Posts Tagged ‘curling iron’

THE TOOL BOX

photos: life.com, gettyimages.com, style.com post designed by kristin ess

Maybe you’ve never been backstage at a New York Fashion Week runway show. Maybe you haven’t been in the “glam room” at your favorite starlet’s house hours before she walks down a red carpet. So then maybe you’ve never seen the “other” tools we use to make their pretty little locks look the way they do. Turns out there’s much more to it than a curling iron and a blow dryer. We’re going to start with these three slightly less famous beauty gadgets:

The Wand. This is literally like a curling iron with the clamp side removed. It’s just a stick, and it usually comes with a glove. Wearing this heat protective glove, you take a lock of hair at a time and wrap it around the barrell spiraling down (I recommend wrapping backwards, away from the face). Hold the ends while the hair heats up and then slide the wand out.  No unwanted crease to worry about because there is no clamp.

Root Control. We use the root control during fashion week a lot. Every girl from every country with every type of hair is rushing around backstage and when you have to make sure all of their hair looks exactly the same, this can come in very handy. Ethnic can get frizzy/poofy at the root where it’s not relaxed. This is a very hot iron with a protective comb shell and it’s a wonderful, quick alternative to the pressing comb. You can lay it directly on the root and it will not burn the scalp. Watch the video on this page to see how it works! It’s IN-CRED-IBLE. It also works really well for those with super thick stubborn curly hair when you just can’t quite get the roots tame with a blowdryer and/or flat iron. I love this thing.

Waving Iron. Some waving irons come with a clamp, but I feel like clamp flattens the wave and makes your hair look crimped. Typically I turn to the version above without the clamp to create wave with more body. This is my favorite for refining naturally curly hair! I do a “circle 8″ by weaving hair between the prongs which creates a more natural curl pattern than what you get with a regular curling iron. I also use this when I want a more modern, loose version of a Veronica Lake wave. To do that, you put the hair between the two prongs and give it a twist.

xxkristin

ON SET AT PAPER CROWN

photo: thebeautydepartment.com post designed by kristin ess

Today we’ve been on the set of Paper Crown‘s holiday look book! Loving these waves on our gorgeous girl, Madison.

My top 3 secrets to getting these piece-y, beachy waves:

~Rub styling paste or water-based pomade into your roots before you start curling. Put a pea-sized amount into the palm of your hands and warm it up. Now get up in there with it! Massage it into your scalp like a head massage. Don’t put it through the middle or ends, only at the root. I like to start with the sides and then flip the head over to do the back. You’ll probably need another dab of product to do the back. I know this trick seems totally gross, but the feel of the product will disappear because it’s water based instead of oil based. This is what gives Madison’s hair that separation and allows me to see which pieces I want to pick up and curl. (Another great thing about water-based products is that they rinse out really easily.)

~Flip your hair back to the upright position and shake your hair until it settles. If you’re confused on how to do that, please click here. From this point on, try not to use a brush on your hair because it will ruin the way the hair locks together. Only comb it with your fingers. Your curls-to-be should now show up. Now you’re ready to pick up the individual locks of hair and start curling.

~I did two different kinds of curl here. I did some that go inside the clamp and some that you wrap around the curling iron. I like doing that to mix up the texture. Most importantly, I didn’t curl up near the root or down toward the ends. I used a 1″ barrell and I started here and stopped there:

 

Madison’s hair went around the barrell 3 times, but your hair could go more or less than that depending on the length. Once everything is curled, spray with hairspray and dance around. Yep, that’s a professional trick. Ask Lauren, she does it all the time.

And it’s totally obvious that Amy Nadine gave Madison the perfect red lip using her very own advice found here.

xxkristin

JUST FAUX YOU

photo: rodarte/badgley mischka post designed by kristin ess

Before you commit to the real McCoy, maybe you want to try this quick trick. Wear these faux bangs over the weekend and see if you’re really into the idea of having them or if you were just having an underwhelming day.

Do it: Blow dry the entire “bang” section down toward your face first. Tease them for a little texture or smooth them out with a round brush for a more tailored look. Last, throw in a pretty little barrette… just to really sell it to yourself!

xx kristin

OOH LA LA!

photo: angela+ithyle/thebeautydepartment.com post designed by kristin ess

Let’s start at the very beginning. I’ve heard it’s a very good place to start. This is just a hint of vintage, and not full on Rita Hayworth (although we will get there). This is one of my favorite looks that you can wear anywhere without feeling over-done or too literal. It flirts with old school 1940′s glamour but doesn’t feel costume-y. Lauren sometimes pairs this with something simple because it instantly redefines your entire look.

TOOLS:

-1″ barrell curling iron

-large setting clips

-flat/paddle brush-light

-medium hold hairspray

INSTRUCTIONS:

1) Find your side part. Either side will do.

2, 3, 4 & 5) You’re going to curl ALL of your hair inward toward your face (as Lauren does above) and clip the curls in place with large setting clips. Mist all over with a light-medium holding hairspray. Let them cool while you put on your makeup. Multi-Tasking!! Give it atleast 15 minutes to cool and set.

6) Gently pull the clips out and let your hair fall.

7) Using a flat or paddle brush, brush hair back and away from your face and then let it spring back. The wave pattern will automatically start to appear. Keep brushing gently until it shows up. We like to help it along by molding the waves where you want them by hand and then adding one more veil of hairspray.

XO Kristin