Posts Tagged ‘summer hair 2014’

SUMMER BRAID 1

photos/post/graphics: Kristin Ess

Happy Saturday, friends! A week or so ago I had posted a photo of this braid on instgram and it got a ton of tutorial requests so, here it is. It looks pretty complicated but it’s pretty simple if you know how to do a basic french braid and a simple fishtail braid. This is such a go-to braid for summer because it gets the hair off your back and neck but still looks super fancy and fun. Okay, here are the 8 steps…

  1. Create a side part first. Then on the heavier side, clip up a section of hair about the size you see in photo 1. You’ll save that for later to create your fishtail.
  2. Start in the back behind one of your ears and french braid all the way across to the opposite shoulder.
  3. Once you get to the shoulder, turn the french braid into a regular braid that will fall in front of your shoulder.
  4. Next, take down the clipped up section and create a basic fishtail braid. Secure it with a small clear elastic when you’re done.
  5. Take the fishtail and wrap it around your head toward the back. Tuck it into the french braid and pull the tail through (see photo 5)
  6. Now take the tail of the fishtail that may be hanging out and work it into the french braid. Pin it in place.
  7. Gently pull the fishtail braid and the french braid apart to give it a little more texture and softeness. I love to spray my braid lightly with a soft ocean spray like Wella Ocean Spritz before I pull it apart. It gives it a little extra hold so I don’t end up unraveling my whole braid.
  8. Pull out some pieces out around the front to give it a more romantic feel (optional), then do a veil of fine mist hair spray like Oribe Superfine or Elnett.

If you have super clean hair to start, you may want to massage a little water-based pomade into the root and through the middle. That’s my favorite technique for anyone with freshly washed hair. Try Redken Rough Paste or treat yo’self to my ultimate fave Rough Luxury from Oribe. Those are my two go-to pomades.

PREP YOUR HAIR FOR SWIMMING

Vacation, staycation, daycation? However you decide to classify your next round of downtime, we hope there’s a pool or an ocean involved. But here’s the thing, little mermaids– you need to prep your hair for swimming, especially if your hair has been colored. We’ve talked about POOL HAIR before but only about what to do after you get out of the water. Let’s take a minute to discuss our favorite pool pre-game. Over the last year, I tested out a few random methods like spraying in leave-in conditioner all over, covering my hair in spray-on sunscreen, It’s not a lot of fuss and will save you so much hassle later. Here’s what I find works the best…

  1. Measure out 4 tablespoons of Wella Enrich Conditioning Mask. I use this particular conditioner because it’s my favorite mask and it leaves  your hair abnormally soft, but you can use your own favorite mask if you don’t have or can’t get that one.
  2. Mix that with 4 cups of warm water. I suggest using a wire whisk to make sure you break up all of the conditioner chunks.
  3. Once that’s done, pour all of it into a large spray bottle and shake it a little more, just in case! (Also shake it again right before you use it.) TIP: Make sure you get a large spray bottle. You’re going to want to soak your hair with this liquid so if the bottle doesn’t put out a lot of spray, it could take longer than desired.
  4. Once you arrive at the beach or the pool, drench your hair in this spray before jumping into the water. I always put it in a braid or bun, but you definitely don’t have to.

I think the reason this works is because much like a sponge, hair soaks up the first liquid it comes in contact with. That liquid works its way to the center of the hair once the hair is drenched and then it has little or no room for pool water or salt water. I’ll be honest, I don’t have scientific proof that this is what happens, it’s just my theory because I can tell you– there’s a HUGE difference in the feeling of my hair when I use this method vs. when I don’t. After 4 days of swimming in a pool in the super-sunshiny desert, this is what my red hair looked like…

If you have any favorite pool hair remedies, by all means share them in the comments below. You know we love hearing about your methods!