Posts Tagged ‘texture’

THE NOT-SO-NEW DREAM CREAM

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photos: instagram via @kristin_ess

Listen– we all have something in common; we want to do less and spend less while still getting epic results with our hair, correct? If you say no, you’re def on the wrong website. I love finding a new use for an old product. I mean, I would even try shampoo as a styling product just to see how it goes. (No, but I really would.) Recently I’ve been really into using curl creams on ALL hair types, not just my curly girls. Let me tell you why! Curl cream is meant to give definition but not in that drying/sticky/mattifying way like pomade. It’s soft, it’s moisturizing and it takes you on an all-expense-paid-trip to Shiny Town, USA. It’s different than your average styling cream because styling creams usually have hold and curl cream has no hold (at least the ones I use). Lately I’ve been using it on my signature waves lately to add texture without drying. It’s been amazing and the biggest benefit is your hair doesn’t feel super chalky or tangly– on the contrary it feels healthy and you still get the same kind of separation, but the hair just has a shiny finish instead of a matte finish. Sometimes a hairstyle calls for styling with pomade or texture spray but sometimes shiny, soft separation is the way to go.

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I love using curl cream when I want the hair to have that “air dried” look even though it wasn’t air dried. Try it and give your hair a break from mattifying every once in a while. Here are my favorites at every price point! A dab will do ya. I usually use about a dime size for Lucy’s whole head and apply it to blow dried, styled hair. Split that amount in half for finer hair or double it for thick coarse hair!

MY TOP FOUR:

Oh! And the biggest benefit other than ditching the dryness is when you get in the shower and rinse your hair it almost feels like you’ve had conditioner in your hair all day. So… do you repurpose hair products? Tell me!!! Always on the hunt for alternative uses! xx

SOFTENING UP A WAVY BOB

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Ooh la la! As mentioned many other times here on TBD, I have always found major hair styling inspiration in the perfectly undone style of French women, particularly French women in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. I mean, to be fair, I find lots of inspo in many types of women, but there’s something very special about how effortless women in France look just strolling around casually – as if they’ve carried this look on for generations. The look, of course, is totally polished – but never like they’re trying too hard. If you’re jonesing for a perfectly undone way to style your bob, try this trick (which ironically, totally and completely involves effort).  

Let’s begin with a few key tools:

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  1. Spritz your THICKENING SPRAY or apply MOUSSE  on damp strands and blowdry. We used a THIS round brush for added volume.
  2. Begin curling hair in alternating horizontal sections with a curling iron. The size of the section should correlate to the size of the iron. We used THIS 1” iron on Nora’s bob. For medium lengths, use a 1 1/4″ or 1 1/2″ for long hair. Insert the iron into the section midway, roll down to the root and then gently open and close the barrel just a little as you continue to rotate it, which slowly feeds the ends into the barrel. This technique creates volume at the root, rather than just the ends. After releasing the curl, gently roll it back into place and insert a setting clip.  
  3. The sections on either side of the part are curled downward, towards the face.
  4. As we move down the side of the head in vertical sections, we alternate directions – this curl placement is up away from the face.
  5. Once you reach the crown of your head (the top few inches of hair that will fall over the back), curl these pieces horizontally back, as shown in the image. Make sure you hold the section straight up from the scalp for maximum volume before inserting the iron.
  6. Once the front of your hair and crown are curled and clipped, curl the back in the same manner, but don’t worry about clipping it in place. The back of your head has more hair than the sides, so if the underneath hair is less curly, the overall look is more uniform.
  7. Remove setting clips in the same order you put them in.
  8. Lift your hair up in sections and add in some texture spray like THIS one to give it a little lift off the root.
  9. MY SECRET: grab the DIFFUSER and set it to low heat, medium wind. Begin flipping your hair around while inserting the blowdryer from ends to roots. Just hold for a moment, then move on to the next section. The goal here is for the heat to break up any patterns, giving you a more undone look.
  10. Once you’ve diffused, you’ll be left with soft, alternating waves without a distinct pattern. Give it a light veil of hairspray if you need it!

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**The finished look from the profile. A subtle, bouncy wave that’s not too curly or cutesy. This technique works great on long-haired girls too! Just make sure to use a larger curling iron. It’s a gorgeous way to fake a pro blowout.

Don’t forget to tag us @thebeautydept in your pics on INSTA when you’re flipping your soft waves back and forth!

THE HAIR FLICK TRICK

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I don’t know how to tell you this, but my favorite product for finishing layers isn’t a hair product at all. It’s just water. I use this cute little MINI WATER BOTTLE for finishing my girls’ layered haircuts because that mist is the finest you’ll ever get and trust me, I have tried every spray bottle out there. It’s so fine, it’s like a teeny cloud coming out of the bottle! Over time I’ve learned that I can even use this technique on straight, wavy and slightly curly hair that has been styled without the hair getting too wet and wanting to return to its natural texture.

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After my curling iron waves, wand waves or flat iron waves are created and after my favorite products (see here) have been applied, I grab my mini WATER BOTTLE and pick up a layer.

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Pull your layers in various directions while hitting them with a little mist! You don’t want them all going the same way. Again, I want to stress that I do this AFTER my products have been applied. Even hairspray.

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To finish off, I set the bottle down and give it a tiny twist/flick to get it going in the direction I want. This is much better on the hair that going over it again with a hot iron to get the hair going in the desired direction.

It’s such a simple finishing trick and I get asked about how I do these little flicks constantly. Hopefully this answers the question! If you can’t find an Evian mini where you live, you can find it HERE!

FLAT IRON WAVE TRICK

PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS

PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS

There’s something about relaxed, undone waves on shorter lengths that just feels incredibly chic. It might be on of the most popular inquiries on my instagram when I post hair photos. I get asked what products I use, what curling iron size I use and what my secret is for this look. It’s a combination of those 3 things and I’m going to take you through it.

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The first thing you’re going to want to do is curl your hair with THIS CURLING IRON. It’s a 1″ spring barrel and it’s pretty straight forward. If you need help with your iron waving technique, SEE THIS VIDEO. We also used THIS THICKENNG SPRAY on Nora’s hair before drying because it helps to create thickness and longer lasting hold in fine hair, but that’s optional for you. I personally have longer hair that holds curl well, so I don’t typically prep with that when I do this on myself, but totally up to you based on your hair type!

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Repeat the same wave on both sides and around the back. Curl away from the face. I usually avoid curling underneath in the back all together to avoid that bulky look. I typically just do the top 2 inches of hair that fall over the back. (Time saver alert!! ha!)

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Now you’re going to have something like this. Some people will prefer this and that’s totally cute if you’re into a more defined curl. However this tutorial is all about that relaxed, subtle looking wave, so we carry on…

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Next step, take your flat iron (as you may already know, I greatly prefer THIS FLATIRON), very gently and quickly tap, tap, tap the wave from about an inch away from your roots, all the way to the bottom. If you need an in-action visual on how to tap, see my INSTAGRAM VIDEO for help. If you quickly tap the curl up and down the head it will soften the wave and flatten it out, just the right amount! Don’t go overboard with tapping, it’s subtle!

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Your final look after tapping should be similar to this! Once you’re all tapped out, I like to add a little pomade/serum combo for separation. Here, Nora used THIS POMADE and THIS SERUM together. A pea-sized dab of pomade and a pea sized dab of serum. Rub them together in your palms until they’re blended. Then rub this product cocktail in at the root and work your way down to the ends. Last but not least, add a spritz or two or three of your favorite hairspray. Here we used THIS!

Okay so your list of tools one more time, just in case:

I do this trick on long hair and short hair, thick hair and thin hair! It’s the quickest, easiest way to get this wave and we hope you try it out! Don’t forget to tag us in your photo on our INSTAGRAM if you do!