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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

 

 

 


 
 

Behind the Chair On Tour Recap

Last Monday, Sarah Potempa presented to a packed house in the Chicago Theatre for the Behind the Chair On Tour event. She demonstrated how to get the same voluminous waves that the Victoria's Secret Angels rocked for the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show and how to create fun braids to spice up your daily hairstyles. Check out a recap of the tour below:

 


 
 

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.