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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. 


 

Meet #beachwaverbabe Cara Fries (@marvelousinthemidwest)

Since The Beachwaver® Co. is based in the midwest, we couldn’t wait to sit down with founder of the popular blog “Marvelous in the Midwest,” Cara Fries (@marvelousinthemidwest). After trying out the Beachwaver® for the first time, Cara was a big fan—and we were big fans of Cara! Keep reading to learn what she loves about the midwest, some of her favorite beauty products and more!

Beachwaver: How did you get started as a blogger?

Cara: I started two and a half years ago. I originally graduated with a marketing degree, and I decided I had the resources to start a fashion blog. All my friends were pushing me into it. I was always a huge shopper—always wanting the newest and best things out there. It started as a hobby, but it’s grown and become almost a full-time job.

Beachwaver: You grew up in Wisconsin, and your blog is called “Marvelous in the Midwest.” What did you like best about growing up in the midwest?

Cara: Definitely the people. Everyone in the midwest is super nice. And I love having four seasons—it’s nice to get a mixture of warm and cold weather.

Beachwaver: What’s your favorite thing about Chicago?

Cara: I’m a huge foodie, so I love the food scene. I love the deep dish pizza (Lou Malnati’s is one of my favorite spots). And the shopping scene. I live right off Michigan Avenue, so I’m near every store you could possibly imagine.

Beachwaver: Who’s your beauty or style icon?

Cara: I would say Lauren Conrad. Growing up in the days of Laguna Beach and The Hills, I was always into her style, her hair, how she did her makeup. I think she’s flawless!

Beachwaver: If you could only take one beauty product on vacation with you, what would it be?

Cara: Definitely mascara—I can’t leave home without it. I love all of Benefit’s mascara, and I also use L’Oreal Double Extend Lash Extend primer.

Beachwaver: What is your typical hair routine?

Cara: During the week I normally wear it straight, which is my hair’s natural texture. But on the weekends or any time I do a blog shoot, I’ll curl it completely and brush out the curls.

Beachwaver: As a first-time user, what did you think of the Beachwaver®?

Cara: I love the Beachwaver®! I’d never used it on myself, so it was really cool to get to try it out and realize it’s not as intimidating as it looks. It made my hair a different kind of curly than my other tools, and it’s a lot easier and quicker than some of the other curling routines I’ve done in the past.

Beachwaver: When you need to, how do you unplug from social media?

Cara: That’s a hard question because I’m constantly on social media! One thing I would say is that my phone is on low battery a lot, so I think the best way to unplug is just to put it in the other room and let it charge, and this gives me time to focus on other things like my fiancé, or other work I need to get done or watching one of my favorite TV shows.


 
 

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


 
 

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.

 
 

QVC : Sold Out!

This past weekend, Sarah Potempa was on QVC with the Beachwaver. It's no surprise that all the Beachwavers sold out! All of the models curled their own hair and showed just how easy it is to create gorgeous, bombshell waves in minutes. The Beachwaver is a perfect Christmas present, so if you haven't gotten one yet, don't worry! You can shop right here.