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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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SCORE HEALTHY LOCKS BY THE END OF LABOR DAY WITH THIS POWERHOUSE KIT
What is it?  An exclusive, Herculean collection of hair products designed to revive stressed out tresses and combat the dulling effects of heat styling. 
Who is it perfect for? If you’ve never met a styling tool you didn’t like, routinely dye your locks, or simply spent too much time in the sun and surf this summer, this nourishing kit is for you. Even if you’re not a blow drying fiend, the moisturizing formulas will help you score super healthy locks. 
How do I use it?  While showering, use the Clarifying Shampoo to wash away all the things you don’t want in your hair (like chlorine and mineral deposits), while leaving the things you do (like your new highlights). Then, apply the creamy masque and let it sit for about five minutes. Post-shower, apply the protein-packed conditioning spray to help rebuild weakened hair from the inside out. Bonus: The travel-sized Fluoro5 Elixer Restore & Repair Oil protects against UV rays and reduces drying time.
Have you tried any of Number 4 Hair Care’s hair saviors? Tell us what you think!
Check out our instagram feed over the long weekend for a chance to win your very own Beat the Heat Kit! 

SCORE HEALTHY LOCKS BY THE END OF LABOR DAY WITH THIS POWERHOUSE KIT

What is it?  An exclusive, Herculean collection of hair products designed to revive stressed out tresses and combat the dulling effects of heat styling. 

Who is it perfect for? If you’ve never met a styling tool you didn’t like, routinely dye your locks, or simply spent too much time in the sun and surf this summer, this nourishing kit is for you. Even if you’re not a blow drying fiend, the moisturizing formulas will help you score super healthy locks. 

How do I use it?  While showering, use the Clarifying Shampoo to wash away all the things you don’t want in your hair (like chlorine and mineral deposits), while leaving the things you do (like your new highlights). Then, apply the creamy masque and let it sit for about five minutes. Post-shower, apply the protein-packed conditioning spray to help rebuild weakened hair from the inside out. Bonus: The travel-sized Fluoro5 Elixer Restore & Repair Oil protects against UV rays and reduces drying time.

Have you tried any of Number 4 Hair Care’s hair saviors? Tell us what you think!

Check out our instagram feed over the long weekend for a chance to win your very own Beat the Heat Kit! 

Jason Wu for Lancôme Revealed, Blowdrying Your Eyelashes, and More

Set to launch during fashion week, here’s a preview of Jason Wu’s collection for Lancôme. [Daily Mail] 
From catwalk to sidewalk, here’s how to get wearable metallic lips. [Refinery 29]
Here’s a hairbrush crash course according to brush type. [Allure]
Learn the difference between acne marks and scars so you can treat each more effectively. [Huffington Post]
The new documentary on fashion tastemaker Carine Roitfeld Mademoiselle C is now out. [Fashionista]
These editors and beauty experts are spilling their best beauty secrets, from blowdrying eyelashes to using Chapstick on hair. [She Knows]
—Geraldine
Peek inside one of the airport beauty vending machines from 3FLOZ. 

Jason Wu for Lancôme Revealed, Blowdrying Your Eyelashes, and More

The Perfect Sock Bun Tool, Fighting Frizzy Hair, BBQ Essentials, & More: Reading List

We know you don’t have oodles of time to browse through everything on the Birchbox blog and in the magazine each week. Here’s a short list of the top blog posts, articles, videos, and news that we don’t want you to miss. Read them while you’re laying on the beach or relaxing indoors.

How To: Sock Bun Tutorial with The Wrap Up: Our social media guru @racheljosilver loves this hairstyling tool so much that the sock bun has become her signature do. See how easy it is to look put-together and chic in no time.

Frizz Frenzy: Summer humidity never fails to turn a good hair day into a bad hair day. Whether our hair is straight or curly, the moist, sticky air always manages to bring out the worst. Here are our top solutions for fighting the frizz.

5 Steps to a Super Zen Spa Treatment at Home: Pamper yourself this weekend with one of these simple, but effective at-home treatments. Not only are they luxurious and nourishing, but with all the dough you’ll save, you’ll definitely be able to afford that extra bottle of champagne.

4 Unexpected Summer BBQ Essentials: From all-natural hand wipes to bold platters, these items take the basics to a whole new level. Step up your game and you’re sure to be the belle of backyard bbqs.

What Sleeping in Your Makeup Does To Your Skin [Daily Mail UK]: It’s essential to remove our makeup before bed, and for the most part, we do. But for those days when you feel too tired or lazy to cleanse, the results of this mini experiment will get you right back on track.

—Geraldine

You don’t have to spend your whole weekend under the sun to get a bronzed look. Surprisingly, the right nail polish will take care of that.

6 Steps to a Super Zen Spa Treatment at Home

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Every weekend, I look forward to going back home to semi-upstate New York and winding down after a long week in NYC. While I love the hustle and bustle of the city, nothing beats returning to crisp air, green grass, and the sound of nature. The two days I’m home I take my R&R very seriously. I know I don’t have the time or money (the woes of a college student) to spend at a spa so my pampering days are spent in the comfort of home. Get ready to light some candles and put on some soothing music because here are a few of my favorite ways to relax and recharge for any day of the week!

1. How To: Brew the Perfect Cup of Tea

As a huge tea connoisseur, the very first thing I do to unwind is fix myself a cup of tea. This video shows me how to brew the perfect cup since there’s nothing worse than ending up with bitter or weak tea. 

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Frizz Frenzy
During the summer, humidity conspires to keep hair at all-time frizz levels. While it may seem like your uncontrollable locks have gotten the best of you, don’t give up hope just yet! 
These frizz combating tips from Julie Dickson, founder and head stylist of New York’s Fox & Boy salon, will save both straight and curly hair from a frizz nightmare. 
The easiest way to keep your frizz under wraps? With a head scarf. Try these 4 Glam (and Supereasy) Ways to Wear a Hair Wrap and call it a day.

Frizz Frenzy

During the summer, humidity conspires to keep hair at all-time frizz levels. While it may seem like your uncontrollable locks have gotten the best of you, don’t give up hope just yet!

These frizz combating tips from Julie Dickson, founder and head stylist of New York’s Fox & Boy salon, will save both straight and curly hair from a frizz nightmare. 

The easiest way to keep your frizz under wraps? With a head scarf. Try these 4 Glam (and Supereasy) Ways to Wear a Hair Wrap and call it a day.

Test-Driving Pureology’s Reviving Red Line

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My first experience with a color depositing shampoo and conditioner was on a trip to Sydney a few years ago. One of my hosts had the kind of natural auburn hair that so many women—including myself—pay hundreds of dollars to achieve. She used color-enhancing products in the shower to keep the saltwater from lightening her pretty strands. I decided at that point to start using them to keep my own stylist-achieved burgundy hue from fading.

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