Your Step-by-Step Guide to Braids, Buns, and Twists

I’d like to let you know that, at this point in my adult life, I’ve mastered the side braid, the pigtail braid, the fishtail braid, and the French braid. Before you congratulate or humiliate me, I’d also like to let you know – I truly thought that was half decent. Until I stumbled on this hair manual: Braids, Buns, and Twists! 

Braid, Buns, & Twists: Christina Butcher

Image of Christina Butcher via NYLON

In it, braidmaster Christina Butcher proves that there are, in fact, more than four ways to braid one’s hair. And gives step-by-step directions as proof.

Seriously, this woman’s hair is gorgeous. So feel free to go crazy and try all 82 styles. If that’s aggressive, simply pop over to NYLON have a go at the Grecian braid. Then report back. My repertoire needs a little padding.

By Joanna Berliner, Editor 

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December 22, 2013

Still Standing: The Spray That Eliminates High-Heel Pain

Fact: My feet hate me. After years of living by a higher-is-always-better motto when it comes to heels, my sweet feet are feeling the pain. But, bunions be damned, saying goodbye to my sky-high stilettos just isn’t an option.

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Sure, if have a big tote, I’ll throw in a pair of flats and whip them out in moments of pure, aching desperation. If I’m carrying a clutch, though, you guessed it – I’m wearing those babies all night long. But now, it looks like my self-imposed high-heel torture could actually be a thing of the past. Fellow stiletto lovers, say hello to “Heel No Pain.” Claiming to relieve foot aches associated with our beloved pumps for up to three hours, this spray is the answer every vertically challenged woman has been waiting for. (Including yours truly, so it better turn up in my stocking, Santa.)

So, okay, numbing the pain of wearing high heels isn’t actually going to fix any damage I’ve already caused my poor feet. And sure, it will probably just make it worse, seeing that I’ll now be wearing heels more often. But, you know… small details.

Read more about “Heel No Pain” on

By Keriann Coffey, Associate Editor 

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December 18, 2013

Say It Isn’t So: Nail Art Is Over

Brace yourself. Nail art is allegedly over. Go ahead, take a minute to let that sink in. All set? Good. Now, where were we? According to Advertising Age, the nail polish fad is drying up, and fast. In October and November alone, drugstore polish sales have fallen 13 and 10 percent, respectively.

Nail Art Is Over

So, I guess that’s it. I mean, while my Pinterest boards beg to differ, you really can’t argue with numbers. Looks like I’ll be retiring my nail pen and putting away my glitter polish…

Read more about the nail art decline on

By Keriann Coffey, Associate Editor 

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December 16, 2013

The Bad Habit: How to Avoid Biting Your Nails

Nervous? Bored? Stressed? Many of us tend to bite our nails when life brings on unwelcome events, but it’s time to finally stop. This nasty habit may offer peace in the moment, but the side effects just aren’t worth it. You can pick up skin infections and colds, and it can also affect your teeth: nail-biting causes misalignment and enamel erosion. So, ready to quit? Check out the tips below.

How to Stop Nailbiting

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December 16, 2013

Return of the Hair Bow: Chanel Reinvents the Look

Thought hair bows would live and die with Gaga? I kind of hoped so.

Hair Bows Are Back

Image via Allure

But apparently they popped up again last Tuesday night in Chanel’s Wild West–themed Métiers d’Art show.

Don’t fret – the look is a whole lot less Minnie Mouse than you’d expect. In the words of the show’s hairstylist Sam McKnight, it’s “all about the modern cowgirl. Cool, messy, low ponytails, and sexy.”

An improvement, I think. But I might sit this one out.

Read more about it on Fashionista.

By Joanna Berliner, Editor 

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December 15, 2013

American Hair Story: Tales from the Makeup Chair of American Hustle

Sometimes, the magnetic power of a movie extends beyond a good story line. Maybe it’s the gripping soundtrack, stunning costumes (have you seen Gatsby?), or special effects that draw you in. For me, in the case of American Hustle, it’s all about the hair.

American Hustle

In director David O. Russell’s film that pits cons against Feds, the stars – Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, Jeremy Renner, and Amy Adams – collectively sport nearly every iconic style of the 70s, sometimes to a point that renders the actors nearly unrecognizable (I’m looking at you, Bruce Wayne). Even if you don’t like the aesthetics, you’re bound to appreciate the effort it took to get the cast ready for their close-ups. And I’m not alone in my fascination with the film’s follicular magic, which was masterminded by Makeup Department Head Evelyne Noraz. The folks at New York Magazine: The Cut snagged an interview with Noraz, who details every last wave, comb-over, pin curl, and perm, and reveals that, in the case of Hustle, the guys logged many more hours in the makeup chair than their female costars. Bradley Cooper with a spray tan and Jheri curls? Bring it.

And, as it turns out, the movie itself is apparently pretty good, too. It scooped up seven Golden Globe nominations this morning, including Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy.

Read the interview at

By Lindsay Lambert, Editor

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December 12, 2013

Cropped Talk: Our Fashion Director on the Pixie Cut

By Jackie Nasser, Rue La La Fashion Director

I recently realized something about myself: I’m in a hair rut. After a teenage bout with experimentation (jet black, bright red, and a bob inspired by 90210’s Kelly Taylor), I’ve played it pretty safe with my hair. But secretly, I want to be a lot bolder. I want to be one of those women who is a natural hair chameleon, who can go from a platinum asymmetrical bob to long auburn waves with ease. Some women – like Victoria Beckham, Katy Perry, Drew Barrymore, and Rachel McAdams, just to name a few – actually have this ability.

Jackie Nasser on the Pixie Cut

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December 12, 2013

The Dirty Hair Survival Guide: 5 Styles for Lazy Mornings

Lazy Morning Ritual

Winter’s morning ritual:

Wake up to alarm.
Notice sleet and snow outside.
Snooze for 45 minutes.
Realize I have 5 minutes to get ready.
Request Uber. “Just this one last time.”
Throw hair in a messy bun and dash out the door.

Giant surprise, but this routine isn’t really working for me. To the rescue? ELLE’s collection of five hairstyles that work best on dirty hair. (I will consider it my hair bible from this day forward.) From the pin-backed braid to the messy pony, this girl’s locks are about to get a major upgrade.

Check out the five styles on ELLE.

By Joanna Berliner, Editor

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December 10, 2013

Nail File: Do Base Coats & Top Coats Really Work?

When you’re in a hurry, it’s easy to slap on one coat of colored polish and head out the door. But in order to keep your at-home manicure chip-free and looking great longer than just a few days, it’s important to apply a base and top coat. Not convinced? Check out the pros of these polishes below.

Why You Need a Base and Top Coat

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December 9, 2013

The (Confetti) Eyes Have It: A Look at the Glitter Shadow Trend

When it comes to makeup, I’m a less-is-more kind of girl. And while I’m certainly up for a little extra lip color and highlighter for the right occasion (hello, company holiday party), the thought of shellacking my eyelids with glitter is enough to send me hiding behind my shower curtain.

Glitter Eyes

But just when I thought sparkly lids had secured their place in the annals of 80s history, they’re making a comeback. And the new iteration is tasteful enough that I might just try it. According to the beauty buffs at New York Magazine (who got a little help from a pro), the trick to rocking glittery lids without looking silly is to stick with neutral tones like pink and beige – or other shades that complement your eye color – and blend a metal-foil-finish shadow with a regular shadow to keep from going overboard on sparkle. Seems simple enough, right? Here goes nothing.

Learn how to get flawless glitter lids at

By Lindsay Lambert, Editor

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December 5, 2013