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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!

SUMMER BRAID 1

photos/post/graphics: Kristin Ess

Happy Saturday, friends! A week or so ago I had posted a photo of this braid on instgram and it got a ton of tutorial requests so, here it is. It looks pretty complicated but it’s pretty simple if you know how to do a basic french braid and a simple fishtail braid. This is such a go-to braid for summer because it gets the hair off your back and neck but still looks super fancy and fun. Okay, here are the 8 steps…

  1. Create a side part first. Then on the heavier side, clip up a section of hair about the size you see in photo 1. You’ll save that for later to create your fishtail.
  2. Start in the back behind one of your ears and french braid all the way across to the opposite shoulder.
  3. Once you get to the shoulder, turn the french braid into a regular braid that will fall in front of your shoulder.
  4. Next, take down the clipped up section and create a basic fishtail braid. Secure it with a small clear elastic when you’re done.
  5. Take the fishtail and wrap it around your head toward the back. Tuck it into the french braid and pull the tail through (see photo 5)
  6. Now take the tail of the fishtail that may be hanging out and work it into the french braid. Pin it in place.
  7. Gently pull the fishtail braid and the french braid apart to give it a little more texture and softeness. I love to spray my braid lightly with a soft ocean spray like Wella Ocean Spritz before I pull it apart. It gives it a little extra hold so I don’t end up unraveling my whole braid.
  8. Pull out some pieces out around the front to give it a more romantic feel (optional), then do a veil of fine mist hair spray like Oribe Superfine or Elnett.

If you have super clean hair to start, you may want to massage a little water-based pomade into the root and through the middle. That’s my favorite technique for anyone with freshly washed hair. Try Redken Rough Paste or treat yo’self to my ultimate fave Rough Luxury from Oribe. Those are my two go-to pomades.

THE BRAID PARADE

all photos by Kristin Ess

Correct me if I’m wrong, but Instagram was created just for posting braids, right? Okay maybe not but at least that’s what I like to use mine for. Today’s post is less about a tutorial and more a gallery of good good. I thought it would be fun to upload my favorite braid posts from my page so they’re all here in one spot. These aren’t photos that we’ve done TBD tutorials for but many of them can be done using one tutorial + another, which I will specify. I love using these photos for reference when a client is going somewhere fun like a wedding, event or even a hot date. There will be a short breakdown of how I got each look underneath each photo. Most of these are braids I did on friends, sisters, clients, co-workers, etc so may not be the easiest to do on yourself. Show one of these to your best braider friend or hairstylist and let them do their magic! Sound the horns, here comes the braid parade…

This was done on super long hair. First, I sprayed damp hair with beach spray, roughly blowdried it and made two regular fishtail braids. Then I pulled them apart to soften the look and wrapped them into a large bun in back. I used large hairpins and bobbypins to secure.

This one looks complicated but it’s not at all. I  blew the hair dry with a side part, added some waves with a 1 1/4″ barrel curling iron (this will give the braid more volume and texture), did a regular french braid going from the side with less hair crossing the back and down into a regular braid. Then did a regular fishtail on the heavier side and tucked it in and pinned it to the french braid.

Doesn’t this look complicated? It’s totally knot. Ha. Get it!? Okaaaay. Prep damp hair with some beach spray. Take two pieces and tie them into a loose knot and add a bobbypin at the middle where you tied the knot. Do the same thing with the next two new pieces (you take new pieces each time, the way you would with a french braid). Then the next two. Then the next two, etc… I would let mine be messy and each knot be slightly off center to make it look a little cooler.

I mean, let’s be honest… this just looks extra cool because my friend has purple hair. I did a one sided french braid just like the one we did HERE.

This one is fun because the messier the better. Blow dry the hair with mousse. Again, I like to give it some curl to give the braids volume and texture before I actually start braiding, so here I used a 1 1/4″ iron to wave it up before I styled it. Do a french fishtail on each side, bring them together and twist them around each other in the back, then roll them into a bun. I used no specific technique for this part, just rolled it, unrolled it, rolled it back up and pinned it when I thought it looked pretty/balanced. Use large bobby pins and strong holding hairspray to secure! If you have trouble with bobby pins sliding out, try spraying the pin with hairspray before you insert it, that will help!

I did this for Lauren on one of our Kohl’s shoots and it’s my favorite! I prepped the hair by blowing it dry with a volumizing mousse. It’s just two inside-out (somewhat loose/messy) french braids that get pinned into a low fun bun. I pulled out a couple of loose pieces and gave them a little bend with a beveled flat iron.

SO CUTE! This is such a fun topknot and looks a little different than the average one. Make a high ponytail on top of the head, use a little waterbased pomade to get better hold, do a regular fishtail, then coil it into a bun and pin! Hairspray was key with this one to keep it from loosening up.

This is obviously for a fun occasion like a football game, soccer game, whatever sport you like, it would be fun to do it with your colors. I applied the chalk to large sections of damp hair (do it on dry hair if you’re blonde so it won’t stain), then did two dutch braids and pinned them as I went along into a curved shape. As it dries, the chalk becomes more apparent.

If you’re a bad a** braider, then you’ll probably have no problem doing these but like I said up top, these are likely going to be braids you’ll want to enlist a beauty/braid loving bestie to help you out with. If you try any don’t forget to TAG US, duh. @thebeautydept on the gram. Also follow me + Amy Nadine on our personal instagram accounts for extra behind the scenes beauty photos like these! I’m @Kristin_Ess and Amy Nadine is @AmyNadine13!

KNOT TIE UPDO FOR SHORT HAIR

As we mentioned a few hair posts ago, we’ll be cranking out some short/medium bob-length hairstyles. This is one of my favorites if you’re wearing something with a collar and you want to “lift” the hair up off your neck. You can definitely wear it regardless of the neckline on your dress/top but if pulling your hair up is the focus, keep this trick in your back pocket! I’ve broken it down into 3 sections to try and make it less complicated.

PART 1: Rough it up a little.

In these first four steps, you’re just adding some texture so the hair isn’t too soft. When short hair is super soft, the bobby pins will slip and the updo will slowly (or worse– quickly) fall apart. Here’s how we do that…

  1. Start with clean dry hair. If you have a little wave in your natural texture, let it be. It’s useful for this updo. If your hair is naturally pin-straight, you may want to add a little quick wave with a curling iron, wand or flat iron. If you hair is curly, leave it! This can totally be done on curly hair.
  2. Spray a bit of beach spray or texture spray all over, focusing on the root area. Make sure it’s not a product that feels too “crunchy” or sticky! You don’t want to have trouble pulling it apart as you put it up. It should be soft to the touch. Here we used THIS ONE from L’oreal, which worked really well and still felt soft.
  3. Use your fingers to build the hair up. Scrunch and massage the root until the spray dries.
  4. Twist some of the pieces to give it even a little more texture.

 

PART 2: Twist it up!

  1. Create a diagonal part. It’s good to do this so you get a slightly more even distribution of hair on each side.
  2. Section off the heavier side and clip it forward to save it for the “knot” portion.
  3. Now you’re going to start twisting the side with less hair. Start near the ear and work your way back and up!
  4. Keep twisting! Add some pins as you go to secure the twist.
  5. Once you’ve twisted it all you can twist, you’re going to need to tuck the ends.
  6. Loop it back around as you see in photo 6 and tuck the tail of your twist back into the lower part of the twist and pin.
  7. You’re probably always going to have some short hairs fall out of the back when putting up bob-length hair. For that I always keep some of THIS around. It’s like liquid glue (not in a bad way). It’s just a really strong and will secure those hairs that fall out, no problem.

PART 3: Knotty, knotty!

  1. Now let’s go back to the front section. Pretend you’re going to do a french braid along your hairline. Instead of taking 3 pieces, take just two. Tie them together once.
  2. Now add a piece to each side, the same way you would with a french braid.
  3. Now tie that together!
  4. Keep going and adding hair to each section as you go.
  5. Once you get just above the ear, you can stop.
  6. Twist the ends and tuck it into the back twist. Secure it with a bobby pin and spray it with a light veil of hairspray.

Check it in the mirror from all sides. Loosen up some bits if you want to make it feel a bit more soft and natural. If you try it, we of course want to see it! Tag us in your photo @thebeautydept on Instagram!