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How-To: Topsy Tail Faux Braid

This stunning topsy tail updo by hairstylist Diana Giannini (@lzhouseofhair) may look super intricate, but, trust us—you can totally master it at home. To find out how, we visited Diana—an OG Beachwaver user—during one of her recent coloring and braiding classes, where she was demoing the Beachwaver Pro 1.25

“The Beachwaver really is the only iron I ever use!” shares Diana. “It cuts down on styling time, and it’s great for hairstylists because it keeps our alignment straight, which takes pressure off our wrists.” 

Want to try this look for an upcoming summer wedding, prom and—let’s be honest—EVERY special occasion in between?! Follow Diana's steps below to learn how to create your new favorite ‘do.

1. For the perfect foundation for the style, Beachwave all the hair at a slight angle using a 1.25” barrel. Use a smaller barrel (like the Beachwaver S.75) around the face. Spray hair generously with a dry texture spray.

 

2. Take a small section from the top, and twist inward and back. Holding the ends with one hand, pinch and pull (pancake) the surface to add volume. Repeat on the other side, then secure with a clear elastic slightly right of center and slightly below where you want the pony to end up.

3. Repeat step 2, but this time secure slightly left of center (Pro tip: crisscrossing the ponies this way conceals the elastics).

4. Repeat this process on the left, then right, then left, etc. As you work, take a small section from the underside of each pony, and pull gently to tighten.

5. Once you reach about halfway down the head, continue to take hair from each side but do NOT twist. Instead, secure with an elastic, then open the pony, and pull the hair through (create a topsy tail). 

 

6. Once you reach the end (you can go as far down as you want—Diana chose to leave a few inches out at the bottom), secure, then spray with dry texture spray. Pancake any pieces that feel tight to add volume. Tease the ends with a comb or your fingers.

Voilà! Now you're ready for any special occasion the summer season throws at you! 


 

Emily VanCamp’s Double Braid Pony


We’re officially dubbing 2017 the year of the ponytail comeback, and in 2018, those ponies are only going to get bigger and bolder. Case in point—this gorgeous, double braid pony celeb stylist Sarah Potempa recently gave “The Resident” actress Emily VanCamp for her appearance on “The Chew.” Beachwaves? Check. Accent braids? Check. Tons of texture? Check. Here’s how Sarah did it!

1. Curl all the hair away from the face using the Beachwaver® S1.

2. Leave a few Beachwaved pieces out in the front, and create two French braids on either side of the head—one thicker than the other, for variety.

3. Bring all the hair back into a low pony, and secure with an elastic. Take a thin piece from underneath the pony, spray with hairspray and wrap it around the elastic, then secure with bobby pins on the top and bottom.


 
 

DIY Coachella Hairstyles

Looking for simple, DIY Coachella hairstyles? Look no further because we've got you covered! The new Beachwaver sizes, the Beachwaver S1.25 and Beachwaver S.75, launched recently at Ulta. With these new irons and the addition of either a braid or topknot, it's easy to create a gorgeous look in just minutes.

→ Beachwaver S1.25

 

→ Beachwaver S1.25

 

Beachwaver S.75 , Half Up

   

Beachwaver S1.25

 

Check out our Instagram for more Coachella hair inspiration!


 
 

Braid Inspiration

Recently, Sarah Potempa, celebrity hairstylist and creator of 365 days of braids, was featured in Refinery 29's article on The Best Bold, Beautiful Braid Inspiration. Check out some of her favorite braids, many of which you can easily recreate yourself!

 

"This braid is perfect for an elegant updo, and is just made by tying knots!" — Sarah Potempa

 

 

"A great way to frame your face is to use a small braid to pull hair back and away from your face, like this braid I created on Emily Blunt." — Sarah Potempa

 

Add some flair to your workout with this 'do. "Braid your hair back into a ponytail, and then use the Beachwaver Co Wrap Up Bun to create the perfect topknot," Potempa suggests.

 

"This braid is perfect as festival season is coming up for a subtle, yet fun [look]." — Sarah Potempa

 

"An alternative to the mohawk is to create volume with a braid. Fishtail-braid your hair in the center of your head, and then pancake it for additional volume." — Sarah Potempa

 

"I love this hairstyle because it’s an edgy, but fun alternative to a mohawk — and very easy to do!" — Sarah Potempa

 

Do this half-up fishtail braid yourself in four simple steps. Start by sectioning the hair to begin the fishtail braid at the top. After securing the end with an elastic, lightly tug on and pull out pieces from the braid to create a cool shape.

 

This fishtail braid incorporates the same steps, except with the focus on the sides of your head. After you've completed the style, pull both your braids and beach waves into a ponytail for a cute peekaboo moment.

 

"I love finding different variations of the French braid. This style only uses two strands." — Sarah Potempa

 

For this crown braid look, Potempa started out by braiding two sections of hair, one behind the left ear and another on the right. After loosening and pancaking both braids a bit, she wrapped them over the top of the head, securing them with bobby pins.

 

To re-create this "mega French braid," as Potempa's dubbed it, start by teasing hair at the root for volume. Next, create a bump at the front of the hair, securing it with bobby pins. French-braid the hair as usual, and secure it on the end with a clear elastic. Lastly, pull on each loop of the braid to "pancake and add volume," Potempa says.

 

Link to full article here