Posts Tagged ‘hair’


the beauty dept hair instagram

Let’s be honest… if I were to log actual hours spent on my phone looking through Instagram at all the women with good hair, no doubt I would be in absolute shock! No apologies here, though. When I find a good head of hair on insta, I go into some hypnotic state and all of the sudden find myself deep-creepin’ those curls, braids, waves and windblown strands for an unhealthy amount of time. In this new series, I want to shine some light on those who I think are really ahead of the game in the hair department and tell you a little bit about them so that maybe they can bring some beauty to your daily feed as well. Here we go…


name: jessica lee buchanan

instagram: @jessleebuchanan


Hair goals, beachwave goals, air dry goals, freckle goals, bronze goddess goals… I could keep going with the goals list, but you should just go see for yourself. There’s no way you can look at Jessica’s photos and not want to run to the beach, apply coconut oil to your hair and go play in some clear blue lagoon.


name: hannah faith

instagram: @hannahfaith__


Origninally, I was drawn to Hannah Faith’s page because of her feed. It clear that she’s an artist first and foremost, and happens to have one of the best heads of hair on instagram, in my opinion. Here you’ll find so much beauty inspo intertwined with travel, taste, colors and other girl bosses. Bonus follow: her creative agency @weareinbloom!


name: georgia fowler

instagram: @georgiafowler


There’s no way I need to tell you why this Kiwi kills the off-duty-model-beauty game. Her hair is so perfectly undone and makes me never want to touch a hair brush again (#InShowerCombOutOnly!) Even though she’s from New Zealand, she’s giving me vintage French film girl vibes AF.


name: aleksandra zee

instagram: @aleksandrazee


I love blonde wood and I love blonde waves. How can you not be obsessed with this woodworking STUNNER?? She’s killin’ the game with her inlay art pieces all while looking so flawless, you’d never know she lifted a finger. Luckily she told me her top 3 hair faves: THIS LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER, THIS DRY SHAMPOO and THIS SALT SPRAYGet them all and grab a piece of art while you’re at it!


name: mairaly rodriguez

instagram: @harmonicurls


Rarely am I blown away by someone’s hairstyling range but this girl is off the charts amazing. She explores so many looks and nails them all so perfectly. From her gorgeous, voluminous, bouncy natural coils to her bantu knots to having faux locs on lock, I would say she’s my new favorite. It took me about 3 seconds to find her youtube and subscribe. Mega fan of this baby face beauty.


name: alanna nicole doherty

instagram: @alannanicolex


Anyone with hot pink tips the color of bougainvillea, chic/cheerful style and thick natual hair is a very welcome addition to my ever-growing beauty feed on instagram. That brings us to Alanna Nicole who is quickly style blogging her way to the top! But wait… can we pleeeease talk about that hair color again tho??


name: maggie rawlins

instagram: @maggierawlins


I stopped in my insta tracks when I realized this is the girl everyone brings me pictures of as hair inspo. She’s in all the Planet Blue look books and you may also recognize her from some Wild Fox shoots as well. I recognized her from the torn magazine pages that get shoved in my face more often than I can tell you. Enjoy following this blonde bombshell.


name: lesley buckle

instagram: @freshlengths


You will be blown away by this angel-faced Brit. Her hairstyles are perfection and her lip color choices legit had me bolting over to ASOS since she’s also an insider there. Be prepared to creep deep into her archives of both hair and makeup.


name: frida aasen

instagram: @frida_aasen


This girl gives me all the modern-day Brigitte Bardot vibes. It’s almost like a doll and an angel and supermodel had a baby named Frida. I just want her to clog up the feed with her perfect blonde windswept vacation hair. PLEASE!?


name: rachael ann lunghi

instagram: @laceandlikes


This girl is a baddddd ass. She’s a stylist, she’s a florist, she’s a gorgeous vision. Her page is full of beauty in so many forms. She’s positive and powerful and real and her posts are so meaningful. Follow her for perfectly curated feminine realness.




Cultivating the perfect look with a headscarf can be as much a challenge as getting through the long days leading up to a holiday weekend! But we gotchoo- once you’ve read through this tutorial, you’ll be closer to locking down both tasks. Scarves are a such chic way to add color and pattern to your poolside ensemble, protect your locks from unnecessary UV rays, and are oh-so-versatile. The trick is tying them up in a way that doesn’t look too contrived or costume-like (unless it’s a THEMED Fourth of July party…we feel like Rosie the Riveter would be a big hit…) Creating great texture on hair left down or pulled into a tousled updo are key to keeping the look modern, so we put together two beginner looks to show you how:

scarf hair tutorial the beauty department

  1. Our first look works on a variety of hair types, but you’ll need a little length to play with– at least a lob. THIS is a great way to encourage natural waves and curls for texture! We begin by folding THIS SCARF into a triangle, then twist it into a long, lean silhouette, like a headband.
  2. Center the scarf across the front of your hair, playing with placement until you’re happy with the amount of hair framing the face and the position of the scarf OVER the top layer of your hair (see photo). Tuck in the tip of the triangle in the front center that may peeking out.
  3. Tie into a knot at the nape of your neck.
  4. Begin wrapping the underneath hair from one side up and into the twisted scarf, tucking as you go.
  5. Continue tucking hair until you reach the other side.
  6. Now you can make any adjustments to the final look – we pulled out a few wayward curls here and there to enhance the free-spirited vibes of the style.

The final look. Someone get this girl to a backyard BBQ, stat!

scarves hair the beauty dept


hair scarf tutorial

  1. Our second look works great over soft FLAT IRON WAVES. Begin with your scarf. Here we used THIS ONE folded into a triangle.
  2. Lay the triangle on the top of your head, with the point of the triangle laying on your forehead, then wrap the two back corners around to the front and tie once, over the triangle (see photo).
  3. Tuck the tip of the triangle into the previously tied portion.
  4. Tie a final knot over the previous one. Then you can move the scarf around a little until you’re happy with the placement. Tuck in any corners that might be too square on the sides.

The final look. This KWEEEEN is Palm Springs pool party ready!

scarf hair how to

These are just two looks to get your creative energy flowing, but there are surely many more possibilities! Don’t forget to tag us on INSTA @thebeautydept if you have a fun way t0 wear your fave scarf!




Almost every time I do an updo, I get asked about how I hide my bobby pins. I took you guys through how to PROPERLY INSERT A BOBBYPIN back in the day, but I’ve never shown you my trick for how I make those shiny little bobby pin ends disappear. We love glitz on a case-by-case basis, and sometimes you want your BOBBY PINS to show, but for the most part you want them them to be as invisible as possible; this means you’re about to fall (deeper) in love with your dry shampoo. See how the two rendezvous below:

the beauty department bobby pin

We begin with a handful of unassuming blonde bobby pins, which we found to match our hair the best. These are the GOLD/BLONDE and BLACK versions of the ones we used. Even when the pins match your color well, you still have the element of shine, which only serves to distract from your mane masterpiece as they catch the light.

To prep your pins, lay a towel down on a flat surface in a well-ventilated area. Shake your colored DRY SHAMPOO well (In the image we’re using a blonde tone – find your color in the list below) and simply spray each pin approximately 2″ away, moving slowly from one side to the other. Allow to dry, then flip and do the other side. We’re holding the pin above for demonstrative purposes only – don’t do this unless you’re craving a sloppy matte bronde mani. **This works equally well if you pin up your hair and then spray dry shampoo on any pins showing. It just might be a (literal) stretch to get any rogues in the back of your head.

the beauty department hidden bobby pin trick

Once they’ve dried, they’re ready for immediate use. Keep in mind that over time and with handling, the dry shampoo will slowly dissipate, so best not to do this too far in advance of future use. The photo above shows the newly-matte pins next to the previously shiny ones. Once they’re in your hair, they’ll be fine and you can even hit them with a shot of dry shampoo quickly once they’re in if you need to!

Now let’s customize further. Here are some dry shampoo options for you:

(*Note: you can totally play chemist here and mix colors to match your hair better – you do you, boo!). These are a bit spendy, but you’ll also use it to freshen second-day strands and potentially mask greys! Sadly unless you have platinum hair, your regular dry shampoo with no color in it probably won’t work for this trick.

hide a bobby pin trick hack the beauty department

See the difference in the above twists – we pinned the left side with a dry shampoo’ed bobby and the right with an untouched one. What say you to that everyday magic?

Like this hack or have one to share? We’re all ears in the comments below!


photos: kristin ess, post: jessica swanson

photos: kristin ess, post: jessica swanson

So, you can knock out a full set of curling wand waves with one gloved finger tied behind your back? You still had time to ace that smokey eye after finishing bestie’s pull-through braid for Prom? Girl, we know you’re always up for a challenge, so we’re presenting to you our fave flat iron wave tutorial. There’s something just right about the look… not too precious or coiled, with subtle movement for manes both long and short. There might be several versions of flat iron waves out there, but this one gives us life! Here’s how to make it happen:

Before beginning, we prepped towel-dried hair with THICKENING SPRAY, then blow dried straight. This thickening spray helps to create the right amount of texture and a soft, sustainable hold. Keep in mind that once you’ve nailed your technique, it can also be an ideal way to touch up air-dried waves, or can be worked in with OTHER waving techniques.

Before things get heated, take a few minutes to practice with a BEVELED FLAT IRON while it’s still turned off (uh, ps: it’s on SALE! and it’s never on sale!). It’s important that you get the hang of the motions before adding heat, as this trusty iron has only one temperature setting. You’ll want to hit each section only once or twice at the most to avoid heat damage. The beveled edges of the iron are crucial for creating smooth waves, and help to avoid creating kinks in the hair. If you need more guidance on the steps below, go check out our instagram post right here!

flat iron wave tutorial the beauty dept

  1. To begin, hold a section of hair out from your head, and insert the flat iron at a diagonal, just below your scalp. Your waves will have natural, realistic movement if they are created diagonally towards or away from your face, or a mixture of the two. Gently close the iron as you curve it up and back down to form an arc.
  2. Because these waves are created using heat and tension, you’ll need to use a flat finger to hold the form of the previous arc, while you pull in the opposite direction to make your next wave. If your hair tends to slip, use two fingers to scissor the section instead. The second bend will be going the opposite direction, as we are creating alternating peaks and valleys. Just below the first arc, bend the iron down towards your head, then curve back up and release.
  3. complete the wave pattern that now should be visible with another arc curving away from the head, holding the previous bend for tension. You may have more length to wave here, but on this LOB we have reached the finish line!
  4. Slowly tap through the ends instead of bending them inward or too far outward to create a cool, modern finish.

To add just the right level of soft hold and enhance waves, we added a light veil of SOFT BEACH WAVE SPRAY, which while pricey, is just straight up the best! They also have a travel size available if you’re the type to dip your toes first. To truly nail the final look above, try THIS little hair hack after you apply your beach wave spray.

You’re ready to roll out! But maybe hide how good you are at this? Your girls are going to swarm, no doubt.

Don’t forget to tag us when you work those waves! @thebeautydept on insta.