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5 Products That Totally Saved My Damaged Hair

If you get a brand new hairstyle that usually means a whole new hair care regimen. (Photo:

Just before Labor Day this year, I colored my hair for the first time ever. I usually have your run-of-the-mill sleek Asian black hair, and felt like I needed to make a big change—so I got serious red highlights. (Thank you, Mad Men for the inspiration.) While I love the color and the touch of sass that came with it, learning how to handle dyed strands—no lying on white pillow cases while hair is wet!—has taken me on a whole new hair care journey. Here are five products that I’m using to keep my newly tinted tresses happy and healthy:  

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Fall Haircare Tips from Frédéric Fekkai

We fell hard for Natalie Alcala last fall, when the LA-based writer and blogger spent a week guest blogging for us. In fact, we loved her posts so much that we asked her to be a contributing editor. In addition to blogging for us once a week, she’ll also be writing for the Birchbox Magazine and keeping us up to speed on all things fashion, beauty, and fun.

Celebrity hair guru Frédéric Fekkai is here in LA to prep for today’s Saks Fifth Avenue appearance at South Coast Plaza (3333 Bristol St), where he’ll be offering personalized one-on-one consultations. Because Birchbox fans deserve nothing but the best, I checked in with the iconic stylist to offer some exclusive on how to transition your hair care from summer to fall. Read on for his tips and, if you’re in LA, call 714-540-3233 x210 to secure your time with Fekkai!

1. Use a deep clarifying cleanser to rid your hair of summer build-up. “After months of exposure to beach sprays, sunscreen and chlorine, your hair may not feel as clean and nourished as you’d like. The build-up your hair has endured can diminish shine, movement, and touchable texture. Try using the new PrX Reparative Shampoo ($30) which helps remove build-up and impurities while nourishing and detangling each strand.”

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The Craziest ‘Do We Saw at Fashion Week: Vera Wang’s Hair Turbans

Talk about a model’s worst nightmare to brush out! The extreme “hair turbans” created by Paul Hanlon for Frédéric Fekkai at Vera Wang were a feat of styling genius—one which most certainly left many of the girls deep conditioning and detangling later that day. “I quite like the idea that it doesn’t look like hair,” said Hanlon. “It looks like a material or a fabric that’s been out in the desert that’s been very weathered and beat up and dry,” said Hanlon.   

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