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Embrace the Frizz: Hairistocracy

We’re guilty of sticking with the same hair cut for years—if it’s not broke, why fix it?—but that can be a little boring. But not everyone has our issue. Paulina, one of our amazing operations associates, is always eyeing new cuts and styles. She’ll be sharing her tress inspiration and tips every other week here via her Hairistocracy column.

Photo: nymag.com

Last night I was flipping through the runway shots from the spring 2012 collections and I did a double take when I landed on Oscar de la Renta’s RTW line: holy frizz! Every woman was sporting a head full of extra crimped and volumized hair, and they looked absolutely gorgeous.

Suddenly I’ve become inspired to try and work with my frizz, too. While it can seem like one of our biggest hair enemies, I think it’s time to put down our guns (or hardcore hair oils), girls. Let’s embrace this voluminous look.

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Crayola Is Releasing Nail Polish: Totally Awesome

Is it the nostalgic packaging? Bright colors? There’s something about this set we can’t resist. (Photo: chipchick.com)

—Caroline 

Use these great tips to match your colored nails to accessories this summer

How To Get Pink Roots Video: Guest Blogger

This week’s guest blogger is a lady after our own hearts. Claire Thomas is the genius behind Kitchy Kitchen, a gorgeous, drool-inducing food blog, as well as the host of Food for Thought with Claire Thomas, part of Litton’s Weekend Adventure on ABC. Did we mention she’s also a commercial director? Yeah, we’d hate her if she weren’t so freaking cool.

My sister, Amanda, and I could not be more different. She’s an astonishing jewelry designer, who’s had her line, LuvAJ, since she was 15. My fashion sense comes from being inspired by Amanda’s bold choices and risks, and pillaging her closet to mix and match her pieces with my more classic items. She’s loud, silly, loves telling a tall tale, and is always the center of attention. When we throw parties together, she’s in charge of the iPod playlist while I’m in charge of the hors de’ouvres. If I’m debating whether or not to buy a pair of shoots, I take a quick snap on my phone to get her advice immediately.

We mirror each other in the sense that she loves food, but lives for fashion—while I love fashion, but live for food. We fuel each other’s creativity and are always there to tell the other if her idea is brilliant, or totally lame. One of the perks of knowing how to use a camera, and having Amanda as a sister, is that I get to shoot her lookbooks every season.

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The 3 Best Braids to Rock at Coachella

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. 

Photos: The Fashion Spot

Erica Davidson is a star in L.A. for both her makeup wizardry and hair innovations. I knew she was a true innovator when she created this awesome pink root look for cult-favorite jewelry line Luv AJ's latest lookbook. And talent runs in her blood: not only is Luv AJ designer Amanda Thomas her cousin, but Birchbox's current guest-blogger Claire Thomas of The Kitchy Kitchen is her cousin, too!

Now that the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is fast approaching (what weekend are you going?), I thought it was the perfect time to ask Davidson which hairstyles she recommends sporting at the fest.

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DIY Hair: Braided Updo: TheGloss

TheGloss is one daily must-reads (right up there with the NY Times). We love the site’s witty approach to style and its smart and irreverent voice. We like the writing so much, in fact, that we’ll be featuring one of their posts each week here on the Birchbox blog.

Fun fact, I really only know how to do 2 hairstyles! When I don’t hot-roll my hair I generally braid it and twist it up. Sometimes because I want to look nice for a party, sometimes because I do not have 10 spare minutes in the morning. Man, since we’re doing this all week, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are really going to suck. But on the upside, if you only know how to do these two hairstyles, people will think you know a lot about hair and ask you questions.

Read the rest of the article here.

Some other links from TheGloss you might like:

DIY Hair: Hot Rollers

DIY Ombre Hair In 4 Easy Steps

Get On The Band-Wagon: Hairistocracy

We’re guilty of sticking with the same hair cut for years — if it’s not broke, why fix it? — but that can be a little boring. But not everyone has our issue. Paulina, one of our amazing operations associates, is always eyeing new cuts and styles. She’ll be sharing her tress inspiration and tips every other week here via her feature Hairistocracy.

Photo: vogue.com

My latest hair obsession is in!

You’ve probably seen photos of turban-style headbands sported throughout the decades and as a hot accessory from last spring, but now the look is coming back around again. This modern twist on Audrey Hepburn’s look from Sabrina (1954) is a sweet, sexy band that wraps around the forehead and lays on top of the hair. It’s a totally natural and chic style. Click through to learn how to create the look!

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The $5.25 Secret to Mega Glam Hair: Party Essentials

Well, 2011, it’s been real. New Year’s Eve is tomorrow, which means it’s time to dust off your sequined stilettos and track down some kitschy 2012 glasses. This week, we’ve clued you in to our party essentials, from highlighter to primer. The last weapon in our bag of tricks? A teasing brush. Read on for the secrets to glam hair.

Photo: Arizona Foothills

A special event calls for something more exciting than your usual ponytail. But you don’t need to book a pricey blow out — you can get celeb-worthy hair with a tool that costs less than a venti latte. Click through to find out more about this wonder product.

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Changing My Hair to Ombre: Hairistocracy

We’re guilty of sticking with the same hair cut for years — if it’s not broke, why fix it? — but that can be a little boring. But not everyone has our issue. Paulina, one of our amazing operations associates, is always eyeing new cuts and styles. She’ll be sharing her tress inspiration and tips every other week in Hairistocracy. Her latest hair obsession: ombre! 


Before (left) with a single color and after (right) with ombre hair.

About two weeks ago, I got the itch to seriously change up my style. Since I’m growing out my hair and that limits what I can do cut-wise, it dawned on me that it was finally time to change my color. I have never, I repeat never, dyed my hair before so this was a big step for me.

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My First Hair Tattoo: You’ve Got Male

Once a week, Birchbox’s resident yoga and men’s product expert, Eric, will gives us girls some insight into his world in You’ve Got Male. Whether he’s giving his expertise on skincare (boys need advice, too!) or highlighting his new favorite grooming trend, this guy has got taste — so we’re lucky he’s on staff and willing to share.

Stylist Dennis Joseph and Eric

I’m always game to try fun things with my hair. As my mom always says, “your hair will grow back experiment with it!” So it was a no-brainer when I was invited to Ricky’s NYC for a BaByliss Pro hair tattooing event. My previous exposure to the technique was very limited and I was excited to learn more (and get my first hair tattoo!).

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