Posts Tagged ‘top knot’

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)

gold bun cuff hair accessory

free people bun cuff crystal quartz take flight

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the beauty dept cuff

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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…

the beauty department circle hair clip 1

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

the beauty dept wavy hair circle barrette

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.

circle clip barette

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.

beauty dept circle hair clip barrette

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.

the beauty dept cirlce clip hair

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.

double circle barrette hair the beauty dept

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!

ACCESSORY REPORT: REVERSE HEADBAND

 

PHOTO/POST: KRISTIN ESS

PHOTO/POST: KRISTIN ESS

We’re here in NYC with our favorite #GIRLBOSS, Lauren Conrad, who is releasing her 8th book called CELEBRATE. It’s stunning and it’s packed with photos that inspire. It’s all about being reaaaaaadyyyyy to parrrrrtaaaay in both new and classic ways. This might be my favorite book yet because of the aesthetic of the pages. (Spoiler alert: I’ve seen it and there are some very pretty beauty moments which is exciting!).

Speaking of beauty moments, we get to create lots of looks while we’re on a book tour with her and we kicked off day one with one of my new faves… the reverse headband! I was lucky enough to get my hands on the one you see above from this bad ass brand and it couldn’t have been more subtly perfect. I’ve heard these being referred to as “reversed headbands”, “halos”, “top knot accessory” and “half crowns”, whatever you want to call them I’m now seeing them EVERYWHERE. These would be amazing in wavy hair for a wedding, too! I love when something is barely there from the front, but then a sparkly surprise in the back.

Styling can be very versatile with these. We chose a super sleek look for Lauren because of that très chic jumpsuit she wore. But these looks amazing in wavy hair, too! Straight, sleek hair was out of the norm for Lauren but she loves to try new looks. The thing you should know about using these with straight hair is there’s not going to be a lot of grip so you have to create some sort of anchor. These reverse headbands usually come with two small combs, one at each end. If the hair is sleek and shiny, the comb will likely slide out. I used a couple small bobby pins, two for each side, just behind the ear (if you look very closely you can probably see) as my anchors and to stop them from sliding.

Here are some additional reverse headbands I’ve stumbled upon lately if you’re on a budget and can’t splurge on the one up top…

 

HAIR TALK: PEAR SHAPED FACES

post: Kristin Ess graphic design: Eunice Chun

No one owns the pear face shape better than lil Miss Kelly Osbourne. A pear-shaped face means that the widest points of your jaw are slightly wider than the widest points of your hairline. Although it’s a beautiful shape, the pear-shaped face can be a difficult one if  you don’t know which styles are most flattering. Most emails I get about pear-shaped faces ask how to minimize the width of the jawline. While that’s not always the goal, I give you plenty of ideas on how to either balance a pear face shape or just show ’em what your momma gave you. Here we go!

  • DEEP SIDE PART: A deep side part on a pear-shaped face will diffuse the width of the jawline if that’s what you’re trying to accomplish. Always pull a little hair near the ear out on the less heavy side like Kelly does in the bottom left photo to balance the deep side part and soften the look.
  • FULL TOP KNOT: Often times it’s just best to let that beautiful face shine! Pull all of your hair up into a voluminous top knot. The tighter the top knot is the wider the jaw will appear. Adding some fullness to your top knot will even out the overall silhouette of your head shape and that puts less focus on the width of the jaw– more focus on the face and hair together.
  • GO SHORT: Obviously Kelly has a great neck for short hair. If you and your hair stylist agree it’s suiting for you to go short, you should consider it. A bob, whether it’s styled straight, wavy or curly, tends to cut off the width of a wider jaw and it’s one of the most flattering cuts for pear gals. A bob (or even a lob) puts the focus in all the right places. I know not everyone can pull off a lob or bob, but if you have a pear-shaped face and you can, it’s a great way to find easy balance.
  • MEDIUM-LONG HAIRCUTS: Pear-shaped face girls should always keep a chin length layer or “long bang” that falls somewhere around the chin just in case you’re having “one of those days”. We all do! One of those days where you’re rushing and you just want to throw our hair up in a high pony or bun. Pulling those long bang pieces out can soften the look a great deal. Girls with pear-shaped faces should follow the same “KEEP THE PIECE” rule as round-faced girls when getting haircuts because you want the option to be able to diffuse the width or just pull it back and embrace what you’ve got. While I would say short-medium lengths are the most flattering for a pear-shaped face, longer lengths look amazing too. Make sure to keep some long face framing layers so you don’t get buried in hair.
  • VOLUME: Pear-shaped face beauties should always try to keep a little volume (unless you’re going pin-straight). Again, remember that the goal is to even out the “overall silhouette”. In other words, you want to keep the top portion of your head looking a little fuller in order to balance out the width of the lower portion.
  • STYLING: Curls are a great way to diffuse the width of a wide jaw. Classic curls, deep parted Veronica Lake waves, or even just simple beachy waves with texture.
  • FLAT IRONING: A super sleek head of hair with a center part can make a pear-shaped face appear more oval– but the key is not to hide behind your hair. Try flat ironing and make sure you don’t tuck the pieces near your ear. Leave those sections untucked and instead push back the bang area a little more. That will make the jaw appear more narrow and the forehead will appear a little wider balancing things out.

Never hide behind your hair! Be proud of your face shape and learn to love it. Lots of my clients have a pear-shaped face and have learned how to balance instead of over-crowding the face with hair. If you have any personal tips and trick for your fellow pear-shaped face girls, please feel free to leave them in the comments below! We stil have diamond, inverted triangle and heart shaped to go so stay tuned! xo