Reading List: A Crown Braid Tutorial, Uncle Jesse, and More
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 that we don’t want you to miss.
1. How To: Perfect a Crown Braid: This beautiful updo is one of our favorite styles for when you’re sick of your long hair.
2. Uncle of the Year—John Stamos: Birchbox Man takes us back to the ’90s this week with a thoughtful look back at the coolest uncle of them all.
3. Get NYE Ready: Rachel Zoe’s makeup artist teaches us how to get his untraditional smoky eye (think: khaki and gold!) for the biggest party night of the year.
4. Orange You Glad?: Last week, the Birchbox France team boldly explored an underused shade—orange. Watch their video to see how it’s done!
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Holiday party season is about to kick into overdrive, and that means you need some new hair tricks to wow your friends, family, and coworkers—especially when you’re going straight from the office to the party.
1. Sock it to Me
Here at Birchbox HQ, Senior Social Media Manager Rachel reigns as the undisputed queen of the sock bun. Lucky for us, she’s willing to share the secrets behind her superior ‘do. Watch the twitter maven whip her hair into a bountiful and sleek-looking sock bun. To ace this look, start with healthy and hydrated hair. For a mini-mane makeover, we love Miss Jessie’s Leave-In Condish, which uses soybean extracts and glycerin to strengthen weak strands.
2. Keep Frizz Under Wraps
You don’t need Grace Kelly’s golden locks or summery weather to wear a hair wrap with style. Here are four easy ways to wear our favorite static-busting hair accessory and look incredibly glamorous while you’re at it. Make sure to smooth out stray flyaways with a small, round brush like Keratherapy’s Square Ceramic Curling Brush.
3. Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls (But Do Try this Waterfall Braid)
So you’ve mastered the French braid and aced the fishtail. Now what? The waterfall braid is the next big trend in braids—and it looks way more complicated than it actually is. This technique might take a bit of practice, but once you get the hang of it you’ll be braiding up a storm.
4. Live Happily Ever After with the Princess Roll
This hairstyle is about to become one of your go-to looks. It’s a classic, chic style that’s fitting for a day at the office or a weekend rendezvous. Best of all it takes less than five minutes, and anyone with medium-length to long hair can pull it off. All you need is a sturdy headband and some hairspray to finish. Watch to find out why our entire office loves the “Princess Roll.”
5. Feeling Fishy
Much like Shaggy’s dancehall hit ”It Wasn’t Me,” the basic French braid is so 2001. Right now, it’s all about the classic staple’s modern-looking successor: the French fishtail. This style is dressy and easier than it looks; it will have your holiday party date complimenting you on your creativity.
6. Make Waves
When we say our co-founder Katia’s hair inspires envy all over our office, it’s no joke. So we jumped on the chance to see exactly how she gets her signature waves. Turns out that her technique is quick and easy enough to do in twenty minutes before work.
7. Heavy is the Head that Wears the Crown Braid
In another video favorite starring Katia, our fearless leader demonstrates how to get a pretty crown braid. Perfect for hot and cold weather alike, its a fool-proof way to camouflage slightly dirty hair and jazz up last year’s party frock.
8. A Tall (Pony) Tail
From your SO’s office party to your family’s Thanksgiving feast, this new take on the topsy tail (yes, that topsy tail) is sophisticated enough for any event. To make sure your upgraded pony stays sleek all night long, spritz on multitasking uniqONE All In One Hair Treatment, a lightweight styling mist that tames frizz, detangles, and demands more volume from limp strands.
9. We’re Mad for Mad Men-Inspired Bouffants
As if there weren’t enough reasons to love Mad Men, the women of the show have been sporting some majorly enviable hair height. Inspired by 1960s bouffant hairstyles, this piece-of-cake tutorial shows you how to get big hair with a retro twist. Watch to learn how to get this look in just a few simple steps.
10. The Braid-y Bunch
Meet the “Brunch Braid” (a.k.a. an upside-down French braid with a bun). This off-duty style can spice up last minute gatherings and otherwise-dull gift shopping. Re-create the look with this step by step tutorial.
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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.
Get more braid inspiration with our Birchbox Braids tutorials.
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.
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.
Easy Waterfall Braid Tutorial
You’ve mastered the French braid and aced the fishtail—It’s time to become a true braid maven and master the newest hair trend: the waterfall braid.
We asked Davines stylist Christine Zilinski, to show us how to create this sweet look at home. It might take a bit of practice but once you get the hang of it you’ll be braiding up a storm.
Even better? If you’ve still got more questions about all things braids and hair, you can join us for a Twitter chat with Zilinski and Davines at 3pm ET on Thursday 6/20! She’ll be answering all of your burning questions about your strands—from what foods to eat to score healthy hair to what ingredients you should look for in your products! Just use #AskDavines when you tweet a question, and follow @birchbox and @davinesofficial to keep up with the whole conversation.
PLUS, five lucky participants will have the chance to win their own set of Davines Love Smoothing Shampoo & Conditioner! So don’t be shy—jump in on Thursday with any and all of your questions.
If you’re all about the braids right now, you have to see this ridiculously easy braided updo tutorial.
While we adore video tutorials, sometimes we need a quick step-by-step that we can move through at our own pace. Enter: gif tutorials. Like videos, they make it easy for us to imitate the motions, but we don’t have to press pause every time we need to see a difficult step again. Plus, aren’t they just more fun to watch? We’re introducing a new series of beauty gif tutorials that teach you how to get our favorite looks—from braids to cat eyes—in simple, animated ways.
For our first tutorial, editor Meredith shows you how to do an adorable and oh-so-simple milkmaid braid. (Trust us—it’s easier than you think!) Read on to see what products you’ll need and learn how to get this chic summer look in just eight steps.