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Exclusive Video: How to Create A Soft, Romantic Updo with Dove® Celebrity Stylist Mark Townsend

Earlier I gave you a sneak peek at my video shoot with Dove® Hair and Celebrity Stylist Mark Townsend - and now I'm revealing the finished video! My tutorial shows you how to easily create a soft and romantic up-do that's especially suited for growing out bangs (but will work with just about any hair type or shoulder-length cut).

Sneak Peek: Behind the Scenes at My Dove® Photo Shoot with Celebrity Stylist Mark Townsend

Celebrity stylist Mark Townsend and Dianna Baros, editor of

Recently I had the chance to collaborate with Dove® Hair on a video tutorial that shows you how to easily create a soft & romantic up-do at home. While struggling to hold back tears, I left my little one with Dad for the day and headed to NYC where I met up with Dove® Celebrity Stylist Mark Townsend - he instantly put me at ease with his gracious personality and kept me laughing the whole time!

Take the 7-Day Hair and Scalp Challenge with Clear Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy

Clear Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy is offering you the exclusive opportunity to take the 7-Day Scalp & Hair Challenege to acheive stronger, more beautiful hair in 7 days, guaranteed.

If you're like me, you probably haven't let conditioner touch your scalp in years. All the beauty mags, my hair dresser and even the conditioner bottles themselves say "apply to ends" - not apply to the scalp. And that's what I've been doing: Washing my hair, applying a glob of the conditioner to the ends of my hair, and then working a small amount around the rest of my head - but I never dare to work it into my scalp. Doing so would seem counterintuitive - you want a squeaky clean scalp, so the last thing you'd do is reintroduce conditioner after you've just shampooed - right?

Well, the folks at CLEAR Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy are turning things upside down. According to them, 99% of hair's natural strength and beauty comes from the scalp. And when you think about it, that makes a LOT of sense. So they formulated products that you apply to the scalp - not just the ends - "feeding" the scalp with Nutrium10 - a rich blend of 10 vitamins and nutrients - for locks that are stronger and smoother, from top to bottom.

I kinda had a lightbulb moment when I heard this concept for getting softer, stronger, silkier hair, and I for one am totally on board to give it a try - and you can participate, too!

If you want to take the 7-Day Scalp & Hair Challenge, just visit the Clear Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy Facebook page for your chance to win free product samples and see for yourselves. CLEAR is so confident you'll be amazed by the results after 7 days that they are even offering a money back gurantee. How's that for budget friendly beauty?

Stay tuned to follow my journey and if you take the challenge, too, let me know what you think of your results!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by CLEAR Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy and Style Coalition. Opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Backstage Beauty with Bumble and Bumble at Honor SS13

There's just something about adding a little shimmer to a simple updo, and James Pecis for Bumble and Bumble pulled it off effortlessly with his take for Honor's Spring 2013 collection. Showing that just a touch of embellishment can add a big dose of style, the Bumble and Bumble teamed tucked rhinestones into double French braids playing off the "human anatomy" theme of the collection. It looks like I'm going to be trying this come spring. Who's with me? —by The Budget Babe Correspondent, Megan Zietz

Backstage Beauty with John Frieda at Zac Posen SS13

Backstage at Zac Posen, I caught up with the John Frieda team to find out how they achieved the Spring 2013 hair looks. For his Spring 2013 collection, Zac Posen envisioned rich, vibrant hair color to make the runway looks truly pop. John Frieda® International Creative Consultant Harry Josh brought this vision to life, using John Frieda® Precision Foam Colour to enhance models’ shades with saturated colour and shine that complemented Zac Posen's whimsically elegant spring pieces.

Next, in order to enhance the richness of the colour, John Frieda® Global Creative Consultant Luigi Murenu melded two looks into one – creating a graphic style in the front and a soft wave in the back. Drawing inspiration from polished wood, Murenu described the look as "chic, elegant and timeless."

Keep reading for more of my backstage photos, plus step by step tips to get the look at home.