LUCY HALE ON CONAN

PHOTO/POST: KRISTIN ESS

PHOTO/POST: KRISTIN ESS

Attention Pretty Little peeps! Our favorite brunette babe was on Conan last night, looking stunning, per usual. As you may know (if you follow her INSTA) we cut her hair off a couple months ago. First it was a lob and then she wanted to go even shorter to a bob so we went above the shoulders! Styling short hair can be tough, and there are little tricks that I use that may be helpful for you. Here’s how we got Lucy’s look last night…

  • I sprayed THICKENING SPRAY all over Lucy’s damp hair, not because she needs thicker hair but this stuff is great as a styling spray. It disappears completely in the hair once it’s dry but gives you such amazing support with heat styling. I know it will never feel product-y, which is great because I have additional things I like to put in the hair for texture later.
  • Next I rough dried Lucy’s naturally wavy, thick hair using a BLOW DRYER WITH NOZZLE. Make sure to keep the nozzle on if you want any shine to your waves. If you want less shine or the hair to be a little more “rough looking” dry it with no nozzle.
  • Use a good ceramic BEVELED FLAT IRON to create SUBTLE WAVES. <—- That’s the tutorial for flat iron waves so check that out if you don’t know how, but one extra special tip that I like for haircut lengths above the shoulders is to hold the flat iron at a diagonal angle as I do the waves. This makes it look a lot more natural and not so much “like a waterslide”. haha! The hair just lays a little closer to the head if you hold the iron at an angle, in my opinion.
  • I know this sounds crazy but one of my favorite things to do is spray a light mist of water on the ends after I flat iron. I just use THIS SPRAY which is pure water. Sometimes, I’ll end do a super light mist over everything. It’s a little pricey but it’s worth the fine spray that comes out. Anything heavier might bring too much natural wave or curl back to the ends, which I don’t want. It just takes away that “freshly ironed” look and makes it look more like second day hair. I love it!
  • Next I did a little product cocktail! I took a dab of this POMADE and a half pump of this SERUM and emulsified it together in the palm of my hands.
  • Run that through from middle to ends. Use whatever tiny bit is left on your hands after that to smooth any unwanted fly aways. Then a light mist of hairspray if you think you need it.
  • Last but not least: baby hairsssss. Most people tend to have these annoying little buggers. The issue is, they’re too short to grasp with a flat iron, they’re to tiny to get with a round brush and blowdryer, so what? I use this fancy tool called a ROOT CONTROL. Think of it like a comb with an iron behind it. You just comb over the little hairs and the heat gets them to stay right where you want them. It’s easy to use and the comb guards your skin so you don’t burn yourself. I wouldn’t recommend this for thin or brittle hair, more for unruly, uncontrolable baby hairs.

If you want more deets about her makeup you’re going to have to ask her very talented makeup artist—> KELSEY! If only we could all look as gorgeous as Lucy Hale, AMIRIGHT?! If you try these tips or have any your want to share, let us know in the comments below!

PLANNING FOR PLATINUM

the beauty department platinum

PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS, ALLIE MARIE EVANS

It seems to be a pattern lately… Girl gets lob. Girl the loves lob so much she gets a bob. Girl goes a little blonder. Girl loves lightest pieces so much she wants them all over, so girl goes platinum. And I love this game! When it comes to the palest shades of blonde there are some things you should know that will help you enjoy the cool-girl platinum life a little more. The brightest shade of blonde always has and always will be classic so whether you’re new to the world of “bleach and tone” or a total veteran, you can use this guide to help better your process. Let’s discuss…

PREPPING FOR PLATINUM:

Don’t shampoo that day. I always encourage my clients to avoid shampooing their hair the same day they’re getting it bleached and toned. A common misconception is that if the hair is dirty the bleach may not cut through. That’s not true at at all. In fact, I typically encourage my girls to not wash two days before they come in for a bleach and tone. Natural oils help coat the scalp and make it less painful in my, and my client’s, opinions. When you shampoo the hair the same day, you’ve stimulated the scalp and bleaching after that can be quite painful. So dirty hair is good! Avoid excessive brushing on the day of as well!

Newness is key. When going platinum, you don’t want anyone “out of touch” doing your color. Instead you may want to go to to a colorist who educates themselves on what new advances are being made in the color world. There are so many new toners, new bleaches, and new additives that you, as the client, depend on your colorist to research and find to make your experience and color as wonderful as possible. Make sure your colorist is up on the newest advances being made in hair color. Of course there are classic/old school techniques and if they work and you’re happy with them, great,

Don’t be cheap about platinum hair. Go to someone who uses Olaplex with their color! It’s a bond rebuilder that gets added into your bleach and it’s worth every penny. I use it on so many people and it’s such a game changer for a bleach and tone. You’ll pay a bit more for the color but your hair feels like it’s never been bleached!

Have realistic expectations. If you’ve never been platinum before, it may not happen the first time around. You may have to settle for a sweet shade of “champagne” or a “winter wheat” that’s almost platinum but not quite on round one. Platinum hair happens when you’ve literally emptied the hair of pigment so getting to that point can take a couple visits, end of story. If your colorist gets you there on the first try, count your lucky stars! But if it doesn’t, have patience. Below is a photo of Allie Marie Evans’ first ever round of bleach and tone. While it’s very pale and very pretty on her, it’s not completely white. And I made sure to tell her that might be the case before we did it. Sometimes it just takes a couple times! Depends on your natural lightness, darkness and previous colors in the hair!

Stock up on platinum stuff! You’re definitely going to want some purple-based toning supplies for home use. Purple is opposite yellow on the color wheel so when you’re trying to cancel out unwanted brassiness and yellow tones, you’ll need things that have purple pigment in them. Here are some of my favorites:

  • Schwarzkopf Bonacure Shampoo Okay, this shampoo is scary purple when you look at it in the bottle. People are often afraid of it when they see it for the first time, but it’s hands down my favorite purple shampoo for toning out yellow. It’s not as intense as it looks in the bottle, it tones amazingly well (and smells sooooo good).
  • ColorWow Brass Banned Mousse This stuff is pretty cool. It’s basically like a styling mousse but with tone in it! You apply it to damp hair and then blowout and style as usual. I love this because you don’t wash it out and most things that you use to tone at home get washed out but this is great for any intense yellow-y sections you may have. Mousse is mainly used to boost volume at the root and most platinum girls get brassy at the root more than anywhere else, so this is a win-win!
  • Rita Hazan Gloss Breaking Brass I love this because this is something you can do on your hair at home to tone and create shine. It’s like toner and treatment in one! I like to tell clients to put this on the root area for about 5 minutes after you shampoo, then work some through the middle to ends for 2 additional minutes (ends will soak it up much faster than the roots). Then you rinse everything and condition. It’s a great substitute for anyone who can’t get into the salon for a gloss in between colors.
  • Sachajuan Silver Conditioner There are a trillion purple shampoos but there are not a lot of great purple/silver conditioners out there. For someone who really gets brassy it’s great to use purple shampoo but maybe it’s not enough? Maybe you like it super silver-y. Maybe you need additional reinforcement with some purple conditioner! I’ve been super into Sachajuan’s conditioners in general lately, they’re SO good!
  • Shu Uemura Colour Lustre Cool Blonde Holy grail. The most intense at-home gloss toning I’ve ever seen. This is for those who love that ashy silver look ONLY. It’s pretty amazing but no joke, you must like ashy or silver tones. It’s expensive but very worth it. You put it on like a conditioner after you shampoo and it tones like crazy, not to mention, makes the hair epic shiny and soft. Ah-may-zing.
  • Shimmer Lights A budget-friendly classic! This pack comes with shampoo and conditioner together. It gets the toning job done, but it’s not my favorite for the way it makes the hair feel. But if you’re trying to save money this will do the trick and you’ll like the way it makes your wallet feel! Maybe do a deep conditioner or coconut oil application once a week if you use this.
  • John Frieda Toning Shampoo and Condtioner LOVE this for subtle toning. Let’s say you’re at that perfect platinum place, and let’s say you just need to maintain, this will be your jam (your very affordable jam!). It has subtle purple tones in both the shampoo and conditioner. It’s not overpowering and won’t make your hair ashy. It keeps the hair a nice shade of neutral.
  • Bumble and Bumble White Dry Shampoo This isn’t like the other white dry shampoos. It doesn’t become translucent and blend into the hair. It’s a pretty intense white powder that stays I would encourage you to get if you end up with brassy roots. You spray it anywhere you feel too yellow-y and it blends out the yellow nicely. You don’t want to over-do it with this or you might end up looking a little too Marie Antoinette for your day-to-day liking. But it conceals any yellow at the root temporarily, making it appear more white.

Don’t wait 2 months to get retouched. Okay, I understand if you like the platinum look with roots. Very cool-girl for sure. However, if you wait too long in between visits, it can be difficult for your colorist to control the consistency of color at the root. Your natural body heat accelerates the bleach at the scalp, if there’s more than a full inch or so of regrowth, you could end up with what we call “bands”. Bands are inconsistencies in the hair that you can usually see when you lift the hair up straight from the head. You don’t want them and the best way to avoid them is to get your platinum hair redone every 4 to 6 weeks at the latest.

Don’t book other things around it. From a colorist’s perspective, you’re asking for a miracle if you want to go platinum for the first time and then make a dinner date a few hours later. Just don’t. Make sure you don’t put a time constraint on your hairdresser when you’re doing this for the first time. It can take all day or maybe just a couple hours. Better to plan for more time for both you AND the colorist.

It’s going to be more expensive for the first time around. Depending on your hair, you could have a lot of color correcting that needs to happen in order to get to the palest blonde. Once you’re there, root upkeep is a different story. But the first time you do this, you’re probably going to pay a pretty penny. Just know that. When I take a client platinum for the first time, I charge them in the same way I would for a color correction, because you just don’t know how long it will take and how many bottles of color you’ll go through. The first time is an investment.

PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS, ALLIE MARIE EVANS

If you have any favorite tips, trick or products you like to share with your fellow PLATINUM peeps, leave them in the comments below! We love hearing your favorite things, too and so do our other readers. XX

OVERNIGHT HAIR TREATMENTS

overnight hair treatments on thebeautydepartment

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.

night hair treatments the beauty department

  1. Caviar Anti-Aging Treatment for hairThis 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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!
  9. 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.

ORGANIZATION STATION: BATHROOM + VANITY

NAIL POLISH ORGANIZER THE BEAUTY DEPARTMENT

When you look at your bathroom or vanity counters (or your desk for that matter) and see everything perfectly organized, don’t you feel more productive and more inspired than usual? Even if it only lasts a week or two or three! Every year, I take a quick pause during the last weeks of December to organize, take inventory and give things away from my personal stash to friends I know who would want them. It’s a nice feeling on many levels and gets me just a little more pumped about starting the new year. The last week of the year is when I like to bust out these holiday gift cards and take a trip to organization nation. Target, Amazon, Bed Bath + Beyond, and the Container Store are my personal faves for finding good organization tools– particularly for beauty! Below are 44 very helpful get your stuff together in 2015! Click the names for the links! (I couldn’t find a link to the one above but it’s from Target and it was about $14.)

countertop bathroom storage the beauty department

 

I love countertop pieces because you can load them up and move them. I have a vanity in my bedroom next to a big window where I like to do my makeup if I have time. But if I’m in a rush, I do it in the bathroom where I do the rest of my beauty routine. Moving it back and forth is much easier when it’s all loaded into one or two of these organizers.

  1. LIPSTICK + LIP PENCIL CUBE $13
  2. 12  SECTION LIPSTICK RISER $5
  3. 12″ CATCH-ALL ORGANIZER $12
  4. MAKEUP BRUSH HOLDER $13
  5. 3-SECTION VANITY CATCH-ALL $12
  6. MAKEUP ORGANIZER WITH TISSUE HOLDER $18
  7. MAKEUP ORGANIZER + SLIDING DRAWER $9
  8. POP OF COLOR ORGANIZER $15
  9. COTTON SWAB + COTTON BALL HOLDER $9
  10. EXPANDABLE MAKEUP ORGANIZER $15
  11. 12 SECTION NAIL POLISH RISER $
  12. FLIP TOP BATHROOM ORGANIZER $45

1organizer drawers the beauty department

 

Clear sliding drawers are awesome for pretty much anything. I keep the majority of my jewelry in these because I don’t like my metals to oxidize as much and I’m a lot less likely to lose pieces. Sliding drawers are also good for lipsticks because you can easily group them by shades. I also am obsessed with the one for sunglasses!

  1. SUNGLASS DRAWERS $20
  2. 3 DRAWER ORGANIZER $15
  3. CLEAR STACKING BOXES $30
  4. BEAUTY STATION $150
  5. 3 DRAWER LINED BOX (WIDE) $20
  6. 3 DRAWER LINED BOX (NARROW) $22
  7. NARROW 4 DRAWERS $18
  8. 6 DRAWER ORGANIZER $60

POST/GRAPHIC DESIGN: KRISTIN ESS

 

If you’re working with a small space, you need every inch you can get. Grab one or two corner units to maximize on that space. Also stackers are awesome because they’re like little tiny bleachers for your bottles. As they stack up gradually, you can see labels and colors. I love to use things that were intended for the kitchen to organize my products. Always check the kitchen section!

 

  1. CORNER ORGANIZER $10
  2. NAIL POLISH STACKER $10
  3. CORNER ORGANIZER WITH HALF MOON MIRROR $20
  4. ACRYLIC RISER $8
  5. ROUNDED CORNER RISER $13
  6. 40 BOTTLE NAIL POLISH RISER $18
  7. 3 TIERED RISER $10
  8. CLEAR CORNER SHELF $13

white makeup and beauty organizer the beauty department

 

Some peeps don’t like to see everything through clear containers, and that’s fine! Or maybe you have a white bathroom and want your beauty storage to match or give contrast. Here are lots of the same items in white!

  1. 3 DRAWER ORGANIZER $18
  2. BEAUTY CADDY + DRAWER $11
  3. SPINNING COSMETIC ORGANIZER $30
  4. HIGH RISE ORGANIZER $9
  5. VANITY ORGANIZER $12
  6. NARROW 4 DRAWER ORGANIZER $21
  7. WIDE DOUBLE DRAWER $20

drawer and cabinet organization the beauty department

 

It’s just as important to organize the things you can’t see and you’re a lot less likely to lose things if they have a specific home. Here are some of my favorites for under the counter and in the drawer! I love using a lazy susan in my lower cabinets so I can just spin it versus getting down low on your knees and knocking every single product over on your mission to find that one.

  1. COTTON SWAB HOLDER $4
  2. IN-DRAWER ORGANIZERS $5
  3. 20 SECTION DRAWER DIVIDER $5
  4. 12” X 12” DRAWER DIVIDER $12
  5. 5 SECTION TOTE $20
  6. BLOWDRYER HOLDER + ORGANIZER $15
  7. LAZY SUSAN $7
  8. WIRE BLOWDRYER + THERMAL TOOL HOLDER $20
  9. UNDER-CABINET BLOWDRYER + ACCESSORIES HOLDER $20