PACKING PRODUCT FOR TRAVEL

PHOTOS/POST/GRAPHIC DESIGN: KRISTIN ESS

To some of you super smarties out there, this may be a really obvious travel tip, but the ¬†first time I learned this trick I was like “whaaaat?”. (Yah, that’s how I talk.) I used to resort to just throwing my bottles of shampoo + conditioner in a gallon ziplock and then into my suitcase. Constantly bummed when I got to my destination to see that ziplock full of shampoo. The lid would pop open almost every time, I assume due to altitude pressure. And if you’re a hair colorist, like me, traveling with color it can be extra sad. Once I tried this method of packing product for travel, I never had that issue again. Thought it would be a nice trick to share with you so here’s how it’s done…

  • Use basic kitchen cling wrap. You can also cut up an old plastic grocery bag, a shower cap, a ziplock, anything plastic that you want to get another use out of.
  • Cut it up into 3 or 4 inch squares.
  • Take the lid off the product and lay the plastic on.
  • Secure the lid back on.

Voila! If you’re doing it on a product with a pump or spout, you will need to have the lid on top as well to keep the pump from pressing down and causing leakage. Regardless, adding the plastic sheet will still help to stop any liquid from coming out where the lid gets screwed on.

ROUND BRUSH WAVES

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Hope you all had a lovely Valentine’s Day! Thought this would be a great tutorial for you to try out over the weekend. Everyone loves a good blowdry, right? Well, this is a trick you can use on any length hair from a chin length bob to super long, and whether it’s thick or thin. It’s a great way to show layers and a nice way to get some wave without using an iron. Here we go!

  1. Shampoo + condition in the shower, then detangle your hair as usual. Here you see we’re using my favorite Conair detangling brush.
  2. Add your styling product of choice. I encourage a light mousse or something that will give a soft hold. Doing this blowout with no product may not be quite as effective. Here we used this mousse from Oribe. The reason I like this one so much is because gives such great hold but feels like there’s nothing in the hair. It’s expensive but so worth the investment. If you want a soft mousse that’s more reasonably priced, try this one from Dove.
  3. Now we grab the blowdryer and round brush. Blow out a section as usual. I like to start in front and move to the back but you can do it the other way around if you prefer.
  4. Once the section is dry, keep the ends wrapped around the brush and twist outward. Twist until the hair is wound tight but not until it coils.
  5. Now release the hair and it will un-spin a little.
  6. Blow out the next section. I chose the bang area to do next because I like to do the sections that dry fastest first.
  7. Again, once the section is dry, twist, twist, twist, then release.
  8. Leave your sections twisted like this until you finish the whole head.
  9. The back can always be a little challenging, but once you get a section dry, pull it to the side when you twist it, not upward. (see photo)
  10. Once you’ve finished blowdrying, the sections are ready to be broken up. Lightly shake your head and then gently pull the sections apart using your fingers. Use a fine mist hairspray at the end for extra UMPH! Our faves are this unscented goodness from L’Oreal and this beautifully scented one from Oribe.

Let us know if you try blowdrying with a twist! We love to hear about your experience in the comments below or take a photo and tag us @thebeautydept on instagram! Have a wonderful weekend, pretty people!

WHICH BRUSH DOES WHAT?

POST/GRAPHIC DESIGN: KRISTIN ESS

A long time ago, we did a post called Brush Class, remember? Well, it’s time to update the post with The Ultimate Hair Brush Guide. We’re keeping it simple with the explanations next to each brush above. Here are the links to each brush…

  1. Purse Sized Paddle Brush
  2. Regular Paddle Brush
  3. Small, Natural Bristle Brush
  4. Vented Metal Round Brush
  5. Extension Brush
  6. Blowdry Brush
  7. Medium Diagonal Bristle Brush
  8. Large Mixed Bristle Brush
  9. Smoothing Brush
  10. Natural Bristle Paddle Brush
  11. Straigtening Tool Brush
  12. Vent Brush
  13. Teasing Brush
  14. Detangling Brush

Do you have a favorite that we didn’t list? If so we’d love to hear about it in the comments below, if you’d like to share. xo

THE HEART BUN

PHOTOS/POST/GRAPHIC DESIGN: KRISTIN ESS

What can we say? We love love and tis the season! Got a bit inspired by all the Valentine’s Day buzz and decided to heart up. I did my best to make this something wearable for everyone and something that doesn’t look too young. It’s pretty simple and could be a cute look for a Valentine’s Day date. Here are the 7 simple steps to finding love in the hair…

You will need: bobby pins, 2 small ponytail elastics, a comb.

  1. Start by adding a little wave to your hair. Wand waves are great for this! Here we used this wand by TiGi which is only around $30!
  2. Next put your hair half up, separating into 2 small ponytails right next to each other.
  3. Now twist the right ponytail in a downward motion and slide a bobby pin into the base near the ponytail holder. This will keep it anchored as you twist.
  4. Next, wrap the ponytail up and over as you see in photo 4 to create the top of the heart. Keep twirling in the same direction.
  5. Add bobby pins to these 3 places.
  6. Repeat on the other side.
  7. Add one more bobby pin at the bottom of the heart for extra security.

Here is an extra shot a little further away + a shot from the front. We think it’s super cute and wearable because it just looks like a simple half up bun situation from the front.

Hope you all have a nice Valentine’s Day! If you do this to your hair, don’t forget to share it with us @thebeautydept on instagram!