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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.


 

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


 
 

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.

 
 

365 Days of Braids : This Week's Braid Recap

Time is flying! We are almost down to 1 month left of #365daysofbraids! This week had some incredible braids and included: a 3D Boxed Fishtail Braid, an Infinity Braid Ponytail, Mixed Mini Braids into a Pancaked Fishtail Braid, Peekaboo Fishtail Braid and a Three Strand Braid, Double Inverted French Braids into a Large Three Strand Braid, Loose Skinny Braid into a Knot with Two Braids + a Waterfall Braid into a Topknot. Keep up with the excitement of all #365daysofbraids by following @sarahpotempa on Instagram!

 


 
 

Braid Recap

Wow, we are almost at day 300 of #365daysofbraids! This week had some beautiful braids and included: a Double Crown Braid, a Fishtail Braid, Waterfall French Braids, Mohawk French Fishtail Braid joined into a Knotted Braid, A Fishtail Braid into a French Braid, Dutch Fishtail Braid into a Fishtail Braid Top Knot + a Half Up Fishtail Braid. Keep up with the excitement of all #365daysofbraids by following @sarahpotempa on Instagram!


 
 

Emily Blunt: Golden Heart Awards

As usual, Emily Blunt looked beautiful at last night's Golden Heart Awards in NYC! With fresh-faced makeup and dress by Michael Kors, Sarah completed the look with soft, relaxed waves. To give the illusion of shorter hair, she pulled the waves loosely into a low, knotted braid- simply stunning.