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CROWN OF BRAIDS

CROWN OF BRAIDS
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, thebeautydepartment.com, tutorial Related posts: Related:  Beauty

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, thebeautydepartment.com, 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!

PIN IT UP, GIRL 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, thebeautydepartment.com, tutorial, twisted, updo, wedding, wedding hairstyles Related posts:

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.

A DO. FOR YOU. Simple Horsetail photo: angela+ithyle/thebeautydepartment.com 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:

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, thebeautydepartment.com, tutorial, up do, up style, updo 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!

BRAIDY BUNCH photo: kristin ess + thebeautydepartment.com 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, thebeautydepartment.com, tutorial, twist Related posts:

Handmade ‘tying the knot’ save the dates made from brown card and twine | The Natural Wedding Company The joys of having a photographer husband-to-be! If you’re the lovely Lisa, one of my blog readers, it means you can make pretty wedding details and get great pictures of them – which in turn means lovely photos to share with you all. Lisa was inspired by my own rustic ‘save the dates’ and got in touch to share hers – I think they are so beautiful and they incorporate a really neat extra that Lisa found on this blog whilst searching for inspiration – a twine knot. So Lisa combined two ideas – the brown folded card ‘save the date’ that we made, which didn’t need an envelope and was tied like a tiny parcel with raffia, and a sweet idea that when you open the card the knot in the piece of twine tightens, so you literally ‘tie the knot’. I never realised that when I dreamt up and made our ‘save the dates’ that they would be so loved by other couples. I’m so delighted to hear about other brides-to-be being inspired by our handmade ‘save the dates’ and to see their final creations.

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