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4 Styles You Can Create With a Bandana

2018 has been the year of the bandana, and we can’t get enough!
Of course, we always love pairing our bandanas with classic,
Beachywaves™, but have you tried tying it at the end of a braid,
weaving it into a bun or accenting a high pony with a bandana bow?
Here are four ideas to try!

Bandana Headband

1. Beachwave your hair using the Beachwaver S1. Pro tip: to help
smooth your hair and catch shorter layers, start by Beachwaving
in the middle of a section, then hold the end of the strand, open the
clamp and gently slide the iron down. Continue Beachwaving. 
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2. Roll your bandana into a headband.
3. Section out two pieces of hair in the front. Place the bandana
underneath the back section of your hair, and wrap upward.
4. Tie into a knot at the top of your head.
5. Tuck the front pieces into and around the bandana.
Optional: use a bobby pin to secure the hair behind the bandana.
6. Rock your new look, cutie! 

Half Up Infinity Braid

1. Beachwave your hair using the Beachwaver S1.
2. Start by making a half ponytail and securing with a clear elastic.
Make an opening right behind the ponytail, and flip the
pony through. Gently pinch and pull the hair in the crown for extra
texture and volume.
3. To start the braid, section the pony into two. Take a small piece of
hair from right side. Bring it underneath the right section and over
the top of the left section. 
Next, take a small piece of hair from the left section, add it to your
original piece, then bring it under the left section and over the right
section. Pro tip: keep the infinity braid as tight as you can.
4. Continue repeating these steps, braiding for a few inches.
Secure with an elastic, then take another elastic and make a pony
but don’t pull all the way through, creating a bun.
Finish by tying a bandana at the top of the bun. 

Bandana Bun 

1. Section out two pieces of hair, and bring them to the front.
Secure the back section into a ponytail with an elastic,
then tuck the end of your bandana into the elastic.
 
2. Create a three-strand braid, using the bandana as one of the
three strands. Continue braiding all the way down, then secure
with an elastic, and pancake the braid to add volume.
3. With the two front pieces, create a rope braid (split into two
pieces, twist the pieces in opposite directions then wrap them
around each other) on each side. Using a Wrap Up, roll the middle
braid upward, then bend the ends of the Wrap Up downward.
Secure any loose pieces with bobby pins.
4. Take the two rope braids, cross them over the top of the bun,
then wrap under the bun and back over. Secure with bobby pins.
Beachwave any face-framing pieces with the Beachwaver S1

High Pony/Dutch Braid

1. Beachwave your hair using the Beachwaver S1.
Section away a face-framing piece with a Darby Clip.
Secure the rest of the hair into a ponytail using a hook elastic.
Gently pinch and pull hair in the crown for volume.
2. With the front piece, create a three-strand Dutch
braid. Braid until you reach the ponytail, then pin the braid into
the ponytail. Tie a bandana around the pony. Fan and fluff the
bandana until you achieve your desired look.
 
3. Tease the ponytail for extra volume. Secure with a flexible hold
hairspray, like Beachwaver's Great Barrier Heat Protectant Hairspray.

 

Emily Blunt's Elegant Crown Braid

If there's one person who loves braids and waves as much as our founder and celeb stylist Sarah Potempa, it's Emily Blunt! When Sarah styled her hair for a charity gala for the American Institute for Stuttering in NYC Monday night, Emily opted for a soft, ethereal crown braid (accentuated with face-framing Beachwaves) to match her stunning Christian Dior gown. 

Here, Sarah shares all the deets on how she did it! 

1. Curl with the Beachwaver S1 for texture and volume.

2. Section the hair behind and just below the ear, and use a Darby Clip to section the rest of the hair out of the way. 


3. Separate the hair into three pieces, and begin braiding, repeating the mantra, “Left under the middle, right under the middle.” Continue to Dutch braid, adding hair from the root as you work your way around the head, leaving out a couple of the Beachwaved pieces around the hairline.


4. When you’ve gone all the way around, complete the braid to the ends of the hair, and secure with a clear elastic. Take the tail of the braid and tuck it under the side you started. Secure the ends with two bobby pins.


 
 

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! 


 
 

Get the Look: Fishtail Half Up

Add a spin on the classic half up hairstyle with Fishtail braided strands, and beachwaves - simple, classy, yet unique. 
Before the braiding begins, grab your Beachwaver Pro to add those beachywaves.
Half Up Crown Braid:
Step 1: Grab a small portion of hair on the right side of your head and separate into two equal sections. 
Step 2: Pull a skinny strand from the left section, and cross that strand over to the section on the right. Then pull a skinny strand from the right section and cross that strand back over to the left section.
Step 3: Repeat, pulling strands from opposite sides, until your fishtail reaches the ends of your hair. Hold braid in place with a bobby pin while you braid the other side.
Step 4: Recreate the braid on the left side of your head with another small portion of hair.
Step 5: After both braids are completed, merge the two and finish with a regular three strand braid.

 


 
 

Get the Look: Fishtail Braid Bun

Fishtail braids are the perfect way to spruce up your everyday hairstyle. Don't let the intricate look intimidate you from trying it out for yourself! 

Classic fishtail braid:

1: Prep damp hair with a flexible mousse, like Aussie Sprunch and Leave-In Conditioner. Gather all your hair over to one side of your head, and separate your hair into two equal sections on that side.

2: Pull a skinny strand from the left section, and cross that strand over to the section on the right. Then pull a skinny strand from the right section and cross that strand back over to the left section.

3: Repeat, pulling strands from opposite sides, until your fishtail reach the ends of your hair. To create a fuller, messy style, lightly tug the braid, tugging pieces outward to loosen them. 

Fishtail bun:

1: Weave a classic fishtail at the nape of your neck.

2: Coil it into a bun, and pin in place with hairpins.

3: Spritz on light-hold hairspray.