WHERE TO PART YOUR HAIR

photos + post by: Kristin Ess + Lauren Shoemate

Even if you have the best hair on the planet, you can get a little bored with your look. If you’re not ready for a drastic color change or a major chop job just yet, maybe you’ll want to try changing up your part first! It’s a great way to create a new look on yourself without making any major commitments. Below we’ve listed and shot 4 of our favorite parts on the gorgeous Meg, who has an oval face shape. If you don’t know your face shape you can find it in the post we did right HERE! Alright, let’s talk about our current favorite ways to part your hair…

A CENTER PART WITH WAVES. Create a center part using a pointed tail comb. Then create some wand or curling iron waves on a 1″, 1 1/4″ or 1 1/2″ barrel irons! A symmetric wave pattern around the face can be great in so many ways depending on where the curves of your waves fall. For example, if you want to draw out your cheekbones making them more prominent, make sure your wave pattern frames your cheekbones. That will create a widening effect. To minimize roundness in the cheeks, use a larger curling iron and make sure the waves curve inward where you’re trying to minimize and then curve back out below your chin. A center part can also minimize the the width of a forehead. Let’s say you have a very wide hairline with deep corners above your temples– a center part will conceal those deep corners. Try this look with both smooth waves and messy beach waves! If you have a very long face, center parting may elongate further so try the side partings below as well to see which one looks best!

SIDE PART WITH SOFT WAVES. We have a tutorial for these kinds of waves right HERE. Use a tail comb and create a deep side part and then start your waves. This look isn’t about tons of volume on top. It’s more about smooth, shiny, pretty hair with one side pinned back or pulled around the shoulder. I love this look on almost any face shape. It just brings out the beauty of your features rather making you focus on the face shape. I think that’s because it literally cuts off one whole side of the face so you don’t see the full face shape anyway. I love this for any party or event and I think this look will be classic forever so get used to it and give it a shot! Smooth down any fly aways with THIS trick!

SLEEK CENTER PART. You really have to love your shape and features to work this look. It highlights everything about your beautiful face! Part your hair straight down the center using a pointed tail comb. Blowdry the hair until it’s flat and smooth up top, then lightly run over it with a flat iron. Tuck the front pieces behind your ears (secure them with bobbypins if neccessary) and push everything back over your shoulders. Apply a light veil of strong holding hairspray and smooth down any fly aways using a fine tooth comb. Pair this parting with a super-sexy dress or a sleek pant suit. Wear this when you want to put focus on the makuep or on that night when you just want to feel like a bad a**!

HAIR FLIP. Saved the best for last! The hair flip is a deep side part with mega volume! You want to prep the hair with a volumizing mousse if you plan on doing this. Blowdry some mousse into the root, then add a burst or two or three of a texture spray. Add some flatiron or wand waves. Flip the hair to the opposite side that you plan on wearing it once it’s blowdried. Let it cool for 10-30 minutes. Then flip it all over to the other side. I like to pull out a piece or two on the less heavy side just to give it a little something for balance. Wear this anywhere! It’s so on point right now and very 90’s feeling. You can truly rock this with almost anything from jeans and t-shirt to an LBD.

We didn’t cover every single part possilbility but worry not, we’ll be back with more! Any specific parting requests? Be sure to write them in the comments below. Also show us your favorite part via instagram! We’re @thebeautydept!

WIDE BRIM HATS

Post by KRISTIN ESS + LAUREN SHOEMATE

We truly could not wait to break out our wide brim hats at the first sign of fall in sunny California! Wherever you live, this look is classicly chic and always in style. We did a story a while back on which hairstyles to pair with which hats right HERE. That was such a fun post to do! But it’s time for a Fall 2014 wide brim roundup, we thinks! We did all the work for you by searching high + low to find some great hats and most of them are very budget conscious. The one on our gorgeous “Dancing-Party-Meg” in the top photo can be found HERE. The rest of the hats below are linked at the bottom! Happy Shopping!!

  1. PEAKS HAT
  2. FELT FLOPPY
  3. FLAT TOP BOATER
  4. PANAMA FISHTAIL
  5. HIDEAWAY
  6. RELICS
  7. CARISSA
  8. MODERNO
  9. MONTANA
  10. BUFFALO NICKEL LEATHER
  11. EMBELLISHED MATADOR
  12. WIDE EMBELLISHED FELT FEDORA

HOLIDAY HAIRSTYLES

photos/post/grahic design: Kristin Ess

I know it’s not even Halloween yet, but we wanted get an early start on holiday hair ideas this year! Hairstyles like this are great, but you should practice them once or even twice to get it down and even try putting your own spin on them, maybe with a fishtail braid or a hair accessory. Start saving these to your pin boards so you have some easy go-to tutorials for your upcoming holiday parties. This chignon might look familiar to you because I posted a similar one HERE. It got a lot of lovin’ so of course it deserves it’s own tutorial, right? This braided chignon is fairly easy if you know how to dutch braid (aka: inside out braid). Here’s how it’s done!

  1. Find a side part that feels comfortable to you. You can also center part if you want.
  2. Do an inside out braid on one side going from where your hairline meets your part and stop taking new hair just behind your ear. Then braid that down to the bottom.
  3. Repeat that process on the opposite side.
  4. Take all of the loose hair (not the braided hair) on the left side of your head, pull it in front of your left shoulder and twist back.
  5. Now take the braided hair and the twisted hair and twist those two around each other.
  6. Once you’ve twisted those two sections around each other, coil them into a loose bun and pin it using large bobbypins.
  7. Now you’ll want to go back in and modify. Here we tucked and pinned a couple extra pieces to make the chignon more secure. We more pins to the bun to make sure too much hair wouldn’t slip out. We also pulled a couple loose pieces out around the face to soften the look.
  8. After you finish your left side, do the same thing on the right. Do it to your liking. You’ll see that on the right, we decided to leave it a little looser. We only twisted the braid and the rest of the hair once on that side. With these chignons you can really do anything you want to modify, just make sure the base (in this case, the bun part) is really secure.

Once the look is finished, give it a good veil of super hold hairspray like THIS ONE or THIS ONE.  Also if you have fine slippery hair that is hard to keep secured in updos and chignons, try prepping the hair with something that will mattify it a little and give it less slip like THIS or THIS! Oh! And don’t forget to grab extra large bobbypins like THESE next time you’re at the store or shopping online.

If you try this, tag us so we can see! @TheBeautyDept on instagram!

HALLOWEEN HAIR

PHOTOS/POST/DESIGN: KRISTIN ESS SPONSORED BY PANTENE

As we know, many of you last minute lovelies will be scrambling this weekend for a Halloween costume. The one thing you won’t have to scramble for is hair to pair with it. We’ve got you covered! Whether you’re going as your favorite character, a cute little animal, a pirate, a cop, a nurse, a goddess, whatever! This tutorial will do the trick. You can spray this hair with white powder to give it that ghostly feeling or you can lay on the shine for added glam. In this post, we’re demonstrating what it looks like on long and short hair so anyone can do it. We’re very excited to partner up with out friends at PANTENE again to bring you this tutorial and we’ve included links to all the product so you can see what you’ll need to make this Halloween hair happen! Here we go…

Setting it!

For this tutorial on long hair, use a 1″ curling iron. For the short hair version below, we used a smaller 3/4″ curling iron.

  1. Any time you set hair using a hot tool, it’s highly recommended that you use a heat protectant. You’re going to want to let your hair sit on the iron for a couple seconds longer than you normally would with an everyday curl so protect it! Here we’re using THIS ONE.
  2. You’re going to want to think “diagonal’ throughout this roller set. All of your sections will be parted diagonally and your curling iron should be held diagonally. Use a tail comb and create a small diagonal section for your first curl. I like to start in front and work my way back, personally, but you can start in the back if that’s more comfortable for you. So we parted this section from about the temple, diagonally going back to behind your ear. The section should be about 1″. If you’re using a 3/4 iron for shorter hair, your section should be just under an inch. Always take sections about the same size as your curling iron. Now once you have your heat protectant spray on, roll hair from the bottom, up (curling under) and keep the curling iron at a diagonal angle. If you can’t remember which way it should go, just think about lining your curling iron up with your section parting which should be diagonal as well. Each curling iron brand is different so I can’t tell you how long to hold it on there, but you want to make sure it gets nice and hot.
  3. Once you feel the hair is properly heated, take the hair out of the iron and immediately set it with a clip.
  4. After doing about 3 or 4 sections, I like to spray the hair with a strong holding hairspray for extra support. Here, we are using THIS ONE.
  5. This is a little tricky, and it’s totally optional, but when the hair has slightly cooled and then after it has been hairsprayed, I like to push the sections back and make them lay flat. This is my personal preference so that the waves end up having a more “S” shape versus being “poofy”. All you do is lay your hand flat over your section and push back lightly. The sections should fall back (like dominos) and flatten out. Again, this is optional and you don’t have to do it if you want more width– it’s more for those with thick hair that tends to get too wide.
  6. Once you’re done with a section, and you’ve flattened out your pieces if desired, your section should look like this and you’ll be ready to move on to the next side.
  7. You’re going to want to do this exact same thing all around the head. Make sure you can see the back as you do it. If you need to get a friend to help you with the back, do it! The pattern is so important. Allow your full set to cool for at least 30 minutes! You shouldn’t be able to feel any heat or warmth at all when it’s ready.

Now for the take down. This is where you get to play and make it whatever you want! Below we’ll showing you 6 ways to take this down and finish it…

BRUSHED FORWARD!

  • remove clips from your roller set.
  • use a smoothing brush and brush everything  forward. brush for about one full minute and you will start to see the pattern develop. once you start seeing it, spray lightly with a strong holding hairspray. keep brushing each section and spraying until you see it all come together.
  • most of the hair will come forward over your shoulders with this look.

BRUSHED BACK!

  • once you take the set down, brush everything back over your shoulders.
  • keep brushing until the pattern develops.
  • spray lightly with a strong hold hairspray.
  • pull the ends back over your shoulders to the front if you want! but keep the top portion going toward the back.

SPRAYED AND SLICKED.

  • once you take the set out, spray the top half with a generous amount of non-aerosol hairspray. here we’re using THIS ONE.
  • take the fine side of your comb and slick the hair down.
  • pin it if desired.
  • spray the bottom with a strong holding hairspray.

COMBED OUT WITH YOUR FINGERS.

  • remove clips from your roller set.
  • gently run your fingers through your curls to break them up.
  • spray strong holding hairspray all over to complete the look.

COMBED OUT WITH A WIDE-TOOTH COMB.

  • once you’ve taken down the roller set, use the wide-tooth side of your comb to brush the curls.
  • spray a light veil of shine spray for added sparkle!
  • finish with a strong-holding hairspray.

BRUSHED OUT AND PINNED.

  • remove the pins from the roller set.
  • brush everything straight down and then back comb just a little for added volume.
  • we made this one a little less shiny by spraying dry shampoo all over.
  • give it that vintage look by twisting a piece back in the front and pinning it!
  • last but not least, give it a final veil of strong holding hairspray.

These hair ideas can seriously be used with almost anything. It can be really fun to pair a “scary” costume with pretty hair, especially if you’re seeing someone spesh on Halloween. We know a bad Halloween picture can haunt you forever. This hair will photograph beautifully and won’t look like a mess the next morning. We hope you’ve enjoyed these 6 looks! If you do pair this tutorial with your costume, please tag us in your instagram photo @TheBeautyDept or @PanteneHair so we can regram it! Excited to see what you pretty peeps are going to be!

All products used in this post can be found right HERE! Special thanks to Alicia and Allie for sitting in on this tutorial and to Carissa for the pretty makeup looks!