Posts Tagged ‘tricks’




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.

the beauty department bob styling lob styling


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.





style bob lob beauty department

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!




Attention Pretty Little peeps! Our favorite brunette babe was on Conan last night, looking stunning, per usual. As you may know (if you follow her INSTA) we cut her hair off a couple months ago. First it was a lob and then she wanted to go even shorter to a bob so we went above the shoulders! Styling short hair can be tough, and there are little tricks that I use that may be helpful for you. Here’s how we got Lucy’s look last night…

  • I sprayed THICKENING SPRAY all over Lucy’s damp hair, not because she needs thicker hair but this stuff is great as a styling spray. It disappears completely in the hair once it’s dry but gives you such amazing support with heat styling. I know it will never feel product-y, which is great because I have additional things I like to put in the hair for texture later.
  • Next I rough dried Lucy’s naturally wavy, thick hair using a BLOW DRYER WITH NOZZLE. Make sure to keep the nozzle on if you want any shine to your waves. If you want less shine or the hair to be a little more “rough looking” dry it with no nozzle.
  • Use a good ceramic BEVELED FLAT IRON to create SUBTLE WAVES. <—- That’s the tutorial for flat iron waves so check that out if you don’t know how, but one extra special tip that I like for haircut lengths above the shoulders is to hold the flat iron at a diagonal angle as I do the waves. This makes it look a lot more natural and not so much “like a waterslide”. haha! The hair just lays a little closer to the head if you hold the iron at an angle, in my opinion.
  • I know this sounds crazy but one of my favorite things to do is spray a light mist of water on the ends after I flat iron. I just use THIS SPRAY which is pure water. Sometimes, I’ll end do a super light mist over everything. It’s a little pricey but it’s worth the fine spray that comes out. Anything heavier might bring too much natural wave or curl back to the ends, which I don’t want. It just takes away that “freshly ironed” look and makes it look more like second day hair. I love it!
  • Next I did a little product cocktail! I took a dab of this POMADE and a half pump of this SERUM and emulsified it together in the palm of my hands.
  • Run that through from middle to ends. Use whatever tiny bit is left on your hands after that to smooth any unwanted fly aways. Then a light mist of hairspray if you think you need it.
  • Last but not least: baby hairsssss. Most people tend to have these annoying little buggers. The issue is, they’re too short to grasp with a flat iron, they’re to tiny to get with a round brush and blowdryer, so what? I use this fancy tool called a ROOT CONTROL. Think of it like a comb with an iron behind it. You just comb over the little hairs and the heat gets them to stay right where you want them. It’s easy to use and the comb guards your skin so you don’t burn yourself. I wouldn’t recommend this for thin or brittle hair, more for unruly, uncontrolable baby hairs.

If you want more deets about her makeup you’re going to have to ask her very talented makeup artist—> KELSEY! If only we could all look as gorgeous as Lucy Hale, AMIRIGHT?! If you try these tips or have any your want to share, let us know in the comments below!


photos/post/graphic design: Kristin Ess

We get so many emails + comments regarding the tape mani. I’ve heard that many of you have trouble peeling the tape back without messing the mani. So here’s the simple trick!

  1. Paint your base coat and let it dry for a full hour. Remember– you never want to make the base coat too thick because the thicker it is, the longer it takes to dry.
  2. Take a piece of tape and blot the sticky side on your fingers and on the palm of your hand. When you do that, the oils from your hands stick to the tape making it significantly less sticky and easier to peel off the base coat.
  3. Paint your nail, wait about one minute and then peel. Personally I don’t like the polish to dry too much before I peel because it gets “stringy” when you peel it. On the other hand, you don’t want to do it right away because if it’s too fresh, it can run.

Another option is to use painter’s tape. It’s designed to be less stick and to not peel off the paint that you stick it to. This is just a DIY option! Good luck ladybugs!

UPDATE: Here are the colors used in this tutorial- silver is by Obessive Compulsive + licac is by Essie.


photos/post/design: Kristin Ess

Since it’s about 550 degrees here in sunny Los Angeles, I figured this would be the perfect day to show you a quick + pretty way to get your hair up and off your shoulders. Don’t let the 13 steps fool you– this tutorial is fairly simple, just wanted to make sure you saw every little step! Hope you’ve all been practicing your inside-out french braid lately. You can definitely do this with a regular french braid, but I like the volume that comes from loosening up an inside-out braid better. Here we go:

  1. Part your hair starting at the top of your crown and go down right behind your ears. Pull those pieces forward and save them for later.
  2. Put all the hair in the back into a loose ponytail. This will allow the chignon shape to sit a little lower. Optional: you can make your ponytail higher/tighter if you want it up and off your neck.
  3. Lightly tease the ponytail.
  4. Wrap it into a low bun and pin using large bobby pins to make it really secure.
  5. Do an inside-out french braid, starting at your hairline and continuing down behind your ear.
  6. Braid the remaining hair all the way down and tie it off with a clear elastic.
  7. Repeat the same steps on the other side.
  8. Gently tug the braid apart. Start at the front hairline and lightly tug each individual loop/piece until you get down to the elastic. This will “fatten” up your braid and give it much more volume and texture. If layered pieces fall out, you can tuck them and spray them or just let them fall. Totally up to you.
  9. Cross the two braids over each other just above the bun and secure them with some bobby pins.
  10. Remove the clear elastics from the bottom of one braid and give a gentle but secure tease to the ends of the braid.
  11. Wrap it under the bottom of the bun and secure it with a strong bobby pin.
  12. Repeat on the other side.
  13. Tuck the remaining hair under the bun and secure with another strong bobby pin.

Use a hand mirror to look at the back and sides. Check to make sure it’s balanced. Pull a couple loose pieces out around your face if you want a softer look. Hope you all give this a go this weekend! As always, let’s see it! –> @TBDofficial