Posts Tagged ‘summer hair’




Summer’s creepin’ hard and if you’re in Southern California like us, it has arrived early. Wherever you live, warm weather means messy waves, braids and ponytails so let’s start with this gem, shall we? This look was created on the fly with no plan so excuse the unconventional-ness of it, but sometimes those make the best looks. Alright, here we go…

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Air dry your hair for this tutorial for better waves and more support —>> Remember the airdrying/waves tutorial?

messy knotted ponytail tutorial


  1. Add some quick wand waves all around the head.
  2. Go in different directions for a messier result. Don’t brush out your waves when you finish, just finger comb at the most.
  3. Next, add a little texture powder into the hair. I like to do a LITTLE bit all over because too much will make the hair feel sticky and gross. Just a little sprinkle all over will make it feel beach-y and look fuller. The main reason we use texture powder for this is so the little strands don’t slip. Texture powder creates an amazing grip, making it much less likely for the bobby pins to slide out.
  4. Once your texture powder is applied, take two small strands from the front (right around the temple area) and pull them back.
  5. Tie those in a half knot.
  6. Take two of your mini bobby pins and criss cross them through the half knot to secure.
  7. Now the tricky part! Take those two strands from the tail of your knot and criss cross them underneath the ponytail near the nape of your neck. Grab one of your MICRO CLIPS and secure the criss crossed pieces behind the ponytail. Wiggle the tiny clip into the ponytail to conceal it. Seems like you’d see them, but trust me, these are so small, they disappear into the ponytail (which looks and feels extra thick because of the texture powder).
  8. Gather a little more hair from the back to thicken up each strand before pulling it around and tying it again.
  9. Repeat as many times as desired.  You can do it once, twice or 5 times if it will work with your length!
  10. Last you’ll want to pull the hair gently to create a little more texture. Add another sprinkling of texture powder if desired.

Love this pony for a party, a long weekend (might look even cooler second day) and it could also be a good music festival hair idea! If you try the messy knotted ponytail, be sure to tag us so we can see your handiwork! @THEBEAUTYDEPT


photos: Kristin Ess

Yesterday I asked you all for a little help on our instagram page. Wasn’t 100% sure if we were in love with this string wrapped braid and wanted you guys to weigh in! The responses were mixed but there were plenty of you who asked for it to be posted that we decided it go ahead and put it up! Next time we do this, I think we’ll use another material and we’re excited to try it again. But that’s my little sister in the photo above so in my eyes she looks like a warrior goddess, obviously. The step by step tutorial is below and here are some options that I think could be fun alternatives if you want to try this using something else.

We’ve used a bobbypin in place of a needle in order to weave in and out with ease. You’ll need two different bobbypins. Tie one side of your string to the bottom of bobbypin #1 where the “u” shape is– that’s what you’re going to pin in at the top behind your braid (see steps). Now tie the ends of your material to bobbypin #2, as you’ll be using that to weave in and out. (more…)


photos/post/graphic design: kristin ess

All summer the subject of braids will be a big one around here. Last week we talked about a trick for bulking and voluminizing your braid. Many requests rolled in for a tutorial on the actual braid that was done in that post. Well here it is! I have to be honest, when I asked Nora to sit in on this post I had completely forgotten that we chopped off her hair a few months ago. It was up to her chin and now it’s around her shoulders. But I still wanted to do the tutorial on her head because it leaves me a great opportunity to show you guys how to cheat a dutch braid (aka: an inside-out braid) on hair that is between the chin and shoulders. I’ll show you how we did it, but I split up our normal tutorial so you could really see detail in the larger individual photos. Here we go… (more…)

SUMMER BRAID 2 Baby Boho Braid

Post/Photos: Kristin Ess, Graphic Design: Eunice Chun

While we love a good, big, thick braid, there is also something about a baby braid that we just love (remember these braids?!). They are so cute + simple and can provide lots of texture with just a little bit of hair so you can leave half down. When our gorgeous graphic designer Eunice came into town I thought it would be fun to do it on her jet black hair so you can see for yourself that in fact, these braids can be done on dark hair and look just as intricate and beautiful as they do on light hair. We get a lot of comments and emails about braids not looking as fun on dark hair but I think we can all agree, this looks super pretty and fun. Here’s how we made this little gem!

  1. Start by taking 2 equal sized sections, one from each side (in front of your ears). Think of it as if you were going to put your hair half up/back.
  2. Now grab a small third section from the center back of your head. Grab it from right near the occipital bone (that bone in the back of your head), that way you’ll have a lot more length to work with.
  3. Start weaving that small piece in a section 8 pattern between the two larger sections.
  4. Keep going all the way down until you run out of length with the small section.
  5. Tie it off using a small elastic that matches your hair color (or use clear!).
  6. Gently and slowwwly pull small bits of the larger sections out from in between the small pieces to give it some texture. If your hair is too soft or straight, add a little surf spray. Eunice has thick, heavy, straight hair so we added a couple sprays of one of my favorites, Wella Ocean Spritz, to the braid and let it dry before pulling it apart.

And for those of you who want a visual of what this braid looks like on lighter hair, we’ve got a picture perfect photo for you below! Baby Boho Braid

As you can see we added THESE cute little hearts at the top. You could also use THESE or THESE or THESE!

Now hop to it! Let’s get to braiding!! Don’t forget to tag us @thebeautydept on Instagram with your own baby boho. braids!