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FAVORITE TYPES OF FLAT IRONS

Kristin Ess

There are about a gazillion flat irons on the market. Every time I go to a beauty supply I’m baffled at the number of flat irons with crazy features that have been introduced in the last few years. Today, I thought we would go over the only four flat irons that you could ever possibly need (no matter what your budget). We’ve also been asked about our must-have irons in regards to THIS post.

  1. The Beveled Iron: GHD – This has quickly become one of my favorite flat irons. The reason is, I use it to get those gorgeous, natural, beachy looking flat iron waves. It has a curved edge which is how I get those subtle dips and bends without it looking like I used a curling iron. This might replace the curling iron for me… at least for the whole summer.  (Link to my favorite one HERE)
  2. The Slickest: Croc –  This is my go to flat iron for really straightening hair. No matter what your natural texture is, it gives you the shiniest, smoothest, silkiest finish. I also use this for keratin treatments because it glides through so easily. (Link to my favorite one HERE)
  3. The Cheapest: Remington Pearl – In my opinion, this is one of the best flatirons on the market for someone on a budget. You don’t typically see this kind of shiny finish to the hair with a less expensive iron. Even though it’s budget friendly, it definitely competes with some of the more expensive irons out there. (Link to my favorite one HERE)
  4. The Tiniest:  Conair Mini – I love this for girls on the go. It’s so tiny and great for touch-ups after work before a hot date because it fits perfectly in your purse. Also great for anyone with bangs that need straightening, as larger irons can make that task a bit more difficult. (Link to my favorite one HERE)

So now that you know our favorites, it’s only fair that we know yours! Any specific brands/models that we just have to know about? We want details! Leave us a comment below!

 

BRAIDS FOR BRUNETTES + REDHEADS

PHOTOS/POST/GRAPHIC DESIGN: KRISTIN ESS

Sometimes when I’m cruising the ol’ www, I get a major case of texture envy when I see these beautiful blondes with so many swirly colors wearing these braids that look so dimensional. My own hair is solid red and to be honest, I love it and I have no interest in changing it by adding highlights or lowlights. I do, however, want to see more texture when I braid my hair. I’ve tested this method a few times now and I’m so hooked on it and I wanted to share. I’ve been using tape extensions, sometimes called “skin wefts” to get color variation without adding another color permanently.We’ve talked about tape extensions before right HERE. I use them in a temporary way which last about 1-5 days depending on how oily your scalp is. I’ve tried getting color variation with clip-ins, which works, but it’s just not the same. Clip-in extensions can make the hair look bulky and sometimes you can’t get the braid the way you want it because a clip-in is in the way. To find tape extensions, you’ll have to visit your local hair extension store or order online. I always send people to The Hair Shop which you can shop online if you don’t have a store near you.

Okay, so below you see a photo of some tape extensions in-hand. See how they’re all slightly different colors? Pick 2-3 colors and get 4-6 pieces total. They don’t need to match the color of your hair because that’s the whole point! If your hair is warm, go with lighter warm colors. If your hair is neutral or ashy, go with something lighter but stay in that family. To apply them, peel the adhesive off and stick them to the root, I always say: “like a post it”. You’ll still have to work around the place where you stick them, but they’re nowhere near as hard to deal with as clip-ins. I often plan out my braid first and then apply them in a way that works with the braid. For example, I laid them horizontally in the image below to do the fishtail braid. Then when I did the crown braid I laid them vertically so they would be going the same direction as the braid.

To remove them you don’t need the hard core remover that you need when you’re wearing these in a permanent way. I just spray THIS leave in conditioner or THIS one, let it set for 3 min and then they peel right out.

Below I’ve created 2 examples of braids without tape extensions and 2 with tape extensions. And for the record, I still think the ones without extension are beautiful. The extra color just adds so much texture and makes the braid look a bit more fun. If you try it out, I’d love to see a photo! Tag @thebeautydept on your instagram pictures!

 

HALF UPDO SHORT HAIR

PHOTOS/POST/GRAPHIC DESIGN: KRISTIN ESS

As promised in the last hair post, I’ll be doing lots of fun tutorials for shorter hair lengths in the upcoming months. Here’s our next one! It’s a half updo which I personally love for attending weddings or for any special occasion where you want to look prim + proper but not overdone. It’s got a french fishtail braid on one side and two tiny fishtail braids on the other side. Here’s how it’s done…

  1. Start with clean, dry hair.
  2. Massage some water based pomade into the root. Flip the hair from one side to other to make sure you really get in there. You don’t want the pomade just sitting on the top layer. When you put it at the root, it helps the hair from being too soft and slipping out of the braid. (If you want my recommendations on pomades for shorter hair, see the links HERE!)
  3. I prefer a side part with this look but you can do center if you want. Up near your part, grab two small sections of hair.
  4. Now just like our fishtail braid you’re going to be crossing the next sections over in an “x” pattern. The difference between a regular fishtail and a french fishtail is simple: just like a french braid, you’re taking new hair for each piece. So it’s like a hybrid of a fishtail and a french braid. (side note: I know we need to do a video for this, and I promise I will try and get that out asap.)
  5. Once you pass the ear, go ahead and switch it to a regular fishtail. In other words, just stop taking new pieces and fishtail the normal way. Tie it off with a tiny clear elastic once you get to the end.
  6. On the other side, you’re going to do two regular tiny fishtails.
  7. Tie those together using a tiny clear elastic once you get to the end.
  8. Pull both sides back and make sure they can meet because you’re going to bound those two clear elastics together using a small bobby pin.
  9. Clip up the top layer of hair. Join the two sides together in back and drive a bobby pin between each elastic, anchoring the two rubber bands together.
  10. Now drop the top layer and let it hide the place where you joined the braids together.
  11. Throw some simple waves in there using a 1″ barrel iron or a wand.
  12. Add a light veil of hairspray and check the back in a mirror!

Here are some additional images so you can see it from all angles.

Hope you guys love this. If you try it we would love to see it! Tag us on insta @thebeautydept. Have a gorgeous weekend!!

SHORT HAIR STYLING

PHOTOS/POST/GRAPHIC DESIGN: KRISTIN ESS

You guys have been soooo patient and kind waiting for these short hair posts and NOW I’m going to fill up your pinterest boards with all the good good you could ever want in the coming months. I’ve read all your email requests and I’ve seen every comment requesting short hair styling tutorials on our social media channels and we’re finally going to do it! I literally chopped off my super duper amazing assistant Olivia’s hair last week just so we could do these. We cut it just above her shoulders and below her chin. These tips + tricks are my favorite for bobs and lobs but can still be applied to medium length hair if you’ve grown yours out. Let’s get started with the basics for styling and then stay tuned for lots of cute short hair tutorials this spring and summer.

PRODUCT: My two favorite things that I can’t live without for short hair styling are water based pomade and mousse. We often think about mousse as a product from the 80′s and 90′s but things have changed. In order to get bob or lob length hair to take curl, but more importantly HOLD curl, you’re going to need to put some product in it most likely. Get one that’s not hard and crunchy, but one that leaves the hair soft. Apply it to wet hair and either air dry or blow-dry. Water based pomade is a great way to get separation and texture. It absorbs into the hair and doesn’t feel oily or overly product-y.

My favorites (click the link):

CURLING TRICKS: You either want your hair big and wide or you want it to look a little more narrow. Keep in mind that when you hold the curling iron horizontal you’re going to get a more “bouncy” curl or wave. When hold the curling iron vertically, you’re going to get a longer more narrow curl. If you go diagonal you’ll get something in between.

My favorite:

TIME SAVING TRICK: If you’re rushing (or if your hair is really thick in the back) just curl the ends under so they don’t stick out and only curl the layer that lays on top (see below). Cheat your way through the back! No body will ever notice. I actually prefer to do this whether I’m rushing or not. It keeps the hair more proportional in my opinion.

See… you can’t even tell.

After you’re done curling but before you apply hairspray, rub some of your water based pomade into the root. This will help keep the hair looking texture-y and piece-y for the whole day!

MOVE IT AROUND! Short hair should move! It should be fun and you should put your hands in it throughout the day! Toss it around. Give it a little flip! This will keep it from going flat and looking limp. Even if the curl falls out a bit, once you flip it to the other side it seems to come alive again! Just get all 90′s about it. WWKKD? (What would Kelly Kapowski do??) Also, keep a little extra to-go travel size jar of pomade in your purse at all times just for touch ups!

Okay! So these are the basics for everyday waves for short hair. Any tips and tricks you want to contribute? Leave them in the comments below!