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:
- 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.
- Now tease your crown area lightly.
- 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.
- 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.
- Go in with a TAIL COMB and pull up a little as you see in photo 5 for a little extra height.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
Enjoy, shorties! And stay tuned for more!
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…
- 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.
- 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.
- Use MY NEW FAVORITE WAND to create some soft subtle waves.
- You’ll need a nice large hair pin like THIS ONE.
- 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.
- 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.
- Flip everything to the opposite direction!
- 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!?
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!
- Free People Grizzly Brushed Beanie
- Forever 21 Rhinestoned Knit Beanie
- Eugenia Kim Mimi Knit Hat
- ASOS Cable Pom Beanie
- Eugenia Kim Felix Knit Cap with Cat Ears
- BCBG Winter Veil Beanie
- San Diego Hat Oversize Rib Beanie with Pom Pom
- ASOS Beanie with Turban Front
- Forever 21 Southwestern Printed Beanie
- MODENA Space Dye Knit Pom Hat
- Nasty Gal Total Stoner Beanie
- Urban Outfitters Kilim Rolled Beanie
- Free People Florence Cuff Beanie
- Barts Jocelyn Beanie
- ASOS Knitted Turban Hat
- 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!