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How To: The Updated Holiday Updo

You’d think that after several years as a beauty editor, I would be a pro at trying out new hairstyles. The truth is, I tend to stick with a handful of standby styles. But now that the holidays are in full swing, I have plenty of opportunities (read: P-A-R-T-I-E-S) to expand my horizons. Next on my list to try: This elegant updo as demonstrated by our equally elegant staffer, Lorelei. 

Great for medium to long hair, this look is perfectly polished without being the least bit severe. It’s the sort of ‘do that instantly dresses you up—I can see myself rocking it both in the evenings with a cocktail dress or during the day with a skirt and heels. I’m also newly into adding sparkly adornments to hair (very ’90s of me, I know). But seriously, when done in moderation, I love a bit of festive flair. Lo’s pretty pin works especially well towards the back of the head, but I’m also fond of these smaller sparklers from L.Erikson that are delicate enough to frame your face.

What holiday hairstyles will you be trying? 


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Our Favorite Work Week Hair Tutorials


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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Backstage at Alice + Olivia: A Chic (and Totally Easy!) Braided Updo

These days, it takes something a little edgier than a fishtail braid to make our jaws drop. At Alice + Olivia’s Fall 2013 show, the amplified, messy braids we spotted backstage fit the bill—our mouths are still open in awe.

As a throng of eager beauty bloggers jotted down notes, Moroccanoil’s Artistic Director and Lead Stylist Antonio Corral Calero explained, “I was inspired by all of you guys.” What did the hair maestro mean? The look played off the collection’s street-style aesthetic. (We also like to think he was inspired by all of us Birchbox staffers.)

To create the look, Calero applied a pea-sized amount of nourishing Moroccanoil Treatment to damp hair, and followed with a quick spritz of Moroccanoil’s soon-to-be-released Heat Style. Next, he used a blow-dryer for about 5-10 minutes. “The hair doesn’t have to be completely dry,” Calero said, “you simply want to add texture.” He then created a center part, divided the model’s hair into two sections, and braided each section to make two pigtail braids. Don’t aim for perfection: “We want it to be messy—not perfect!” he said. Sounds like our kind of style. 


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The Triple Topsy Tail: Guest Blogger

Blair Badge is one multi-talented lady: she’s a social media manager, a beauty editor for fashion site Chictopia, a model, a newlywed and an all-around awesome gal with a penchant for witty banter. We think she, and her dreamy blog love, blair, are so awesome that we had to ask her back for a second stint as a guest blogger. This week, she’s sharing her must-have products for a night out clutch, the secret to a triple topsy tail (!), and makeup tips to get you photo-ready in a flash.

Back in the ’90s I remember owning a topsy-tail hook for making those perfectly looped ponytails. Who would have thought that almost two decades later I’d still be donning a similar look. Perhaps a new iconic hairstyle? I think yes.

I like this look as a casual day style, ideal for lounging around on the weekend. And what makes it brilliant is that it only takes three minutes or less to create! Just follow these easy steps:

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DIY Hair: Braided Updo: TheGloss

TheGloss is one daily must-reads (right up there with the NY Times). We love the site’s witty approach to style and its smart and irreverent voice. We like the writing so much, in fact, that we’ll be featuring one of their posts each week here on the Birchbox blog.

Fun fact, I really only know how to do 2 hairstyles! When I don’t hot-roll my hair I generally braid it and twist it up. Sometimes because I want to look nice for a party, sometimes because I do not have 10 spare minutes in the morning. Man, since we’re doing this all week, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are really going to suck. But on the upside, if you only know how to do these two hairstyles, people will think you know a lot about hair and ask you questions.

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Some other links from TheGloss you might like:

DIY Hair: Hot Rollers

DIY Ombre Hair In 4 Easy Steps

Bianca Wins For Prettiest Hair In The Office Today

Our operations manager, Bianca, is enviable for many reasons: she’s charismatic, has phenomenal style, is drop-dead gorgeous…and she can do the coolest things with her hair. Case in point: Today, Bianca has her hair up in a series of twists that she emphatically promises were as simple to create as twirling a few strands and then securing them with bobby pins. The cherry on top is her cute-as-a-button mega-curl situated right above her forehead and slightly off to the left side. Not only am I totally obsessed with this look, but I applaud Bianca for being very on trend with her retro-inspired ‘do.


To ensure that hair stays in place, give it a few spritzes of a non-sticky spray.