Posts Tagged ‘hair’

MISS MATCHED

POST + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

Last month I did a brow study with a blonde model to demonstrate the difference between bare, light and dark brows (revisit it here) on a blonde. Today I want to share with you my rule of thumb for brow color: always go darker or match your hair color (and not lighter)! Of course it’s a matter of opinion and you have every right to disagree, but one of my personal pet peeves on the red carpet is when I see someone’s brows lighter than her hair color. For every day, it’s totally fine. But at night when you bump up your makeup and dress up, it’s 1000 times more striking if you at least match your brows to your hair. Here’s a color guide: (more…)

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)

HAIR COLOR GUIDE (GOLD)

POST/GRAPHIC DESIGN: KRISTIN ESS

And the award for most desired tone on the planet goes to… you guessed it. Gold hues are at the very top of everyones wish list when visiting their colorist or buying a box. Gold tones are just plain flattering to almost anyone with any skin tone. Gold tones don’t give off any red or orange tones. They’re perfectly warm but never brassy. Look at the photos above– you don’t see “yellow”, you see sun kissed golden tones. It should look as though you’ve been on a long vacation or perhaps as though you surf a lot. Good gold tones look like what I like to call “kid color”. Children often have these golden, natural highlights that are uneffected by years of hair coloring. Here are some things you should know if you’re wanting to be a golden girl…

  • Be clear on what you’re after. Everyone has a different idea of what gold means so if you’re going to the salon, take a bunch of photos for reference. Use words like “not brassy” “natural-looking” and “surfer girl hair”.
  • Do some good research! Speaking of reference photos, try looking up kid hair color for gold tone inspiration. When you search “kid hair color” on Pinterest and scroll, you get images like THIS, THIS and THIS, all of which show perfect gold tones.
  • Purple Shampoo once a week. You don’t want to cut all warm tones, but you definitely want to keep the brass out. If you generally shampoo every other day, then use purple shampoo once a week. If you’re a daily shampooer, do it every 3rd shampoo.
  • Gloss it up! Keep it shiny by glossing in between colors. Gold toned hair should sparkle! It will reflect so much more light if you gloss or glaze in between.
  • Who can wear it? Honestly, I’ve never met a girl who didn’t look great in gold tones as long as the color is not too light or dark for your skin tone.
  • Box Dyes. This is tricky. I’m going to try to keep it simple. We all have warm tones underneath our natural color– even ashy girls (there’s yellow + orange under there even though your don’t see it). If you put a box of color on your roots that says “gold”, you’re probably going to get a brassy result. Instead try using a neutral box color. It will bring out those warm tones hiding inside and leave you with golden tones. Always account for the color that you don’t see inside the hair shaft. I think I should do a whole post on this…

Stay tuned for warm golds and then reds!

BRIDE OR BRIDESMAID DIY

photos/post/design: Kristin Ess

We love a good sparkle around here. We recently saw THIS on one of our favorite sites for fancy wedding goods. Although the one that they show is gorgeous, when we posted it on our instagram many of you mentioned that it was way out of your price range. We thought it would be fun to create our own version of the stunning strand DIY style and though it doesn’t come anywhere close to how beautiful the one on the website is, it definitely works for a bride working on a budget. Also, could be an amazing gift for your bridesmaids! Here’s how we made our own…

  1. You’ll need to get 28 gauge wire, crystal drops, small jump rings, small plyers + wire cutters. All of these were purchased at a bead store but you can likely find them at the craft store.
  2. Necklace chain. I chose something that had different sized loops. This was also purchased at the bead store for $7 per foot– I got 2 feet and it worked pretty well. Only ended cutting off about 2″ of the necklace chain at the end.
  3. Cut a 1 or 2″ piece of wire. Slide a crystal and a jump ring onto the wire.
  4. Twist together tightly.
  5. Cut off the excess wire.
  6. Using plyers, open the jump ring. Add the crystal to your necklace.
  7. Close the jump ring.
  8. Add them about 1 or 1.5″ apart.

Keep going! You can do just one section with the crystals or you can go all the way around. Secure to your CHIGNON using bobbypins through the loops on each end. Good luck and tag us in your photo on instagram @thebeautydept if you do this project! xo