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How to Score the Perfect At-Home Blowout: GIF Tutorial

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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:

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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.

—Geraldine

Looking for one more braid to try? Don’t miss our super easy-to-follow GIF tutorial on Milkmaid braids

7 Ideas for Last-Minute New Year’s Eve Hairstyles

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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.

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SRSLY’s Hair Commandments: Guest Blogger

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.

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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.

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