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Hacks That Will Leave Your Hair Tangle-Free Forever

Tangled hair? Not a problem anymore! Check out these hacks to live life tangle-free:

In the shower
“Avoid adding water to hair that’s knotty beyond belief,” recommends celeb stylist Juan Carlos. Be sure to brush your hair before you get in the shower.

Another thing to keep your hair without tangles is to not go overboard on the amount of shampoo used in the shower. "It isn’t necessary to wash from root to tip to get shampoo ad-worthy hair," says Sarah Potempa. “The spot you should concentrate on is the roots — otherwise you risk drying out your ends, making them more susceptible to tangling.” After using conditioner, turn the temperature in the shower down. “Piping hot water opens up the cuticle, essentially making it easier for hair to knot,” Sarah says. She suggests thinking of the cuticle like shingles on a roof. “By sealing it with cool water, it lays flat and won’t catch.”

Post-Shower
Hair can stretch up to 50% more when wet, so it's important to be very careful if brushing it when wet. “Brushing wet hair without the right tools can tear the cuticle,” says Shaun Pulfrey. “And if it’s damaged, the cuticle won’t lie flat.” 

Styling
Blowdrying in the wrong direction can also cause knots. Sarah Potempa recommends pointing the dryer downwards, parallel to your hair. “Most girls blowdry their hair perpendicular to their heads, and wind up fraying the ends.” Frayed ends mean knots, because dry or damaged hair is more likely to get caught on itself. 

If you’re aiming for looser curls, curl your hair with the ends out. Tight curls are more likely to get tangled.

If you do come across a large knot, try massaging a hydrating conditioner into it and gently trying to break it up with your fingers until it loosens. Then, use paddle brush to get rid of the rest of the knot. “The bristles move with the hair and have a bit of give, so there is no tearing of the hair,” Tippi Shorter says.

Sleep
Brush your hair before you go to bed. “Girls will attempt to save a style by not brushing it, but that’s just a recipe for bedhead, and not the desirable kind,” Juan Carlos says. Braiding or tying hair up before going to sleep can help to reduce tangles — just be sure to switch up the position or style every night. “If you wear the same style to bed every night, over and over, you can end up damaging your hair because the ties tug at the same place,” Sarah Potempa notes.  Finally, a silk pillowcase can help to reduce pesky knots because hair strands won't catch silk. “No matter your texture, the key is to keep hair from rubbing on the pillow while you sleep,” Tippi Shorter says. 

 

 


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Hair Tips to Keep Your Hair Healthy

Do you ever wonder how to maintain your healthy hair? Celebrity hairstylist Sarah Potempa says, "Search for tools that have adjustable temperature and remember hotter is not always better. Pick the temperature that is right for your hair type and start lower before going up." The Beachwaver S1 has a temperature range from 290-410 degrees and the Beachwaver Pro heats up anywhere from 310-450 degrees. Choosing the perfect temperature for your hair will help your hair maintain it's healthiness.

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Lea Michele: Boxed Fishtail Braid How To

For Target's SoulCycle event, celebrity hairstylist Sarah Potempa styled the gorgeous Lea Michele with a boxed fishtail braid. A braided ponytail is fantastic for the gym because it keeps the hair in place, while looking fashionable and fun. The boxed fishtail braid may look complex, but it is actually very simple to recreate the look.

 

Another EPIC braid by the amazing @sarahpotempa for tonight's event! ?Love you Sarah! ?

A photo posted by Lea Michele (@msleamichele) on

 

 To recreate the look, follow these easy steps:

Step 1: Use the Beachwaver Co Ceramic Styling Iron to smooth your hair at the root before pulling the hair up into a high ponytail.

Step 2: Grab a small section from the ponytail and wrap around to cover the elastic. Secure the hair with a bobby pin. 

Step 3: Start on the 3D fishtail braid by splitting the ponytail in half. Take a small section from the right, separate it into two pieces and place one piece over the top of the left section. Then, place the other piece under and add it to the left section.

Step 4: Take a small section from the left, separate it into two and place one piece over the top and add it to the right section. Place the other piece under and add it to the right section. Continue to repeat all the way down for a 3D fishtail box braid.

Step 5 (Optional): Pancake the braid by gently pulling the sides of it to give more volume.


 
 

8 DIY Bridal Hair Ideas That You Can Do For Your Wedding

Your wedding day is one of the biggest and most exciting days of your life, so that means you want to look absolutely stunning. Sarah Potempa created these beautiful DIY Wedding looks for PopSugar Beauty that you can style on yourself for your big day. 

 

1. Hippie-Chic Waves

 

If you are going for a beach wedding, these beautiful waves could look amazing on your wedding day. To see how to achieve this look, check this out

 

2. Boxed Fishtail Braid

This boxed fishtail braid is incredible and to see how to do it, check this out

 

3. Plaited Updo With Fresh Flowers

This stunning updo contains both braids and flowers. To see how to achieve this beautiful look, check this out

 

4. Easy-Breezy Beach Waves

Big, beautiful beachwaves are always in style. To see how to achieve this look, check this out

 

5. Veronica Lake-Inspired 'Do

These Hollywood Glam waves are stunning and elegant. To see how to achieve this look, check this out

 

6. Brigitte Bardot Bouffant

This look is sophisticated, beautiful, and classy. To achieve this look, check this out

 

7. Carrie Bradshaw Bun

This big bun is an updo that will make you feel confident and beautiful on your big day. To see how to achieve this look, check this out

 

8. Crayola-Chic Chignon

If you are going for more of a bolder, colorful look on your big day, this colored hairdo is a fun way to style your hair on your big day. To see how to achieve this look, check this out


 
 

Perfect Gym Hair

Sarah Potempa created some hairstyles for Pop Sugar Beauty that are perfect for going straight from working out at the gym to working in the office. The looks are very simple to recreate:

1. French Braided Mohawk

To check out the steps to create this look, go here.

2. Twisted Chignon

To check out the steps to create this look, go here.

3. Braided Bun

To check out the steps to create this look, go here.

 


 
 

Weekly Recap: 365 Days of Braids

Two weeks left of #365daysofbraids! This week had some stunning braids and included: a Braided headband, a 3D Fishtail Braid turned into a Stacked Fishtail Braid, Looped Knot Braided Updo, Two Strand Braid and a French Braid on Hailee Steinfeld, Fishtail Milkmaid Braid, Snake Braid + a Fishtail Braid on Emily Blunt. Keep up with the excitement of all #365daysofbraids by following @sarahpotempa on Instagram!


 
 

14 Mesmerizing Braids

Sarah Potempa created these 14 incredible braids for Cosmopolitan as she is styling her #365daysofbraids:

1. Beachy Side Dutch Fishtail Ponytail

2. French Braid Roll-Up Braid

 

3. Loop-Knotted Braid Updo

4. Zigzag Wrap-Up Top Knot 

5. Stacked Box Fishtail Flower Bun

6. Snake Braid and Beachwaves

7. French Fishtail Mermaid Braid

8. Ponytail Mohawk Braid

9. Double Waterfall Braid + 2 Strand Braid

10. Knitted Mohawk Low Ponytail

11. Celtic Knot Headband with Beachwaves

12. Braided Bridal Bun

13. Fishtail Milkmaid Braid

14. Zipper Braid

To check out the full article, click here. To follow Sarah on her journey of 365 Days of Braids, follow her Instagram here


 
 

Holiday Gift Guide: The Beachwaver

If you love the look of the Victoria's Secret Angels, the Beachwaver should be at the top of your list this Christmas. 

"Official hair tool of Victoria Secret's 2015 show and rapidly becoming the favorite styling tools for celebrities and moms, this curling iron will save time and leave looking like you just left the red carpet! The technology is unsurpassed (with customized extra long barrel, digital temperature control, and Left/Right control buttons), the idea is simple and a great gift idea! Guaranteed." - Luxe Lavish Blog

Click here to check out the rest of their gift guide.

Bonus: Free shipping on  with code FREESHIP17. Ends tomorrow (12/17) at 6pm EST! Get your orders in to receive them by Christmas!


 
 

365 Days of Braids : Weekly Recap

Only a few more days left of #365daysofbraids! This week had some stunning braids and included: a Two Strand Braid + Double Waterfall Braid, a French Braid Top Knot, Side by Side Fishtail Braid Updo, Knotted Low Ponytail Braid, Fishtail Braid + Waterfall Braid + Angel Wings, Pancaked Five Strand Braid + a Fishtail Braid split into Pancaked Braid. Keep up with the excitement of all #365daysofbraids by following @sarahpotempa on Instagram!


 
 

Braid Recap : 365 Days of Braids

Less than 1 month left of #365daysofbraids! This week had some gorgeous braids and included: a Fishtail Braided Headpiece, a Simple Half Up Braid, Half Up Double Knot Braid into a Low Knotted Braid, Zipper Braid Updo, Fishtail Braid into a Messy Bun, 11 Strand Braid (yes, eleven!) + a Fishtail Braid split into Two Braids. Keep up with the excitement of all #365daysofbraids by following @sarahpotempa on Instagram!