Posts Tagged ‘hair chalk’

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!

WHAT A DOLL

A few days ago we posted THIS sweet viddy of the beauty party we threw our favorite littles! So last but not least, we wanted to give you something you can print if you’re planning one throwing one, too. Above you’ll find 3 fun hairstyles and below you’ll find tutorials with instructions below each set of images. We used Barbie® Color Chalk Hair Doll in all 3 of these…

  1. Brush out any tangles in your doll’s hair.
  2. Use the chalk as instructed to color each section. We did a blue section, a pink section and then mixed blue and pink to make a purple section.
  3. Do a regular 3-strand braid on your doll. Tie it off with the small clear elastics that come in the box.

  1. Brush out any tangles in your doll’s hair.
  2. Put the hair in a high ponytail using the small elastic ponytail holders that come in the box.
  3. Chalk the ends of the doll’s hair. We alternated and mixed the colors.
  4. Take a strand of hair and wrap it around the elastic ponytail holder.
  5. Clip it underneath using the various shaped plastic hair clips that come in the box. Here we used the star shape one.

  1. Brush out any tangles in your doll’s hair.
  2. Take one strand from the doll’s right side and use the pink chalk to color it.
  3. Take one strand from the doll’s left side and use the blue chalk to color it.
  4. Join the pieces together in the back of your doll’s head. Tie it off with one of the small elastics that come in the box.
  5. Now flip the ponytail up and over. Loop it through (topsy turvy style).

If you haven’t seen the pretty little movie we made, you can check it out HERE. If you know how to braid, make ponytails or use temporary hair chalk, teach a girl how to use it! Many of us learned these types of things at a young age and turn it into a career later in life. xo

photos/post/graphic design: Kristin Ess

We’ve had the best time making these 2 posts for the girls, which were kindly sponsored by Mattel!

ALL DOLLED UP

 

Having little sisters, nieces and daughters around is the absolute greatest thing. Teaching our lovely littles about hair is a duty we don’t take lightly. We clearly remember that moment when we learned to do a 3 strand braid for the first time, and according to this Instagram post last week, it sounds like you all remember, too! For many of us, learning to do a simple ponytail or basic braid was a perfect place to start. But it’s a new day! Kids see so much more now and they’re very inspired by their glamorous mentors. Today’s reigning red carpet queens often wear colorful strands of pastel through the ends of the hair. Our sisters and nieces wanted in on the action, so we decided to go on beauty duty and create some colorful memories for them. First we showed them how to do temporary hair chalking on their own hair with soft pastels from the art store. Then, we created an outdoor picnic spread and provided each of them with a Barbie® Color Chalk Hair Doll (which comes with it’s own hair chalk applicator). These pretty princesses went. to. town! This was a party they’ll never forget (okay, we’ll never forget). We documented the day and made a little video to share with you called “All Dolled Up”. Hopefully it will inspire you to inspire a little girl in your life. Don’t forget to pass it on.

(this post generously sponsored by the lovely people at Mattel)

CHALK IT UP

photos: Kristin Ess, post designed by Kristin Ess

Last week, we were shooting Lauren’s collection for Kohl’s and at the end of the day, we got our hands on some colorful soft chalks. How can a girl resist when there are pinks + purples involved?? Lauren’s pink cotton candy bun was pretty cute! As you may know, hair chalking has been around for a little while now and it’s a great way to temporarily add color to your locks. Above you see that chalk can create a very similar look to dye without commitment. But… with every action comes a reaction. There are several things you need to know about chalking your hair. Below are some tips + tricks along with some very important advice for before and after…

  • Twist the hair as you chalk. The texture from twisting makes the chalk release more pigment. (more…)