Posts Tagged ‘medium hair’


wet hair style ideas the beauty dept

Lately we’ve been getting tons of request for wash and go hairstyles and I’m not user why considering it’s winter in many parts of the country. But let’s DO it! Apparently a lot of you leave the house or the gym with wet hair so we’re going to do a hairstyle that you can let air dry that will look better and better throughout the day. If you’re going to wash and go, all you really need are two things– a good SPRAY LEAVE IN CONDITIONER and a great GEL SERUM (that one is my favorite but if you would like a less expensive alternative, Loreal makes this GEL SERUM). Gel serums are meant for air drying or blowdrying into the hair. I discovered this stuff while working in the salon. I needed something for those who wanted to forego the blow-dry (i know, crazy right!?) so I started using it then. It’s pretty cool. It has the texture of a gel but doesn’t get “crunchy” because of the serum addition. It stays soft and adds light hold and good volume.

Start by spraying in a light layer of your leave-in conditioner and combing out any tangles.  Next add a dime or quarter sized dollop of gel serum to the palm of your hands and emulsify it in your hands. Spread it throughout the hair evenly. I put this all the way from roots to ends and then brush through because I like to know that it’s distributed evenly throughout the hair.

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Now add two regular braids going from the sides to the back of your head. Cross them over each other in back and pin them together using large bobby pins. You always want to secure wet hair a little more because it tends to slip a little.

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Now twist small sections throughout the back. This will keep frizz to a minimum and will create separation in your waves. The gel serum will help minimize frizz as well. Scrunch the hair a little before walking out the door and let the rest of it air dry.

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Remember, you’re not going to get curling iron waves, so don’t expect this to look like that. This is a wash and go hairstyle using your natural waves or curls. If you have straight hair, this will still work.

These wash and go styles are ideal for anyone with damage needing a break from blowdrying and curling, anyone rushing out the door with no time for styling or even you beach bunnies down in Australia enjoying the summer right now!

Do you find wash and wear hairstyles to be helpful? Share your thoughts in the comments below so we can gauge your interest and know whether to do more of these or not!




As a hairstylist I’m always looking for a favorite new product or tool. Sometimes the thing you end up loving the most was right under your nose the whole time. Undone texture is having a mega moment right now and for the most part we want our FLAT IRON WAVES and CURLING IRON WAVES to look less pattern-y and a bit more natural.

When I discovered my CURRENT FAVORITE PRODUCT for undone texture, it was a total accident. I’ve shared a trick before that involves this spray waaaaay back in 2011, remember? That’s exactly what I was doing– adding a little moisture back into the hair so I could keep curling until I got the texture I wanted. But when I sprayed that superfine mist over the waves and scrunched it in, what I got was a gorgeous diffusion of the waves I had made with the iron. It just took the overly “styled” look away. It’s hard to believe my favorite new trick is simply WATER, but it is. A lot of people are probably wondering if this can be done using a regular spray bottle, but I’ve found that it’s not the same. Regular spray bottles put out too much water at once causing the hair to become too wet which will then cause it to return to it’s natural texture or go flat. There’s definitely a big difference in the fine mist from THIS ONE and any other sprayer.

Above I’ve shown you the finished look. Below are some photos as THE SPRAY is being used. You want to avoid spraying it at the root and focus more from middle to ends. Just a little will do. Then scrunch it in. Avoid pulling on the hair or dragging your fingers through it when it’s wet because you will drag the waves out and flatten your hair.

Here’s the “before hair” with some very subtle waves using a 1 1/2″ barrel iron.

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Spray a light veil of water, focusing middle to ends and all the way from front to back. Begin scrunching right away.

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Once you’ve scrunched all the water in, let it air dry. Scrunch a little more if you need to.





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The waves and texture will come together as it air dries. This hair was prepped with MOUSSE when it was wet, before blowdrying. So you’re really using the hold from the mousse as well when you add the EVIAN SPRAY. If you try this, let us know! Would love to hear if you love it as much as we do!




Wedding season is fast approaching and we want to make sure you’re prepared for bridesmaid battle! That means no struggles with your hair on the day of your friend’s big day. This is one of those tutorials you should bookmark, pin, save, frame, WHATEVER. Just keep it in your back pocket as a go to hairstyle for weddings, events and hot dates (eh hem– Valentine’s Day?). Here’s how to get this gorgeousness on your own hair.

quick easy bridesmaid hair 1 the beauty department

  1. Prep clean dry hair by giving it a little bend on the ends using a 1 1/4″ curling iron. The bend will help you tuck in the ends when you get toward the last steps. (In other words: you know how sometimes little straight pieces want to pop out? Curling them under helps!)
  2. Part the hair wherever you’d like it in the front. You can do middle or sides. For this, we went with the middle because it’s creates two even braids, but a small braid and a large braid could look very cute as well! Continue the part all the way down to the nape of the neck. Once the hair is divided, create your first braid. This one will be a regular french braid. Secure with a clear elastic.
  3. On the other side, you’re going to do an inside-out french braid which is the same thing– you just direct the pieces under instead of over as you braid. Secure with a clear elastic.
  4. Use a texture powder to fatten up your braids if you need them to be bigger! (SEE TEXTURE POWDER BELOW)
  5. Take your regular french braid piece from the left and cross it over to the right. Tuck the tail of your braid into the braid on the right and pin it using a large bobby pin. A lot of people will ask how this is done and the best thing I can say is, just tuck it in there and blend it. I usually feed the tail into the other braid until I find it’s in a comfortable spot. It shouldn’t be hard, especially if you’ve fattened up your braids first. The bulk of the braids will hide the tail well.
  6. Once you’ve pinned that, do the same to the other side. Cross it over, bend it under and pin it!
  7. Here we left the tail out so you can see which direction she folded the hair.
  8. Now simply tuck that piece down into the base of the braid, keeping it close to the scalp.
  9. Use a hand mirror to check your proportions from the back and sides. Use a light holding hairspray to tuck down any flyways if you need to!

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TEXTURE POWDER: This is something I love because some of us have fine hair and want it to look MUCH thicker. The best part about texture powder is, it’s so easy. If you can sprinkle salt and pepper, you can do this. You just shake a little out onto your braid, then spread the braid out with your fingers. As you loosen it, the braid will stay together and bulk up instead of falling apart like it usually does when you do this without texture powder.

My two favorite texture powder must haves are THIS and THIS. There is very little difference between the two, so I just get whichever is in stock. Always good to have a back up favorite!

If you guys try this updo, we would love to see it! Tag us @thebeautydept on insta, kay!??!!


the beauty department braid paste


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?