HAIR TALK: THE LOB

PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS

PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS

Perhaps you’ve noticed the lob and the bob are taking the world, or at least our social media feeds, by storm. It’s a really fun time to make a big hair change and you want to make sure it’s done right. Today we’re talking all things lob and later this week we’ll cover the bob. I thought it would be fun to go into detail about these cuts here because it’s hard to answer all your questions on Instagram and Twitter. Here are the questions I get the most about lobs, specifically, and my best answers for each. If there is a general question that could be good for the group that you don’t think I covered, add it to the comment section below and I will add it in an update within the week!

  • Can I wear a lob? Almost anyone can wear a lob and your hairstylist will let you know if you shouldn’t. It actually has nothing to do with face shape. I have cut this on pretty much every face shape out there. I would say the only people I would avoid cutting a lob on would be people with extremely thick or thin hair. Not just regular thick or thin, we’re talking a mega mane or baby, baby, BABY fine hair. Cutting this on extremely thick hair could take so much work and thinning out to make it look similar to this that it may be really hard to style on your own and it simply may not ever look like this after leaving the salon. If you have incredibly thick hair, it’s better to stay a little longer with your length and then get this kind of texture! If you’re the girl with super-duper baby fine hair, try a bob instead. Something that falls between your chin and your shoulders. Super fine thin hair at this length can look stringy when texturized like this, even if the bottom is cut blunt and texture is added to the top layer. A few hours into your day, the hair might separate and just look weak.
  • How do I make sure my hairstylist understands what I want? Bring photos. Bring this photo. Gone are the days of ego-driven maniac hairstylist who take offense to pictures. We live in a Pinterest-reference world, do we not? Make a small folder of images to show your hairstylist and let them piece it together. I look at my client’s collection of photos and can gather what they like and dislike through one short convo about image.
  • What do I ask for specifically? For this particular cut, you would say “I would love a collar-bone length lob with texture though out. A tiiiiiiny bit shorter in the back than in the front.”
  • Can I have a lob with my texture? Yes. Your hairstylist will know what is best suited for your personal texture. But rest assured, this length looks great on the straightest hair, waviest hair and the curliest hair.
  • What styling tools do I need? I don’t let my clients leave without either THIS or THIS. The first one is definitely and investment but gives you that “flat iron wave” look without having to perfect the flat iron wave technique. The second one is a very affordable alternative and a personal favorite of mine.
  • What products do I need? Product-wise I always recommend THIS or THIS mousse paired with THIS or THIS pomade. There are plenty of great alternatives to both but you should start off with mousse on wet hair and finish with some sort of great, lightweight, water based pomade.
  • How often do I need to get it cut? Lobs are different than a bob because a bob can grow for a while and turn into a lob, whereas the lob can start to flip out at the bottom in an undesirable way as it grows out, so you’ll need to keep it as close to collar bone length as possible. I would say 6 weeks is good on average.
  • Can I do it with bangs? You certainly can, you just want to make sure it doesn’t start to look like a wig (unless that’s your jam). Hair covering the forehead and falling on the sides of your face can overwhelm and hide your gorgeous mug and nobody wants that. Keep the bangs lights and sideswept if possible. Make sure they go well with the texture of this cut.

the beauty department lob

 

Again, if there’s a question you think I didn’t cover, let me know below and I do an update! Good luck if you decide to make a big change, pretty peeps!

AIR DRYING FOR BETTER CURLS

PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS

PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS

We’ve been very into 90’s vibes as of late with all these short blunt cutshair flips. Another look that pairs well with a major flip is big volumious curl. We love air dried hair and think it’s gorgeous just the way it is, but did you know that air drying can be nearly as beneficial as a styling product? Let me explain! When you blow your hair out before you curl, you pull your natural wave pattern out with heat. That means you’ve relayed the message to your hair, the cuticle and root that you want it straight. Even if you go in with hairspray and a curling iron or wand, the likelihood is that your curl is going to want to return to the state in which you blowdried it.

air drying for curls via thebeautydepartment

If you have wavy or curly hair and you allow your hair to air dry before you curl (no matter how big, frizzy, kinky, janky or funky you may think it looks) you allow the pattern to come through and that pattern provides so much curl support. More than most products, in my opinion.

WASHING: In the top photo, we prepped the hair by shampooing with a curl enhancing shampoo + conditioner. (I’ll add budget friendly options below!) You’ll want to comb your hair out in the shower when you’re rinsing your conditioner through and then avoid brushing it out once you’re out of the shower, other than parting it if you need to. Doing so will help your wave pattern look more defined. Towel dry only.

DRYING: All that was added before going to sleep was a small amount of curl enhancing serum. Literally woke up like this.

THE WAND: The reason the wand is good for this is because unlike the classic curling iron, the hair doesn’t get pressed from both sides, in other words, it’s not smashed between two hot plates. Translation: wand curls will almost always be fuller, bouncier and more voluminous than curling iron curls. THIS WAND that we used can be found here and it’s our lucky day because it’s on sale. HOORAY! The hair was wrapped back and away from the face all over the head. We applied absolutely zero product to the hair as we curled and zero product after.

If you’re looking for an alternative curl enhancing system that’s budget friendly, definitely try THIS + THIS + THIS which can be found at many drugstores! We’ve tried this before, and although we aren’t major fans of the scent, the product works very well.

air drying for curling hair via thebeautydepartment

I’m very excited for those of you with wave and curl to try this out. Learn to use what you’ve got naturally to your benefit. Sure, adding curling iron or wand curls defeats the purpose of air drying, but we’re not saying air dried hair is bad. We’re saying if you want stronger, longer lasting curls, use your own for extra support! If you have any curl support tips, please share them with other readers in the comments below. Xx

NAILED IT!

photos/post kristin ess

We can finally feel the seasons changing (well a tiny bit here in Los Angeles), and have fallen in love with foliage! Whether you’re into warmer or cooler tones, it’s not hard to spice up your color palette for fall. Obvi, a few of the classics made it in the round up, but there is always room for a few new shades! Think about using deep and rusty colors, still varying with darks and lights, and don’t be afraid to add a little sparkle or play with metallics. After you’re done reading this, put down your cell phones, look up, walk outside and get inspired!

PHOTOS/POST KRISTIN ESS

  1. RED DIAMOND over SKIRTING THE ISSUE- A gem of a color combo! This red is dark enough for you vixens that want a little moodiness in your manicure but the red diamond sparkling top coat adds a super feminine flair.
  2. BIG APPLE RED – The fall, winter, spring, summer, classic. It doesn’t matter what day of the year it is, Big Apple Red is always in style, always work appropriate, always date appropriate, basically always always always appropriate, in case we haven’t made that clear yet.
  3. SHIFTING POWER – Nothing says happy fall then a metallic golden mani. Perfect for Thanksgiving and ready to roll right into December we recommend choosing golden hues when you’re getting gels since they match multiple outfits.

TBD FALL FOLIAGE NAILS 2

4. GREENS – Winter greens are obviously a major thing. So get your evergreen on and let your friends pine over your polish.
5. COCOA CABANA – Who doesn’t love chocolate, the end. 
6. JAZZ – I know you thought we we’re going with all that jazz, but this color is serious, and we need to discuss. Look at all the editorials, magazines, tv shows, girls at the grocery store, so many are rocking the heavy hue darker nude. It’s chic, professional, sassy, and compliments so many skin tones it’s insane.

Now we won’t go all E! News and ask for a mani cam – but if you wanted to insta your polish and tag us at @thebeautydept, we’d be thrilled.

THE HAIR FLIP

photos/post/graphic design: Kristin Ess

photos/post/graphic design: Kristin Ess

Everyone is all about this 90’s inspired hair flip right now and we’re not gonna lie– it makes us pretty happy. And while some can really nail that flip naturally, others may need a little help. Today we’re going to show you exactly how we achieve a flip with volume, wave and hold. Here we go…

how to do a hair flip via thebeautydepartment

  1. You’re probably going to need some mousse at the root. If you need more volume and lift, this will be essential. We’ve been crushin’ on THIS ONE because it’s got good hold and gives great separation without being too product-y. A little bit goes a long way. We’re able to do all our roots with this one handful.
  2. The trick to a great hair flip is to blow dry everything and curl everything the opposite way that you want to wear it. So for example, if you plan to flip your hair to the right, you’ll want to do all these steps with your hair going to the left. Then you’ll switch it up at step 7! Okay, so use your blow dryer (on a non-ionic setting if yours comes with the option, as ionic dryers tend to smooth more than create volume) and give some lift with your fingers at the root. Flip from side to side as you dry and even flip upside down for a minute or two. You just want to get all of the hair lifted up and going away from the scalp.
  3. Use MY NEW FAVORITE WAND to create some soft subtle waves.
  4. You’ll need a nice large hair pin like THIS ONE.
  5. After your hair is all waved up, wrap it into a very high bun and push the pin through. Let that set while you get ready. This creates additional volume because the hair is now directed upward and cooling/setting while you get ready.
  6. When you’re dressed and makeup is done and you’re ready to roll, take the pin out and let the hair fall. Give it a good veil of light old hairspray.
  7. Flip everything to the opposite direction!
  8. Give it one more good round of hairspray… because it’s 1997.

Are you flipping out?? Show us your hair flip please!! Tag us @TheBeautyDept on the gram, okay!?