I’m always on the hunt for the best tools and products to get a salon-worthy blowout at home that will really last all day. Last week, I took home some products from indie hair brand amika that claimed to keep my blowout looking fresh long after the first day. After deciding to turn my bathroom into a DIY blowout bar, I documented the whole thing on Instagram. Read on to see how my locks held up despite a crazy busy work week:
4 Fuss-Free Summer Braids to Try This Weekend
Happy first day of summer! With all your upcoming festivities—BBQs, brunches and beach days included—we know you’re too busy to bother with complicated hairstyles. Which is why we rounded up these four simple braid tutorials to help you keep your hair in check no matter what your activity.
Four-strand Braid by A Cup of Jo
You’re probably more than familiar with the classic three stranded braid. But did you know that plaiting with four pieces is just as easy?
Crossover Cascade Braid by A Bird’s Leap
Dress up a your favorite summer dress with this pretty, but not terribly difficult, option. And good news for all you curly haired gals: this look works beautifully with your hair too.
French Twist Braid by Michaela Noelle Designs
This look is absolutely effortless and perfect for days when you need to look put together in 30 seconds. Chic and sophisticated in under a minute? Yes please.
Mini Crown Braid by She Lets Her Hair Down
This hairstyle is the perfect finishing touch to a bohemian-inspired maxi dress. The best part? It’s even cuter on short hair.
Looking for one more braid to try? Don’t miss our super easy-to-follow GIF tutorial on Milkmaid braids!
New Year’s Eve is right around the corner, which means it’s time to stockpile noisemakers, experiment with crazy glitter—and of course accessorize your party frock with dazzling hair. Whether you’re spending the night at home glued to a Ryan Seacrest special or dashing off to a high-octane bash, you can ring in 2013 with these Instagram-worthy hair styles. After all, beyond the bubbly, NYE is basically one giant Instagram session.
If you haven’t heard of the online comedy series SRSLY (pronounced “seriously”) yet, let us be the proud first folks to introduce you. If you have heard of it, then you’ll know why we love the two brilliant NYU and Upright Citizen Brigade alumnae behind it. Alexandra Fiber and Danielle Gibson’s short, snappy videos are loosely based on their 20-something lives in New York. The hilarious moments adeptly touch on experiences that many of us have every day. All this week, they’re sharing their beauty inspirations in their typical witty style.
We love hair talk, and we’ve got some SRSLY strong opinions. Check it, don’t wreck it (your hair, that is):
1. Save the ponies for the glue factory.
That means no ponytails, EVER! (Okay, fine: at the gym it’s cool). Your hair shouldn’t be like a scary secret attic creature. Let it be free! If you’re rocking a chronic pony, it’s probably time for a haircut.
We’ve been planning our dream weddings since we were five years old. So it’s no surprise that we can’t get enough of Lover.ly, a wedding inspiration site that lets you search through pics of swoon-worthy gowns, bouquets, and everything else you need for the big W-day. This week, the ladies behind Lover.ly are taking over the blog to share their favorite bridal beauty tips. Check back every day for a new post!
Whoa there! We’re seeing a serious trend emerging on Lover.ly lately:
Photo by: Melissa Dunstan Photography on Bridal Musings via Lover.ly
Photo by: Haley Sheffield on Grey Likes Weddings via Lover.ly
Photo by: Orchard Cove Photography on Wedding Chicks via Lover.ly
Photo by: Haley Sheffield on Grey Likes Weddings via Lover.ly (Left, Right)
Equine inspiration is the latest craze in weddings and the more horses we see, the more we contemplate the state of our own flowing mane. Winter is slowly approaching, which means dehydrated strands will quickly follow. Keep your hair healthy and conditioned with a weekly masque or special treatment. We’re big fans of Ojon’s Damage Reverse. Since you shampoo it out after 20 minutes of application, there’s no oily residue left behind. Only super smooth, glossy locks!
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.
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.
It’s spring and you have better things to do than blow out your hair. Happily, the braid craze isn’t going anywhere. Here are the three styles you have to try right now, there’s one for every proficiency level.
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.