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Holiday Spirit: Videos of the Month

Ready or not, the holidays are upon us. To get geared up for the season we’ve combed YouTube for the best in festive inspiration. From inventive hair to delectable homemade desserts, we can’t wait to put these ideas to use:

If your calendar is covered with holiday festivities, this knotted holiday updo from Kayley Meslisa is a great look to recreate. Not only does it put on a spin on the classic braids we’ve come to love, it can also be customized to fit any fete.

You know it’s time for the holidays when Starbucks brings out their holiday cups. HelloMaphie was so inspired by the spirited red coffee holders that she created this quick and easy nail art tutorial. 

Last but not least: Holiday sweets! This apple crumble pie by EssieButton is not only perfect if you’re throwing a party, but works as a fun hostess gift too. 

Where do you look for holiday inspiration? 

—Sarah 

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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.

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.