photos + post KRISTIN ESS
I’m way into uneven rows of braids right now and I had a good idea (or at least I think it is) and wanted to share. I’m heading out for vacation in a week or so and I really needed some kind of rad pool hair situation since I plan on being in it most of the time I’m away. So I decided to combine my normal pool strategy with a cool girl hair look. Here’s how I’ll be keeping my red hair fresh while I’m maxing + relaxing…
As we know, it’s best to get in the pool with hair that’s been wet from a shower vs letting the hair soak up salt water or chlorinated water!
- first I’ll wet my hair in the shower and ring out the excess water.
- next, I’ll add in MY FAVORITE DEEP CONDITIONER that I talk about on the regs. Also available in this GIANT TUB which is what I get.
- towel dry out of the shower with the conditioner still in it.
- once it’s towel dried, I’ll create my uneven rows of braids (pretty much exactly the way you see it in the photo above). I like inside-out french braids best (aka: dutch braids) because they appear fuller and tend to have more texture but you can also do these the regular way.
- I’ll tie them off with small clear elastics and submerge myself into the pool with a cocktail in hand.
And let’s not forget my APRES SWIM hair routine! Later fishes!!!
PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS
If I had a dime for everyone who asked me about post-workout wet hair styling, I would be the ricccccccccchest. Like, THE richest. And because I like you guys (gals) so much, I’m giving you what you’ve asked for– hair ideas that you can do when you’re leaving the gym, or even home, with wet hair. There are a million reasons to head out with wet or damp locks but zero reasons that it shouldn’t still look cute after I show you these ideas. So from now on, when it’s just too hot or you’re just too late or straight up TOO tired to blowdry after you shower, try this…
Before doing these, we shampooed with LIVING PROOF RESTORE SHAMPOO, conditioned for 3 minutes with WELLA ENRICH, detangled out of the shower using SEXY HAIR SOY TRI-WHEAT LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER, and then added a little ORIBE GRANDIOSE MOUSSE for hold and fullness once the hair dries. All of these links are for travel size and/or smallest containers available, which is what I keep in my gym bag.
THE BRAIDED BUN
Seems easy enough and we’ve all done it on dry hair. But braiding on wet hair is SO much easier in my opionion because it doesn’t tend to slip.
- Create a simple ponytail around the occipital bone (that bone in the back of your head).
- Make a regular 3-strand braid out of that ponytail.
- Wrap the braid around the ponytail and pin into a bun shape. The mousse will help create volume in the braided bun as it air dries. Gently pull it apart for texture if desired.
THE WAVY PONY
- Create a ponytail above the occipital bone.
- Divide the ponytail into two sections and twist them into each other.
- Unwrap the twists and scrunch until the curls break up. Don’t shake it up or break it up too much as you don’t want it to get frizzy.
THE TIED UP TOPKNOT
- Create a high ponytail about where you like your topknot to sit.
- Split the high pony into two secitons.
- Tie the hair in a half knot above the ponytail holder.
- Now tie it in another half knot behind the ponytail holder. It’s easy to do this on wet hair. Much easier than it is on dry hair.
- Take the ends that are left out and wrap them around front. Tuck and pin them underneath the bun in front.
Are you guys feeling these gym/wet hair looks? I’m also going to do one for short hair, so keep your eyes peeled for that one!
Post/Photos: Kristin Ess
So now that you have that gorgeous bob, what do you do with it other than wear it down? We’ve given you a couple of ideas with tutorials in the past like THIS and THIS, and we thought we would throw in another since wedding season is pretty much staring us in the face. This one is intended to be a bit messier and a little “undone” from the back so keep that in mind when you get started. You hair doesn’t need to be smooth and perfect before you start, in fact, it’s probably more helpful to have a little natural texture or to put some in really quick with a curling iron before starting. Today I’ve enlisted my friend “Allie from the Internet” as I like to call her, Allie Evansto show us how it’s done. Here we go!
- First thing you’ll need to do is a halo braid. Create a side part. Do an inside-out or dutch french braid around the top of the head. I like to start at the hairline on the side with less hair and take it back to the crown.
- Now you’ll bring it all the way back around to the front. Stay close to the head with your hands as you braid so you don’t get pieces that sag.
- Braid the tail all the way down and then tuck it in to the braid over where you started.
- Fatten up your braid with TEXTURE POWDER as we’ve done in the past. If you don’t have any, you can find it right HERE. Once you sprinkle on some powder, gently pull the braid apart to fatten it up.
- Next you’re going to add a WATER-BASED POMADE to the ends that fall below the braid.
- Work it in well. We used about 3 dime sized dabs here. This will really help your short pieces stay put.
- Twist your pieces and pin them with a STRONG HOLDING BOBBY PIN. Weak pins will not be ideal for this look. You need some serious strength when trying to hold up short hair.
- Once we finished securing the pieces, we kept adding more bobby pins in the back because it just looks rad. Pick a contrasting color to your hair color. Allie obviously has platinum hair so we went with black pins. But if your hair is dark or red go with white pins, or even a pop of color like THESE. Just let them show. Don’t try to hide every pin!
When it comes to short hair, keeping those little hairs up can be a challenge, so also feel free to add a little STRONG HOLDING HAIRSPRAY at the end. Use enough bobby pins to make it clear that you want them to show. You don’t want just a couple to show or it may look more haphazard than cool. Good luck!
PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS
For the first time in 3 years I started working out again. I’m attending so many weddings this year and I have to be able to wear some of my favorite dresses and shop for some new options as well. I’ve been working out early in the morning and as vital as it is to shower after a workout (I refuse to skip that part), sometimes I don’t get the luxury of a full shampoo/blowout situation. Here’s one of my favorite ways to transform a sweaty scalp into something work or meeting appropriate. Use that dirty hair to your advantage like this!
So these are the things I like to keep in my gym bag to get this look!
I like to start by regrouping the ponytail and combing out all the bumps. Take small sections of your ponytail and wrap them forward toward your face on the CURLING WAND. Do this all over. I feel like curling them toward the face gives me a better wave pattern for some reason, rather than curling all the pieces backward.
Now, take your POWDER or DRY SHAMPOO and sprinkle/spray it all over, skipping the actual ponytail. If your ponytail got sweaty from your back or neck, you can put a little there as well but will likely evaporate when you curl.
Next, use your TAIL COMB to lift small sections off the base of your scalp. This will help the hair look a lot fuller and less pasted down. The powder/lifting combination is what really makes the hair look clean. If you don’t lift, the powder just blends in and makes the slick ponytail look matte but it’s still got a dirty vibe.
Last but not least, give the ponytail a little tease if necessary to break up the curl from the wand. Take a small section of hair and wrap it around the elastic to hide your ponytail holder if you want.
REAL TALK: DON’T FORGET THIS TRICK RIGHT HERE! CHANGES EVERYTHING.
If you’re looking for this cute pink cage sports bra, you can find it HERE. If you want a low-budg alternative, peep THIS, THIS or THIS.