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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!


Get the Look: Fishtail Half Up

Add a spin on the classic half up hairstyle with Fishtail braided strands, and beachwaves - simple, classy, yet unique. 
Before the braiding begins, grab your Beachwaver Pro to add those beachywaves.
Half Up Crown Braid:
Step 1: Grab a small portion of hair on the right side of your head and separate into two equal sections. 
Step 2: Pull a skinny strand from the left section, and cross that strand over to the section on the right. Then pull a skinny strand from the right section and cross that strand back over to the left section.
Step 3: Repeat, pulling strands from opposite sides, until your fishtail reaches the ends of your hair. Hold braid in place with a bobby pin while you braid the other side.
Step 4: Recreate the braid on the left side of your head with another small portion of hair.
Step 5: After both braids are completed, merge the two and finish with a regular three strand braid.



Get the Look: Fishtail Braid Bun

Fishtail braids are the perfect way to spruce up your everyday hairstyle. Don't let the intricate look intimidate you from trying it out for yourself! 

Classic fishtail braid:

1: Prep damp hair with a flexible mousse, like Aussie Sprunch and Leave-In Conditioner. Gather all your hair over to one side of your head, and separate your hair into two equal sections on that side.

2: Pull a skinny strand from the left section, and cross that strand over to the section on the right. Then pull a skinny strand from the right section and cross that strand back over to the left section.

3: Repeat, pulling strands from opposite sides, until your fishtail reach the ends of your hair. To create a fuller, messy style, lightly tug the braid, tugging pieces outward to loosen them. 

Fishtail bun:

1: Weave a classic fishtail at the nape of your neck.

2: Coil it into a bun, and pin in place with hairpins.

3: Spritz on light-hold hairspray.


POPSUGAR: #100HairDays

Love this article by  on Popsugar to cover my 100 hairdays challenge! See the full article:



100 Days of Beach Waves, Braids, and Rainbow Hair

You know the drill: your alarm goes off, you snooze, finally get out of bed, shower, and then head to your vanity where you think, "What the heck am I going to do with my hair today?" Wearing the same style over and over again (I know I rely on the low ponytail way too much) can be totally boring, especially during Halloween and holiday party season. When I saw celebrity hairstylist Sarah Potempa dominate the 100-day hair challenge on Instagram, I was totally inspired. Sarah is the genius behind the Beachwaver curling iron (my personal favorite — it spins on its own!), as well as a plethora of other handy tools, including a portable hair iron. She took on this challenge wholeheartedly sharing looks that included innovative braids, waves, bold colors, and retro influences. It's pretty epic.

"I have always loved braiding hair, painting, DIY art, and home-decorating projects," she told me. "I love the concept of 'hair as art' and find it to be such a moldable, creative medium. I drew inspiration from old Hollywood imagery, nature, and my celebrity clients. One of my favorite portions of the #100HairDays was creating different hairstyles from over the decades. A celebrity makeup artist and friend of mine, Gianpaolo, wanted to do my makeup, so we teamed up on creating some of the '20s-'60s looks, which was such a treat! Aside from the decades series, I also had fun creating the long pink fishtail braid and wearing funky colored wigs!"

One of the things she learned from doing this was that it's a real commitment. Even if it was 11 p.m., she made sure to post a new photo so as not to let her Instagram followers down. And would she do it again? Totally, she confirmed. "I know that hair can change the way you look, because I change the hair of my clients all the time, so it was interesting to see how you can be perceived differently when you change your hair," she explained. "My goal was to always be creative so that meant styling my hair in looks I've never thought of trying before, even if that meant stepping out of my hair comfort zone."

See the full article and pictures HERE



What happens when you mix "I-do" Laced Hair Clip-in Extensions and The Beachwaver Pro? A super fun hair party! Lacy, who owns Laced Hair Extensions, spent the whole day with Sarah and Team SP to give everyone gorgeous long locks. After adding extensions, Sarah taught Lacy all about The Beachwaver Pro and the results were beautiful! 

Lacy offers only the finest quality human, remy hair. Along with selling the I-do Clip-in Extensions, she also sells Kera-tip (fusion), I-tip Laced Locks, Micro wraps, beaded wefts and tape ins. Another reason we love her company even more is that she offers stylist and student training worldwide and online. For more information, you can visit or email them at Check out their beautiful before and after shots! Happy styling! 

 *Please Note: We recommend only using The Beachwaver Pro or heat styling tools on human hair extensions.


Get the look: Vintage Waves

Who doesn't love gorgeous vintage waves? You can channel your inner Veronica Lake too by using the Beachwaver® Pro to create a roller-set. It's also a great look for Fall!

Here's what you need:

Step 1: Create a deep side part.
Step 2: Divide hair into three sections: Left, Right and Back. 
Step 3: Select "R" on the Beachwaver® Pro.
Step 4: Select a 1-inch piece of hair, clamp the hair all the way and the bottom and hold "GO" to start the rotation. Be sure to keep the hair in the same spot on the barrel, as you want to create a tight curl.
Step 5: Release hair and clip the curl with a metal duckbill clip. Repeat this and continue to curl 1-inch sections. 
Step 6: Allow the curls to cool. Make yourself a cup of coffee and enjoy while waiting!
Step 7: Remove clips, spray Aussie's Sprunch Spray onto your brush and brush the curls into shape.

Check out her amazing before and after hair! 



Pretty Little Beachwaves

Australian-born Glenn Nutley, is an internationally acclaimed hair and make up artist, who recently styled the gorgeous Janel Parrish for the 2014 Teen Choice Awards with the BEACHWAVER® PRO! Janel, who plays Mona Vanderwaal on Pretty Little Liars was nominated for best TV Villian. Pretty Little Liars took the award home for best TV show in the drama category.
She looked AMAZING! She was styled by Fashion Stylist Adeel Khan and wore a Contrarian New York two piece ensemble. Her stunning bracelets are by XIV Karats. We especially love her simple white painted nails! The beachwaves really completed her whole red carpet look. (Images from Just Jared)
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Photoshoot: New York Jets Flight Crew

I recently had the pleasure to work on a shoot with the New York Jets Flight Crew Cheerleaders. I always have such a great time when I get to work with the team. They are all so sweet and have amazing hair. The look for the shoot was my favorite, big beautiful beachwaved curls! Check the Jets Flight Crew site to see how their photos turn out and to meet the crew!