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AIR DRYING FOR BETTER CURLS

PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS

PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS

We’ve been very into 90’s vibes as of late with all these short blunt cutshair flips. Another look that pairs well with a major flip is big volumious curl. We love air dried hair and think it’s gorgeous just the way it is, but did you know that air drying can be nearly as beneficial as a styling product? Let me explain! When you blow your hair out before you curl, you pull your natural wave pattern out with heat. That means you’ve relayed the message to your hair, the cuticle and root that you want it straight. Even if you go in with hairspray and a curling iron or wand, the likelihood is that your curl is going to want to return to the state in which you blowdried it.

air drying for curls via thebeautydepartment

If you have wavy or curly hair and you allow your hair to air dry before you curl (no matter how big, frizzy, kinky, janky or funky you may think it looks) you allow the pattern to come through and that pattern provides so much curl support. More than most products, in my opinion.

WASHING: In the top photo, we prepped the hair by shampooing with a curl enhancing shampoo + conditioner. (I’ll add budget friendly options below!) You’ll want to comb your hair out in the shower when you’re rinsing your conditioner through and then avoid brushing it out once you’re out of the shower, other than parting it if you need to. Doing so will help your wave pattern look more defined. Towel dry only.

DRYING: All that was added before going to sleep was a small amount of curl enhancing serum. Literally woke up like this.

THE WAND: The reason the wand is good for this is because unlike the classic curling iron, the hair doesn’t get pressed from both sides, in other words, it’s not smashed between two hot plates. Translation: wand curls will almost always be fuller, bouncier and more voluminous than curling iron curls. THIS WAND that we used can be found here and it’s our lucky day because it’s on sale. HOORAY! The hair was wrapped back and away from the face all over the head. We applied absolutely zero product to the hair as we curled and zero product after.

If you’re looking for an alternative curl enhancing system that’s budget friendly, definitely try THIS + THIS + THIS which can be found at many drugstores! We’ve tried this before, and although we aren’t major fans of the scent, the product works very well.

air drying for curling hair via thebeautydepartment

I’m very excited for those of you with wave and curl to try this out. Learn to use what you’ve got naturally to your benefit. Sure, adding curling iron or wand curls defeats the purpose of air drying, but we’re not saying air dried hair is bad. We’re saying if you want stronger, longer lasting curls, use your own for extra support! If you have any curl support tips, please share them with other readers in the comments below. Xx

SHORT STACK

photos/post KRISTIN ESS

With so many of you pretty people sporting shorter hair right now, it seems like the only thing growing is our short hair style request list here in the TBD office. Today we’re doing a fairly simple look geared specifically toward the bob. You can do this with or without bangs and the best thing is, the actual half-updo requires no heat tools (other than styling your hair in the morning, or air dry if you prefer) so it can be done after work on the way to a holiday party or a hawt date. Add some sparkle in the back if you’re going to a wedding.

Pop in a wide comb with a cool vibe like these:

Or more sparkly pieces like these:

Short Hair Half Up via thebeautydepartment

  1.  You’ll want to dry your hair with a bit of texture. In otherwords, air dry if you have natural wave or add some wave if you don’t. Light wand waves or flat iron waves will do the trick. If you have curly hair, you may want to blow it out to get this particular look but you should also try doing it curly as well! Add a little texture spray of choice. Here in photo 1, we broke out THIS SPRAY! It gives a soft beachy feel.
  2. Now tease your crown area lightly.
  3. Add a little of THIS TEXTURE POWDER (which is on sale right now, btw!). This helps the tease stay in place without having to backcomb too aggressively. Lightly sprinkle some powder into the crown and tap it into the light back combing.
  4. Pinch both sides together in back of the head. Twist them over once and then secure with a bobby pin. The texture powder will also help the bobbypins stay in place and not slide out.
  5. Go in with a TAIL COMB and pull up a little as you see in photo 5 for a little extra height.
  6. Tilt your head foreward and give the back a little veil of hairspray. We used THIS ONE but you can use whatever you’ve got! It’s just for a tiny bit of extra hold.
  7. Now, I like to go into the crown area (to the side of and above the bobby pins) and put my fingers into the hair tousseling up the texture just a little bit. Nothing crazy. It just makes it appear a bit more lived in. This is fully optional and you can leave it smooth if you prefer!
  8. Check the back in a hand mirror to make sure it feels balanced. Then check from the side as well to see that it looks good with your profile.

You can see that Caitlyn has bangs, but again, this can be done without bangs. Just choose which side you want to part on before getting started. Here’s a pretty shot of it with a comb from our friend MYRA CALLAN of Twigs + Honey.

the beauty department short hair

 

Enjoy, shorties! And stay tuned for more!

NAILED IT!

photos/post kristin ess

We can finally feel the seasons changing (well a tiny bit here in Los Angeles), and have fallen in love with foliage! Whether you’re into warmer or cooler tones, it’s not hard to spice up your color palette for fall. Obvi, a few of the classics made it in the round up, but there is always room for a few new shades! Think about using deep and rusty colors, still varying with darks and lights, and don’t be afraid to add a little sparkle or play with metallics. After you’re done reading this, put down your cell phones, look up, walk outside and get inspired!

PHOTOS/POST KRISTIN ESS

  1. RED DIAMOND over SKIRTING THE ISSUE- A gem of a color combo! This red is dark enough for you vixens that want a little moodiness in your manicure but the red diamond sparkling top coat adds a super feminine flair.
  2. BIG APPLE RED – The fall, winter, spring, summer, classic. It doesn’t matter what day of the year it is, Big Apple Red is always in style, always work appropriate, always date appropriate, basically always always always appropriate, in case we haven’t made that clear yet.
  3. SHIFTING POWER – Nothing says happy fall then a metallic golden mani. Perfect for Thanksgiving and ready to roll right into December we recommend choosing golden hues when you’re getting gels since they match multiple outfits.

TBD FALL FOLIAGE NAILS 2

4. GREENS – Winter greens are obviously a major thing. So get your evergreen on and let your friends pine over your polish.
5. COCOA CABANA – Who doesn’t love chocolate, the end. 
6. JAZZ – I know you thought we we’re going with all that jazz, but this color is serious, and we need to discuss. Look at all the editorials, magazines, tv shows, girls at the grocery store, so many are rocking the heavy hue darker nude. It’s chic, professional, sassy, and compliments so many skin tones it’s insane.

Now we won’t go all E! News and ask for a mani cam – but if you wanted to insta your polish and tag us at @thebeautydept, we’d be thrilled.

WHERE TO PART YOUR HAIR

photos + post by: Kristin Ess + Lauren Shoemate

Even if you have the best hair on the planet, you can get a little bored with your look. If you’re not ready for a drastic color change or a major chop job just yet, maybe you’ll want to try changing up your part first! It’s a great way to create a new look on yourself without making any major commitments. Below we’ve listed and shot 4 of our favorite parts on the gorgeous Meg, who has an oval face shape. If you don’t know your face shape you can find it in the post we did right HERE! Alright, let’s talk about our current favorite ways to part your hair…

A CENTER PART WITH WAVES. Create a center part using a pointed tail comb. Then create some wand or curling iron waves on a 1″, 1 1/4″ or 1 1/2″ barrel irons! A symmetric wave pattern around the face can be great in so many ways depending on where the curves of your waves fall. For example, if you want to draw out your cheekbones making them more prominent, make sure your wave pattern frames your cheekbones. That will create a widening effect. To minimize roundness in the cheeks, use a larger curling iron and make sure the waves curve inward where you’re trying to minimize and then curve back out below your chin. A center part can also minimize the the width of a forehead. Let’s say you have a very wide hairline with deep corners above your temples– a center part will conceal those deep corners. Try this look with both smooth waves and messy beach waves! If you have a very long face, center parting may elongate further so try the side partings below as well to see which one looks best!

SIDE PART WITH SOFT WAVES. We have a tutorial for these kinds of waves right HERE. Use a tail comb and create a deep side part and then start your waves. This look isn’t about tons of volume on top. It’s more about smooth, shiny, pretty hair with one side pinned back or pulled around the shoulder. I love this look on almost any face shape. It just brings out the beauty of your features rather making you focus on the face shape. I think that’s because it literally cuts off one whole side of the face so you don’t see the full face shape anyway. I love this for any party or event and I think this look will be classic forever so get used to it and give it a shot! Smooth down any fly aways with THIS trick!

SLEEK CENTER PART. You really have to love your shape and features to work this look. It highlights everything about your beautiful face! Part your hair straight down the center using a pointed tail comb. Blowdry the hair until it’s flat and smooth up top, then lightly run over it with a flat iron. Tuck the front pieces behind your ears (secure them with bobbypins if neccessary) and push everything back over your shoulders. Apply a light veil of strong holding hairspray and smooth down any fly aways using a fine tooth comb. Pair this parting with a super-sexy dress or a sleek pant suit. Wear this when you want to put focus on the makuep or on that night when you just want to feel like a bad a**!

HAIR FLIP. Saved the best for last! The hair flip is a deep side part with mega volume! You want to prep the hair with a volumizing mousse if you plan on doing this. Blowdry some mousse into the root, then add a burst or two or three of a texture spray. Add some flatiron or wand waves. Flip the hair to the opposite side that you plan on wearing it once it’s blowdried. Let it cool for 10-30 minutes. Then flip it all over to the other side. I like to pull out a piece or two on the less heavy side just to give it a little something for balance. Wear this anywhere! It’s so on point right now and very 90’s feeling. You can truly rock this with almost anything from jeans and t-shirt to an LBD.

We didn’t cover every single part possilbility but worry not, we’ll be back with more! Any specific parting requests? Be sure to write them in the comments below. Also show us your favorite part via instagram! We’re @thebeautydept!