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Holy Headdresses

The traditional polish vinok

In Ukraine, the vinok isn’t merely a pretty accessory: The meaning of the wreaths traces back to Ukraine’s early history, when they were associated with virginity, marriage, and womanhood, and have continued to be, up until the early 20th century. “In both Ukraine and Russia, both spouses-to-be would wear crowns during the wedding ceremony, apparently continuing an ancient tradition from Byzantium.

Going Blonde: A Step-By-Step Guide

Big Change!

There are few beauty maneuvers as dramatic, not to mention nerve-racking, as dying your hair to platinum blonde. Here's someone who took the plunge and documented the process along the way. Since going blonde, especially if you have dark hair, can be an intimidating process, we have all the deets on what to expect and the tricks you need to know to avoid damaging your hair. It’s a commitment, but from what we can tell, the expression “blondes have more fun” may have some truth!