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The Beachwaver Makes Appearance on Rachael Ray!

Celebrity Stylist Chris Appleton—the man behind so many iconic celeb looks, including Kim Kardashian and J.Lo—stopped by the Rachael Ray Show to demo how he achieves soft, romantic waves on his celeb clients. His tool of choice? The Beachwaver S1.25! “This is fool proof,” he shared. “You can’t go wrong with this tool, I promise you.”

After a quick lesson from Chris, Rachael tried the Beachwaver herself! Watch the entire segment below. 



 

How-To: Perfect Your Banana Bun

The banana bun (a close relative of the über chic French twist) is the ultimate cool-girl style. It’s timeless, elegant and one of the most versatile looks—dress it up (it’s the perfect bridesmaid ‘do) or down (is it just us, or does it pair perfectly with a fuzzy fall sweater?)so we’re thrilled it’s back and trending for fall.

Below is our version of the classic banana bun. Tuck in the ends for a formal vibe, or leave them out for a more casual look! Here's how it's done. 

1. Curl hair with the Beachwaver S1, then brush through the curls with an On Set Pro Brush for soft waves. Pro tip: for extra shine, spray your brush with a flexible hairspray before brushing. 

2. Pull all hair to one side and twist the top third inward, then secure with large bobby pins.

3. Roll the next third of the hair inward, slightly below the first section. Secure with large bobby pins, and gently pancake the bun for volume.

 

4. Roll the last section upward, and pin. Tip: For a more casual, daytime look, leave out about an inch of hair at the bottom.

5. Spray with a flexible hairspray, then Beachwave the front pieces once more if desired.

 

6. Brb. Trying this right now and every day this season. 


 
 

Emily Blunt's Elegant Crown Braid

If there's one person who loves braids and waves as much as our founder and celeb stylist Sarah Potempa, it's Emily Blunt! When Sarah styled her hair for a charity gala for the American Institute for Stuttering in NYC Monday night, Emily opted for a soft, ethereal crown braid (accentuated with face-framing Beachwaves) to match her stunning Christian Dior gown. 

Here, Sarah shares all the deets on how she did it! 

1. Curl with the Beachwaver S1 for texture and volume.

2. Section the hair behind and just below the ear, and use a Darby Clip to section the rest of the hair out of the way. 


3. Separate the hair into three pieces, and begin braiding, repeating the mantra, “Left under the middle, right under the middle.” Continue to Dutch braid, adding hair from the root as you work your way around the head, leaving out a couple of the Beachwaved pieces around the hairline.


4. When you’ve gone all the way around, complete the braid to the ends of the hair, and secure with a clear elastic. Take the tail of the braid and tuck it under the side you started. Secure the ends with two bobby pins.


 
 

How-To: Mini Festival Buns

Get your buns ready—it’s officially festival season! Our favorite trend this year? Mini space buns with loose, Beachywaves™. Get creative, and add some craft store cording and charms, and you’re ready for Bonnaroo, Lolla and everything in between! Here’s our guide for how to get your new, go-to summer style.

1. Create two small ponytails near the front of the crown area, and secure with clear elastics. 

2. Using a Half Up, roll each ponytail into a bun, wrapping the hair around the Half Up to conceal.

 

3. Wrap colored suede cording (you can find it at a craft store, like Michael’s) over the top of each bun, and incorporate the cord into a basic three-strand braid underneath each bun.

 

4. Braid about two-thirds of the way down, then use the cord to secure the braid.

5. Attach charms (you can find these unicorn and bear pegasus charms at a craft store) to the bottom of each bun.

 

6. Add some waves using the Beachwaver S1, then gently comb through the waves with your fingers. 

 7. Take your new buns for a spin, dancing queen! 💃

 


 
 

How-To: Emily Blunt's Braided Crown for Time 100

We all know Emily Blunt + red carpet appearance = MAJOR hair inspo—especially when celeb stylist and Beachwaver inventor Sarah Potempa is involved.

Case in point? Emily’s ethereal, French braided crown updo Sarah created for the TIME 100 Gala Tuesday night.

“I was inspired by Emily’s beautiful Brock Collection dress to create a braided crown with a gold leaf accent piece,” shares Sarah.

And yes, this style looks elaborate, but as Sarah explains below, it’s actually just two French braids crisscrossed and pinned together! Here’s her how-to, so you can recreate Emily’s look at home.

1. Create a clean side part, and blow dry with the On Set Pro Brush. Once dry, smooth with the Coast Pro.

2. Starting at the root, separate the hair into three pieces, and create a French braid, leaving out a few face-framing pieces. Then repeat on the other side.

3. Pancake the braid by gently tugging on the edges of the hair to give it more texture.

4. Take the two tails of the braids, and wrap them around eachother. Secure to the base with bobby pins. 

5. Using the Coast Pro, create S-shaped waves on the face-framing pieces. Spritz a flexible hairspray to flyaways and smooth.

6. Finish by adding a Beachwaver Leaf Hair Chain above the braids, securing with bobby pins.