Posts Tagged ‘easy updo’




Wedding season is fast approaching and we want to make sure you’re prepared for bridesmaid battle! That means no struggles with your hair on the day of your friend’s big day. This is one of those tutorials you should bookmark, pin, save, frame, WHATEVER. Just keep it in your back pocket as a go to hairstyle for weddings, events and hot dates (eh hem– Valentine’s Day?). Here’s how to get this gorgeousness on your own hair.

quick easy bridesmaid hair 1 the beauty department

  1. Prep clean dry hair by giving it a little bend on the ends using a 1 1/4″ curling iron. The bend will help you tuck in the ends when you get toward the last steps. (In other words: you know how sometimes little straight pieces want to pop out? Curling them under helps!)
  2. Part the hair wherever you’d like it in the front. You can do middle or sides. For this, we went with the middle because it’s creates two even braids, but a small braid and a large braid could look very cute as well! Continue the part all the way down to the nape of the neck. Once the hair is divided, create your first braid. This one will be a regular french braid. Secure with a clear elastic.
  3. On the other side, you’re going to do an inside-out french braid which is the same thing– you just direct the pieces under instead of over as you braid. Secure with a clear elastic.
  4. Use a texture powder to fatten up your braids if you need them to be bigger! (SEE TEXTURE POWDER BELOW)
  5. Take your regular french braid piece from the left and cross it over to the right. Tuck the tail of your braid into the braid on the right and pin it using a large bobby pin. A lot of people will ask how this is done and the best thing I can say is, just tuck it in there and blend it. I usually feed the tail into the other braid until I find it’s in a comfortable spot. It shouldn’t be hard, especially if you’ve fattened up your braids first. The bulk of the braids will hide the tail well.
  6. Once you’ve pinned that, do the same to the other side. Cross it over, bend it under and pin it!
  7. Here we left the tail out so you can see which direction she folded the hair.
  8. Now simply tuck that piece down into the base of the braid, keeping it close to the scalp.
  9. Use a hand mirror to check your proportions from the back and sides. Use a light holding hairspray to tuck down any flyways if you need to!

big braid tutorial the beauty department

TEXTURE POWDER: This is something I love because some of us have fine hair and want it to look MUCH thicker. The best part about texture powder is, it’s so easy. If you can sprinkle salt and pepper, you can do this. You just shake a little out onto your braid, then spread the braid out with your fingers. As you loosen it, the braid will stay together and bulk up instead of falling apart like it usually does when you do this without texture powder.

My two favorite texture powder must haves are THIS and THIS. There is very little difference between the two, so I just get whichever is in stock. Always good to have a back up favorite!

If you guys try this updo, we would love to see it! Tag us @thebeautydept on insta, kay!??!!


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!


photo + post: Kristin Ess

Listen up brides + bridesmaids! Our own hair guru, Kristin Ess, has teamed up with everyone’s favorite wedding wonderland Style Me Pretty to bring you monthly hair posts! You can check out this first beauty right here


As you may know, the Teen Choice Awards were last Sunday. The radiant Nikki Reed went for full Boho beauty and here’s how I got the look:

  • First, we added waves to Nikki’s hair for texture. To get waves, follow THIS.
  • The night before, I pre-made a fishtail braid using an individual clip-in extension. I sewed it to a strip of elastic chord to create a braided headband that would match the golden brown tones in Nikki’s hair exactly.
  • Next, I put the headband around her head and tied it together in the back at the bottom, securing all the way around with small brown bobby pins.
  • I then tucked her hair up in to the headband in back until it created a texture-y chignon shape.
  • Last I secured the tucked hair with large bobby pins to make sure it wouldn’t slide out of the headband. I let the pieces around the face fall out for softness and lightly sprayed all over with a medium holding hairspray so it would still move.

It’s literally one of the easiest updos and always a big hit! It’s AWESOME for short hair because you don’t need much length to tuck the hair into the back of the headband. (Spoiler alert: This is one of our short hair video tutorials coming up!) Always take a couple extra bobby pins with you when you go out just in case  any pieces come loose.