POST-WORKOUT PONY

PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS

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!

post workout ponytail the beauty dept

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

COLOR TALK: DEPTH

photos/post: Kristin Ess

photos/post: Kristin Ess

We don’t usually go into heavy detail about hair color around here because TBD isn’t a website geared toward industry pros (although I know some of you are, hey hunnies!!), but lately I’ve had a lot of people asking me about how to get more natural looking depth, contrast, color variation, whatever you personally like to call it. You sometimes will lose natural looking contrast over time, depending on the way your colorist does highlights. Adding some lowlights in between your highlights is one way to go but occasionally I see a new client and I just need to “start over”. I do that in 3 steps: coloring most of the hair back to it’s natural color, doing a fresh highlight, and then toning. If you feel like you’ve just lost that natural look and your hair is starting to look too solid for your liking, ask your colorist if you’d be a good candidate for this!

Who’s a candidate for this process?

  • someone who is a new client that comes in with wayyyy too many colors and tones from various processes.
  • someone who has been getting a base color + highlights (double process) who wants to return to a more natural look.
  • someone who has been in for repeated highlight appointments but never lowlights, losing contrast/color variation through the ends over time.
  • someone wanting a complete change of color, something that looks more natural.
  • someone who does not have overprocessed, weakened or broken hair.

The process:

  • I evaluate my clients hair. Emily (above) had a very heavy root growing in when I met her. She had multiple rounds of balayage in a short period of time.
  • I put some of her blondest and any weakened/delicate pieces into foils with a conditioner so I didn’t have to re-lift those. Those were mostly in front.
  • I colored the rest of her hair back to her natural color.
  • I blowdried that and then did my normal highlight over that adding Olaplex to my formula for additional insurance that she wouldn’t get any breakage.
  • I toned the hair to give it some glossy shine and to remove any unwanted warmth.

Things you should/shouldn’t do:

  • DO Make a consultation appointment with your hairstylist. Talk it over and look through photos together.
  • DO Ask them if going back to something close to your natural color and then re-highlighting would be okay for you. You want to make sure your hair is in good enough condition to handle the process. (Luckily with the advancements in color + Olaplex, this process isn’t necessarily hard on your hair the way it used to be, but still get the advice of a pro.)
  • DO Book and plan accordingly. If you’re going to do this process, just know it will take a little extra time. Make sure both you and your hairstylist have enough time to do it!
  • DON’T try this at home. I know there are some people who do a base color or even a mini highlight at home. This is not something I would suggest. It’s complicated and there are too many risks involved in doing this yourself. Leave this one to a pro.

Here is Emily’s hair curled and in the sunshine. If you want to know about these gorgeous waves, you can find the tutorial right HERE!

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MESSY KNOTTED PONYTAIL

PHOTOS/POST/GRAPHIC DESIGN: KRISTIN ESS

PHOTOS/POST/GRAPHIC DESIGN: KRISTIN ESS

Summer’s creepin’ hard and if you’re in Southern California like us, it has arrived early. Wherever you live, warm weather means messy waves, braids and ponytails so let’s start with this gem, shall we? This look was created on the fly with no plan so excuse the unconventional-ness of it, but sometimes those make the best looks. Alright, here we go…

You’ll need (click for product details)

Air dry your hair for this tutorial for better waves and more support —>> Remember the airdrying/waves tutorial?

messy knotted ponytail tutorial

 

  1. Add some quick wand waves all around the head.
  2. Go in different directions for a messier result. Don’t brush out your waves when you finish, just finger comb at the most.
  3. Next, add a little texture powder into the hair. I like to do a LITTLE bit all over because too much will make the hair feel sticky and gross. Just a little sprinkle all over will make it feel beach-y and look fuller. The main reason we use texture powder for this is so the little strands don’t slip. Texture powder creates an amazing grip, making it much less likely for the bobby pins to slide out.
  4. Once your texture powder is applied, take two small strands from the front (right around the temple area) and pull them back.
  5. Tie those in a half knot.
  6. Take two of your mini bobby pins and criss cross them through the half knot to secure.
  7. Now the tricky part! Take those two strands from the tail of your knot and criss cross them underneath the ponytail near the nape of your neck. Grab one of your MICRO CLIPS and secure the criss crossed pieces behind the ponytail. Wiggle the tiny clip into the ponytail to conceal it. Seems like you’d see them, but trust me, these are so small, they disappear into the ponytail (which looks and feels extra thick because of the texture powder).
  8. Gather a little more hair from the back to thicken up each strand before pulling it around and tying it again.
  9. Repeat as many times as desired.  You can do it once, twice or 5 times if it will work with your length!
  10. Last you’ll want to pull the hair gently to create a little more texture. Add another sprinkling of texture powder if desired.

Love this pony for a party, a long weekend (might look even cooler second day) and it could also be a good music festival hair idea! If you try the messy knotted ponytail, be sure to tag us so we can see your handiwork! @THEBEAUTYDEPT

EASY TWISTED PONY

PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS

PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS

One of my favorite things (and I’m sure it’s one of  your favorites, too) is a quick easy hairstyle. If you’ve ever had a long night and/or a bad hair morning and/or just felt super lazy before rushing off to work, you need to learn this quick trick. All you need is two hands, a little hair refreshing mist and 4 large bobby pins.  Take that slept in hair (that was so nicely curled yesterday) and do this…

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  1. Gently brush or even finger comb any tangles out of the hair.
  2. Pick a spray any spray! You can do a sea spray or a hair refresher. Either one will do the trick, depending on your hair type. For fine limp hair go with a sea spray to add texture, and for thicker coarser hair, refresher spray to calm and control.
  3. Spray a few pumps throughout the hair.
  4. Don’t forget to hit the ends!

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All you do is hold your ponytail in the middle of your head (near the occipital bone which is that bone in the back of your head. Twist the ponytail clockwise. It will start to twist/coil itself under. At that point you’ll get a downward french twist look. Hold the ponytail tight at the nape of your neck and use this guide to slide in your large bobby pins. I advise doing the vertical one from the bottom first. That way the other pins cross over it horizontally and lock onto it.

That’s literally it. It’s so simple but still looks pretty chic if you ask us. If you try this look, let us know! Tag in your instagram photo at @thebeautydept!