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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!

CURRENT OBSESSION: BUN CUFFS

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Intuition tells me you throw your hair into a top knot occasionally, no? I get it: in less time than it takes to slip on ‘dem sweats, you can whisk imperfect strands into a quick bun that keeps them out of sight/out of mind. But what if you want to ditch the sweats and head out for an impromptu girls night? Give your curling iron a rest and pick up our new favorite accessory: lé bun cuff! This fast-growing micro trend is a dreamy way to elevate your basic bun with minimal effort for maximum effect. We’ve rounded up a list of our current favorites, and there are so many options!

Also, don’t feel limited to working these with a simple ballerina bun – some of these would look great with a FUN BUN, HALF-UP top knot, or a LOW BUN too. You’ll have an easier time if you create your look first with a hair band, then add your favorite cuff. (Click the pic to shop that style)

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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!

CIRCLE BARRETTE // STYLE IDEA

PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS

PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS

Clearly haven’t gotten over my obsession with the CIRCLE BARRETTE. I’ve been finding other ways to use it and this might be my current fave. It doesn’t hurt that this is the easiest style in the world! You just need two of the clips and some waves in your hair…

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Here we wrap curled (not using the clamp) with a 1″ Hot Tools Spring Iron.

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Next up, add some texture with a soft beach wave spray like THIS!

the beauty department wavy hair circle barrette

Pretty, textured waves will help the clip stay in place and prevent sliding.

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Clip the hair half up. I love these CIRCLE BARRETTES because you can use them any way you want! You could clip this in and stop here if you wanted.

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Or you could pull some hair through the circle and stop here! This is a cute half up style just AS IS, right?? But let’s keep going.

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Add the second clip. Use as much hair as you feel fits comfortably into the barrette. Snug but not stuffed. These clips are pretty strong, if you ask me. Karleigh has a ton of hair but they don’t pop open easily like some others tend to! Don’t be afraid that they’re going to do that. And also don’t feel like you need to use all the hair. We left a bottom section of Karleigh’s hair down underneath. If you look closely you can see that we didn’t pick it all up.

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Pull the second section through your circle clip! Use a little hairspray, wave spray, texture spray, whatever! Or even it a little more wave with your curling iron. Finished look is up top!

 

What do you guys think of the CIRCLE BARRETTE!? Have you tried using this yet? So good for a 5 minute hairstyle (not including wave time, obv)! It’s such a great alternative to a braid or a topknot. It’s awesome that these clips are $12. I think that’s very affordable and I love how many different ways you can use it!