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#100HairDays update

Team SP and I have been having such a great time with the #100HairDays challenge on Instagram! It's been both fun and exciting having to come up with different hair looks everyday. Here are my first 11 hairstyles! We welcome anyone to take the challenge with us! Follow me on Instagram to check out what I come up with every day: @SarahPotempa.




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!  


Molly Sims: Beachwaves & Braids

A few months ago, I had the pleasure of styling Molly Sims hair with the Beachwaver. We had a great time and she fell in love with it! So much so, that she is wrote about it on her blog and called it her "Curling Iron Obsession!" It is so great to help teach how to get beautiful beach waves in only a few minutes. The only other thing Molly and I like just as much as pretty Beachwaves, are braids. I was so excited when she asked me to share some easy braid hairstyles. Check out a two strand braid and fishtail braid crown tutorial on her blog!


#100HairDays Instagram Challenge

Yesterday, the Sarah Potempa team started a #100HairDays challenge on Instagram. We would love for you to join! 

Here's how it works:

Everyday for 100 days, post a different hairstyle to your Instagram page. This means you will have 100 hair pictures on your Instagram and no two hairstyles should be the same!

Be creative. Include cute hair accessories, hats, buns, braids, straight hair, curly hair, wigs, fake bangs, hair chalk... ANYTHING! This is your chance to experiment with your hair!

Please include #100HairDays, ‪#‎SarahPotempa‬ and @SarahPotempa in your caption and include the corresponding day, i.e. Day One, Day Two, etc. If you use your BEACHWAVER™ or WRAP UP™ be sure to include @thebeachwaver and @WrapUpBun. We may just feature your look!

Example: DAY ONE: Rocking a #fishtail crown #braid today! #100HairDays #SarahPotempa @SarahPotempa


Ribbon Braid

Summer time screams fun and so does this hairstyle.  There are so many ways to jazz up your usual look with the simplest tricks. I recently teamed up with Thu Do from Hair Envy to show a tutorial on how to do a fun new summer hair look, The Ribbon Braid. It is simple way to add a little flair to your summer look. All you need is some colored ribbon, string or even twine! 



The Fourth of July is fast approaching which means BBQ, parades and of course red, white and blue!  An easy way to incorporate a little patriotic pride is to make these super easy hair pins using nail polish and bobby pins! First gather together all of the items you will need!  To make these pins, you will need bobby pins, a piece of cardboard or card stock, and a red, white and blue nail polish. For some extra fun, use a glitter as well!

Take the bobby pins and slide them onto the piece of cardboard.  This will help keep them in place while you paint them and make it easier.  Make sure the side you want to be painted is facing up!

It’s time to take your nail polish and paint the bobby pins!  Get as creative as you like, either doing all once color or mixing it up and making stripes by using small strokes of different shades!  Try to use polishes that will only require one coat so they dry quickly!

This step is if you want to add polka dots!  Take one bobby pin (unpainted)  and bend it into a 90 degree angle.  The beaded end is perfect for making a polka dot!  Then use an extra piece of cardboard or scrap paper and put a dot of nail polish on it. Take the bent bobby pin, dip the end into the dot of polish and dab onto the bobby pins you are painting in any design you like!

Let your newly painted hair pins dry and then style however you like!  Use just one for a little accent or stack up as many as you like for a fun, Independence Day look!



On June 18th, Sarah styled both the gorgeous Stacy Kiebler and the amazing Emily VanCamp for the Clinique Dramatically Different Event!  It was a rainy night so both ladies wanted looks that could withstand the humidity and let them wear their hair up.  Check out their dramatically different looks!

For Stacy, Sarah combed all of her hair back to a low ponytail and then used the WRAP UP to make a chic bun at the nape of her neck.  This look is casual but polished and great for a hot summer day!  On Emily, Sarah used a much higher ponytail and then braided the pony tail before winding it into a bun for a more boho vibe that’s still sophisticated for a night out!

People Magazine loved Emily’s look so much, they called Sarah and Make Up Artist Jake Bailey for their How To on the look.

  1. Start by smoothing out all the hair with The SARAH POTEMPA Ceramic Styling Iron.
  2. Then spray a flexible hairspray, like Aussie’s Sprunch, directly on the “On Set” Styling Brush, which is a Nylon/Boar Bristle mix, and brush the hair up into a high ponytail.  Secure with an elastic.

    TIP: To get a smooth high ponytail, look up when brushing!

  3. Apply a smoothing cream to the ponytail and root (also a bit of Fatboy pomade ( can help with flyaways) to add shine.  Braid all the way down and secure with a clear elastic.

  4. Wrap the braid around the ponytail, securing it with a mix of hair pins and bobby pins to create the visible shape.

We love both the dramatically different bun looks for this summer!



For the past three years, I have had the pleasure of styling hair for the JETS Cheerleaders Calendar shoot!  From Aruba to Puerto Rico to this year in The Cayman Islands, it has always been one of my favorite shoots!

For the shoot, the hair vibe was super sexy beachy hair (one of my favorite looks!). To achieve these styles our tools were on set daily to help get the girls looking great.  The “On Set” Styling Brush, The BEACHWAVER™ and our exciting cordless Jet-Setter iron  were perfect companions to style on the beach!

This was my first trip to bring our brand new iron, The Jet-Setter! It is an amazing cordless rechargeable styling iron. It will be launching this July on Joyus and is sure to be a favorite among girls on the go, editorial hairstylists, and cheerleaders!! I’m personally so excited about this iron as it made my job in the Cayman Islands so much easier. I could literally curl, iron, and touch-up the girls on the beach without an outlet!!

The beach is one of my favorite places to be and going there for work is even better!! In addition to all the beautiful locations, the crew and cheerleaders were such amazing people to spend time with! I even got a cute picture with cheerleaders and my baby bump! I am super happy to have just found out it’s a girl…and I know she will love this  picture of her with the JETS Cheerleaders when she is older!

 A special thanks to the amazingly talented, Daisy Johnson, who shot all the gorgeous photos of the girls on the beach, in the coves, and at sunset…I can’t wait for the release of the official  JETS Calendar this Fall!