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We all look enviously upon the lush, luxurious locks that celebrities seemingly permanently sport. How is it that they always have gorgeous, voluminously coiffed hair? Well, other than on-call stylists, many of them employ extensions to enhance their well-tended natural locks. They don’t use just any old hair enhancement though, good extensions are like good clothes; quality is paramount. Just like you would buy good quality fabrics and designs to make your outfits go from great to head-turning, give your hair a little extra oomph with high quality extensions. When it comes tohair extensions, good ones are often made out of human hair that is matched to your hair texture and dyed to mimic your exact coloring. Besides purchasing good quality products, your extensions should be carefully bound to your natural hair and lovingly cared for to ensure both maximum enhancement and tolerance to daily wear and tear. Read More

Is Dyson’s New Hairdryer Worth the Cost?

Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer
Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer

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The hairdryer game hasn’t changed much in decades. That is, until this September, when Dyson’s new Supersonic hairdryer will be released stateside in Sephora stores. British engineer and designer, Sir James Dyson, who is known for bringing the world highly engineered luxury through unglamorous household appliances, has just announced the release of the Supersonic, marking Dyson’s first foray into the beauty industry.

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In Honor of Father’s Day, a Look Back at Influential TV Dads

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1950s style couple having breakfast

The vintage hairstyles of the 1950s are here forever, giving men options for a polished and classic look. No matter how much men’s hairstyles have changed, retro hairstyles from the fifties are still popular. Many celebrities and actors of the fifties’ era ignited the core hairstyle trends in men. It is no surprise that many of the current hairstyles originated in the fifties.

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The 10 Types of Hair Brushes: Are You Using the Right Ones?

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Anyone who has walked down the beauty product aisle knows that there is a staggering amount of hair brushes to choose from. Large mixed bristle brushes, extension brushes, detangling brushes—the list could go on and on. Most people choose the first brush that they see which they think will do the job, but you could be doing your hair a serious disservice by doing this.

Taking the time to understand the main types of hair brushes will help you choose the best one for your hair type, giving you healthier and better-looking hair. With the right brush, you may even find that you don’t need to use your heat products as much (if at all).

When You Want Volume

Those who are looking to increase the volume of their hair should stick to round brushes. Round brushes come in many different sizes depending on how tight you want your curls. Choose a smaller round brush for tight curls and a large round brush for enviable waves.

Retail: $25.99

Get frizz-free volume with this round brush from Nexxus. The bristles are short enough so that you can achieve lift at the crown of your head, but also long enough to easily catch and hold your hair as you style it.

Retail: $8.58

If you have thin or normal hair, the Spornette Prego Round Styling Brush should be your go-to for volume. This brush is not only lightweight, but it also has a ceramic barrel that quickly heats up to give you a perfect style every time.

Retail: $60.00

Achieving volume is super easy with this hair brush. The boar and nylon bristles are designed in a concave pattern that give you ultimate styling control and picks up more hair than other round brushes. Designed by celebrity stylist Harry Josh, this brush is sure to give you bigger hair in no time.

For Thick or Coarse Hair

If you have thick or coarse hair, you probably know the struggle that can come with choosing the right hair brush. Thick hair types need a brush with wide-spaced bristles that will be able to work through all that hair without being too rough. For thick or coarse hair, these brushes may be your new best friends:

Retail: $24.00

This hair brush contains a mixture of boar and nylon bristles that is ideal for thick hair types. It will help brush through thick hair while gently massaging the scalp. In addition, the paddle brush style is great for long hair because it works the hair’s natural oils throughout your strands.

Retail: $325.00

A hair brush that contains 100 percent boar bristles can be a little pricey, but they also offer benefits that synthetic hair brushes can’t give you. This hair brush from Mason Pearson has premium grade boar bristles and is built to last. It massages the scalp with each stroke, helping to promote blood circulation for healthier locks.

Retail: $60.00

These brushes are sometimes referred to as ion brushes because they are made from tourmaline, which releases negative ions. These ions can give you smooth hair that is static-free. This round brush from Solano has a gel grip for comfort while you work through your thick mane.

Styling Layers and Bangs

Styling layers and bangs can be difficult, but certain brushes can make things easier. Whether you have blunt or side-swept bangs, it is best to stay away from round brushes and stick with paddle brushes or combs instead:

Retail: $3.99

This comb is ideal for styling bangs or separating hair while flat ironing. The smaller teeth of the comb are able to grab the foot better in order to create more tension.

Retail: $8.00

A teasing brush is excellent for styling bangs or layers because it can separate strands easily, giving you the control that you need for small sections of hair.

Retail: $55.00

Everyone needs to have a paddle brush in their arsenal because they can be used for a variety of purposes. This paddle brush can expertly style your bangs and smooth stray hairs back into place.

A Smooth Blowout

While you could go to a salon for a beautiful blowout, you can achieve similar results on your own with a certain type of hair brush. Both paddle brushes and round brushes are popular choices if your goal is to get sleek and shiny hair, although round brushes tend to give you more control over hair tension (which is helpful to getting smooth strands).

Retail: $40.00

This lightweight round brush helps reduce frizz through the nanoionic technology in the barrel. The ceramic barrel heats up as you blow-dry your hair, which helps give your hair volume and creates a smooth texture from your roots to your ends.

Retail: $24.90

If your hair blow-dries fairly straight on its own, a ceramic paddle brush could work well for you. The ionic bristles in this brush help repel water and speed up your drying time, while the ceramic protects hair from heat damage. The flat shape of the brush is perfect for achieving sleek and shiny hair.

Retail: $75.00

Yes, this brush may be on the pricier side, but it can’t be beat when it comes to achieving a salon-worthy blowout. The first-cut boar bristles are densely packed in order to cut down on drying time, and the brush is designed to glide gently through hair without snagging your strands. Its large barrel makes it the perfect blowout brush for those with longer hair.

For Hair That Takes Forever to Dry

Do you ever wish that you could speed up your hair drying time? It turns out that the right hair brush can save you some time and may help prevent damage to your hair:

Retail: $15.99

Cut back heat damage with this thermal round curling brush by BrushLab. Its ceramic barrel and nylon bristles reduce drying time and also help keep heat at an even level so that it doesn’t damage your hair as much.

Retail: $18.90

This hair brush works for all hair types and has a ceramic barrel and ionic bristles to emit negative ions, sealing your hair’s cuticles and promoting sleek and healthy hair. These brushes also come in different sizes for a variety of hair lengths.

Retail: $14.99

The Quick Dry Brush has a contoured shape designed to hug the scalp and has IntelliFlex bristles that will resist heat of up to 450 degrees. This brush also has an open vented design that allows heat to pass through and channel it to the hair for perfect styling as you blow dry.

For Extra Shine

Restore the shine in your hair by choosing hair brushes that are designed to work your hair’s natural oils throughout your hair. Natural fiber bristle brushes are the best choice for achieving ultimate shine in your hair:

Retail: $52.00

The Ibiza EX5 Round Brush is ideal for those who have longer hair and want soft, shiny curls or big volume. The natural boar bristle with a unique carbon fiber heat resistant nylon will give your hair long-lasting shine.

Retail: $16.00

This brush has a comfortable oval shaped cushion with 100 percent natural premium cut boar bristles that will evenly distribute your hair’s oils to give it a glossy look. It also works well as a finishing brush.

Retail: $10.50

Those with very fine hair that want to give it shine should consider this brush by Bass Brushes. The brush uses 100 percent boar’s hair for the bristles, and its unique semi oval design is effective at massaging and exfoliating the scalp.

Detangling Your Hair

Whether it’s wet or dry, detangling knots can be hard on our hair. This is why it is important that you have the right hair brush so that you don’t break strands and accidentally damage them.

Retail: $20.00

The Tangle Teezer uses uniquely designed teeth to untangle difficult knots without causing breakage or splitting. It can be used on all hair types, including color-treated hair or those with extensions.

Retail: $14.95

This paddle brush is crafted from bamboo, making it lightweight and comfortable to hold. More importantly, it is able to detangle many different hair types, including curly, thick, long, fine, or thin hair.

Retail: $14.99

For ultra-fine hair, the Michel Mercier Detangling Brush should be your go-to detangling hair brush. The unique distribution of bristles is able to detangle fine hair without resulting in hair loss or damage.

Eliminate Static

There is nothing more annoying than running a hair brush through your hair and having it stand on end. Luckily, there are some hair brushes designed to get rid of this problem:

Retail: $5.19

The company worked hard to design a brush that would tackle the problem of static, and it appears to be a success. The carbon-fiber bristles are effective at reducing friction and minimizing static as you blow dry your hair. It also works well with styling products that aim to prevent flyaways and frizz.

Retail: $7.50

This Spornette brush eliminates static buildup by using bristles that are ball-tipped and designed to be gentle on the scalp. It is excellent for drying hair and getting enviable volume without electrifying strands

Retail: $22.00

If you want to create tight curls that are free of frizz and static, the Shine Angel Anti-Static Brush is the tool that you are looking for. The vertical ionic nylon bristles give hair a frizz-free finish, while the real boar bristles give you a glossy finish.

Eco-Friendly Brushes

More people than ever before are finding ways to reduce their carbon footprint and take care of the environment. If you are in search of an eco-friendly brush that works, there are plenty of fantastic hair brushes for you to choose from:

Retail: $7.50

This environmentally-smart brush uses 100 percent recycled material and soy-based links. Its natural boar bristles are sheared humanely from farm-raised animals, and the handles are made from non-endangered woods.

Retail: $18.00

Go green with Spornette’s Zhu Bamboo paddle brush, and you won’t regret your decision. The paddle brush is made from bamboo and has nylon ball-tipped bristles that will help condition your scalp.

Retail: $6.25

Being environmentally-friendly has never been easier with this comb from Olivia Garden. This comb is eco-friendly and made from natural bamboo, which helps restore your hair’s balance and gives it shine.

Brushes for Hair Extensions

Hair extensions and wigs can be difficult to work with, and it is important that you use a brush designed specifically to use on them. These hair brushes will help you smooth out your hair without snagging or pulling on your extensions:

Retail: $8.03

This unique nylon loop bristle brush will work through your extension gently so that you don’t break bonds of hair extensions or weaves.

Retail: $8.98

The Wet Brush Extension Brush was created with wigs and extensions in mind. The brush has a rubberized non-slip grip for a secure hold and has soft looped brush bristles that were designed to pass easily through hair extensions.

Retail: $15.99

The EPIC extension brush has a tapered head that allows you to work between layers and get closer to your hair’s roots. The IntelliLoop bristles makes hair pass easily though tangles without snagging weaves, extensions, or wefts.

Why the Type of Hair Brush You Use Matters

Choosing the right hair brush for your hair may be more important than you think. Using a hair brush that isn’t designed with your hair type in mind could damage your hair and make it look unhealthy. Paddle brushes are great for nearly every hair type, but it is crucial that you make sure you select the right hair brush so that you have gorgeous and healthy hair.

Celebrating Davines Sustainable Beauty Month

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Green is the New Black

With global warming on the rise and an apparent lack of responsibility from major corporate polluters, many small businesses are starting to take matters into their own hands. By combining business savvy and environmental consciousness, Italian beauty company Davines has created a worldwide green movement in the salon industry. Saving the planet just got a lot more glamorous.

Sustainable Beauty Month

Sustainable Beauty Month began in 2010 as Sustainable Beauty Day, first held in Italy. Developed by Davines, SBD was a way for businesses – more specifically, salons – to give back to the environment and promote environmental consciousness. Davines wanted to create a synergy between business and the environment, with concrete, positive results for the planet and salons. Soon, SBD was celebrated in many countries all over the world, including France and Canada. Since it has become an international event lasting a whole month! Sustainable Beauty Month has reached the U.S. and many salons are taking action.

To participate in Sustainable Beauty Month, a salon will offer a promotion where all proceeds go to benefit socio-environmental projects and/or organizations. Each year, target goals were set and incredibly exceeded each time. In 2011, Canada and the United States raised over $25,000 and $62,000 in 2012 by 80 salons!

For the past several years, Davines has partnered with the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation to plant fruit trees in developing countries. Currently, Davines is committed to helping fund the planting of 10,000 trees in El Salvador. It is one of the most deforested countries in the world with more than 46% of the rural population living in poverty. The average cost of planting and maintaining one tree is $100, or about 4 large bottles of Davines’ award-winning OI Shampoo.

What We’re Doing

Barron’s London Salon is proud to partner with Davines and other eco-friendly salons across the globe for Sustainable Beauty Month 2016. In celebration of Sustainable Beauty Month, BLS is offering all Davines products for 15% off! Not only will you be entered to win an actual fruit tree, but also all proceeds will be donated to the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation. With the money raised, fruit trees will be planted in impoverished villages in different parts of the world.

The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation is “an international nonprofit charity dedicated to planting fruitful trees and plants to alleviate world hunger, combat climate change, strengthen communities, and improve surrounding air, soil, and water.”

What You Can Do

You don’t need to use eco-friendly products, like Davines’, to take “green” action in our beauty regiments and our daily lives.

All those empty bottles of shampoo, conditioner, lotion and body wash are all recyclable! The average American has 8 products in plastic bottles in the bathroom. If we all took steps to recycle these bottles, the effect would have an instrumental effect as recycling water bottles. Simply check out the product bottle for the well known recyclable logo (a triangle of three arrows), rinse it out, and toss it into the blue bin. This includes your metal aerosol cans, as well – just make sure to throw them in with your empty soda cans and other aluminum products.

If you’re not sure about whether you can recycle your tube of hair gel, check to see if that company offers a recycling program for their products. You would be surprised as many do! Garnier® has partnered with recycling behemoth TerraCycle® so you can send them your used shampoo caps, conditioner caps, hair gel tubes and caps, hair spray triggers, hair paste caps, lip balm tubes and caps, soap dispensers and tubes, body wash caps, lotion dispensers and caps, lipstick cases, lip gloss tubes, mascara tubes, eye shadow cases, bronzer cases, foundation packaging, powder cases, eyeliner cases, eyeliner pencils, eyeshadow tubes, concealer tubes, concealer sticks and lip liner pencils. Basically, almost every beauty product you own and the kitchen sink can be sent to TerraCycle® to be recycled.

If that seems like a lot of work to save the environment, simply switch to eco-friendly products with biodegradable recipes and containers. While the containers might be a bit more difficult to find, there are many natural products (like Davines) that are not only great for your hair, skin, and body but also the environment.

Lastly, help spread the word and awareness of Sustainable Beauty Month. Share a picture with the Davines mascot (pictured below) on your social media with the hashtag #ISustainBeauty. The androgynous mascot represents all genders, races, and cultures and serves as a reminder of the unity of our own beauty with the natural beauty of the environment. Ultimately, we are a part of nature. The same care and time we take into beautifying ourselves for our own fulfillment can and should be applied to our only home – the earth.

A Closer Look at Holiday Hairstyles

It’s that time of year again – time to start planning for the holidays and everything that comes with them. It’s time to decide whose house you’ll be hitting first on Thanksgiving – Grandma’s or Aunt Tillie’s. It’s time to start thinking about what you’ll be getting your impossible-to-shop-for best friend for Christmas. It’s time to decide on the menu for your annual Christmas party.

Most importantly of all, it’s time to start planning your holiday look. First impressions are forever, as are family photos, so it’s important to make sure your style is on point. This is especially the case when it comes to your hair. However, it’s one thing to know that your tresses are due for an update before the holidays are officially upon us. Deciding which looks will be the right fit for the multitude of settings that come with every holiday season is another.

Here we’ll take a closer look at some of the hottest options out there today when it comes to holiday looks. Whether this season will find you meeting your boyfriend’s parents for the first time, hosting your very first Thanksgiving, or taking in a downtown holiday festival on the arm of your dream date, we’ve got you covered.

WHY IS A GOOD HAIRSTYLE SO IMPORTANT ?

When looking to improve their appearance or put together the ideal look for a given occasion, people don’t always remember to consider their hair. They spend months of their time, not to mention hundreds of dollars, looking for the perfect outfit for that party or family get-together. They’re willing to live on lettuce and grapefruit for weeks to make sure their weight is just so.

However, they’ll wear their hair the same old way they always do, missing out on their best opportunity to really knock ‘em dead. But what’s so special about hair, anyway, and why does how you wear yours matter so much? Let us count the ways.


Put Your Best Face Forward

A great hairstyle can flatter your face, bringing out your best features, your unique coloring, the sparkle in your eyes, and your smile. However, an unflattering hairstyle can do the exact opposite. The thing is, we all know a bad hairstyle when we see it on someone else, but it’s a lot harder to evaluate our own choices. Research your unique face shape to determine which styles will help you make the most of it. You can also ask a professional stylist for suggestions.


Let Your Personality Shine Through

Your hairstyle is also the ultimate way to let your unique personality shine through. Are you fun and spontaneous – the life of the party? Try a daring and ultra-chic asymmetrical cut or pixie. Are you the elegant beauty queen in your circle of friends? Some long, sexy layers and perfectly executed highlights could suit you perfectly. Are you the rebel that prefers to stand apart from the crowd? How about a shocking color or an edgy cut that’s just as daring as you are?


Make The Most Of Your Hair Style

If you’re someone that absolutely loathes their natural hair texture, you’re far from alone. It’s common for people with straight hair to wish they had a crown full of curls instead, or for curly-tops to spend hours with a death grip on their flat iron. The right hairstyle can help you learn to love, appreciate, and accentuate the gorgeous natural texture you were born with. Not only will you look to-die-for, but you’ll save yourself a fortune in time, energy, and money as well.

The right hairstyle isn’t just about the right cut and color, either. How you choose to wear your hair and coordinate your choices with your lifestyle, your outfit, your different settings, and so on is equally as important. This is doubly the case when it really counts, as with the holidays.


DINNER WITH YOUR BIYFRIEND’S
PARENTS FOR THE FIRST TIME?

It’s something that strikes terror into the heart of even the coolest, most collected woman – meeting the parents over dinner. Obviously, you want to make a good impression. You want them to see you as classy, but not stuffy – friendly, but not frivolous. However, it can be difficult to determine which looks make that impression. If you’re meeting them over the holidays, then looking just right becomes even more important.

Yes, it’s the holiday season, but don’t assume this means that you have to be dressed to the nines. Instead, aim for put-together and comfortable. Choose a modest but pretty outfit that definitely makes you look like you cared enough to make a good impression, but stops well short of fussy. A nice blouse paired with a skirt and flats or boots is a good idea. Keep your make-up natural. For your hair, try one of these clean, simple styles:


THE “UNDONE” BUN:

An up-do is always a good choice for meeting the parents, but today’s version is more comfortable and casual. Smooth your hair back from your face and secure it at the nape of your neck firmly, but not too tightly. Arrange hair into a secure, but loose chignon or bun. Tease individual pieces of hair to create a “tousled” look for your bun. Be sure to leave some face-framing tendrils free as well.


VOLUMINOUS WAVES:

Prefer to wear your hair down? Try parting your hair just off center and using a medium barrel curling iron to add body and waves to one-inch sections of hair. Finger style for the perfect elegant-casual look.


HALF UP HALF DOWN:

Looking for something somewhere in between? Pull the front half of your hair back and secure at the crown in a high pony, while leaving the rest down. Add a festive hair band or barrette if you like.


HOLIDAY DATE NIGHT WITH
YOUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER

Whether you’ve been happily married for years or just started seeing someone new, it goes without saying that date nights are a cause for excitement. And a holiday date night? Well, it only makes sense to seize the opportunity to look extra festive. You want your special someone to look your way and feel instantly lucky to be out on the town with you.

Whether you’re hitting the stadium to catch a sporting event or stepping out for a meal at that brand new five-star restaurant that just opened up across town, holiday date nights are occasions where you want to look extra gorgeous. These options are sure to be perfect for whatever the night may bring your way.


HIGH BUN:

A sleek, smooth bun that sits high up on the head is the quintessential elegant look. Plus, it’s perfect for any occasion, goes with any outfit, and looks good on everyone. Keep your bun looking shiny and perfect all night long by stocking your purse with a travel-sized can of hairspray and a few bobby pins to wrangle strays.


ULTRA ELEGANT SIDE CHIGNON:

The asymmetrical look isn’t just for short cuts and edgy bobs, anymore. It’s also all the rage for date night hairstyles. Part your hair on one side and twist your hair into an elegant chignon on the opposite side. Secure at the nape of the neck. Add a pretty hair accessory for an extra festive touch.


SEXY BOHO WAVES:

This sexy, carefree look is the perfect way to show off your beautiful tresses and definitely look like you’re ready to hit the town, without also looking like you spent all day in front of the mirror fussing over your hair. Dry your hair about 80% of the way, braid it, and spritz with a bit of hairspray. Dry it the rest of the way, and unbraid. Instant “cool girl” waves that will have you turning heads all night.

THANKSGIVING DINNER
WITH THE FAMILY

It’s something that strikes terror into the heart of even the coolest, most collected woman – meeting the parents over dinner. Obviously, you want to make a good impression. You want them to see you as classy, but not stuffy – friendly, but not frivolous. However, it can be difficult to determine which looks make that impression. If you’re meeting them over the holidays, then looking just right becomes even more important.

You need a look that’s sleek and put together, but fun at the same time. Something that will impress Mom and Grandma, but still make you look cool in front of your sisters and cousins. Try the following on for size.


WAVY SIDE PONY:

This gorgeous hairstyle is proof positive that ponytails aren’t just for lazy Netflix Sundays with the girls. Brush your hair over to one side and secure with a covered rubber band. Wind one strand of hair around the band to hide it. Style the ponytail into a cascade of gentle waves with a large barrel curling iron.


LONG, SOFT AND WAVY:

Apply volumizing mousse to clean hair and blow it dry. Use electric rollers to create big, beautiful curls and waves. Allow rollers to cool completely before removing, and then brush hair gently while holding your head upside down. Smooth into place and lock in the style with a flexible hold hairspray.


LOVELY AND BRAIDED:

A pretty braid is just perfect for Thanksgiving with the fam. Pull the braid over one shoulder for a contemporary look, or go for a sophisticated French braid if you have the skills. If you’d like to try something different, go for a milkmaid style braid. Pretty, elegant, and effortlessly chic!


SHOULD YOU HIT A SALON
BEFORE THE HOLIDAYS?

If you’re wondering whether or not your hair needs a bit of extra TLC before the holidays officially get here, you’re not alone. This is the time of year that finds many style-conscious women heading to the salon to help transition their beachy summer hair to something richer that looks ready to take on fall. Common requests that you may want to consider include the following:

COLOR UPDATES

Not everyone keeps the same exact hair color all year round. Crisp, bright highlights that look awesome throughout the spring and summer can look out of place once the temperature drops. Fiery reds that were fantastic on the beach may be better off retired in favor of a richer, more subtle russet now that the leaves are starting to turn.

Consider making an appointment with a professional colorist to help you subtly update your color or decide on a new look that’s not too drastic. Professional salons can treat you to benefits like custom blended color and an extensive palette of shades to put even the largest drugstore selection to shame. Plus, with the holidays on the way, you can’t afford to look anything less than flawless. The last thing you want to deal with is a major color snafu right before the family is about to arrive for Thanksgiving dinner!

UPDATED CUTS

Hair looking a little ragged after a long summer of swimming and lazy afternoons spent soaking up the sun? Got a few split ends or limp layers that need to be tended to before holiday photo season begins? You’ve got an excellent reason to hit the salon.

High end professional salons can treat you to clean lines, perfect layers, and superior cuts that will have everyone asking who your stylist is. Holidays are better when your mom spends them bragging about your sense of style, instead of criticizing it.

COLOR CORRECTIONS

Summer is a time when lots of us play with funky new colors and crazy experimental highlights. However, the last thing you want going into the holiday season is a head full of chlorine-corrupted hair or a wonky drug store color that no longer seems like the good idea it seemed like, last month.

Color correction should always be performed by a seasoned professional for best results. A professional colorist can correct even the most hopeless hair mishaps, so never fear.

Once your cut and color are once again on point, you can rest assured that your fabulous holiday hairstyles will look their absolute best. Explore the possibilities today! The holidays await.



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