Posts Tagged ‘braid’



While it can be totally satisfying to splurge on that new cult-fave hair PRODUCT or CURLING WAND you’ve been coveting, I’m also big on the thrill of adding gorgeous and versatile hair accessories to my growing collection. They provide a level of instant gratification that products and tools sometimes can’t…like great jewelry, a chic hair clip or interesting accessory can instantly elevate an otherwise simple look. With ongoing summer temps being of the relentless persuasion (what? I can’t hear you over the squirt bottle/fan combo I’m waving around my face like its my job.), we’ve pulled together a well-rounded list of perfect accessories to help you chill. Links below the photos.

1. SAFETY PIN CLIP  I’d wear a paper clip too if it was dipped in gold. It’s just SUH cute!

2. OVERSIZED BARRETTE This classic barrette must have chowed the “eat me” cake (Alice & Wonderland fans?). Mini things are adorable, but giant versions are just plain useful. Also how is this only $4?!

3. TORTOISESHELL CHIGNON STICK  I always have one of these in my bag – it’s way chicer than a pencil holding up a chignon when you’re burning the midnight oil.

4. GOLD LEAF CLUSTER HEADBAND Such a perfect bridesmaid hair accessory! Anyone can throw this in and make simple waves or a loose updo something major!

5. GOLD HEART CLIP Never met a shape clip I didn’t like. Bonus points if you can create a braided updo this interesting before adding it in!

6. HANDMADE GOLD HAIRPIN Have nothing for your hair that you do not know to be beautiful, or believe to be useful.

7. TURQUOISE AND BRASS BARRETTE This statement piece is so gorgeous and unique – use it with THIS trick to pony-up thick locks in the prettiest of ways.

8. THIN GOLD BAR HAIR CLIP Dramatic, yet simple – use this thin clip to hold back a few key pieces in any half-up scenario.

9. INFINITY HAIR CLIP For my finer-haired girls, this little gem is small and light-weight, so it can add a little pizazz to your maine without weighing it down.

10. SILK PONY BRAIDER When you find your creative vibes are flowing, make the prettiest braid ever with this soft pink silk woven through it.

11. CRYSTAL LEAF HEADBAND This is special enough to grace the locks of a late summer/early fall bride! It has just the right amount of sparkle, and the asymmetry keeps things interesting.

12. GOLD OUTLINE HAIR CLIP Simple and sleek – this barrette will keep your locks off your neck without drawing too much attention away from a very on-trend off-the-shoulder number.

….And the best part is, no one will notice your back sweat when you make gorgeous hair the focal point. Am I right?!

Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!


boho braid social the beauty department

We live for a good blowout and we love perfectly messy waves. But what about the next day when you have a funky piece here and there that just doesn’t blend? You could take the time to rework them with a curling iron orrrrr you could save your hair from addition heat styling by braiding those not-so-cohesive pieces, then pulling it all back into a quick half updo! Here’s how we did it…

2 minute boho the beauty dept

Grab pieces that just aren’t meshing with your waves. Braid them! You can do various sizes or all the same.

beauty dept hair tutorial boho braid

Once you have some small braids in the mix, use your fingers to gather half of you hair in the back (near the occipital bone– that’s the little bone in the back of your head.) Use a couple of small and large bobby pins to secure.

thebeautydepartment hair tutorial messy hair

The messier the better if you ask me!

By the way, we prepped the hair using a sea salt spray and let it air dry before adding waves. Here we used THIS ONE. Use your favorite one or try one of these!

To get these waves we wrap curled on THIS WAND.


free people comb the beauty department

With the holiday rush, we’re currently obsessed with anything that cuts down our personal glam time. These LONG METALLIC COMBS are extra helpful! I picked up two of these stunners while out shopping the other day and am in LOVE! They’re so pretty in the back of the head, adding just the right amount of subtle sparkle. They’re so easy to use and amazing for girls on the go! These ones come in gold and silver and we’re feelin’ both!

the beauty department free people hair comb

Love the way it looks over a messy bun as well! Better snag one of these for a quick holiday party look!

free people clip the beauty department

I prefer to add a couple quick bobby pins to secure the comb in place and avoid any sliding, but that’s up to you!

photos + post: kristin ess

photos + post: kristin ess

EASY AS 1-2-3



Let’s cut to the chase. Quick, simple, uncomplicated hairstyles are like diamonds in the rough these days but I have one for you long hair lovers today! Now let’s not act like we didn’t add some clip-in extensions to this hair, okayyyyy. We did. We added 2 tracks for extra density but not for length. They’re not super-thick tracks because the thicker they are the harder it can be to conceal them with a ponytail. Here are the 3 steps to this look!

easy messy half braid the beauty department


Prep the hair with an ocean/sea salt spray for texture. We used THIS ONE from Wella! This can be done on any hair type. We did it on fine straight hair with zero wave. It’s pretty much just air dried and the the clip-ins were added.

  1. Put your hair in a centered ponytail. Leave out the sides as you see we did in the photo above. Just a couple inches is fine if your hair is dense on the sides, but if it’s fine/thin, leave 3-4 inches out.
  2. Do a short braid. Maybe 4-6 cross overs total. It should go a little less than halfway down the ponytail. Secure that using a clear elastic.
  3. Take the braided part and gently loosen it up with your fingers. This will fatten the braid and add texture. I also love to add a little TEXTURE POWDER at this point before I pull it apart. Texture powder helps me keep the braid from falling apart because it has a little grit + hold.

At this point you have a couple options with the side pieces. You can simply wrap them around the ponytail holder and pin (as you see in photo A) or you can twist and pin them into the hair (the way we did in photo B)! You could also braid the sides and incorporate them which I didn’t think of until right now but that would be a gorgeous option as well.

Hope you’re all having fun with this Fall sweater weather hair!