Posts Tagged ‘hair styling’


photos/post: Kristin Ess

photos/sponsored post: Kristin Ess (in collaboration with Pantene)

It feels like every time you walk down the hair aisle at your favorite store, there’s something epic and new, doesn’t it? As a stylist, I think that’s cool, as I’m very into mixing hair and technology. Hair products are always evolving and styling products in particular are constantly one-upping themselves. Never in a million did I think I’d see the day when alcohol-free aerosol hairspray would be a thing. Last month, Pantene introduced just that. It’s called AIRSPRAY and it’s the first alcohol-free aerosol styling product on the market. Needless to say we had to try it to see what it could actually do. We did our own kind of experiment– three-styles-in-two-days kind of experiment. Here’s how that went down…

the beauty department braid pantene airspray
  • First things first, we gave it the undone wave test. This hair was airdried without product, and then we did some loose waves using a 1 1/4″ barrel, then sprayed with THIS HAIRSPRAY. We scrunched it in and loosely broke up the waves using just our fingers, no brush.

pantene airspray x the beauty dept

  • As you can clearly see, separation was good and waves became a bit fuller. The hair didn’t feel product-y at all, but did take a teeny bit longer to evaporate (obvs because there’s no alcohol) but we were down to wait.
pantene airspray the beauty dept
  • Happy to report that after spraying one light veil all over, the hair was still soft to the touch.
the beauty dept braid pantene airspray
  • Our next mane move happens that same day. Sunday evening dinner with girlfranz. The cool thing about AIRSPRAY is that you can layer it without the hair starting to feel “crunchy” or dry.
the beauty department pantene airspray
  • We created a single cornrow down the center of the hair. Once you get to the nape of the neck, tie it off with a clear elastic. (Grab a friend who can braid if you can’t do this part yourself.)
the beauty department airspray pantene
  • Next, join the sides together in a low ponytail and bind it all together using another elastic. Your waves may or may not need another light layer of spray! We did! Still touchable and soft, btw.
thebeautydepartment hair tutorial airspray
  •  Use your tail comb to smooth down any flyaway hairs around your face.

thebeautydepartment pantene alcohol free hairspray

  • Here’s how this looks from the front. I know you want to know! I was very curious about how it would look from the front when we started this. You can hardly see anything which is rad because when you turn around it’s like OH HAIIIII!
 pantene airspray braid bun
  • Okay, now let’s say you have a really long night for one reason or another, ya know? And let’s say Monday morning you have to pull yourself together for work kind of early. Good news is, you can still keep working with this look and you don’t have to wash your hair. YAAAAAY!
the beauty dept airspray braid
  • Take the outside rubberband out but not the second one. Keep the braid in place.
pantene alcohol free aerosol hairspray
  • Take a smoothing brush, spray a little more of that AIRSPRAY goodness on the brush. Now smooth the hair back into a sleek low pony and secure it with an elastic.
thebeautydepartment alcohol free hairspray
  • Add a light mist of spray on to the ponytail and twist.
pantene air spray the beauty department hair tutorial
  • Coil that sleek pony into a bun and secure. Once you’ve done that, you can smooth out any fly-aways using a little more spray.
 pantene airspray thebeautydept

It’s pretty cool that you can keep on keepin’ on with an alcohol-free AIRSPRAY without the fear of major dryness. If you end up trying it or if you already have, tell us what you think! Were you able to layer it? Brush it? Re-style with it? You can also review it on

pantene airspray alcohol-free

Hope you guys enjoyed this tutorial. Which of these 3 looks is your favorite? Considering it’s Valentine’s (0r) Gal-entine’s Day weekend, this could come in extra handy if you have to work on Monday morning, AMIRIGHT?




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!}




As a hairstylist I’m always looking for a favorite new product or tool. Sometimes the thing you end up loving the most was right under your nose the whole time. Undone texture is having a mega moment right now and for the most part we want our FLAT IRON WAVES and CURLING IRON WAVES to look less pattern-y and a bit more natural.

When I discovered my CURRENT FAVORITE PRODUCT for undone texture, it was a total accident. I’ve shared a trick before that involves this spray waaaaay back in 2011, remember? That’s exactly what I was doing– adding a little moisture back into the hair so I could keep curling until I got the texture I wanted. But when I sprayed that superfine mist over the waves and scrunched it in, what I got was a gorgeous diffusion of the waves I had made with the iron. It just took the overly “styled” look away. It’s hard to believe my favorite new trick is simply WATER, but it is. A lot of people are probably wondering if this can be done using a regular spray bottle, but I’ve found that it’s not the same. Regular spray bottles put out too much water at once causing the hair to become too wet which will then cause it to return to it’s natural texture or go flat. There’s definitely a big difference in the fine mist from THIS ONE and any other sprayer.

Above I’ve shown you the finished look. Below are some photos as THE SPRAY is being used. You want to avoid spraying it at the root and focus more from middle to ends. Just a little will do. Then scrunch it in. Avoid pulling on the hair or dragging your fingers through it when it’s wet because you will drag the waves out and flatten your hair.

Here’s the “before hair” with some very subtle waves using a 1 1/2″ barrel iron.

the beauty department bob styling lob styling


Spray a light veil of water, focusing middle to ends and all the way from front to back. Begin scrunching right away.

the beauty dept undone texture


Once you’ve scrunched all the water in, let it air dry. Scrunch a little more if you need to.





style bob lob beauty department

The waves and texture will come together as it air dries. This hair was prepped with MOUSSE when it was wet, before blowdrying. So you’re really using the hold from the mousse as well when you add the EVIAN SPRAY. If you try this, let us know! Would love to hear if you love it as much as we do!


post: Kristin Ess graphic design: Eunice Chun

Did you know a true heart-shaped face has a widow’s peak? True story. The cheek area is slightly wider than the hairline and then drops into a pointed chin. There are no wide-set/squared off corners along the jawline. I think Kourtney Kardashian is a pretty great example of a heart-shaped face (and some super-cute hair dos!) If you have a normal or wide forehead with no widow’s peak which narrows down and goes into a pointed chin, it’s likely that you’re actually an “Inverted Triangle”, which is coming up in the next Hair Talk. Okay, here are the best tips and tricks for you heart shaped beauties…

  • PARTING WITH A WIDOW’S PEAK: You never really want to force a middle part when working with a widow’s peak. If it goes there, naturally then great. Otherwise, try going slighly (even just the tiniest bit) to one side or the other. When you split the hair right down the center with a widow’s peak, it tends to look thinner on each side. Better to thicken it up by going slightly off center. Look at Kourtney in the bottom center photo– it’s allllllmost center but she just pushes the widow’s peak piece over to one side. When you try to go straight down the center, one side typically behaves and the other refuses. Make mornings easier on yourself!
  • DEEP SIDE PART WITH CURLS: I love this looks on a heart shaped face for two reasons. One, it does away with any parting issues caused by a widow’s peak. Two, it opens up the face and features the gorgeous jawline of a heart shaped face. Tuck the less heavy side and let the heavy side fall in front of your shoulders if your hair is long enough.
  • HAIRCUTS: I would say the sky’s the limit for haircuts on a heart-shaped face. Almost anything looks great except heavy bangs or an jaw-length short bob. Short bangs can be really hard to control if you have a widow’s peak and if you have cowlicks on top of that, you definitely want to skip shorter bangs.
  • BRAID AWAY: There’s not much more to this one than the fact that I think this is a super-cute look heart-shaped face girls. It’s a sweet, soft, feminine look that opens up your face.
  • LOTSA LOOSE LAYERS: A piece-y blowout on hair with lots of layers is flattering on a heart-shaped face because it frames the face and makes the face appear a little more oval. Look at Kourtney in the bottom right hand photo, the slight off center parting creates a more oval shape and diffuses the appearance of a widow’s peak almost entirely.
  • UPDOS: Try a voluminous bun or pony. That will balance out the over-all silhouette of a heart-shaped face. Also, don’t go “too full” with your updos. When they’re wider than the hairline, they can actually make the chin look longer/more pointed.

If you have a tip or trick you want to share with other girls who have a heart-shaped face, please feel free to share it below! xo