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photos: Kristin Ess, post designed by Kristin Ess Last week, we were shooting Lauren’s collection for Kohl’s and at the end of the day, we got our hands on some colorful soft chalks. How can a girl resist when there are pinks + purples involved?? Twist the hair as you chalk. Try doing 2 colors on one strand! The best part about chalking is styling it. The colors we used for this post were: Tags: DIY, hair chalk, hair chalking, hair color, hairchalk, how to, kristin ess, kristin ess hair, kristin ess hair chalk, temporary hair color, the beauty department,, tutorial Related posts: Related:  Hair Styles

PIN IT UP, GIRL - - StumbleUpon Our email box is literally flooded with requests for updos so here’s a fun one to get us all going! This is always a favorite for attending an event. This updo looks gorgeous on any hair color but particularly amazing with hilighted hair because it gives the hair lots of depth and dimension. For lack of a better word, I love the way it becomes “swirly”. Best thing is; it’s easy to do, gorgeous and keeps your hair out of your way for the night. Tools you’ll need: curling iron (to prep the hair with waves), sectioning clips, teasing comb or brush, clear elastic rubber band, bobby pins, light to medium holding hairspray (to mist over at the end). Tags: bride, bridesmaid, date, hair, hair style, hair tutorial, how to, kristin ess, kristin ess hair, lauren conrad, prom, sister, special occasion hair, the beauty department,, tutorial, twisted, updo, wedding, wedding hairstyles Related posts:

How to Dye with Kool-Aid Drink Mix Kool-aid as a Non-Toxic Dye Kool-aid has been around for a long time. The goliath pitcher that broke through the wall to the yells of "Hey, Kool-aid!" probably gave more kids nightmares than any other commercial in history. Kool-aid can be used to dye many things including: t-shirtswoolhuman hair. If you are "dying" to have grape color highlights or cherry tips then kool-aid may be just what you are looking for. When used as a fabric or fiber dye, kool-aid makes a safe, nontoxic dye that you can feel comfortable with in any project. Kool-aide has always been about summer and these are some great summer projects to try. How to dye Hair with Koolaid Mix two packets of unsweetened kool-aid mix with about two tablespoons of good hair conditioner. Warning, if your hair is naturally dark many colors will not show up unless you bleach it first. Dying Fiber with Kool-aid If you are a spinner no doubt you have experimented with natural dyes on your handspun fibers. Kool-aid is great for this. 1. 2. 3.

D.I.Y. Curls: How To Rag Roll Your Hair I love the look of naturally curly hair! My sweet friend, Katie, told me about rag rolling. It's a quick and simple way to get natural looking curls without using a curling iron! I asked her to share her method here on A Beautiful Mess because I knew you'd be itching to learn like I was! Enjoy... You'll need some cut fabric strips, a comb and some water. How to rag roll your hair- First, dampen the bottom of your hair (the part you plan to roll) using a spray bottle. Have fun styling!

Corazón de maniquí how-to braid headband I am sometimes asked how I style my hair, and while my method is far from perfect, I thought I'd show you how! My hair is pretty straight and fine naturally and I always let it air dry. Since I go about three days between washes, I like to curl it on the first day and let it mellow out into some nice waves over the next two. Let's get started! If your hair doesn't hold curl very well then you may want to put a palmful of curling mousse in it when it is halfway dry. (though I want to upgrade to one of the fancy new ones from Sultra soon!) When I'm done curling the bottom section, I mist it with Bumble and bumble Spray de Mode and comb through the curl with my fingers. Ahh!! If you want to dress it up a little, you can do a braided headband look! Find a spot on the opposite side of your head and pin it so that it blends in naturally with the rest of your hairstyle. Well, that's it!

PRIM + PROPER photos: post designed by kristin ess Today we’re introducing you to one of the easiest hair tutorials ever– the braided bun! It can be done on almost any texture or length of hair, using regular or fishtail braids! Luckily, we have our very own gorgeous/genius photographer, Angela Kohler, (in front of the lens for once) to show us how this is done… Before you start, know that this hair style is just 5 simple braids, made into a bun shape. It makes things a little less complicated when you think of it like that. TOOLS: curling iron, 5 clear elastics, bobby pins, sectioning clips and hairspray is optional! Start by curling your hair. Xx Kristin Tags: angela kohler, braided, braiding, braids, braidy, bun, bun braid, fun, hair, hair do, hair style, kristin ess, kristin ess hair, lauren conrad, new year, new years, new years eve, NYE, style, the beauty department,, tutorial, up do, up style, updo Related posts:

s Special Effects Haircolor Listing and Prices Special Effects hairdye is a semi-permanent, conditioning hair color that comes in a wide spectrum of fabulous colors. They are non-animal tested and made with gentle ingredients. Professionals and non-professionals alike are using Special Effects dye to get the bright long-lasting results they need. The swatches below are of each color on white paper. Special Effects hair dye is just $11.98 each. 1 bottle contains 4 oz of dye, the thicker and longer the hair, the more you'll need. Special Effects (and by extension, us) is out of stock of a lot of colors right now. Your actual results on your hair will vary depending on what color you start out with. Stuff you may want to know about dyeing your hair with Special Effects dye: Semi-permanent hair dyes are like cellophane - and the lighter your starting hair color the brighter the resulting color. Jerome Russell Ultimate blonding 40 volume high lift bleach kit

dry shampoo I won’t easily forget my first dry shampoo recipe or homemade waterless shampoo, whatever you would like to call it. Picture this: Summer of 199Something, backpacking through Europe. Almost at the end of my trip my shampoo is finished, as is my money (well almost, but I chose bread over shampoo… am I weird now?) I’m wearing a baseball cap most of the time to hide my hair and bumming shampoo from fellow travelers whenever I can At some point it must have been so bad that the landlady of the small French hostel I’m staying in, grabs me by the arm and drags me into her small kitchen. In my room I applied her dry shampoo as instructed, brushed it out and was completely blown away. Needless to say I thanked her from the bottom of my heart and asked her what was in that jar. Now you are here looking for a homemade waterless shampoo recipe and I’m all too glad to share some of the easiest and fun ones with you (not that I’m saying you need it like I did… ;-) What is a dry or waterless shampoo?

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