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free people comb the beauty department

With the holiday rush, we’re currently obsessed with anything that cuts down our personal glam time. These LONG METALLIC COMBS are extra helpful! I picked up two of these stunners while out shopping the other day and am in LOVE! They’re so pretty in the back of the head, adding just the right amount of subtle sparkle. They’re so easy to use and amazing for girls on the go! These ones come in gold and silver and we’re feelin’ both!

the beauty department free people hair comb

Love the way it looks over a messy bun as well! Better snag one of these for a quick holiday party look!

free people clip the beauty department

I prefer to add a couple quick bobby pins to secure the comb in place and avoid any sliding, but that’s up to you!

photos + post: kristin ess

photos + post: kristin ess




Do I even need to post a whole story about why this barrette is my new jam for Fall? No. But I will. It’s so versatile as you can clearly see in this post and also– it’s EIIIIIGHT DOLLLLLARS. What? We’ve managed to do half up, messy bun, ponytail, and a side swept half up look so far. I’m sure there are lots of other ways to use this and I’m sure you’ll be seeing them here soon. You could absolutely wear this anywhere. You could pair it with a dress or with jeans and a simple tee.

Here’s how you’d style the look up top:

  • curl the hair using the curling iron linked at the bottom of this post.
  • pull the hair half up.
  • give it a light twist and insert the barrette.

gold barrette sephora the beauty department


The steps for this one are:

  • create a messy bun.
  • spread out the hair using your fingers.
  • add a couple bobbypins to secure the bun.
  • run the clip across the middle and secure.

gold barrette the beauty department


The ponytail is very simple.

  • wave as desired or air dry.
  • gather all the hair in a low ponytail.
  • secure the barrette near the nape of the neck.

I was fascinated to learn that this clip is versatile enough to hold all of our models hair or just a tiny section. There’s a spring inside that allows you to use this on pretty much any hair type.

sephora barette the beauty dept


For the side swept look:

  • brush out the hair to soften the waves.
  • use your comb to make a deep side part.
  • smooth a piece over to the opposite side and secure the clip.

It’s crazy how it stayed in place with just this tiny section of hair.





the beauty dept day to night sephora barrette

  • THE DAY + NIGHT HAIR CLIP (get it quick, I bet they’ll go fast. I got two so I could carry one in my purse.) UPDATE: this clip has been sold out, but you can find similar ones HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.
  • THE CURLING IRON (I love these irons for major hold!! even those who say their hair doesn’t hold!)
  • GOLD BRUSH (I mean, you probably don’t need a gold brush but it’s good to know this exists)
  • BLACK COMB (get a good comb that won’t melt or break on you!)

(OH! And while we’re all caught up in this beauty bizz, let’s not overlook this ridiculously cute DRESS)


the beauty dept photogenic braid


PIC OR IT DIDN’T HAPPEN. In this wild world of social media, braids have become a serious must on every fashion and beauty instagram, facebook, pinterest and twitter feed. If you don’t have photos of braids + flowers, you’re probably missing out on a whole lot of follwers and likes. While I can’t help you in the floral department, I can definitely help you in the braid department! Here are some of my favorite ways to prep and style a braid for a great photo.

photographing braids the beauty dept

  • For this particular post + tutorial, forget about the classic french braid (as seen above) for photos. Yes, it’s gorgeous, we know that, but most of it’s texture potential is hidden on the inside. The bulk of your braid gets tucked in when you do a regular french braid, so stick to inverted French braids (aka: Dutch braids) when it comes to photos because inverted braids put the bulk of the braid on the outside where you can see it (see next photo).

a more photogenic braid the beauty department

  •  See the difference? The thickest parts of the braid lay on top of the hair instead of being tucked inside. If you prefer the classic version, knock yourself out! I don’t discourage that! The only downside is that it can’t get as “fat” as an inverted braid, and bigger badder braids for photos is what this post is all about!
  • To get a great braid, wash your hair with something that will give it a little texture. I like THIS SHAMPOO and THIS CONDITIONER for building a good braid foundation! Sometimes when I used those, I don’t even need to add much product!
  • If you don’t want to change shampoos, then prep the hair with a product like this LIGHT HOLDING MOUSSE or a light OCEAN SPRAY before blow drying or air drying. You never want to prep with something too sticky or it will be very hard to braid.

phtogenic braid the beauty department

  • Everyone must learn how to “pancake” or gently pull a braid apart. This will help fatten it up. When you do this on an inside-out-braid/inverted braid, the fullness you can achieve is amazing. I like to take each loop, one by one, tugging first from the inside and moving to the outside of the loop.
  • Always have plenty of TEXTURE POWDER on hand. Sprinkle a little on top of the braid before you pull it apart. I’ve talked about this in nearly every braid tutorial I’ve ever done. It’s my favorite. The powder has a lot of grit to it and really helps to keep that braid from falling apart when you’re tugging at it. It also helps anyone with lots of layers because if there’s texture powder on the pieces that go rogue, you can just tuck them right back in and they pretty much stay put.

photogenic braids the beauty department

  • Don’t be afraid to pull the braid out to the max! If a couple little pieces fall out of the braid, let them or tuck them back into the braid! Messy braids are awesome!
  • Always have THIS TEXTURE TOOL to get that extra texture-y glow. You may remember it from THIS POST! If not, you must read up!

braid placement for photos the beauty department

  •  Another thing you should always remember is that placement is important! Look at this before and after example. The braid up top is the same as the braid on the bottom, the one on the bottom just runs closer to the ear and the hairline. If you’re trying to get a good photo of a braid without turning full profile, braid a little closer to the front or the hairline. Otherwise, the braid seems to kind of disappear. If you’re photographing a braid from the back, then focus the majority of it back there.

beauty social media tips the beauty dept

  • The fact of the matter is that braids just photograph better on dark hair with highlights or lighter hair with hightlights because you see more depth. Am I saying braids are not gorgeous on darker hair? Not at all. In person I think braids on darker hair colors are classic and beautiful and chic, but sadly we all know that texture-wise, they just don’t read as well in a photograph. You tend to lose the look in a photo because you don’t see all the twists and turns and dimensions of a textured braid as well on solid or darker hair colors unless you find some epic lighting. I’m not telling you that you should run out and color your hair, I’m just saying adding in a couple lighter extension pieces temporarily like we did back in THIS POST (braids for brunettes + redheads). It can help you get a stronger braid photo for your beauty blog or social media feed!
  • Lighting is important as well. A skylight or natural lighting is your best friend when snapping a braid photo. You always want to see the curves and texture clearly when you photograph a braid so the more light, the better. Taking photos of your braids in the bathroom at night just doesn’t quite cut it anymore! Photo quality is important so shoot during the day and make sure your background doesn’t distract or take away from the braid. Solid backgrounds are always a good idea.
  • Have fun with it! After you get the photo you want, add a funny accessory or pull the braid apart to the point where it’s disheveled! Sometimes those are the photos I end up using and liking the most!




CLEARLY we’re overly obsessed with rose, rosé and champaign hair colors right now, so why not another simple summer braid tutorial on hair that’s just been colored? This particular pony/braid combo is one of the easiest things to do if you know how to do a simple french braid. You can do this on hair that’s medium to long in length, and you can add some extensions if your hair is too fine or tends to lack texture. We didn’t add clip-ins here but if you need some, do it! Alright, here’s how get the look…

Start with dry hair. It can be clean or not. If it’s a lil dirty, just add a burst of DRY SHAMPOO to the root.

  1. Start by taking a triangular section on the side. The size of the section will depend on the amount of hair. If you have super thick hair, take a slightly smaller section. If you have thinner hair, you’ll want to take a little more hair. I usually take a section from the hairline to right behind the ear.
  2. Next, create an inside-out or dutch braid with that section and tie it off loosely with a clear elastic.
  3. Add a little TEXTURE POWDER to the entire braid, all the way from the top to the tail.
  4. Gently “pancake” your braid, meaning pull it apart to fatten it up/widen it.
  5. Once you have your braid thickened up and textured, add veil of fine mist hairspray all over everything that’s not in the braid. Here we used THIS ONE because it’s great for thickening up fine hair, but if you have thick hair or any damage from color, you know I love THIS ONE.
  6. Now grab everything, the braid and the rest of the hair and gather into a high pony. Secure using a thicker stronger elastic or PONYTAIL HOLDER.
  7. Take a small strand of hair from the ponytail and wrap it around the ponytail holder to cover it up, then pin underneath using a bobbypin. If you want to you can take the clear elastic out now. The texture powder should hold it in place but you can also do a teeeeeny back combing at the bottom to get it to stay.
  8. Check the balance of it all in a hand mirror. Make it as full or as textured as you want. Add some wave with a wand if desired!

Are you guys feeling the rose hair trend? It’s such a subtle hint of color and we’re obsessed! xx