always seem to know the latest trends, the tastiest restaurants, and the most ingenious products. That’s why each month, we’re tapping our teams from the US and Europe to give us the lowdown on their phenomenal finds inside the office and out. First up: gorgeously plaited hair.

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Summer has finally arrived in Paris, and our French team is dreaming of airy outfits and the romantic countryside. Margot’s delicate crown braid totally captures that feeling. 

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4 Fuss-Free Summer Braids to Try This Weekend

Happy first day of summer! With all your upcoming festivities—BBQs, brunches and beach days included—we know you’re too busy to bother with complicated hairstyles. Which is why we rounded up these four simple braid tutorials to help you keep your hair in check no matter what your activity.

Four-strand Braid by A Cup of Jo

You’re probably more than familiar with the classic three stranded braid. But did you know that plaiting with four pieces is just as easy?

Crossover Cascade Braid by A Bird’s Leap

Dress up a your favorite summer dress with this pretty, but not terribly difficult, option.  And good news for all you curly haired gals: this look works beautifully with your hair too.

French Twist Braid by Michaela Noelle Designs

This look is absolutely effortless and perfect for days when you need to look put together in 30 seconds. Chic and sophisticated in under a minute? Yes please.

Mini Crown Braid by She Lets Her Hair Down

This hairstyle is the perfect finishing touch to a bohemian-inspired maxi dress. The best part? It’s even cuter on short hair.

—Geraldine

Looking for one more braid to try? Don’t miss our super easy-to-follow GIF tutorial on Milkmaid braids

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—Meredith 

And speaking of effortless summer ‘dos, check out our milkmaid braid GIF tutorial!

4 Braids to Try: Guest Blogger

Doing your hair can be a challenge and let’s face it: Throwing it up into a topknot every day gets boring. Christina over at Hair Romance believes your hair is your best accessory and it should always be treated at such. This week, she’s sharing all her best tips and tricks to make every day a good hair day. 

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Braids are one of the hottest hair trends and seen on catwalks all over the world during fashion week. From the basic braid seen at Valentino in Paris to the crown braids at Alice + Olivia in New York, braids are the “it” hairstyle you have to try right now.

Above is a selection of four of my favorite braids and here are links to tutorials for each: 

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How to Fishtail Braid: Guest Blogger

Doing your hair can be a challenge and let’s face it: Throwing it up into a topknot every day gets boring. Christina over at Hair Romance believes your hair is your best accessory and it should always be treated at such. This week, she’s sharing all her best tips and tricks to make every day a good hair day. 

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I absolutely love braids (I even created a 30 Braids in 30 Days e-booklet that you can download on my website). The fishtail braid is easily one of my favorites and is perfect for both the office and upcoming summer festivals.

Here’s a simple step-by-step tutorial on how to do this braid in your own hair.

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Valentino Proves That The Side Braid Is Back!

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While Fashion Week tends to feature looks that even the chicest among us would have to tone down, occasionally something totally wearable makes an appearance on the runway. Case in point: the ladies at last week’s Valentino’s fall 2013 runway show in Milan. We love that the fresh face and polished side braid look is easy to recreate at home—and it’s a great a daytime style that can be amped up for a night out. 

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Complexion-Clearing Tricks for Sensitive Skin, Superbowl Style Controversy, and More: Reading List

We know you don’t have oodles of time to browse through everything on the Birchbox blog and in the magazine each week. Here’s a short list of the top blog posts, articles, videos, and news you need to read this weekend. Stay warm!

4 Complexion-Clearing Tricks for Sensitive Skin: pūr~lisse founder and skincare expert Jennifer Yen told us her fool-proof tricks for saving her finicky skin from acne, hives and rosacea.

How To: French Fishtail Braid: Regular braids are SO over. Just kidding! We still love them, but this combination of a French braid and a fishtail braid is so cool we may never separate them again.

Trend Alert: How to Style the New Bob: Life changes, like welcoming a new year, always make us want to change up our hair. Luckily there’s a hot new hair trend we can get behind. Check it out and get your stylist on the phone.

Quarterback (Style) Controversy: Flacco vs. Kaepernick: Get prepped for Sunday’s big game with these lowdown deets on Flacco’s and Kaepernick’s Birchbox Man-worthy style. Included: junior prom suit rentals, flat-brimmed hats, and temporary tattoos.

Celebrating Grand Central Terminal, Then and Now: A century ago, Grand Central Station was brand-spanking new and extra luxurious—which meant it even had a women’s hair dressing parlor. Even cooler? Seeing the layout of the actual New York Times from Feb. 2, 1913.

Stay up to date on the latest and greatest news—check out our morning must reads.

The “Rachel” Cut Creator Teams Up With Aniston Again, DIY Gel Polish Removal, and More
Add this easy braid to your list of ideas for second day hair. [Refinery29]
The “Rachel cut” creator, Chris McMillian, teams up with Jennifer Aniston again, but this time to promote the haircare line Living Proof. [WWD]
Do you wash your hair every day? Read this to uncover the truth behind common beauty do’s and don’ts. [Lauren Conrad]
Has your gel mani grown out and you have no time to visit the salon? Here’s a tutorial on how to take off that gel polish at home. [The Beauty Department]
Instagram’s December numbers fell significantly because of a change to their Terms of Service. [Complex]
-Charisse 
Keep your face fresh this winter with this quick tip from one of our favorite resources, Pre-Dame.

The “Rachel” Cut Creator Teams Up With Aniston Again, DIY Gel Polish Removal, and More

-Charisse 

Keep your face fresh this winter with this quick tip from one of our favorite resources, Pre-Dame.