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Kate Winslet Beachy Hair Tutorial Just in Time for Spring

Kate Winslet "Divergent" Los Angeles Premiere

Today marks the first day of spring, so what better way to celebrate the arrival of warmer weather (for the east coast, anyway) than with a beachy hair how-to. I love this natural-looking, messy-in-a-good-way beachy hairstyle Renato Campora created for Kate Winslet’s Los Angeles Premiere of Divergent. Here’s how to recreate it:

Step 1: Apply John Frieda Luxurious Volume Volume Building Mousse, $6.50 on clean, wet hair.

Step 2: Apply John Frieda Luxurious Volume Root Booster Blow Dry Lotion, $6.50, concentrating on the roots to create volume, and blow-dry your hair.

Step 3: Once your hair is fully dry, use a one-and-a-half-inch curling iron to create voluminous waves by wrapping your hair around the iron.

Step 4: After letting your waves cool completely, finished the look with John Frieda Luxurious Volume All Day Hold Hairspray$6.50 to add long-lasting volume to your waves.

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Pinspiration: The Five Braided Hairstyles I’m Lusting After

Confession: I’ve got a lot going on right now. Between putting an offer in on a new house (fingers crossed that it all works out!), working full time and being a toddler mom and wife, my plate is pretty full. It leaves very little time for my passion: talking about beauty, playing with products and my favorite: experimenting with fun hairstyles — especially braided hairstyles. So, in lieu of posting a fun twisted tuesday braided hairstyle I’ve created myself, I’m simply going to share photos of the five  looks I recently pinned. Lemme know what you think. Do you deem these pin worthy?

Messy Halo

messy halo braid

Double Braided Updo

double braided updo

Braided Faux Hawk

braided faux hawk

Classic Halo

braided halo

Messy Side Braid

loose side braid

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Video: Tame Your Cowlick Once and for All

I shared some tricks on how to get a better blowdry on Monday, but wanted to follow that up with this quick (it’s seconds long) video of Andrew Carruthers, education director for Sam Villa, showing me how to tame a cowlick (or strong growth pattern) at the front of your hair. All you need is your go-to blowdryer and a fine-tooth comb. The secret is about redirecting the blowdryer and using the comb to pick up every single hair.

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6 Tricks to a Better Blowdry

sam villa blowoutsSam and I were lucky enough to have the experts at Sam Villa (they just opened a training-focused blowdry bar in Las Vegas) blowout our hair while we were in New York City. And, we picked up a few handy tricks for getting a better blowdry at home from Andrew Carruthers, the education director for Sam Villa.

No. 1: Start your hairstyling process when your hair is soaking wet if you have stubborn cowlicks.

No. 2: Though it may seem more timing consuming, section out your hair. Carruthers swears it’s the one major difference between what they do in a salon and what we do at home. Even four large sections will make a huge difference.

No. 3: Don’t always go for the hottest blowdryer or blowdryer setting. More heat doesn’t equal smoother hair, and too much heat can strip hair of precious, hydrating oils.

No. 4: The next time you have your hair cut, ask your stylist what your ideal hair product cocktail is. If they’re familiar with your hair and you love how your hair looks after they style it, you’ll want to know what products they’re using and the order in which they apply them. And, if you start the conversation, it won’t feel like they’re trying to sell you product. They’re experts, so take advantage of that and pick their brains.

No. 5: When it comes to brushes, a paddle-style brush will be the easiest to control. Go for a 100 percent boar bristle brush if your hair has texture or opt for a brush with a medal core if hair is fine (just be sure “not to put too much tension on the brush or fine hair will fall flat,” urges Carruthers).

No. 6: If finishing with hairspray, spray it in the direction you want your flyaways to go in order to really help tame them, says Carruthers.

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