Posts Tagged ‘long hair’



Ooh la la! As mentioned many other times here on TBD, I have always found major hair styling inspiration in the perfectly undone style of French women, particularly French women in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. I mean, to be fair, I find lots of inspo in many types of women, but there’s something very special about how effortless women in France look just strolling around casually – as if they’ve carried this look on for generations. The look, of course, is totally polished – but never like they’re trying too hard. If you’re jonesing for a perfectly undone way to style your bob, try this trick (which ironically, totally and completely involves effort).  

Let’s begin with a few key tools:


  1. Spritz your THICKENING SPRAY or apply MOUSSE  on damp strands and blowdry. We used a THIS round brush for added volume.
  2. Begin curling hair in alternating horizontal sections with a curling iron. The size of the section should correlate to the size of the iron. We used THIS 1” iron on Nora’s bob. For medium lengths, use a 1 1/4″ or 1 1/2″ for long hair. Insert the iron into the section midway, roll down to the root and then gently open and close the barrel just a little as you continue to rotate it, which slowly feeds the ends into the barrel. This technique creates volume at the root, rather than just the ends. After releasing the curl, gently roll it back into place and insert a setting clip.  
  3. The sections on either side of the part are curled downward, towards the face.
  4. As we move down the side of the head in vertical sections, we alternate directions – this curl placement is up away from the face.
  5. Once you reach the crown of your head (the top few inches of hair that will fall over the back), curl these pieces horizontally back, as shown in the image. Make sure you hold the section straight up from the scalp for maximum volume before inserting the iron.
  6. Once the front of your hair and crown are curled and clipped, curl the back in the same manner, but don’t worry about clipping it in place. The back of your head has more hair than the sides, so if the underneath hair is less curly, the overall look is more uniform.
  7. Remove setting clips in the same order you put them in.
  8. Lift your hair up in sections and add in some texture spray like THIS one to give it a little lift off the root.
  9. MY SECRET: grab the DIFFUSER and set it to low heat, medium wind. Begin flipping your hair around while inserting the blowdryer from ends to roots. Just hold for a moment, then move on to the next section. The goal here is for the heat to break up any patterns, giving you a more undone look.
  10. Once you’ve diffused, you’ll be left with soft, alternating waves without a distinct pattern. Give it a light veil of hairspray if you need it!


**The finished look from the profile. A subtle, bouncy wave that’s not too curly or cutesy. This technique works great on long-haired girls too! Just make sure to use a larger curling iron. It’s a gorgeous way to fake a pro blowout.

Don’t forget to tag us @thebeautydept in your pics on INSTA when you’re flipping your soft waves back and forth!


photos: kristin ess, post: jessica swanson

photos: kristin ess, post: jessica swanson

So, you can knock out a full set of curling wand waves with one gloved finger tied behind your back? You still had time to ace that smokey eye after finishing bestie’s pull-through braid for Prom? Girl, we know you’re always up for a challenge, so we’re presenting to you our fave flat iron wave tutorial. There’s something just right about the look… not too precious or coiled, with subtle movement for manes both long and short. There might be several versions of flat iron waves out there, but this one gives us life! Here’s how to make it happen:

Before beginning, we prepped towel-dried hair with THICKENING SPRAY, then blow dried straight. This thickening spray helps to create the right amount of texture and a soft, sustainable hold. Keep in mind that once you’ve nailed your technique, it can also be an ideal way to touch up air-dried waves, or can be worked in with OTHER waving techniques.

Before things get heated, take a few minutes to practice with a BEVELED FLAT IRON while it’s still turned off (uh, ps: it’s on SALE! and it’s never on sale!). It’s important that you get the hang of the motions before adding heat, as this trusty iron has only one temperature setting. You’ll want to hit each section only once or twice at the most to avoid heat damage. The beveled edges of the iron are crucial for creating smooth waves, and help to avoid creating kinks in the hair. If you need more guidance on the steps below, go check out our instagram post right here!

flat iron wave tutorial the beauty dept

  1. To begin, hold a section of hair out from your head, and insert the flat iron at a diagonal, just below your scalp. Your waves will have natural, realistic movement if they are created diagonally towards or away from your face, or a mixture of the two. Gently close the iron as you curve it up and back down to form an arc.
  2. Because these waves are created using heat and tension, you’ll need to use a flat finger to hold the form of the previous arc, while you pull in the opposite direction to make your next wave. If your hair tends to slip, use two fingers to scissor the section instead. The second bend will be going the opposite direction, as we are creating alternating peaks and valleys. Just below the first arc, bend the iron down towards your head, then curve back up and release.
  3. complete the wave pattern that now should be visible with another arc curving away from the head, holding the previous bend for tension. You may have more length to wave here, but on this LOB we have reached the finish line!
  4. Slowly tap through the ends instead of bending them inward or too far outward to create a cool, modern finish.

To add just the right level of soft hold and enhance waves, we added a light veil of SOFT BEACH WAVE SPRAY, which while pricey, is just straight up the best! They also have a travel size available if you’re the type to dip your toes first. To truly nail the final look above, try THIS little hair hack after you apply your beach wave spray.

You’re ready to roll out! But maybe hide how good you are at this? Your girls are going to swarm, no doubt.

Don’t forget to tag us when you work those waves! @thebeautydept on insta.




Doing your own hair for your wedding is just straight up INTIMIDATING, amiright?? Well thank goodness for this epic, game changing PEARL HALO because it’s about to take all your day-of struggles away. I’ve uploaded a quick video to our INSTAGRAM to show how unbelieveably easy this is! It’s kind of crazy that it can be so simple. And yes, it’s fairly expensive, but most likely less expensive than having a hairstylist come do your hair on your wedding day. If you’re on a budget, you can go get an epic blowout at a salon somewhere and then pop this in! Here’s how it works…

beauty department wedding hair idea

Start with whatever texture you want; waves, curls, straight, natural, whatever! Dana is a lucky girl… this is basically her natural wave with a couple taps of the curling iron on random pieces that wouldn’t behave. (uggggggggh I want it).

oribe texture spray the beauty department

Next, add a bit of DRY TEXTURE SPRAY. This is great for adding texture AND slip prevention. Once you spray that, IF you feel the need, you can lift the top layer of hair and do a little tease/backcomb patch just behind the ear right where the combs will slide in. I recommend doing this if you’re planning to wear this all day or if your hair is shiny/slippery.

the beauty department easy wedding hair

Then you just simply slide the piece in to place and you’re DONE. Yes, it’s that easy!! Now I’m going to show you a ton of photos from different angles so you know what it looks like all around.

lelet the beauty department wedding hair idea quick easy tutorial

Here’s a 3/4 view.

wedding hair ideas 2016 easy bride hair tutorial lelet the beauty dept

Here’s what it looks like from the side! (Also, how adorable is Dana!? ahhhh!)

easiest bride hair tutorial the beauty department

And here’s a slightly closer shot. You can see that the band the pearls sit on is solid which makes this feel very secure!

What do you guys think of this accessory? I think LELET needs to make a million different kinds of these immediately because they’re just plain incredible. For those of you who will ask, the difference between this and this REVERSE HEADBAND I posted a couple weeks ago is this is solid and doesn’t bend the way the chain one in that post does. And while you KNOW I love that chain, this one stays put and might be my new favorite because it’s less likely to move.

Boho Braided Half Crown


Photo & Post by Carachele Tyvan

Photo & Post by Carachele Tyvan

This simple up-do might just be your new fave. The boho braided half crown is simple and quick to create, and is a style everyone should have in their bag of how to’s. Keep reading to find out how you can master this fresh and easy look.

Photos & Post by Carachele Tyvan

Photos & Post by Carachele Tyvan

  1. Wave hair. Here we used THIS ONE.
  2. Gather and section off the top half of your hair (temple to temple)
  3. Roll and clip this section up and away.
  4. Next section off one inch sections on your right and left side from your hairline, near your temple (this is the area slightly above your ear). Braid this section vertically down.
  5. Backcomb the braid instead of tying it off. Repeat on both sides.
  6. Bring braids forward towards the face and unclip the top section of hair (step 3). Allow this section to fall and blend with the bottom half of your hair.
  7. Take both braids from each side.
  8. Bring these braids to the middle back of your head, cross them over each other.
  9. Using a bobby pin that blends with your hair color, fasten both braids.
  10. Now make one inch sections below your first set of braids on each side. Repeat the first set of braids we did (Follow steps 4 and 5 ). Make sure the braid is directly under your last braids.
  11.  Once both sides are braided bring hair around to the middle back of your head and cross them over each other.
  12. Using a bobby pin that blends with your hair color, fasten both braids.
  13. Once everything is fastened adjust your curls on the bottom half and style using a texture spray. Here we used THIS ONE. We also love THIS ONE.
  14. Finish off waves and look with a weightless protectant. Here we used THIS ONE.
  15. Make any further styling adjustments to your look. and Enjoy an easy DIY half up boho braided up-do.