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THE TEMPORARY TAPE EXTENSION MIRACLE

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So, you lusted after Michelle Williams’ chicly-crafted pixie and raced to your hairdresser for the famous chop, perhaps a bit…prematurely? Then a few months into the awkward grow-out stage, you’re rocking an unbecoming shaggy mullet while she’s slaying an on-point, shoulder-length LOB?! Ladies, it’s not witchcraft: it’s tape extensions! They’re a powerful tool in the battle against out growing out a short, uneven and aggressively-layered haircut. Trust that I speak from experience: My own spontaneous pixie has had me playing the grow-out game for well over a year now, and that, in conjunction with a love for this bright blonde life, hasn’t exactly ushered me into a healthy, uniform length. Some days I need to fill in the gaps and some days (when wearing my hair up) I don’t! I love that they can be used in this temporary way vs. a real application by a pro which lasts many months. So, when I’m not doing THIS TREATMENT THIS PRE-SHAMPOO FIX  or BRAIDING it up to avoid heat damage, I’m reaching for the tape-ins to give me those full front corners that give a bob it’s coveted form. Here are the steps, if you find yourself longing for the same thing:

1) Start with clean, dry hair. Make sure to use a CLARIFYING SHAMPOO and only condition, if necessary, but NOT the root area! (Getting conditioner or any product near the scalp before applying tape extensions can cause them to slip.) Now blowdry smooth and flat iron to make sure there aren’t flyaways – when little individual rogue hairs get pulled by the tape it hurts! Also, waves can hide a multitude of sins, but straight hair will give you the true story of what’s going on with your cut.

**Note: know your limits: stick to the hair in the front sides of your head and avoid attempting the back. If your hair needs allover length or volume, or you’re looking for a more permanent solution, a trained professional should hook you up.

2) Have everything you’ll need ready to go once you start parting, and make sure to prep and tape all your extensions if you’re reusing them (instructions at the bottom).

3) Create a clean horizontal parting where you want to apply your extension, and clip surrounding hair out of the way. Try to avoid hairlines and your main part by about 1″. Make sure to hold the extension up first to ensure it’s the right length.

4) Remove the paper backing from the extension, holding just below the tape to avoid touching it. The transfer of oil from your fingertips will lessen its staying power.

5.) Apply right below your parting and press down firmly to smooth and adhere.

6.) Drop down clipped-up hair to gauge the difference. We decided the bang was still too heavy, so we added another extension at the top corner of the head – right before it starts to round into the top – to break it up.

7.) Once happy with one side, repeat previous steps on the other side and check for balance.

8.) The finished look. Dreamy. What a mini miracle! Remember to put your extensions in the same place each time or you’ll end up having to trim the tips to get it to look right, which then shortens the extensions!

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We completed the look with THESE waves to blend layers together and give the hair a little extra fullness.

This extension method will typically last until your next shampoo, or 1-3 days. If you use a different tape-in extension brand, also use their bond remover to make sure the process goes smoothly. As I mentioned above, if you’re in a pinch you can use a LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER. Spray directly onto the tape and gently lifting to remove. If you feel any tension, add more conditioner until they easily glide off. To prep extensions for future use, remove excess tape, wash well with clarifying shampoo and condition just the mids-ends, then let air dry. Once dry, apply the brand’s pre-cut double sided tape and leave the paper backing on until the next time you’re ready to get down.

You did it! This little trick can be a total lifesaver during the grow out process, and as you’ve seen, just a few pieces in the right place can make a huge difference. Now go make plans to be seen!

Have you tried tape-in extensions the non-permanent way? Let us know if they worked for your hair in the comments below!

TWO WAYS TO TIE A HEADSCARF

post: KRISITN ESS + JESSICA SWANSON

post: KRISITN ESS + JESSICA SWANSON

Cultivating the perfect look with a headscarf can be as much a challenge as getting through the long days leading up to a holiday weekend! But we gotchoo- once you’ve read through this tutorial, you’ll be closer to locking down both tasks. Scarves are a such chic way to add color and pattern to your poolside ensemble, protect your locks from unnecessary UV rays, and are oh-so-versatile. The trick is tying them up in a way that doesn’t look too contrived or costume-like (unless it’s a THEMED Fourth of July party…we feel like Rosie the Riveter would be a big hit…) Creating great texture on hair left down or pulled into a tousled updo are key to keeping the look modern, so we put together two beginner looks to show you how:

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  1. Our first look works on a variety of hair types, but you’ll need a little length to play with– at least a lob. THIS is a great way to encourage natural waves and curls for texture! We begin by folding THIS SCARF into a triangle, then twist it into a long, lean silhouette, like a headband.
  2. Center the scarf across the front of your hair, playing with placement until you’re happy with the amount of hair framing the face and the position of the scarf OVER the top layer of your hair (see photo). Tuck in the tip of the triangle in the front center that may peeking out.
  3. Tie into a knot at the nape of your neck.
  4. Begin wrapping the underneath hair from one side up and into the twisted scarf, tucking as you go.
  5. Continue tucking hair until you reach the other side.
  6. Now you can make any adjustments to the final look – we pulled out a few wayward curls here and there to enhance the free-spirited vibes of the style.

The final look. Someone get this girl to a backyard BBQ, stat!

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aaaaaaaand…

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  1. Our second look works great over soft FLAT IRON WAVES. Begin with your scarf. Here we used THIS ONE folded into a triangle.
  2. Lay the triangle on the top of your head, with the point of the triangle laying on your forehead, then wrap the two back corners around to the front and tie once, over the triangle (see photo).
  3. Tuck the tip of the triangle into the previously tied portion.
  4. Tie a final knot over the previous one. Then you can move the scarf around a little until you’re happy with the placement. Tuck in any corners that might be too square on the sides.

The final look. This KWEEEEN is Palm Springs pool party ready!

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These are just two looks to get your creative energy flowing, but there are surely many more possibilities! Don’t forget to tag us on INSTA @thebeautydept if you have a fun way t0 wear your fave scarf!

HOW TO HIDE A BOBBY PIN

PHOTOS: KRISTIN ESS, POST: JESS SWANSON

POST BY KRISTIN ESS + JESS SWANSON

Almost every time I do an updo, I get asked about how I hide my bobby pins. I took you guys through how to PROPERLY INSERT A BOBBYPIN back in the day, but I’ve never shown you my trick for how I make those shiny little bobby pin ends disappear. We love glitz on a case-by-case basis, and sometimes you want your BOBBY PINS to show, but for the most part you want them them to be as invisible as possible; this means you’re about to fall (deeper) in love with your dry shampoo. See how the two rendezvous below:

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We begin with a handful of unassuming blonde bobby pins, which we found to match our hair the best. These are the GOLD/BLONDE and BLACK versions of the ones we used. Even when the pins match your color well, you still have the element of shine, which only serves to distract from your mane masterpiece as they catch the light.

To prep your pins, lay a towel down on a flat surface in a well-ventilated area. Shake your colored DRY SHAMPOO well (In the image we’re using a blonde tone – find your color in the list below) and simply spray each pin approximately 2″ away, moving slowly from one side to the other. Allow to dry, then flip and do the other side. We’re holding the pin above for demonstrative purposes only – don’t do this unless you’re craving a sloppy matte bronde mani. **This works equally well if you pin up your hair and then spray dry shampoo on any pins showing. It just might be a (literal) stretch to get any rogues in the back of your head.

the beauty department hidden bobby pin trick

Once they’ve dried, they’re ready for immediate use. Keep in mind that over time and with handling, the dry shampoo will slowly dissipate, so best not to do this too far in advance of future use. The photo above shows the newly-matte pins next to the previously shiny ones. Once they’re in your hair, they’ll be fine and you can even hit them with a shot of dry shampoo quickly once they’re in if you need to!

Now let’s customize further. Here are some dry shampoo options for you:

(*Note: you can totally play chemist here and mix colors to match your hair better – you do you, boo!). These are a bit spendy, but you’ll also use it to freshen second-day strands and potentially mask greys! Sadly unless you have platinum hair, your regular dry shampoo with no color in it probably won’t work for this trick.

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See the difference in the above twists – we pinned the left side with a dry shampoo’ed bobby and the right with an untouched one. What say you to that everyday magic?

Like this hack or have one to share? We’re all ears in the comments below!

MATTE LIPSTICK PREP TRICK

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

No  matter how well I take care of my lips and exfoliate them, when I put on a matte lipstick or lip crayon, it makes them look wrinkly and accentuates the lines. Until I learned this amazing trick! If you first swipe on a mattifying balm, the crayon or lipstick goes on so incredibly smoothly, it’s shocking! And it seems to stay on longer. Of course, as with anything you put on your face, you should use your own judgement if you think it’s safe to apply it to the lip area, but I personally do it. Here’s how:

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