We truly could not wait to break out our wide brim hats at the first sign of fall in sunny California! Wherever you live, this look is classicly chic and always in style. We did a story a while back on which hairstyles to pair with which hats right HERE. That was such a fun post to do! But it’s time for a Fall 2014 wide brim roundup, we thinks! We did all the work for you by searching high + low to find some great hats and most of them are very budget conscious. The one on our gorgeous “Dancing-Party-Meg” in the top photo can be found HERE. The rest of the hats below are linked at the bottom! Happy Shopping!!



post by Kristin Ess/graphic design by Eunice Chun

Today’s current favorite post isn’t about one particular product, but rather a perfectly curated shop where I go to discover new faves. With so many bottles on the shelves, how do you know what to pick? You go to a pro, that’s how! My friend and fellow celebrity glam goddess, Fiona Stiles, started this online boutique where you can buy individual industry favorites and her go-to picks that she uses on her own clients for red carpet events and photoshoots. You can go there and find amazing things whether you’re completely clueless or an industry veteran. She is constantly researching and picking out new favorites! From skincare to makeup to hair, nails, tools and travel, she covers everything under the sun (and sun care too incase you were wondering)! If this is sounding a bit familiar you may remember when I instagrammed (and diedddddd for) her large gold-dipped hair pins. So shop happy and tell us in the comments what you are coveting!


photos/post/graphic design: Kristin Ess

Let’s be honest, there’s a new hair icon in town. This tutorial is purely inspired by the lovely locks on Amal Alamuddin during her wedding week in Italy. Her hair in the photo below is so simple and so chic, and every long haired beauty should know how to achieve this classic look. I can’t believe we haven’t done this tutorial before! FYI, this isn’t a tutorial on how to do a professional blowout at home (we already did that right HERE!) This is more about how to fake a pro blowdry and get the same results. IT’S HARD to blowout your own hair and you can never quite get the same angles that a pro can get. This is much easiers on the arms and often less “puffy” thanks to the tools being used. Okay, let’s skip blowdrying and get into faux drying!

For this tutorial we started with dry hair. It was air-dried in photo number 1 and we added THIS MOUSSE when the hair was wet to build a good foundation for styling. Kim’s hair is superfine and layered so we need to build hold from the start. You’re welcome to blowdry it first if you’re in a rush or want more volume. As you can see, Kim has some layers around her hair which can sometimes make it harder to do certain styles but we’ll address that in the steps.


  1. Detangle hair using your favorite brush. We’re really feeling THIS BRUSH right now!
  2. As far as sections go, we started at the bottom, but you’re welcome to start at the front hairline if that’ more comfortable for you.
  3. Lightly mist SUPERFINE HAIRSPRAY on your section. Hold the can several inches away so you don’t get dense spots of hairspray. Between the MOUSSE we used to prep the hair and the hairspray added before we curl, layers didn’t seem to be an issue. But if they are, just go back in and curl the pieces that drop out and then wrap them into your larger piece.
  4. Split the back section into 2 pieces and curl both under using your 2″ HOT TOOLS. This is a very large curling iron so take the time to practice the motions with the iron off before you attempt curling your hair as it feels very different than a regular curling iron and can be hard to control the first time you use it.
  5. Clip up the seciton immediately after you remove it from the iron using your SETTING CLIPS.
  6. Continue on to the next section. Give each piece a light spray with your SUPERFINE HAIRSPRAY before putting it into the iron. I like to slightly change the angle of the curling iron for each piece I curl. You can see in each of the following steps it’s slightly different. That keeps the hair from looking too perfectly patterened. You want movement and you want the hair to go in various directions, so set it that way!
  7. See how this section rolls back toward the nape of the neck?
  8. Now this one goes almost straight down.
  9. Once everything is curled under and set with clips, give it a light mist of SUPERFINE HAIRSPRAY all over.
  10. Let that sit for as much time as you can spare. You wouldn’t want to set this overnight as you would crush the curls but 10-30 minutes would be ideal.
  11. Once the hair has cooled down, begin taking out your SETTING CLIPS.
  12. Give the hair a light shake and “comb through and scrunch” using just your fingers. You shouldn’t need to use a brush and if you do it’s probably because you saturated the hair a little too much with hairspray before you curled– or you may have used a hairspray with super strong hold. If you have to brush the hair out, please do it gently. This hairstyle is meant to feel bouncy and airy so you don’t want to over brush it and make the “locks” of hair come apart.

Here’s what Kim’s hair looked like from the front and the back after the sections were taken down, finger brushed and sprayed.

We also took it one more step and used a blowdryer on cold air to “stir” the hair up a little and make it a bit more piece-y.

Hope you loved this as much as we loved creating it! For any of you that are curious, there were no extensions used in this but you could definitely add some before starting if you need to!

If you do this fab fake blowout, please let us know! Post a photo on insta and tag us @TheBeautyDept so we can repost it!


Welcome back, pretty people! Earlier this week we did part 1 of this post which was all about what to ask for when you go see your hairstylist for a haircut. We covered the most wanted haircuts for fine, normal, thin, straight, slightly wavy textures and told you what to ask for to get the most out of your salon visit. In this post, we’re talking about thicker, coarser, wavier, curlier textures. Keep in mind, you’ll always want to listen to what your hairstylist has to say because we didn’t all go to the same school and mine is not the end-all-be-all opinion. Different haircutters go through different training so ask for what you want and then be open minded to what your pro has to say, since they’re the ones with eyes on your particular head of hair. A good haircutter should have no problem doing a proper consulation with you beofre you get shampooed. You’re probably paying a decent amount, if not a lot, and you should get what you want. That being said, let’s talk options!


  • some weight to be taken out of the ends.
  • some layers to be added without looking chunky. I usally like to cut layers on hair like this and then I go back in using the thinning shears to take out any lines or unwanted weight.
  • movement.
  • tapered ends.


  • super thick blunt hair that feels too heavy.
  • anyone who feels like they have a “wall” of hair.


  • graduated layers. the sole purpose of graduation is to build weight. with fine curls, you usually want to layer while adding volume and this is my favorite way.
  • bangs to be incorporated into the hairstyle if you want additional wave to come out. The shorter you cut wavy hair, obviously the lighter it gets, so you’re going to see more volume from adding bangs. Just be sure that’s what you want! Talk to your pro.
  • something that you can put a little product in, diffuse and go.


  • fine, wavy hair that gets flat when it gets long.


  • your waves to be “sliced into”. Slicing is exactly what it sounds like– your hairdresser will run his/her scissors down a small section of hair which will taper the wave and make it a little thinner toward the ends. this takes away width and often makes the hair appear even longer.
  • something that elongates.
  • something to take away the “triangle” caused by thick, wavy hair that’s been cut too blunt.


  • thick, natrually wavy hair.
  • boho vibes/surfer girl vibes.
  • those who love to wash + wear. The air-dryers!


  • layers to remove heavy weight first, and texture added second by slicing though heavier waves to lighten them up.
  • something that gives volume and enhances texture.
  • tapered ends.
  • movement.


  • thick wavy hair
  • strong wave patterns
  • bulky ends
  • “puffy” waves
  • anyone who likes to refine unruly waves using a curling wand or iron


  • your hair to be cut dry first. (Wear your hair clean-ish, in it’s natural texture to the salon so your hairstylist can see it the way you wear it. We don’t have time to sit there while your hair air dries after being shampooed so it’s up to you to come in with it so we can see it the way you love to wear it. We want to see where the weight is, how much shrinkage you have before/after it’s shampooed, and how relaxed it gets after a day or two.)
  • graduation. You want each layer to stack up on the next so you can get more bounce! Graduation will build weight and volume in the places you want it but will remove weight from the bottom so it’s not a giant pyramid shape.
  • versatility. If you straighten it sometimes, tell your hairdresser so he/she can blow you out and make sure the cut looks good with straight hair, too. I always encourage natural texture but some people feel most comfortable with it blown and smooth and that’s okay. Just inform your hairstylist so they don’t cut it to be curly and then you end up with longer bits and pieces when it’s straightened.
  • ask for your hair not to be pulled too much when cut. I like to cut my general shape by lifting but barely pulling at all. Then I go back in and slice though any curls that appear too thick/bulky while gently pulling. Some people understand cutting curly hair and some people don’t. Do your best to find someone who either has curly hair themselves or specializes in curls. It’s a different art than cutting straight or wavy hair and it takes longer to grow back so do your research. It will be worth it!


  • naturally curly hair.
  • curly hair that gets wide, heavy and weighed down.


  • someone who specializes in curly hair, first and foremost. When your hair is this tightly coiled, you don’t have room to mess around. Ask them if they specialize in super curly hair and if they know all about various curl types. If the answer is no, then BYE.
  • your natural texture to be enhanced and refined.
  • definition on the ends by subtle thinning or slicing to give shape to the circumference.
  • any dried, broken ends to be removed while hair is dry.
  • whatever circumference you want. be clear about how far you want it to come out from your head when it’s dry. (I like to cut dry with a little spritz of water on the section I’m working on just to prevent breakage as I’m working through. If you cut it after shampooing, you really don’t know how much it will stretch until it’s redried and restyled. Better to cut it dry with a little water spritzing, then shampoo when you’re done)


  • tight, coiled, kinky curls.

Hope this helps you guys when talking to your stylist! I just have to disclose that none of these photos are ours. Rarely do we do posts using photos from others, but I wanted to get images that speak a universal language.

If you’re a hairstylist or even someone who’s had a great experiene with a certain cut, by all means, please share it below in the comments. We love exchanging information and you may really help someone by spilling your story!