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Guest Blogger: Hair Feathers Are The Perfect Summer Accessory

Hailing from the Windy City is this week’s guest blogger, Rachel Kwall. Retail Therapy, her current blog on ChicagoNow, provides readers with fashion, gossip and beauty news on a daily basis. Given that she’s a contributor at Refinery29 and ChicagoNow, we trust her to give us some fabulous advice. Stay tuned this week — she’ll be sharing secrets from Chicago spas that rock, tips for finding great bargain beauty products, and more.

Birchbox co-founder Katia rocking Fine Featherheads feather hair extensions in turquoise and yellow, $32 each, birchbox.com

This season, the most in-demand styles all channel our inner ’60s and ’70s hippie-chic hottie and one of the hottest trends is feather extensions. Summers in Chicago are known for being full of outdoor concerts and I can already see this look becoming a staple for festival goers. Get one or experiment with whole bunch, and you can pick them up from Birchbox’s website with the installation tool
as well!

Your feathers and hair need extra nourishment when heat and humidity are on the rise—be sure to try Amika’s Obliphica Hair Treatment.

A Week of Taming The Wave: The Birchbox Beauty Diaries

The Birchbox Beauty Diaries is a regular feature where one of our team members tries out a new beauty look every day for one week. Whether it’s lipstick or eyeshadow, different hairstyles or fun makeup techniques, we’ll give you five fun ideas for how you can shake up your routine.

Birchboxer: Hayley

Title: Co-founder

A Week Of: Styling her ultra-wavy hair

Monday: This is my ultimate ‘do nothing’ hairstyle. My secret is to wash with Blow Up Daily Volumizing shampoo and conditioner and let it air dry. If frizz arrives later (which it often does), I follow up with Oscar Blandi Olio di Jasmine hair serum.

Tuesday: Stick straight! My fancy GHD straightener was definitely worth the splurge. Less than ten minutes on dry hair and I’ve got my ‘do. I pinned up one side to really show off my new favorite accessory: my green hair feather! A couple spritzes of Blow Heat Is On protective styling mist makes me feel less guilty about all the frying.

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Hair Feathers: Our Latest Craze

We haven’t completely moved on from nail art yet, but there is a new topic occupying a good portion of our conversations here at Birchbox: Hair feathers. Yes, we are totally serious. And they’re cool. So cool, in fact, that we are dedicating an entire feature article to the topic next month. To research the story, we asked Fine Featherheads, based in Colorado, to send us a couple “featherheads” (the name for each extension, which contains about six long individual feathers) to try. Our first test subject was assistant editor Lorelei who is now looking so chic with a yellowy golden set of feathers peeking out through her blonde locks. Installation surprisingly easy: the feathers come with a special tool kit that includes plyers, a sectioning hair tool, and some specially designed silicone beads. (And, of course, you need a willing participant—we have a plethora). If you’re interested in exactly how to get the look, click here to watch a very helpful and straightforward installation video. Trust us, these are the new It thing. And if you don’t believe us, just look at this picture of Hilary Duff.

—Meredith

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