2 BRAIDS, 3 WAYS

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PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS

Long hair lovers, this one’s for you! We took 2 simple dutch braids and turned it into 3 quick hairstyles. They’re so easy and you can pretty much match 1 of these 3 hairstyles with any outfit. You could also wear one to work and seamlessly switch to a different one before heading out to a dinner or event. Once the two dutch braids were in, we never took them out when switching to the other hairstyles. Below you’ll see the looks that we came up with but first we’ve gotta prep the hair!

  • Optional: add in a track or two of CLIP-IN EXTENSIONS for extra length!
  • Curl your hair using THIS METHOD from our previous post. We alternated between the GHD CURVE 1 1/4 CURLING IRON and the HOT TOOLS WAND this time.
  • After the curls were added we sprayed on some BLOPRO DRY TEXTURE SPRAY and lightly scrunched it in, breaking up the waves.
  • If you feel like your hair is still too fine/soft and you need a little extra “grip” at the base, sprinkle a little SEXY HAIR TEXTURE POWDER at the root!
  • Create two dutch braids going from the temple area to the back of your crown and secure the ends with a tiny clear elastic or lightly tease the ends to keep the braids from unraveling (that’s what we did here).

BRAIDED HALF UP: This is the easiest one. After your dutch braids are in, cross the two dutch braids over each other at the center/top/back of your head. Use a large bobby pin to secure. Cross them over in an X shape for extra support!

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BRAIDED “X” PONY: Cross the tails of your dutch braids over each other at the occipital bone (that little bone you can feel in the back of your head). Gather the rest of the hair that’s down and wrap it all together in an elastic. Make sure the braids stay crossed over each other. Once the elastic is in, use a strand of hair to wrap around the ponytail holder. Next we shook and sprayed the pony using R + Co. STRONG HOLD FLEXIBLE HAIRSPRAY to give it the volume it deserves!

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BRAIDED CHIGNON: Last but certainly not least, the chignon! This is actually just that ponytail wrapped up! We took the tail of the pony above and twisted it into a bun shape. We made sure the braids stayed on the outside. We added a little more SEXY HAIR TEXTURE POWDER before gently pulling the bun apart. Use large bobby pins (often called “roller pins”) to secure, especially if you have a lot of hair! You can find my favorite ones HERE.

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NEW FAVORITES

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We’re going to creep into fall soon so we had to do a little online shopping for the upcoming season change! The second I laid my eyes on this CRYSTAL CROWN I knew I had to have it. It’s just gorgeous and will make a fun accessory for an outdoor event or maybe I’ll use it for a shoot, who knows. Either way– gimme all the sparkly things!!!!

thebeautydepartment stone headbands free people

If the crystal crown is a little too much for you, peep these  STONE HEADBANDS as an alternative. They’re a little more subtle and not too overpowering but still gives earthy goddess vibes.

glitter spray messy hair spray urban outfitters the beauty department

Most of us aren’t ready to give up those beachy summer waves just yet. MESSY HAIR TEXTURIZING SPRAY is pretty rad. I like it because it has both argan and coconut oils and doesn’t leave my hair feeling dry AT ALL. I go through these bottles very quickly in summer and fall.

Not really my norm to say use GLITTER SPRAY, but I really like this one. The glitter is so fine that it sort of disappears into the hair and you get this subtle sparkle when you’re in the sun. It’s nothing like those chunky glitter hairsprays of the 90’s. But… it’s still glitter, so you’ll have to deal with that for like, what? A month?

bow hair tie the beauty department urban free people

I know, I know, I know… you could make this. That was my immediate thought too. But then I realized by the time I buy the stuff to make this and put gas in my car to go get it, I could have just sprung for this $6 PONY BOW. This feels like a good thing to have in your purse at all times in case you need to pull a look together quick.

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Calling all cool girls. These little METALLIC BOBBIES are on sale right now actually. I think the ridges + colors make them feel a little more bad ass. They’re ideal for anyone growing out their bangs or wanting to accessorize a bob/lob.

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These 4 miscellaneous fall finds are going with me in my suitcase as I’m about to do a lot of traveling. Using this dried flower TIARA in my client’s desert wedding this October. You can never have too many quick METAL COMB accessories to slip behind the ear with wavy hair! Last but not least, I got this INDIGO WRAP + yellow TURBAN WRAP for those days when I just don’t wanna deal!

JUST ADD WATER

PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS

PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS

We tend to have braids on the brain 24/7 during these hot summer months in California. Best part is that braiding can often save us from excess heat styling with blowdryers + curling irons, which is very helpful when dealing with dryness or trying to nurse damaged hair back to a softer state. Recently we were introduced to Pantene Pro-V’s Daily Moisture Renewal Conditioner and because it’s so moisture-packed we immediately thought of using it as a braid aid! This is a really simple way to braid + moisturize at one time so you’re getting a double dose of healthy hair (conditioning + saving on heat styling) while sporting your favorite braided look. We’re essentially creating our own leave-in conditioner and turning it into a styling product! Here’s how we did it…

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pantene the beauty department braid aid

  • Shake well.

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  • Apply to wet or dry hair.
  • Braid as desired!

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TIP: I love using this trick before heading to the gym in the morning. I shower, shave, wash my hair, get out, apply this spray and braid. Then when I’m done at the gym I can just do a quick rinse in the shower and go instead of a taking a full “normal” shower.

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You can do this on dry hair too, of course! I tend to focus more from middle to ends and only use a tiny bit toward the root. Focus on dryness and places where your hair gets the least amount of natural oils: middle to ends.

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Once you apply spray and braid your hair, wait about 10 minutes for it to absorb and dry a little, then gently pull at your braid to loosen it up. The conditioner serves as a great texturizer because as it dries it feels a little more like a styling cream.

When you go to rinse the conditioner out, you’ll feel the benefits and as your hair dries, you’ll see them! Now we really wonder how many “conditioner hacks” there are out there. Do you have one? If so we’d love to hear it in the comments below!

(this post was created in partnership with our friends at Pantene)

TORTOISESHELL HAIR COLOR TREND

PHOTOS + POST: KRISTIN ESS

PHOTOS + POST: KRISTIN ESS

We’ve had a lot of inquiries on the tortoiseshell hair color trend and we’re about to break it down. In my opinion, the E True Hollywood Story on tortiseshell hair is that it focuses on warmth and has 3+ colors. There’s typically a warmed up darker color at the root which bleeds through the middle for some dimension, a warm mid-light and then a light golden highlight. Your colorist will know what you’re looking for if you show them this round up of photos. It would be nearly impossible to achieve this at home so basically don’t even try it. You can however maintain the look at home by using some very important things which I’ll list below…

tortiseshell hair color the beauty department

Tortoiseshell really revolves around golden tones and warmth so if you’re trying to avoid having gold tones, this is not an ideal color for you. This is for those who want those “brazilian brown and blonde” tones that really sparkle and look sun-kissed, as opposed to the cool, neutral or muted tones you get when maintaining with violet-based toners and purple shampoos.

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To keep your golden tones fresh and from fading, you’ll want to use a color depositing shampoo and conditioner to keep the warmth from fading. Here are my favorite golden blonde depositing shampoos (click link for more info and pricing)

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As far as gold depositing conditioners, these two are my faves…

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There’s a fine line between brassy and gold, so be careful not to get into the wrong zone. Your hair colorist should be able to tell you when you need a gloss or toning but for the most part, you should be able to just go with the gold.

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