Posts Tagged ‘braids’

SUMMER BRAID 3

PHOTOS/POST/DESIGN: KRISTIN ESS

Okay, I know this isn’t an actual full braid tutorial but I felt like I needed to throw this in as part of our ongoing “Summer Braid” series because it’s a pretty epic tip. Anyone with fine, thin, straight or super healthy hair that tends to slide right out of a bobby pin will definitely need to grab a bottle of this stuff, STAT. It’s called texture powder and it makes all the difference in the world when it comes to updos and braids. When I first tried this stuff a few years ago, I was terrified. It felt too starchy and dry when I put a light layer of it all over my long hair. I like soft shiny pretty hair and I felt like this made my long hair look matte and dry. Well it’s supposed to! It was designed to “bulk up” the hair you have and give it additional volume so I should have only been applying it at the root. Once I figured out the deal with texture powder, I started using it to get bigger, fuller braids and my hair kit hasn’t been without it since. A lot of products are like that– you just have to find the right way to use them!

So here’s what Nora’s braid looked like before adding the powder. As you can see, it’s gorge and there’s nothing wrong with it so if you prefer to wear it like this then that’s amazing. But trend-wise, we’re always craving a bigger, messier, more textured looking braid than before. All of you pretty peeps who say “I wish my hair was that thick” or “I wish my hair was that long”, should know that Nora has a fine head of hair and it’s cut just above her shoulders, so at least give this a shot!

So here’s how I like to use the texture powders…

Shake a decent amount onto a dry braid. Don’t put it on wet hair. Don’t worry about it looking like a George Washington wig… it fully blends/disappears with the next step.

Once you apply your light layer of texture powder, tap, tap, tap it into your braid. You’ll see your visible powder magically disappear.

Now pull the loops of your braid and that’s it. No, joke it’s that easy. There’s no crazy skill involved. You’ll just instantly have fuller braids that won’t slip out of place while you’re pulling on them to get volume.

There are many brands making texture powders now and here are some of my current faves…

  1. OSiS- Dust It
  2. Bumble & bumble.- Pret-A-Powder
  3. Batiste- XXL Plumping Powder
  4. Big Sexy Hair- Powder Play

Seriously though, if you’re having trouble getting big braids, invest in one of these little game changing bottles! This isn’t the same as a dry shampoo so don’t get them confused! If you do this, hashtag your photo with #TBDbigbraids so we can see yours!

SUMMER BRAID 2

thebeautydepartment.com Baby Boho Braid

Post/Photos: Kristin Ess, Graphic Design: Eunice Chun

While we love a good, big, thick braid, there is also something about a baby braid that we just love (remember these braids?!). They are so cute + simple and can provide lots of texture with just a little bit of hair so you can leave half down. When our gorgeous graphic designer Eunice came into town I thought it would be fun to do it on her jet black hair so you can see for yourself that alas, these braids can be done on dark hair and look just as intricate and beautiful as they do on light hair. We get a lot of comments and emails about braids not looking as fun on dark hair but I think we can all agree, this looks super pretty and fun. Here’s how we made this little gem!

  1. Start by taking 2 equal sized sections, one from each side (in front of your ears). Think of it as if you were going to put your hair half up/back.
  2. Now grab a small third section from the center back of your head. Grab it from right near the occipital bone (that bone in the back of your head), that way you’ll have a lot more length to work with.
  3. Start weaving that small piece in a section 8 pattern between the two larger sections.
  4. Keep going all the way down until you run out of length with the small section.
  5. Tie it off using a small elastic that matches your hair color (or use clear!).
  6. Gently and slowwwly pull small bits of the larger sections out from in between the small pieces to give it some texture. If your hair is too soft or straight, add a little surf spray. Eunice has thick, heavy, straight hair so we added a couple sprays of one of my favorites, Wella Ocean Spritz, to the braid and let it dry before pulling it apart.

And for those of you who want a visual of what this braid looks like on lighter hair, we’ve got a picture perfect photo for you below!

thebeautydepartment.com Baby Boho Braid

As you can see we added THESE cute little hearts at the top. You could also use THESE or THESE or THESE!

Now hop to it! Let’s get to braiding!! Don’t forget to tag us @thebeautydept on Instagram with your own baby boho. braids!

BOXER BRAIDS // GYM HAIR IDEAS

photos/post/graphic design: Kristin Ess

If you’re planning on hitting the gym tonight after work, you might want to try one of these variations on lady-boxer-inspired braids. These are great on any length hair (EVEN SHORT!) because as long as your hair reaches up into those braids, the bottom part can be anything!

For regular boxer braids, part the hair down the center. Do a regular French braid on each side. Use this video as a guide if you don’t know how to French braid. I like to start with really small sections and keep the hair tight as I go so it doesn’t fall out while being active. Clip one section at the nape of the neck while you do the other side. Once you’ve done the 2nd side, merge your braids together!

Also– love these braids for anyone with bangs! You know we suffer.

Boxer braids + ballerina bun is simple. Just create one braid on each side and then tie both together at the nape of the neck using a thick ponytail holder. Twist your ponytail tightly, let it coil, then add another ponytail holder (and large bobbypin or two if needed).

Boxer braids + a pumped up pony! Love this look. Part your hair down the middle, do regular french braids on both sides stopping behind the ear. Pull the rest of the hair up to meet the braids in a pony. Use this “Pumped Up Pony” trick I showed you guys last week to make it look fuller and to stay off your neck!

Boxer braids + fun bun. If you’re not planning on working out THAT hard, you can do this combo (hey– sometimes a girl’s gotta look cute in class, ya know?). Part your hair down the center, french braid both sides and stop behind the ear and tie them off using a small elastic. Bring the rest of your hair up to meet your braids and do a messy fun bun. Tutorial for a messy fun bun can be found here!

TOP SIDER

photos/post/design: Kristin Ess

We love a one-sided hair do ’round here. Now we’re doing it with a little twist– literally. A side part, a braid of your choice + a twist is all it takes!

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