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MAPPING OUT FLAT IRON WAVES

photos: kristin ess, post: jessica swanson

photos: kristin ess, post: jessica swanson

So, you can knock out a full set of curling wand waves with one gloved finger tied behind your back? You still had time to ace that smokey eye after finishing bestie’s pull-through braid for Prom? Girl, we know you’re always up for a challenge, so we’re presenting to you our fave flat iron wave tutorial. There’s something just right about the look… not too precious or coiled, with subtle movement for manes both long and short. There might be several versions of flat iron waves out there, but this one gives us life! Here’s how to make it happen:

Before beginning, we prepped towel-dried hair with THICKENING SPRAY, then blow dried straight. This thickening spray helps to create the right amount of texture and a soft, sustainable hold. Keep in mind that once you’ve nailed your technique, it can also be an ideal way to touch up air-dried waves, or can be worked in with OTHER waving techniques.

Before things get heated, take a few minutes to practice with a BEVELED FLAT IRON while it’s still turned off (uh, ps: it’s on SALE! and it’s never on sale!). It’s important that you get the hang of the motions before adding heat, as this trusty iron has only one temperature setting. You’ll want to hit each section only once or twice at the most to avoid heat damage. The beveled edges of the iron are crucial for creating smooth waves, and help to avoid creating kinks in the hair. If you need more guidance on the steps below, go check out our instagram post right here!

flat iron wave tutorial the beauty dept

  1. To begin, hold a section of hair out from your head, and insert the flat iron at a diagonal, just below your scalp. Your waves will have natural, realistic movement if they are created diagonally towards or away from your face, or a mixture of the two. Gently close the iron as you curve it up and back down to form an arc.
  2. Because these waves are created using heat and tension, you’ll need to use a flat finger to hold the form of the previous arc, while you pull in the opposite direction to make your next wave. If your hair tends to slip, use two fingers to scissor the section instead. The second bend will be going the opposite direction, as we are creating alternating peaks and valleys. Just below the first arc, bend the iron down towards your head, then curve back up and release.
  3. complete the wave pattern that now should be visible with another arc curving away from the head, holding the previous bend for tension. You may have more length to wave here, but on this LOB we have reached the finish line!
  4. Slowly tap through the ends instead of bending them inward or too far outward to create a cool, modern finish.

To add just the right level of soft hold and enhance waves, we added a light veil of SOFT BEACH WAVE SPRAY, which while pricey, is just straight up the best! They also have a travel size available if you’re the type to dip your toes first. To truly nail the final look above, try THIS little hair hack after you apply your beach wave spray.

You’re ready to roll out! But maybe hide how good you are at this? Your girls are going to swarm, no doubt.

Don’t forget to tag us when you work those waves! @thebeautydept on insta.

THE BEST WAY TO SIDE PART

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Here at Beauty Department, we throw our emoji praise hands up to a well-executed side part. It adds just the right touch of Cali-chic to those it-girl waves, and looks effortlessly cool. However, what appears to be a simple hack can quickly escalate into dozens of lost minutes in front of the mirror with a comb and deflated disposition. Go too far over and you lose body and movement on the weaker side; get over zealous forcing an imperfect part and you wind up with an outdated zigzag pattern. Here’s a simple, no-fail trick to create balance that flatters your features.

side part hair the beauty department

All you need is a tail comb and a mirror. The main objective is to create a side part in front only while the majority of your hair is actually parted down the center. This gives the illusion that you’re working a side part or hair flip while your look remains balanced and full on both sides. This is one of my favorite secret tricks to styling a lob or a bob for photos. It also works like a charm with updos and chignons! From the straight on, it just looks like a normal side part.

side part trick

This will come in very handy for those with loads of hair and little hair alike. Balancing the amount of hair distributed on on each side is important for both maximum fullness and for decreasing fullness, depending on your goal! Try this trick and let us know how it works for you!

THE HAIR FLICK TRICK

hair flick trick the beauty department

I don’t know how to tell you this, but my favorite product for finishing layers isn’t a hair product at all. It’s just water. I use this cute little MINI WATER BOTTLE for finishing my girls’ layered haircuts because that mist is the finest you’ll ever get and trust me, I have tried every spray bottle out there. It’s so fine, it’s like a teeny cloud coming out of the bottle! Over time I’ve learned that I can even use this technique on straight, wavy and slightly curly hair that has been styled without the hair getting too wet and wanting to return to its natural texture.

evian water spray hair trick

After my curling iron waves, wand waves or flat iron waves are created and after my favorite products (see here) have been applied, I grab my mini WATER BOTTLE and pick up a layer.

kristin ess hair flick trick water evian spray the beauty department

Pull your layers in various directions while hitting them with a little mist! You don’t want them all going the same way. Again, I want to stress that I do this AFTER my products have been applied. Even hairspray.

the beauty department water trick

To finish off, I set the bottle down and give it a tiny twist/flick to get it going in the direction I want. This is much better on the hair that going over it again with a hot iron to get the hair going in the desired direction.

It’s such a simple finishing trick and I get asked about how I do these little flicks constantly. Hopefully this answers the question! If you can’t find an Evian mini where you live, you can find it HERE!

FLAT IRON WAVE TRICK

PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS

PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS

There’s something about relaxed, undone waves on shorter lengths that just feels incredibly chic. It might be on of the most popular inquiries on my instagram when I post hair photos. I get asked what products I use, what curling iron size I use and what my secret is for this look. It’s a combination of those 3 things and I’m going to take you through it.

thebeautydepartment.com kristin ess waves

The first thing you’re going to want to do is curl your hair with THIS CURLING IRON. It’s a 1″ spring barrel and it’s pretty straight forward. If you need help with your iron waving technique, SEE THIS VIDEO. We also used THIS THICKENNG SPRAY on Nora’s hair before drying because it helps to create thickness and longer lasting hold in fine hair, but that’s optional for you. I personally have longer hair that holds curl well, so I don’t typically prep with that when I do this on myself, but totally up to you based on your hair type!

the beauty department short hair waves

Repeat the same wave on both sides and around the back. Curl away from the face. I usually avoid curling underneath in the back all together to avoid that bulky look. I typically just do the top 2 inches of hair that fall over the back. (Time saver alert!! ha!)

wave tutorial short hair

Now you’re going to have something like this. Some people will prefer this and that’s totally cute if you’re into a more defined curl. However this tutorial is all about that relaxed, subtle looking wave, so we carry on…

loose waves trick the beauty dept

Next step, take your flat iron (as you may already know, I greatly prefer THIS FLATIRON), very gently and quickly tap, tap, tap the wave from about an inch away from your roots, all the way to the bottom. If you need an in-action visual on how to tap, see my INSTAGRAM VIDEO for help. If you quickly tap the curl up and down the head it will soften the wave and flatten it out, just the right amount! Don’t go overboard with tapping, it’s subtle!

beauty department flat iron waves

 

Your final look after tapping should be similar to this! Once you’re all tapped out, I like to add a little pomade/serum combo for separation. Here, Nora used THIS POMADE and THIS SERUM together. A pea-sized dab of pomade and a pea sized dab of serum. Rub them together in your palms until they’re blended. Then rub this product cocktail in at the root and work your way down to the ends. Last but not least, add a spritz or two or three of your favorite hairspray. Here we used THIS!

Okay so your list of tools one more time, just in case:

I do this trick on long hair and short hair, thick hair and thin hair! It’s the quickest, easiest way to get this wave and we hope you try it out! Don’t forget to tag us in your photo on our INSTAGRAM if you do!