Posts Tagged ‘wedding hair’




Not all who wand are lost… When it comes to the wand, instructions are pretty straight forward: wrap your hair around the wand starting closest to the root and wrap your way to the ends without burning your fingers off. I always let the hair naturally twist as I wrap the hair, but there are different ways to do it which we showed you a while ago HERE. So what happens when the hair comes out of the wand and you have this perfect coil? There are actually lots of things you can do and we spent some time last week shooting my 5 favorites…

By the way, if  you don’t have a curling wand, it’s time to get one! Here are some goods…


wand waves the beauty department

  • Prep the hair with your favorite HEAT PROTECTANT before waving with the wand.
  • Wrap small to medium (about 1″) sections around the wand from root to ends, getting as close to the ends as possible without burning your fingers obviously!
  • Release the hair and let it all cool for a couple minutes.
  • Choose a method below for styling!



wand waves curls the beauty dept

  • Comb through with your fingers only, no brushing necessary.
  • Add APRES BEACH SPRAY for light separation.



brushed out wand waves the beauty department

  • Once the hair has been curled and cooled, start brushing with a CUSHION BRUSH until you see a pattern form.
  • Add weightless shine using a DRY OIL SPRAY.



relaxed wand waves the beauty department

  • Once you have curled and cooled the hair, brush everything out using a CUSHION BRUSH.
  • Use an adjustable temperature FLAT IRON at medium temp (about 350) and gently and quickly tap the waves from root to ends. Or if you’re not super coordinated with the flat iron, turn it on a low setting (in the 200’s) and quickly slide the iron through the hair.
  • Use a lightweight STYLING CREAM to finish off this laid back look + give it the perfect amount of separation.



broken up wand waves the beauty department

  • Once you’ve waved a section using your wand, gently tug on it while it’s still hot. That will slightly loosen the coil.
  • After you’ve curled and cooled everything, brush everything out using your CUSHION BRUSH.
  • Mix a pea-sized dab of POMADE with a drop of SERUM together in the palm of your hands. Scrunch into the hair starting in the middle and working your way down.



shaken up wand waves

  • Start by doing the exact same steps from from the photo above (Every Day Waves).
  • Next, take your BLOWDRYER with the nozzle off, flip your head upside down and “stir” the hair with cold air. In other words, create little circles at the scalp using your blowdryer on the cold setting.
  • Flip head right-side-up and add a little TEXTURE SPRAY.




We love a braided half updo during the fall/winter months because it’s not only gorgeous with that big thick braid, but also leaving half your hair down keeps your necks warm! I think we can all agree this would look amazing any time of year, but today we’re pairing it with a sweater and turning it into our cold weather coiffure!

braided half updo hair tutorial the beauty department

  1. Prep your hair by giving it some soft, loose waves. I’ve really been in love with the piece-y waves I’ve been getting from my  NEW IRON. It’s a 1 1/4 barrel which is half ceramic and half metal. It was an serious hair investment but I’m feelin it! As you know, favorite budget friendly version of this iron is THIS ONE! I curled away from the face and put a couple drops of THIS GLOSS through the middle and ends, which smells ahhhhmazing.\
  2. Next up, create a hairline braid. You’ll want to do it inside-out because you’ll get a fatter looking braid. With a regular french braid, the bulk of the braid gets tucked underneath as you go, whereas an inside-out braid puts the bulkier part of the braid on top! If your hair tends to be really slippery and soft or if you just washed it, try adding a dab of BRAID PASTE or WATERBASED POMADE to the section before your braid. It will help you get a lot more control over your braid without making it sticky or greasy.
  3. Use THIS TRICK to fatten up your braid.
  4. Take a fine tooth comb and tease a very small section in the back of your head. Tease as close to the scalp as you can. This is where you’ll “anchor” your braid, so put it as high or low as you want it. I like to do it right at that bone you can feel in the back of your head, called the occipital bone. It’s a good safe place to anchor the braid if you’re not sure. Use a strong holding bobby pin (and a little strong holding hairspray if you need it) to anchor your first braid to your head.
  5. Repeat the same thing on the other side and then join them together in the back of your head, tucking the second braid into the first braid. Get them to blend together as best you can. I think of it like doing a half knot. I tuck the second braid up, over and then push it into the first braid.
  6. Use a hand mirror to check it from the sides and the back to make sure you have good balance!

Tip: go to a beauty supply and get the strongest bobby pins you can find. It makes the biggest difference with a hairstyle like this! A strong holding bobby pin will not slip and slide all over the place! You can typically feel the difference between the ones you buy at the drugstore and the ones you buy at a pro beauty supply. I love THESE ONES! This links to gold ones but you can get any color and they’re SO strong and fairly inexpensive. Get them, it will be worth it!


photo: kristin ess

When it comes to wedding hair, a great accessory can be icing on the cake. Not only can the subtle sparkle of a hair piece add significant detail to your look, but it’s something that can be handed down from generation to generation if it’s well made. For the last year, I’ve been looking rather closely at some very special pieces. I would even go so far as to call them investment pieces. Bridal hair accessories range vastly in price and there are so many different styles– combs, pins, vines, chignon wraps, crowns, half crowns, etc… so it can be very overwhelming if you’re not sure which accessories go best with which hairstyle or dress. I’ve arranged the pieces below by type, so that should be quite helpful. It’s always a good idea to try your wedding accessory on with the hairstyle you’re planning on wearing, so once you have yours in-hand, get your bobbypins out and try it with one of our wedding tutorials like THIS, THIS and THIS (there are even more if you search “wedding”)!

post/graphic design: kristin ess all photos courtesy of BHLDN

These partial pieces are incredible for a significant amount of shine without wrapping around the whole head. Put them half way around a bun or running up the side of a french twist for some next level glamour. Click the links for more info on each.

  1. Twinkling Flare Headpiece
  2. Secret Garden Headpiece
  3. Lady of the Manor Headpiece

post/graphic design: kristin ess all photos courtesy of BHLDN

Embellished combs are great because they’re easy. There’s no stress in putting them in the hair and are amazing for someone doing their own hair, let’s say on a destination wedding. Hopefully your hair is nothing but perfect on your big day, but having a vintage-vibe comb on hand can be amazing if anything gets messed up with your updo or chignon. Slide it in to conceal any little bits you don’t love. I LOVE the way the comb looks running up the side of the braid in photo 3. Here are the links for these…

  1. Crystal Clover Comb
  2. Fanfare Comb
  3. Silvestre Comb

post/graphic design: kristin ess all photos courtesy of BHLDN

How stunning and subtle are these pins. They can be used on nearly any type of hairstyle. These are also amazing because you could wear them again on your first anniversary or for a night out with your soon-to-be-husband. It would be so sweet to have these sitting on your vanity to always remind you of the day you got married. These also make incredible bridesmaid gifts in my opinion because they’re small and not overwhelming. Click the links for info…

  1. Nicobar Hair Pin
  2. Whimsical Hair Pins (2)
  3. Pearled Daisy
  4. Petit Flora Hair Pins
  5. Crystallized Hair Pin

post/graphic design: kristin ess all photos courtesy of BHLDN

These are all thin to medium sized halos. They’re stunning and a little more subtle than the group at the bottom. Many of these thin halos can also be worn as necklaces, believe it or not! They have thin ribbon that ties in back and are also incredible bridesmaid gifts. I love these and I DIEEEE for the Sakura Halo braided in to the hair. Might be one of my favorites. See the links below…

  1. Sakura Halo
  2. Portici Halo
  3. Buttercup Halo
  4. Pearl Petal Halo
  5. Waterway Halo
  6. Starry Skies Halo
  7. Bluebell Halo

post/graphic design: kristin ess all photos courtesy of BHLDN

This grouping is for someone who likes flower crowns but wants something that lasts forever. I love fresh flower crowns too, but it’s a shame they only last for the day. So amazing to pass this on to a child or friend and to see how they would wear it. If you’re getting married in the woods, mountains or natural setting, you’ll probably need one of these…

  1. Breathless Halo
  2. Pearly Dreams Halo
  3. Carmen Halo
  4. Honeysuckle Halo
  5. Aster Halo

photo: kristin ess

In the world of hair accessories, there are two particular women I think are incredibly special and talented. They both stand out in such different ways to me. One is Jennifer Behr and the other is Myra Callan of Twigs + Honey. Hop over to their websites and check out their instagrams HERE and HERE.

The sparkly slice of heaven, called the Arielle Chignon Wrap in the very top photo is by Jennifer and can be found HERE. And the superfine sparkling vine in the last photo was crafted by Myra for her 2015 collection and will be found HERE.


photos/post/graphic design: Kristin Ess

Last week I had the pleasure of working with one of my absolute favorite clients, Debby Ryan, before she was whisked off to the Elton John Oscar Party. Debby is so much fun and loves to play around with various looks. She was wearing a beautiful black + white gown by Lublu and her stylist put some major jewels on her ears, so we needed to come up with a look that would compliment both of those things. We both thought it would be fun to do something we haven’t done before. Something soft and romantic, but still a little bit edgy. (The real inspiration: I I got to listen to her new music from her upcoming album and really wanted to translate that vibe into her look.) Debby has lots of layers and this particular look works really well on hair that is super layered. Here’s how we did it…

  1. Create a deep side part using a tail comb.
  2. Do an inside out braid on the side with less hair. Stop behind the ear.
  3. Clip it temporarily with a small claw clip.
  4. I know this sounds crazy, but scrunch a little mousse into the middle and ends of dry hair.
  5. Take the blow dryer to it for a few seconds. The heat will soften up the mousse. The reason I do this is because I don’t want the bobby pins slipping but I also don’t want to douse it in hairspray. Heat-softened mousse still feels light and provides the extra hold.
  6. Separate the hair on the heavier side. Everything from in front of the ear stays out, everything else goes back.
  7. Roll all of the hair in back until it starts to coil into a bun shape. (Leave those front sections out.) Allow the hairs that fall out to stay out! You want it to be a bit disheveled!
  8. Pin as you go using large bobby pins.
  9. Once you’ve secured the bun, go back to the side braid. Gently pull it apart to mess it up a little. Pull out some of the pieces around your face to soften the look.
  10. Wrap the tail of the braid around the bun and pin it under.
  11. Give the heavier side a little bump or two with the flat iron, or you can do it with your curling iron if you’re not great with flat iron waves yet.
  12. Remove the excess weight on the heavier side. I like to take pieces from down near the ear and twist them back.
  13. Pin them into the bun. Continue to do so until you think you have the right amount left out.

This is what it looks like from the other side. If you try this look, make sure to tag us (and tag Debby for that matter!) @thebeautydept and @whoisdebbyanyway. We would LOVE to see!