Posts Tagged ‘step by step’




THIS is one of my favorite looks because you almost cant do it wrong. It’s a braid so haphazard that even someone with little to no skill could hook it up! This reminds me so much of those kids you see on a playground who have run around for so long that their braid starts to come apart. I often feel like as it falls apart it becomes more beautiful, kinda like me after an Adele song. Anyway. Here’s how we created this look…

the beauty department the undone braid

Let’s not front. There are extensions in this hair. There are 4 thin tracks clipped in. Emily has fine hair and the extensions help to bulk it up. This looks best on longer hair but it can absolutely be done on medium lengths as well (you just need a little more patience and skill for that!)

If you have “slippery” soft hair, spray in a little OCEAN SPRITZ for grit. A light layer on dry hair will do! It’s the same one I mentioned in my last HAIR POST.

  1. Separate the center section and make a large french braid. In other words, take big pieces for your french braid rather than small. Leave out the sides from your ear to your front hairline.
  2. Split each side section into two pieces.
  3. You want to grab a piece and weave it through the main braid once or twice, leaving the ends out.
  4. Do that with all 4 side pieces.
  5. If any of them slip, you can use a tiny MICRO CLAW CLIP behind the braid to hold your section. Remember how we did that right HERE? Your pieces will stay put with those if you need them.

Again, the whole point of this is to feel very informal and un-done, so don’t overthink it and don’t make it too perfect. Add a light veil of strong holding hairspray at the end if you feel the need!

Do you guys like this kind of look? I have a few more of these types up my sleeve. Or is it just too messy for you? Would love to know your thoughts!





There are some things on this list we didn’t even know existed! But they do and your fiancé, best friend, brother, father may need these gems if they’re saying “I do” soon.

  1.  SWISS ARMY HANGING TRAVEL KIT.  He’s going to need something to put all his new fancy stuff in. Also… easy to zip up and take on the honeymoon. Men need baggage, too!
  2. HAIR FIBERS. I’m obsessed with these little bottles and have them in every color. I use this on both men and women for photoshoots. If there’s a weak spot/thinning patch on someones head, I shake these tiny little hair fibers onto the scalp and boom– no more see-through patch. Doesn’t look powdery and no one has ever been able to detect these fibers. They also stay put throughout the night, dancing and sweating and all. This stuff is amazing. I’ve used these on more grooms than one could imagine. Particularly those grooms who are a lil insecure about potentially seeing a thinning patch in a photo. Problem solved.
  3. MEN’S NAIL CLIPPERS. If your guy isn’t down for a mani in the salon, grab him a set of these. They’re made particularly for men. They’re wider and easier to handle and they’re also incredibly sharp compared to most fingernail and toe nail clippers.
  4. CLIPPER + EDGER SET.  Of course the groom is going to get his hair cut before the big day, but what if someone in his dude lineup didn’t get a chance to ? Maybe have a set of these on hand for any last minute touch ups. Most guys know how to clean up another guy’s hairline and if not, hopefully there’s a pro on site who can take a second to help out.
  5. ANTI-REDNESS CREAM. I actually used this for a little while because I was having some rosey little flare ups on my cheeks. Until I could find a more permanent solution, I used this. If your guy tends to have some redness issues in his skin, get him a jar of this and have him apply a few min before the wedding or photos.
  6. PRE-SHAVE OIL (for sensitive skin). If your dewd has issues with shaving due to sensitive skin, get him to try this out. It’s an oil, applied before shaving, which softens and conditons the skin before going at it with the razor. It’s a bit of a buffer between the skin and the razor.
  7. ANTI-FATIGUE COOLING EYE ROLLER. Who knows, maybe he had to work up until the last minute or really partied hard at the rehearsal dinner. Pop one of these in the refrigerator and tell him to roll it under his eyes for a few before walking down the aisle. I have the women’s formula and it’s amazing.
  8. DE-PUFFING EYE BALM. Similar to the cooling eye roller above, this relieves any sign of sleepy under the eye. This one is a balm geared specifically toward puffiness so you would want to do this the morning of the wedding, not right before walking out. I would suggest giving this a couple hours to do it’s thing.
  9. CLEAR BROW GEL. A lot of men have untamed brows. Ask your guy to check those wild ones at the door on your wedding day. This is an undetectable clear brow gel. No one will be able to see it. It won’t make or break a photo if your guy’s brow is out of place, but it will just be nice not to have to think about it either.
  10. BEARD BOX. This is awesome and every bearded bro I know would LOVE this. It’s a box containing everything a guy could need to maintain a beard. And it’s all packaged up inside a gorgeous black walnut box. Such a gorgeous gift.
  11. OIL CONTROL MATTIFYING MOISTURIZER. No body ever sets out to be “the shiny guy”. Eliminate an oily face, hairline or even bald head with this mattifying moisturizer.
  12. R + CO CONFORMIST HAIR PASTE. I find that the most common men’s product these days is a water-based mattifying paste and this is a great one. It keeps the hair from looking overly shiny which is great for photos.
  13. ENERGY BUBBLES. All the energy of an energy drink, no jitters. Lots of vitamin B! Your groom will be socializing and celebrating all night, so make sure he has the stamina to handle all those hugs and kisses and long convos with your whole family (and vice versa!)
  14. MEN’S CONCEALER. His face gets an occasional zit, blemish, ingrown, razor nick, whatever. No one is asking him to put on a full face of makeup, but let’s say he does get a razor nick or an ingrown on his neck from his new cut… You don’t him or anyone else distracted by it, so grab a tube in his tone.
  15.  PRO-GLIDE POWER SHAVE SET. If your Dapper Dan is not going in to get a professional shave before the wedding, let him give himself one. This kit is a collaboration between The Art of Shaving + Gilette so it’s a classic for sure, but it’s also not 500+ like some of the shaving kits out there. Eek.
  16. MEN’S EXFOLIATING FACIAL SCRUB. Encourage him to get any flaky, dead skin off with an exfoliator scrub. If you haven’t heard of Baxter, I’m OBSESSED. They make the greatest men’s products, they’re totally affordable and they work! Way into this brand for men. Anyway, have your guy do this once or twice before the big day.
  17. EXFOLIATING BODY BAR. Swap his soap! He’ll thank you because this will get any remaining flaky skin off the rest of his body.
  18. LASER HAIR GROWTH COMB. This is always a touchy subject. I couldn’t care less if my guy was losing his hair. But what if your guys does? If it’s something he’s concerned with an you want to point him in the right direction or help him out, try a hair growth comb. It uses low-level laser light energy to stimulate hair follicles at a cellular level to promote new growth. It’s an investment, but 93% of patients in their clinical studies experienced significant new hair growth, so it’s worth a shot.
  19. TEETH WIPES. This is genius and I didn’t even know these existed! Let’s say you guys are red wine peeps. And let’s say you’re drinking a lot of it at the rehearsal dinner or wedding. You don’t want to be the purple teeth people in your photos. Keep these on hand or in your purse and check your teeth when you hit the restroom.
  20. NOSE + EAR HAIR TRIMMERThe struggle is real, people. Have a chat with him about nose and ear hairs if he has some creeping out. Just ask if he’s interested in trimmin’ it back. If so, grab him one of these. Doesn’t matter how old you are or how hairy you’re not, these rando hairs creep out on every guy I know.
  21. CHAPSTICK + SPF. If you’re having an outdoor wedding and celebration, remind him to keep one of these in his pocket. Making out on your honeymoon will be so much better when his lips aren’t chapped.

In addition to this guy guide goodness, I found this amazing graphic on men’s hair while on pinterest the other day and thought I would share. It comes from a super cool men’s hair site called hair If you’re having the wedding hair talk with him soon, this website could be incredibly helpful and so could this graphic!

men's hairstyles groom the beauty department


photos + post KRISTIN ESS

photos + post KRISTIN ESS

I’m way into uneven rows of braids right now and I had a good idea (or at least I think it is) and wanted to share. I’m heading out for vacation in a week or so and I really needed some kind of rad pool hair situation since I plan on being in it most of the time I’m away. So I decided to combine my normal pool strategy with a cool girl hair look. Here’s how I’ll be keeping my red hair fresh while I’m maxing + relaxing…

the beauty department pool girl braids


As we know, it’s best to get in the pool with hair that’s been wet from a shower vs letting the hair soak up salt water or chlorinated water!

  • first I’ll wet my hair in the shower and ring out the excess water.
  • next, I’ll add in MY FAVORITE DEEP CONDITIONER that I talk about on the regs. Also available in this GIANT TUB which is what I get.
  • towel dry out of the shower with the conditioner still in it.
  • once it’s towel dried, I’ll create my uneven rows of braids (pretty much exactly the way you see it in the photo above). I like inside-out french braids best (aka: dutch braids) because they appear fuller and tend to have more texture but you can also do these the regular way.
  • I’ll tie them off with small clear elastics and submerge myself into the pool with a cocktail in hand.

summer pool beach hair idea the beauty department

And let’s not forget my APRES SWIM hair routine! Later fishes!!!




If I had a dime for everyone who asked me about post-workout wet hair styling, I would be the ricccccccccchest. Like, THE richest. And because I like you guys (gals) so much, I’m giving you what you’ve asked for– hair ideas that you can do when you’re leaving the gym, or even home, with wet hair. There are a million reasons to head out with wet or damp locks but zero reasons that it shouldn’t still look cute after I show you these ideas. So from now on, when it’s just too hot or you’re just too late or straight up TOO tired to blowdry after you shower, try this…

Before doing these, we shampooed with LIVING PROOF RESTORE SHAMPOO, conditioned for 3 minutes with WELLA ENRICH, detangled out of the shower using SEXY HAIR SOY TRI-WHEAT LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER, and then added a little ORIBE GRANDIOSE MOUSSE for hold and fullness once the hair dries. All of these links are for travel size and/or smallest containers available, which is what I keep in my gym bag.


                                             THE BRAIDED BUN

Seems easy enough and we’ve all done it on dry hair. But braiding on wet hair is SO much easier in my opionion because it doesn’t tend to slip.

  • Create a simple ponytail around the occipital bone (that bone in the back of your head).

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  • Make a regular 3-strand braid out of that ponytail.

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  •  Wrap the braid around the ponytail and pin into a bun shape. The mousse will help create volume in the braided bun as it air dries. Gently pull it apart for texture if desired.


                                                 THE WAVY PONY

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  • Create a ponytail above the occipital bone.

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  • Divide the ponytail into two sections and twist them into each other.

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  •  Unwrap the twists and scrunch until the curls break up. Don’t shake it up or break it up too much as you don’t want it to get frizzy.


                                             THE TIED UP TOPKNOT

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  • Create a high ponytail about where you like your topknot to sit.



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  •  Split the high pony into two secitons.

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  • Tie the hair in a half knot above the ponytail holder.

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  • Now tie it in another half knot behind the ponytail holder. It’s easy to do this on wet hair. Much easier than it is on dry hair.

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  •  Take the ends that are left out and wrap them around front. Tuck and pin them underneath the bun in front.

Are you guys feeling these gym/wet hair looks? I’m also going to do one for short hair, so keep your eyes peeled for that one!