Posts Tagged ‘waves’



Ooh la la! As mentioned many other times here on TBD, I have always found major hair styling inspiration in the perfectly undone style of French women, particularly French women in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. I mean, to be fair, I find lots of inspo in many types of women, but there’s something very special about how effortless women in France look just strolling around casually – as if they’ve carried this look on for generations. The look, of course, is totally polished – but never like they’re trying too hard. If you’re jonesing for a perfectly undone way to style your bob, try this trick (which ironically, totally and completely involves effort).  

Let’s begin with a few key tools:


  1. Spritz your THICKENING SPRAY or apply MOUSSE  on damp strands and blowdry. We used a THIS round brush for added volume.
  2. Begin curling hair in alternating horizontal sections with a curling iron. The size of the section should correlate to the size of the iron. We used THIS 1” iron on Nora’s bob. For medium lengths, use a 1 1/4″ or 1 1/2″ for long hair. Insert the iron into the section midway, roll down to the root and then gently open and close the barrel just a little as you continue to rotate it, which slowly feeds the ends into the barrel. This technique creates volume at the root, rather than just the ends. After releasing the curl, gently roll it back into place and insert a setting clip.  
  3. The sections on either side of the part are curled downward, towards the face.
  4. As we move down the side of the head in vertical sections, we alternate directions – this curl placement is up away from the face.
  5. Once you reach the crown of your head (the top few inches of hair that will fall over the back), curl these pieces horizontally back, as shown in the image. Make sure you hold the section straight up from the scalp for maximum volume before inserting the iron.
  6. Once the front of your hair and crown are curled and clipped, curl the back in the same manner, but don’t worry about clipping it in place. The back of your head has more hair than the sides, so if the underneath hair is less curly, the overall look is more uniform.
  7. Remove setting clips in the same order you put them in.
  8. Lift your hair up in sections and add in some texture spray like THIS one to give it a little lift off the root.
  9. MY SECRET: grab the DIFFUSER and set it to low heat, medium wind. Begin flipping your hair around while inserting the blowdryer from ends to roots. Just hold for a moment, then move on to the next section. The goal here is for the heat to break up any patterns, giving you a more undone look.
  10. Once you’ve diffused, you’ll be left with soft, alternating waves without a distinct pattern. Give it a light veil of hairspray if you need it!


**The finished look from the profile. A subtle, bouncy wave that’s not too curly or cutesy. This technique works great on long-haired girls too! Just make sure to use a larger curling iron. It’s a gorgeous way to fake a pro blowout.

Don’t forget to tag us @thebeautydept in your pics on INSTA when you’re flipping your soft waves back and forth!


the beauty dept hair instagram

Let’s be honest… if I were to log actual hours spent on my phone looking through Instagram at all the women with good hair, no doubt I would be in absolute shock! No apologies here, though. When I find a good head of hair on insta, I go into some hypnotic state and all of the sudden find myself deep-creepin’ those curls, braids, waves and windblown strands for an unhealthy amount of time. In this new series, I want to shine some light on those who I think are really ahead of the game in the hair department and tell you a little bit about them so that maybe they can bring some beauty to your daily feed as well. Here we go…


name: jessica lee buchanan

instagram: @jessleebuchanan


Hair goals, beachwave goals, air dry goals, freckle goals, bronze goddess goals… I could keep going with the goals list, but you should just go see for yourself. There’s no way you can look at Jessica’s photos and not want to run to the beach, apply coconut oil to your hair and go play in some clear blue lagoon.


name: hannah faith

instagram: @hannahfaith__


Origninally, I was drawn to Hannah Faith’s page because of her feed. It clear that she’s an artist first and foremost, and happens to have one of the best heads of hair on instagram, in my opinion. Here you’ll find so much beauty inspo intertwined with travel, taste, colors and other girl bosses. Bonus follow: her creative agency @weareinbloom!


name: georgia fowler

instagram: @georgiafowler


There’s no way I need to tell you why this Kiwi kills the off-duty-model-beauty game. Her hair is so perfectly undone and makes me never want to touch a hair brush again (#InShowerCombOutOnly!) Even though she’s from New Zealand, she’s giving me vintage French film girl vibes AF.


name: aleksandra zee

instagram: @aleksandrazee


I love blonde wood and I love blonde waves. How can you not be obsessed with this woodworking STUNNER?? She’s killin’ the game with her inlay art pieces all while looking so flawless, you’d never know she lifted a finger. Luckily she told me her top 3 hair faves: THIS LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER, THIS DRY SHAMPOO and THIS SALT SPRAYGet them all and grab a piece of art while you’re at it!


name: mairaly rodriguez

instagram: @harmonicurls


Rarely am I blown away by someone’s hairstyling range but this girl is off the charts amazing. She explores so many looks and nails them all so perfectly. From her gorgeous, voluminous, bouncy natural coils to her bantu knots to having faux locs on lock, I would say she’s my new favorite. It took me about 3 seconds to find her youtube and subscribe. Mega fan of this baby face beauty.


name: alanna nicole doherty

instagram: @alannanicolex


Anyone with hot pink tips the color of bougainvillea, chic/cheerful style and thick natual hair is a very welcome addition to my ever-growing beauty feed on instagram. That brings us to Alanna Nicole who is quickly style blogging her way to the top! But wait… can we pleeeease talk about that hair color again tho??


name: maggie rawlins

instagram: @maggierawlins


I stopped in my insta tracks when I realized this is the girl everyone brings me pictures of as hair inspo. She’s in all the Planet Blue look books and you may also recognize her from some Wild Fox shoots as well. I recognized her from the torn magazine pages that get shoved in my face more often than I can tell you. Enjoy following this blonde bombshell.


name: lesley buckle

instagram: @freshlengths


You will be blown away by this angel-faced Brit. Her hairstyles are perfection and her lip color choices legit had me bolting over to ASOS since she’s also an insider there. Be prepared to creep deep into her archives of both hair and makeup.


name: frida aasen

instagram: @frida_aasen


This girl gives me all the modern-day Brigitte Bardot vibes. It’s almost like a doll and an angel and supermodel had a baby named Frida. I just want her to clog up the feed with her perfect blonde windswept vacation hair. PLEASE!?


name: rachael ann lunghi

instagram: @laceandlikes


This girl is a baddddd ass. She’s a stylist, she’s a florist, she’s a gorgeous vision. Her page is full of beauty in so many forms. She’s positive and powerful and real and her posts are so meaningful. Follow her for perfectly curated feminine realness.


how to side part your hair the beauty department

Here at Beauty Department, we throw our emoji praise hands up to a well-executed side part. It adds just the right touch of Cali-chic to those it-girl waves, and looks effortlessly cool. However, what appears to be a simple hack can quickly escalate into dozens of lost minutes in front of the mirror with a comb and deflated disposition. Go too far over and you lose body and movement on the weaker side; get over zealous forcing an imperfect part and you wind up with an outdated zigzag pattern. Here’s a simple, no-fail trick to create balance that flatters your features.

side part hair the beauty department

All you need is a tail comb and a mirror. The main objective is to create a side part in front only while the majority of your hair is actually parted down the center. This gives the illusion that you’re working a side part or hair flip while your look remains balanced and full on both sides. This is one of my favorite secret tricks to styling a lob or a bob for photos. It also works like a charm with updos and chignons! From the straight on, it just looks like a normal side part.

side part trick

This will come in very handy for those with loads of hair and little hair alike. Balancing the amount of hair distributed on on each side is important for both maximum fullness and for decreasing fullness, depending on your goal! Try this trick and let us know how it works for you!




There’s something about relaxed, undone waves on shorter lengths that just feels incredibly chic. It might be on of the most popular inquiries on my instagram when I post hair photos. I get asked what products I use, what curling iron size I use and what my secret is for this look. It’s a combination of those 3 things and I’m going to take you through it. kristin ess waves

The first thing you’re going to want to do is curl your hair with THIS CURLING IRON. It’s a 1″ spring barrel and it’s pretty straight forward. If you need help with your iron waving technique, SEE THIS VIDEO. We also used THIS THICKENNG SPRAY on Nora’s hair before drying because it helps to create thickness and longer lasting hold in fine hair, but that’s optional for you. I personally have longer hair that holds curl well, so I don’t typically prep with that when I do this on myself, but totally up to you based on your hair type!

the beauty department short hair waves

Repeat the same wave on both sides and around the back. Curl away from the face. I usually avoid curling underneath in the back all together to avoid that bulky look. I typically just do the top 2 inches of hair that fall over the back. (Time saver alert!! ha!)

wave tutorial short hair

Now you’re going to have something like this. Some people will prefer this and that’s totally cute if you’re into a more defined curl. However this tutorial is all about that relaxed, subtle looking wave, so we carry on…

loose waves trick the beauty dept

Next step, take your flat iron (as you may already know, I greatly prefer THIS FLATIRON), very gently and quickly tap, tap, tap the wave from about an inch away from your roots, all the way to the bottom. If you need an in-action visual on how to tap, see my INSTAGRAM VIDEO for help. If you quickly tap the curl up and down the head it will soften the wave and flatten it out, just the right amount! Don’t go overboard with tapping, it’s subtle!

beauty department flat iron waves


Your final look after tapping should be similar to this! Once you’re all tapped out, I like to add a little pomade/serum combo for separation. Here, Nora used THIS POMADE and THIS SERUM together. A pea-sized dab of pomade and a pea sized dab of serum. Rub them together in your palms until they’re blended. Then rub this product cocktail in at the root and work your way down to the ends. Last but not least, add a spritz or two or three of your favorite hairspray. Here we used THIS!

Okay so your list of tools one more time, just in case:

I do this trick on long hair and short hair, thick hair and thin hair! It’s the quickest, easiest way to get this wave and we hope you try it out! Don’t forget to tag us in your photo on our INSTAGRAM if you do!