2 DAYS, 3 LOOKS

photos/post: Kristin Ess

photos/sponsored post: Kristin Ess (in collaboration with Pantene)

It feels like every time you walk down the hair aisle at your favorite store, there’s something epic and new, doesn’t it? As a stylist, I think that’s cool, as I’m very into mixing hair and technology. Hair products are always evolving and styling products in particular are constantly one-upping themselves. Never in a million did I think I’d see the day when alcohol-free aerosol hairspray would be a thing. Last month, Pantene introduced just that. It’s called AIRSPRAY and it’s the first alcohol-free aerosol styling product on the market. Needless to say we had to try it to see what it could actually do. We did our own kind of experiment– three-styles-in-two-days kind of experiment. Here’s how that went down…

the beauty department braid pantene airspray
  • First things first, we gave it the undone wave test. This hair was airdried without product, and then we did some loose waves using a 1 1/4″ barrel, then sprayed with THIS HAIRSPRAY. We scrunched it in and loosely broke up the waves using just our fingers, no brush.

pantene airspray x the beauty dept

  • As you can clearly see, separation was good and waves became a bit fuller. The hair didn’t feel product-y at all, but did take a teeny bit longer to evaporate (obvs because there’s no alcohol) but we were down to wait.
pantene airspray the beauty dept
  • Happy to report that after spraying one light veil all over, the hair was still soft to the touch.
the beauty dept braid pantene airspray
  • Our next mane move happens that same day. Sunday evening dinner with girlfranz. The cool thing about AIRSPRAY is that you can layer it without the hair starting to feel “crunchy” or dry.
the beauty department pantene airspray
  • We created a single cornrow down the center of the hair. Once you get to the nape of the neck, tie it off with a clear elastic. (Grab a friend who can braid if you can’t do this part yourself.)
the beauty department airspray pantene
  • Next, join the sides together in a low ponytail and bind it all together using another elastic. Your waves may or may not need another light layer of spray! We did! Still touchable and soft, btw.
thebeautydepartment hair tutorial airspray
  •  Use your tail comb to smooth down any flyaway hairs around your face.

thebeautydepartment pantene alcohol free hairspray

  • Here’s how this looks from the front. I know you want to know! I was very curious about how it would look from the front when we started this. You can hardly see anything which is rad because when you turn around it’s like OH HAIIIII!
 pantene airspray braid bun
  • Okay, now let’s say you have a really long night for one reason or another, ya know? And let’s say Monday morning you have to pull yourself together for work kind of early. Good news is, you can still keep working with this look and you don’t have to wash your hair. YAAAAAY!
the beauty dept airspray braid
  • Take the outside rubberband out but not the second one. Keep the braid in place.
pantene alcohol free aerosol hairspray
  • Take a smoothing brush, spray a little more of that AIRSPRAY goodness on the brush. Now smooth the hair back into a sleek low pony and secure it with an elastic.
thebeautydepartment alcohol free hairspray
  • Add a light mist of spray on to the ponytail and twist.
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  • Coil that sleek pony into a bun and secure. Once you’ve done that, you can smooth out any fly-aways using a little more spray.
 pantene airspray thebeautydept

It’s pretty cool that you can keep on keepin’ on with an alcohol-free AIRSPRAY without the fear of major dryness. If you end up trying it or if you already have, tell us what you think! Were you able to layer it? Brush it? Re-style with it? You can also review it on Pantene.com.

pantene airspray alcohol-free

Hope you guys enjoyed this tutorial. Which of these 3 looks is your favorite? Considering it’s Valentine’s (0r) Gal-entine’s Day weekend, this could come in extra handy if you have to work on Monday morning, AMIRIGHT?

LUCY HALE’S BRAIDED BOB

lucy hale people's choice hair up

As you may know by now, Pretty Little Liars took home a People’s Choice Award this week! A mega congrats to them. HOORAY! In addition to that mega-honor, this epic TEEN VOGUE article says that Lucy also won the short haired updo game! We were overly excited to hear that because we put a whole lot of love into this updo. What most people may not know is that it was POURING rain in LA on Wednesday so we had to do something that would work with the weather. (Side note: that’s something I’ve learned along the way– my hairspray is not stronger than mother nature, so come up with a plan that leans her way!) This updo would be gorgeous whether it’s raining or not but the glowy texture really works with humidity and just ends up feeling neo-romantic. Okay, here are some tips, tricks and steps we took to get Lucy’s chin length bob into this braided updo…lucy hale people's choice awards 2016 braided updo

 

This tutorial is directed at shorter lengths, so the struggle will be less real if your hair is a bit longer, but you can still follow these same steps.

 

 

  • Start with wet hair. Biggest surprise might be that we never blew her hair out. When Lucy’s hair was wet, I added in a light layer of this GEL SERUM and followed by a light layer of  STYLING CREAM.
  • Next we side parted her hair so we could get the braid to sweep across the hairline. You get more braid visibility in the front when you side part!
  • While the hair was still damp, I braided it across the hairline first, stopping in the back near the occipital bone (that’s the little bone you can feel in the back of your head). I tied it off with one of these tiny ELASTICS.
  • Next I braided the other side until it met the first braid in the back center. BTW, these are regular french braids, not inside-out or dutch braids. The whole thing will seem kind of tight and not as fun at first, but don’t worry! It will get fun.
  • After your braids meet in back, the hair underneath should be nearly dry.
  • I shook a little TEXTURE POWDER on the shorter hairs, twisted them and pinned them up. The TEXTURE POWDER is KEY. I would seriously struggle with getting a short bob to stay if I didn’t have this powder and you likely will, too. The grit that comes from this powder helps the bobbypins stay put and keeps the hair from slipping. That stuff is essential in pulling this off.
  • Last, I went around loosening the braid. This is where we tend to have the most fun with this look. I pull on each individual loop and then pull little bits out to add that glowy halo effect. Use your own judgement based on your hair type. You can use a STRONG HOLD hairspray at the end if you want. I used it because RAIN. Serious RAIN.

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And let’s not forget this glowy victorian glam makeup by my girl, @KDeenihan! More info on that look right HERE!

 

lucy hale people's choice hair updo

 

I know bob babes may not believe they can do this, but I promise you can with a little texture powder, strong bobbypins and patience! Also, can you believe, not a single heat styling tool was used in creating this look!? So fun! xx

RED CARPET READY

PHOTO/POST/GRAPHIC DESIGN: KRISTIN ESS

PHOTO/POST/GRAPHIC DESIGN: KRISTIN ESS

It’s that time of year again! The holiday messes have been swept up and now hair and makeup glam squads everywhere prepare to work overtime because it’s award season!!!! It wouldn’t be fair if all you beauties at home couldn’t play along so I thought it might be fun to incorporate some red carpet classics this month on TBD! These tutorials will be timeless, not trendy. These will be hairstyles that you can use for many years to come. When I have a client attending a major award show, I try to think about what will still look great when we look back at photos years from now. So let’s dive into the first one: The Classic Chignon Tutorial!

Prep: We wanted a smooth chignon, but just so you know, this could be done with waves or curls as well! To start, we applied a little STYLING CREAM to damp hair and then used a LARGE IBIZA ROUND BRUSH to smooth.

The only hairspray we used throughout this tutorial was THIS ONE. The reason I love this spray for looks like this is because it never ever gets sticky. You can keep piling it on and brushing through. It holds softly but securely and gives shine. I’m not the biggest fan of the smell but it goes away quickly and doesn’t linger.

  1. Put all of your hair into a tight/smooth ponytail at the nape of your neck. You can use a regular ponytail holder or a SMALL CLEAR ELASTIC. (ps: these are my favorite elastics. they’re a little more expensive but they’re softer and don’t pull my hair out!)
  2. Using a 1 1/4″ HOT TOOLS SPRING IRON, curl the ends under. This is going to help your hair wrap around itself and stay put!
  3. Next, split your ponytail into two sections (upper and lower). Tease the lower section lightly to give your hair more volume for a fuller chignon.
  4. Take another SMALL CLEAR ELASTIC and do a half loop with your ponytail, leaving the tail out. (Tip: You don’t need to secure this second elastic more than once. It’s small and when you create your half loop it should be pretty tight already.)
  5. Take the tail and wrap it around the base of the ponytail. Pin that underneath using large bobby pins. (Tip: If you need to, you can tease the tail lightly before wrapping it around the base. Then smooth lightly after secured!)

Hope you enjoy this classic look and I hope this tutorial comes in handy the next time you have a big event to attend! Any other specific classic red carpet requests? Is there a celebrity who’s hair has been stuck in your mind since they walked a particular carpet?? Tell me in the comments (and try to post a photo of it!) and maybe we can break it down for you!

SHAPE CLIPS

THE BEAUTY DEPARTMENT HEART CLIP

You’ve probably noticed that many of our hair posts lately have been about HAIR ACCESSORIES and how to wear them, but like, TIS THE SEASON to be shopping! I have tons of younger women in my world– siblings, nieces, assistants, etc… and I need some stocking stuffers, present toppers and shiny things to gift my girls. In our office we’ve been loving these shape clips, not just because they’re cute AF but also because they’re a quick solution for pulling your look together. Some give off a playful/youthful vibe and some feel a bit “cooler”. We’ll let you decide!

THE BEAUTY DEPT SHAPE CLIPS

  • GEOMETRIC (gold) 
  • HEART (the one linked is $$$ and 24k plated. I can’t find less expensive ones to link to but they’re out there! I bought this one at Nordstrom and it was by a brand called “Carole” and it was $10)
  • DIAMOND (gunmetal)
  • TRIANGLE (dark grey, silver)
  • TRIANGLE (gold/cream, gold/navy, gold/wine)
  • CIRCLE (silver, gold)

the beauty department shape clips

Loving these ones with a little section pulled to the side. These clips are slightly smaller (1 to 1 1/2 inches) so they wouldn’t be used on a larger section of hair like the ones up top.

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We were trying to find some quick/cool ways to wear one of these clips and this was our fave.

  • pull (messy, second day) hair half up
  • divide the section into two
  • tie those pieces in a knot
  • add clip below the knot

VOILA!