Posts Tagged ‘wedding’



While it can be totally satisfying to splurge on that new cult-fave hair PRODUCT or CURLING WAND you’ve been coveting, I’m also big on the thrill of adding gorgeous and versatile hair accessories to my growing collection. They provide a level of instant gratification that products and tools sometimes can’t…like great jewelry, a chic hair clip or interesting accessory can instantly elevate an otherwise simple look. With ongoing summer temps being of the relentless persuasion (what? I can’t hear you over the squirt bottle/fan combo I’m waving around my face like its my job.), we’ve pulled together a well-rounded list of perfect accessories to help you chill. Links below the photos.

1. SAFETY PIN CLIP  I’d wear a paper clip too if it was dipped in gold. It’s just SUH cute!

2. OVERSIZED BARRETTE This classic barrette must have chowed the “eat me” cake (Alice & Wonderland fans?). Mini things are adorable, but giant versions are just plain useful. Also how is this only $4?!

3. TORTOISESHELL CHIGNON STICK  I always have one of these in my bag – it’s way chicer than a pencil holding up a chignon when you’re burning the midnight oil.

4. GOLD LEAF CLUSTER HEADBAND Such a perfect bridesmaid hair accessory! Anyone can throw this in and make simple waves or a loose updo something major!

5. GOLD HEART CLIP Never met a shape clip I didn’t like. Bonus points if you can create a braided updo this interesting before adding it in!

6. HANDMADE GOLD HAIRPIN Have nothing for your hair that you do not know to be beautiful, or believe to be useful.

7. TURQUOISE AND BRASS BARRETTE This statement piece is so gorgeous and unique – use it with THIS trick to pony-up thick locks in the prettiest of ways.

8. THIN GOLD BAR HAIR CLIP Dramatic, yet simple – use this thin clip to hold back a few key pieces in any half-up scenario.

9. INFINITY HAIR CLIP For my finer-haired girls, this little gem is small and light-weight, so it can add a little pizazz to your maine without weighing it down.

10. SILK PONY BRAIDER When you find your creative vibes are flowing, make the prettiest braid ever with this soft pink silk woven through it.

11. CRYSTAL LEAF HEADBAND This is special enough to grace the locks of a late summer/early fall bride! It has just the right amount of sparkle, and the asymmetry keeps things interesting.

12. GOLD OUTLINE HAIR CLIP Simple and sleek – this barrette will keep your locks off your neck without drawing too much attention away from a very on-trend off-the-shoulder number.

….And the best part is, no one will notice your back sweat when you make gorgeous hair the focal point. Am I right?!

Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!


photos: kristin ess, post: jessica swanson

photos: kristin ess, post: jessica swanson

While your lob/bob is super cute and chic, there are still days you may envy the girls who can effortlessly throw in a top knot and go about their business. Usually those are the days you want to crash at the local “Cooling Center” because the temps hit record high. So while recently cruising the air conditioned aisles of H&M, I was thrilled to find THIS versatile and easily-workable clip, that is as attractive as it is helpful in a short hair updo. We worked two looks with this clip, but no doubt you could create many more. Here is one for our BOB girls and one for ladies who LOB:

While this first look (up top) seems slightly complex, it really breaks down to being a simple three-step process. We first worked some texture into the hair with THIS iron and THIS technique, which helps the clip to grip better and hides potential frizz from the heat and humidity. Then we pulled the hair from the top of the head and crown back into a bun just above the occipital bone (the bone in the back of your head that sticks out slightly), and tied it into a bun with a HAIRBAND. Then we repeated the previous step with the hair left underneath. Any hair that doesn’t reach (in this case, the hair above the ears) can be twisted back in between the two buns, then slip the clip in horizontally to hold those pieces and anchor the overall look. You’re done! Treat yourself to an iced coffee.

the beauty department hair clip short hair

For our second look, utilizing the textured waves from the previous style, we pulled a small bit of hair back from above the ears in a slight twist, then slipped the clip in horizontally. Voilà!

We want to see your creativity! If you recreate the looks from above, or invent your own way to use this clip, tag us on IG @thebeautydept.




Doing your own hair for your wedding is just straight up INTIMIDATING, amiright?? Well thank goodness for this epic, game changing PEARL HALO because it’s about to take all your day-of struggles away. I’ve uploaded a quick video to our INSTAGRAM to show how unbelieveably easy this is! It’s kind of crazy that it can be so simple. And yes, it’s fairly expensive, but most likely less expensive than having a hairstylist come do your hair on your wedding day. If you’re on a budget, you can go get an epic blowout at a salon somewhere and then pop this in! Here’s how it works…

beauty department wedding hair idea

Start with whatever texture you want; waves, curls, straight, natural, whatever! Dana is a lucky girl… this is basically her natural wave with a couple taps of the curling iron on random pieces that wouldn’t behave. (uggggggggh I want it).

oribe texture spray the beauty department

Next, add a bit of DRY TEXTURE SPRAY. This is great for adding texture AND slip prevention. Once you spray that, IF you feel the need, you can lift the top layer of hair and do a little tease/backcomb patch just behind the ear right where the combs will slide in. I recommend doing this if you’re planning to wear this all day or if your hair is shiny/slippery.

the beauty department easy wedding hair

Then you just simply slide the piece in to place and you’re DONE. Yes, it’s that easy!! Now I’m going to show you a ton of photos from different angles so you know what it looks like all around.

lelet the beauty department wedding hair idea quick easy tutorial

Here’s a 3/4 view.

wedding hair ideas 2016 easy bride hair tutorial lelet the beauty dept

Here’s what it looks like from the side! (Also, how adorable is Dana!? ahhhh!)

easiest bride hair tutorial the beauty department

And here’s a slightly closer shot. You can see that the band the pearls sit on is solid which makes this feel very secure!

What do you guys think of this accessory? I think LELET needs to make a million different kinds of these immediately because they’re just plain incredible. For those of you who will ask, the difference between this and this REVERSE HEADBAND I posted a couple weeks ago is this is solid and doesn’t bend the way the chain one in that post does. And while you KNOW I love that chain, this one stays put and might be my new favorite because it’s less likely to move.





We’re here in NYC with our favorite #GIRLBOSS, Lauren Conrad, who is releasing her 8th book called CELEBRATE. It’s stunning and it’s packed with photos that inspire. It’s all about being reaaaaaadyyyyy to parrrrrtaaaay in both new and classic ways. This might be my favorite book yet because of the aesthetic of the pages. (Spoiler alert: I’ve seen it and there are some very pretty beauty moments which is exciting!).

Speaking of beauty moments, we get to create lots of looks while we’re on a book tour with her and we kicked off day one with one of my new faves… the reverse headband! I was lucky enough to get my hands on the one you see above from this bad ass brand and it couldn’t have been more subtly perfect. I’ve heard these being referred to as “reversed headbands”, “halos”, “top knot accessory” and “half crowns”, whatever you want to call them I’m now seeing them EVERYWHERE. These would be amazing in wavy hair for a wedding, too! I love when something is barely there from the front, but then a sparkly surprise in the back.

Styling can be very versatile with these. We chose a super sleek look for Lauren because of that très chic jumpsuit she wore. But these looks amazing in wavy hair, too! Straight, sleek hair was out of the norm for Lauren but she loves to try new looks. The thing you should know about using these with straight hair is there’s not going to be a lot of grip so you have to create some sort of anchor. These reverse headbands usually come with two small combs, one at each end. If the hair is sleek and shiny, the comb will likely slide out. I used a couple small bobby pins, two for each side, just behind the ear (if you look very closely you can probably see) as my anchors and to stop them from sliding.

Here are some additional reverse headbands I’ve stumbled upon lately if you’re on a budget and can’t splurge on the one up top…