Posts Tagged ‘fine hair’




Let’s have a real talk moment, please. The two photos above are of the same person. The top photo is nice, normal/fine, everyday hair while the bottom hair is what I like to call “internet hair”. You know what I’m talking about– the type of hair that’s totally attainable but not at all realistic for every moment of every day. “Internet hair” takes work! In this post I’m going to give you my top !!! ways of making your everyday hair into thicker, fuller, epic hair, even if it is just for a special event, an instagram pic or your own blog! Sounds silly but you’d be surprised at how often I get a request for “more photogenic hair”.

  1. First things first, if your hair is fine and limp, you’ll need some extensions. That’s just the way it is. We use them on photoshoots and if you’re trying to pump up your hair, extensions are the way to go. You can either do some TAPE-INS or you can grab some CLIP-IN TRACKS. Make sure they have demensional color, meaning some highlights and lowlights. Variation in the colors will give your hair more dimension and will allow the texture to show up more.
  2. Prepping your hair with product is essential. I’m a less is more kinda gal when it comes to products on a daily basis, but for this type of hair there’s no way around it. You need product support here. I like to use a volumizing mousse, like LIVING PROOF FULL THICKENING MOUSSE or ORIBE GRANDIOSE (at the ROOT only). Neither of these two have ever felt “sticky” in my hair or in my clients’ hair. They give volume without feeling product-y.
  3. Next up I spray ORIBE THICKENING SPRAY from middle to ends. You can skip the mousse and use this at the root if you want but I prefer the strength of the mousse at the root.
  4. I flip the hair back and forth and upside down while blowdrying because I like to get the hair up off of the root so it’s not laying flat against the head. I also don’t round brush a lot because it smooths the hair too much and I want all the volume I can get. I round brush the bangs or the hairline and maybe a tiny section at the crown, just to remove wave pattern or cowlicks.
  5. If you plan on parting to the side, use THIS VOLUMIZING TRICK from our previous post! It is SO helpful for side parting with volume.
  6. A favorite trick of mine is to put the hair in a FUN BUN to cool for 5 or so minutes after you’re done blowdrying. It helps the hair set in a more voluminous way. Then I take it down and curl.
  7. Very important when going for thicker looking hair, switch between the curling iron and the wand LIKE WE DID HERE, or go wand all the way. When you use a curling iron with a clamp, you’re squeezing the hair between two hot plates so it’s technically polishing and also lessening the volume. When you wrap it around a wand, you get fuller, more bouncy voluminous curls because it’s not getting flattened between two hot plates.  If you love the curling iron curls using the clamp, just be aware that they’re not going to be as full as they will if you wrap or wand them! Try to go at least half and half LIKE THIS!
  8. I just started using LIVING PROOF THICKENING CREAM and I’m obbbbbbbsessed. I’m probably using it wrong but yolo. I’ve tried it on the hair when it’s wet as well as using it after it’s dry to style and I LOVE it for that even more than I do on wet hair. In the bottom photo, I scrunched it into the hair instead of using my normal pomade x serum combo.
  9. I like adding a quick shot of tinted dry shampoo like KLORANE  at the root to make sure the hair doesn’t get oily too quickly. That often happens with fine hair!
  10. Finish the hair off using a strong holding DRY hairspray like R+Co Strong Hold FlexibleRedken Triple Take 32, or Sexy Hair Spray + Play HarderThese are my faves for volume because they’re dry and almost powdery when you spray them. They don’t feel wet like a lot of other hairsprays do. These 3 go on dry and hold really well boosting up your hair in a major way.


the beauty department braid paste


Braiding can be a daunting task for even the most nimble fingers. I found something a while back that’s helped me teach people how to braid their own hair. Some super duper helpful stuff called  BRAID PASTE! There are tons of molding pastes on the market, and as I’ve showed you many times before, and I still love/use those as well! But sometimes you have to cocktail a paste with some shine serum because the paste by itself can be a bit too mattifying, causing hair to look a little dull. But braid paste has been helpful on pretty much all hair types when braiding, leaving it shiny but giving it soft hold so the braid doesn’t slip out as you go. Basically the cocktailing of paste and serum are already done for you!

the beauty department braid paste 2


For fine to normal hair: I like to use a pea size dab of paste to start and go back in if I need more. Put it in your palms and warm it up. Go middle to ends and then if you need any up toward the root, just use whatever is left on your hands.

For thick or coarse hair: When I braid thick hair, I usally break it up into two sections to apply paste, otherwise I feel like it gets concentrated in certain places and there’s none in other places. I break it up from ear to ear, horizontally, applying to the bottom half first and then the top half. Depending on the thickness, I would use a pea size or slightly smaller per section. Warm it up in your palms and then apply middle to ends. If you need some at the root just use whatever is remaining on your hands after you apply everywhere else.


braid paste the beauty department


After the paste is on the hair and you’ve done your braid, like a FISHTAIL BRAID, a ROSETTE BRAID or any braid for that matter, you can now loosen it up with ease knowing that the whole thing isn’t going to slip apart as you work some texture into it. It’s just a cool, very helful product to add to your arsenal if you love braiding or if you want to learn how to be a better braider.

Do you have any favorite products for braiding?



Yesterday I was thinking, we really need a way to show each kind of curl. Not the natural curls  that you get from good genes, but the kind you strive for when using your curling iron, wand or even a flat iron. I think this will be helpful moving forward so that when I post hair new tutorials I have a specific post to point to and reference the type curl I’m using to get that hairstyle. In this post, we’re only using a 1″ barrel curling iron because this isn’t about iron size, it’s about curl method and what type of curl each technique produces. Okay, let’s make a “Curl Catalogue”, shall we?

This is the kind of wave you find in our EVERYDAY WAVES video. You start at the top or middle and inch your way down. This is my go-to all time favorite way to curl because it’s so easy and quick. You also get a little extra hold when you start from the middle or top because you’re applying iron heat directly to that portion of the hair, which will help so much with hold. I specifically love this because if you have any frizz, the clamp, which is also hot, presses the hair to seal both sides, unlike a wand where you would have one side open (but we’ll get to that below).

This is one of my least favorite curling methods for anyone with bob length or longer, and it’s usually the one we’re taught first by our sisters, aunts, grandmas, moms, best friends, etc… when we’re young. You’d think it would make sense to start at the bottom and curl upward, but curling from the ends up puts most of the heat on the ends and very little on the middle which is where we need it most. Long run, this just dries out your ends and curl will fall out much quicker than it will if you use the “middle to ends” method up top. This curl is bottom heavy and will tend to make anything longer than bob length hair look super “triangular”. Know who this IS great for though– women with short hair who want a fuller “roller set” look.

If you like the look of the “Ends to Middle” method above but find that it doesn’t hold, or if you want that Old Hollywood glam vibe, try this one! Curl your hair, then set it with a setting clip and let it cool until all of the heat is gone and the hair is cold to the touch. I still like to start in the middle and inch my way down to the ends so that I can apply direct iron heat to the middle of the hair instead of just frying the ends until the middle gets hot enough. But when you set it and let it cool, you have a much higher chance of it holding the way you want it to.

Hello, heaven. These are the best for shorter hair because you can control where you put the dips + bumps much more than you can with a curling iron. Flat iron waves can be done on any length of hair, as you can see we did it on long hair in this tutorial. It takes a while to learn, but once you get the hang of it, it’s so easy and fast.

This is an amazing technique for all our natural texture girls or anyone who wants to spend a day away from their naturally curly hair. I have some clients who have beautiful natural curl, but every once in a great while they want to have curling iron waves, too! Using a flat iron to curl means you’re pressing the hair from both sides, eliminating puffiness or chance of frizz while you curl. It’s not something I recommend doing every day, but more on occasion. Pressing heat into your hair from both sides with a powerful flat iron every day could cause dryness, in my opinion. But then again so can any hot tool so just be mindful! If you don’t need the additional heat, then try the curling iron method at the top “Curling Middle to Ends”.

Okay, the WAND! People love a wand. The best thing about a wand is that you’re going to get lots of volume. There’s nothing pressing on the other side (like a clamp) so the hair can stay full even while being curled. In other words, it’s not being “smashed” against the hot barrel. With this method, you can see that the hair is being wrapped flat against the barrel with no twisting. The effect is a very pattern-y curl once it’s brushed out. This is my favorite for fine hair who wants voluminous waves! To keep the hair flat against the iron, you’ll have to adjust your hands each time you go around the iron, otherwise the hair will naturally want to twist around the barrel. Practice with the wand off first!

Wand way number 2! Love this for anyone trying to refine a natural curl. Twist the hair before you wrap it. Not super tight, and make sure you twist the direction of the natural curl pattern. Wrap it around the wand, release, and then gently pull and fatten it up with your fingers. I love this because the pattern, much like natural curl, isn’t exact. It’s a little tighter in one spot and a little looser in another. This is great for wavy girls who have an unruly patch of frizz.

This method is going to give you a more “boho-y” look all over. You’ll get a curling iron-like pattern up top and loose, tousled waves at the bottom. I love this for super long hair or anyone with really thick hair. Start by flat-wrapping at the top, then when you get to the middle, don’t let go of the hair, just keep wrapping and it will naturally coil.

Last but not least, the mermaid-making 3-prong iron. This is also called a waving iron. You can definitely see the pattern it makes. It’s almost like a larger, rounder crimper. Whenever I used this, I like to switch up my angles. So for example– I will press it perfectly horizontal and then move down a section and do it slightly diagonal. This makes the pattern look a little more natural and breaks up the crimped look. I would use this if I was attending a beach wedding and wanted to channel Daryl Hannah from Splash.


Okay, now spill it! Which one is your favorite method and what type of hair do you have? Would love to hear about it in the comments below because your feedback could greatly help another reader who is trying to find their new favorite…  (more…)


graphic design: Eunice Chun written by Sarah St. Lifer

Written by Sarah St. Lifer, Graphic Design by Eunice Chun

If you ever catch us tossing a lucky penny into a fountain, you can bet we’re wishing for one of two things: world peace or perfect beach waves. The truth is, both take a lot of work — the latter being the bane of our beauty existence. Not all hair types are created equal, so one potion could be the difference between a big ‘ol salty mess, or the glass slipper to your Cinderella coiff. Being tress-obsessed, we took it upon ourselves to get to the root of the issue. Here, you’ll find our top 8 sprays for achieving summer-prefect beach waves. Doesn’t matter if you’re hundreds of miles or mere minutes from the sand, these products are shore to please! Just define your ‘do (fine, kinky, fizzy, etc.) and dive in.

Added bonus: If you don’t meet your potion prince today, don’t fret! We’ll be doing a beach waves tutorial along with our own DIY formula next week!

1. For straight hair: Wella Professionals’ Ocean Spritz Beach Texture Hair Spray (Ulta)

For those of you with sleek strands, it’s almost inevitable that you’ll overcompensate with wave-promising sprays. But, the end result is always the same: stiff and crunchy chunks — totally the opposite of your effortless efforts! Less is more with Wella’s version: spritz on damp hair from scalp to ends on day one, then again just at the top for day two. Curling iron entirely optional! This spray also softens with a little heat from the blowdryer in case you accidentally over do it.

2. For wavy hair: Oribe Apres Beach Waves and Shine Hairspray (Neiman Marcus)

The continuous props from pros around the globe don’t lie: stylists swear by Oribe’s rich extracts and exotic oils, whether it be for an event or an editorial shoot. If you’re already rocking tousled wavy tresses, but need extra oomph, shake your head and apply a light mist to your layers. For those searching for bombshell status, add tiny bit more at the tips. Though pricey, this stuff delivers. It comes in travel size if you’re just looking to get your feet wet or not quite ready to take the full plunge into a whole bottle.

3. For curly/kinky hair: Ouidad Wave Create Sea Spray (Ouidad)

Give those natural curls the definition they deserve! With textured tresses, you really can’t go wrong with any of Ouidad’s products — they hold, but the weight never interferes with the natural curl pattern. And, the brand’s Marine Complex of natural seawater and mineral-rich sea salt crystals lends that authentic beachside look, while locking in the shape with plant-derived humectants. Did we mention the vitamin-rich seaweed and algae extracts that nourish and moisturize? Yeah, this is basically a miracle in a bottle for curly girls wanting beachy texture!

4. For fine hair: Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray (Wal Mart)

Need to give you fine hair new life? Rather than investing in extensions, consider this cheaper option instead! Sure, a few sprays post-shower will do the trick, but for best results apply all over your mane before your head hits the pillow. Combined with a top knot, this brings a whole new meaning to the phrase “beauty sleep”!

5. For treated/damaged hair: Sachajuan Ocean Mist (Sephora)

Colored, relaxed, or permed, chemically treated hair needs a little extra TLC. If your mane won’t cooperate, spray this on when the hair is slightly damp. Sure, we were satisfied with the results when we let it air-dry, but a diffuser really did the trick. On low heat, point the nozzle at your roots for just a few seconds. Then, comb your fingers from the crown to the tips.

6. For lazy girls: Victoria’s Secret Beach Hair Wave Spray (Victoria’s Secret)

If we told you that just a few pumps of this product — no curling iron, no gel — would give you Gisele-worthy waves, would you believe us? Not only does this $12 bottle live up to hype, the clean scent isn’t overwhelming, and the blend of buriti oil and sunflower seed extract helps protect hair from UV damage. All for one, and one for all!

7. For hair that needs volume: Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray (Bumble & Bumble)

Uh oh. Did you wake up to a bad hair day? No worries, Bumble & Bumble’s Surf Spray is the ultimate problem solver. Just spritz some of this sandy-smelling product on your paddle brush and comb trough, teasing the crown. It’s low-maintenance and smells like you were just in Malibu.

8. For frizzy hair: Frederic Fekkai Summer Hair Beach Waves (Frederic Fekkai)

Let us introduce you to the product that works best on bone-dry tresses: Frederic Fekkai’sSummer Hair Beach Waves. Even though we were hesitant at first, the formula didn’t leave a single trace of grease and stayed put for hours. It’s as if you used a gel, but totally lightweight and non-sticky. Score!

Do you have a favorite beach spray? If you found the perfect product for summer time waves, please spill it below!