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BEST BEACH WAVES EVER

PHOTOS/POST/GRAPHIC DESIGN: KRISTIN ESS

PHOTOS/POST/GRAPHIC DESIGN: KRISTIN ESS

Summer is fast approaching and we’re not wasting any time. These are likely to be your g0-to waves of the season. I did these on Emily who has very fine hair that is very long. You can definitely do this on shorter lengths, but I would go with THIS WAVE TUTORIAL for any length above the bra. I love this because the messier it gets the better it looks. You can wear it to the beach and/or wear it for a couple days. Even more so, I love what these waves do to highlighted hair color! Okay, let’s get straight to it!

YOU WILL NEED: You’re going to need two separate irons for this look. One would be a curling iron. Here, we’re using THIS ONE. It’s ahhhh-mazing and it’s worth every penny, but it’s not super budget friendly. A more affordable alternative to that iron is THIS ONE which we’ve talked about a million times. As far as wands go, I’ve been loving THIS WAND since I got it a couple years ago and I see no reason to switch! This wand is relatively inexpensive, lightweight and comes with a glove to avoid burning yourself! You’re also going to want a HEAT PROTECTANT SPRAY, POMADE and SERUM.

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  1. You can either air dry or blow-dry. You can also prep the hair with a lightweight MOUSSE or THICKENING SPRAY if you think your hair needs extra hold support.
  2. Divide your hair into 1 1/2- 2 inch sections. If your sections are too big, the curls won’t looks as beachy, but if they’re too small they can get stringy or frizzy with this technique. Make sure to stay within 1 1/2- 2 inches.
  3. We start with the section closest to the ear with the rest clipped up. It’s optional at this point to spray a light hold styling spray or heat protectant on the section. Curl back and away from your face. When you get to the ends, drag the curling iron out slowly to straighten the tips a little! (skip to photo 7 if that sounds confusing)
  4. Now take your next section down and clip the hair back up. Again, stay within the 1 1/2- 2 inch section rule!
  5. For this section you’re going to curl the opposite way using your wand. When you use a wand you hold the end piece out while the rest is being curled, so it’s automatically going to leave your ends looking straighter, which is great!
  6. Keep alternating. The next section is curled back and away from the face using a curling iron.
  7. Now you can see how once you get to the bottom of the curl, you gently drag the curling iron out to avoid “springy” curly ends. You want that more relaxed look and this is a great way to get it.
  8. One more time with the wand, wrapping the hair toward the face.
  9. Then you would  do the opposite side the same way. Since Emily wears a side part, there are only 3 sections on the side with less hair. Still alternate the same way.
  10. Once you’re completely finished, don’t brush the hair. Take your serum and pomade and mix them together in your palms until they’re nice and blended. Work that mix through from middle to ends!

That’s it! Those are the 10 (fairly) easy steps to the best beach waves ever. If you try these, we’d love to see them! We’ve had a lot of requests for super long hair, so I’m trying to accommodate some of those while keeping all my bob and lob girls happy, too! Hope you enjoyed this and if you try it I would love to see it so tag us in the photo @thebeautydept on insta! xx

PARTIALLY CRIMPED PONYTAIL

PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS

PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS

I’m not gonna lie… I was terrified to do a crimped hair tutorial. But after seeing these ponytails on the runway at Stella McCartney’s Spring/Summer 2015 show, I knew we had to do this when we got a little closer to the season. The best way I can describe this looks is “a very un-boring ponytail”. This pony has tons of texture and is pretty fun to create because you can add a few crimped pieces or opt for a lot. In my personal opinion, fewer is better because adding too many pieces adds too much texture and looks less modern. But if you’re into a good #tbt do as many pieces as you’d like! Okay, here we go…

CRIMPED HAIR PONYTAIL TUTORIAL

  1. Start off with clean, dry hair. When the hair was wet, I added some THICKENING SPRAY all over before blowdrying. This gives the hair a good full foundation.
  2. Once the hair is all dry, I took small sections, sprayed them with a little HEAT PROTECTION SPRAY and started crimping them with THIS CRIMPER. I’m particularly obsessed with this crimper because it’s small and gives a much finer detail than the big chunky ones.
  3. This is the hair from the back (once we crimped 1 or 2 small strands from top to bottom, of course)! You’ll see there’s not a ton of crimping. A little will definitely do. You don’t want to have over crimped– remember, these are just accent pieces!
  4. This iron is cool because it’s small. You can reach in and crimp anywhere! It’s fun to space a couple crimps out in back for some added texture!
  5. Once you’re done crimping all over, pull your hair back into a nice clear elastic. Wrap a tiny piece of your hair around that clear elastic and pin it in place. That will disguise your rubber band or clear elastic.
  6. Clean up any small flyaways if you need to!
  7. Honestly, who’s feeling the CRIMP?! So many of you said on Instagram that you love it, but would you WEAR it? That’s the real question. Tell us in the comments! Would you wear a textured pony and to where??

MANI MUST-HAVES FOR 2015

post/graphics: Kristin Ess

post/graphics: Kristin Ess

We’re headed into Spring and although we certainly get our nails done in the fall, our digits seem to get a lot more play in spring and summer. We thought it would be fun to create a must-have list that includes our favorite things (both new and classic) for mani lovers everywhere!

  1. CRYSTAL NAIL FILE: I am head over heels in love with the crystal nail files. I had never used one until last year and it changed everything for me. Emery boards are not on option anymore. Although it appears smooth it files my  nails just as well as any other file and the texture of this file creates a smoother edge, creating less cracks, chips and breaks. How did I not know about this sooner!?
  2. GENTLE NAIL FILE: This will be ideal for anyone with fragile nails because you want to preserve the strength of the nail and not rough it up too much. It’s smooth as well and a tiny bit less expensive. (But if you can spend a few more dollars go with number 1!)
  3. CUTICLE NIPPER + PUSHER: I have tried so many nippers and I find that many of them fail when it comes to making a clean cut. I love this one because it does just that which leaves me with zero hang nails.
  4. NON-ACETONE POLISH REMOVER WIPES: How amazing and wierd are these?! I was so skeptical the first time I used them. They’re for removing regular polish. They’re non-acetone and leave your nails/cuticles feeling super soft and nourished… somehow.
  5. NO-SPILL ACETONE DISPENSER: Sometimes I like my real acetone. I know it’s bad and try not to use it much, but when I do I HAVE to have one of these dispensers. You push the top down using a pad or papertowel and avoid the dreaded acetone spill.
  6. CUTICLE CREAM: Keep those cuticles moisturized! I tried this recently and I love it. It’s not oily so I can put it on before I leave home without worrying about getting oil everywhere. Lots of vitamins in this little guy.
  7. ANTI-FUNGAL CUTICLE OIL: Some people get fungus in the cuticle area of their nails or underneath. That causes breakage and brittleness. Avoid that by adding some drops of this as instructed.
  8. CUTICLE OIL PEN TO-GO! I have this in my purse always. (Okay, and one in my car)
  9. NAIL (AND HAIR) SUPPLEMENT These are some of my favorite hair pills, and they promote nail growth as well. So this is really a two-for-one sitch. Most hair pills promote nail growth because the same vitamins tend to boost both.
  10. NAIL KALE! This polish has VITAMINS in it!!! What else can I say. And they have some great nude shades for which are great for the upcoming months.
  11. NO-LIGHT GEL POLISH If you follow me on instagram you know I love this stuff. I have used it for months now and it really helps my nails grow because it’s harder than regular polish but you don’t need the UV light, which I find irritates my fingers. The topcoat is the key! Also, look at that gorgeous shade of marsala– Pantone’s color of the year, duh!
  12. POLISH WALL ORGANIZER: Get it together! Feature your faves and look like you’ve really got your ish together while you do!
  13. NAIL ART ROLL UP: I’ve laid off the nail art, personally, but I have some friends that are die hards. This is one of my favorite kits for nail art.
  14. NAIL POLISH TRAVEL CARRIER: If you’re a manicurist or you know one, this is a great gift for traveling with tons of polish.

Got any mani must-haves? Tell us!!!

BLONDE HAIR + ROOTS

photos/post: Kristin Ess

“You look so good with blonde hair and black roots, it’s like not even funny.” Favorite line from Romy + Michelle, but the compliment doesn’t quite translate to real life.

Why is it that overnight your hair goes from looking cool with a little bit of root to looking insane and borderline trashy?? Unfortunately, you can’t typically get a color appointment the next day. So I want to throw out some things you can do to conceal or use the root to your advantage!

BRAIDING. Braids look 10x more edgy on blonde hair with roots, in my opinion. Visit your local braid bar or salon and find a great braider! Get those tiny side braids (seen below) or that french fishtail you’ve always wanted to try if you’re sporting roots and have to go to an event! Don’t be afraid to ask for something a little edgy. Take some pinterest photos with you! If you don’t think you can pull off edgy, do something pretty. Pretty still looks amazing with a bit of root.

COLORED DRY SHAMPOO. If I go to a shoot or do a client headed to a red carpet, I always have some of THESE LITTLE SPRAYS by Bumble in my kit (I usually get the travel size because I only use them for root touch ups). They make them for blondes, brunettes and redheads, too! To conceal roots on blonde hair, I use the blonde and white sprays, layering one on top of the other if necessary depending on the lightness. I layer more white on top if the hair is platinum and a little less if it’s a vanilla or golden blonde shade.

BLOWDRYING. Add a touch of mousse or volumizing spray to the root and flip your head upside down while drying for a minute or two. Getting the hair up and off your scalp will help conceal the root just a little more. The flatter the hair lays on top, the more obvious the root becomes. HAIR FLIPS are KEY here!

GO NATURALLY CURLY. If  you have blonde hair and curls, you know that wearing it curly will help conceal the length of the root. Think SJP naturally curly hair. You could never tell if her roots were an inch or three inches. The solid line at the root gets diffused by the curly texture of the hair and actually looks amazing with some depth. If you’re a curly blonde girl, you’re lucky! The shrinkage will also create the illusion that the root is shorter than it is when it’s stretched out.

EVERYDAY WAVES. Get familiar with a simple curl technique like THIS ONE! Wearing your hair super straight will only enhance the look of the dark roots. Throw a little wave in and give it some texture.

MAKE AN APPOINTMENT BEFORE YOU LEAVE. Best way to avoid a last minute “please I’m begging you to squeeze me in because my roots are insane and I have to go to a thing” emergency is to pre-book when you’re leaving the salon. Talk to your hairstylist and see what he/she thinks about how often you should get touched up. I usually recommend 4-5 weeks for bleach and tone, 6-12 weeks for anyone lighter, depending on the contrast from their natural color to the new color. Make that next appointment before you walk out! Especially if blonde hair with black roots just creeps up on you!

the beauty dept hiding your roots