Posts Tagged ‘kristin ess hair’

VINTAGE CURL TUTORIAL

PHOTOS/POST/GRAPHIC DESIGN: KRISTIN ESS

A couple months ago I was asked to join 4 gorgeous + very talented ladies at a photoshoot for The Hollywood Reporter’s amazing new site, Pret-a-Reporter, which we love. I was terrified AND excited as I don’t usually sit in front of the camera! I’m more of a behind-the-scenes kind of gal. But when they told me about the concept I wanted to be a part of it. They asked each of us to channel an Old Hollywood Starlet and told us the headline of the article was going to be “Digital Starlets”. That was really exciting, but THEN the news got better. They told me that I got to channel Rita Hayworth. Melt. My. Heart. She’s always been my number one. The shoot was loads of fun and we’re beyond grateful that they included The Beauty Department in this story. You can view the images with all the other lovely ladies right here. I also thought it would be fun to do a tutorial on how I did my hair  for the shoot, so here we go!

  1. Shampoo + lightly condition. Don’t use a heavy conditioner or mask before attempting this hairstyle as it might weigh the curls down.
  2. Have you invested in a new mousse yet? It’s back and better than ever. There are lots of new mousses on the shelves that are soft and pliable, not crunchy.
  3. Work some through the root first and then down toward the ends. I gave it a nice brushing once the mousse was in to ensure even distribution. You DON’T want mousse clumps.
  4. Rough dry the hair using a flat brush. I have strong natural waves, borderlining on curly. You don’t need it to be smooth. In fact, I like mine to be a little puffy and frizzy because I feel like it holds the curl better in the long run. If you straighten it first it might fall flat quickly.

Try a section first so you understand how your hair will react to the curl. I did one here so you can see what the hair should do. Curl, cool, brush, bounce! That’s what you want.

  1. I start at the top and work my way down with the curling iron. I like to make sure the top and the middle get just as much heat as the ends so they don’t fall flat. I used a 5/8″ iron for this whole set. Seems small, but trust me you don’t want to use anything larger than 3/4″ for the curl or it will end up more like Veronica Lake Waves, which are great, but not the point.
  2. Let the curl cool until the hair feels cold. When you do your whole head, you’ll want to pin each curl and let it cool, but for this one I didn’t pin it.
  3. Brush out the curl until you see the pattern form.
  4. It should spring up and start to look like this. Once you get the hang of it, you’re ready to curl the whole head.

When I started to fall in love with vintage vibe hair, I started buying a lot of these old books with written tutorials. I tried to make you one below so you could see the pattern I used for this set.

  1. Create a side part on whichever side you prefer. This looks best with a side part rather than a middle part in my opinion. Curl the heaviest side first. Start at the top and pin the curls into place in the pattern above. Work your way to the bottom.
  2. The front pieces are the most important because they’re going to define the shape more than anything so be very precise with the front curls.
  3. Work your way around to the other side. You want to curl everything down and toward the face.
  4. Put your makeup on and get dressed while your curls cool. The colder the better.
  5. Now brush out the whole head. Keep brushing until you start to see the pattern form. Once you do, start adding hairspray. You can either tuck the hair behind your ear or you can twist it and pin it like I did using a large bobby pin. Totally up to you!

Pret-a-Reporter is also doing a sweepstakes which you should check out HERE!

Thank you to our friends at Pret-a-Reporter for partnering with us on this post and including us in the story!

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.

ROUND BRUSH WAVES

PHOTOS/POST/GRAPHIC DESIGN: KRISTIN ESS

Hope you all had a lovely Valentine’s Day! Thought this would be a great tutorial for you to try out over the weekend. Everyone loves a good blowdry, right? Well, this is a trick you can use on any length hair from a chin length bob to super long, and whether it’s thick or thin. It’s a great way to show layers and a nice way to get some wave without using an iron. Here we go!

  1. Shampoo + condition in the shower, then detangle your hair as usual. Here you see we’re using my favorite Conair detangling brush.
  2. Add your styling product of choice. I encourage a light mousse or something that will give a soft hold. Doing this blowout with no product may not be quite as effective. Here we used this mousse from Oribe. The reason I like this one so much is because gives such great hold but feels like there’s nothing in the hair. It’s expensive but so worth the investment. If you want a soft mousse that’s more reasonably priced, try this one from Dove.
  3. Now we grab the blowdryer and round brush. Blow out a section as usual. I like to start in front and move to the back but you can do it the other way around if you prefer.
  4. Once the section is dry, keep the ends wrapped around the brush and twist outward. Twist until the hair is wound tight but not until it coils.
  5. Now release the hair and it will un-spin a little.
  6. Blow out the next section. I chose the bang area to do next because I like to do the sections that dry fastest first.
  7. Again, once the section is dry, twist, twist, twist, then release.
  8. Leave your sections twisted like this until you finish the whole head.
  9. The back can always be a little challenging, but once you get a section dry, pull it to the side when you twist it, not upward. (see photo)
  10. Once you’ve finished blowdrying, the sections are ready to be broken up. Lightly shake your head and then gently pull the sections apart using your fingers. Use a fine mist hairspray at the end for extra UMPH! Our faves are this unscented goodness from L’Oreal and this beautifully scented one from Oribe.

Let us know if you try blowdrying with a twist! We love to hear about your experience in the comments below or take a photo and tag us @thebeautydept on instagram! Have a wonderful weekend, pretty people!

WHICH BRUSH DOES WHAT?

POST/GRAPHIC DESIGN: KRISTIN ESS

A long time ago, we did a post called Brush Class, remember? Well, it’s time to update the post with The Ultimate Hair Brush Guide. We’re keeping it simple with the explanations next to each brush above. Here are the links to each brush…

  1. Purse Sized Paddle Brush
  2. Regular Paddle Brush
  3. Small, Natural Bristle Brush
  4. Vented Metal Round Brush
  5. Extension Brush
  6. Blowdry Brush
  7. Medium Diagonal Bristle Brush
  8. Large Mixed Bristle Brush
  9. Smoothing Brush
  10. Natural Bristle Paddle Brush
  11. Straigtening Tool Brush
  12. Vent Brush
  13. Teasing Brush
  14. Detangling Brush

Do you have a favorite that we didn’t list? If so we’d love to hear about it in the comments below, if you’d like to share. xo