If you’ve been following the blog for a while, you know that I’m a little obsessed with Kristin Ess. She’s the genius behind the affordable, chic and great smelling haircare line at Target. I got this rose gold hair pin last holiday season with one of her travel gift sets. This year, she’s back with them and even MORE hair accessory options. Since they just launched this week, I thought it was perfect timing to share another hair tutorial including one of those pieces.
This style is crazy easy to do, but I had Kristina help show it here. The only thing you need for this is some great texturizing spray (hello, definitely use this one from Kristin Ess), a teasing brush (I just bought this one) and the hairpin.
How To Do The Half Up With A Hair Pin
You’ll want to start with beachy loose waves. You can see my tutorial here on that with my 1-inch curling iron. I also started using this wand which is on MAJOR sale and is my new favorite way to curl my hair. And if you want to try the new Kristin Ess curling iron, I don’t doubt one bit that’s short of amazing. Add lots of texture spray to your look as the more grit your hair has, the better the pin will stay.
You’ll want to tease your hair to prep it for the pin. We took three sections, each side and the top of my hair, and teased the crap out of it.
TIP: When teasing, you’ll want to go in a curved motion into the hair. Almost like your digging into it versus just going up and down.
Gather your hair in a half ponytail gently. You’ll see we fluffed up the top a bit to create some texture.
You’ll then pull one side, we did the left, to twist over the right a bit. Your hair should be teased to the point where you can just shove the pin in horizontally. You can see in the below photos how we twisted the left over the right.
Add your hairpin across the twist through your teased hair. This should honestly stay just fine if you’ve teased enough. If it doesn’t, just use the hairpin as you used to use a pencil to hold your hair up in high school. You can get an idea of that here. You’ll place the bottom 1/4 of the pin on one side and push it through 1/4 of the way, then flip the pin and the hair attached, and push it through the other way entirely.
Photos by Hannah Michelle hairstyling by Kristina Mills
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