• I dread wearing my hair down during hot August days, but ponytails can get boring fast. I say we mix it up with braided up-dos instead. I'm kind of obsessed with how gorgeous braided chignons look -- but it seems super complicated to do. On the contrary, with the help of tutorials, braids are really easy to do! I've rounded up 10 braided up-do tutorials you should start wearing now before summer ends! - By Gabrielle Blair

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  • Source: Getaway Guide: Take On the Big City With These Essentials

    Thinking of ditching the sand dunes for the urban jungle? Summer is the perfect time to take in the sites of a city you've never seen before - or haven't visited in a while. Don't forget to bring these necessities along to keep you looking your best no matter what metropolis you're jetting off to.

    • Oil blotting pads: Half the fun of touring a new city is wandering around for hours and taking everything in. Carry some oil absorbing pads in your purse, like Neutrogena Long-Last Shine-Control Blotting Sheets ($6.50), to avoid shine in your photos.
    • Bright lipstick: Urban living lends itself to experimenting with trends. Bring along a bold lipstick you've been too timid to try at home. MAC Pro Longwear Lipcream in Love Forever! ($17) is a fluorescent pink that can transition from day to night.
    • Specially formulated sunscreen: The sun isn't the only thing your skin need protecting from while you're hopping from

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  • Source: 3 SPF Tips to Get You Through the Dog Days

    The so-called dog days of Summer have arrived. And with temperatures blazing and humidity rising, skin can sometimes take a beating, especially if your SPF is out of whack. But with a few sunscreen strategies on hand, hopefully your biggest worry will be limited to what flavor margarita to get while dining al fresco. Get three sun protection tips when you read more.

    1. Let's get physical . . . or chemical
    : Whatever SPF you choose, be sure it's either a chemical or physical blocker (or both). For some people, however, physical, which sit on top of the skin instead of interacting with it, are a better choice. "Recently, there has been some controversy over chemical blockers," explains Jasmina Aganovic, founder of skin care brand Stages of Beauty. "The Environmental Working Group has listed them as potential allergens. So depending on your views and if you want to go the 'au natural' route with sunscreen, opt for sunscreens with physic

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  • Lauren Friedman

    Lauren Friedman

    Jean Godfrey-June, Lucky magazine

    Q: I go to the gym three to four times a week but don't want to keep washing my hair after each workout-it gets dry. How do I battle frizz and sweat without washing my hair? -Tia


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    A:
    Dear Tia,

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    Perhaps this is crazy, but I find a little sweat to be kind of volumizing and fabulous. Depending on what it does to your hair, there are some portable options that are a million times better than over-washing. If your hair looks greasy after a workout, dry shampoo is the easy (and additionally volumizing) solution. The one above is new and cute and portable and paraben-free: perfection! If your problem is frizz, hair cream and/or pomade applied directly to the problematic spot should do the trick. Since I am too lazy to carry tons of stuff to the gym, however, my frizz solution is: solid perfume, which is essentially scented ointment and does the same thing as a

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  • Freida Pinto, Kristen Stewart, Lea Michele

    Freida Pinto, Kristen Stewart, Lea Michele


    Popular on the red carpet and the runway, braids are all the rage right now. But if the intricate crowns and conch shell-inspired designs (like those at Valentino's Spring show) are a little too complicated for you, opt for a looser, bohemian-inspired style. Girls like Freida Pinto, Kristen Stewart and Lea Michele have sported an informal side plait on the red carpet, leaving taught up-dos behind. To achieve the perfect beach-worthy braid, Isabel Guillen, stylist and braiding specialist from John Barrett's Braid Salon in New York City, suggests prepping locks with John Barrett Be Hold to combat fly-aways and frizz, and teasing your crown before starting on your braid - the extra height will help balance your face. For the perfect beachy effect, use your hands rather than a comb to smooth your strands, and pull on the edges or corners of your braid to loosen it. To finish, spray with a lightweight hairspray, such as Shu Uemura Sheer Lacquer, for a hold that will last all day long.
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