Posts Tagged ‘short hair tutorial’

HALF UPDO SHORT HAIR

PHOTOS/POST/GRAPHIC DESIGN: KRISTIN ESS

As promised in the last hair post, I’ll be doing lots of fun tutorials for shorter hair lengths in the upcoming months. Here’s our next one! It’s a half updo which I personally love for attending weddings or for any special occasion where you want to look prim + proper but not overdone. It’s got a french fishtail braid on one side and two tiny fishtail braids on the other side. Here’s how it’s done…

  1. Start with clean, dry hair.
  2. Massage some water based pomade into the root. Flip the hair from one side to other to make sure you really get in there. You don’t want the pomade just sitting on the top layer. When you put it at the root, it helps the hair from being too soft and slipping out of the braid. (If you want my recommendations on pomades for shorter hair, see the links HERE!)
  3. I prefer a side part with this look but you can do center if you want. Up near your part, grab two small sections of hair.
  4. Now just like our fishtail braid you’re going to be crossing the next sections over in an “x” pattern. The difference between a regular fishtail and a french fishtail is simple: just like a french braid, you’re taking new hair for each piece. So it’s like a hybrid of a fishtail and a french braid. (side note: I know we need to do a video for this, and I promise I will try and get that out asap.)
  5. Once you pass the ear, go ahead and switch it to a regular fishtail. In other words, just stop taking new pieces and fishtail the normal way. Tie it off with a tiny clear elastic once you get to the end.
  6. On the other side, you’re going to do two regular tiny fishtails.
  7. Tie those together using a tiny clear elastic once you get to the end.
  8. Pull both sides back and make sure they can meet because you’re going to bound those two clear elastics together using a small bobby pin.
  9. Clip up the top layer of hair. Join the two sides together in back and drive a bobby pin between each elastic, anchoring the two rubber bands together.
  10. Now drop the top layer and let it hide the place where you joined the braids together.
  11. Throw some simple waves in there using a 1″ barrel iron or a wand.
  12. Add a light veil of hairspray and check the back in a mirror!

Here are some additional images so you can see it from all angles.

Hope you guys love this. If you try it we would love to see it! Tag us on insta @thebeautydept. Have a gorgeous weekend!!

SHORT HAIR STYLING

PHOTOS/POST/GRAPHIC DESIGN: KRISTIN ESS

You guys have been soooo patient and kind waiting for these short hair posts and NOW I’m going to fill up your pinterest boards with all the good good you could ever want in the coming months. I’ve read all your email requests and I’ve seen every comment requesting short hair styling tutorials on our social media channels and we’re finally going to do it! I literally chopped off my super duper amazing assistant Olivia’s hair last week just so we could do these. We cut it just above her shoulders and below her chin. These tips + tricks are my favorite for bobs and lobs but can still be applied to medium length hair if you’ve grown yours out. Let’s get started with the basics for styling and then stay tuned for lots of cute short hair tutorials this spring and summer.

PRODUCT: My two favorite things that I can’t live without for short hair styling are water based pomade and mousse. We often think about mousse as a product from the 80’s and 90’s but things have changed. In order to get bob or lob length hair to take curl, but more importantly HOLD curl, you’re going to need to put some product in it most likely. Get one that’s not hard and crunchy, but one that leaves the hair soft. Apply it to wet hair and either air dry or blow-dry. Water based pomade is a great way to get separation and texture. It absorbs into the hair and doesn’t feel oily or overly product-y.

My favorites (click the link):

CURLING TRICKS: You either want your hair big and wide or you want it to look a little more narrow. Keep in mind that when you hold the curling iron horizontal you’re going to get a more “bouncy” curl or wave. When hold the curling iron vertically, you’re going to get a longer more narrow curl. If you go diagonal you’ll get something in between.

My favorite:

TIME SAVING TRICK: If you’re rushing (or if your hair is really thick in the back) just curl the ends under so they don’t stick out and only curl the layer that lays on top (see below). Cheat your way through the back! No body will ever notice. I actually prefer to do this whether I’m rushing or not. It keeps the hair more proportional in my opinion.

See… you can’t even tell.

After you’re done curling but before you apply hairspray, rub some of your water based pomade into the root. This will help keep the hair looking texture-y and piece-y for the whole day!

MOVE IT AROUND! Short hair should move! It should be fun and you should put your hands in it throughout the day! Toss it around. Give it a little flip! This will keep it from going flat and looking limp. Even if the curl falls out a bit, once you flip it to the other side it seems to come alive again! Just get all 90’s about it. WWKKD? (What would Kelly Kapowski do??) Also, keep a little extra to-go travel size jar of pomade in your purse at all times just for touch ups!

Okay! So these are the basics for everyday waves for short hair. Any tips and tricks you want to contribute? Leave them in the comments below!

SUPER SHORT STYLING

photos/tutorial/graphic design: Kristin Ess

If you’ve never chopped your hair off, you’ve probably dreamed about it. (Probably a frequent dream for anyone with high-maintanence hair!) Some of you lovely ladies have actually taken that leap, leaving braids and buns in the past– and this tutorial was for made YOU! You may recognize this look from our Vidal Sassoon voting post a while back. It didn’t win, but we just couldn’t help but share it with our pixie girls anyway! This is a basic every day look at how to take control short hair. A few of you with cropped cuts may already use this trick, if you’re new to short hair or haven’t mastered yours yet, this is what you’ll need to do it. Here we go!

The whole point of this tutorial is to get to step 9 and push your hair the opposite direction you styled it, so make sure you’re styling it the “other way” and then pushing it to your normal part when you’re done.

 

  1. Towel dry your hair right when you get out of the shower.
  2. Apply a heat protecting leave-in conditioner. Of course you don’t want the hair to be too soft, but you do want to protect it from blowdrying.
  3. It’s important to work product through evenly, especially when dealing with short hair. Rub each product in to the root, sides, back and then…
  4. comb through to ensure even distribution.
  5. Using a nozzle on your blow dryer, rough dry a little with just your fingers. The nozzle will help direct the hair and get it to lay down much more than you could without one.
  6. Smooth over the top using a soft bristle brush.
  7. If you have a “bang” or “fringe” on your short hair, smooth it out a little with your soft bristled flat brush.
  8. Spray a little heat protectant spray before the next step.
  9. Flat iron any pieces that are long enough. Best to flat iron them with a little bend so they lay down and cooperate.
  10. Take a little styling paste or styling cream in the palm of your hand. Rub it between your palms to emulsify and warm it up.
  11. Now push the hair in the opposite direction and style as you normally would.

Styling the hair in the opposite direction first will help you conquer cowlicks and any issues you have with your short hair laying “too flat”. Do you have a secret trick you love for a pixie cut? If so, we’d love to hear it in the comments below. Also, what are your favorite short hair products? This tutorial was originally done for our Vidal Sassoon Pro Series partnership post, so those were all the products we used in these photos.

ALL HAIR, ALL WEEK

photos/post/graphic design: Kristin Ess

The shorties have spoken! Here’s a tutorial for all the lobs + bobs out there. We HAD to hit up our favorite songstress Alison Sudol to be in this tutorial because she recently went shorter, and like many of you she mentioned that she has a hard time doing pretty updos. This one’s fairly simple if you know how to french braid. If you don’t, better click here and learn that first! If you do know how to french braid, grab some bobby pins + hairspray because here we go!  (more…)