PHOTOS/POST: Kristin Ess
Okay so this braid isn’t actually macramé but it reminds me of it, hence the name. This might be one of the easiest braids to do and I can’t believe we’ve never done it for you! This looks even better if you have highlights because it shows so much dimension but still looks great on solid colors as well! I honestly feel like we’re moving away from more complicated braids, but the ones that are quick and easy with lots of fun texture are forever cool. Here’s how you do this one!
- Prep the hair by waving it up just a little. We used a 1 1/4″ barrel iron to get subtle waves. Add 2 messy dutch braids, on on each side (see photo) and secure them with small clear elastics. It doesn’t matter where you start the dutch braids. Some like them a little higher and some like them a little lower depending on face/head shape. You can do whatever you want! For this, we started at temple height in front and met them together in back.
- Now cross those two dutch braids over each other and pin using a bobby pin.
- Next you’re going to make a regular braid down the back. Use the tails of your dutch braids as 2 of the pieces and then grab the 3rd piece from right underneath where your dutch braids meet. Braid all the way down.
- Now all you’re going to do is grab 2 of the pieces from your regular braid and hold them together kind of tight. Take the single piece and hold it tight in the other hand.
- Start sliding the two pieces UPWARD. It will start to bunch up and become a cool macramé inspired braid.
- Once you slide it all up you’re going to have a long tail. You can tie it off with a clear elastic there or do the same technique again and take it further.
After the braid is done, look in a hand mirror at the back. Loosen up and give texture to the braid running down. Here’s a view from the front as well! Isn’t Alissa Griffith just the prettiest!? You can hear some of her music HERE!
Here’s a bigger view of the back!
If you do this, please show us a photo or tag us @thebeautydept on Instagram! #TBDmacramebraid
PHOTOS/POST/GRAPHIC DESIGN: KRISTIN ESS
There’s no way I could go one more day without posting this tutorial! I’ve had requests on here, on the gram, on pinterest, on my cell phone and in person for this tutorial and TODAY is the the day, y’all! Many have mentioned that they’ve been very inspired by all the bobs and lobs out there– so much that you went in for the chop. Problem is, looks great leaving the salon but you can’t mimic it at home, right? Let’s fix that! This is one of my favorite ways to style a lob or bob (I typically do it the same way for both) and I fully believe that you can do this! Don’t psych yourself out, just act cool. We’ve enlisted the help of one of the most beautiful beings we know, ALLIE MARIE EVANS. She’s hilarious and gorgeous and very smart so we thought we’d beg her to take a break from her YouTube channel to come help us out with this look. Here we guh!
PREPPING THE HAIR:
- You’re almost always going to want a styling aid for this. Nothing major, just a light weight mousse like THIS, THIS or THIS.
- You’ll want to make sure you distribute it evenly. Use a comb or a brush to move it through if you need to.
- Begin rough drying with the nozzle on your dryer. THIS is my classic favorite as far as dryers are concerned. For the most part I like to use my fingers to rough dry the hair, maybe brushing lightly if something tangles up.
- Give it a good flip to the opposite side to keep it from feeling flat. Once it’s all the way dry, detangle with a gentle detangling brush.
CURLING: The objective with this technique is to break the hair up into 3 horizontal sections. Then you’re going to want to curl each section in a different direction.
- Ali is doing a heavy side part in this tutorial so the sections will be a little larger on the heavier side. Begin by clipping up your first section.
- Using THIS 1 1/4″ barrel curling iron, curl pieces back/away from the face.
- Clip up your next section above that one.
- You’re going to want to curl this section forward/toward the face.
- Now your 3rd section should come down.
- This section will be curled backwards/away from the face as well.
- Do the same thing on the other side. If you’re doing a heavy side part like Ali, you can split the less heavy side in 2 sections instead of 3, but you’ll still alternate directions for each section. In other words, if you split it in 2, curl the bottom section toward your face, then let down the top section and curl it away from your face.
- Add a veil of lightweight hairspray all over for a little extra support. You don’t need to spray your sections before you curl because the mousse that’s dried in will give you all the thermal styling hold you need.
DON’T COMB OUT YOUR CURLS UNTIL THEY’VE COOLED.
MOST IMPORTANT TIP:
One of the most important things you’ll want to do on each section when you curl is “drag” the curling iron out. As you see we’re using a marcel iron (aka: the iron you see a lot of hairdressers using) but you can definitely still do this with a regular spring iron. You just inch the curling iron toward the ends and then lightly “drag” it out when you’re almost to the ends, which creates more of a straightened look at the tips. If that technique is hard for you, you can always quickly/lightly tap the ends with your flatiron.
- Work your hands through the hair in a scrunching motion first.
- You’ll start to see a tousled but pretty texture emerge. This is the point where I like to add my favorite product cocktail of a serum like THIS or THIS mixed with a lightweight water-based pomade like THIS or THIS. I rub them together in my palms and work it in at the root for a little extra texture. Then whatever is left on my hands gets dragged through the ends.
- Check the sides and back with a hand mirror. Add a little more spray if needed.
I hope this helps you gorgeous gals who have been trying to get your hair right since you cut it. If you do decide to try this and you love the way it looks, add it to the #cleartheshoulders hashtag on instagram! It’s so fun to see how you all style your bobs and lobs! Good luck!
Why not make some magic happen while you sleep? A lot of people ask me why my hair is so shiny with all the heat styling that I do. I usually credit my in-salon gloss that I do between colors and my favorite leave-in conditioner that I swear brings mega shine, BUT… let’s not discount the power of my secret weapon that I often forget to mention. Once a month or so (sometimes more if I’ve been hard on my hair) I bust out the big guns– the overnight treatments. I’ve these treatments for a long time. I discovered them back when I was blonde about 10 years ago and needed serious protein infusion for my weakened hair. I’ve tried quite a few and I love different ones for different reasons. Thought it would be good to share these with some of you looking for intense repair. Apply a liberal amount from middle to ends of your hair, throw it in a bun and get some sleep! Shampoo in the morning, style as usual.
- Caviar Anti-Aging Treatment for hair: This is a damage-fighting leave-in treatment that penetrates deeply and absorbs instantly for a full night of hair restoration. Safe for color treated hair. This system is proven to improve hair damage by 44%. 3.4 oz. For dry, aging hair.
- Kerite: This one has a very lightweight texture. It melts into the hair and can be left in the next day or shampooed out if needed. Hair is left stronger, softer and more manageable. This one is wonderful for weakened hair caused from bleaching!
- Overnight Miracle: This affordable alternative goes to work while you’re asleep to renew and fortify damaged hair. It targets damaged strands with its weightless, non-sticky formula, ensuring that your pillow stays clean while your hair becomes soft, shiny, and smooth.
- Pro-Mend: In one use, it binds 94% of split ends back together and dramatically strengthens against future splits. This is great for anyone looking to skip a haircut whether you’re trying to grow your hair out or just can’t prioritize a salon visit in your budget.
- Herbal Coconut Oil: Long before the modern day cream conditioner was born, coconut oil was applied to the hair prior to cleaning to moisturize, detangle, and emulsify dirt for easy removal. This is a great natural alternative, and coconut oil is always a good idea! Great for dry hair, not great for light blondes as it can tend to yellow the color a little.
- Secret de nuit: I love this one for moisture particularly. When my hair just feels dry all over, I apply a good amount of this and go to sleep. I wake up, shower, shampoo, condition and it’s like that dryness never happened.
- Over Night Hair Repair: this one is a gel product based with pure water. It’s designed to build the elasticity and strengthen hair but I think this one really gives it a gorgeous shine. Almost at-home c0lorgloss-like.
- Magic Elixir: this is pumped with oils and mineral and vitamins, oh my! This one is a good idea for anyone whether your hair is damaged or not. Even if you just want to spoil yourself and put some good good into your hair, this is the lightweight magic for you. I also love this one for when I get dry scalp! You can do an overnight treatment on your scalp just the same, just make sure to protect your pillow!
- L’Huile de Palme: This one can actually be used in many ways and overnight application is just one. You can also use this to protect your hair in the pool or from the sun. Great to have around in the summer! This is oil and vitamin based so you’re getting protection, nutrition and shine in this one.
PHOTOS/POST/GRAPHIC DESIGN: KRISTIN ESS
We love a braided half updo during the fall/winter months because it’s not only gorgeous with that big thick braid, but also leaving half your hair down keeps your necks warm! I think we can all agree this would look amazing any time of year, but today we’re pairing it with a sweater and turning it into our cold weather coiffure!
- Prep your hair by giving it some soft, loose waves. I’ve really been in love with the piece-y waves I’ve been getting from my NEW IRON. It’s a 1 1/4 barrel which is half ceramic and half metal. It was an serious hair investment but I’m feelin it! As you know, favorite budget friendly version of this iron is THIS ONE! I curled away from the face and put a couple drops of THIS GLOSS through the middle and ends, which smells ahhhhmazing.\
- Next up, create a hairline braid. You’ll want to do it inside-out because you’ll get a fatter looking braid. With a regular french braid, the bulk of the braid gets tucked underneath as you go, whereas an inside-out braid puts the bulkier part of the braid on top! If your hair tends to be really slippery and soft or if you just washed it, try adding a dab of BRAID PASTE or WATERBASED POMADE to the section before your braid. It will help you get a lot more control over your braid without making it sticky or greasy.
- Use THIS TRICK to fatten up your braid.
- Take a fine tooth comb and tease a very small section in the back of your head. Tease as close to the scalp as you can. This is where you’ll “anchor” your braid, so put it as high or low as you want it. I like to do it right at that bone you can feel in the back of your head, called the occipital bone. It’s a good safe place to anchor the braid if you’re not sure. Use a strong holding bobby pin (and a little strong holding hairspray if you need it) to anchor your first braid to your head.
- Repeat the same thing on the other side and then join them together in the back of your head, tucking the second braid into the first braid. Get them to blend together as best you can. I think of it like doing a half knot. I tuck the second braid up, over and then push it into the first braid.
- Use a hand mirror to check it from the sides and the back to make sure you have good balance!
Tip: go to a beauty supply and get the strongest bobby pins you can find. It makes the biggest difference with a hairstyle like this! A strong holding bobby pin will not slip and slide all over the place! You can typically feel the difference between the ones you buy at the drugstore and the ones you buy at a pro beauty supply. I love THESE ONES! This links to gold ones but you can get any color and they’re SO strong and fairly inexpensive. Get them, it will be worth it!