Posts Tagged ‘christmas party 2013’

HOLIDAY HAIR IDEA

PHOTOS/POST/GRAPHIC DESIGN: KRISTIN ESS

Annnnnd we’re back with another holly jolly hair idea for you party-going pretties. Could be cute for any occasion, to be honest, but particularly sweet for the festivities this time of year. This dutch crown braid is easy to acheive if you know how to dutch braid (aka: inside out braid). Here’s how it’s done.

  1. Start with a little wave in your hair. We used this wand to get perfect waves (bonus… that wand is wayyyy less expensive than most and we love it!) If you already have natural wave, you’re good to go. (Curly girls can do this as well! Just skip by #2)
  2. This is about the amount of wave you should have. Not too perfect, just quick, subtle waves.
  3. Pull half of your hair back where you imagine the braid going and then gently pull some of your fringe/bang area out to soften the look. Better to pull those pieces out now than once you’ve already braided them in!
  4. Start the dutch braid from the part and going down toward your ear. Don’t worry about scalp showing. We’ll take care of that in step 8.
  5. Once you get just above the ear, start doing a regular 3 strand braid.
  6. Make sure you braid it far enough so it will reach the back/middle of your head. For this look, I wanted the hair to go under the occipital bone which is that little bone on the back of your head. Right below it there’s a curve and that’s where you’re going to want to secure this braid, so make sure it reaches there.
  7. Now tie it off using a small clear elastic.
  8. Fatten up the braid by gently pulling it apart. Bulking up the braid will hide any unwanted scalp showing up front.
  9. Do exactly the same thing on the other side.
  10. Pull the braids together to meet in the back. Weave one of the braids through the other one.
  11. Pin it below the occipital bone using a couple of bobby pins.

Voila! Party time, people. Enjoy this half updo and if you wear it out and about we want to SEE IT! Tag us on instagram @thebeautydept!

THE MEGA BOW

photos/post/graphic design: Kristin Ess

Just a warning, we’re holiday freaks. A few weeks ago I was making a Target run and saw these massive bows being put out as the Halloween stuff was being carted away. With all of the fun holiday parties coming up, I couldn’t resist making this into an oversized bow headband. I’ve worn this to a couple of parties now and it’s been a smash every time. It’s definitely not for everyone but those of you who enjoy making a little spectacle– this one’s for you! Literally the easiest (and maybe cheapest) DIY on TBD. The “Mega Bow” is $5 and the headband is free if you have one laying around the house. Up top we paired this massive gem with the Very Veronica waves tutorial. In the bottom photo we paired it with my favorite Wand + Flat Iron trick.

 

The “Mega Bow” comes in a bunch of different colors. I went with the classics and am insanely obsessed with the gold one.

Peel + stick the label to your headband of choice. I like to stick the bow slightly off center.

Wrap the paper around. You can hot glue it to the headband for extra security if you think it’s gonna be a wild night!

Enjoy your parties! If you do this, tag us on Instagram @thebeautydept! We’d love to see your mega bow and which hairstyle that you pair it with!

PS: I didn’t see these on target.com so I think you have to pop into the actual store.