Posts Tagged ‘kitchen beautician’

JUST ADD WATER

PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS

PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS

We tend to have braids on the brain 24/7 during these hot summer months in California. Best part is that braiding can often save us from excess heat styling with blowdryers + curling irons, which is very helpful when dealing with dryness or trying to nurse damaged hair back to a softer state. Recently we were introduced to Pantene Pro-V’s Daily Moisture Renewal Conditioner and because it’s so moisture-packed we immediately thought of using it as a braid aid! This is a really simple way to braid + moisturize at one time so you’re getting a double dose of healthy hair (conditioning + saving on heat styling) while sporting your favorite braided look. We’re essentially creating our own leave-in conditioner and turning it into a styling product! Here’s how we did it…

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pantene the beauty department braid aid

  • Shake well.

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  • Apply to wet or dry hair.
  • Braid as desired!

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TIP: I love using this trick before heading to the gym in the morning. I shower, shave, wash my hair, get out, apply this spray and braid. Then when I’m done at the gym I can just do a quick rinse in the shower and go instead of a taking a full “normal” shower.

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You can do this on dry hair too, of course! I tend to focus more from middle to ends and only use a tiny bit toward the root. Focus on dryness and places where your hair gets the least amount of natural oils: middle to ends.

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Once you apply spray and braid your hair, wait about 10 minutes for it to absorb and dry a little, then gently pull at your braid to loosen it up. The conditioner serves as a great texturizer because as it dries it feels a little more like a styling cream.

When you go to rinse the conditioner out, you’ll feel the benefits and as your hair dries, you’ll see them! Now we really wonder how many “conditioner hacks” there are out there. Do you have one? If so we’d love to hear it in the comments below!

(this post was created in partnership with our friends at Pantene)

BEAUTY BITES

PHOTOS/POST: NORAH CURLEE

We are spreading the love today with three versions of our newest obsession: coconut spread! Who knew when you thoroughly blend raw shredded coconut, you are left with a butter like consistancy perfect for topping toast, crackers or any other usual suspect. Well, we know now! We want to put this stuff on just about everything, and since coconut is the main (and pretty much the only) ingredient, you will be reaping many a beauty benefit!

Coconut spread contains minimal ingredients and is super easy to make! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 8 ounces of raw unsweetended coconut
  • 2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

THE PROCESS:

In a blender add your coconut, vanilla and coconut oil. Blend a little at a time, stirring in between pulses until you are left with a paste or almond butter-like texture!

Once you have your plain coconut butter, now comes the fun part. Add whatever you want! We’ve made three flavors by mixing in smashed blackberries, chopped fresh figs and cacao nibs. This is your chance to get creative and add in whatever your little heart desires.

So far we’ve used this on toasts and in place of butter– aka: melting some into our oatmeal. No doubt it would be great on top of ice cream or gelato! So many uses for this deliciousness!

This is a cute handmade gift for a vegetarian/vegan friend, too! Just add some handwritten labels to the jars to identify each flavor.

As you may remember, this isn’t the first time coconut has made its way onto the TBD beauty plate, and for good reason. Between all the antioxidants that are great for the skin, hair and nails plus all the hydration benefits of coconut, it’s safe to say that it may be our favorite beauty bite ingredient of all time (gasp!). You heard us.

This is a new discovery for us so we hope some of you will try it out for yourselves! If you do decide to venture out into the coconut butter world, do show us on twitter @tbdofficial or instagram @thebeautydept. #beautybites #prettyontheinside

KITCHEN BEAUTICIAN

TUTORIAL & PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

I never really appreciated toner for some reason. I thought it was something companies made to get us to buy more but wasn’t really necessary. And I still feel that way about some of them, but apple cider vinegar does something in a way that lotions and face washes don’t. It tightens pores, helps clear up acne and fights future breakouts. It’s anti-bacterial and an antiseptic and helps to re-balance your skin’s pH level after it’s been disrupted from washing it. I have yet to find a toner out there that can duplicate its properties. Here’s all you need to know:

TOOLS:

  • Apple Cider Vinegar– Look for an organic version (with Mother in it if you can as it’s full of enzymes).
  • Distilled/Filtered Water
  • Container — preferably a glass bottle
  • Chopstick or Spoon
  • Cotton Ball/Pad/Square

STEPS:

**Optional: If you are the very thorough type, you can first sterilize the glass bottle by boiling it in water.

  1. Fill half of the bottle with water. Again, if you’re the thorough type, you can certainly measure both the water and the apple cider vinegar. I prefer to eye it! Then shake the bottle of vinegar and pour it into the remaining half of the bottle.
  2. Give it a good stir.
  3. Place a cotton pad on top of the opening and turn it upside down to load it up.
  4. After you wash your face, sweep the cotton pad all over it (chest and back too if needed).

**If you have sensitive skin, instead of equal parts, try one part vinegar to 6 parts water to dilute it more. You can keep it that strength or eventually work up to 1:1. Some people can handle the vinegar undiluted, straight from the bottle!

PACKING PRODUCT FOR TRAVEL

PHOTOS/POST/GRAPHIC DESIGN: KRISTIN ESS

To some of you super smarties out there, this may be a really obvious travel tip, but the  first time I learned this trick I was like “whaaaat?”. (Yah, that’s how I talk.) I used to resort to just throwing my bottles of shampoo + conditioner in a gallon ziplock and then into my suitcase. Constantly bummed when I got to my destination to see that ziplock full of shampoo. The lid would pop open almost every time, I assume due to altitude pressure. And if you’re a hair colorist, like me, traveling with color it can be extra sad. Once I tried this method of packing product for travel, I never had that issue again. Thought it would be a nice trick to share with you so here’s how it’s done…

  • Use basic kitchen cling wrap. You can also cut up an old plastic grocery bag, a shower cap, a ziplock, anything plastic that you want to get another use out of.
  • Cut it up into 3 or 4 inch squares.
  • Take the lid off the product and lay the plastic on.
  • Secure the lid back on.

Voila! If you’re doing it on a product with a pump or spout, you will need to have the lid on top as well to keep the pump from pressing down and causing leakage. Regardless, adding the plastic sheet will still help to stop any liquid from coming out where the lid gets screwed on.