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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. 


 

Batia tries the half up

This week I tried the Half Up and I was so impressed with how well it worked! I tried it out on my friend Batia because she has very thin hair, which is perfect for the Half Up. Since it’s a smaller version of the Wrap up, you simply take the top layer of your hair and put it through. Then you start from the bottom and roll it up until you are at the top of your head and curve the ends of the Half Up inward. It’s so easy to do and the Half Up is very small, making it incredibly easy to just put in your purse and use whenever you want!

The Half Up made it so easy for Batia to get ready for her day. All she had to do to complete her look was curl the bottom layer of her hair and then put the top layer into the Half Up. The Half Up comes in three different colors, which is great because that means it’ll never clash with your hair color or show whatsoever! All that anyone else can see is a cute, petite bun and a stylish look.

The Half Up made it easy for Batia to look put together and stylish as she began her day. Also, since it’s small and easy to use, she had no problem using it and still getting to class in the morning on time. With only a few simple steps, she used it and had a great, classic hairstyle in no time.

My friends and I simply loved the Half Up because it gives you the ability to have a classic bun and have part of your hair down, straight or curly. It truly gives you the best of both worlds!

Xo,

Lauren


 
 

POPSUGAR: #100HairDays

Love this article by  on Popsugar to cover my 100 hairdays challenge! See the full article:

 

 

100 Days of Beach Waves, Braids, and Rainbow Hair

You know the drill: your alarm goes off, you snooze, finally get out of bed, shower, and then head to your vanity where you think, "What the heck am I going to do with my hair today?" Wearing the same style over and over again (I know I rely on the low ponytail way too much) can be totally boring, especially during Halloween and holiday party season. When I saw celebrity hairstylist Sarah Potempa dominate the 100-day hair challenge on Instagram, I was totally inspired. Sarah is the genius behind the Beachwaver curling iron (my personal favorite — it spins on its own!), as well as a plethora of other handy tools, including a portable hair iron. She took on this challenge wholeheartedly sharing looks that included innovative braids, waves, bold colors, and retro influences. It's pretty epic.

"I have always loved braiding hair, painting, DIY art, and home-decorating projects," she told me. "I love the concept of 'hair as art' and find it to be such a moldable, creative medium. I drew inspiration from old Hollywood imagery, nature, and my celebrity clients. One of my favorite portions of the #100HairDays was creating different hairstyles from over the decades. A celebrity makeup artist and friend of mine, Gianpaolo, wanted to do my makeup, so we teamed up on creating some of the '20s-'60s looks, which was such a treat! Aside from the decades series, I also had fun creating the long pink fishtail braid and wearing funky colored wigs!"

One of the things she learned from doing this was that it's a real commitment. Even if it was 11 p.m., she made sure to post a new photo so as not to let her Instagram followers down. And would she do it again? Totally, she confirmed. "I know that hair can change the way you look, because I change the hair of my clients all the time, so it was interesting to see how you can be perceived differently when you change your hair," she explained. "My goal was to always be creative so that meant styling my hair in looks I've never thought of trying before, even if that meant stepping out of my hair comfort zone."

See the full article and pictures HERE


 
 

Brianna, Danette and the Half Up

This month is Down Syndrome Awareness Month, and I am proud to say my cousin Danette has that extra chromosome.

My cousin Danette and her family are visiting Southern California from Colorado. Whenever they come to visit we catch up over makeovers, movies and just plain laughing. Danette is turning 21 this year and my family is planning a country themed party for her. Her favorite country artist is Reba!

Danette is the type of person who does not like to spend a lot of time on one hairstyle (we’re related) so I showed her my new Half Up. The Half Up is perfect for Danette because she has very thin hair and it fit perfectly. After playing around with it, she liked her hair in a low side bun. We used the Half Up to do the cute low side bun, with a few strands framing her face. I showed her how to wrap her hair in the half up, and then twist it up to create that perfect side bun.

I think this hairstyle will look great for her birthday party and it will stay in place when she is line dancing to her favorite country songs!

A makeover would not be complete without makeup. Danette let me put a little lip gloss and eye shadow on her and then we snapped some fun photos. Danette loved her new hairstyle and loved posing for me and my camera.

My cousin Danette is someone close to my heart and my entire family is so proud of her. Danette and her sister Korie are like the younger sister’s I never had. Her passion, her dance moves, and her hugs are what make her Danette and I am glad there is a whole month to celebrate her and everyone with Down syndrome.

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The Half Up on Campus

What better way to start a Friday then with hot coffee and a cute 'do! My friend Bailey and roommate Sylvia are testing this theory. Cold and rainy weather is approaching here in Cincinnati, Ohio and these girls know just what it takes to overcome the harsh weather ahead.

The Half-Up is a major time saver. Within seconds, their hair is transformed from bedhead to chic perfection just in time to make it to their 9 am classes. A great addition to this look includes headbands, bows, and even cute clips. When the temperature becomes unbearable, keep rocking the do with the addition of earmuffs.

My friends pair their unique hairdo with their fab fall apparel and favorite Starbucks drink. What more could a girl want? May your Friday start out this fabulous too!

 

Xo,

Maddie