Posts Tagged ‘updo’

COTTON CANDY BUN + THIN GOLD HEADBAND

PHOTOS/POST/GRAPHIC DESIGN: KRISTIN ESS

HI! Let’s take a short break from our “Summer Braid” series in the hair department, shall we? A couple days ago I posted a photo on instagram of a client wearing a very voluminous bun on set. I jokingly referred to it as her cotton candy bun which was followed by a lot of requests for a tutorial, so why not?! This is exactly the way I did hers so follow along and recreate the look at home. I’ll also show you how I made that thin goddess-y headband!

You’ll need some embroidery thread. I love the metallic kind and above we used gold but you can use any color you want; mix, match, cooridinate with your dress, whatever! You can usually find embroidery thread at your local fabric/craft store. Here’s a link in case you can’t find it near you. A whole lot cheaper than most headbands these days! Okay, let’s get to the tutorial steps…

  1. Start with a clean, dry, wavy ponytail. You want the ponytail to be large enough to create major volume in your bun making! If you need to add some extensions, try doing it like we did in THIS TUTORIAL! Give it a little wave with a wand or curling iron to plump it up even more!
  2. Now you’re going to use your comb to tease sections lightly. Don’t make it into a rats nest, you just want to give it a few slow, long back-combs with the wider side of your comb. Remember, you’re not teasing for height, you’re just teasing for more volume so be gentle on that hair!
  3. Take all of your ponytail in one hand and give it a light spray. Here we’re using this strongholding hairspray by Sexy Hair. Now twist it into your high bun shape.
  4. Start pinning around the base of the bun. Make sure you’re using strong bobbypins!
  5. I forgot to photograph it but, you should also grab a tail comb. That’s what we used (as you can see in this photo) to gently pull at the bun while adding a little more superholding hairspray. I like doing this more than using my fingers because it doesn’t smash anything. It’s such a tiny tail and you can work it into the middle of the bun to pull more volume pretty easily! Tail comb > fingers.
  6. Now you’re going to need more of that magic pixie powder they refer to as texturizing powder. Remember? We discussed it in detail right HERE! Sprinkle a bit of that in front of the bun. This is going to help hold the embroidery thread in place, big time! I sprinkle it all the way around the bun, even in the back by the nape of the neck because nothing disappoints more than your headband sliding while you’re out and about. The powder is mattifying so it keeps the hair from having any slip. It’s magic I tell you.
  7. Take about a yard of embroidery thread. Start in back as you see in photo 7. Bring it up and around the front past your ears.
  8. Cross it over in the center. Switch pieces into the opposite hands after you cross it over and then tie it together near the nape of your neck. If you don’t have the texturizing powder, you’re going to have to do a lot more work to get this thread to stay put. Lots of hairspray and a couple tiny bobbypins should do the trick.
  9. Once you’ve tied your goddess headband in the back, take the tail of your tailcomb and pull a little in between the strings. I just prefer the look over the hair being flat under the bands.
  10. Now for the final step, pour a little bit more of your texturizing powder over the bun and break it up with your fingers until it has that cotton candy bun look!

Will you try this? If you do will you pleeease tag us so we can see it? Last week we posted a bunch of your Twishtails on our IG, which looked SO amazing by the way. Find us at @thebeautydept and let us know once you’ve posted by hashtagging your with #TBDcottoncandybun

NATURAL HAIR CHIGNON

PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS

It’s definitely not easy to find tutorials online for girls with curls, frizz or natural texture so we’re going to try and remedy that by bringing more of these to the blog. We don’t claim to be natural hair experts, but we certainly know a cute updo when we see one! This particular chignon is great for anyone with lots of natural volume. It’s a great way to pull it all together when you’re rushing out the door to dinner or going on a date. Here’s how this sweet chignon was done…

  1. Start with all of your hair down. I personally like this chignon best with a side part, but you can do center, too.
  2. On one side make 2 twist braids. Try making one smaller than the other to mix it up.
  3. Take all of the hair behind your ears and down to the nape of your neck and make a bun. We went for a more “round bun” rather than the typical ballerina style bun that’s twisted into place. You can get a rounder bun by pulling the hair 3/4 of the way through your ponytail holder and pinning the rest underneath.
  4. Once your bun is in place, take your two twists from the first side and pin them over the top of the bun.
  5. Next, make a single twist on the opposite side.
  6. Now pin that over the bun as well. When pinning this section we used a larger bobbypin for extra support.
  7. Finally, you want to roll the remaining hair in front toward the back. We rolled “up and back” for this look but you can roll under and back if you prefer. Pin into place right above the bun in back and tuck in any remaining pieces.

How cute is Meskie!? Best hair ever and such a natural at doing updos! Looking forward to bringing you many more! xo

BRIDE OR BRIDESMAID DIY

photos/post/design: Kristin Ess

We love a good sparkle around here. We recently saw THIS on one of our favorite sites for fancy wedding goods. Although the one that they show is gorgeous, when we posted it on our instagram many of you mentioned that it was way out of your price range. We thought it would be fun to create our own version of the stunning strand DIY style and though it doesn’t come anywhere close to how beautiful the one on the website is, it definitely works for a bride working on a budget. Also, could be an amazing gift for your bridesmaids! Here’s how we made our own…

  1. You’ll need to get 28 gauge wire, crystal drops, small jump rings, small plyers + wire cutters. All of these were purchased at a bead store but you can likely find them at the craft store.
  2. Necklace chain. I chose something that had different sized loops. This was also purchased at the bead store for $7 per foot– I got 2 feet and it worked pretty well. Only ended cutting off about 2″ of the necklace chain at the end.
  3. Cut a 1 or 2″ piece of wire. Slide a crystal and a jump ring onto the wire.
  4. Twist together tightly.
  5. Cut off the excess wire.
  6. Using plyers, open the jump ring. Add the crystal to your necklace.
  7. Close the jump ring.
  8. Add them about 1 or 1.5″ apart.

Keep going! You can do just one section with the crystals or you can go all the way around. Secure to your CHIGNON using bobbypins through the loops on each end. Good luck and tag us in your photo on instagram @thebeautydept if you do this project! xo

BRIGITTE BARDOT INSPIRED HAIR

PHOTOS + HOW TO: KRISTIN ESS, GRAPHIC DESIGN: EUNICE CHUN, WRITTEN BY SARAH ST. LIFER

Some things, like croissants, beret hats, and the Eiffel Tower, are just inherently French. But no one in history sums up that je ne sais quoi quite like Brigitte Bardot. The blonde beauty was first and foremost an aspiring ballet dancer, but quickly caught the eye of directors and film crews. In the ’60s and ’70s, the beach babe pioneered an ultra-feminine style that was at once ladylike and playfully innocent.

It goes without saying that her famous hair and makeup helped rocket the doe-eyed darling into style icon status. Her cat-eye liner was so noir, you could probably see it from space (a slight exaggeration, of course!). And, whether she was sunning herself in Saint Tropez or at a swanky soiree, you can bet her tresses were voluminous and elicited many oh-la-la’s. Her affinity for ribbons (perhaps an homage to her dancing days?) birthed one of our fave Bardot looks: The half up, half down with a black bow, as seen in Viva Maria. That, paired with a slick winged eye is pretty much the most universally flattering hair-and-makeup combo on the planet (that, we’re not over-exaggerating!). Say “bonjour” to your new signature style! If you don’t think you can pull off the bow, that’s okay! The voluminous bounce paired with pulling a little hair off of your face is a little more wearable for every day. Here’s how it’s done!

  1. Start with clean dry hair.
  2. Part the hair from your ear straight up on to the top of your head.
  3. Part the other side and join them together on top of your head.
  4. Use a ponytail holder (same color as your hair or a clear elastic) and secure the small pony on top of your head.
  5. Smooth any baby hairs using hairspray and the fine side of your comb.
  6. If you don’t need extra hair, skip to step 9! If you do need a little extra umph, part the back of your hair in a horseshoe shape going from ear to ear.
  7. Tease the section where you’re going to clip in extensions.
  8. Add a clip in track of extensions. We used a extensions that are one shade lighter than our hair to add some demension.
  9. This is what it looks like once the ponytail is up and the extensions are in.
  10. Add a little thickening spray or setting spray before curling. We used Oribe Thickening Spray.
  11. Put all of your hair in rollers. Don’t worry about dents– if you get them you can gently tap them out with a flat iron later.
  12. Once the rollers have cooled, remove them and spray a veil of flexible hairspray.
  13. Use a soft brush to brush out the curls.
  14. For a less “roller set” look, lightly flatiron the ends!

Finish the hair with a little texturizing paste if your hair is super soft or fine, or serum if your hair is more on the dry side.