Posts Tagged ‘wavy hair ideas’

MAPPING OUT FLAT IRON WAVES

photos: kristin ess, post: jessica swanson

photos: kristin ess, post: jessica swanson

So, you can knock out a full set of curling wand waves with one gloved finger tied behind your back? You still had time to ace that smokey eye after finishing bestie’s pull-through braid for Prom? Girl, we know you’re always up for a challenge, so we’re presenting to you our fave flat iron wave tutorial. There’s something just right about the look… not too precious or coiled, with subtle movement for manes both long and short. There might be several versions of flat iron waves out there, but this one gives us life! Here’s how to make it happen:

Before beginning, we prepped towel-dried hair with THICKENING SPRAY, then blow dried straight. This thickening spray helps to create the right amount of texture and a soft, sustainable hold. Keep in mind that once you’ve nailed your technique, it can also be an ideal way to touch up air-dried waves, or can be worked in with OTHER waving techniques.

Before things get heated, take a few minutes to practice with a BEVELED FLAT IRON while it’s still turned off (uh, ps: it’s on SALE! and it’s never on sale!). It’s important that you get the hang of the motions before adding heat, as this trusty iron has only one temperature setting. You’ll want to hit each section only once or twice at the most to avoid heat damage. The beveled edges of the iron are crucial for creating smooth waves, and help to avoid creating kinks in the hair. If you need more guidance on the steps below, go check out our instagram post right here!

flat iron wave tutorial the beauty dept

  1. To begin, hold a section of hair out from your head, and insert the flat iron at a diagonal, just below your scalp. Your waves will have natural, realistic movement if they are created diagonally towards or away from your face, or a mixture of the two. Gently close the iron as you curve it up and back down to form an arc.
  2. Because these waves are created using heat and tension, you’ll need to use a flat finger to hold the form of the previous arc, while you pull in the opposite direction to make your next wave. If your hair tends to slip, use two fingers to scissor the section instead. The second bend will be going the opposite direction, as we are creating alternating peaks and valleys. Just below the first arc, bend the iron down towards your head, then curve back up and release.
  3. complete the wave pattern that now should be visible with another arc curving away from the head, holding the previous bend for tension. You may have more length to wave here, but on this LOB we have reached the finish line!
  4. Slowly tap through the ends instead of bending them inward or too far outward to create a cool, modern finish.

To add just the right level of soft hold and enhance waves, we added a light veil of SOFT BEACH WAVE SPRAY, which while pricey, is just straight up the best! They also have a travel size available if you’re the type to dip your toes first. To truly nail the final look above, try THIS little hair hack after you apply your beach wave spray.

You’re ready to roll out! But maybe hide how good you are at this? Your girls are going to swarm, no doubt.

Don’t forget to tag us when you work those waves! @thebeautydept on insta.

PLAIT PARTY!

Spent the last week traveling in Paris, France. Celebrated Bastille Day, had some fancy dinners, and spent some quality time with friends. But boy was it H-O-T. Walking around all day (as we tend to do when traveling) can really make you want to get that hair up and off your back! We made up all kinds of impromptu cute hair styles before going out and about and I thought it would be fun to share some! Here’s how this one is done…

1. Using a 1″ barrel curling iron, add subtle waves to your hair for texture or if you already have waves/curls, skip that. Then apply a dime size dab of waterbased pomade.

2. Decide to which side you want your hair parted in the front. You can part it center or side. We like parting on the side because that creates one “open side” where there’s less hair. The more open side is where you would want to add a beautiful vintage brooch or fresh flowers.

3. Create a 2 or 3″ diagonal section down the back of your head (starting from the crown).

4. Do a classic French braid down the center and secure with a clear elastic. Then loosen it up slightly with your fingers.

5. Create two mini unicorn braids on one side and tuck them into the French braid, securing with small bobby pins. If you don’t know how to do a unicorn braid, learn how HERE.

6. Wrap up your ends into a quick messy bun and spray in place using a firm holding hairspray.

7. On the opposite side of the unicorn braids, create a mini fishtail braid and wrap that around the clear elastic from your French braid near the nape of the neck.

8. Check the back in a hand mirror and secure any strays using bobby pins and/or a firm holding hairspray.

This is such a great updo for travel because it technically requires no heat if you already have a little wave. If you have pin straight hair you can always DO THIS the night before to avoid using a curling iron. Will be back soon with more ideas for summer + travel hair! xo