2 DAYS, 3 LOOKS

photos/post: Kristin Ess

photos/sponsored post: Kristin Ess (in collaboration with Pantene)

It feels like every time you walk down the hair aisle at your favorite store, there’s something epic and new, doesn’t it? As a stylist, I think that’s cool, as I’m very into mixing hair and technology. Hair products are always evolving and styling products in particular are constantly one-upping themselves. Never in a million did I think I’d see the day when alcohol-free aerosol hairspray would be a thing. Last month, Pantene introduced just that. It’s called AIRSPRAY and it’s the first alcohol-free aerosol styling product on the market. Needless to say we had to try it to see what it could actually do. We did our own kind of experiment– three-styles-in-two-days kind of experiment. Here’s how that went down…

the beauty department braid pantene airspray
  • First things first, we gave it the undone wave test. This hair was airdried without product, and then we did some loose waves using a 1 1/4″ barrel, then sprayed with THIS HAIRSPRAY. We scrunched it in and loosely broke up the waves using just our fingers, no brush.

pantene airspray x the beauty dept

  • As you can clearly see, separation was good and waves became a bit fuller. The hair didn’t feel product-y at all, but did take a teeny bit longer to evaporate (obvs because there’s no alcohol) but we were down to wait.
pantene airspray the beauty dept
  • Happy to report that after spraying one light veil all over, the hair was still soft to the touch.
the beauty dept braid pantene airspray
  • Our next mane move happens that same day. Sunday evening dinner with girlfranz. The cool thing about AIRSPRAY is that you can layer it without the hair starting to feel “crunchy” or dry.
the beauty department pantene airspray
  • We created a single cornrow down the center of the hair. Once you get to the nape of the neck, tie it off with a clear elastic. (Grab a friend who can braid if you can’t do this part yourself.)
the beauty department airspray pantene
  • Next, join the sides together in a low ponytail and bind it all together using another elastic. Your waves may or may not need another light layer of spray! We did! Still touchable and soft, btw.
thebeautydepartment hair tutorial airspray
  •  Use your tail comb to smooth down any flyaway hairs around your face.

thebeautydepartment pantene alcohol free hairspray

  • Here’s how this looks from the front. I know you want to know! I was very curious about how it would look from the front when we started this. You can hardly see anything which is rad because when you turn around it’s like OH HAIIIII!
 pantene airspray braid bun
  • Okay, now let’s say you have a really long night for one reason or another, ya know? And let’s say Monday morning you have to pull yourself together for work kind of early. Good news is, you can still keep working with this look and you don’t have to wash your hair. YAAAAAY!
the beauty dept airspray braid
  • Take the outside rubberband out but not the second one. Keep the braid in place.
pantene alcohol free aerosol hairspray
  • Take a smoothing brush, spray a little more of that AIRSPRAY goodness on the brush. Now smooth the hair back into a sleek low pony and secure it with an elastic.
thebeautydepartment alcohol free hairspray
  • Add a light mist of spray on to the ponytail and twist.
pantene air spray the beauty department hair tutorial
  • Coil that sleek pony into a bun and secure. Once you’ve done that, you can smooth out any fly-aways using a little more spray.
 pantene airspray thebeautydept

It’s pretty cool that you can keep on keepin’ on with an alcohol-free AIRSPRAY without the fear of major dryness. If you end up trying it or if you already have, tell us what you think! Were you able to layer it? Brush it? Re-style with it? You can also review it on Pantene.com.

pantene airspray alcohol-free

Hope you guys enjoyed this tutorial. Which of these 3 looks is your favorite? Considering it’s Valentine’s (0r) Gal-entine’s Day weekend, this could come in extra handy if you have to work on Monday morning, AMIRIGHT?

DAILY LEMON WATER

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

Last year I kept reading posts on social media about the benefits of drinking lemon water. I’m always down to try something new but had no idea it would do so much! Eleven months later, I’ve lost five pounds, haven’t been sick once (not even a sniffle) and my skin rarely breaks out anymore. It’s kind of freaky! It took about two weeks to remember to do it each morning but then it became a habit and now I hate it if I have to miss a day. I was worried that it would be too acidic on my stomach but from everything I’ve read, lemon is acidic outside of the body but inside of the body it has an alkalizing effect and helps balance the body’s pH level. It’s such a direct source of Vitamin C and is a natural diuretic. There are so many benefits and now I can’t imagine starting off my day any other way so I wanted to share my experience. Here’s how if you want to try it too:

TOOLS:

  • A Lemon Press – I’ve tried squeezing each half by hand and a flat press, but this one ($$) and this one ($) are by far the easiest to use and gets the most juice out and you don’t have to take the seeds out before because when it presses it, 95% of the seeds stay in the lemon.
  • A Lemon or Two – I only use organic lemons because I don’t want something that has been sprayed with pesticides and then soaked in hot water to go in my body!
  • A Serrated Knife.
  • A Cutting Board — I wish I owned this adorable Kate Spade one!!
  • A Glass.
  • Boiled Water — Okay, I must admit I am smitten with this hilarious teapot!

STEPS:

  1. Put the kettle on and boil about 300 mL of water. Cut the lemon(s) in half. Remember, you don’t have to take the seeds out first with this style of press.
  2. Place each half (one at a time!) faced down inside of the press, as shown above. Place the press directly over the opening of the glass.
  3. Squeeze the two handles together until no more juice comes out.
  4. Pour hot water into the glass and let it seep for a few minutes.
  5. Drink up! When you are finished, immediately rinse your mouth with water (squish it around) so it doesn’t affect the enamel of your teeth.

DISCLAIMER:

  • I am not a medical doctor, nutritionist or in a health profession or making claims to be. I am merely sharing research that I’ve done and my own personal results.
  • As with any health suggestion, be your own advocate, ask your doctor and know that nutrition and beauty advice are not one-size-fits-all. Anything you try is at your own risk.

 

POWDER DON’T!

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

This little powder rule has saved me so many times. Powder can be your best friend when you find the perfect balance of taking down shine but keeping your skin looking alive and healthy. But it does you no favors if you powder the perimeter of your face. Why? Because that’s where our faces tend to have the most facial hair. And nothing brings attention to facial hair more than powder! I learned that the hard way on one of my first cover shoots in 2005 that was shot outside in direct light. I felt so bad when it came out that I had to learn that lesson at my client’s expense. Luckily she never said anything about it and continued booking me but I never forgot it! Anyway, the perimeter of the face doesn’t tend to shine that much anyway, so it’s okay to skip it and concentrate all of the shine patrol on the T-zone where we need it.

TOOLS:

STEPS:

  1. Dip the brush into the loose powder or against the pressed powder. Tap it against the compact to release the excess then stipple (press) the powder brush repeatedly as you move across the forehead.
  2. Press it in between the eyes as you work your way down the bridge of the nose. Be careful powdering your upper lip if you have peach fuzz there. The best way to deal with that area is by pressing the puff/pad that comes with the powder instead of a powder brush, and pressing it in downward motions.
  3. Press it on each side of the nostrils and also hit the apples of the cheeks.
  4. Finish by pressing it on the chin.

Note: If you have cystic acne and it’s along the face perimeter, you will want to powder the foundation/concealer to set it. In this case, switch from a powder brush to a puff and press it carefully on. Buy a pack of disposable puffs so you can use a new one each day.

The Clip Trick

Photo by : Kristin Ess / Post by: Carachele Tyvan

Photo by : Kristin Ess / Post by: Carachele Tyvan

This tutorial came about because of my own thick hair probs. I was putting a clip in my hair this way recently and someone said it was cool and they never would have thought about doing this, so obvs now I have to share. (I know this post is going to be nothing short of annoying if you struggle with thin hair but girls with major manes need coaching, too!) So here’s a quick trick to using one of those thin clips on thicker hair…

Photo by : Kristin Ess / Post by: Carachele Tyvan

Photo by : Kristin Ess / Post by: Carachele Tyvan

  1. Smooth and gather hair into a low pony.
  2. Secure low pony using a clear elastic.
  3. Style low pony creating desired fullness using a flexible hair spray here we used THIS ONE.
  4. Take your hair barrette {we used THIS ONE } and slide it in between half of the low pony. Place the barrette right above the elastic so it covers it!
  5. Fasten clip and then check the back using a hand mirror to make sure it’s straight.