AIR DRYING FOR BETTER CURLS

PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS

PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS

We’ve been very into 90’s vibes as of late with all these short blunt cutshair flips. Another look that pairs well with a major flip is big volumious curl. We love air dried hair and think it’s gorgeous just the way it is, but did you know that air drying can be nearly as beneficial as a styling product? Let me explain! When you blow your hair out before you curl, you pull your natural wave pattern out with heat. That means you’ve relayed the message to your hair, the cuticle and root that you want it straight. Even if you go in with hairspray and a curling iron or wand, the likelihood is that your curl is going to want to return to the state in which you blowdried it.

air drying for curls via thebeautydepartment

If you have wavy or curly hair and you allow your hair to air dry before you curl (no matter how big, frizzy, kinky, janky or funky you may think it looks) you allow the pattern to come through and that pattern provides so much curl support. More than most products, in my opinion.

WASHING: In the top photo, we prepped the hair by shampooing with a curl enhancing shampoo + conditioner. (I’ll add budget friendly options below!) You’ll want to comb your hair out in the shower when you’re rinsing your conditioner through and then avoid brushing it out once you’re out of the shower, other than parting it if you need to. Doing so will help your wave pattern look more defined. Towel dry only.

DRYING: All that was added before going to sleep was a small amount of curl enhancing serum. Literally woke up like this.

THE WAND: The reason the wand is good for this is because unlike the classic curling iron, the hair doesn’t get pressed from both sides, in other words, it’s not smashed between two hot plates. Translation: wand curls will almost always be fuller, bouncier and more voluminous than curling iron curls. THIS WAND that we used can be found here and it’s our lucky day because it’s on sale. HOORAY! The hair was wrapped back and away from the face all over the head. We applied absolutely zero product to the hair as we curled and zero product after.

If you’re looking for an alternative curl enhancing system that’s budget friendly, definitely try THIS + THIS + THIS which can be found at many drugstores! We’ve tried this before, and although we aren’t major fans of the scent, the product works very well.

air drying for curling hair via thebeautydepartment

I’m very excited for those of you with wave and curl to try this out. Learn to use what you’ve got naturally to your benefit. Sure, adding curling iron or wand curls defeats the purpose of air drying, but we’re not saying air dried hair is bad. We’re saying if you want stronger, longer lasting curls, use your own for extra support! If you have any curl support tips, please share them with other readers in the comments below. Xx

SHORT STACK

photos/post KRISTIN ESS

With so many of you pretty people sporting shorter hair right now, it seems like the only thing growing is our short hair style request list here in the TBD office. Today we’re doing a fairly simple look geared specifically toward the bob. You can do this with or without bangs and the best thing is, the actual half-updo requires no heat tools (other than styling your hair in the morning, or air dry if you prefer) so it can be done after work on the way to a holiday party or a hawt date. Add some sparkle in the back if you’re going to a wedding.

Pop in a wide comb with a cool vibe like these:

Or more sparkly pieces like these:

Short Hair Half Up via thebeautydepartment

  1.  You’ll want to dry your hair with a bit of texture. In otherwords, air dry if you have natural wave or add some wave if you don’t. Light wand waves or flat iron waves will do the trick. If you have curly hair, you may want to blow it out to get this particular look but you should also try doing it curly as well! Add a little texture spray of choice. Here in photo 1, we broke out THIS SPRAY! It gives a soft beachy feel.
  2. Now tease your crown area lightly.
  3. Add a little of THIS TEXTURE POWDER (which is on sale right now, btw!). This helps the tease stay in place without having to backcomb too aggressively. Lightly sprinkle some powder into the crown and tap it into the light back combing.
  4. Pinch both sides together in back of the head. Twist them over once and then secure with a bobby pin. The texture powder will also help the bobbypins stay in place and not slide out.
  5. Go in with a TAIL COMB and pull up a little as you see in photo 5 for a little extra height.
  6. Tilt your head foreward and give the back a little veil of hairspray. We used THIS ONE but you can use whatever you’ve got! It’s just for a tiny bit of extra hold.
  7. Now, I like to go into the crown area (to the side of and above the bobby pins) and put my fingers into the hair tousseling up the texture just a little bit. Nothing crazy. It just makes it appear a bit more lived in. This is fully optional and you can leave it smooth if you prefer!
  8. Check the back in a hand mirror to make sure it feels balanced. Then check from the side as well to see that it looks good with your profile.

You can see that Caitlyn has bangs, but again, this can be done without bangs. Just choose which side you want to part on before getting started. Here’s a pretty shot of it with a comb from our friend MYRA CALLAN of Twigs + Honey.

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Enjoy, shorties! And stay tuned for more!

THE HAIR FLIP

photos/post/graphic design: Kristin Ess

photos/post/graphic design: Kristin Ess

Everyone is all about this 90’s inspired hair flip right now and we’re not gonna lie– it makes us pretty happy. And while some can really nail that flip naturally, others may need a little help. Today we’re going to show you exactly how we achieve a flip with volume, wave and hold. Here we go…

how to do a hair flip via thebeautydepartment

  1. You’re probably going to need some mousse at the root. If you need more volume and lift, this will be essential. We’ve been crushin’ on THIS ONE because it’s got good hold and gives great separation without being too product-y. A little bit goes a long way. We’re able to do all our roots with this one handful.
  2. The trick to a great hair flip is to blow dry everything and curl everything the opposite way that you want to wear it. So for example, if you plan to flip your hair to the right, you’ll want to do all these steps with your hair going to the left. Then you’ll switch it up at step 7! Okay, so use your blow dryer (on a non-ionic setting if yours comes with the option, as ionic dryers tend to smooth more than create volume) and give some lift with your fingers at the root. Flip from side to side as you dry and even flip upside down for a minute or two. You just want to get all of the hair lifted up and going away from the scalp.
  3. Use MY NEW FAVORITE WAND to create some soft subtle waves.
  4. You’ll need a nice large hair pin like THIS ONE.
  5. After your hair is all waved up, wrap it into a very high bun and push the pin through. Let that set while you get ready. This creates additional volume because the hair is now directed upward and cooling/setting while you get ready.
  6. When you’re dressed and makeup is done and you’re ready to roll, take the pin out and let the hair fall. Give it a good veil of light old hairspray.
  7. Flip everything to the opposite direction!
  8. Give it one more good round of hairspray… because it’s 1997.

Are you flipping out?? Show us your hair flip please!! Tag us @TheBeautyDept on the gram, okay!?

Beanie Babies

the beauty department beanie babies

Graphic Design: Eunice Chun

We’re back with another hat roundup! Earlier in the week, we rounded up our favorite wide brim hats for the fall. But this time? Beanie babies! Just like we covered in our Hat Trick post, we are obsessed with beanies because you can pull it off anywhere, anytime.

There’s nothing like finding that one beanie (or maybe several!) that just completes your fall or winter outfit and they are EVERYWHERE this year. From beanies with pom-poms, cat ears, and jewels…we’ve rounded up our favorites and sorted them out into four different categories. And whether you’re willing to spend + splurge or just simply looking for wallet-friendly beanies…we’ve got you covered. Check them out below!

the beauty department neutral beanies

NEUTRALS

  1. Free People Grizzly Brushed Beanie
  2. Forever 21 Rhinestoned Knit Beanie
  3. Eugenia Kim Mimi Knit Hat
  4. ASOS Cable Pom Beanie

the beauty department black beanies

BLACK

  1. Eugenia Kim Felix Knit Cap with Cat Ears
  2. BCBG Winter Veil Beanie
  3. San Diego Hat Oversize Rib Beanie with Pom Pom
  4. ASOS Beanie with Turban Front

the beauty department patterned beanies

PATTERNED

  1. Forever 21 Southwestern Printed Beanie
  2. MODENA Space Dye Knit Pom Hat
  3. Nasty Gal Total Stoner Beanie
  4. Urban Outfitters Kilim Rolled Beanie

the beauty department colored beanies

COLOR

  1. Free People Florence Cuff Beanie
  2. Barts Jocelyn Beanie
  3. ASOS Knitted Turban Hat
  4. Kate Spade All the Trimmings Colorblock Beanie

Keep your heads warm and let us know in the comments which beanie babies are your favorites! Happy shopping!