Posts Tagged ‘vintage’


photos + post: Kristin Ess

Golly gee, we love very vintage-inspired ponytail. This is what I like to call the “Barbie Pony” when talking to a client. It’s got a part, a little volume + some soft bouncy curls. This particular version is a very wearable one. If you want to get a little more dramatic, you’re welcome to put as much volume and curl as you want! There are a LOT of steps in this tutorial, but that’s only because we wanted to be as detailed as possible. Alright, here we go…

  1. Start with clean dry hair. If your hair isn’t perfectly clean, give it a little shot of dry shampoo! You can do a side part or a center part– which ever you feel is more flattering to your face shape.
  2. Make a diagonal section starting at your part and going down in front of your ear.
  3. You can see exactly where we parted here…
  4. and here. Now clip the hair from the front section up and save that for later.
  5. Give the hair a nice tease on top in your “crown area”.
  6. Smooth over the teased hair using the finer side of the comb so it doesn’t appear too ratty. At this point you can give the top a little spray if you want to!
  7. Now, put all the hair in the back into a nice, high, secure ponytail. It’s okay if you end up flattening out the teased bump a little bit because…
  8. You can use a tail comb to pull it back up. As long as there’s teased hair under there, you can get that volume back.
  9. Next we take out the front section. Take one side and drape it over the ponytail holder. Use a little spray to hold it in place if you need to.
  10. Use small bobby pins to secure the pieces you’re wrapping around the ponytail holder.
  11. Repeat the same thing on the other side. If hair falls out of this section or doesn’t reach, you can just let it fall and/or tuck it behind your ear.
  12. Curl all of the hair in the ponytail. I like to curl everything in the same direction on each side so that you get a pattern going, but you can definitely make a more messy curl if you’d rather.
  13. It’s completely up to you whether you brush the ponytail curls out or not. I personally like t0 brush them because the ponytail gets fuller and more bouncy.
  14. Check the back using a hand mirror and make sure it looks balanced. Give it a final veil of strong holding hairspray.

Good luck dolls!


photo credit: post designed by kristin ess

Hello pretty people! We’re trying out a new feature on TBD. It’s called “Inspiration Station”. Every now and then, we’ll compile a video inspiration board for you with videos that we think are fun and inspiring in the world of beauty. We love when our beauty besties share these things with us and we think you lovelies might too. Please let us know your thoughts via comments. And maybe even request certain tutorials from a particular look in a video!

XO Lauren, Kristin + Amy Nadine



photo: post design: Kristin Ess

photo + post design: Kristin Ess

Last night, our lovely Lady Conrad was out on the town sporting a faux-bob, double liner and a fuchsia lip! Follow these steps to get the look!



posts designed by kristin ess

We do the messy bun around here A LOT. It’s just a fun, quick, pretty hair style. One of my biggest inspirations for “beautiful mess” hair is Brigitte Bardot. It doesn’t get any better. She did it just right every single time. Nothing too structured, always looking like she got out of bed like that. Style wise, Lauren reminds me a lot of her because you can always see that there was effort, but it never looks forced. In beauty, it’s really important to learn to work with what have and to feel comfortable. Nothing is more gorgeous than that.


Bianca Jagger… the epitome of chic. Here’s the perfect example of someone with short hair who really had accessories figured out. Go to the flea markets and grab a couple vintage pieces for your hair. One night when you’re wearing a simple black dress and just don’t know how to accessorize it, throw your vintage hat or pin in your hair! Instant glamour with very little need for anything else.


Louise Brooks and Clara Bow. Both incredible icons. Here, Louise represents the sleek, straight, shiny bob of the 1920’s. One decade later, the bob was still around, but the texture had changed. Whenever I look at reference photos for shoots, or red carpet, I can always tell the difference between 1920’s and 1930’s styles by whether the bob was straight or wavy. Halloween is coming up and whether you’re going to be a flapper, a “Great Gatsby” girl, or a silent film star, be sure to know which hair style compliments your outfit the best!


OK, if there’s one person from the past who’s hairstylist I’d want to be, it would be Lana Turner. I love Rita Hayworth and Veronica Lake as well, but no one had as much hair fun as Lana Turner. In every single photo her hair is styled differently and always to perfection! She was the first hair crush I’ve ever had. Makes me want to put everyone’s hair in rollers and sculpt away. What a stunner!


What’s more inspiring than a signature thing? Not much. Billie Holiday is the perfect example. When I put gardenias in someone hair for an event or a wedding, they always say “I feel like Billie Holiday”. In beauty, she is as important as the flower itself! How inspiring is that? What’s your signature thing?


Last but certainly not least, Jane Birkin. She popularized the boho-chic look more than anyone. Her stringy surfer-girl strands of hair were always paired with minimal makeup. She always kept it very simple, but was never underwhelming. Doesn’t she make you want to air-dry your hair??