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KNOT TIE UPDO FOR SHORT HAIR

As we mentioned a few hair posts ago, we’ll be cranking out some short/medium bob-length hairstyles. This is one of my favorites if you’re wearing something with a collar and you want to “lift” the hair up off your neck. You can definitely wear it regardless of the neckline on your dress/top but if pulling your hair up is the focus, keep this trick in your back pocket! I’ve broken it down into 3 sections to try and make it less complicated.

PART 1: Rough it up a little.

In these first four steps, you’re just adding some texture so the hair isn’t too soft. When short hair is super soft, the bobby pins will slip and the updo will slowly (or worse– quickly) fall apart. Here’s how we do that…

  1. Start with clean dry hair. If you have a little wave in your natural texture, let it be. It’s useful for this updo. If your hair is naturally pin-straight, you may want to add a little quick wave with a curling iron, wand or flat iron. If you hair is curly, leave it! This can totally be done on curly hair.
  2. Spray a bit of beach spray or texture spray all over, focusing on the root area. Make sure it’s not a product that feels too “crunchy” or sticky! You don’t want to have trouble pulling it apart as you put it up. It should be soft to the touch. Here we used THIS ONE from L’oreal, which worked really well and still felt soft.
  3. Use your fingers to build the hair up. Scrunch and massage the root until the spray dries.
  4. Twist some of the pieces to give it even a little more texture.

 

PART 2: Twist it up!

  1. Create a diagonal part. It’s good to do this so you get a slightly more even distribution of hair on each side.
  2. Section off the heavier side and clip it forward to save it for the “knot” portion.
  3. Now you’re going to start twisting the side with less hair. Start near the ear and work your way back and up!
  4. Keep twisting! Add some pins as you go to secure the twist.
  5. Once you’ve twisted it all you can twist, you’re going to need to tuck the ends.
  6. Loop it back around as you see in photo 6 and tuck the tail of your twist back into the lower part of the twist and pin.
  7. You’re probably always going to have some short hairs fall out of the back when putting up bob-length hair. For that I always keep some of THIS around. It’s like liquid glue (not in a bad way). It’s just a really strong and will secure those hairs that fall out, no problem.

PART 3: Knotty, knotty!

  1. Now let’s go back to the front section. Pretend you’re going to do a french braid along your hairline. Instead of taking 3 pieces, take just two. Tie them together once.
  2. Now add a piece to each side, the same way you would with a french braid.
  3. Now tie that together!
  4. Keep going and adding hair to each section as you go.
  5. Once you get just above the ear, you can stop.
  6. Twist the ends and tuck it into the back twist. Secure it with a bobby pin and spray it with a light veil of hairspray.

Check it in the mirror from all sides. Loosen up some bits if you want to make it feel a bit more soft and natural. If you try it, we of course want to see it! Tag us in your photo @thebeautydept on Instagram!

TWISTED SISTER (UPDATED)

POST/PHOTOGRAPHY/GRAPHIC DESIGN: KRISTIN ESS

One of my favorite go-to ‘dos is my TBD oldie but goodie– Twisted Sister. It’s a fairly quick and easy updo. The problem with this particular hairstyle is it tends to fall out if your hair is super fine, extra thick or if you’re an animal on the dance floor. It’s so pretty but I wanted to do a version of this that would be extra-secure. Here’s how to get the same style with a little more security…

You will need: 2 clear elastic ponytail holders, bobby pins and some strong holding hairspray.

  1. I like to give my hair a little wave before starting most updos but this one in particular. For this I used a 1 1/4″ barrel iron.
  2. Take a small section from each side near the temple. Join the two pieces in back and wrap one of the clear elastics around it.
  3. Now “topsy turvy” the pieces(Aka: flip the ponytail over itself and feed it through the loop. That will create more of a twist than just two pieces joined together.)
  4. Repeat the process just below with two more pieces, closer to the ear.
  5. Now take the remaining hair that’s down and create a half ponytail bun. That’s where you make a ponytail but on the last loop you only pull it half way through.
  6. Now grab the tail that’s hanging out. Twist it and wrap it around the base of the bun. Get a little messy with it!
  7. Pin it in place with some large bobby pins for extra security.
  8. The final step is to tug on the topsy turvy twists until the clear elastics move down and hide themselves in the next section below. They should slide and hide pretty easily.

Check the back in a mirror for balance and spray all over using some strong holding hairspray. You know my favorite Superhold.

Here are some images of it from different angles!

RODARTE INSPIRED BRAID TUTORIAL

photos above (left: style.com) (right: Kristin Ess)

Earlier this year, Rodarte ruled the runway again. Every beauty site went crazy for the beautifully messy rosette braids. We wanted to do an actual tutorail on how you can get this look and make it wearable for the fall. I love that it’s a half up/half down ‘do because in colder weather, we can use the shoulder coverage for added warmth. Below is a very detailed step-by-step tutorial on how to get a wearable Rodarte-like braid along with a couple finished photos at the bottom. Here we go!

You will need: a few clear elastics, a one inch barrell curling iron, a light hold styling spray + some bobbypins that match your hair color.

  1. Start with wavy hair– natural or with a curling iron. We used a 1″ curling iron and our Everyday Waves method for this look.
  2. Create a middle part.
  3. On the left side of the part, create a basic 3 strand braid. (You can get fancy and do it french braid-style, only taking new hair from the top if you’re a champion braider!)
  4. About 4-5 inches down, tie the braid off using a clear elastic.
  5. Gently pull individual pieces as you see in the photot to create a messier looking braid.
  6. Repeat on the other side.
  7. Now join the two braids together in the back using another clear elastic.
  8. This is what the back should look like. Take a second to check it using a hand mirror. It shouldn’t be perfect, you just want to make sure you don’t see any weird bumps popping up.
  9. Right behind the place where you joined the two braids together, gently grab a strand of hair and slowly pull it out above the elastics (see photo). Spray with a light hold styling spray or thermal protectant spray.
  10. Take your 1″ barrell curling iron and create a barrell curl (start at the bottom and roll up).
  11. Release the curl and roll it back up.
  12. To make the rosette, gently pull the curl apart and give it some texture with your fingers. We twisted ours a little in the process, clockwise. Then use a small bobbypin to secure the rosette to the elastics.
  13. Create a 3 strand braid using the remaining pieces that hang down from the elastics.
  14. Gently pull and it give that braid some texture as well.

Here is what it should look like up close!

And here it is a little further away. Could be gorgeous for a wedding or just a fun night out with friends. If you try this, please tag us in a photo on instagram @thebeautydept! xo

 

VALENTINE’S DATE HAIR IDEA

A while back I posted the top photo on my instagram page. I wanted to do a tutorial to show you how you can get this look. I also wanted to kill two birds with one stone and show you that even if you don’t have the same hair type as a girl wearing a certain hairstyle in a photo, you can still translate and modify the look to suit you and your hair type! Amy Nadine, who has finer hair that’s about shoulder length, lends me her blonde locks in the photo above and my friend Jaclyn in the tutorial below has more hair than 10 of us combine + it’s SUPER long and heavy. Their hair is totally opposite. With Amy’s hair, I gave it a bit more volume as I styled it (for example, I teased the hair before pinning the buns and pulled the braids apart a little further). But with super thick hair, I had Jaclyn coil the buns tighter and use a few more bobby pins to keep the braids a little tighter to the head. All I’m saying is don’t give up on trying an updo if you don’t have the hair you “think” you should have to get the look– at least give it a try and make it your own version! Here we go with the steps!

photos/post/graphic design: Kristin Ess

  1. Leave two sections out in front (basically everything from your ears forward) and clip them forward. Imagine the back of your head split into 3 sections. If you want a little volume, tease the crown and then make your first bun in back. Pin using small bobbypins and make sure the bun feels secure. If your hair is really thick and you need to use clear elastics as well, go for it.
  2. Next make bun number two right below that and pin.
  3. Now make the third (final) bun on the bottom and pin. These buns don’t need to be perfect– in fact, I think they’re better when they’re all a little different and have some texture.
  4. Using the hair in front that you left out, make 2 braids on each side and tie them off with the tiny clear elastics. You want to make one from the bottom half of your section and one from the top half of your section. Gently pull them apart to add some texture so they don’t look too “done”.
  5. You should have two braids on each side as you see in photo 5.
  6. Take the bottom braid from one side and wrap it around the bottom bun. You want to slide the braid in between the lowest bun and the middle bun and then wrap it around the base of the bun and pin it in place.
  7. I’ve illustrated a pattern in photo 7 so you can see how the braids are wrapped around.
  8. Once you’ve pinned your braids into place, check your balance in back by using a hand mirror. Make sure it looks good from all sides. Pin any unwanted stray hairs or fly aways and voila!

Hope everyone gives this a shot no matter what hair type you have. It’s a super-quick updo and it could be a great look for an upcoming VALENTINE’S date! xo