Posts Tagged ‘wavy’

ON THAT NOTE

As you may know, the Teen Choice Awards were last Sunday. The radiant Nikki Reed went for full Boho beauty and here’s how I got the look:

  • First, we added waves to Nikki’s hair for texture. To get waves, follow THIS.
  • The night before, I pre-made a fishtail braid using an individual clip-in extension. I sewed it to a strip of elastic chord to create a braided headband that would match the golden brown tones in Nikki’s hair exactly.
  • Next, I put the headband around her head and tied it together in the back at the bottom, securing all the way around with small brown bobby pins.
  • I then tucked her hair up in to the headband in back until it created a texture-y chignon shape.
  • Last I secured the tucked hair with large bobby pins to make sure it wouldn’t slide out of the headband. I let the pieces around the face fall out for softness and lightly sprayed all over with a medium holding hairspray so it would still move.

It’s literally one of the easiest updos and always a big hit! It’s AWESOME for short hair because you don’t need much length to tuck the hair into the back of the headband. (Spoiler alert: This is one of our short hair video tutorials coming up!) Always take a couple extra bobby pins with you when you go out just in case  any pieces come loose.

Xx Kristin

BOUNCE WITH ME

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Over the years, I’ve heard so many stories from women who were tortured by their curls growing up. Little girls with little halos of frizz and no clue on how to deal with it. Luckily today we have so much information readily available to guide us in the beauty department. When you’re armed with knowledge and you’re willing to put some time into trying things out, you can become the boss of unruly curl in no time. Here are some of my favorite steps for these very different types of curls…

KINKY CURLY- letting it be. your goal is to minimize frizz and retain natural oils.

- use a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner to avoid stripping natural oils from the inside of the hair shaft.

- comb your hair out while in the shower as you rinse conditioner through.

- swap out your towel for a t-shirt. this is the best trick. the smoothness of the t-shirt vs. the roughness of a towel minimizes frizz!

- my favorite products for kinky curly hair are coconut oil and jojoba oil because they moisturize and enhance shine but don’t feel oily. “curl stretch cream” is great for lengthening coils if your hair tends to shrink up.

- always apply product when hair is t-shirt dried, but still thoroughly wet.

- refine curls by twisting individual locks together with your fingers, then scrunch again with the t-shirt to remove excess water or product.

- anyone with kinky curly hair shouldn’t even own a brush! only a wide-tooth comb. brushes will pull curls apart causing frizz.

- air drying is best, but if you need to dry it in a hurry or want a little lift at the root, make sure to use a diffuser.

***if you want to refine this natural curl with a curling iron, try a 3/8″ barrell, twisting hair around the outside.

VERY CURLY – keeping it down. Your goal is to tame curls and keep your medium/coarse texture hair from getting too wide.

- shampoo using a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner.

- wash hair every 2-4 days to avoid stripping hair of its natural oils.

- use a wide-tooth comb in the shower to detangle.

- avoid combing or brushing this hair after you get out of the shower. the more you break up the curl’s natural locks, the more frizz will haunt you.

- swap out your towel for a t-shirt. this is the best trick. the smoothness of the t-shirt vs. the roughness of a towel minimizes frizz!

- this hair naturally lacks moisture so avoid using anything with an alcohol base. I like mixing a styling cream with coconut oil. smells amazing and it gives it the extra “moisture weight” it needs.

- next day, mist hair with water and re-apply the same product.

***if you want to refine this natural curl with a curling iron, try a 3/4″ barrell, twisting hair around the outside.

NATURAL WAVE – keep it simple. your goal is to hold it together and not break the pattern of the wave by brushing too much.

- shampoo and condition as normal, but comb hair out using a wide tooth comb in the shower.

- towel dry when you get out of the shower. no more brushing.

- shake hair to unlock the wave pattern. comb with your fingers.

- flip hair over and scrunch with the towel again.

- apply a lightweight curl enhancing cream from roots to ends. ask your stylist if you aren’t sure what that is.

- use a diffuser to dry 50% of the way. air dry the other 50 %.

- use a small amout of argon oil or anti-frizz serum to lock ends together using a twisting motion.

***if you want to refine this natural wave with a curling iron, try a 1″ or 1 1/4″ barrell, twisting hair around the outside.

WANTING WAVES ON STRAIGHT HAIR? SEE HERE! or HERE!

xxkristin

ON SET AT PAPER CROWN

photo: thebeautydepartment.com post designed by kristin ess

Today we’ve been on the set of Paper Crown‘s holiday look book! Loving these waves on our gorgeous girl, Madison.

My top 3 secrets to getting these piece-y, beachy waves:

~Rub styling paste or water-based pomade into your roots before you start curling. Put a pea-sized amount into the palm of your hands and warm it up. Now get up in there with it! Massage it into your scalp like a head massage. Don’t put it through the middle or ends, only at the root. I like to start with the sides and then flip the head over to do the back. You’ll probably need another dab of product to do the back. I know this trick seems totally gross, but the feel of the product will disappear because it’s water based instead of oil based. This is what gives Madison’s hair that separation and allows me to see which pieces I want to pick up and curl. (Another great thing about water-based products is that they rinse out really easily.)

~Flip your hair back to the upright position and shake your hair until it settles. If you’re confused on how to do that, please click here. From this point on, try not to use a brush on your hair because it will ruin the way the hair locks together. Only comb it with your fingers. Your curls-to-be should now show up. Now you’re ready to pick up the individual locks of hair and start curling.

~I did two different kinds of curl here. I did some that go inside the clamp and some that you wrap around the curling iron. I like doing that to mix up the texture. Most importantly, I didn’t curl up near the root or down toward the ends. I used a 1″ barrell and I started here and stopped there:

 

Madison’s hair went around the barrell 3 times, but your hair could go more or less than that depending on the length. Once everything is curled, spray with hairspray and dance around. Yep, that’s a professional trick. Ask Lauren, she does it all the time.

And it’s totally obvious that Amy Nadine gave Madison the perfect red lip using her very own advice found here.

xxkristin