photos/post/design: Kristin Ess
Obsessed with this side-heavy look- and as you can see below it’s all over the red carpet. It’s kind of got this sort of 90′s feel to it which I’ve really been digging. The weight of the hair feels very a-symmetric and it takes a whole 15 min to create this look. Here’s how it’s done:
- Find your super-deep part. Try lining it up with the very outside of your brow first. If that feels like it’s just too much, go a little closer in and line up with the arch of your brow.This could potentially feel a little uncomfortable at first if you’re not used parting so far over. If you really hate having that deep side part or if your hair just won’t cooperate for some reason, try doing what I did on Lucy Hale below– see how I went on a diagonal? It starts a little closer to the center and then diagonally goes into a heavier part. This way you get all the weight of the hair on one side but it doesn’t feel overly swooped. Don’t be afraid to take a blowdryer to it to get it to behave!
- Use the finer side of a comb + some strong holding hairspray to make the side tight as you see in photo 2. Don’t over spray, you just want the hair close the head and the fly-aways to stay down. If you really wanted to go for a sleek side, you could gel it and give it that “shaved side” appearance which feels equally edgy + girly!
- Now split the hair diagonally from the back of the part to the opposite corner of your neck. Start the braid behind your ear and go down and around as you see in photo 3. Use a tiny clear elastic to secure the braid on the opposite side of your neck. This elastic will be hidden underneath the other side with all the hair.
- That’s it! Now you’re free to create whatever texture you want on the heavier side– smooth waves, messy waves, curl, straight, anything you like. Personally I like the messy waves with a little volume (like you see in the very top photo) but you really can do this using any natural texture.
Source: The Beauty Department
photos/post/graphic design: Kristin Ess
- Leave two sections out in front (basically everything from your ears forward) and clip them forward. Imagine the back of your head split into 3 sections. If you want a little volume, tease the crown and then make your first bun in back. Pin using small bobbypins and make sure the bun feels secure. If your hair is really thick and you need to use clear elastics as well, go for it.
- Next make bun number two right below that and pin.
- Now make the third (final) bun on the bottom and pin. These buns don’t need to be perfect– in fact, I think they’re better when they’re all a little different and have some texture.
- Using the hair in front that you left out, make 2 braids on each side and tie them off with the tiny clear elastics. You want to make one from the bottom half of your section and one from the top half of your section. Gently pull them apart to add some texture so they don’t look too “done”.
- You should have two braids on each side as you see in photo 5.
- Take the bottom braid from one side and wrap it around the bottom bun. You want to slide the braid in between the lowest bun and the middle bun and then wrap it around the base of the bun and pin it in place.
- I’ve illustrated a pattern in photo 7 so you can see how the braids are wrapped around.
- Once you’ve pinned your braids into place, check your balance in back by using a hand mirror. Make sure it looks good from all sides. Pin any unwanted stray hairs or fly aways and voila!
Hope everyone gives this a shot no matter what hair type you have. It’s a super-quick updo and it could be a great look for an upcoming VALENTINE’S date! xo
Photos + post design by Kristin Ess
While you’re all probably busy decking the halls right now, perhaps you’ll be able to take a break to get fancy, festive + fun with this manicure tutorial from Lady Conrad! She wanted to string some lights across her nails and so she did… Literally! Here’s how she created these lil’ cuties:
TOOLS: base & top coat, green polish & red polish (you can use any colors you want), white or off-white polish, cuticle nippers or small scissors, black cotton string, a small brush or pointed q-tip.
- On clean nails, do a solid coat (or two thin coats) of white or off white polish.
- After the white polish dries, do one clear coat. The string will adhere to this so make sure it’s not too fast drying or too thin of a coat.
- Drape black string over the nail and let it loop as you see Lauren doing in the photo. Cut the string about 1/2 inch longer on each side of the nail. Don’t trim it down yet.
- Add a thin clear coat on top of the string to secure.
- Once that dries, trim the string down using cuticle nippers or small pointy scissors.
- Next is the fun part– adding your lights. Pick any colors you want!
- Last, do one coat of a quick drying clear polish.
Source: The Beauty Department
Holiday Hair Treatments At Home
The mashed potatoes may be gone, but chances are you’ve got enough Thanksgiving leftovers to last for days. And while scraping the bowl might not be great for your waist line, it’s surprisingly good for your hair. Celebrity colorist Kyle White (who dyes the strands of Mariah Carey and Jennifer Love Hewitt) shared his favorite holiday hair recipes.
Pumpkin is rich in vitamin A and potassium, so it soothes the scalp and promotes healthy hair growth. To make a pumpkin hair mask, blend two cups of chopped and cooked pumpkin, one tablespoon of coconut oil, one tablespoon of honey, and one tablespoon of plain yogurt. Apply the mixture to damp hair and let it soak for 15 minutes. Rinse and shampoo for smoother, shinier strands.
Apple Cider Deep Cleanser
All that holiday styling leads to buildup and, eventually, dullness. Remove residue by rinsing hair with apple cider vinegar. It returns the hair to its natural acidity, smooths the cuticle, and even strips excess oil from the scalp.
If your red hair needs a boost—and your colorist is on vacation—try a cranberry juice toner. After washing and conditioning hair, tilt your head upside down and pour a half a cup of cranberry juice onto your head. Twist hair up into a bun and blow dry hair on the lowest heat setting. Then, rinse with warm water. The pigments in the juice will leave a temporary red tint to strands without damaging them, says White.
This boozy treatment goes straight to your head. Comb a glass of champagne through damp hair and rinse. The champagne not only boosts highlights but the carbonation plumps strands and promotes shine. Bottoms up!
Wake Up to Waves
Try Gibson’s technique for shoulder-length hair and skip the curling iron in the morning.
1. Apply a light mousse from roots to ends to help hair hold its shape as it dries.
2. From hairline to nape, divide your hair down the middle with a comb, separating it into two equal sections.
3. Braid each side from the middle down. Starting any higher will create crimps near your roots.
4. Secure the end of each braid with a metal-free elastic.
5. Pull out the elastics or pins in the morning and unwind your hair. For a beachy effect, mist a salt spray all over your hair and scrunch with your hands.
Wake Up to Less Frizz
Giving your hair a break from heat can actually be beneficial-especially for those with natural waves. “The less you do to curls the better,” says Gibson.
1. Apply a light leave-in conditioner and use a wide-tooth comb to distribute it to your ends. A brush or a fine-tooth comb can destroy your curl pattern and create kinks.
2. Part your hair down the middle. Divide each side into three smaller sections.
3. Starting at the bottom of one of the smaller sections, create a pin curl by wrapping the ends up and over two fingers as you would a foam roller and continue winding up toward your roots. (This prevents curls from tangling or catching on your pillow at night.)
4. Slip your fingers out and secure the pin curl to your scalp using a clip. (Try these no-crease versions from Ricky’s, $6.) Then repeat steps three and four on the other five sections.
5. Remove the clips in the a.m. and lightly spritz your hair with water to soften curls and eliminate static.
Wake Up to More Volume
Fine hair has a tendency to fall flat. These four fast steps will add body overnight:
1. Spritz all over with a volumizing spray (like Aveda Volumizing Tonic, $16), which swells the hair shaft as it dries and makes hair look thicker.
2. Pull it all into a high pony at your crown and twist the tail-winding it onto itself to create a loose bun. Why loose? Because a too-tight chignon not only prevents hair from drying all the way through but also could lead to breakage (especially if your hair is relaxed).
3. With a few long bobbies, pin the bun in place.
4. In the morning, let your hair down and finger comb (using a brush creates frizz).
Aveda’s Artistic Director of Makeup, Janell Geason, shows you how to create the “Red Dahlia” look with red tones from the Passion Flower collection.