TEXTURE POWDER FOR HAIR

photos/post/design: Kristin Ess

Every once in a while we like to mix it up and throw in a weekend hair idea. Since there have been so many emails about texturizing powder, we figured it was the perfect pairing! Texturizing powder is used for many things: building body, creating more texture and mattifying. In this tutorial we’re using a simple fishtail braid to demonstrate. As you see in the before photo on the left, her hair is shiny, clean and tidy– looks great as is. But sometimes you just feel like your hair is “too clean”. That could sound insane to some, but if you really want that messy second day hair look, here’s how you get that.

  1. Start with clean dry hair. (If your hair is already a little dirty and on it’s second or third day but you really want more texture through the middle and ends, it’s fine, just use a little less in the next step!)
  2. Shake some texturizing powder over the top of your hair (or have someone else do it for you if you’re doing a braid in the back). My personal favorites can be found HERE and HERE.
  3. Using the base of your thumbs (as you see in the photo), massage the powder into the hair.
  4. Gently use your fingers to get more detailed texture.

That’s it! You will find that the powder takes away most of the shine which creates a more “editorial finish” like many of the gorgeous models we pin on our Pinterest boards. Try it and if you don’t love it, just wash it out! Have a wonderful weekend!!

GIANT BUN TUTORIAL

photos/post/graphic design: Kristin Ess

Since we’re already seeing holiday decorations go up in our favorite stores, we better get some holiday hairstyle ideas up on your faaavorite beauty website! Not sure about you guys but I often find myself working until the very last second, then rushing home, then rushing out with a bottle of bubbly in one hand and red lipstick in the other. With so many fancy festivities toward the end of the year, it’s always a good idea to have some 10 minute hairstyles on tap. This one is definitely a TBD favorite. The style is similar to my signature “Fun Bun” tutorial you might remember from a couple years ago. The main difference is, you can tease this one to make it as voluminous as you’d like. This updo reminds me of one of those super-famous//super-massive//super-chic SJP buns! Alright… here’s how you take your hair from a work bun to a party bun…

You will need: a comb, bobby pins (large + small), a small clear elastic, travel sized hairspray that fits in your purse if you plan on doing this after work without going home.

  1. Take your original topknot down letting it fall into a pony, and then smooth any flyaways with hairspray and the fine side of your comb.
  2. Tease small sections using your favorite teasing comb or teasing brush.
  3. Keep going until you’ve teased the entire ponytail.
  4. Smooth over the front-facing side lightly (not too much) using your comb and then add a small clear ponytail holder about 3-4 inches from the ends as you see in the photo.
  5. Once you’ve secured the small clear ponytail holder, gently roll all of the hair under. Roll it under until the clear ponytail holder meets the big ponytail holder.
  6. Now pin the clear ponytail holder next to your big ponytail holder.
  7. Thread the tail end of the ponytail thru the front as you see in photo 7.
  8. Lightly tease the end of the ponytail.
  9. Now add the tail up and into your bun hairspraying as you go. The reason for this step is this piece will keep your bun from looking like some kind of pastry! The little piece you’re adding in there diffuses the shape of the bun.
  10. Secure the edges of the bun with some hair pins.
  11. Give the bun one final spray all over.
  12. Wait just a couple seconds and then press the bun down like you see in photo 12. Do that a couple times. It gives the bun a little more texture. (Make sure you don’t get any rings caught in it!)

There it is! The big ol’ party bun. Hope you wear it with your favorite sparkly get up this holiday season. Last week we saw so many of your gorgeous Rodarte-inspired braids! If you try this updo, don’t forget to tag us in your instagram @thebeautydept! Can’t wait to see what you accessorize with!

RODARTE INSPIRED BRAID TUTORIAL

photos above (left: style.com) (right: Kristin Ess)

Earlier this year, Rodarte ruled the runway again. Every beauty site went crazy for the beautifully messy rosette braids. We wanted to do an actual tutorail on how you can get this look and make it wearable for the fall. I love that it’s a half up/half down ‘do because in colder weather, we can use the shoulder coverage for added warmth. Below is a very detailed step-by-step tutorial on how to get a wearable Rodarte-like braid along with a couple finished photos at the bottom. Here we go!

You will need: a few clear elastics, a one inch barrell curling iron, a light hold styling spray + some bobbypins that match your hair color.

  1. Start with wavy hair– natural or with a curling iron. We used a 1″ curling iron and our Everyday Waves method for this look.
  2. Create a middle part.
  3. On the left side of the part, create a basic 3 strand braid. (You can get fancy and do it french braid-style, only taking new hair from the top if you’re a champion braider!)
  4. About 4-5 inches down, tie the braid off using a clear elastic.
  5. Gently pull individual pieces as you see in the photot to create a messier looking braid.
  6. Repeat on the other side.
  7. Now join the two braids together in the back using another clear elastic.
  8. This is what the back should look like. Take a second to check it using a hand mirror. It shouldn’t be perfect, you just want to make sure you don’t see any weird bumps popping up.
  9. Right behind the place where you joined the two braids together, gently grab a strand of hair and slowly pull it out above the elastics (see photo). Spray with a light hold styling spray or thermal protectant spray.
  10. Take your 1″ barrell curling iron and create a barrell curl (start at the bottom and roll up).
  11. Release the curl and roll it back up.
  12. To make the rosette, gently pull the curl apart and give it some texture with your fingers. We twisted ours a little in the process, clockwise. Then use a small bobbypin to secure the rosette to the elastics.
  13. Create a 3 strand braid using the remaining pieces that hang down from the elastics.
  14. Gently pull and it give that braid some texture as well.

Here is what it should look like up close!

And here it is a little further away. Could be gorgeous for a wedding or just a fun night out with friends. If you try this, please tag us in a photo on instagram @thebeautydept! xo

 

KITCHEN BEAUTICIAN

photos/post/graphic design: Kristin Ess

I don’t know about you but I have some friends who come over and stage-5-cling to my precious bottle of Klorane which pretty much causes me to have a mini heart attack. I see this white cloud all around them and I wonder why I didn’t hide it before they got there. Too late, bottle is half gone. If you’ve ever paid for a bottle of Klorane you know it’s $20+. The reason we love it so much is because it’s made with rice. When rice comes in contact with the oils from your scalp, it becomes transparent. Many others are made with talc powders that never really disappear. Talc will often stay white and make you look like you’re from the Victorian era. I thought it would be fun to experiment! We tried dabbing finely ground rice flour (make sure it’s not coarse) at the root using a clean blush brush and were pleasantly surprised to see that this inexpensive alternative worked wonderfully!

  1. Pour a little finely ground white rice flour into a small cup.
  2. Dab your blush brush in the flour.
  3. Gently tap the brush on the side of the cup to remove excess flour.
  4. Apply.

In the tutorial above we photographed it on a blonde model, but since I have tried it on my red hair and it worked perfectly! The keys to applying are…

  • Make sure you section the hair off. Take sections parallel with the hairline. I like to go an inch below the hairline on each side.
  • Use your clean blush brush in a downward motion. Going upward or side to side may cause frizzing at the root.
  • Make sure you don’t apply too much. If you do it could look a little funky. If you think you’ve applied too much, just rub some off with a dry washcloth.
  • Don’t forget  to do your hairline!
  • Tap to blend. You don’t want to stroke your hair with your hand to get it to blend because you’ll end up wiping some away. Instead, tap it into the root gently with the pads of your fingers!

Best part about this is it’s completely green! You’ll get lots of applications out of one small bag.