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photos + post design Kristin Ess It seems pretty easy, but it’s not. Not everyone has long hair that reaches all the way around the head to make a perfect crown of braids. Start with straight, wavy or curly hair. A veil of hairspray isn’t necessary but will help keep things in place if your hair tends to slip. Tags: braid, braid crown, braids, crown, crown of braids, crowns, DIY, do it yourself, hair, hair crown, hair tips, how to, kristin ess, kristin ess hair, spring, style, summer, summer hair, the beauty department,, tutorial Related posts: Related:  Beauty

10 Braided Styles I’ve been growing my hair out for about three years. That’s three summers of saying, “is it long enough yet?” Long enough, of course, to actually do something adorable and exciting with it. It’s the reason a girl sets her sights on mermaid-length locks… that effortless-looking updo, those perfectly undone braids. The Tie-Back. The Downward Milkmaid. The Over-The-Shoulder. The Inverted Braid. The Fishtail. The Tuck. The Fringe-Braid. The Free-Style. The Full Crown. The Traditional Milkmaid. Braids are a fantastic accessory for spring because they’re not just pretty, they’re functional, too. Are you a gal who loves braids? [lead image via, image source, image source, image source, image source, image source, image source, image source, image source, image source, image source]

THE HEART BRAID photos/design/post by Kristin Ess Since it’s wedding season, we thought it would be a good idea to do a post on flower girl hair. Wee ones need beauty too! It’s a very “sweet” look and will keep a flower girl’s hair out of her face all day. This braid may be a little “young” for some, but it will probably come in handy at some point! To be totally honest, I’ve worn it and you can’t tell it’s a heart until you’re standing above it. Part your hair into two sections by splitting it down the middle.Starting at the crown of your head, make the curve from the top of the heart. Good luck little ladies! Tags: beauty, braid, cute, flower girl, girl, girls, hair, hair style, hair tutorial, hairstyle, heart, heart braid, how to, kristin ess, pretty, the beauty department, the heart braid,, tutorial, wedding, wedding hair idea, wedding hair ideas, weddings Related posts:

Hair DIY - Bow Bun Tutorial It's February 29th, Leap Day, which means the rules don't apply, so we are going rogue today with a hair tutorial, a first here for Mama Duck. I made up this bow one day in a frantic effort to make my hair "event ready" before a Broadway show opening, and it's since become my "go to" hair when I have events. You will need a hair elastic, hairspray and a heaping mess of bobby pins. So without further ado, here's a step-by-step photo guide for your own bow bun. Update: I've got a second round of photos of the bow bun. Enjoy, and Happy Leap Day! If you give this a try, either send me a picture or if you're on instagram, use tag #ducksinarowhair and post your bow!

Hair Tutorial: braided 'do I know I said I would post this hair tutorial yesterday, but obviously I'm a no good liar because today is not yesterday, it's today. This hairstyle is basically the same thing as milkmaid braids, only modified to up the volume and lessen the big part in the back. Pigtails or regular milkmaid braids make me look like I'm balding, as I have a wicked scar in the back of my head. I would recommend doing this in a mirror and checking the back to make sure it's all neat and tidy as you go, because I did not and it's a little (or a lot) messy in the back. What you need: dry shampoo or volumizing product (like the Sachajuan volume powder I often use) bobby pins brush If your hair needs added texture, you can use a dry shampoo. Pin the newly teased section (make sure the top layer is smooth, to cover the mess) with a couple (or more, if you need them) of bobby pins. You should now have what is known as the Snookie. Divide the lower section into two parts and braid.

Car Container Hope all the Aussie Dad’s have a great Fathers Day tomorrow! It can be difficult to think of quick gift ideas for men. This afternoon I have made my Dad a bin bag for his car using some Newsprint fabric. It has the following features: small and compactcan be tied on the back of the headrestit stays open at the top so it is easy to throw rubbish inits its sized so that you can recycle plastic produce bags as bin linersit uses a recycled round margarine container to form its shapecan be easily laundered Best of all, it can be made in well under an hour if you need a last minute gift idea!! Materials: one round margarine container with the bottom cut out – mine had a circumference of 14 inchesplastic bagrubber bandexternal fabric – 14.5 inches x 15.5 incheslining fabric: 14.5 inches x 5 inchesfabric ties – 2 inches x 28 inches Method: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.With right sides together, sandwich the ties between the lining and the external fabric and stitch around the top opening.

A DO. FOR YOU. Simple Horsetail photo: angela+ithyle/ post designed by kristin ess Some days you just don’t wanna. For those days, we made you this! Seems like we’ve been seeing pictures of this lovely look everywhere. It’s definitely an easy, gorgeous spring/summer ‘do. -light holding styling mousse -comb -small clear elastic -large bobbypin 1) Apply a light holding styling mousse all over from roots to ends for texture and seperation. 2) Separate the hair over your shoulder into two pieces. 3,4) Using your girl scout skills, tie hair into a simple knot. 5.) 6) I like to throw a bobby pin in there for extra security. 7) Back comb the ponytail a little for texture and then comb through it with your fingers to settle it. Tip: Once the steps are complete, tug on it and mess it up a bit. xxkristin Tags: blonde, easy, fast, hair, how to, knot, kristin ess, lauren conrad, not your average pony, pony, pony tail, ponytail, pretty, quick, tutorial Related posts:

NEW FAVORITE photos + post by Kristin Ess By now you know we love pink hair. We do it often around here. But… most people can’t get away with having pink hair at work or school. Well, there’s a new favorite in town. Special thanks to my pink-haired friend Britt Bardo for introducing me to this! Tags: blush, color, conditioner, conditioning color, davines, davines red conditioner, hair, hair color, kristin ess, light pink, pale, pale pink, pale pink hair, pink conditioner, pink hair, red conditioner, rose, rose hair, rose hair color, temporary, temporary pink hair Related posts:

How To Style a Fishtail Braid We love the look of fishtail braids! This trend is incredibly easy to style, even on your own hair. Kinsey and I photographed the steps so you can try it out for yourself... Here's how to style a fishtail braid... 1. Part your hair into two even sections. 2. Take a small strand of hair (preferably from underneath so that it wraps around the entire seciton) from one section and bring it over to the other side. Next, we had a crazy idea... weave pieces of yarn into the braid? 1. We thought it was pretty cute!

DIY Friendship Bracelet - Honestly WTF For several months now, we’ve been receiving emails requesting a friendship bracelet DIY. Well, friends, ask and you shall receive! Today, we’ll give you a step by step tutorial on the classic chevron pattern. If you used to whip up friendship bracelets like a champ in grade school and have since forgotten how, consider this a refresher course. And if you can make these with your eyes closed and arms tied . . . umm, can we still be friends? You’ll need:embroidery threada safety pin or tapea pair of scissors Start by cutting several strands of embroidery thread at about 24 inches each. Start on the left side with the outermost color (shown here in red) and make a forward knot by creating a 4-shape over the 2nd color, loop it under and back through the opening. Pull up and to the right to tighten. Now pick up the outermost color on the right side (show here in red) and make a backward knot, creating a reverse 4-shape over the 2nd color, loop it under and back through the opening.

BRAIDY BUNCH photo: kristin ess + post designed by kristin ess This week my little sister came to stay with me. Since we LOVE braids around here, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to use her shiny brown hair to show you how to do this quick one. It’s similar to the waterfall braid, but much faster and less confusing. Start this like a regular braid, but drop the top piece through to the bottom and leave it there.Gently twist the 2 pieces you’re left with upward.Add a new 3rd piece in between + drop it through.Twist again and repeat. Remember there are only 2 main steps to this braid: twist + add a new piece. Xx Kristin Tags: braid, easy, hair, hair do, kristin ess, lauren conrad, quick, the beauty department,, tutorial, twist Related posts: