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In 2021, expect a brilliant mix of fiction from bestselling authors like Morgan Jerkins and Sally Rooney, along with an invitation into the lives of prominent figures like Senator Mazie K. Hirono in Heart of Fire and the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Justice, Justice Thou Shalt Pursue. If you're looking for a psychological drama about motherhood, Ashley Audrain's The Push takes readers inside the mind of main character Blythe who questions her relationship with her daughter when she's born, forcing her to eventually confront some truths about herself.
During the pandemic, we’ve all been living through our screens, absorbing what society perceives to be beautiful, and in turn, sharing the version of ourselves that we think is beautiful. But our relationship with beauty and how we choose to express it is much more complex: It’s a connection to your culture, a coping mechanism, a lifestyle, or a work of art. In our first season of Beauty Out There, in partnership with Ulta Beauty, we’re meeting four LA locals whose looks and rituals are as personal as they are powerful, proving that beauty can be a conduit to the most authentic and confident version of yourself. Feeling free is a running theme in Julienne Brown’s life. Whether she’s cooking off-recipe or jotting down song lyrics in her journal, the self-described “free spirit” and Los Angeles-based musician, fashion recruiter, and all-around creative likes to forge her path only in ways that feel most authentic to her. This mindset is especially true when it comes to how she chooses to wear her hair. “I’ve wanted locs ever since I was a little kid,” she recalls, noting how her mother would never allow her to wear the style growing up in Michigan. After she moved out of the house to go to college, she started wearing her hair in twists which — while attending music festivals — eventually turned into locs on their own. To her, they became a form of rebellion against society. “My locs represent my choice to be the truest version of myself. For far too long, Black women have been under pressure about their hair,” Brown says, having personally experienced microaggressions regarding her hair at previous jobs (which is part of a larger cultural issue around hair-based discrimination in the workplace that movements like The Crown Act are actively fighting back against). “Locs lifted that pressure for me. I no longer care what my hair ‘should’ look like.” Now, at her dream job as a recruiter for fashion and creative roles, she makes her own schedule and embraces her individual style, all while following her passion as a singer-songwriter working on her next EP. While locs represent freedom for Brown, they also symbolize commitment — not just in a long-term sense (she plans to wear them for life), but also as a daily form of self-care. “When I’m taking care of my locs, I am the most connected to myself,” she says. “It’s a meditative experience.” When it comes to her loc routine, Brown’s philosophy is less-is-more. “I try to use organic, healthy products,” she says, mentioning rose water and lavender oil. She’ll do a wash day every two weeks, along with a detox treatment every three months. While she likes to keep it simple, occasionally she’ll style her locs into pigtails or wear them in braids for a few days to give them a curl. “My locs are a record of who I am and where I’ve been,” she says. “They carry my history.” Watch the entire video above to learn more about Brown, her loc routine, and her personal style. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?
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Think about the cool-girl short haircut you've always wanted. Maybe it's the polished jaw-length bob you've saved on Instagram, like, a hundred times, or the loose curly pixie that would finally allow you to quit your blowout habit. Whatever your dream chop looks like — now's the time to pull the trigger. If the only thing stopping you is that little voice inside your head whispering, You'll miss your ponytail, we have the fix. Ahead, we've compiled a comprehensive roundup of the cutest short updos that will ward off any and all post-cut regret.From half-ups and barrette tucks to delicate French braids and baby topknots — all styled by the coolest girls on Instagram — scroll through to find the photo that will convince you to (finally) go above-the-shoulder short.Floral RibbonPulling your short hair back into a baby bun at the nape of your neck looks chic on its own, but tie it with a vintage floral-print ribbon scarf and it becomes the finishing touch on your April outfit.Baseball CapEven if your hair is short, you don't have to style it every day. On a "bad hair day," lean into the low-key cool aesthetic of a baseball cap.Silk HeadscarfBraids plus a headscarf are peak Zoom hairstyle perfection.Half UpTo add a touch of romance to a shorter style, pull your top layer of hair back but let your face-framing stands stay loose. Padded HeadbandRowan Blanchard, ever the coolest, proves that an elegant velvet headband is the perfect juxtaposition to an edgy shaggy bob.Gold Barrette With a blunt bob that falls above the collarbone, a half-up feels so chic. Pin it back with a sleek barrette, like this gold rectangular one, which is only $12 at J.Crew. (The chunky hoops from Mejuri will cost you a little extra.)Slicked BackIf you have styling mousse and a single clip or bobby pin, you can get the easiest "updo" ever.French Braids If your hair won't fit into one braid, try two. Because your hair is short, the style will show off the nape of your neck (or, in this case, entire back).Bobby Pins Only have a handful of bobby pins in your dresser drawer? Slide them into your hair in a criss-cross shape for instant cool factor.French Twist Lucy Hale is constantly doling out short updo inspiration, but we're especially loving this French-twist bun. It adds a heavy dose of glamour — you know, just in case you can't splurge for the diamond droplet earrings.Topknot If you have naturally curly hair, take a style cue from model Melody Acevedo. Section off your hair from both temples and pull it tightly into a cute topknot at the crown.Bubble PonytailYou don't need to buy anything special — just two skinny hair ties — to pull off this unexpectedly chic, sectioned half-updo like Olivia Palermo.Hair Jewelry If there was ever a case for hair jewelry, it's this shot of Yara Shahidi and her cropped glossy curls punctuated with delicate gold rings along the side of her head.Space Buns Do you see Minnie Mouse or Millie Bobby Brown? Either way, these half-up, half-down space buns are unquestionably adorable.Bright BowA short curly cut is gorgeous on its own; the clementine-colored scarf is just the bow on top.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Hilary Duff Says Goodbye To Her Blue HairThis Vegan Masque Strengthens Weak HairThe Sweet Story Behind Amanda Gorman's Vogue