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2 braids 3 ways START


Long hair lovers, this one’s for you! We took 2 simple dutch braids and turned it into 3 quick hairstyles. They’re so easy and you can pretty much match 1 of these 3 hairstyles with any outfit. You could also wear one to work and seamlessly switch to a different one before heading out to a dinner or event. Once the two dutch braids were in, we never took them out when switching to the other hairstyles. Below you’ll see the looks that we came up with but first we’ve gotta prep the hair!

  • Optional: add in a track or two of CLIP-IN EXTENSIONS for extra length!
  • Curl your hair using THIS METHOD from our previous post. We alternated between the GHD CURVE 1 1/4 CURLING IRON and the HOT TOOLS WAND this time.
  • After the curls were added we sprayed on some BLOPRO DRY TEXTURE SPRAY and lightly scrunched it in, breaking up the waves.
  • If you feel like your hair is still too fine/soft and you need a little extra “grip” at the base, sprinkle a little SEXY HAIR TEXTURE POWDER at the root!
  • Create two dutch braids going from the temple area to the back of your crown and secure the ends with a tiny clear elastic or lightly tease the ends to keep the braids from unraveling (that’s what we did here).

BRAIDED HALF UP: This is the easiest one. After your dutch braids are in, cross the two dutch braids over each other at the center/top/back of your head. Use a large bobby pin to secure. Cross them over in an X shape for extra support!

2 braids 3 ways ONE

BRAIDED “X” PONY: Cross the tails of your dutch braids over each other at the occipital bone (that little bone you can feel in the back of your head). Gather the rest of the hair that’s down and wrap it all together in an elastic. Make sure the braids stay crossed over each other. Once the elastic is in, use a strand of hair to wrap around the ponytail holder. Next we shook and sprayed the pony using R + Co. STRONG HOLD FLEXIBLE HAIRSPRAY to give it the volume it deserves!

2 braids 3 ways TWO

BRAIDED CHIGNON: Last but certainly not least, the chignon! This is actually just that ponytail wrapped up! We took the tail of the pony above and twisted it into a bun shape. We made sure the braids stayed on the outside. We added a little more SEXY HAIR TEXTURE POWDER before gently pulling the bun apart. Use large bobby pins (often called “roller pins”) to secure, especially if you have a lot of hair! You can find my favorite ones HERE.

2 braids 3 ways THREE



{this photo:, post: kristin ess}

Not sure about you guys, but I plan on doing a bit of traveling this summer so I started doing some early shopping for my trips and thought I would share some of my favorite finds! As a hairstylist, I’m always looking for fun things to wear from the hairline up and the internet has provided no shortage of cuteness for summer 2015. Here’s what I’m loving… (links below each image)

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(This headwrap is on sale right now, too…YAY!)

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kitch crown bun pin free people the beauty department

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reverse headband the beauty department

babys breath braid in the beauty department

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eugenia kim stripe cicily hat the beauty dept


TBD Favorite Swimwear

Post + Graphic Design: Eunice Chun

Spring is here, which also means that summer is right around the corner! For you gals who are shopping for a new bathing suit to rock this summer, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite bathing suits for this season! We’ve also been noticing that the Bardot vibe is starting to come around this season. With ultra-sexy one-piece suits to high-waisted bottoms, we’re loving the retro but contemporary vibes we’ve been seeing from a lot of swimsuits out there. Also! If you’re going to be frequenting the swimming pool this summer, check out our posts from the past about prepping your hair for the pool and also after the pool. Now, without further ado…here are our current favorites:


TBD Favorite Swimwear

1. Marysia Scallop Halter – I love this one-piece because of the scallop detailing at the ends. End of story.

2. Anthropologie Lace-Front Maillot – Asides from the intricate lace-detailing and super cute floral pattern, I love the deep-V plunge that this one-piece has!

3. OYE Esther One Piece – This is not your typical one-piece bathing suit. I love the unique cut-outs that give this sexy one-piece an edge.

4. MIKOH Seychelles One Piece  – I am in LOVE with the back of this bathing suit. In the front, it appears to be just a normal bikini, but then when you turn around – bam! It’s this crazy unique pattern made up of interconnected strings. #showstopper

5. Lolli Cake Walk One Piece – I am so gravitated by this suit because of the feminine touch that’s added with that big bow and then, of course, the unique cut-out in the middle.

6. She Made Me Essential Sliding Triangle Bikini Top – I personally own this bikini and I absolutely love it. It’s such a simple bikini but the crochet truly sets it apart from all other bikinis.

7. Victoria’s Secret Beach Sexy Flirt Bandeau – For those that love a good colorblocking pattern, this one is for you. I love this color combination, and another bonus? It’s sold at such an affordable price! #ChaChing!

8. Tori Praver Seafoam Midi Bandeau – This is just the bandeau top but if you’re getting this top, you’ve GOT to pair it with the high-waisted bikini bottom! It exudes a retro, Bardot feel and I simply LOVE it.

9. MIKOH Durban One Piece – Cut it out! This one-piece swimsuit is not like the basic one-piece swimsuit you wore at your swim meets in the 5th grade…The cut-outs just make this piece so unique, sexy, and cute.

10. Fringe Knit Top – Last but not least…we all need to pair our swimsuit with a nice little beach/swim cover-up…and why not with THIS super cute, crocheted fringe top?! What wins me over with this is, hands down, the fringe detailing.

Now we’d love to know…which swimsuits are your favorites? Holler in the comments below!




As a hairstylist I’m always looking for a favorite new product or tool. Sometimes the thing you end up loving the most was right under your nose the whole time. Undone texture is having a mega moment right now and for the most part we want our FLAT IRON WAVES and CURLING IRON WAVES to look less pattern-y and a bit more natural.

When I discovered my CURRENT FAVORITE PRODUCT for undone texture, it was a total accident. I’ve shared a trick before that involves this spray waaaaay back in 2011, remember? That’s exactly what I was doing– adding a little moisture back into the hair so I could keep curling until I got the texture I wanted. But when I sprayed that superfine mist over the waves and scrunched it in, what I got was a gorgeous diffusion of the waves I had made with the iron. It just took the overly “styled” look away. It’s hard to believe my favorite new trick is simply WATER, but it is. A lot of people are probably wondering if this can be done using a regular spray bottle, but I’ve found that it’s not the same. Regular spray bottles put out too much water at once causing the hair to become too wet which will then cause it to return to it’s natural texture or go flat. There’s definitely a big difference in the fine mist from THIS ONE and any other sprayer.

Above I’ve shown you the finished look. Below are some photos as THE SPRAY is being used. You want to avoid spraying it at the root and focus more from middle to ends. Just a little will do. Then scrunch it in. Avoid pulling on the hair or dragging your fingers through it when it’s wet because you will drag the waves out and flatten your hair.

Here’s the “before hair” with some very subtle waves using a 1 1/2″ barrel iron.

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Spray a light veil of water, focusing middle to ends and all the way from front to back. Begin scrunching right away.

the beauty dept undone texture


Once you’ve scrunched all the water in, let it air dry. Scrunch a little more if you need to.





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The waves and texture will come together as it air dries. This hair was prepped with MOUSSE when it was wet, before blowdrying. So you’re really using the hold from the mousse as well when you add the EVIAN SPRAY. If you try this, let us know! Would love to hear if you love it as much as we do!