Posts Tagged ‘setting’

ENCOURAGING YOUR WAVES

photos/post/design: Kristin Ess

This quick tip is dedicated to all you gorgeous gals with “almost there but not quite” waves.  Tons of TBD readers have mentioned they have hair that’s perfectly wavy on the bottom but gets straight-ish on the top. Some have color damage and some just have 2 textures going on. Today we’re sharing our favorite method for bringing it all together! Sure, you could always use our BRAID METHOD, but sometimes you just want to wear your hair with your OWN natural wave! Plus, it’s fun to be able to work with what you’ve (almost) got so here we go!

You will need: Setting clips, tissue paper (I didn’t want to put tissue paper in the photo because it would have blocked too much of the pattern, but you can put a tiny piece of tissue under each clip to avoid creases!), setting spray (we love  John Frieda Curl Defining Spray ($6) and Ouidad Styling Mist ($16), light serum like Moroccan Oil Light (small $16.60).

  • Air dry your hair as you normally would. Try not to brush your hair after you get out of the shower!
  • Once it’s 85% dry, lightly mist the top layer with your setting spray.
  • Use your tissue paper and clips to set the waves in place. Try to match the pattern of your own natural waves below. It shouldn’t take you more than 5 minutes to get these in place!
  • Let it sit for about 20 minutes while you get dressed/do your makeup. If you need to, use your blowdryer on low and give it a little heat help. Make sure you use a nozzle and that your dryer is pointed down toward the floor to avoid frizz.
  • Once you remove the clips, add a little bit of a light serum to your ends and a quick veil of light hold hairspray.

If your hair is super-straight on top, this might not work for you but it’s worth a shot! You may find that your top layer just needed a little more support!

SETTING YOUR MAKEUP WITHOUT CAKING IT

POST + PHOTOS BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

For years I used a big fluffy brush to powder my clients’ faces after foundation, even though in makeup school we were taught to use a powder puff. It just felt more luxurious and didn’t have to be restocked all the time like a puff. But last year, I went back to a puff because I started getting frustrated with the way the brush was not only pushing and sliding the cream blush from the area I specifically placed it, but it was also grabbing onto the foundation and making everything a little cakey. Not good. So I went back to the puff press technique created by the masters of Old Hollywood cinema back in the late 30’s and felt a little stupid that I ever strayed. Here’s how: (more…)

LIPSTICK LONGEVITY

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

How could I not share with our TBD family my favorite trick for keeping clients’ lip colors on all night, long past the red carpet? Some steps may seem a little odd, but they’ve worked for me for years, so I confidently know that they’ll work for you too. Here’s all you have to do: (more…)

FLAT TO FULL

photo: JustinCoit+thebeautydepartment.com  post designed by kristin ess

This is for those of you who have super flat hair. Whether it’s fine or thick, follow our gorgeous Jamie Chung through the simple steps of achieving the perfect amount of volume!

Tools: volumizer (talk to your hairstylist + ask what they recommend for your hair type!), blow dryer, rubber band, medium velcro rollers, 1″ curling iron, setting clips or big bobby pins, teasing comb or teasing brush, light to medium hold hairspray.

1: Add a non-sticky volumizer to your root. Blow dry hair upside down.

2: Put all of your hair up in a quick bun (doesn’t matter what it looks like). This is the time to do your makeup because it will give the hair time to cool while directed upward which creates MAXIMUM volume.

3: Once hair has cooled, take it down and roll the center section in velcro rollers. I recommend rolling them backwards.

4: Using your 1″ curling iron, curl the remainder of your hair “up and back” as you see Jamie doing in #4.

5: Continue curling pieces all the way around and setting them in silver setting clips or with large bobby pins.

6: Allow the hair to set for about 5 more minutes before taking everything down. This is a good time to get dressed while the hair is up and out of your way!

7: Take everything down out of the clips. Slowly pull out the velcro rollers. I like to brush the hair lightly to bring out the fullness of the curl.

8. Curl the top pieces from the velcro rollers just the same as the rest to blend. Curl “up and back” by wrapping the hair on the outside of the iron.

9: Tease the crown a little. This will add volume and break up the curl a little bit. (If you don’t want your curl broken up as much, you can tease the hair before one step earlier before doing #8)

10: Mist with a light veil of hairspray and enjoy!