Posts Tagged ‘braids’


wet hair style ideas the beauty dept

Lately we’ve been getting tons of request for wash and go hairstyles and I’m not user why considering it’s winter in many parts of the country. But let’s DO it! Apparently a lot of you leave the house or the gym with wet hair so we’re going to do a hairstyle that you can let air dry that will look better and better throughout the day. If you’re going to wash and go, all you really need are two things– a good SPRAY LEAVE IN CONDITIONER and a great GEL SERUM (that one is my favorite but if you would like a less expensive alternative, Loreal makes this GEL SERUM). Gel serums are meant for air drying or blowdrying into the hair. I discovered this stuff while working in the salon. I needed something for those who wanted to forego the blow-dry (i know, crazy right!?) so I started using it then. It’s pretty cool. It has the texture of a gel but doesn’t get “crunchy” because of the serum addition. It stays soft and adds light hold and good volume.

Start by spraying in a light layer of your leave-in conditioner and combing out any tangles.  Next add a dime or quarter sized dollop of gel serum to the palm of your hands and emulsify it in your hands. Spread it throughout the hair evenly. I put this all the way from roots to ends and then brush through because I like to know that it’s distributed evenly throughout the hair.

the beauty department wet hair style 1


Now add two regular braids going from the sides to the back of your head. Cross them over each other in back and pin them together using large bobby pins. You always want to secure wet hair a little more because it tends to slip a little.

wet hair style the beauty dept

Now twist small sections throughout the back. This will keep frizz to a minimum and will create separation in your waves. The gel serum will help minimize frizz as well. Scrunch the hair a little before walking out the door and let the rest of it air dry.

thebeautydepartment wet hair style

Remember, you’re not going to get curling iron waves, so don’t expect this to look like that. This is a wash and go hairstyle using your natural waves or curls. If you have straight hair, this will still work.

These wash and go styles are ideal for anyone with damage needing a break from blowdrying and curling, anyone rushing out the door with no time for styling or even you beach bunnies down in Australia enjoying the summer right now!

Do you find wash and wear hairstyles to be helpful? Share your thoughts in the comments below so we can gauge your interest and know whether to do more of these or not!


the beauty department braid paste


Braiding can be a daunting task for even the most nimble fingers. I found something a while back that’s helped me teach people how to braid their own hair. Some super duper helpful stuff called  BRAID PASTE! There are tons of molding pastes on the market, and as I’ve showed you many times before, and I still love/use those as well! But sometimes you have to cocktail a paste with some shine serum because the paste by itself can be a bit too mattifying, causing hair to look a little dull. But braid paste has been helpful on pretty much all hair types when braiding, leaving it shiny but giving it soft hold so the braid doesn’t slip out as you go. Basically the cocktailing of paste and serum are already done for you!

the beauty department braid paste 2


For fine to normal hair: I like to use a pea size dab of paste to start and go back in if I need more. Put it in your palms and warm it up. Go middle to ends and then if you need any up toward the root, just use whatever is left on your hands.

For thick or coarse hair: When I braid thick hair, I usally break it up into two sections to apply paste, otherwise I feel like it gets concentrated in certain places and there’s none in other places. I break it up from ear to ear, horizontally, applying to the bottom half first and then the top half. Depending on the thickness, I would use a pea size or slightly smaller per section. Warm it up in your palms and then apply middle to ends. If you need some at the root just use whatever is remaining on your hands after you apply everywhere else.


braid paste the beauty department


After the paste is on the hair and you’ve done your braid, like a FISHTAIL BRAID, a ROSETTE BRAID or any braid for that matter, you can now loosen it up with ease knowing that the whole thing isn’t going to slip apart as you work some texture into it. It’s just a cool, very helful product to add to your arsenal if you love braiding or if you want to learn how to be a better braider.

Do you have any favorite products for braiding?


PHOTOS/POST: Kristin Ess

PHOTOS/POST: Kristin Ess

Okay so this braid isn’t actually macramé but it reminds me of it, hence the name. This might be one of the easiest braids to do and I can’t believe we’ve never done it for you! This looks even better if you have highlights because it shows so much dimension but still looks great on solid colors as well! I honestly feel like we’re moving away from more complicated braids, but the ones that are quick and easy with lots of fun texture are forever cool. Here’s how you do this one!


  1. Prep the hair by waving it up just a little. We used a 1 1/4″ barrel iron to get subtle waves. Add 2 messy dutch braids, on on each side (see photo) and secure them with small clear elastics. It doesn’t matter where you start the dutch braids. Some like them a little higher and some like them a little lower depending on face/head shape. You can do whatever you want! For this, we started at temple height in front and met them together in back.
  2. Now cross those two dutch braids over each other and pin using a bobby pin.
  3. Next you’re going to make a regular braid down the back. Use the tails of your dutch braids as 2 of the pieces and then grab the 3rd piece from right underneath where your dutch braids meet. Braid all the way down.
  4. Now all you’re going to do is grab 2 of the pieces from your regular braid and hold them together kind of tight. Take the single piece and hold it tight in the other hand.
  5. Start sliding the two pieces UPWARD. It will start to bunch up and become a cool macramé inspired braid.
  6. Once you slide it all up you’re going to have a long tail. You can tie it off with a clear elastic there or do the same technique again and take it further.

After the braid is done, look in a hand mirror at the back. Loosen up and give texture to the braid running down.  Here’s a view from the front as well! Isn’t Alissa Griffith just the prettiest!? You can hear some of her music HERE!

Here’s a bigger view of the back!


If you do this, please show us a photo or tag us @thebeautydept on Instagram! #TBDmacramebraid




We love a braided half updo during the fall/winter months because it’s not only gorgeous with that big thick braid, but also leaving half your hair down keeps your necks warm! I think we can all agree this would look amazing any time of year, but today we’re pairing it with a sweater and turning it into our cold weather coiffure!

braided half updo hair tutorial the beauty department

  1. Prep your hair by giving it some soft, loose waves. I’ve really been in love with the piece-y waves I’ve been getting from my  NEW IRON. It’s a 1 1/4 barrel which is half ceramic and half metal. It was an serious hair investment but I’m feelin it! As you know, favorite budget friendly version of this iron is THIS ONE! I curled away from the face and put a couple drops of THIS GLOSS through the middle and ends, which smells ahhhhmazing.\
  2. Next up, create a hairline braid. You’ll want to do it inside-out because you’ll get a fatter looking braid. With a regular french braid, the bulk of the braid gets tucked underneath as you go, whereas an inside-out braid puts the bulkier part of the braid on top! If your hair tends to be really slippery and soft or if you just washed it, try adding a dab of BRAID PASTE or WATERBASED POMADE to the section before your braid. It will help you get a lot more control over your braid without making it sticky or greasy.
  3. Use THIS TRICK to fatten up your braid.
  4. Take a fine tooth comb and tease a very small section in the back of your head. Tease as close to the scalp as you can. This is where you’ll “anchor” your braid, so put it as high or low as you want it. I like to do it right at that bone you can feel in the back of your head, called the occipital bone. It’s a good safe place to anchor the braid if you’re not sure. Use a strong holding bobby pin (and a little strong holding hairspray if you need it) to anchor your first braid to your head.
  5. Repeat the same thing on the other side and then join them together in the back of your head, tucking the second braid into the first braid. Get them to blend together as best you can. I think of it like doing a half knot. I tuck the second braid up, over and then push it into the first braid.
  6. Use a hand mirror to check it from the sides and the back to make sure you have good balance!

Tip: go to a beauty supply and get the strongest bobby pins you can find. It makes the biggest difference with a hairstyle like this! A strong holding bobby pin will not slip and slide all over the place! You can typically feel the difference between the ones you buy at the drugstore and the ones you buy at a pro beauty supply. I love THESE ONES! This links to gold ones but you can get any color and they’re SO strong and fairly inexpensive. Get them, it will be worth it!