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Mingle All The Way: 10 Hairstyles to Get You Through Holiday Party Season

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Holiday party season is about to kick into overdrive, and that means you need some new hair tricks to wow your friends, family, and coworkers—especially when you’re going straight from the office to the party. 

1. Sock it to Me

Here at Birchbox HQ, Senior Social Media Manager Rachel reigns as the undisputed queen of the sock bun. Lucky for us, she’s willing to share the secrets behind her superior ‘do. Watch the twitter maven whip her hair into a bountiful and sleek-looking sock bun. To ace this look, start with healthy and hydrated hair. For a mini-mane makeover, we love Miss Jessie’s Leave-In Condish, which uses soybean extracts and glycerin to strengthen weak strands.

2. Keep Frizz Under Wraps 

You don’t need Grace Kelly’s golden locks or summery weather to wear a hair wrap with style. Here are four easy ways to wear our favorite static-busting hair accessory and look incredibly glamorous while you’re at it. Make sure to smooth out stray flyaways with a small, round brush like Keratherapy’s Square Ceramic Curling Brush

3. Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls (But Do Try this Waterfall Braid)

So you’ve mastered the French braid and aced the fishtail. Now what? The waterfall braid is the next big trend in braids—and it looks way more complicated than it actually is. This technique might take a bit of practice, but once you get the hang of it you’ll be braiding up a storm. 

4. Live Happily Ever After with the Princess Roll

This hairstyle is about to become one of your go-to looks. It’s a classic, chic style that’s fitting for a day at the office or a weekend rendezvous. Best of all it takes less than five minutes, and anyone with medium-length to long hair can pull it off. All you need is a sturdy headband and some hairspray to finish. Watch to find out why our entire office loves the “Princess Roll.”

5. Feeling Fishy

Much like Shaggy’s dancehall hit It Wasn’t Me,” the basic French braid is so 2001. Right now, it’s all about the classic staple’s modern-looking successor: the French fishtail. This style is dressy and easier than it looks; it will have your holiday party date complimenting you on your creativity.

6. Make Waves

When we say our co-founder Katia’s hair inspires envy all over our office, it’s no joke. So we jumped on the chance to see exactly how she gets her signature waves. Turns out that her technique is quick and easy enough to do in twenty minutes before work.

7. Heavy is the Head that Wears the Crown Braid 

In another video favorite starring Katia, our fearless leader demonstrates how to get a pretty crown braid. Perfect for hot and cold weather alike, its a fool-proof way to camouflage slightly dirty hair and jazz up last year’s party frock. 

8. A Tall (Pony) Tail

From your SO’s office party to your family’s Thanksgiving feast, this new take on the topsy tail (yes, that topsy tail) is sophisticated enough for any event. To make sure your upgraded pony stays sleek all night long, spritz on multitasking uniqONE All In One Hair Treatment, a lightweight styling mist that tames frizz, detangles, and demands more volume from limp strands. 

9. We’re Mad for Mad Men-Inspired Bouffants

As if there weren’t enough reasons to love Mad Men, the women of the show have been sporting some majorly enviable hair height. Inspired by 1960s bouffant hairstyles, this piece-of-cake tutorial shows you how to get big hair with a retro twist. Watch to learn how to get this look in just a few simple steps

10. The Braid-y Bunch

Meet the “Brunch Braid” (a.k.a. an upside-down French braid with a bun). This off-duty style can spice up last minute gatherings and otherwise-dull gift shopping. Re-create the look with this step by step tutorial

—Ally

Good news: purchase a Birchbox subscription today and you’ll score our amazing November Birchbox. Packed with topnotch samples from can’t-miss brands, it has everything you need stay gorgeous all month long.

Four New Beauty Looks To Try This Fall

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Fall is the perfect time to break out of a beauty rut. The seasons are changing and so should your style. We know it’s easy to get stuck wearing the same ponytail and eyeshadow everyday but trying new styles can be very rewarding. Here are four ways to shake up your makeup and hair routines without going overboard:

1. How To: Contour Your Face   

Don’t let contouring intimidate you. Birchbox staffer Deepica proves it really is simple to execute. This tutorial will help define your face and make your cheekbones pop while still looking natural. 

2. How To: Fill in Your Eyebrows with Benefit Brow Zings 

We’re firm believers that filling in your brows should be added to any makeup routine. It adds instant polish to your face, can make you look more awake, and helps frame your eyes. 

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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

Our Favorite Summer Wedding Hair Tutorials for Guests and Bridesmaids

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It’s that time again: time to dust off your dancing shoes, practice your receiving line small talk, and get reacquainted with those online registries. That’s right: wedding season! In the event that you’re not getting your hair done professionally—which helps you save up for all those plane flights!—we’ve got you covered. Below are five of our favorite wedding appropriate hairstyles to get you to the church (or city hall) on time. Now you just have to worry about giving that toast.

Modern Topsy Tail Updo

Editor Meredith has been to about a million weddings, and she’s become a pro at doing her own hair and makeup for the events—whether she’s a bridesmaid or just a guest. This new take on the topsy tail (yes, that topsy tail) is sophisticated enough for any event.

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Our Favorite Work Week Hair Tutorials

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If you’re anything like me, you probably get into a hair rut every once in a while. Working at a beauty company certainly makes it easier to find hair inspiration, but week after week I still find myself sporting the same styles 90 percent of the time: down and slightly messy, or up in a ponytail. For May, I’m aiming to expand my hair horizons with some new work-appropriate styles. Keep reading for five of my favorite hair tutorials, featuring styles you can easily do before rushing out the door in the morning.

The French Fishtail Braid

The French braid is soooo over—it’s all about the French fishtail now. Just kidding, but this style is dressy and easier than it looks (plus, it will have your coworkers complimenting you on your creativity).

The Princess Roll

Equally cute for work and a dinner with your parents, this style is a crowd-pleaser in the Birchbox office. Bonus: Remove the roll at the end of the day for happy-hour ready soft waves.

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