Posts Tagged ‘updo’

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.

A CHIGNON FOR A FASCINATOR

photos/post/design: Kristin Ess

Fascinators are becoming more and more popular in the US. Many of our most fashionable friends are building small collections of gorgeous headpieces and that’s reason enough to do a tutorial on a hairstyle that will accomodate them. This is a fairly easy hairstyle to execute and doesn’t require a ton of coordination. In fact, that’s one of the things I love the most about fascinators- they look their best when paired with a simple hair style. Of course you’re not going to wear a fascinator to work, but it’s such a great addition to an outfit when attending any sort of formal party. Okay, here we go!

  1. You’ll need a couple of larger bobby pins and a thin rubberband.
  2. You’ll want a side part for this because the fascinator is going to sit on the side with less hair. Create a section from your ear up to the part as you see in photo 2. Clip all that hair out of the way and save it for the end.
  3. On the side with less hair, twist everything back and over your ear.
  4. Clip it in place using a claw clip.
  5. Lightly tease the rest of your hair. You want to do this so that the bun you’re about to make will be a little fuller. If you have super thick hair you’re welcome to skip this step.
  6. The hair shouldn’t be agressively teased. It should look like picture 6.
  7. Remove the clip and keep twisting in an upward motion. Twist it right into a bun shape and secure using the thin rubberband. Go ahead and insert one of the large bobby pins for security.
  8. Take the section you had clipped up out of the clip. Lightly twist that in an upward direction and wrap it around the bun. Secure it using your other large bobby pin. If you have thicker hair and you need more pins, go for it!
  9. Once everthing is secured, lightly pull at the bun if you want to make it a little bigger. If you like the size of it, you can skip this step.
  10. Spray all over using a firm holding hairspray.

Each fascinator is different. Some come with clips, some with headbands, some with combs, and some vintage ones come with nothing. Attach the fascinator on the side with less hair. I usually recommend attaching it just slightly below the part. You can obviously wear this chignon without a fascinator if you want. Would be great for bridesmaids or any special event for that matter!

Here are my favorite places to score gorgeous fascinators, other than the flea market.