Posts Tagged ‘updo’

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.

VALENTINE’S DATE HAIR IDEA

A while back I posted the top photo on my instagram page. I wanted to do a tutorial to show you how you can get this look. I also wanted to kill two birds with one stone and show you that even if you don’t have the same hair type as a girl wearing a certain hairstyle in a photo, you can still translate and modify the look to suit you and your hair type! Amy Nadine, who has finer hair that’s about shoulder length, lends me her blonde locks in the photo above and my friend Jaclyn in the tutorial below has more hair than 10 of us combine + it’s SUPER long and heavy. Their hair is totally opposite. With Amy’s hair, I gave it a bit more volume as I styled it (for example, I teased the hair before pinning the buns and pulled the braids apart a little further). But with super thick hair, I had Jaclyn coil the buns tighter and use a few more bobby pins to keep the braids a little tighter to the head. All I’m saying is don’t give up on trying an updo if you don’t have the hair you “think” you should have to get the look– at least give it a try and make it your own version! Here we go with the steps!

photos/post/graphic design: Kristin Ess

  1. Leave two sections out in front (basically everything from your ears forward) and clip them forward. Imagine the back of your head split into 3 sections. If you want a little volume, tease the crown and then make your first bun in back. Pin using small bobbypins and make sure the bun feels secure. If your hair is really thick and you need to use clear elastics as well, go for it.
  2. Next make bun number two right below that and pin.
  3. Now make the third (final) bun on the bottom and pin. These buns don’t need to be perfect– in fact, I think they’re better when they’re all a little different and have some texture.
  4. Using the hair in front that you left out, make 2 braids on each side and tie them off with the tiny clear elastics. You want to make one from the bottom half of your section and one from the top half of your section. Gently pull them apart to add some texture so they don’t look too “done”.
  5. You should have two braids on each side as you see in photo 5.
  6. Take the bottom braid from one side and wrap it around the bottom bun. You want to slide the braid in between the lowest bun and the middle bun and then wrap it around the base of the bun and pin it in place.
  7. I’ve illustrated a pattern in photo 7 so you can see how the braids are wrapped around.
  8. Once you’ve pinned your braids into place, check your balance in back by using a hand mirror. Make sure it looks good from all sides. Pin any unwanted stray hairs or fly aways and voila!

Hope everyone gives this a shot no matter what hair type you have. It’s a super-quick updo and it could be a great look for an upcoming VALENTINE’S date! xo

DIY: GLITTER BOBBY PINS

post + photos by kristin ess, graphic design by eunice chun

If you’re a girl-on-the-go, chances are you’ll have to put your hair up in a quick updo, bun or chignon from time to time. That’s great if you’re rushing to work or a meeting, but what happens when you’re heading to a wedding, on a date or to a holiday party after work. This tutorial will show you a great way to add a little extra sparkle to your ‘do. Here we go:

You’ll need bobby pins, Elmer’s glue, glitter, wax paper, hot glue gun + a little fabric in any pattern you like!

1. Create your favorite shape using Elmer’s glue on a piece of wax paper- letters, hearts, stars + dots look amazing.
2. Cover the glue with your favorite glitter.
3. Let it dry over night then peel the glittery shape you created up slowly from the wax paper.
4. Add a cute fabric to the back to stabilize the shape and make it more durable.
5. Attach the bobby pin to the back with hot glue or craft glue.

These will be a great little addition to any hairstyle, particularly chignons!

BRAIDING SHORT HAIR

photos/post/graphic design: Kristin Ess // post brought to you by Pantene Beautiful Lengths

Well Pantene has earned it’s angel wings as far as we’re concerned. They have an incredible program called PanteneĀ Beautiful Lengths. PBLĀ donates real-hair wigs to women who are going through treatment for cancer, free of charge through the American Cancer Society. We are so proud to be supporters of this program, as it’s a cause very close to my heart. We encourage every single one of you who can donate your hair to do it at least once in your life, if not more. It’s a beautiful feeling when you know you’ve helped a girl or a woman who has lost all of her hair unexpectedly.

Now what happens after you “Make the Cut”? So many girls are terrified to chop their hair for charity in fear that they won’t know how to style it after. The minimum donation is 8 inches, so that usually leaves you with a long bob, bob or shorter. Hopefully this short hair braid tutorial will help you and inspire you, knowing that there are plenty of lovely hairstyles to create on shorter hair. Okay, here we go: (more…)