KEEP UP YOUR BLONDE

 

Our last hair tutorial was dedicated to all of our stunning redhead + brunette readers, but today we’re highlighting the blondes (pun intended)! As many of us know, if you have blonde hair, or even blonde highlights added to brunette or red hair, that fresh, clean bright blonde can turn brassy real fast if it’s not properly maintained. Our friends over at John Frieda’s Destination Blonde have worked really hard to develop a special formula called Everlasting Blonde to keep your stunning shade right where you want it from day one.

  1. It’s important to start any hairstyle with a clean canvas. Use a generous amount of John Frieda Everlasting Blonde Shampoo. Work up a nice lather and make sure you really get into the lower/back of your head. People often make the mistake of missing this section which can lead to limp locks.
  2. Speaking of locks, next you’ll apply John Frieda Everlasting Blonde Conditioner to lock in moisture and tone by closing that cuticle!
  3. Once out of the shower, towel dry and comb through.
  4. Blow dry and follow the tutorial above to create a long lasting, classic curl.

Whether you wear your hair curled as Lauren shows us up top using a 1 & 1/2 inch barrel curling iron and setting clips, or wear it up in this super cute fishtailed topknot (tutorial coming soon), you can finish off the look by using John Frieda Crystal Clear Hair Spray to keep that beautiful blonde protected.

Hashtag #myblondelife on Instagram so we can see just who are blonde bombshell readers are! Then check out keepupyourblonde.com – a destination for all types of blonde hair (and maybe some exclusive photos of our lovely Lauren Conrad!).

(TBD is proud to have partnered with our lovely friends at John Frieda to bring you this post.)

FAVORITE TYPES OF FLAT IRONS

Kristin Ess

There are about a gazillion flat irons on the market. Every time I go to a beauty supply I’m baffled at the number of flat irons with crazy features that have been introduced in the last few years. Today, I thought we would go over the only four flat irons that you could ever possibly need (no matter what your budget). We’ve also been asked about our must-have irons in regards to THIS post.

  1. The Beveled Iron: GHD – This has quickly become one of my favorite flat irons. The reason is, I use it to get those gorgeous, natural, beachy looking flat iron waves. It has a curved edge which is how I get those subtle dips and bends without it looking like I used a curling iron. This might replace the curling iron for me… at least for the whole summer.  (Link to my favorite one HERE)
  2. The Slickest: Croc –  This is my go to flat iron for really straightening hair. No matter what your natural texture is, it gives you the shiniest, smoothest, silkiest finish. I also use this for keratin treatments because it glides through so easily. (Link to my favorite one HERE)
  3. The Cheapest: Remington Pearl – In my opinion, this is one of the best flatirons on the market for someone on a budget. You don’t typically see this kind of shiny finish to the hair with a less expensive iron. Even though it’s budget friendly, it definitely competes with some of the more expensive irons out there. (Link to my favorite one HERE)
  4. The Tiniest:  Conair Mini – I love this for girls on the go. It’s so tiny and great for touch-ups after work before a hot date because it fits perfectly in your purse. Also great for anyone with bangs that need straightening, as larger irons can make that task a bit more difficult. (Link to my favorite one HERE)

So now that you know our favorites, it’s only fair that we know yours! Any specific brands/models that we just have to know about? We want details! Leave us a comment below!

 

BRAIDS FOR BRUNETTES + REDHEADS

PHOTOS/POST/GRAPHIC DESIGN: KRISTIN ESS

Sometimes when I’m cruising the ol’ www, I get a major case of texture envy when I see these beautiful blondes with so many swirly colors wearing these braids that look so dimensional. My own hair is solid red and to be honest, I love it and I have no interest in changing it by adding highlights or lowlights. I do, however, want to see more texture when I braid my hair. I’ve tested this method a few times now and I’m so hooked on it and I wanted to share. I’ve been using tape extensions, sometimes called “skin wefts” to get color variation without adding another color permanently.We’ve talked about tape extensions before right HERE. I use them in a temporary way which last about 1-5 days depending on how oily your scalp is. I’ve tried getting color variation with clip-ins, which works, but it’s just not the same. Clip-in extensions can make the hair look bulky and sometimes you can’t get the braid the way you want it because a clip-in is in the way. To find tape extensions, you’ll have to visit your local hair extension store or order online. I always send people to The Hair Shop which you can shop online if you don’t have a store near you.

Okay, so below you see a photo of some tape extensions in-hand. See how they’re all slightly different colors? Pick 2-3 colors and get 4-6 pieces total. They don’t need to match the color of your hair because that’s the whole point! If your hair is warm, go with lighter warm colors. If your hair is neutral or ashy, go with something lighter but stay in that family. To apply them, peel the adhesive off and stick them to the root, I always say: “like a post it”. You’ll still have to work around the place where you stick them, but they’re nowhere near as hard to deal with as clip-ins. I often plan out my braid first and then apply them in a way that works with the braid. For example, I laid them horizontally in the image below to do the fishtail braid. Then when I did the crown braid I laid them vertically so they would be going the same direction as the braid.

To remove them you don’t need the hard core remover that you need when you’re wearing these in a permanent way. I just spray THIS leave in conditioner or THIS one, let it set for 3 min and then they peel right out.

Below I’ve created 2 examples of braids without tape extensions and 2 with tape extensions. And for the record, I still think the ones without extension are beautiful. The extra color just adds so much texture and makes the braid look a bit more fun. If you try it out, I’d love to see a photo! Tag @thebeautydept on your instagram pictures!

 

KNOT TIE UPDO FOR SHORT HAIR

As we mentioned a few hair posts ago, we’ll be cranking out some short/medium bob-length hairstyles. This is one of my favorites if you’re wearing something with a collar and you want to “lift” the hair up off your neck. You can definitely wear it regardless of the neckline on your dress/top but if pulling your hair up is the focus, keep this trick in your back pocket! I’ve broken it down into 3 sections to try and make it less complicated.

PART 1: Rough it up a little.

In these first four steps, you’re just adding some texture so the hair isn’t too soft. When short hair is super soft, the bobby pins will slip and the updo will slowly (or worse– quickly) fall apart. Here’s how we do that…

  1. Start with clean dry hair. If you have a little wave in your natural texture, let it be. It’s useful for this updo. If your hair is naturally pin-straight, you may want to add a little quick wave with a curling iron, wand or flat iron. If you hair is curly, leave it! This can totally be done on curly hair.
  2. Spray a bit of beach spray or texture spray all over, focusing on the root area. Make sure it’s not a product that feels too “crunchy” or sticky! You don’t want to have trouble pulling it apart as you put it up. It should be soft to the touch. Here we used THIS ONE from L’oreal, which worked really well and still felt soft.
  3. Use your fingers to build the hair up. Scrunch and massage the root until the spray dries.
  4. Twist some of the pieces to give it even a little more texture.

 

PART 2: Twist it up!

  1. Create a diagonal part. It’s good to do this so you get a slightly more even distribution of hair on each side.
  2. Section off the heavier side and clip it forward to save it for the “knot” portion.
  3. Now you’re going to start twisting the side with less hair. Start near the ear and work your way back and up!
  4. Keep twisting! Add some pins as you go to secure the twist.
  5. Once you’ve twisted it all you can twist, you’re going to need to tuck the ends.
  6. Loop it back around as you see in photo 6 and tuck the tail of your twist back into the lower part of the twist and pin.
  7. You’re probably always going to have some short hairs fall out of the back when putting up bob-length hair. For that I always keep some of THIS around. It’s like liquid glue (not in a bad way). It’s just a really strong and will secure those hairs that fall out, no problem.

PART 3: Knotty, knotty!

  1. Now let’s go back to the front section. Pretend you’re going to do a french braid along your hairline. Instead of taking 3 pieces, take just two. Tie them together once.
  2. Now add a piece to each side, the same way you would with a french braid.
  3. Now tie that together!
  4. Keep going and adding hair to each section as you go.
  5. Once you get just above the ear, you can stop.
  6. Twist the ends and tuck it into the back twist. Secure it with a bobby pin and spray it with a light veil of hairspray.

Check it in the mirror from all sides. Loosen up some bits if you want to make it feel a bit more soft and natural. If you try it, we of course want to see it! Tag us in your photo @thebeautydept on Instagram!