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BRAID PASTE

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PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS

Braiding can be a daunting task for even the most nimble fingers. I found something a while back that’s helped me teach people how to braid their own hair. Some super duper helpful stuff called  BRAID PASTE! There are tons of molding pastes on the market, and as I’ve showed you many times before, and I still love/use those as well! But sometimes you have to cocktail a paste with some shine serum because the paste by itself can be a bit too mattifying, causing hair to look a little dull. But braid paste has been helpful on pretty much all hair types when braiding, leaving it shiny but giving it soft hold so the braid doesn’t slip out as you go. Basically the cocktailing of paste and serum are already done for you!

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For fine to normal hair: I like to use a pea size dab of paste to start and go back in if I need more. Put it in your palms and warm it up. Go middle to ends and then if you need any up toward the root, just use whatever is left on your hands.

For thick or coarse hair: When I braid thick hair, I usally break it up into two sections to apply paste, otherwise I feel like it gets concentrated in certain places and there’s none in other places. I break it up from ear to ear, horizontally, applying to the bottom half first and then the top half. Depending on the thickness, I would use a pea size or slightly smaller per section. Warm it up in your palms and then apply middle to ends. If you need some at the root just use whatever is remaining on your hands after you apply everywhere else.

 

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After the paste is on the hair and you’ve done your braid, like a FISHTAIL BRAID, a ROSETTE BRAID or any braid for that matter, you can now loosen it up with ease knowing that the whole thing isn’t going to slip apart as you work some texture into it. It’s just a cool, very helful product to add to your arsenal if you love braiding or if you want to learn how to be a better braider.

Do you have any favorite products for braiding?

ALL HAIR, ALL WEEK

 

photos/post: Kristin Ess graphic design: Eunice Chun

Lots of you lovely ladies email us saying how they have unmanageable, giant hair that they just can’t seem to get under control. Today’s your lucky day! This is a fun tutorial for anyone who has some natural wave + frizz, aaaand it’s also a great tutorial for those of you who live in humidity. All we’re going to do is tame, curl + twist! Here we go!  (more…)

BALLERINA BUN (REMIX)

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Hello lovelies! Today we’re showing you how to create a hybrid of our two favorite things– a bun and a braid. Certainly you’ve racked up some mileage on Ballerina Bun Airlines. Perhaps you’re bored and want to put a new twist on  things…? This is the perfect way to keep it simple + fresh. This could be amazing for those mornings you’re rushing to work, or you can pop in a sparkly bow where the bun and braid meet for an adorable holiday party updo! Quick, pretty and polished. Who doesn’t love that?

Photos by http://www.angelaandithyle.com Post designed by Kristin Ess

TOOLS: water based pomade, 2 clear elastic ponytail holders, a comb or teasing brush, bobby pins.

  1. Flip your head over and put a little bit of pomade at the root. I like to do this because it makes the hair easier to braid by giving a little bit of soft/flexible hold. Braids are less likely to slip out when you use this.
  2. With your head still flipped, braid from the base of your neck going up to the crown area. Stop where you want the bun to start.
  3. When you reach your stopping point with the braid, tie the 3 braid pieces off with a clear elastic.
  4. You should still be upside down at this point. Now gather all of your hair into a high ponytail. Flip right-side-up and make sure it’s centered, then tie it off with your other clear elastic.
  5. Tease the hair with a comb or a teasing brush.
  6. Pin it into a classic bun shape. If you need help with this last step, click here. You could also top this off with the “Fun Bun” if you’d rather. (Last but never least, a light veil of hairspray is optional!)

Xx Kristin

ON SET AT PAPER CROWN

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Today we’ve been on the set of Paper Crown‘s holiday look book! Loving these waves on our gorgeous girl, Madison.

My top 3 secrets to getting these piece-y, beachy waves:

~Rub styling paste or water-based pomade into your roots before you start curling. Put a pea-sized amount into the palm of your hands and warm it up. Now get up in there with it! Massage it into your scalp like a head massage. Don’t put it through the middle or ends, only at the root. I like to start with the sides and then flip the head over to do the back. You’ll probably need another dab of product to do the back. I know this trick seems totally gross, but the feel of the product will disappear because it’s water based instead of oil based. This is what gives Madison’s hair that separation and allows me to see which pieces I want to pick up and curl. (Another great thing about water-based products is that they rinse out really easily.)

~Flip your hair back to the upright position and shake your hair until it settles. If you’re confused on how to do that, please click here. From this point on, try not to use a brush on your hair because it will ruin the way the hair locks together. Only comb it with your fingers. Your curls-to-be should now show up. Now you’re ready to pick up the individual locks of hair and start curling.

~I did two different kinds of curl here. I did some that go inside the clamp and some that you wrap around the curling iron. I like doing that to mix up the texture. Most importantly, I didn’t curl up near the root or down toward the ends. I used a 1″ barrell and I started here and stopped there:

 

Madison’s hair went around the barrell 3 times, but your hair could go more or less than that depending on the length. Once everything is curled, spray with hairspray and dance around. Yep, that’s a professional trick. Ask Lauren, she does it all the time.

And it’s totally obvious that Amy Nadine gave Madison the perfect red lip using her very own advice found here.

xxkristin