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HALLOWEEN HAIR

PHOTOS/POST/DESIGN: KRISTIN ESS SPONSORED BY PANTENE

As we know, many of you last minute lovelies will be scrambling this weekend for a Halloween costume. The one thing you won’t have to scramble for is hair to pair with it. We’ve got you covered! Whether you’re going as your favorite character, a cute little animal, a pirate, a cop, a nurse, a goddess, whatever! This tutorial will do the trick. You can spray this hair with white powder to give it that ghostly feeling or you can lay on the shine for added glam. In this post, we’re demonstrating what it looks like on long and short hair so anyone can do it. We’re very excited to partner up with out friends at PANTENE again to bring you this tutorial and we’ve included links to all the product so you can see what you’ll need to make this Halloween hair happen! Here we go…

Setting it!

For this tutorial on long hair, use a 1″ curling iron. For the short hair version below, we used a smaller 3/4″ curling iron.

  1. Any time you set hair using a hot tool, it’s highly recommended that you use a heat protectant. You’re going to want to let your hair sit on the iron for a couple seconds longer than you normally would with an everyday curl so protect it! Here we’re using THIS ONE.
  2. You’re going to want to think “diagonal’ throughout this roller set. All of your sections will be parted diagonally and your curling iron should be held diagonally. Use a tail comb and create a small diagonal section for your first curl. I like to start in front and work my way back, personally, but you can start in the back if that’s more comfortable for you. So we parted this section from about the temple, diagonally going back to behind your ear. The section should be about 1″. If you’re using a 3/4 iron for shorter hair, your section should be just under an inch. Always take sections about the same size as your curling iron. Now once you have your heat protectant spray on, roll hair from the bottom, up (curling under) and keep the curling iron at a diagonal angle. If you can’t remember which way it should go, just think about lining your curling iron up with your section parting which should be diagonal as well. Each curling iron brand is different so I can’t tell you how long to hold it on there, but you want to make sure it gets nice and hot.
  3. Once you feel the hair is properly heated, take the hair out of the iron and immediately set it with a clip.
  4. After doing about 3 or 4 sections, I like to spray the hair with a strong holding hairspray for extra support. Here, we are using THIS ONE.
  5. This is a little tricky, and it’s totally optional, but when the hair has slightly cooled and then after it has been hairsprayed, I like to push the sections back and make them lay flat. This is my personal preference so that the waves end up having a more “S” shape versus being “poofy”. All you do is lay your hand flat over your section and push back lightly. The sections should fall back (like dominos) and flatten out. Again, this is optional and you don’t have to do it if you want more width– it’s more for those with thick hair that tends to get too wide.
  6. Once you’re done with a section, and you’ve flattened out your pieces if desired, your section should look like this and you’ll be ready to move on to the next side.
  7. You’re going to want to do this exact same thing all around the head. Make sure you can see the back as you do it. If you need to get a friend to help you with the back, do it! The pattern is so important. Allow your full set to cool for at least 30 minutes! You shouldn’t be able to feel any heat or warmth at all when it’s ready.

Now for the take down. This is where you get to play and make it whatever you want! Below we’ll showing you 6 ways to take this down and finish it…

BRUSHED FORWARD!

  • remove clips from your roller set.
  • use a smoothing brush and brush everything  forward. brush for about one full minute and you will start to see the pattern develop. once you start seeing it, spray lightly with a strong holding hairspray. keep brushing each section and spraying until you see it all come together.
  • most of the hair will come forward over your shoulders with this look.

BRUSHED BACK!

  • once you take the set down, brush everything back over your shoulders.
  • keep brushing until the pattern develops.
  • spray lightly with a strong hold hairspray.
  • pull the ends back over your shoulders to the front if you want! but keep the top portion going toward the back.

SPRAYED AND SLICKED.

  • once you take the set out, spray the top half with a generous amount of non-aerosol hairspray. here we’re using THIS ONE.
  • take the fine side of your comb and slick the hair down.
  • pin it if desired.
  • spray the bottom with a strong holding hairspray.

COMBED OUT WITH YOUR FINGERS.

  • remove clips from your roller set.
  • gently run your fingers through your curls to break them up.
  • spray strong holding hairspray all over to complete the look.

COMBED OUT WITH A WIDE-TOOTH COMB.

  • once you’ve taken down the roller set, use the wide-tooth side of your comb to brush the curls.
  • spray a light veil of shine spray for added sparkle!
  • finish with a strong-holding hairspray.

BRUSHED OUT AND PINNED.

  • remove the pins from the roller set.
  • brush everything straight down and then back comb just a little for added volume.
  • we made this one a little less shiny by spraying dry shampoo all over.
  • give it that vintage look by twisting a piece back in the front and pinning it!
  • last but not least, give it a final veil of strong holding hairspray.

These hair ideas can seriously be used with almost anything. It can be really fun to pair a “scary” costume with pretty hair, especially if you’re seeing someone spesh on Halloween. We know a bad Halloween picture can haunt you forever. This hair will photograph beautifully and won’t look like a mess the next morning. We hope you’ve enjoyed these 6 looks! If you do pair this tutorial with your costume, please tag us in your instagram photo @TheBeautyDept or @PanteneHair so we can regram it! Excited to see what you pretty peeps are going to be!

All products used in this post can be found right HERE! Special thanks to Alicia and Allie for sitting in on this tutorial and to Carissa for the pretty makeup looks!

HALLOWEEN HAIR TUTORIAL 2

photos by kristin ess, post created by kristin ess

Lots and lots of request rolled in for a Halloween hair tutorial on creating frizz. Clearly this look can go with SO many costumes– 70’s glam, a lioness, a gypsy, a witch, a dead person, zombie, ghost (spray with white hair powder!), and countless others… I snagged my gorgeous friend Nora for this tutorial. She has smooth fine hair and you can see how BIG it gets. If you have curly hair or thick hair you’ll get even MORE volume. The best part is this tutorial will work on any texture! Warning: this takes about 1-2 hours. Yes, it sounds like a lot, but it’s worth it. No crimping iron can get you this much volume! For this particular look, I suggest you get a friend to help with the back. It’s very hard, if not impossible to do the back yourself. Alright, here we go:

TOOLS: paddle brush, sectioning clips, U-pins, light holding hairspray or thermal styling spray, temperature-controlled flat iron.

STEPS:

  1. Start with clean, blow dried hair. I like prepping the hair with a light-hold styling mousse so you get a little extra support + hold from the inside when you set it.
  2. Take a section as seen above and clip it up. Create 1″ x 1″ square sections (this is exactly why I say it will take a long time!)
  3. U-Pins can be found at the beauty supply. These are not bobby pins. They don’t close. They’re referred to as either “hair pins” or “U-Pins”. If you can’t find them at your local beauty supply, google them– they’re all over the internet!
  4. Place the 1″ square section inside the pin the way Nora does above. Make sure the base of the pin stays close to the head. The more room there is between your scalp + pin, the less volume it will create.
  5. Zigzag the hair in a “circle eight” pattern in and out of the pin all the way to the end.
  6. Once you get to the very end, give it a mist of light holding hairspray or thermal styling spray. (Don’t worry if little pieces fall out! There will be so much texture, you won’t really notice those.)
  7. Your flat iron should be on medium, not high. Start at the bottom and flat iron the end piece first. That will keep the hair from unraveling. Work your way up to the base. Don’t let the hair get too hot. I like to do it on 300 degrees Fahrenheit and only clamp the flat iron for 5 seconds at a time.
  8. Once you (and your friend) finish your entire head it should look something like this (photo 8)!
  9. Instead of unraveling from the bottom up to the top of the pin, just pull the U-Pin out from the base. Should slide right out.
  10. Brush with a big paddle brush until you reach your frizziest potential. Give it a good spray and you’re done!

PS, I love my friends because they do things like this for me…

Xx Kristin Ess

HALLOWEEN HAIR TUTORIAL #1

photos by kristin ess, post designed by kristin ess

A couple weeks ago, I asked you guys which Halloween hair tutorials you wanted. Let’s just say it was an overwhelming victory for 1920’s and 1930’s hair. There are 3 more coming up, but for now we bring you “Vintage Vixen” starring Lady Conrad! This hairstyle can be used with many different costumes– Gatsby girl, flapper, silent film star, old school gangster’s girl, showgirl (a la Water for Elephants), etc… Good luck and as always, tweet us a photo!!

TOOLS: small barrel curling iron (we used 5/8″), sectioning clips, silver 2-prong setting clips, 2 clear elastics, large bobbypins, a large soft bristled flat brush, comb, hairspray, and a headband (optional).

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Start with clean, dry hair (straight, wavy, or curly… just make sure it’s completely dry)
  2. To remove excess length and weight, you’re going to want to braid the bottom hair and pin it up so it’s out of the way. Part your hair from ear to ear in the back of your head + clip the top half up.
  3. Create two braids.
  4. Pin the two braids flat against your head in the back. It helps if  you lay them in a zigzag pattern. Use large bobbypins for more support.
  5. You want all of the curls to go TOWARD your face. In order to create a pattern in the hair, your curls need to be lined up. They should all be the same size and going the same direction. To get the right pattern, I always I like to pretend I’m laying a brick wall and you should do the same! For this particular look, take sections that are about the same size as your pinkie finger. Wrap them tightly around the outside of your curling iron. Equally important is the size of your iron. It must be small. Anything over 3/4″ will just give you big waves. Check the beauty supply and/or google for smaller irons! Curling will take a lot of time, but it’s SO worth it.
  6. After you curl the hair, clip it in place and allow it to set.
  7. See how Lauren’s curls are all going the same direction and are the same size? That’s what you want. Let it set for as long as you can. The longer, the better. Put your makeup on while you wait, or if your costume/dress goes over your head, put it on now to avoid messing it up later.
  8. When the hair has cooled entirely, release all of the curls (don’t pull them apart with your fingers). Using a large soft bristled flat brush, start brushing the curls out. Give it a couple hard brush strokes and then switch to a lighter stroke (repeat if necessary). The pattern will begin to develop. Look down slightly and brush hair toward your face. Brushing everything toward your face is best for bringing out the pattern.
  9. If you have a lot of hair, it’s optional to pin one side back like Lauren is doing in the shot so that the hair doesn’t overwhelm your face.
  10. Grab a section of brushed out curls. Hold the very bottom of the curls with one hand. Using a comb, tease (using long upward strokes) with the other hand. You should only need 1 or 2 strokes to get it into the “bob” shape.
  11. Spray the section with a strong holding hairspray and then tuck the extra hairs. Pin in place using a large bobbypin or two.
  12. Add a headband, comb, head dress, or barrette for sparkle! Learn how to make your own HERE! Pin it in place and give it one last veil of hairspray. Trick or treat, fancy ladies!!

Xx Kristin Ess

 

DON’T BE SCARED!

photos by hannah scott stevenson post designed by kristin ess

Halloween is coming up quick! That means you need to start thinking about your costumes (if you haven’t already). Hopefully I can help simplify the hair part because I’m going to do some tutorials on halloween hair do’s! What hair styles do you guys want to learn to go with your costumes? 20’s hair? 40’s hair? Crazy curls? Mermaid hair? Tweet us, Facebook us or email me at [email protected]! I’m going to pick my favorite 4 looks and put some step-by-step photos together for you guys. So tell me… what are you going to be???

Xx Kristin