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WINTER WEDDING HAIR IDEA  the beauty department

hair/photo/post: kristin ess

My long-time client, Victoria, recently got married in Los Angeles and her wedding was stunning!! She wanted to wear her hair “mostly down” but “a little pulled back”. The photo up top is what we created. Since posting it on my instagram, I have gotten so many inquiries about what size iron I used and what product so I thought I would break it down for you guys! I also think this will be really useful for those of you who are getting married in the winter since bridal hair isn’t a popular topic during winter months… Here’s what I did an what I used!

  1. I prepped Victoria’s wet/towel dried hair with THIS MOUSSE. It’s great for volume and hold but it’s not sticky or crunchy. It helps me get a fuller more voluminous blowout for my foundation. An amazing, more affordable alternative is THIS!
  2. I didn’t use a round brush except around the front hairline. I just smoothed through with a blowdryer and my fingers.
  3. Next I sprayed a little bit of THIS HEAT PROTECTANT before going in with a hot iron.
  4. To create those waves, I used my 1 1/4″ MARCEL IRON. I wrapped the curls around the barrel instead of clamping them. If you’re not good with a marcel, try this 1 1/4″ CONICAL WAND instead! It’s very user friendly and I love it!
  5. Shake a little TEXTURE POWDER into the root once the hair is waved. This will help with your twist!
  6. Now you can spray a little bit of your favorite LIGHT HOLD HAIRSPRAY all over.
  7. Take a piece from each side and twist back, making them meet in the back/center. Slide your bobbypins in LIKE THIS to hide them.
  8. Give your hair one last spritz of light holding hairspray and you’re good to go.

If moisture in the air is a factor for you (depending on where you’re getting hitched!) you can finish the look with an ANTI-HUMECTANT spray that will repel all moisture. I highly recommend it if your hair tends to get frizzy with moisture.

This is just a breakdown on what I used to get this look, but if you want an actual tutorial for this with steps you just let me know in the comments and I’ll getcha one!




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.