Posts Tagged ‘dutch braid’

THE MACRAME BRAID

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!

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  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!

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

HOLIDAY HAIRSTYLES

photos/post/grahic design: Kristin Ess

I know it’s not even Halloween yet, but we wanted get an early start on holiday hair ideas this year! Hairstyles like this are great, but you should practice them once or even twice to get it down and even try putting your own spin on them, maybe with a fishtail braid or a hair accessory. Start saving these to your pin boards so you have some easy go-to tutorials for your upcoming holiday parties. This chignon might look familiar to you because I posted a similar one HERE. It got a lot of lovin’ so of course it deserves it’s own tutorial, right? This braided chignon is fairly easy if you know how to dutch braid (aka: inside out braid). Here’s how it’s done!

  1. Find a side part that feels comfortable to you. You can also center part if you want.
  2. Do an inside out braid on one side going from where your hairline meets your part and stop taking new hair just behind your ear. Then braid that down to the bottom.
  3. Repeat that process on the opposite side.
  4. Take all of the loose hair (not the braided hair) on the left side of your head, pull it in front of your left shoulder and twist back.
  5. Now take the braided hair and the twisted hair and twist those two around each other.
  6. Once you’ve twisted those two sections around each other, coil them into a loose bun and pin it using large bobbypins.
  7. Now you’ll want to go back in and modify. Here we tucked and pinned a couple extra pieces to make the chignon more secure. We more pins to the bun to make sure too much hair wouldn’t slip out. We also pulled a couple loose pieces out around the face to soften the look.
  8. After you finish your left side, do the same thing on the right. Do it to your liking. You’ll see that on the right, we decided to leave it a little looser. We only twisted the braid and the rest of the hair once on that side. With these chignons you can really do anything you want to modify, just make sure the base (in this case, the bun part) is really secure.

Once the look is finished, give it a good veil of super hold hairspray like THIS ONE or THIS ONE.  Also if you have fine slippery hair that is hard to keep secured in updos and chignons, try prepping the hair with something that will mattify it a little and give it less slip like THIS or THIS! Oh! And don’t forget to grab extra large bobbypins like THESE next time you’re at the store or shopping online.

If you try this, tag us so we can see! @TheBeautyDept on instagram!

SUMMER BRAID 4

photos/post/graphic design: kristin ess

All summer the subject of braids will be a big one around here. Last week we talked about a trick for bulking and voluminizing your braid. Many requests rolled in for a tutorial on the actual braid that was done in that post. Well here it is! I have to be honest, when I asked Nora to sit in on this post I had completely forgotten that we chopped off her hair a few months ago. It was up to her chin and now it’s around her shoulders. But I still wanted to do the tutorial on her head because it leaves me a great opportunity to show you guys how to cheat a dutch braid (aka: an inside-out braid) on hair that is between the chin and shoulders. I’ll show you how we did it, but I split up our normal tutorial so you could really see detail in the larger individual photos. Here we go… (more…)

SUMMER BRAID 3

PHOTOS/POST/DESIGN: KRISTIN ESS

Okay, I know this isn’t an actual full braid tutorial but I felt like I needed to throw this in as part of our ongoing “Summer Braid” series because it’s a pretty epic tip. Anyone with fine, thin, straight or super healthy hair that tends to slide right out of a bobby pin will definitely need to grab a bottle of this stuff, STAT. It’s called texture powder and it makes all the difference in the world when it comes to updos and braids. When I first tried this stuff a few years ago, I was terrified. It felt too starchy and dry when I put a light layer of it all over my long hair. I like soft shiny pretty hair and I felt like this made my long hair look matte and dry. Well it’s supposed to! It was designed to “bulk up” the hair you have and give it additional volume so I should have only been applying it at the root. Once I figured out the deal with texture powder, I started using it to get bigger, fuller braids and my hair kit hasn’t been without it since. A lot of products are like that– you just have to find the right way to use them!

So here’s what Nora’s braid looked like before adding the powder. As you can see, it’s gorge and there’s nothing wrong with it so if you prefer to wear it like this then that’s amazing. But trend-wise, we’re always craving a bigger, messier, more textured looking braid than before. All of you pretty peeps who say “I wish my hair was that thick” or “I wish my hair was that long”, should know that Nora has a fine head of hair and it’s cut just above her shoulders, so at least give this a shot!

So here’s how I like to use the texture powders…

Shake a decent amount onto a dry braid. Don’t put it on wet hair. Don’t worry about it looking like a George Washington wig… it fully blends/disappears with the next step.

Once you apply your light layer of texture powder, tap, tap, tap it into your braid. You’ll see your visible powder magically disappear.

Now pull the loops of your braid and that’s it. No, joke it’s that easy. There’s no crazy skill involved. You’ll just instantly have fuller braids that won’t slip out of place while you’re pulling on them to get volume.

There are many brands making texture powders now and here are some of my current faves…

  1. OSiS- Dust It
  2. Bumble & bumble.- Pret-A-Powder
  3. Batiste- XXL Plumping Powder
  4. Big Sexy Hair- Powder Play

Seriously though, if you’re having trouble getting big braids, invest in one of these little game changing bottles! This isn’t the same as a dry shampoo so don’t get them confused! If you do this, hashtag your photo with #TBDbigbraids so we can see yours!