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thebeautydepartment easiest updo

photos: Kristin Ess/ post: Carachele Tyvan

Online hair tutorials can be daunting, for sure. Rarely can these how to’s be mastered by someone with little to no hair skills. If your one of those people who don’t have that natural beauty school brain. You’ll want to save this in your favorites right away! Here’s how the easiest hair tutorial ever is done!

the beauty department easiest updo ever tutorial hair


  1. This hair was curled the day before using THIS IRON. It was slept on and not brushed in the morning, so ” second day hair ” is a big yes for this look.
  2. Spray your favorite dry shampoo at the root. We are currently obsessing over THIS ONE.
  3. If you need additional texture or if your hair feels to soft (like it will slip out of bobby pins) add a light styling aid. Here we used THIS TEXTURE SPRAY, scrunching it into the middle and ends.
  4. Grab two small sections from the front/sides above your ear. Tie them together in the back using a clear elastic. (see photo for placement)
  5. Flip that! Twist that ponytail up and over itself (we went inward toward the scalp). Remember in grade school when you would do the “topsy turvy”? That’s basically the same thing.
  6. Use 3 more small elastics and make 3 tiny low ponytails like you see in the photo.
  7. Take the middle ponytail and tuck it up and over your top (twisted) ponytail. I like to give these sections a little twist on their way up. Secure these sections using a large bobby pin. You can do detail work at the end using smaller pins but it’s best to secure first using the larger pins.
  8. Continue pinning your side sections.
  9. Again notice she’s giving it a small twist away from the face before tucking and pinning. It creates better texture and color depth.
  10. Continue twisting and pinning.
  11. Add extra pins for extra security if you need them!
  12. At the end, if you see any fallen pieces, flyaways or hairs out of balance, use small bobby pins to tuck and secure!
  13. Finish using a flexible hairspray. You don’t want helmet head, ya know? Here we used THIS ONE!

the beauty department easiest updo

Here’s the look from the front. This isn’t supposed to be a big, voluminous look. It should be subtle and simple, but if you feel the need to pump up the jam, get your teasing comb out and do you.


2 braids 3 ways START


Long hair lovers, this one’s for you! We took 2 simple dutch braids and turned it into 3 quick hairstyles. They’re so easy and you can pretty much match 1 of these 3 hairstyles with any outfit. You could also wear one to work and seamlessly switch to a different one before heading out to a dinner or event. Once the two dutch braids were in, we never took them out when switching to the other hairstyles. Below you’ll see the looks that we came up with but first we’ve gotta prep the hair!

  • Optional: add in a track or two of CLIP-IN EXTENSIONS for extra length!
  • Curl your hair using THIS METHOD from our previous post. We alternated between the GHD CURVE 1 1/4 CURLING IRON and the HOT TOOLS WAND this time.
  • After the curls were added we sprayed on some BLOPRO DRY TEXTURE SPRAY and lightly scrunched it in, breaking up the waves.
  • If you feel like your hair is still too fine/soft and you need a little extra “grip” at the base, sprinkle a little SEXY HAIR TEXTURE POWDER at the root!
  • Create two dutch braids going from the temple area to the back of your crown and secure the ends with a tiny clear elastic or lightly tease the ends to keep the braids from unraveling (that’s what we did here).

BRAIDED HALF UP: This is the easiest one. After your dutch braids are in, cross the two dutch braids over each other at the center/top/back of your head. Use a large bobby pin to secure. Cross them over in an X shape for extra support!

2 braids 3 ways ONE

BRAIDED “X” PONY: Cross the tails of your dutch braids over each other at the occipital bone (that little bone you can feel in the back of your head). Gather the rest of the hair that’s down and wrap it all together in an elastic. Make sure the braids stay crossed over each other. Once the elastic is in, use a strand of hair to wrap around the ponytail holder. Next we shook and sprayed the pony using R + Co. STRONG HOLD FLEXIBLE HAIRSPRAY to give it the volume it deserves!

2 braids 3 ways TWO

BRAIDED CHIGNON: Last but certainly not least, the chignon! This is actually just that ponytail wrapped up! We took the tail of the pony above and twisted it into a bun shape. We made sure the braids stayed on the outside. We added a little more SEXY HAIR TEXTURE POWDER before gently pulling the bun apart. Use large bobby pins (often called “roller pins”) to secure, especially if you have a lot of hair! You can find my favorite ones HERE.

2 braids 3 ways THREE


photos/post/graphic design: Kristin Ess

The shorties have spoken! Here’s a tutorial for all the lobs + bobs out there. We HAD to hit up our favorite songstress Alison Sudol to be in this tutorial because she recently went shorter, and like many of you she mentioned that she has a hard time doing pretty updos. This one’s fairly simple if you know how to french braid. If you don’t, better click here and learn that first! If you do know how to french braid, grab some bobby pins + hairspray because here we go!  (more…)


photos/post/design: Kristin Ess (wood floor insert photo from

You gotta love those magical moments when you’re just minding your own bizz and inspiration jumps out and smacks you right between the eyes. Not long ago I was looking through floor patterns for a home project. My favorite pattern in the world is called the “herringbone pattern”. While I’m speaking to this flooring guy, all I could think about is making this pattern into a manicure. As he started demonstrating the way it gets laid down, I only saw colorfully painted nail strips. Sorry dude. Eventually I snapped back into floor mode, but it makes me remember that inspiration can come from anywhere at any time and you have to be open-minded to it! Here we go… (more…)