Posts Tagged ‘french’

SOFTENING UP A WAVY BOB

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Ooh la la! As mentioned many other times here on TBD, I have always found major hair styling inspiration in the perfectly undone style of French women, particularly French women in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. I mean, to be fair, I find lots of inspo in many types of women, but there’s something very special about how effortless women in France look just strolling around casually – as if they’ve carried this look on for generations. The look, of course, is totally polished – but never like they’re trying too hard. If you’re jonesing for a perfectly undone way to style your bob, try this trick (which ironically, totally and completely involves effort).  

Let’s begin with a few key tools:

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  1. Spritz your THICKENING SPRAY or apply MOUSSE  on damp strands and blowdry. We used a THIS round brush for added volume.
  2. Begin curling hair in alternating horizontal sections with a curling iron. The size of the section should correlate to the size of the iron. We used THIS 1” iron on Nora’s bob. For medium lengths, use a 1 1/4″ or 1 1/2″ for long hair. Insert the iron into the section midway, roll down to the root and then gently open and close the barrel just a little as you continue to rotate it, which slowly feeds the ends into the barrel. This technique creates volume at the root, rather than just the ends. After releasing the curl, gently roll it back into place and insert a setting clip.  
  3. The sections on either side of the part are curled downward, towards the face.
  4. As we move down the side of the head in vertical sections, we alternate directions – this curl placement is up away from the face.
  5. Once you reach the crown of your head (the top few inches of hair that will fall over the back), curl these pieces horizontally back, as shown in the image. Make sure you hold the section straight up from the scalp for maximum volume before inserting the iron.
  6. Once the front of your hair and crown are curled and clipped, curl the back in the same manner, but don’t worry about clipping it in place. The back of your head has more hair than the sides, so if the underneath hair is less curly, the overall look is more uniform.
  7. Remove setting clips in the same order you put them in.
  8. Lift your hair up in sections and add in some texture spray like THIS one to give it a little lift off the root.
  9. MY SECRET: grab the DIFFUSER and set it to low heat, medium wind. Begin flipping your hair around while inserting the blowdryer from ends to roots. Just hold for a moment, then move on to the next section. The goal here is for the heat to break up any patterns, giving you a more undone look.
  10. Once you’ve diffused, you’ll be left with soft, alternating waves without a distinct pattern. Give it a light veil of hairspray if you need it!

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**The finished look from the profile. A subtle, bouncy wave that’s not too curly or cutesy. This technique works great on long-haired girls too! Just make sure to use a larger curling iron. It’s a gorgeous way to fake a pro blowout.

Don’t forget to tag us @thebeautydept in your pics on INSTA when you’re flipping your soft waves back and forth!

POINT à POINT

photos/post: Kristin Ess nail art: Kimberly Hong

It’s good to change things up every now and then. Today let’s have a some fun with the classic French mani, shall OUI!? We’re simply adding two rows of cute little dots below the classic French manicure line. Simple enough, right? Get out your dotting tool and let’s get started! (more…)

BACK TO BASICS

Hope everyone had a great Halloween! We’re looking at all of the photos you posted on twitter and we are SO impressed!

Today’s video was created for those of you who haven’t mastered the good ol’ french braid yet. It’s a tricky little thing. Hopefully this visual will help you understand it better. (more…)

NAILED IT!

 

photos: lauren conrad + thebeautydepartment.com  post desgined by kristin ess

Last week we asked you whether you preferred a traditional french manicure with white tips or a new take on the classic style. To say the results were close is an understatement. Over 25,000 of you voted and the traditional french manicure won by only 7 votes! So as promised, here are step-by-step instructions on how you can achieve this lovely look at home.

TOOLS

White polish

sheer pale pink polish

clear top coat

small paint brush

nail polish remover

STEPS

Don’t be frustrated if this doesn’t turn out flawless on your first attempt.  It can be a little tricky, so just have fun with it and practice!

1. Start with clean, bare nails that have been filed.

2. Using the white polish, paint the ends of your nails slightly thicker than you would like the white tips to be.  Don’t worry about being too exact. Depending on the polish you may need to apply 2 coats to achieve solid white tips.

3. Let the whites air dry for a few minutes before starting the next step.

4.  Dip your paint brush in nail polish remover and drag it along the inside of the white strip you have painted. Remember to mimic the shape of your nail with a slight curve. You will have to repeat this several times to get a smooth line. Slowly thin the line out until it is the width you like. Continue this on each nail, trying to keep the width of the white tip consistent. Note: Even with a lot of practice, your right hand can be difficult to do (or your left hand if you are left handed).  This step might require a little help from a friend. Manicure party!

4.  Once you are satisfied with your tips, apply one coat of pale pink polish over the entire nail.  It is best to use a more sheer polish for a more natural look.

5. Add a clear top coat and your done!

Let us know how it goes! We love getting your pictures. Also, if you want to have a little more fun with this manicure, you can swap out the white polish for any color you like.  This week I tried both sage green tips and navy blue tips and loved them.

XO Lauren