I’ve just lost my virginity—for the third time! The first was as you’d imagine, the second happened when I dyed my brunette hair to a blonde of Brit Brit proportions for a story I wrote in Marie Claire and the third time is right now as I write this inaugural The Beauty Girl (TBG) post.Hot BunsFrom this day forward I promise to hook you up on the beauty front. I promise to keep it real and share the scoop before everyone else knows what’s cool.I’ll choose NYC style over LA looks any day of the week—except for maybe Mondays when I watch The Hills. And even then, my taste sides with California casual LC over Malibu Barbie Heidi. I’m a hazer when it comes to making people wear sunblock and a hater on the French manicure. But what I love most is beauty that’s effortless and chic like a bold red lip, Heidi Klum and this summer’s go-to hairstyle, a bun.Backstage at the Tracy Reese fashion show celebrity hairstylist Nathaniel Hawkins (you may recognize him from Project Runway) showed me how to create a modern bun in 3 quick steps. Tip: Don’t bother washing your locks. Dirty hair is easier to work with because it won’t slip.

Brush your hair into a ponytail and secure with an elastic band. If your hair is looking limp, run a dime-size amount of a volumizing product like Tresemé 24 hour body weightless créme through the roots.

Step 1: Brush your hair into a ponytail and secure with an elastic band. If your hair is looking limp, run a dime-size amount of a volumizing product like Tresemé 24 hour body weightless créme through the roots.

Loosely Braid the tail

Step 2: Loosely Braid the tail

Wrap the braid to form a bun and secure with bobby pins.

Step 3: Wrap the braid to form a bun and secure with bobby pins.

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