Posts Tagged ‘styling’

JUST ADD WATER

PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS

PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS

We tend to have braids on the brain 24/7 during these hot summer months in California. Best part is that braiding can often save us from excess heat styling with blowdryers + curling irons, which is very helpful when dealing with dryness or trying to nurse damaged hair back to a softer state. Recently we were introduced to Pantene Pro-V’s Daily Moisture Renewal Conditioner and because it’s so moisture-packed we immediately thought of using it as a braid aid! This is a really simple way to braid + moisturize at one time so you’re getting a double dose of healthy hair (conditioning + saving on heat styling) while sporting your favorite braided look. We’re essentially creating our own leave-in conditioner and turning it into a styling product! Here’s how we did it…

pantene moisture renewal hack the beauty department

pantene the beauty department braid aid

  • Shake well.

the beauty department pantene

  • Apply to wet or dry hair.
  • Braid as desired!

beauty dept pantene moisture

TIP: I love using this trick before heading to the gym in the morning. I shower, shave, wash my hair, get out, apply this spray and braid. Then when I’m done at the gym I can just do a quick rinse in the shower and go instead of a taking a full “normal” shower.

braidaid the beauty department pantene

You can do this on dry hair too, of course! I tend to focus more from middle to ends and only use a tiny bit toward the root. Focus on dryness and places where your hair gets the least amount of natural oils: middle to ends.

pantene braid aid the beauty department

Once you apply spray and braid your hair, wait about 10 minutes for it to absorb and dry a little, then gently pull at your braid to loosen it up. The conditioner serves as a great texturizer because as it dries it feels a little more like a styling cream.

When you go to rinse the conditioner out, you’ll feel the benefits and as your hair dries, you’ll see them! Now we really wonder how many “conditioner hacks” there are out there. Do you have one? If so we’d love to hear it in the comments below!

(this post was created in partnership with our friends at Pantene)

5 WAYS TO WAND WAVES

post: KRISTIN ESS

post: KRISTIN ESS

Not all who wand are lost… When it comes to the wand, instructions are pretty straight forward: wrap your hair around the wand starting closest to the root and wrap your way to the ends without burning your fingers off. I always let the hair naturally twist as I wrap the hair, but there are different ways to do it which we showed you a while ago HERE. So what happens when the hair comes out of the wand and you have this perfect coil? There are actually lots of things you can do and we spent some time last week shooting my 5 favorites…

By the way, if  you don’t have a curling wand, it’s time to get one! Here are some goods…

WAND WAVING (NOT THE FINISHED PRODUCT)

wand waves the beauty department

  • Prep the hair with your favorite HEAT PROTECTANT before waving with the wand.
  • Wrap small to medium (about 1″) sections around the wand from root to ends, getting as close to the ends as possible without burning your fingers obviously!
  • Release the hair and let it all cool for a couple minutes.
  • Choose a method below for styling!

 

TIGHT WAVES…

wand waves curls the beauty dept

  • Comb through with your fingers only, no brushing necessary.
  • Add APRES BEACH SPRAY for light separation.

 

SOFT BRUSHED WAVES…

brushed out wand waves the beauty department

  • Once the hair has been curled and cooled, start brushing with a CUSHION BRUSH until you see a pattern form.
  • Add weightless shine using a DRY OIL SPRAY.

 

RELAXED WAVES…

relaxed wand waves the beauty department

  • Once you have curled and cooled the hair, brush everything out using a CUSHION BRUSH.
  • Use an adjustable temperature FLAT IRON at medium temp (about 350) and gently and quickly tap the waves from root to ends. Or if you’re not super coordinated with the flat iron, turn it on a low setting (in the 200’s) and quickly slide the iron through the hair.
  • Use a lightweight STYLING CREAM to finish off this laid back look + give it the perfect amount of separation.

 

EVERY DAY WAVES…

broken up wand waves the beauty department

  • Once you’ve waved a section using your wand, gently tug on it while it’s still hot. That will slightly loosen the coil.
  • After you’ve curled and cooled everything, brush everything out using your CUSHION BRUSH.
  • Mix a pea-sized dab of POMADE with a drop of SERUM together in the palm of your hands. Scrunch into the hair starting in the middle and working your way down.

 

MESSY WAVES…

shaken up wand waves

  • Start by doing the exact same steps from from the photo above (Every Day Waves).
  • Next, take your BLOWDRYER with the nozzle off, flip your head upside down and “stir” the hair with cold air. In other words, create little circles at the scalp using your blowdryer on the cold setting.
  • Flip head right-side-up and add a little TEXTURE SPRAY.

AND THE WINNER IS…

We’re excited to bring you the winner of our Pick Your Own TBD Tutorial and thank you to everyone who voted! The look you chose was LOOK 3! We’ve partnered with Vidal Sassoon Pro Series to create a step-by-step breakdown on how to get this look yourself and think you’ll love just how easy it is to do. This tutorial shows us how to get natural texture + a little volume without using a curling iron. Here’s how:

TOOLS:

 

  1. Start by washing your hair and only conditioning the ends lightly. On towel dried hair, spray Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Color Protect Spray from the middle to ends. This is an amazing light-weight conditioner that not only protects but also helps close the cuticle, creating more shine.
  2. Next up, pump a golf ball-sized amount of Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Boost & Lift Foaming Air Mousse into the palm of your hands.
  3. Massage it evenly throughout your roots. Really work it in to avoid ” flat spots” where you may have missed with product. If you spend a couple minutes getting it evenly distributed, you’ll get a better result with mousse!
  4. Now toss your hair all to one side and blow dry on high.
  5. Flip it to the other side and do the same. It’s okay to go back and forth. You want to get it about 90% dry, leaving just a little bit of moisture. NOTE: If you’re blowing out curly hair to get this look, blow it out all the way! 100% dry! Then see step 7!
  6. Last, flip completely upside down and make sure you dry the area by the nape of your neck.
  7. OPTIONAL: If you’ve blown out curly hair and it’s now 100% dry, spray a little bit of Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Repair & Finish Spray. This will restore a small amount of moisture and allow your hair to take the shape of the wave without causing the hair to curl back up.
  8. While your hair is still warm from blowdrying, wind all of it into a tight bun at the crown of your head (as you see in photo 8!) and secure it with pins. We prefer using hair pins (aka: U-pins) for this so they’re not too tight, but you can use bobbypins if you’re careful not to open them too wide. Avoid using ponytail holders as they can leave an unwanted crease. If you have shorter hair, you can make 2 buns by dividing the hair into two sections– one up top and one in back.
  9. Try and leave your hair in bun for at least 30 minutes. It needs time to cool in order to take the wave shape. This is great for those of you who do your hair at night because you can sleep on it and get an even better wave! Once the hair has cooled, remove the pins and lightly brush the ends if neccessary. Literally all we did in this photo was take it down after 30 minutes of cool down time, shake it out and brush the last 1 inch using a comb. If you want to, you can go over any unruly pieces with a large barrel curling iron or you can hit the ends with a flat iron for an edgier look.

Thank you to Vidal Sassoon Pro Series for collaborating with us on such a fun voting post. Good luck everyone and show us your waves on Instagram! Tag us @thebeautydept!

A NEW KIND OF FINGER WAVE

photos/post/design: Kristin Ess

Look out vintage vixens, there’s a new fingerwave in town and we’re hoping to see lots and lots and lots of this wave at Coachella! Many gorgeous gals with fine/straight hair seem to be having trouble getting natural looking waves that will stay.  Here’s my favorite way of making that happen!

You’ll need A) Oribe Superfine Hairspray + B) Leonor Greyl Mousse au Lotus Volumatrice. A less expensive option would be Elnet + Pantene Stylers Mousse. You’ll also need a blowdryer with multiple heat setting. I like this one from Elchim because it has the best hot and cold settings and the ratio of wind to heat is perfect. Okay, here we go:

  1. This is just a visual so you can see how naturally straight her hair dried on the day we shot this.
  2. Start with freshly shampooed, towel dried and brushed out hair. Pour a little mousse into the palms of your hand. For this length a ping pong ball-sized amount is good.
  3. Start by applying a little to the root and then work the rest in on the way down.
  4. I like to comb mousse through using a brush or a comb. An even application of mousse is vital! Otherwise, you can end up with flat spots.
  5. Take a section of hair and zig-zag it through your fingers like you see in photo 5. It’s important that you have the nozzle on your dryer and that you’re using a medium heat setting so you don’t burn your little fingers! Start blowdrying with the nozzle up parallel to your fingers. Your first “wave” will go right above your fingers. Try not to hold the hair too tight.
  6. Now move down to the hair in your fingers. Dry that (still on a medium setting and not getting too close) for about 45 seconds to 1 minute. By the way, it’s okay to let go of the section and then pick it back up again if you loose some pieces from the wind.
  7. Let go every now and again to check your progress and see how it’s drying.
  8. Decide how low you want the wave to go. If you think you want to stop with just one set of waves in the middle, great!
  9. If you want to keep going, that’s great too! Just slide your fingers down and start the next set of waves the same way. If the waves above are fully dry, you won’t mess them up as you move downward.
  10. For sections on top, start by lifting the hair and blowdrying underneath to get a little volume if you want it. Doing this will help the hair have movement.
  11. Then continue making waves the way you did in the previous section. NOTE: Nothing needs to be perfect– in fact, I find that when it’s perfect, it looks less like natural waves and more like you did it with a curling/waving/or flat iron. Sometimes I like to put my fingers on a diagonal angle to get a more natural appearance.
  12. Doing the back isn’t hard and it doesn’t have to be perfect. Turn your head to the side so it makes it easier to reach. See photo 12 if you’re confused.
  13. Once you finish everything, spray the waves with a light mist of hairspray.

Between the mousse and the hairspray, I’ve never had a problem getting fine hair to hold this wave and I don’t think you will either. It’s also nice to have an alternative to irons! xo