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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.

HAIR TALK: ROUND FACE SHAPE

post: Kristin Ess graphic design: Eunice Chun

Let’s be honest- SO many of us think we have a round face. But when it comes to face shapes you really want to try and be sure you know which one or two you are. Use this guide to get a more accurate answer. The best way to sum up a round face is that it’s just about if not the same in width as it is in length with no major corners at the jaw. One person that I think has always done a great job keeping her round face looking more oval-ish Ginnifer Goodwin. She doesn’t hide behind her hair which many people with a round face shape try to do. In this particular post, I’m going to be speaking from personal experience as I’m a round-faced girl. Here we go…

  • Shaping: One thing I always tell my girls with a round face is to keep a little hair out in front of the ear and not to tuck it back. Look at each of Ginnifer’s images above– there’s always a little something in front of one ear or both. The reason this is helps a round face is because it visually stops the width of your face. It cuts off “the circle” and tricks the eye into thinking that the width of the face face stops there.
  • Don’t over do it: Those of us with round faces tend to want to hide behind lots of hair (story of my life!). Problem is, we’re not fooling anyone. I’ve learned over the years that doing so often just frames your cheeks and can make them look fuller. I’ve also learned that it doesn’t take a lot of hair being pushed forward to minimize the roundness of the face– instead try the tip above. Let that beautiful face come out from behind the hair curtain!
  • Deep part: A deep part is wonderful for a round face because it changes the focal point of the length of your face. People can’t see if your face is the same in length and width. If you look at the bottom left photo, Ginnifer parts the hair, it goes up off of her forehead and then down at the cheek. You can obviously see that this makes her face look more oval. On the bottom right, she swoops it down and across which also makes the face look a bit longer. Either way a deep side part with some wave is perfect for a round face.
  • Chop Chop: Girls with round faces do not like to hear this 90% of the time, but I’m going to say it for the other 10%– if you’re comfortable in your own skin and not insecure about the way you look, don’t be afraid to just chop that hair right OFF! Round + oval faces are the absolute best face shapes for going super short and no one works a better pixie than Ginnifer Goodwin. She plays with so many textures and she minimized the roundness in just the right ways. I love when she makes it a little fuller on top with lots of choppy texture because it actually elongates the face. If you google “Ginnifer Goodwin short hair” you’ll see– this girl knows how to do it. She also had a lot of beautiful ‘dos when her hair was long so she’s a great one to look up when searching for round face hair style ideas.
  • KEEP THE PIECE: Really important– ask (beg) your hairstylist to leave that little section that falls in front of your ear  on the long side. Not longer than the rest neccessarily, but as long as the length of your hair. I’ve been cutting hair for 16 years and I can tell you, as soon as you cut into that piece, you start opening up the face. Round-faced girls usually want the opposite. You want that particular section to stay long and you want it to always run right along the side of your face. That will be your key piece in minimizing roundness. Doesn’t matter if you have a bob, a pixie, or hair down to your waist with lots of layers. Don’t  layer or cut that little section shorter than you have to. (No joke– I physically hold on to those pieces under my chin when anyone cuts my hair… but I’m crazy.)
  • Short haircuts: Keep some texture in short hair. Sleek short haircuts on a round face can make it appear more round. I’m not saying it’s not cute to have a sleek bob on a round face– it’s actually one of my favorite things because those girls look like DOLLS. But, for an every day short cut, meaning a bob or pixie, texture will diffuse the roundness. If your hair is naturally straight, put some weightless mousse in the roots and then give it some quick curl with curling wand.
  • Mid-length haircuts: Layers in medium-length hair are great for round faces as long as “The Piece” mentioned above remains intact. When I wear medium-length hair, I always ask whoever is cutting it for me to only give me layers “above the occipital”. In English, that means that the only hair that gets layered is the hair that grows above that bone you feel in the back of your head. That usually leaves a nice weight to the ends and then plenty of layers to play with.
  • Long haircuts: I find that the best way to wear long or super-long hair with a round face is to add layers and a long bang. Long hair with a round face needs some texture and the only way to get that is by adding layers. You can put all the texturizing product in the world in long heavy hair but you won’t get any long term lift and movement without some layering. I think the biggest mistake a girl with a round face can make is having really long hair with no layers because all that will do is draw attention to your cheeks. Again, ask to keep “The Piece” mentioned above.
  • Bangs: The rumor is that girls with round faces shouldn’t have bangs. That couldn’t be further from the truth. It’s more than fine to cut bangs and have a round face as long as they’re the right kind of bang. Here’s a bang guide to help you see the difference. I always check the forehead length before giving someone bangs. If you have a short forehead and a round face, skip the bangs. If you have a average sized forehead or a larger forehead, go for it. Just make sure there are longer pieces on the side like you see here and here.
  • High Pony: We round-faced girls don’t always love pulling all of our hair off of our face but sometimes a high pony can help elongate a round face. The volume on top can extend the silhouette of the head tricking the eye into thinking you have more of an oval face. Try wearing it with some loose natural pieces falling out in front of the ear and alongside your face.

Hope these tips help you and I hope you’ll share some of your favorite styles for a round face below! xo

BRAIDING SHORT HAIR

photos/post/graphic design: Kristin Ess // post brought to you by Pantene Beautiful Lengths

Well Pantene has earned it’s angel wings as far as we’re concerned. They have an incredible program called Pantene Beautiful Lengths. PBL donates real-hair wigs to women who are going through treatment for cancer, free of charge through the American Cancer Society. We are so proud to be supporters of this program, as it’s a cause very close to my heart. We encourage every single one of you who can donate your hair to do it at least once in your life, if not more. It’s a beautiful feeling when you know you’ve helped a girl or a woman who has lost all of her hair unexpectedly.

Now what happens after you “Make the Cut”? So many girls are terrified to chop their hair for charity in fear that they won’t know how to style it after. The minimum donation is 8 inches, so that usually leaves you with a long bob, bob or shorter. Hopefully this short hair braid tutorial will help you and inspire you, knowing that there are plenty of lovely hairstyles to create on shorter hair. Okay, here we go: (more…)