Posts Tagged ‘bobby pins’

Favorite bobby pins!

POST/GRAPHIC DESIGN BY NORAH CURLEE

Bobby pins are miniature saviors when it comes to perfecting up-dos, holding flyways in place and pinning back bangs, but they have come a long way!  Today, we are showing the accessory side of this favorite hair necessity. We’ve combed through the hair archives and found some of our most favorite pins that add just a little something to this summer’s tousled waves or lazy fun bun. It’s a tiny addition with a big statement. A total win/pin!

1.  Birds of a feather…and its gold! *swoon*

2.  You can never go wrong with a little neon.

3.  The very busy bee.

4.  Cutest little donut. Ever.

5.  Made with real dried flowers!

6.  Complete with tiny locket! (Do you think a picture of Ryan Gosling would fit?)

7.  For the mermaid in all of us.

8.  These make a statement…literally!

9.  They really are super fun, yeah!

10. Pretty printed pins.

11. We heart these.

12. Not so heavy metal.

So many cute pins to choose from and we predict a few of these will make it onto our locks all summer long. Have you come across any amazing hair pins that we just have to see? Share the love! Show us on Twitter: @tbdofficial or Instagram: @thebeautydept

KNOT TIE UPDO FOR SHORT HAIR

As we mentioned a few hair posts ago, we’ll be cranking out some short/medium bob-length hairstyles. This is one of my favorites if you’re wearing something with a collar and you want to “lift” the hair up off your neck. You can definitely wear it regardless of the neckline on your dress/top but if pulling your hair up is the focus, keep this trick in your back pocket! I’ve broken it down into 3 sections to try and make it less complicated.

PART 1: Rough it up a little.

In these first four steps, you’re just adding some texture so the hair isn’t too soft. When short hair is super soft, the bobby pins will slip and the updo will slowly (or worse– quickly) fall apart. Here’s how we do that…

  1. Start with clean dry hair. If you have a little wave in your natural texture, let it be. It’s useful for this updo. If your hair is naturally pin-straight, you may want to add a little quick wave with a curling iron, wand or flat iron. If you hair is curly, leave it! This can totally be done on curly hair.
  2. Spray a bit of beach spray or texture spray all over, focusing on the root area. Make sure it’s not a product that feels too “crunchy” or sticky! You don’t want to have trouble pulling it apart as you put it up. It should be soft to the touch. Here we used THIS ONE from L’oreal, which worked really well and still felt soft.
  3. Use your fingers to build the hair up. Scrunch and massage the root until the spray dries.
  4. Twist some of the pieces to give it even a little more texture.

 

PART 2: Twist it up!

  1. Create a diagonal part. It’s good to do this so you get a slightly more even distribution of hair on each side.
  2. Section off the heavier side and clip it forward to save it for the “knot” portion.
  3. Now you’re going to start twisting the side with less hair. Start near the ear and work your way back and up!
  4. Keep twisting! Add some pins as you go to secure the twist.
  5. Once you’ve twisted it all you can twist, you’re going to need to tuck the ends.
  6. Loop it back around as you see in photo 6 and tuck the tail of your twist back into the lower part of the twist and pin.
  7. You’re probably always going to have some short hairs fall out of the back when putting up bob-length hair. For that I always keep some of THIS around. It’s like liquid glue (not in a bad way). It’s just a really strong and will secure those hairs that fall out, no problem.

PART 3: Knotty, knotty!

  1. Now let’s go back to the front section. Pretend you’re going to do a french braid along your hairline. Instead of taking 3 pieces, take just two. Tie them together once.
  2. Now add a piece to each side, the same way you would with a french braid.
  3. Now tie that together!
  4. Keep going and adding hair to each section as you go.
  5. Once you get just above the ear, you can stop.
  6. Twist the ends and tuck it into the back twist. Secure it with a bobby pin and spray it with a light veil of hairspray.

Check it in the mirror from all sides. Loosen up some bits if you want to make it feel a bit more soft and natural. If you try it, we of course want to see it! Tag us in your photo @thebeautydept on Instagram!

THE BEAUTY APARTMENT

Whether you’re moving into a new place or simply looking for some vanity inspiration, taking your love for all things beauty to the walls is the way to go. I just moved into the home of my dreams and I’ve been searching high and low for beauty prints for the vanity area. I’ve looked through hundreds and realized there were some great ones in there that reminded me of you guys so I thought I would share them. It’s amazing how your surroundings can inspire your everyday getting-ready-regime. Here are some of my current favorites…

post by Kristin Ess, graphic design by Norah Curlee

Oh Paper Fashion, in a perfect world we’d own every piece Katie Rodgers has ever created, but specifically we can’t stop looking at Backstage + the Lipstick Study. Total stunners and perfect for inspiring classic beauty.

Rifle Paper Co. is home to so many amazing hand illustrated prints that you probably already know– like the stationery, notebooks + phone cases of your dreams! We particularly love this quad of perfectly played hair tools: Bobby Pins print, Hairbrush print, Scissor print, + Comb print. You better believe these are on my walls.

Currently obsessed with these two bold/super fun lip prints on canvas. The Lola’s Lips piece is bright and pink on pink on pink with a major gap which I love!  The Golden Kiss print is just cool metallic chicness. Yes, I said chicness.

There is something about vintage photography that most everyone can wrap their liking around…but vintage beauty photos? Sold. These lovely ladies applying some rouge and up in curlers, hung up in a vintage frame would look stunning near the vanity or in your bathroom. This site is literally FULL of them.

Do you have any beauty art in your space? We want to seeeeeee! Send us an Insta @thebeautydept

{gorgeous title photo is from right here}

ORGANIZATION STATION: GET YOUR HAIR STUFF IN CHIC ORDER

photos & post by Kristin Ess

If you’re a girl on the go, you’re probably familiar with the magical mystical “bathroom tornado”. It comes through scattering everything everywhere, leaving no bobbypin unturned. No one knows how it happens, but it’s a huge bummer when you return home from a long day to find this natural disaster has struck your bathroom counter once again. Luckily there’s a way to keep your hair stuff (or makeup brushes) all together in one super chic place. These holders are made from Mason jars which are incredibly cheap and easy to find. Below are instructions for turning these regular old jars into counter top eye candy…

You will need: blue painter’s tape, paper towels, gloves, white flat spray paint, gold metallic spray paint, mason jars in various sizes… (and I used a vintage shot glass for the bobbypin holder, but that’s optional.)

  1. Remove the lids from your mason jars.
  2. Put painter’s tape along the edge of a paper towel or two.
  3. Wrap the jar. For the first color, I wrapped the tape straight across as you can see in photo 3.
  4. Tuck the excess paper towel inside the jar so no spray paint gets inside.
  5. Put your gloves on, go outside, put a piece of newspaper or cardboard down and spray your jar. I applied very thin layers of paint instead of one thick layer. It dries faster, won’t drip and gets better coverage.
  6. Remove the blue tape and paper towel after the first color dries completely.
  7. If you’re sure the first color is dry, wrap the jar with the tape + paper towel again, but this time in another direction. I wanted to do mine diagonal.
  8. Put your gloves back on and go back outside. Spray the second color and wait for it to dry. I LOVE the matte white with the shiny gold combo but you can use any color that you think will look good in your bathroom. Remove the tape when it’s dry and you’re done!