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!



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!


  • 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.


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



free people comb the beauty department

With the holiday rush, we’re currently obsessed with anything that cuts down our personal glam time. These LONG METALLIC COMBS are extra helpful! I picked up two of these stunners while out shopping the other day and am in LOVE! They’re so pretty in the back of the head, adding just the right amount of subtle sparkle. They’re so easy to use and amazing for girls on the go! These ones come in gold and silver and we’re feelin’ both!

the beauty department free people hair comb

Love the way it looks over a messy bun as well! Better snag one of these for a quick holiday party look!

free people clip the beauty department

I prefer to add a couple quick bobby pins to secure the comb in place and avoid any sliding, but that’s up to you!

photos + post: kristin ess

photos + post: kristin ess

EASY AS 1-2-3



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!