OUR FAVORITE PLACES

PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS

Hey, hey, LA! We are incredibly lucky to have so many epic resources for the beauty industry around Los Angeles. Remember our last post about all of our favorite beauty supply stores and sources? Well we thought we would follow that up by telling you about a few other semi-secret spots that we love to hit which are a little more off-the-radar. Next time you’re in Los Angeles, print out these posts and make a whole day of it! We’ve included places to find products and tools as well as a couple of places that just get our beauty engines going for obvious reasons…

 

Long Beach Flea Market: I love going here when I have a wedding coming up. It’s much less crowded than the very popular Rosebowl but has many of the same vendors. I used to search ebay & etsy for vintage brooches to put in a brides hair but eventually I realized I needed to see them in person before I could buy. There are many vendors that carry hundreds of brooches. You have to search for the vendors because they’re always in a different location, but you can’t miss that glittery glow.

Long Beach Veterans Stadium
4901 E. Conant St
Long Beach CA 90808

Japanese Beauty Supplies: I go to various Japanese stores on Sawtelle Blvd to get bobby pins + hair clips when I’m in a pinch and can’t order from Shear World (which I linked to in the last post). Japanese beauty supplies tend to carry bobby pins and hair pins that are significantly stronger than the average pin. They’re much more durable and have some not-so-average colors. There is a whole strip of shopping centers on Sawtelle and Olympic but my favorite is called Make Asobi. (This is also where I got the gold clips you see in the bottom middle of the header photo up top.)

Make Asobi
2115 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025

The Makeup Show: This is only open to professionals and students attending cosmetology school. You can view the dates on their website. Trust us… it’s worth scheduling your trip around these dates if you’re in the industry. There are new launches from various makeup brands and more nail polish colors + textures than you could ever dream of. You can also watch some of the best makeup artists in the world get up on stage, do their thing, and then participate in a Q & A. It’s pretty much the happiest place on earth for us.

VISIT THEMAKEUPSHOW.COM

Luxelab // Studio DNA //  Space NK: As we all know, I am obsessed with Oribe products for styling hair and I’m constantly running out of one bottle or another. Mapping out where you can get the product you need is essential for any freelance hairstylist on-the-go. I try to order ahead but sometimes it just doesn’t work that way. Luxelab is a hair salon on Montana Avenue on the westside, Studio DNA is a salon on La Brea closer to Hollywood and I go to the Space NK located inside Bloomingdales in the Century City if I need something in the middle. These 3 spots always seem to have a full stock and they always have the new stuff, which is very helpful!

LuxeLab (Santa Monica)
1408 Montana Avenue
Santa Monica 90403

Studio DNA (Hollywood)
151 S. La Brea
Los Angeles, Ca 90036

Space NK (Century City)
10250 Santa Monica Blvd (inside Bloomingdales)
Los Angeles, Ca 90067

Violet Grey: If you want to know which products are being sprayed, blended + applied to some very famous faces before they hit the red carpet, stop by this sparkly spot on Melrose Place. I love that they directly connect with celebrity hairstylists, makeup artists + manicurists to get the inside scoop and then they stock their shelves with the specific products that the artists are currently obsessed with. They also carry a lot of beauty classics. Let’s just say, I learn (and spend!) a lot here.

Violet Grey Flagship
8452 Melrose Place
Los Angeles, Ca 90069

TINI (also know as “This is not Ikea”): I love this massive vintage/antique store on Fairfax near The Grove. I’ve purchased so many rad vintage beauty items here for my private studio. I’m a big believer in being inspired by your workspace so I like to have things around me that are new and cool in addition to things from past decades. It’s amazing to see how beauty has changed over the years and makes you wonder what the beauty industry will be like in the future. Fill your workspace with things that make you love working.

T.I.N.I. (This Is Not Ikea)
515 S. Fairfax
Los Angeles, Ca 90036

The Hair Shop + Wilshire Beauty: These two are across the street from each other. I’ve written about them before, but I always like to recommend them to people who are visiting LA. Let’s say you wanted to pick up some simple clip-in extensions that you can’t get where you live– go into the Hair Shop and someone will walk you through the walls and walls of hair, wigs, extensions, etc. It’s way better than ordering them online and hoping for the best. They’ll even show you how to put them in and secure them properly. Then, pop over to Wilshire Beauty across the street to check out the newest beauty buys as well as many classic products. (Inside tip: I like Wilshire Beauty much more for hair and nails than I do for makeup.)

The Hair Shop
5376 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Wilshire Beauty
5401 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, Ca 90036

Griffith Park: We’re big fans of feeling pretty on the inside as well as on the outside. Peace of mind is a must. If you’re visiting LA, you’re sure to hear about the very popular Runyon Canyon. Alternatively, we are huge fans of Griffith Park. It’s not as crowded and we like the view a lot more. Depending on which way you go, you can see downtown LA, the Hollywood sign, and all the way to the beach. It’s magical.

Griffith Park Hiking Trail
2800 E Observatory Rd
Los Angeles, Ca 90027
(we like to park near the Observatory and hike up from there)

 

BookSoup // Henessey + Ingalls: You guuuuys, please don’t forget about bookstores. I’m not trying to sound like a grandma right now, but we NEED books. Know what the thing is about the internet? We only see recycled things! Unless someone chooses to add something new, we see the same images posted over and over in different places. Bookstores are WAY better than that. There are things in bookstores that will never be on the internet. Those are my kind of gems. Some of the best hair inspiration I have ever laid my eyes on was found while sitting in a pile of books on my day off.

BookSoup
8818 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, Ca 90069

Henessey + Ingalls
1520 N Cahuenga Blvd #8
Los Angeles, Ca 90028

Blick Art Store: This is one of those spots where I can just go and get inspired for hours. Try popping in without a plan and just find new things to create. It’s good for the artist in you! Last time I was there, I bought a small thin canvas, went home, made a bunch of kiss marks with various lipsticks, labeled them and created our favorite new piece of art for the office. Buy some colorful pencils, sketch out some hairstyles or makeup looks or create a color palette you love for summer 2014 using only water colors! The possibilities are endless at this place. There are 2 stories of art supplies to gawk at.

Blick Art Supplies
7301 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, Ca 90036

 

Pampered Hands (Melrose Ave): We’re pretty open about our obsession with nail art. A favorite spot to go for fun nail art in LA is Pampered Hands on Melrose. You can literally take a photo of anything you’ve ever seen on the interwebs and they can do it. They do nail art with both polish and gel. It definitely gets crazy busy so don’t go if you’re in a hurry, but if you’ve ever been saving a photo of a cool mani in a pinterest file, this is the place to take it. Top off your perfect nail art with rings + things! Our favorite sites for those:

Website for LC Lauren Conrad for Kohls
Website for Catbird
Website for Circle Ring Girl

Malibu, Ca: There is no better natural light on the planet, if you ask me. If you’re coming to LA and want to do a shoot for your blog or just because, make the drive out to Malibu. Early morning and evening are best, but Malibu is often overcast with a “marine layer” in the early afternoon which diffuses the hard sunlight and gives you the warmest glow in your photos. That’s the reason nearly every campaign and editorial in this town are shot in Malibu.

Los Angeles Flower Mart: This is not that big of a secret anymore, but definitely something that can brighten your day. Get inspired by all the colors and the infinite types of flowers. We love going down here in the beginning of the week to get flowers for the office. Walking around the LA Flower Mart has inspired many of our DIY projects at TBD. They’re only open to the trade in the wee-hours of the morning but open to the public shortly after. Check the hours of operation HERE.

Los Angeles Flower Mart
754 Wall Street
Los Angeles, Ca 90014

If we were visiting LA, this would be the pretty lil round of stops we would make. If you’re from here and want to leave some additional cool spots for people (or even for us!) to check out, please feel free to leave the info below!

HALF UPDO SHORT HAIR

PHOTOS/POST/GRAPHIC DESIGN: KRISTIN ESS

As promised in the last hair post, I’ll be doing lots of fun tutorials for shorter hair lengths in the upcoming months. Here’s our next one! It’s a half updo which I personally love for attending weddings or for any special occasion where you want to look prim + proper but not overdone. It’s got a french fishtail braid on one side and two tiny fishtail braids on the other side. Here’s how it’s done…

  1. Start with clean, dry hair.
  2. Massage some water based pomade into the root. Flip the hair from one side to other to make sure you really get in there. You don’t want the pomade just sitting on the top layer. When you put it at the root, it helps the hair from being too soft and slipping out of the braid. (If you want my recommendations on pomades for shorter hair, see the links HERE!)
  3. I prefer a side part with this look but you can do center if you want. Up near your part, grab two small sections of hair.
  4. Now just like our fishtail braid you’re going to be crossing the next sections over in an “x” pattern. The difference between a regular fishtail and a french fishtail is simple: just like a french braid, you’re taking new hair for each piece. So it’s like a hybrid of a fishtail and a french braid. (side note: I know we need to do a video for this, and I promise I will try and get that out asap.)
  5. Once you pass the ear, go ahead and switch it to a regular fishtail. In other words, just stop taking new pieces and fishtail the normal way. Tie it off with a tiny clear elastic once you get to the end.
  6. On the other side, you’re going to do two regular tiny fishtails.
  7. Tie those together using a tiny clear elastic once you get to the end.
  8. Pull both sides back and make sure they can meet because you’re going to bound those two clear elastics together using a small bobby pin.
  9. Clip up the top layer of hair. Join the two sides together in back and drive a bobby pin between each elastic, anchoring the two rubber bands together.
  10. Now drop the top layer and let it hide the place where you joined the braids together.
  11. Throw some simple waves in there using a 1″ barrel iron or a wand.
  12. Add a light veil of hairspray and check the back in a mirror!

Here are some additional images so you can see it from all angles.

Hope you guys love this. If you try it we would love to see it! Tag us on insta @thebeautydept. Have a gorgeous weekend!!

SHORT HAIR STYLING

PHOTOS/POST/GRAPHIC DESIGN: KRISTIN ESS

You guys have been soooo patient and kind waiting for these short hair posts and NOW I’m going to fill up your pinterest boards with all the good good you could ever want in the coming months. I’ve read all your email requests and I’ve seen every comment requesting short hair styling tutorials on our social media channels and we’re finally going to do it! I literally chopped off my super duper amazing assistant Olivia’s hair last week just so we could do these. We cut it just above her shoulders and below her chin. These tips + tricks are my favorite for bobs and lobs but can still be applied to medium length hair if you’ve grown yours out. Let’s get started with the basics for styling and then stay tuned for lots of cute short hair tutorials this spring and summer.

PRODUCT: My two favorite things that I can’t live without for short hair styling are water based pomade and mousse. We often think about mousse as a product from the 80′s and 90′s but things have changed. In order to get bob or lob length hair to take curl, but more importantly HOLD curl, you’re going to need to put some product in it most likely. Get one that’s not hard and crunchy, but one that leaves the hair soft. Apply it to wet hair and either air dry or blow-dry. Water based pomade is a great way to get separation and texture. It absorbs into the hair and doesn’t feel oily or overly product-y.

My favorites (click the link):

CURLING TRICKS: You either want your hair big and wide or you want it to look a little more narrow. Keep in mind that when you hold the curling iron horizontal you’re going to get a more “bouncy” curl or wave. When hold the curling iron vertically, you’re going to get a longer more narrow curl. If you go diagonal you’ll get something in between.

My favorite:

TIME SAVING TRICK: If you’re rushing (or if your hair is really thick in the back) just curl the ends under so they don’t stick out and only curl the layer that lays on top (see below). Cheat your way through the back! No body will ever notice. I actually prefer to do this whether I’m rushing or not. It keeps the hair more proportional in my opinion.

See… you can’t even tell.

After you’re done curling but before you apply hairspray, rub some of your water based pomade into the root. This will help keep the hair looking texture-y and piece-y for the whole day!

MOVE IT AROUND! Short hair should move! It should be fun and you should put your hands in it throughout the day! Toss it around. Give it a little flip! This will keep it from going flat and looking limp. Even if the curl falls out a bit, once you flip it to the other side it seems to come alive again! Just get all 90′s about it. WWKKD? (What would Kelly Kapowski do??) Also, keep a little extra to-go travel size jar of pomade in your purse at all times just for touch ups!

Okay! So these are the basics for everyday waves for short hair. Any tips and tricks you want to contribute? Leave them in the comments below!

TYPES OF CURL

PHOTOS/POST/GRAPHIC DESIGN: KRISTIN ESS

Yesterday I was thinking, we really need a way to show each kind of curl. Not the natural curls  that you get from good genes, but the kind you strive for when using your curling iron, wand or even a flat iron. I think this will be helpful moving forward so that when I post hair new tutorials I have a specific post to point to and reference the type curl I’m using to get that hairstyle. In this post, we’re only using a 1″ barrel curling iron because this isn’t about iron size, it’s about curl method and what type of curl each technique produces. Okay, let’s make a “Curl Catalogue”, shall we?

This is the kind of wave you find in our EVERYDAY WAVES video. You start at the top or middle and inch your way down. This is my go-to all time favorite way to curl because it’s so easy and quick. You also get a little extra hold when you start from the middle or top because you’re applying iron heat directly to that portion of the hair, which will help so much with hold. I specifically love this because if you have any frizz, the clamp, which is also hot, presses the hair to seal both sides, unlike a wand where you would have one side open (but we’ll get to that below).

This is one of my least favorite curling methods for anyone with bob length or longer, and it’s usually the one we’re taught first by our sisters, aunts, grandmas, moms, best friends, etc… when we’re young. You’d think it would make sense to start at the bottom and curl upward, but curling from the ends up puts most of the heat on the ends and very little on the middle which is where we need it most. Long run, this just dries out your ends and curl will fall out much quicker than it will if you use the “middle to ends” method up top. This curl is bottom heavy and will tend to make anything longer than bob length hair look super “triangular”. Know who this IS great for though– women with short hair who want a fuller “roller set” look.

If you like the look of the “Ends to Middle” method above but find that it doesn’t hold, or if you want that Old Hollywood glam vibe, try this one! Curl your hair, then set it with a setting clip and let it cool until all of the heat is gone and the hair is cold to the touch. I still like to start in the middle and inch my way down to the ends so that I can apply direct iron heat to the middle of the hair instead of just frying the ends until the middle gets hot enough. But when you set it and let it cool, you have a much higher chance of it holding the way you want it to.

Hello, heaven. These are the best for shorter hair because you can control where you put the dips + bumps much more than you can with a curling iron. Flat iron waves can be done on any length of hair, as you can see we did it on long hair in this tutorial. It takes a while to learn, but once you get the hang of it, it’s so easy and fast.

This is an amazing technique for all our natural texture girls or anyone who wants to spend a day away from their naturally curly hair. I have some clients who have beautiful natural curl, but every once in a great while they want to have curling iron waves, too! Using a flat iron to curl means you’re pressing the hair from both sides, eliminating puffiness or chance of frizz while you curl. It’s not something I recommend doing every day, but more on occasion. Pressing heat into your hair from both sides with a powerful flat iron every day could cause dryness, in my opinion. But then again so can any hot tool so just be mindful! If you don’t need the additional heat, then try the curling iron method at the top “Curling Middle to Ends”.

Okay, the WAND! People love a wand. The best thing about a wand is that you’re going to get lots of volume. There’s nothing pressing on the other side (like a clamp) so the hair can stay full even while being curled. In other words, it’s not being “smashed” against the hot barrel. With this method, you can see that the hair is being wrapped flat against the barrel with no twisting. The effect is a very pattern-y curl once it’s brushed out. This is my favorite for fine hair who wants voluminous waves! To keep the hair flat against the iron, you’ll have to adjust your hands each time you go around the iron, otherwise the hair will naturally want to twist around the barrel. Practice with the wand off first!

Wand way number 2! Love this for anyone trying to refine a natural curl. Twist the hair before you wrap it. Not super tight, and make sure you twist the direction of the natural curl pattern. Wrap it around the wand, release, and then gently pull and fatten it up with your fingers. I love this because the pattern, much like natural curl, isn’t exact. It’s a little tighter in one spot and a little looser in another. This is great for wavy girls who have an unruly patch of frizz.

This method is going to give you a more “boho-y” look all over. You’ll get a curling iron-like pattern up top and loose, tousled waves at the bottom. I love this for super long hair or anyone with really thick hair. Start by flat-wrapping at the top, then when you get to the middle, don’t let go of the hair, just keep wrapping and it will naturally coil.

Last but not least, the mermaid-making 3-prong iron. This is also called a waving iron. You can definitely see the pattern it makes. It’s almost like a larger, rounder crimper. Whenever I used this, I like to switch up my angles. So for example– I will press it perfectly horizontal and then move down a section and do it slightly diagonal. This makes the pattern look a little more natural and breaks up the crimped look. I would use this if I was attending a beach wedding and wanted to channel Daryl Hannah from Splash.

 

Okay, now spill it! Which one is your favorite method and what type of hair do you have? Would love to hear about it in the comments below because your feedback could greatly help another reader who is trying to find their new favorite…  READ MORE…