EASY AS 1-2-3

PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS

PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS

Let’s cut to the chase. Quick, simple, uncomplicated hairstyles are like diamonds in the rough these days but I have one for you long hair lovers today! Now let’s not act like we didn’t add some clip-in extensions to this hair, okayyyyy. We did. We added 2 tracks for extra density but not for length. They’re not super-thick tracks because the thicker they are the harder it can be to conceal them with a ponytail. Here are the 3 steps to this look!

easy messy half braid the beauty department

 

Prep the hair with an ocean/sea salt spray for texture. We used THIS ONE from Wella! This can be done on any hair type. We did it on fine straight hair with zero wave. It’s pretty much just air dried and the the clip-ins were added.

  1. Put your hair in a centered ponytail. Leave out the sides as you see we did in the photo above. Just a couple inches is fine if your hair is dense on the sides, but if it’s fine/thin, leave 3-4 inches out.
  2. Do a short braid. Maybe 4-6 cross overs total. It should go a little less than halfway down the ponytail. Secure that using a clear elastic.
  3. Take the braided part and gently loosen it up with your fingers. This will fatten the braid and add texture. I also love to add a little TEXTURE POWDER at this point before I pull it apart. Texture powder helps me keep the braid from falling apart because it has a little grit + hold.

At this point you have a couple options with the side pieces. You can simply wrap them around the ponytail holder and pin (as you see in photo A) or you can twist and pin them into the hair (the way we did in photo B)! You could also braid the sides and incorporate them which I didn’t think of until right now but that would be a gorgeous option as well.

Hope you’re all having fun with this Fall sweater weather hair!

THE UN-DONE BRAID

PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS

PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS

THIS is one of my favorite looks because you almost cant do it wrong. It’s a braid so haphazard that even someone with little to no skill could hook it up! This reminds me so much of those kids you see on a playground who have run around for so long that their braid starts to come apart. I often feel like as it falls apart it becomes more beautiful, kinda like me after an Adele song. Anyway. Here’s how we created this look…

the beauty department the undone braid

Let’s not front. There are extensions in this hair. There are 4 thin tracks clipped in. Emily has fine hair and the extensions help to bulk it up. This looks best on longer hair but it can absolutely be done on medium lengths as well (you just need a little more patience and skill for that!)

If you have “slippery” soft hair, spray in a little OCEAN SPRITZ for grit. A light layer on dry hair will do! It’s the same one I mentioned in my last HAIR POST.

  1. Separate the center section and make a large french braid. In other words, take big pieces for your french braid rather than small. Leave out the sides from your ear to your front hairline.
  2. Split each side section into two pieces.
  3. You want to grab a piece and weave it through the main braid once or twice, leaving the ends out.
  4. Do that with all 4 side pieces.
  5. If any of them slip, you can use a tiny MICRO CLAW CLIP behind the braid to hold your section. Remember how we did that right HERE? Your pieces will stay put with those if you need them.

Again, the whole point of this is to feel very informal and un-done, so don’t overthink it and don’t make it too perfect. Add a light veil of strong holding hairspray at the end if you feel the need!

Do you guys like this kind of look? I have a few more of these types up my sleeve. Or is it just too messy for you? Would love to know your thoughts!

NO-SLIP MINI BRAID KNOT

PHOTOS/POST BY KRISTIN ESS

PHOTOS/POST BY KRISTIN ESS

Obviously, braids are our thing around here. We love big braids, small braids, knot braids, french braids, fishtail braids, dutch braids, rope braids, any kind of braids! We’ve done some mini braids in the past, and I’m obsessed with how simple and pretty they are. I thought I would do another one that’s easy for girls with super-fine hair. A lot of you say you have a hard time getting these little guys to stay put so today I’m showing you my favorite trick for that. This can also be done on thick or coarse hair, but it seems to be a major challenge for girls with fine hair because it tends to slip out. Here’s how I do it…

micro braid knot

  • Air dry clean hair.
  • Spray in a light veil of OCEAN SPRITZ all over. The reason this is one of my favorite ocean sprays is because it breaks down and becomes softer with a little heat.
  • Rough dry your hair with just your fingers and a blow dryer.
  • Make 2 mini braids on the sides, just above your ears. Tie them together in a knot behind your head and pin!

The spray will keep the bobbypin from slipping and keep the braids from slipping as well! This is a simple quick trick that has helped me countless times!

ONE AND DONE

PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS

PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS

Do I even need to post a whole story about why this barrette is my new jam for Fall? No. But I will. It’s so versatile as you can clearly see in this post and also– it’s EIIIIIGHT DOLLLLLARS. What? We’ve managed to do half up, messy bun, ponytail, and a side swept half up look so far. I’m sure there are lots of other ways to use this and I’m sure you’ll be seeing them here soon. You could absolutely wear this anywhere. You could pair it with a dress or with jeans and a simple tee.

Here’s how you’d style the look up top:

  • curl the hair using the curling iron linked at the bottom of this post.
  • pull the hair half up.
  • give it a light twist and insert the barrette.

gold barrette sephora the beauty department

 

The steps for this one are:

  • create a messy bun.
  • spread out the hair using your fingers.
  • add a couple bobbypins to secure the bun.
  • run the clip across the middle and secure.

gold barrette the beauty department

 

The ponytail is very simple.

  • wave as desired or air dry.
  • gather all the hair in a low ponytail.
  • secure the barrette near the nape of the neck.

I was fascinated to learn that this clip is versatile enough to hold all of our models hair or just a tiny section. There’s a spring inside that allows you to use this on pretty much any hair type.

sephora barette the beauty dept

 

For the side swept look:

  • brush out the hair to soften the waves.
  • use your comb to make a deep side part.
  • smooth a piece over to the opposite side and secure the clip.

It’s crazy how it stayed in place with just this tiny section of hair.

 

 

 

 

the beauty dept day to night sephora barrette

  • THE DAY + NIGHT HAIR CLIP (get it quick, I bet they’ll go fast. I got two so I could carry one in my purse.) UPDATE: this clip has been sold out, but you can find similar ones HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.
  • THE CURLING IRON (I love these irons for major hold!! even those who say their hair doesn’t hold!)
  • GOLD BRUSH (I mean, you probably don’t need a gold brush but it’s good to know this exists)
  • BLACK COMB (get a good comb that won’t melt or break on you!)

(OH! And while we’re all caught up in this beauty bizz, let’s not overlook this ridiculously cute DRESS)