Posts Tagged ‘christmas party hair’

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!

UPDO FOR SUPER THICK HAIR

PHOTOS/POST/GRAPHIC DESIGN: KRISTIN ESS

HIIIIII! We’re back with another updo for all you lovelies with super thick curly hair. According to your emails, it’s hard to source cute updos for thick curly hair but we have to put an end to that! Holiday parties are coming up quick and you might want to sport this! It’s such a simple + quick updo. It’s only 7 steps and depending on how you accessorize you can dress it up or keep it cool. Here we go!

You will need: 2 clear elastics or 2 thin ponytail holders that match your hair color, 5-7 large bobby pins, and a cute accessory of your choice!

  1. Start by putting your hair half up. I like to imagine where a headband would go and section from ear to ear. Tie it off with your elastic.
  2. Begin twisting the hair from your half-pony forward toward your face while pulling it toward the left (if that’s confusing, see image 2!) Gather hair as you go and begin creating the top section of your S shape.
  3. Gather more and more hair as you go and keep twisting. While working on the middle section, only take hair from the middle and sides of your head. Save the bottom hair (near the nape of your neck) for the bottom part of the S.
  4. Pin as you’re going along to make the updo as secure as possible.
  5. For the bottom section, gather the rest of the hair and create a large twist all the way down. Add another thin elastic for extra security.
  6. Now swoop that large twisted section under the rest, then pin it near the left ear. Tuck and remaining pieces (aka: the tail of your twist) into the updo to hide them.
  7. Accessorize with something sparkly and cute. This clip is from Anthropologie last year, but we did a DIY version of it right HERE!

Happy Holidays, curly girls!!

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.

GIANT BUN TUTORIAL

photos/post/graphic design: Kristin Ess

Since we’re already seeing holiday decorations go up in our favorite stores, we better get some holiday hairstyle ideas up on your faaavorite beauty website! Not sure about you guys but I often find myself working until the very last second, then rushing home, then rushing out with a bottle of bubbly in one hand and red lipstick in the other. With so many fancy festivities toward the end of the year, it’s always a good idea to have some 10 minute hairstyles on tap. This one is definitely a TBD favorite. The style is similar to my signature “Fun Bun” tutorial you might remember from a couple years ago. The main difference is, you can tease this one to make it as voluminous as you’d like. This updo reminds me of one of those super-famous//super-massive//super-chic SJP buns! Alright… here’s how you take your hair from a work bun to a party bun…

You will need: a comb, bobby pins (large + small), a small clear elastic, travel sized hairspray that fits in your purse if you plan on doing this after work without going home.

  1. Take your original topknot down letting it fall into a pony, and then smooth any flyaways with hairspray and the fine side of your comb.
  2. Tease small sections using your favorite teasing comb or teasing brush.
  3. Keep going until you’ve teased the entire ponytail.
  4. Smooth over the front-facing side lightly (not too much) using your comb and then add a small clear ponytail holder about 3-4 inches from the ends as you see in the photo.
  5. Once you’ve secured the small clear ponytail holder, gently roll all of the hair under. Roll it under until the clear ponytail holder meets the big ponytail holder.
  6. Now pin the clear ponytail holder next to your big ponytail holder.
  7. Thread the tail end of the ponytail thru the front as you see in photo 7.
  8. Lightly tease the end of the ponytail.
  9. Now add the tail up and into your bun hairspraying as you go. The reason for this step is this piece will keep your bun from looking like some kind of pastry! The little piece you’re adding in there diffuses the shape of the bun.
  10. Secure the edges of the bun with some hair pins.
  11. Give the bun one final spray all over.
  12. Wait just a couple seconds and then press the bun down like you see in photo 12. Do that a couple times. It gives the bun a little more texture. (Make sure you don’t get any rings caught in it!)

There it is! The big ol’ party bun. Hope you wear it with your favorite sparkly get up this holiday season. Last week we saw so many of your gorgeous Rodarte-inspired braids! If you try this updo, don’t forget to tag us in your instagram @thebeautydept! Can’t wait to see what you accessorize with!