Posts Tagged ‘halloween’

HALLOWEEN HAIR TUTORIAL 2

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Lots and lots of request rolled in for a Halloween hair tutorial on creating frizz. Clearly this look can go with SO many costumes– 70′s glam, a lioness, a gypsy, a witch, a dead person, zombie, ghost (spray with white hair powder!), and countless others… I snagged my gorgeous friend Nora for this tutorial. She has smooth fine hair and you can see how BIG it gets. If you have curly hair or thick hair you’ll get even MORE volume. The best part is this tutorial will work on any texture! Warning: this takes about 1-2 hours. Yes, it sounds like a lot, but it’s worth it. No crimping iron can get you this much volume! For this particular look, I suggest you get a friend to help with the back. It’s very hard, if not impossible to do the back yourself. Alright, here we go:

TOOLS: paddle brush, sectioning clips, U-pins, light holding hairspray or thermal styling spray, temperature-controlled flat iron.

STEPS:

  1. Start with clean, blow dried hair. I like prepping the hair with a light-hold styling mousse so you get a little extra support + hold from the inside when you set it.
  2. Take a section as seen above and clip it up. Create 1″ x 1″ square sections (this is exactly why I say it will take a long time!)
  3. U-Pins can be found at the beauty supply. These are not bobby pins. They don’t close. They’re referred to as either “hair pins” or “U-Pins”. If you can’t find them at your local beauty supply, google them– they’re all over the internet!
  4. Place the 1″ square section inside the pin the way Nora does above. Make sure the base of the pin stays close to the head. The more room there is between your scalp + pin, the less volume it will create.
  5. Zigzag the hair in a “circle eight” pattern in and out of the pin all the way to the end.
  6. Once you get to the very end, give it a mist of light holding hairspray or thermal styling spray. (Don’t worry if little pieces fall out! There will be so much texture, you won’t really notice those.)
  7. Your flat iron should be on medium, not high. Start at the bottom and flat iron the end piece first. That will keep the hair from unraveling. Work your way up to the base. Don’t let the hair get too hot. I like to do it on 300 degrees Fahrenheit and only clamp the flat iron for 5 seconds at a time.
  8. Once you (and your friend) finish your entire head it should look something like this (photo 8)!
  9. Instead of unraveling from the bottom up to the top of the pin, just pull the U-Pin out from the base. Should slide right out.
  10. Brush with a big paddle brush until you reach your frizziest potential. Give it a good spray and you’re done!

PS, I love my friends because they do things like this for me…

Xx Kristin Ess

NAILED IT!

Photos: pinterest.com, thehalloweentree.blogspot.com, highonlacquer.tumblr.com

October is here and that means that the countdown to one of my favorite holidays has begun.  I absolutely love halloween!  Carving pumpkins, dressing up in costumes, candy apples… I look forward to it all year.  So I was excited when I found these halloween-inspired manicures.  Hoping these inspire you pretties to create some spooky nails of your own.  Next week I will be posting a step-by-step tutorial on how to do a candy corn manicure.

XO Lauren

HALLOWEEN HAIR TUTORIAL #1

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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!!

Xx Kristin Ess

 

DON’T BE SCARED!

photos by hannah scott stevenson post designed by kristin ess

Halloween is coming up quick! That means you need to start thinking about your costumes (if you haven’t already). Hopefully I can help simplify the hair part because I’m going to do some tutorials on halloween hair do’s! What hair styles do you guys want to learn to go with your costumes? 20′s hair? 40′s hair? Crazy curls? Mermaid hair? Tweet us, Facebook us or email me at ke@thebeautydepartment.com! I’m going to pick my favorite 4 looks and put some step-by-step photos together for you guys. So tell me… what are you going to be???

Xx Kristin