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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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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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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.

How To: Updated Fishtail

In the past we did a sweepstakes with Shu Uemura where we posted images of four different braid styles and let our Facebook fans vote for their favorite. The winning look was an off-to-the-side wrapped fishtail, so we traveled to see the stylist who created the look, Carter Todd at the John Barrett salon, to give us a step-by-step breakdown. Click through for the entire photo tutorial! 

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