Posts Tagged ‘flat iron waves’




Cultivating the perfect look with a headscarf can be as much a challenge as getting through the long days leading up to a holiday weekend! But we gotchoo- once you’ve read through this tutorial, you’ll be closer to locking down both tasks. Scarves are a such chic way to add color and pattern to your poolside ensemble, protect your locks from unnecessary UV rays, and are oh-so-versatile. The trick is tying them up in a way that doesn’t look too contrived or costume-like (unless it’s a THEMED Fourth of July party…we feel like Rosie the Riveter would be a big hit…) Creating great texture on hair left down or pulled into a tousled updo are key to keeping the look modern, so we put together two beginner looks to show you how:

scarf hair tutorial the beauty department

  1. Our first look works on a variety of hair types, but you’ll need a little length to play with– at least a lob. THIS is a great way to encourage natural waves and curls for texture! We begin by folding THIS SCARF into a triangle, then twist it into a long, lean silhouette, like a headband.
  2. Center the scarf across the front of your hair, playing with placement until you’re happy with the amount of hair framing the face and the position of the scarf OVER the top layer of your hair (see photo). Tuck in the tip of the triangle in the front center that may peeking out.
  3. Tie into a knot at the nape of your neck.
  4. Begin wrapping the underneath hair from one side up and into the twisted scarf, tucking as you go.
  5. Continue tucking hair until you reach the other side.
  6. Now you can make any adjustments to the final look – we pulled out a few wayward curls here and there to enhance the free-spirited vibes of the style.

The final look. Someone get this girl to a backyard BBQ, stat!

scarves hair the beauty dept


hair scarf tutorial

  1. Our second look works great over soft FLAT IRON WAVES. Begin with your scarf. Here we used THIS ONE folded into a triangle.
  2. Lay the triangle on the top of your head, with the point of the triangle laying on your forehead, then wrap the two back corners around to the front and tie once, over the triangle (see photo).
  3. Tuck the tip of the triangle into the previously tied portion.
  4. Tie a final knot over the previous one. Then you can move the scarf around a little until you’re happy with the placement. Tuck in any corners that might be too square on the sides.

The final look. This KWEEEEN is Palm Springs pool party ready!

scarf hair how to

These are just two looks to get your creative energy flowing, but there are surely many more possibilities! Don’t forget to tag us on INSTA @thebeautydept if you have a fun way t0 wear your fave scarf!


photos: kristin ess, post: jessica swanson

photos: kristin ess, post: jessica swanson

So, you can knock out a full set of curling wand waves with one gloved finger tied behind your back? You still had time to ace that smokey eye after finishing bestie’s pull-through braid for Prom? Girl, we know you’re always up for a challenge, so we’re presenting to you our fave flat iron wave tutorial. There’s something just right about the look… not too precious or coiled, with subtle movement for manes both long and short. There might be several versions of flat iron waves out there, but this one gives us life! Here’s how to make it happen:

Before beginning, we prepped towel-dried hair with THICKENING SPRAY, then blow dried straight. This thickening spray helps to create the right amount of texture and a soft, sustainable hold. Keep in mind that once you’ve nailed your technique, it can also be an ideal way to touch up air-dried waves, or can be worked in with OTHER waving techniques.

Before things get heated, take a few minutes to practice with a BEVELED FLAT IRON while it’s still turned off (uh, ps: it’s on SALE! and it’s never on sale!). It’s important that you get the hang of the motions before adding heat, as this trusty iron has only one temperature setting. You’ll want to hit each section only once or twice at the most to avoid heat damage. The beveled edges of the iron are crucial for creating smooth waves, and help to avoid creating kinks in the hair. If you need more guidance on the steps below, go check out our instagram post right here!

flat iron wave tutorial the beauty dept

  1. To begin, hold a section of hair out from your head, and insert the flat iron at a diagonal, just below your scalp. Your waves will have natural, realistic movement if they are created diagonally towards or away from your face, or a mixture of the two. Gently close the iron as you curve it up and back down to form an arc.
  2. Because these waves are created using heat and tension, you’ll need to use a flat finger to hold the form of the previous arc, while you pull in the opposite direction to make your next wave. If your hair tends to slip, use two fingers to scissor the section instead. The second bend will be going the opposite direction, as we are creating alternating peaks and valleys. Just below the first arc, bend the iron down towards your head, then curve back up and release.
  3. complete the wave pattern that now should be visible with another arc curving away from the head, holding the previous bend for tension. You may have more length to wave here, but on this LOB we have reached the finish line!
  4. Slowly tap through the ends instead of bending them inward or too far outward to create a cool, modern finish.

To add just the right level of soft hold and enhance waves, we added a light veil of SOFT BEACH WAVE SPRAY, which while pricey, is just straight up the best! They also have a travel size available if you’re the type to dip your toes first. To truly nail the final look above, try THIS little hair hack after you apply your beach wave spray.

You’re ready to roll out! But maybe hide how good you are at this? Your girls are going to swarm, no doubt.

Don’t forget to tag us when you work those waves! @thebeautydept on insta.




There’s something about relaxed, undone waves on shorter lengths that just feels incredibly chic. It might be on of the most popular inquiries on my instagram when I post hair photos. I get asked what products I use, what curling iron size I use and what my secret is for this look. It’s a combination of those 3 things and I’m going to take you through it. kristin ess waves

The first thing you’re going to want to do is curl your hair with THIS CURLING IRON. It’s a 1″ spring barrel and it’s pretty straight forward. If you need help with your iron waving technique, SEE THIS VIDEO. We also used THIS THICKENNG SPRAY on Nora’s hair before drying because it helps to create thickness and longer lasting hold in fine hair, but that’s optional for you. I personally have longer hair that holds curl well, so I don’t typically prep with that when I do this on myself, but totally up to you based on your hair type!

the beauty department short hair waves

Repeat the same wave on both sides and around the back. Curl away from the face. I usually avoid curling underneath in the back all together to avoid that bulky look. I typically just do the top 2 inches of hair that fall over the back. (Time saver alert!! ha!)

wave tutorial short hair

Now you’re going to have something like this. Some people will prefer this and that’s totally cute if you’re into a more defined curl. However this tutorial is all about that relaxed, subtle looking wave, so we carry on…

loose waves trick the beauty dept

Next step, take your flat iron (as you may already know, I greatly prefer THIS FLATIRON), very gently and quickly tap, tap, tap the wave from about an inch away from your roots, all the way to the bottom. If you need an in-action visual on how to tap, see my INSTAGRAM VIDEO for help. If you quickly tap the curl up and down the head it will soften the wave and flatten it out, just the right amount! Don’t go overboard with tapping, it’s subtle!

beauty department flat iron waves


Your final look after tapping should be similar to this! Once you’re all tapped out, I like to add a little pomade/serum combo for separation. Here, Nora used THIS POMADE and THIS SERUM together. A pea-sized dab of pomade and a pea sized dab of serum. Rub them together in your palms until they’re blended. Then rub this product cocktail in at the root and work your way down to the ends. Last but not least, add a spritz or two or three of your favorite hairspray. Here we used THIS!

Okay so your list of tools one more time, just in case:

I do this trick on long hair and short hair, thick hair and thin hair! It’s the quickest, easiest way to get this wave and we hope you try it out! Don’t forget to tag us in your photo on our INSTAGRAM if you do!




Hi bob + lob lovers! We’ve done a few tutorials, like THIS, THIS and THIS for you guys but I realized that we don’t have anything for the “uncoordinated” (as you often refer to yourselves in your emails)! So… we have to fix that. These are great for girls on the go who are rushing to work or trying to switch it up after work before heading out to dinner or on a date! All 3 of these can be mastered with little to no hairstyling skills. I snapped a quick photo down below of all the tools + products we used so you could see them! Let’s peep these looks…

bob lob styling the beauty dept short hair

This is simply a half-up, twisted bun, but we let the ends fall out. Start with your natural wave. If you don’t have natural wave, add some! Prep your hair before creating the bun by letting your natural wave air dry or you can use a 1″ barrell Hot Tools curling iron or you can do {flat iron waves} using the GHD 1″ classic styler.

  • Spray in a little Love + Salt wave spray and scrunch.
  • Pull half the hair up and twist into a bun. Insert your bobbypins. {OMG how gorge are these rose gold bobby pins!?}
  • Finish off with a veil of strong holding hairspray to keep it from unraveling. Here we used THIS ONE to get serious hold without any crunchhhhh.

work hair bob lob the beauty dept

This is exactly what it looks like! Two sparkly hair pins holding one half-up section together. Prep wet hair using Sexy Hair Soy Leave-In conditioner on the ends and Redken Hot Sets at the root. We used this Elchim blowdryer with a nozzle + this Ibiza round brush to give the hair a little lift at the root.

  • Once the hair is dry, we smoothed through very quickly {optional} using our GHD flatiron.
  • Gather a thin section and pull it back to create your half-up look.
  • Add one bobby pin on one side of the section and the other on the opposite side. It double inforces and looks cute! Here we used these sparkly bobbies!
  • Tip: Spritz a little Sexy Hair Spray + Play Harder inside the bobby to get it stay put!

short hair styling the beauty department

Last but not least the faux bang! This has been around for ages but I think we forget about how much it can change your look! It’s such an easy ‘do!

  • Prep wet hair using Oribe Grandiose Mousse then rough dry or air dry. If your hair has a little wave or curl, leave it!
  • Create a deep side part using your tail comb
  • Spray a little Oribe Dry Texture into the bang area.
  • Add a little Sexy Hair Spray + Play Harder to the inside of your bobby pin.
  • Swoop a piece over and pin!
  • Add a little more dry texture and gently pull at the bang area until you feel the bang looks right.
  • To create additional texture in straight hair, we used a pea size dab of Redken Rough Paste 12. Warm it up in the palm of your hands and work it into the root. Drag whatever is left on your hands through the middle and ends.
  • Add a little hairspray to hold the bang in place if you feel the need!

short hair styling beauty department dept

  1. Elchim Blowdryer
  2. Bobbypins 
  3. Ibiza Round Brush (medium)
  4. Love + Salt beach spray
  5. Hot Tools 1″ spring iron
  6. flash bobbypin set
  7. Oribe Dry Texture
  8. Redken Rough Paste 12
  9. Tail comb
  10. Redken Hot Sets
  11. GHD flat iron
  12. Sexy Hair Soy Tri-Wheat Leave-In
  13. Oribe Grandiose Mousse
  14. Sexy Hair Spray + Play Harder

{And in case you’re on the hunt for this gorgeous blouse, you can find that right HERE!}