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…
- Gently brush or even finger comb any tangles out of the hair.
- 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.
- Spray a few pumps throughout the hair.
- Don’t forget to hit the ends!
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!
Recently I’ve noticed that Urban Outfitters has been stepping up their beauty game in a big way. They used to dedicate maybe a table or two to random nail polishes and lip glosses, but lately I’ve noticed they’re creating full blown beauty spaces/sections in the stores. A) That’s very smart of them because beauty related products are often the quickest impulse buys and B) It’s very convenient for ME. I’ve been stalking the UO beauty section online for a long time because they always seem to bring in the tried and true products, but they’re really good at selecting all the cool new stuff. But now it’s nice to know they’re stocking up in-store. As I’m sure you’re wondering– no, this is not a sponsored post. I just really love what they’re doing in these little beauty spaces so much and wanted to share. Here are some of the most interesting things I’ve purchased and a couple things I still want to pick up…
- COSMETIC TOWER These little things are an investment but I LOVE how they look on my vanity. Makes it easy to organize and easy to search for what you need.
- BROW AND EYE KIT Brow color is so important. Most of us naturally have a neutral or ashy shade to our brows. I use these in my studio on clients after they get their brows tinted to fill in any little sparse areas they may have naturally. You can get almost any shade by mixing these 3 colors.
- CUTICLE ART I don’t know why I think these are so cool. I’m toning down my nail art game right now so cuticle art seems logical? Haha. I love finger tat, so this is a fun way to get the look temporarily. They go behind your cuticle/fingernail. Maybe I need to do a post with these so you can see how they look…
- BEAUTY DUST I loooooove this stuff. Again– it’s a little pricey but worth it. I put this in my tea, sprinkle some on my acai bowls, etc… it’s loaded with ingredients that will give a healthy boost to your skin, hair and nails. (and that packaging is KEWT)
- OIL NAIL TREATMENT Not only do Paul & Joe have the cutest packaging but this cuticle oil is AMAZE. I always have my hands in water and hair color so cuticle oil is a must. I keep this within reach when I’m working in the studio, too!
- DRY SHAMPOO WITH NETTLE A lot of people don’t realize that there’s more than one Klorane dry shampoo. This one has nettle for stimulating the scalp and this one is much more “powdery” to me. This is the particular one I use. (They also make one now for brunettes with a slight natural tint! You can find it in the related products when you click this link)
- SWIM SPRAY NEEEEEEEEED this for summer if you plan on swimming. Can’t stress it enough. This vitamin C treatment eliminates irritation and “that crusty feeling” caused by chlorine residue. If you are going to be in a pool and you don’t have this, I am going to be SO mad at you! (Okay, not mad but seriously disappointed.)
- CORIOLISS TOOL This thing is fun! It’s a flat iron and curling iron in one. I’ve been able to teach flat iron waves to the most uncoordinated clients with this contraption. Also nice to travel with to save space.
- COCONUT MILK SHAMPOO I’m just really into the smell and feel but the best part is it’s sulfate free! I like this because it still feels cleansing.
- DRY SHAMPOO WITH OAT MILK The classic. This is the Klorane most people use. I’m just glad it’s carried somewhere as accessible as UO.
- EXTRA LONG BARRETTE I have a tutorial coming up this week with a long barrette. I’m very into these AND half up hair. So 90’s. This one also comes in tortoiseshell.
- PIN KIT UMMMMMM HI! Get this. Immediately. I am SO into this. I got one for myself (because it fits in my purse) and I buy them for assistants because it’s an INCREDIBLE starter pin kit but also so small and compact for being on set or on the go! This is definitely something every girl needs in their bathroom to do all these updos and hairstyles like a pro. The right tools and pins can seriously change your hair game. And it’s SO organized.
- BATISTE DRY SHAMPOO I know we’re getting into a lot of dry shampoos but there are so many different kinds. What I love about Batiste is the price and how many scent options they have. Whether you like sweet or clean or unscented they have you covered. They also have colored dry shampoos which is awesome for darker hair colors.
- SEA DRY SHAMPOO Okay, love this because you can sprinkle it on and it’s all natch. Let’s say my hair is on day 2 or 3 and I decide to do a pony. The spray version might blow the hairs all over causing fly aways. But with this, I can sprinkle it on and tap it in and everything stay in place. It’s just a preference thing and you get a little more control over where this goes. Also this particular one is made with natural ingredients like rice powder and kaolin clay. There’s really nothing natural about Batiste (sorry, Batiste!)
- ROSE MILK BATH SOAK What can I say. I like a luxurious bath from time to time. Treat yoself. It’s beautiful and smells like heaven (and is very instgrammable which is obviously most important).
- COCOOIL I love coconut scented things, especially for summer (winter, spring and fall)! This beach spray is amazing for poolside or beachside days, creating a very low-maintenance natural wave when scrunched into wet hair. It keeps the hair from frizzing up and has some coconut oil in it to keep your hair from feeling dry! A little goes a long way in my experience.
- JASMINE HAIR PERFUME Fully into these hair perfumes. They’re soooooo light and so refreshing. There’s jasmine, rose and vanilla. I thought I would like the vanilla most but jasmine’s where it’s at for me. Spray a little into your hair after a “long night” so you don’t have to go in to work smelling like regret.
- MERMAID SHINE HAIR SPRAY I’ll buy anything that says “Mermaid Hair” on it. The end. (Not joking)
- GREEN TEA SHAMPOO A lot of my clients who use sulfate free shampoos say they love the way their hair feels but they never really feel like their scalp gets super clean. I find that this one does the trick. It somehow feels more “squeaky clean” than most sulfate free shampoos. I only use this once a week to get my hair canvas super clean, eliminating any residue build up.
- HAIR SERUM If you’re trying to grow your hair faster and longer, you should definitely look into hair pills because you really want to nourish from the inside, out. But don’t forget about nourishing the scalp at the same time. This is made to rub into your scalp to fortify, protect and encourage growth. If you’re already taking hair pills and feel you need a little something more, add this into your mix!
- ARGAN HAIR OIL This is a classic go-to for me. All natural argan oil from
- BAMBOO WET BRUSH I’ve talked about these brushes a million times. This one is the same, it’s just bamboo/wood and a new sophisticated look for WetBrush. I always set a hot curling iron on the plastic ones which is the main reason I wanted to get the wood one! It also feels more like a professional tool than the plastic ones.
- MATTE POMADE I love a matte pomade. I use it for tutorials all the time, like when we style bobs and lobs! I love mixing matte pomade together with a serum and working it into waves to give them that second day look. This product cocktail is my favorite ever. But it’s also incredible for shorter lengths like pixie cuts because you can get so much texture!
- MERMAID SEA SALT HAIR SPRAY I stand by my mermaid hair obsessions. This one’s for the natural girls. It’s literally pink sea salt, coconut oil and water. I was pulled in by the packaging but impressed by the product. Simple is sometimes best.
- BEACH WAVE IRON Clip your hair in, push a button and boom. This thing does all the work for you. I still suggest sliding clamp through the ends the same way I did HERE as well as using the products from that tutorial to get a more natural beauty look.
I hope you guys enjoyed this lil Urban Outfitters beauty round up! Are you into these kinds of shopping sprees? Should we do more? We don’t normally do round ups from a particular store but could be a fun thing for future posts. What are some of your favorite places to look for the newest, coolest beauty buys??
PHOTOS/POST/GRAPHIC DESIGN: KRISTIN ESS
Summer is fast approaching and we’re not wasting any time. These are likely to be your g0-to waves of the season. I did these on Emily who has very fine hair that is very long. You can definitely do this on shorter lengths, but I would go with THIS WAVE TUTORIAL for any length above the bra. I love this because the messier it gets the better it looks. You can wear it to the beach and/or wear it for a couple days. Even more so, I love what these waves do to highlighted hair color! Okay, let’s get straight to it!
YOU WILL NEED: You’re going to need two separate irons for this look. One would be a curling iron. Here, we’re using THIS ONE. It’s ahhhh-mazing and it’s worth every penny, but it’s not super budget friendly. A more affordable alternative to that iron is THIS ONE which we’ve talked about a million times. As far as wands go, I’ve been loving THIS WAND since I got it a couple years ago and I see no reason to switch! This wand is relatively inexpensive, lightweight and comes with a glove to avoid burning yourself! You’re also going to want a HEAT PROTECTANT SPRAY, POMADE and SERUM.
- You can either air dry or blow-dry. You can also prep the hair with a lightweight MOUSSE or THICKENING SPRAY if you think your hair needs extra hold support.
- Divide your hair into 1 1/2- 2 inch sections. If your sections are too big, the curls won’t looks as beachy, but if they’re too small they can get stringy or frizzy with this technique. Make sure to stay within 1 1/2- 2 inches.
- We start with the section closest to the ear with the rest clipped up. It’s optional at this point to spray a light hold styling spray or heat protectant on the section. Curl back and away from your face. When you get to the ends, drag the curling iron out slowly to straighten the tips a little! (skip to photo 7 if that sounds confusing)
- Now take your next section down and clip the hair back up. Again, stay within the 1 1/2- 2 inch section rule!
- For this section you’re going to curl the opposite way using your wand. When you use a wand you hold the end piece out while the rest is being curled, so it’s automatically going to leave your ends looking straighter, which is great!
- Keep alternating. The next section is curled back and away from the face using a curling iron.
- Now you can see how once you get to the bottom of the curl, you gently drag the curling iron out to avoid “springy” curly ends. You want that more relaxed look and this is a great way to get it.
- One more time with the wand, wrapping the hair toward the face.
- Then you would do the opposite side the same way. Since Emily wears a side part, there are only 3 sections on the side with less hair. Still alternate the same way.
- Once you’re completely finished, don’t brush the hair. Take your serum and pomade and mix them together in your palms until they’re nice and blended. Work that mix through from middle to ends!
That’s it! Those are the 10 (fairly) easy steps to the best beach waves ever. If you try these, we’d love to see them! We’ve had a lot of requests for super long hair, so I’m trying to accommodate some of those while keeping all my bob and lob girls happy, too! Hope you enjoyed this and if you try it I would love to see it so tag us in the photo @thebeautydept on insta! xx
PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS
I’m not gonna lie… I was terrified to do a crimped hair tutorial. But after seeing these ponytails on the runway at Stella McCartney’s Spring/Summer 2015 show, I knew we had to do this when we got a little closer to the season. The best way I can describe this looks is “a very un-boring ponytail”. This pony has tons of texture and is pretty fun to create because you can add a few crimped pieces or opt for a lot. In my personal opinion, fewer is better because adding too many pieces adds too much texture and looks less modern. But if you’re into a good #tbt do as many pieces as you’d like! Okay, here we go…
- Start off with clean, dry hair. When the hair was wet, I added some THICKENING SPRAY all over before blowdrying. This gives the hair a good full foundation.
- Once the hair is all dry, I took small sections, sprayed them with a little HEAT PROTECTION SPRAY and started crimping them with THIS CRIMPER. I’m particularly obsessed with this crimper because it’s small and gives a much finer detail than the big chunky ones.
- This is the hair from the back (once we crimped 1 or 2 small strands from top to bottom, of course)! You’ll see there’s not a ton of crimping. A little will definitely do. You don’t want to have over crimped– remember, these are just accent pieces!
- This iron is cool because it’s small. You can reach in and crimp anywhere! It’s fun to space a couple crimps out in back for some added texture!
- Once you’re done crimping all over, pull your hair back into a nice clear elastic. Wrap a tiny piece of your hair around that clear elastic and pin it in place. That will disguise your rubber band or clear elastic.
- Clean up any small flyaways if you need to!
- Honestly, who’s feeling the CRIMP?! So many of you said on Instagram that you love it, but would you WEAR it? That’s the real question. Tell us in the comments! Would you wear a textured pony and to where??