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No More Hat Hair!

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It’s been extra cold in New York this week, and everywhere we look there are beanies, furry caps and structured wool hats galore. We love a warm noggin in the wintry months, but we also like to have the same voluminous, gorgeous hair that we’d sport at any other time of the year—a serious conundrum. That’s why we asked celebrity hairstylist Bridget Brager for her best tips on avoiding static, preventing flat hair, matching our styled strands to the right cap and more. 

Here are 5 tricks to help you avoid hat hair.

—Candice

Need more beauty tricks to get through these colder months? Here’s how to combat winter dry skin.

Help Our Editorial Director Mollie Choose A New Look!

Team content’s fearless leader, Mollie Chen, is ready for a change. In honor of our October box theme ‘Transformation’ Mollie has decided to change her haircut. Now for the fun part: she wants your help!

We’ve asked some of our hair stylist friends to suggest new looks for Mollie to try, and we want you to suggest styles too. Share a link in the comments of this post to a hairstyle you think would look fab on Mollie.  We’ll pick our favorite suggestion and feature it as a contender alongside the stylists’ picks next week on Facebook, where everyone can vote on the style that she should try. 

We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

—Rachel

Need some inspiration? Check out our Hair board on Pinterest!

StyleSeat: Book Hair Appts on the Go

It was only a matter of time before beauty made its way to social networking. StyleSeat is an ingenious site that allows clients to connect with their favorite hair care professionals, while in turn the businesses have a new way to market what they have to offer.

There are a ton of great features on the site, and their IPhone and IPad apps just went live a couple days ago — perfect for on-the-go booking. You can start by searching by location, and then browse through prices, times, and services. They’ve only listed professionals in the directory that have enough information to inform clients — one that caught our eye? Kao Vey Saephanh, who styled the So You Think You Can Dance’s  Season Five contestants. Want more info? Check recommendations from past customers and photos of the salons. 

You can also find colorists, masseurs, and trainers (oh my)! If you register now, you get $25 off a future service and they also have special deals. We may even need to bring someone into the office next week for some new dos—I wouldn’t be opposed to booking a masseuse either!

—Shana

Keep your new haircut fresh with products from the Birchbox Shop

The Beauty of a Barber: You’ve Got Male

Once a week, Birchbox’s resident yoga and men’s product expert, Eric, will give 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 share.


Many men are under the impression that one needs to spend a great deal of money in order to get a good haircut. Over the past few years, I’ve realized that this is definitely not true. I’ve discovered a bunch of great barber shops in Manhattan and learned that, if you go in and really know what you want, you can be pleasantly surprised with the results. If you are in the New York City area, I recommend Village Cuts on West 4th Street.  

Whether you have your hair cut by Gregory (who owns the shop), Richard, or Dominick, you can be sure that you’re getting a great service from a really nice guy. Walk-ins are welcome at Village Cuts, but I suggest calling ahead for an appointment as they tend to get busy, especially after work and on the weekends. The shop is very basic, no frills, but what’s important is that the three staffers have over 30 years of experience collectively and they’ll take as much time as you need discussing exactly what you want. I’ve gotten several fun and trendy haircuts at Village Cuts. I simply explained exactly what I was looking for and given some feedback along the way. These guys have cut my hair when it was short and long and even given me some helpful tips about shaping my beard. The atmosphere is always upbeat and you’re bound to be part of a fun conversation—they really like to talk! So, if you’ve been spending too much for haircuts, do some research and find a barber near you who really knows what he’s doing. You’ll be glad you did.

For all of your haircare needs, visit the Birchbox Shop

Curly Hair Tips for Spring From Ouidad

Ouidad putting the finishing touches on a model’s hair at the Rebecca Minkoff F/W 2011 Show.

Unfailingly, every spring the gorgeous beachy waves and bombshell curls start popping up on our radar, giving us serious hair envy. But it takes a lot of work to get that undone, effortless look. We went to hair stylist and curl expert Ouidad to get advice on getting the perfect waves (even when it’s humid out!). For Ouidad, this spring is all about getting natural curls and a sexy, romantic texture in your hair. She let us in on a few tips.

The best way to prevent humidity-induced frizz is to make sure hair is hydrated and moisturized. For Ouidad, that starts with frequent deep treatments. That way, she says, “Your styling is not about repelling water; it’s about working with the moisture in the air.” The next step is a leave-in conditioner, like Ouidad’s Moisture Lock, followed by a frizz controlling gel. Ouidad works her Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel through hair in a “rake & shake” motion to prevent flat hair on top and a pouf near your ends. After distributing the gel throughout your hair, simply rake your fingers through the hair to your ends, and then shake back and forth for a defined curl without any flyaways.

If, on the other hand, you have straight locks that are just begging for some curl, use a volumizing mousse like Ouidad’s PlayCurl and distribute through hair with the rake & shake method to achieve a sexy wave. See our post about the hair Ouidad created for the Rebecca Minkoff F/W 11 show for more.

-Lorelei

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