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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!

 


 
 

Recreate Our Favorite VS After Party Looks

Between the Holiday Season kicking in and the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show airing December 8th, we've have our Beachwaver's ready to go! Here are four easy beachwaved after party Angel looks to re-create:
Kendall's Half Up Top Knot
Step 1: Use the Beachwaver®S1 to curl hair leaving out two inches at the end. Allow curls to cool.
Step 2: Add texture spray to the roots at the top of your hair for lots of volume.
Step 3: Pull the top section of hair into a Half Up. Pinch closed and pull to ends. Roll forward towards head and bend ends in.
Step 4: Pull out a few beachwaved strands on the side.
 
 
Taylor Hill's Loose Side Swept Beachwaves 
Step 1:  Use the Beachwaver®S1 to curl hair in larger sectoions.
Step 2: Allow Curls to cool. Then brush through with a Mini On Set.
Step 3: Part on the side for a looser undone look.
 
 
 
 
Sara Sampaio's Side Braid
Step One: Start by creating a French/Dutch fishtail braid in the back of your hair.
Step Two: Braid hair from the back to the side, creating a side braid. 
Step Three: Turn the final portion of the braid into a three-strand braid.
Step Four: Pull strands out and to the sides of your face. Beachwave these strands.
 
Rachel Hilbert's Defined Beachwaves
Step One: Create one inch sections. Clamp hair at the ends.
Step Two: Use the Beachwaver® S1 to curl hair.
Step Three: Allow hair to cool. Then gently run your fingers through hair.