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!

TWISTED SISTER (UPDATED)

POST/PHOTOGRAPHY/GRAPHIC DESIGN: KRISTIN ESS

One of my favorite go-to ‘dos is my TBD oldie but goodie– Twisted Sister. It’s a fairly quick and easy updo. The problem with this particular hairstyle is it tends to fall out if your hair is super fine, extra thick or if you’re an animal on the dance floor. It’s so pretty but I wanted to do a version of this that would be extra-secure. Here’s how to get the same style with a little more security…

You will need: 2 clear elastic ponytail holders, bobby pins and some strong holding hairspray.

  1. I like to give my hair a little wave before starting most updos but this one in particular. For this I used a 1 1/4″ barrel iron.
  2. Take a small section from each side near the temple. Join the two pieces in back and wrap one of the clear elastics around it.
  3. Now “topsy turvy” the pieces(Aka: flip the ponytail over itself and feed it through the loop. That will create more of a twist than just two pieces joined together.)
  4. Repeat the process just below with two more pieces, closer to the ear.
  5. Now take the remaining hair that’s down and create a half ponytail bun. That’s where you make a ponytail but on the last loop you only pull it half way through.
  6. Now grab the tail that’s hanging out. Twist it and wrap it around the base of the bun. Get a little messy with it!
  7. Pin it in place with some large bobby pins for extra security.
  8. The final step is to tug on the topsy turvy twists until the clear elastics move down and hide themselves in the next section below. They should slide and hide pretty easily.

Check the back in a mirror for balance and spray all over using some strong holding hairspray. You know my favorite Superhold.

Here are some images of it from different angles!

THE INFINITY BUN

post, photography + graphic design: Kristin Ess

Sometimes the most simple, clean hairstyles are the most stunning. This infinity symbol shaped bun is no exception. We get so carried away with texture sometimes that we forget about the chicness of a clean bun. Thought this would be a way to mix it up and keep it from looking boring. Here’s how I did it!

  1. Grab a fine tooth comb, various bobby pins and u-pins + a ponytail holder.
  2. For this one we put the ponytail a little lower, but as you can see in the top photo on the girl with blonde hair, we put it a little higher. Your choice! Secure the elastic– you want it to be pretty tight. Don’t worry about fly aways, we’ll lock those down at the end.
  3. You’re basically going to twist the hair into a “circle 8″ shape. Start by pulling it to the left and twisting upward {toward the top of your head} as you see her doing in photo 3.
  4. Circle it around as if you’re going to make a regular bun and use large bobby pins to secure as you go. I like to put them in every inch or so. Should take about 2-3 large bobby pins to secure it on the one side.
  5. Once you get to the middle add a couple small bobby pins there to make sure you’re not pulling the other side. You’re now going to be twisting the same direction, but you’ll start rolling it downward as you come around the curve {see photo 5}
  6. Keep pinning as you go. Use smaller bobby pins as you get to the end. Personally, I find that you really only need the larger ones to secure the first side as it’s SO heavy.
  7. Secure the tail end under the bun using another small pin.
  8. Now go around and add any extra u-pins you need to lock it all in place.
  9. Last, smooth using hairspray and a fine tooth comb.

Keep this one simple. Just think about making a “circle 8″ and you”ll get it! Check the balance of your infinity bun in the mirror when you’re done. The great news is, this bun still looks really pretty if it starts to get messy! Click read more to see a couple of extra images from other angles. READ MORE…

GROWING OUT BANGS

top photos + post: Kristin Ess

If you’ve tried growing out your bangs and failed, let this post be your guide. It’s SO much fun to get bangs but definitely not as much getting them to go away. Most of my clients and I have a long chat and create a solid plan before we even take a scissor anywhere near their fringe. You really have to think about the commitment first, ya know? Growing out bangs can be a hassle but it can also be super fun if you plan it out right. Below I’ll dish out some great tips and as well as an example grow-out-plan from “model citizen”, Sienna Miller, or as I like to call her, the Baroness of Bangs…

ONE: I’m not telling you anything you don’t know when I say go out and get lots of bobby pins when you start growing out your bangs, but a very important thing you should know is that not all bobby pins are good enough. You should test them to make sure they’re really strong. My favorite ones come from the beauty supply. They usually carry the heavy duty pins and those will stay put .

TWO: Get a supplement like Viviscal to boost growth. You can either wait for them to grow at their own pace or better yet, give them a little rapid encouragement with a hair supplement.

THREE: Ask your stylist to use thinning shears (not scissors) to take weight out of your bangs. They can look bulky and haphazard if they’re not properly thinned out as they grow. When my clients say they’re ready to grow their bangs and start pushing them to the side, I use thinning shears to take the weight out both right where they part and the sides where it can get super bulky. Once you do that, it makes it much easier to part and push them.

FOUR: Become familiar with bang friendly updos. Our fun bun is one of my favorites for girls growing their bangs because you can do the fun bun and then push the bangs back into it and bobby pin them. It’s supposed to be messy and fun so there’s not much bang-hiding skill required. Styles with a twist or braid in front work wonders as well.

FIVE: Embrace the vibe of your current bangs. I love when I see someone grow out their bangs and getting all “Bardot” about it. As they get near the top of your cheekbone, add a little flick to them, put it half back and embrace that 60′s bombshell. When they get near your jaw line, create some 70′s boho waves. Enjoy them while you have them!

SIX: Make a plan like this…

Nothing is more fun than seeing your ponytails, buns and soft waves all looking EXTRA cute with fresh cut bangs.

Then let’s say you get bored with them and want to grow them out. Realistically you don’t want them to be super high maintenance every day, so find ways to wear bangs casually. This is where headbands and bobby pins come in.

As they grow out and your stylist begins to thin them out, embrace the wing! Add a little wave and little product, push them to the side and give it that piece-y, shiny, Sienna vibe!

Get inspired and do it up! (Or go to a blow dry bar and let them do it up for you!) Believe it or not there are beautiful ways to wear your hair while growing out your bangs.

If she can make it to the end, you can make it to the end, too! Don’t give up and cut your bangs out of frustration. Find some photos and pin them for inspiration!