CIRCLE BARRETTE // STYLE IDEA

PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS

PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS

Clearly haven’t gotten over my obsession with the CIRCLE BARRETTE. I’ve been finding other ways to use it and this might be my current fave. It doesn’t hurt that this is the easiest style in the world! You just need two of the clips and some waves in your hair…

the beauty department circle hair clip 1

Here we wrap curled (not using the clamp) with a 1″ Hot Tools Spring Iron.

the beauty dept wavy hair circle barrette

Next up, add some texture with a soft beach wave spray like THIS!

the beauty department wavy hair circle barrette

Pretty, textured waves will help the clip stay in place and prevent sliding.

circle clip barette

Clip the hair half up. I love these CIRCLE BARRETTES because you can use them any way you want! You could clip this in and stop here if you wanted.

beauty dept circle hair clip barrette

Or you could pull some hair through the circle and stop here! This is a cute half up style just AS IS, right?? But let’s keep going.

the beauty dept cirlce clip hair

Add the second clip. Use as much hair as you feel fits comfortably into the barrette. Snug but not stuffed. These clips are pretty strong, if you ask me. Karleigh has a ton of hair but they don’t pop open easily like some others tend to! Don’t be afraid that they’re going to do that. And also don’t feel like you need to use all the hair. We left a bottom section of Karleigh’s hair down underneath. If you look closely you can see that we didn’t pick it all up.

double circle barrette hair the beauty dept

Pull the second section through your circle clip! Use a little hairspray, wave spray, texture spray, whatever! Or even it a little more wave with your curling iron. Finished look is up top!

 

What do you guys think of the CIRCLE BARRETTE!? Have you tried using this yet? So good for a 5 minute hairstyle (not including wave time, obv)! It’s such a great alternative to a braid or a topknot. It’s awesome that these clips are $12. I think that’s very affordable and I love how many different ways you can use it!

ACCESSORY REPORT: REVERSE HEADBAND

 

PHOTO/POST: KRISTIN ESS

PHOTO/POST: KRISTIN ESS

We’re here in NYC with our favorite #GIRLBOSS, Lauren Conrad, who is releasing her 8th book called CELEBRATE. It’s stunning and it’s packed with photos that inspire. It’s all about being reaaaaaadyyyyy to parrrrrtaaaay in both new and classic ways. This might be my favorite book yet because of the aesthetic of the pages. (Spoiler alert: I’ve seen it and there are some very pretty beauty moments which is exciting!).

Speaking of beauty moments, we get to create lots of looks while we’re on a book tour with her and we kicked off day one with one of my new faves… the reverse headband! I was lucky enough to get my hands on the one you see above from this bad ass brand and it couldn’t have been more subtly perfect. I’ve heard these being referred to as “reversed headbands”, “halos”, “top knot accessory” and “half crowns”, whatever you want to call them I’m now seeing them EVERYWHERE. These would be amazing in wavy hair for a wedding, too! I love when something is barely there from the front, but then a sparkly surprise in the back.

Styling can be very versatile with these. We chose a super sleek look for Lauren because of that très chic jumpsuit she wore. But these looks amazing in wavy hair, too! Straight, sleek hair was out of the norm for Lauren but she loves to try new looks. The thing you should know about using these with straight hair is there’s not going to be a lot of grip so you have to create some sort of anchor. These reverse headbands usually come with two small combs, one at each end. If the hair is sleek and shiny, the comb will likely slide out. I used a couple small bobby pins, two for each side, just behind the ear (if you look very closely you can probably see) as my anchors and to stop them from sliding.

Here are some additional reverse headbands I’ve stumbled upon lately if you’re on a budget and can’t splurge on the one up top…

 

YOUR HAIR IS GOING ON VACATION & IT’S TAKING…

PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS

PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS

If you could only grab a hand full of things for your hair type before taking off on a trip, do you know what you’d grab? You might know your faves and must-haves right away. If you don’t know, here’s the guide I live by when traveling with my clients and also for myself. You can mix and match any of these lists if you fit into more than one category. But most importantly, once you know your list(s) you can easily fill a 3 ounce (or less) container with each one and not check a thing when you get to the airport. Here’s what I usually prioritize (other than styling tools obviously) for each hair type or need…
CURLY/KINKY
OUIDAD curl immersion cleansing co-wash
MURRAY’S coco-soft coconut oil
CONAIR dual sided wide-tooth comb
KINKY-CURLY knot today leave-in conditioner
NATURAL TEXTURE
SHEA MOISTURE high porosity moisture seal co-wash
KIEHL’S magic elixir hair oil
DESIGN ESSENTIALS almond + avocado moisturizing conditioner
GENERIC 3 oz plastic spray bottle
CONAIR dual sided wide-tooth comb
OLIVE OIL edge control
elastics and bobby pins
WAVY
FINE
THICK/COARSE
STRAIGHTENING
HUMIDITY/TROPICAL
If you have anything to contribute to a category, please include the name, the category and a link in the comments below! Would love to hear your must haves for a minimal travel hair kit!

THE TOOL BOX

 

Photo by : Denman, Ibiza, WET Brush, Warrentricomi, Spornette, Mason Pearson, Moroccan, Martino By Martino Cartier, Proraso Post by : Carachele Tyvan

Photo by : Denman, Ibiza, WET Brush, Warrentricomi, Spornette, Mason Pearson, Moroccan, Martino By Martino Cartier, Proraso
Post by : Carachele Tyvan

We’ve refreshed our brush kit and have included a few newest and latest must haves!

1.  THE DENMAN PADDLE BRUSH– You can detangle with it, blow dry with it, massage your head with it, and tease hair with it. It doesn’t pull or scratch because of its perfectly rounded nylon pin-bristles, it doesn’t cause static, and is padded with an air cushion. On a daily basis, I use it to blow my hair out quickly before I curl it with a curling iron.

2 . MOROCCAN OIL  BRUSHES– This brush acts as a curling iron when it heats up. Most people use this when they want a little bend on their ends without using a curling iron. It has a hollow core which allows air to flow through. In other words, your hair is being dried from the inside as well as the outside, and that speeds up drying time. This brush is not my particular favorite because they often scratch the scalp and if you don’t move fast enough, there can be too much heat between your blow dryer and the metal of the brush.

3. MARTINO BY MARTIONO CARTIER ROUND BRUSH WITH TOURMALINE – Need an quick efficient blow-dry? This Brush allows for a speedy blow-dry and is built to lock in moisture and cut frizz.

4. IBIZA ROUND BRUSHES– These are my favorite round brushes for home use. They’re gentle enough to give into a tangle, but strong enough to get tension for smoothing out waves. This brush is packed with the perfect amount of bristles, making it much easier to manage the hair while styling. The benefits of this brush create a smooth and shiny look that can last you a couple day!

5. DENMAN  THERMO CERAMIC -This is like #2 and #4 mixed together. Since this brush has both boar bristles and nylon bristles you have more control over the hair than you do with a regular metal core brush. The boar hair bristles also help prevent excessive contact between the hair and the metal. This is a rather versatile round brush. It can be used to create smooth straight hair or hair with lots of body.

6. SPORNETTE – “PORCUPINE” G36 -This is my all time favorite brush for bangs. Its an important, very affordable staple piece that’s good to always have on you if you are in need of controlling untamable bangs.

7. THE MASON PEARSON – This brush is considered the “ultimate grooming” brush. It is extremely gentle and nourishing on the hair and scalp. Although it is a bit pricy, it has its benefits!

8. PRORASO SHAVE BRUSH – All though The Proraso Shave Brush is generally used for a clean shave, I like to use it to tuck away remaining fly-a-ways on up-do’s. The Trick here is to mist the brush with a strong hold hair spray and gently brush down any excess hair.

9. WET BRUSH  – The ” Life Saver” of all brushes . I love to prep all hair types with this brush! It truly can detangle any type of hair wet or dry. What makes this brush so great is its ability to work through all tangles because of its intelliflex bristles.

10. WET BRUSH TRAVEL SIZE – The “Mini Life Saver” because I love to use the Wet Brush so much Its a must to have one on the go. I use it to freshen up my hair or detangle any unwanted knots that happen through out the day. Its the perfect travel size companion and can help tremendously detangling and prepping all hair types!

11. IBIZA OC BRUSH SERIES– Brushes for everyone! Fine, Medium, Course, this brush is an amazing tool that helps prevent the brush from tugging, pulling or breaking the hair.

12. HAIR BRUSH CLEANER  – This handy tool is a must have! It helps remove all excess hair and will preserve your tools!