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some of our home office gals had a cute little royal wedding party on friday :)

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speaking of the UK, jemma got this sweet easter package of treats from her parents overseas :)

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one of our designers rescued this adorable pup and she’s one of the sweetest things i’ve ever seen! don’t you love her bed, too?!

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little toby wants to play!

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omni is not so sure :)  omni is another recent addition to the pup family here, she belongs to our interactive web director!

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little toby smushface :)

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toby’s mom’s awesome hair.

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and martha gets her hair did in our studio today for a special shoot!

april catalog diary: day one hair and makeup

the theme for the catalog was the elements – contrasting a muted palette and soft colors for earth and air on day one with bold, bright colors and tribal elements for fire and water on day two.  keeping with this theme, the makeup on day one was very natural and clean, giving sasha pivovarova the appearance of not wearing any makeup at all. Read More

hair tip!

so a couple of you have asked us how we get our models’ hair so relaxed, wavy and perfect… which is a great question. so i asked our hair/makeup artist deanna and here is her method! i tried it out myself and it works wonderfully…

first, slightly dampen hair with a styling spray – she uses bumble and bumble.

next, separate the hair into two pieces down the center. then separate those two into two. start with 2 strands, either the left side or the right of head,  and twist the hair away from the face. then take the 2 twisted strands and twist them together. secure on top of head with a hair clip.

allow time to dry, then remove clips and shake out hair.

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and that’s it!

wednes-diy

as promised, the lovely ladies of free people austin lamar have provided step by step instructions on how to put in these rad feather hair extensions! i’m so bummed i didn’t know how to do this all summer long!

step 1: pick anywhere from 3-5 feathers. you can buy the feathers at some hair salons, or order them from etsy.

step 2: pick a small piece of hair- we suggest either under a layer of hair on top, or a small piece of hair underneath, right by the ear.

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Step 3: if you don’t have a fancy tool, you can just take a piece of fishing line and loop it! then place the hair extension bead through both ends. you can find these beads at any beauty supply store that carries hair extensions.

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step 4: pull the small piece of hair that you selected through the loop.

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step 5: move the bead up the fishing line and onto the piece of hair.

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step 6: pull the hair through the bead completely, and make sure it stays about an inch from the scalp.

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step 7: take your cluster of feathers, and make sure every feather makes it into the bead!

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Step 8: once you make sure all of the feathers are in, you can trim any of the excess that is sticking out of the top of the bead.

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step 9: take pliers and squeeze the bead until it is completely closed.

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VOILA!!! you have beautiful feathers in your hair!!

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now if you want to take it a step further, put some feathers on both sides of your head and put your hair into a french braid:

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peace of cake ;)

*update*

to remove the feathers you can just pinch the bead with pliers in the other direction to open it and they slide right out. or after a week or two they might slide out on their own.

the feather can get wet, washed, brushed, blown dry and straightened! you can pretty much just treat them like your own hair.

purple

when i was in the photo studio last week for our latest how-to style session, i kept finding myself admiring our associate stylist’s hair! she died her ends purple and i think it looks awesome – as a fellow brunette who loves the whole colored hair trend, i’ve often wondered what colors would look good with brown hair and i think purple definitely does! it’s subtle but still catches the eye.