Posts Tagged ‘pony tail’




Summer’s creepin’ hard and if you’re in Southern California like us, it has arrived early. Wherever you live, warm weather means messy waves, braids and ponytails so let’s start with this gem, shall we? This look was created on the fly with no plan so excuse the unconventional-ness of it, but sometimes those make the best looks. Alright, here we go…

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Air dry your hair for this tutorial for better waves and more support —>> Remember the airdrying/waves tutorial?

messy knotted ponytail tutorial


  1. Add some quick wand waves all around the head.
  2. Go in different directions for a messier result. Don’t brush out your waves when you finish, just finger comb at the most.
  3. Next, add a little texture powder into the hair. I like to do a LITTLE bit all over because too much will make the hair feel sticky and gross. Just a little sprinkle all over will make it feel beach-y and look fuller. The main reason we use texture powder for this is so the little strands don’t slip. Texture powder creates an amazing grip, making it much less likely for the bobby pins to slide out.
  4. Once your texture powder is applied, take two small strands from the front (right around the temple area) and pull them back.
  5. Tie those in a half knot.
  6. Take two of your mini bobby pins and criss cross them through the half knot to secure.
  7. Now the tricky part! Take those two strands from the tail of your knot and criss cross them underneath the ponytail near the nape of your neck. Grab one of your MICRO CLIPS and secure the criss crossed pieces behind the ponytail. Wiggle the tiny clip into the ponytail to conceal it. Seems like you’d see them, but trust me, these are so small, they disappear into the ponytail (which looks and feels extra thick because of the texture powder).
  8. Gather a little more hair from the back to thicken up each strand before pulling it around and tying it again.
  9. Repeat as many times as desired.  You can do it once, twice or 5 times if it will work with your length!
  10. Last you’ll want to pull the hair gently to create a little more texture. Add another sprinkling of texture powder if desired.

Love this pony for a party, a long weekend (might look even cooler second day) and it could also be a good music festival hair idea! If you try the messy knotted ponytail, be sure to tag us so we can see your handiwork! @THEBEAUTYDEPT


post + photos by amy nadine, graphic design by eunice chun

Now that we’ve covered brushes for the whole face (foundation, powder + concealer) we can move on to eye brushes. There are so many of them out there that even I get overwhelmed a little at the make-up specialty store. Which is why I have narrowed it down to these seven must-haves that you can print out and take with you next time you’re in the market for new brushes. (more…)


photos/post/graphic design: Kristin Ess

Clearly we don’t all have a perfectly full hair. And while we definitely encourage you to embrace what you have and make the best of it everyday, sometimes we can all use a little boost for a special event. Thank goodness the ponytail extension exists. My clients and I love these things! They’re really easy to attach, but the most important part is prepping your own hair before clipping it in. Over the years I’ve done this about a billion times and this is truly my favorite way to get that sleek looking ponytail without any lumps & bumps. You may also opt for a more natural, loose look with your pony for which this is still a great technique. Let me show you how to “double up”! The idea with this technique is to make one ponytail inside of another. You can have a bumpy first ponytail and smooth it out with a comb and then pull your second (outer) ponytail over it to cover up any little mistakes. Here we go… (more…)


photos + post: Kristin Ess

Golly gee, we love very vintage-inspired ponytail. This is what I like to call the “Barbie Pony” when talking to a client. It’s got a part, a little volume + some soft bouncy curls. This particular version is a very wearable one. If you want to get a little more dramatic, you’re welcome to put as much volume and curl as you want! There are a LOT of steps in this tutorial, but that’s only because we wanted to be as detailed as possible. Alright, here we go…

  1. Start with clean dry hair. If your hair isn’t perfectly clean, give it a little shot of dry shampoo! You can do a side part or a center part– which ever you feel is more flattering to your face shape.
  2. Make a diagonal section starting at your part and going down in front of your ear.
  3. You can see exactly where we parted here…
  4. and here. Now clip the hair from the front section up and save that for later.
  5. Give the hair a nice tease on top in your “crown area”.
  6. Smooth over the teased hair using the finer side of the comb so it doesn’t appear too ratty. At this point you can give the top a little spray if you want to!
  7. Now, put all the hair in the back into a nice, high, secure ponytail. It’s okay if you end up flattening out the teased bump a little bit because…
  8. You can use a tail comb to pull it back up. As long as there’s teased hair under there, you can get that volume back.
  9. Next we take out the front section. Take one side and drape it over the ponytail holder. Use a little spray to hold it in place if you need to.
  10. Use small bobby pins to secure the pieces you’re wrapping around the ponytail holder.
  11. Repeat the same thing on the other side. If hair falls out of this section or doesn’t reach, you can just let it fall and/or tuck it behind your ear.
  12. Curl all of the hair in the ponytail. I like to curl everything in the same direction on each side so that you get a pattern going, but you can definitely make a more messy curl if you’d rather.
  13. It’s completely up to you whether you brush the ponytail curls out or not. I personally like t0 brush them because the ponytail gets fuller and more bouncy.
  14. Check the back using a hand mirror and make sure it looks balanced. Give it a final veil of strong holding hairspray.

Good luck dolls!