Posts Tagged ‘hairstyle’

HALLOWEEN HAIR TUTORIAL #1

photos by kristin ess, post designed by kristin ess

A couple weeks ago, I asked you guys which Halloween hair tutorials you wanted. Let’s just say it was an overwhelming victory for 1920’s and 1930’s hair. There are 3 more coming up, but for now we bring you “Vintage Vixen” starring Lady Conrad! This hairstyle can be used with many different costumes– Gatsby girl, flapper, silent film star, old school gangster’s girl, showgirl (a la Water for Elephants), etc… Good luck and as always, tweet us a photo!!

TOOLS: small barrel curling iron (we used 5/8″), sectioning clips, silver 2-prong setting clips, 2 clear elastics, large bobbypins, a large soft bristled flat brush, comb, hairspray, and a headband (optional).

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Start with clean, dry hair (straight, wavy, or curly… just make sure it’s completely dry)
  2. To remove excess length and weight, you’re going to want to braid the bottom hair and pin it up so it’s out of the way. Part your hair from ear to ear in the back of your head + clip the top half up.
  3. Create two braids.
  4. Pin the two braids flat against your head in the back. It helps if  you lay them in a zigzag pattern. Use large bobbypins for more support.
  5. You want all of the curls to go TOWARD your face. In order to create a pattern in the hair, your curls need to be lined up. They should all be the same size and going the same direction. To get the right pattern, I always I like to pretend I’m laying a brick wall and you should do the same! For this particular look, take sections that are about the same size as your pinkie finger. Wrap them tightly around the outside of your curling iron. Equally important is the size of your iron. It must be small. Anything over 3/4″ will just give you big waves. Check the beauty supply and/or google for smaller irons! Curling will take a lot of time, but it’s SO worth it.
  6. After you curl the hair, clip it in place and allow it to set.
  7. See how Lauren’s curls are all going the same direction and are the same size? That’s what you want. Let it set for as long as you can. The longer, the better. Put your makeup on while you wait, or if your costume/dress goes over your head, put it on now to avoid messing it up later.
  8. When the hair has cooled entirely, release all of the curls (don’t pull them apart with your fingers). Using a large soft bristled flat brush, start brushing the curls out. Give it a couple hard brush strokes and then switch to a lighter stroke (repeat if necessary). The pattern will begin to develop. Look down slightly and brush hair toward your face. Brushing everything toward your face is best for bringing out the pattern.
  9. If you have a lot of hair, it’s optional to pin one side back like Lauren is doing in the shot so that the hair doesn’t overwhelm your face.
  10. Grab a section of brushed out curls. Hold the very bottom of the curls with one hand. Using a comb, tease (using long upward strokes) with the other hand. You should only need 1 or 2 strokes to get it into the “bob” shape.
  11. Spray the section with a strong holding hairspray and then tuck the extra hairs. Pin in place using a large bobbypin or two.
  12. Add a headband, comb, head dress, or barrette for sparkle! Learn how to make your own HERE! Pin it in place and give it one last veil of hairspray. Trick or treat, fancy ladies!!

 

THAT’S A WRAP!

photos: imaxtree+nymag post designed by Eunice Chun

When it comes to hair trends, it seems anything goes. Not so long ago, we created this tie-dye tutorial. It was so cool to see how many of you just went for it! At the time it seemed a bit wild, but you beauties embraced it, ran with it, and even created your own versions. We’re always going to need new (or renewed) hair ideas… and that brings us to today’s subject: turbans + head-wraps. When I think of turbans, I think South of France/Monte Carlo in the 1960’s and 70’s, and I think of eccentric women in fashion. On the runway this season, Anna Sui showed us the head-wrap look with print on print. Love the bow shape in front! Marc Jacobs showed a slightly more haphazard, d-i-y, frayed-edge version of the turban/head-wrap, which was equally cool in a different way. It was great to see fabric in the hair. It’s a bit different from our TBD curls and braids, but from what we can tell– you guys are always up for something new.

Turbans + head-wraps can be a little tricky to master and I think that’s often why people can’t get into this look. Or sometimes there’s just too much fabric and you end up looking like a fortune teller. Luckily, THESE gems were recently created. They’re made with amazing vintage fabrics and best of all, they’re wired! Since these gorgeous things are mold-able, you can twist them into a turban shape, a bow, tuck the ends for a more simple look or even wrap them to look like a regular ol’ headband. If you want to try to create the look with your own scarf at home, try using a thinner one so you’re not overwhelmed. Avoid slippery satin as it can be hard to keep in place. If you wear this look during the day, pair it with big glasses for a vintage feel. If you’re too scared to wear it out to dinner with friends, try wearing it to a flea market first. People there appreciate a vintage look.

Even if the turban thing isn’t your style, try it! If you find a fun way to wear it, tweet us a photo @TBDofficial! We love seeing (and retweeting) your personal style.

SHORT HAIR CHIGNON

Hello dollies! Today’s video is dedicated to those of you with bobs and long bobs. A lot of emails come in regarding short hair and how hard it can be to dress it up. This is one of my favorite, long-lasting hairstyles for brides and party-going gals who are lacking length. Hope you guys love it as much as we do!!

Xx Kristin

TOOLS: elastic based headband, medium sized curling iron, light-hold styling cream, bobbypins, comb, hand mirror.

  • Start with an elastic based headband. (Learn how to make your own headband HERE!)
  • Curl the ends using a medium curling iron. (1″ or 1 1/4″ barrell is perfect. Giving the hair a little bend keeps the straight ends from popping out.)
  • Apply a small amount of product at the ends. (Ask your stylist for a light-hold styling cream. You just need something with a little hold to help keep things in place.)
  • Put the headband 1-2 inches behind the hairline and pin it to secure.
  • Take small pieces and twist them back + up. Tuck them into the headband and secure with a bobbypin if necessary. (Continue all the way around to the back. Lightly tease pieces with a comb if you have finer hair.)
  • Finish the back and use a hand mirror to check your balance. (Do a light round with hairspray if you need it!)

 

GET EXCITED!

photo and post design by kristin ess

Okay, lady bugs! Our video tutorials are back. HOORAY! By far the #1 request in my inbox has been for THE FISHTAIL BRAID! After you watch this tutorial, all of you will know exactly how it’s done. I’m including one very tricky little secret and Lauren’s going to show you how it’s done. Even the most uncoordinated person will be able accomplish this intricate ‘do. That’s a big promise and I’m stickin’ to it. Don’t forget to stop by Friday!