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Jessica Biel : Beautifully Beachwaved

On Monday, Jessica Biel made an appearance in New York for the Clinton Global Initiative and Good Morning America. Wearing a beautiful floral pattern dress, she sported gorgeous beach waves by Sarah Potempa. Jessica Biel spoke about her campaign "If You Don't Tell Them, Who Will" in which she explained the importance of women and girls learning more about their bodies and reproductive health education.  Also that day, she performed a quick outfit change and was spotted in a fun snake print dress and amazing beach waves by Sarah for a filming of The Today Show.



Braid Recap : #365daysofbraids

This week had some beautiful braids and included: a French Braid into a Messy Fishtail Braid, a French Fishtail Braid and a bun, Dutch Fishtail Braid into a Four Strand Braid, Scissor Braid Waterfall Braid, Braided Rings and a Topknot, Two Strand Twist into a Three Strand Braid + Five Strand Braid. Keep up with the excitement of all 365 days by following @sarahpotempa on Instagram!



365 Days of Braids : This Week's Recap

This week featured some fun braids, as it was New York Fashion Week. This week included: a Dutch Fishtail Braid Updo on the beautiful Reese Witherspoon, Warrior Braid with Feathers, Double Half Up Skinny Braids and a Loose Low Braid, Rainbow Braid, Low Fishtail Braided Bun on Jamie King, NYFW-inspired Turtle Neck Braid + NYFW-inspired Forward Mohawk Braid. Keep up with the excitement of all 365 days by following @sarahpotempa on Instagram!



Reese Witherspoon: Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris

Last night aired 'Best Time Ever' with Neil Patrick Harris! Sarah prepared Reese Witherspoon's hair for all that comes with being the first star announcer. Reese's braids and beachwaves looked beautiful as an announcer, as well as a daredevil! 



Recap: #365DaysOfBraids

When did it get to be September?! Day 365 of Sarah's #365daysofbraids is rapidly approaching. This week included: Waterfall Braid Updo (done live on Periscope with Allure), Loop Braid, Fishtail Braid, Simple Braid with a beautiful hairpiece on the wonderful Jamie Chung, Relaxed Messy Side Braid, Double Dutch Fishtail Braided Updo on Lea Michele + Double Crown Braid. Keep up with the excitement of all 365 days by following @sarahpotempa on Instagram!


Jamie Chung

Last night, Sarah styled the beautiful Jamie Chung with this simple braid and beautiful hair piece for the Nine West and InStyle event. Since January 1, Sarah has been posting a new braid every day. By December 31, she will have posted 365 braids. Can you believe it? This braid was number 252 of 365, and if you aren't already following @sarahpotempa on Instagram, be sure to do that! There are many more braids and beautiful hairstyles to come!


How To: Wrap Up Bun

The Wrap Up Bun is super simple to use, and creates a beautiful, elegant bun. If you'd like a cleaner, tighter bun, first put your hair in a ponytail. Then, open the Wrap Up and insert your hair through the hole. Pinch the hole closed and slide the Wrap Up closer to the ends of your hair. Once it has almost reached the end, begin to roll the Wrap Up closer to your ponytail until you get to the top. Once you get there, wrap the Wrap Up around in order to form the shape of a bun. Pull the ends of the Wrap Up together and pull your hair around it to create a flawless bun. Similarly, there is a Half Up which can be used to create a bun for half of your hair, as pictured. It is used in the exact same way, and also creates an adorable bun.


Beachwaves and Bunnies

One of my best friends, Diana, has the most beautiful hair. Long, thick and shiny; her hair looks amazing in every style. However, as a typical college student she’s always pressed for time and it’s hard for her to find ways to style so much hair without it being painfully time consuming.

This last weekend the two of us decided to take a trip a few minutes out of State College to a local petting zoo! Before leaving, Diana was just gonna throw her hair up into a ponytail because she didn’t have the patience to straighten or curl it herself. I offered to Beachwave her hair and promised it wouldn’t take more than twenty minutes and she was thrilled with the results!

I sectioned her hair quickly with my Darby Hair Clips and was able to Beachwave her entire head, as promised, within twenty minutes. Her waves looked perfectly loose and chic and lasted through both the wind and crisp weather. We both physically couldn’t be more in love with this amazing styling tool!




Batia tries the half up

This week I tried the Half Up and I was so impressed with how well it worked! I tried it out on my friend Batia because she has very thin hair, which is perfect for the Half Up. Since it’s a smaller version of the Wrap up, you simply take the top layer of your hair and put it through. Then you start from the bottom and roll it up until you are at the top of your head and curve the ends of the Half Up inward. It’s so easy to do and the Half Up is very small, making it incredibly easy to just put in your purse and use whenever you want!

The Half Up made it so easy for Batia to get ready for her day. All she had to do to complete her look was curl the bottom layer of her hair and then put the top layer into the Half Up. The Half Up comes in three different colors, which is great because that means it’ll never clash with your hair color or show whatsoever! All that anyone else can see is a cute, petite bun and a stylish look.

The Half Up made it easy for Batia to look put together and stylish as she began her day. Also, since it’s small and easy to use, she had no problem using it and still getting to class in the morning on time. With only a few simple steps, she used it and had a great, classic hairstyle in no time.

My friends and I simply loved the Half Up because it gives you the ability to have a classic bun and have part of your hair down, straight or curly. It truly gives you the best of both worlds!