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PLAIT PARTY!

Spent the last week traveling in Paris, France. Celebrated Bastille Day, had some fancy dinners, and spent some quality time with friends. But boy was it H-O-T. Walking around all day (as we tend to do when traveling) can really make you want to get that hair up and off your back! We made up all kinds of impromptu cute hair styles before going out and about and I thought it would be fun to share some! Here’s how this one is done…

1. Using a 1″ barrel curling iron, add subtle waves to your hair for texture or if you already have waves/curls, skip that. Then apply a dime size dab of waterbased pomade.

2. Decide to which side you want your hair parted in the front. You can part it center or side. We like parting on the side because that creates one “open side” where there’s less hair. The more open side is where you would want to add a beautiful vintage brooch or fresh flowers.

3. Create a 2 or 3″ diagonal section down the back of your head (starting from the crown).

4. Do a classic French braid down the center and secure with a clear elastic. Then loosen it up slightly with your fingers.

5. Create two mini unicorn braids on one side and tuck them into the French braid, securing with small bobby pins. If you don’t know how to do a unicorn braid, learn how HERE.

6. Wrap up your ends into a quick messy bun and spray in place using a firm holding hairspray.

7. On the opposite side of the unicorn braids, create a mini fishtail braid and wrap that around the clear elastic from your French braid near the nape of the neck.

8. Check the back in a hand mirror and secure any strays using bobby pins and/or a firm holding hairspray.

This is such a great updo for travel because it technically requires no heat if you already have a little wave. If you have pin straight hair you can always DO THIS the night before to avoid using a curling iron. Will be back soon with more ideas for summer + travel hair! xo

BRIGITTE BARDOT INSPIRED HAIR

PHOTOS + HOW TO: KRISTIN ESS, GRAPHIC DESIGN: EUNICE CHUN, WRITTEN BY SARAH ST. LIFER

Some things, like croissants, beret hats, and the Eiffel Tower, are just inherently French. But no one in history sums up that je ne sais quoi quite like Brigitte Bardot. The blonde beauty was first and foremost an aspiring ballet dancer, but quickly caught the eye of directors and film crews. In the ’60s and ’70s, the beach babe pioneered an ultra-feminine style that was at once ladylike and playfully innocent.

It goes without saying that her famous hair and makeup helped rocket the doe-eyed darling into style icon status. Her cat-eye liner was so noir, you could probably see it from space (a slight exaggeration, of course!). And, whether she was sunning herself in Saint Tropez or at a swanky soiree, you can bet her tresses were voluminous and elicited many oh-la-la’s. Her affinity for ribbons (perhaps an homage to her dancing days?) birthed one of our fave Bardot looks: The half up, half down with a black bow, as seen in Viva Maria. That, paired with a slick winged eye is pretty much the most universally flattering hair-and-makeup combo on the planet (that, we’re not over-exaggerating!). Say “bonjour” to your new signature style! If you don’t think you can pull off the bow, that’s okay! The voluminous bounce paired with pulling a little hair off of your face is a little more wearable for every day. Here’s how it’s done!

  1. Start with clean dry hair.
  2. Part the hair from your ear straight up on to the top of your head.
  3. Part the other side and join them together on top of your head.
  4. Use a ponytail holder (same color as your hair or a clear elastic) and secure the small pony on top of your head.
  5. Smooth any baby hairs using hairspray and the fine side of your comb.
  6. If you don’t need extra hair, skip to step 9! If you do need a little extra umph, part the back of your hair in a horseshoe shape going from ear to ear.
  7. Tease the section where you’re going to clip in extensions.
  8. Add a clip in track of extensions. We used a extensions that are one shade lighter than our hair to add some demension.
  9. This is what it looks like once the ponytail is up and the extensions are in.
  10. Add a little thickening spray or setting spray before curling. We used Oribe Thickening Spray.
  11. Put all of your hair in rollers. Don’t worry about dents– if you get them you can gently tap them out with a flat iron later.
  12. Once the rollers have cooled, remove them and spray a veil of flexible hairspray.
  13. Use a soft brush to brush out the curls.
  14. For a less “roller set” look, lightly flatiron the ends!

Finish the hair with a little texturizing paste if your hair is super soft or fine, or serum if your hair is more on the dry side.

TRIED + TRUE: FLYAWAY TRICK

photos/text: Kristin Ess graphic design: Eunice Chun

Flyaways can be a real buzzkill. You get this gorgeous blowout but then you have a crown of tiny hairs that aren’t quite heavy enough to stay where you want them. Sometimes those hairs can be caused from breakage and sometimes they’re simply new sprouts. Either way there’s a professional trick that will help hide that halo. Here’s how it’s done…

  • Make sure you have the nozzle on your blowdryer.
  • Pick up a “slice” of hair on one side of your part and put it flat in between your fingers.
  • With your fingers parallel to your part, pull the slice of hair upward.
  • Now blow those short hairs THROUGH the long hairs that you’re holding. (See image above)

Once the short hairs are pushed through the long hair, the longer heavier hairs will then lay on top of the shorter hairs and weigh them down. If they sneak back through later in the day, they won’t stick straight up.

  • Once you’ve tucked the short hairs under, repeat on the other side and the back if neccessary.
  • Add a thin veil of hairspray.

THE MINI FRENCH BRAID

Wait! Come back! Don’t be intimidated by this teeny tiny braid. It may look intricate and kind of difficult but if you can do a regular french braid, you can do this! It’s basically the same exact method as the french braid but you take tiny strands from around the face. We shot this in great detail, which is why there are so many steps, but it’s actually really easy and fast. Here we go…

photos + post: Kristin Ess

You’ll need a comb, a mini clear elastic (optional), a curling iron or wand, and a mirror where you can see the back of your head. (more…)