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How-To: Emily Blunt’s French Braid Bun


Need some chic summer updo inspiration? How about this celeb-approved French braid bun from Founder of the Beachwaver and celeb stylist Sarah Potempa (@sarahpotempa)?!

Sarah whipped up this style for her stunning client Emily Blunt for Monday’s NYC premiere of her new film "A Quiet Place." The horror flick co-stars Emily and her husband John Krasinski (who’s also a former client and longtime friend of Sarah’s!). Paired with Emily’s strapless velvet Oscar De La Renta gown and ruby Lorraine Schwartz earrings? It was a red carpet style to die for ;) 

Check out the behind-the-scenes photos below, then follow Sarah’s tutorial to recreate Emily’s red carpet style! 

1. Apply a volumizing spray, and loosely blow-dry, directing the hair upward.

2. Using the Beachwaver Coast Pro, take small sections around the hairline, and smooth the root upward.

3. Smooth the hair back using the Mini On Set Pro Brush, and separate into three sections.

4. French braid down by following the mantra “Right over the middle, left over the middle,” adding hair from the root each time. Repeat until you reach the nape.

5. Secure with a clear elastic, then roll the braid under and pin it at the base.


Jamie Chung

Last night, Sarah styled the beautiful Jamie Chung with this simple braid and beautiful hair piece for the Nine West and InStyle event. Since January 1, Sarah has been posting a new braid every day. By December 31, she will have posted 365 braids. Can you believe it? This braid was number 252 of 365, and if you aren't already following @sarahpotempa on Instagram, be sure to do that! There are many more braids and beautiful hairstyles to come!





Clearwater, FL
20505 US Highway 19 North
Clearwater, FL  33764  
Dates: 10/10/2014, 10/17/2014,
Time: 12-4pm

Columbus, GA
5550 Whittlesey Blvd,
Columbus, GA 31909
Dates: 10/17/2014, 10/24/2014
Time: 12-4pm

Maywood, NJ   
45 Spring Valley Ave
Maywood, NJ 07607      
Date: 10/10/2014
Time: 1-5pm

El Paso, TX (East)
864 Joe Battle Blvd
El Paso, TX 79928
Date: 10/11/2014
Time: 12-4pm

Henderson, NV
543 N. Stephanie Street
Henderson, NV 89014    
Date: 10/11/2014
Time: 12-4pm

El Paso, TX
8889 Gateway Blvd. West, Suite
(The Fountains at Farah)
El Paso, TX 79925
Date: 10/12/2014
Time: 12-4pm


Plano, TX
721 N Central Expy
Plano, TX 75075
Date: 10/12/2014
Time: 12-4pm

Tucson, AZ
4368 N. Oracle
Tucson, Arizona 85705
Date: 10/17/2014
Time: 12-4pm 

Ramsey, NJ
1255 New Jersey 17
Ramsey, NJ 07446
Date: 10/17/2014
Time: 1-5pm

El Paso, TX (WEST)
813 Sunland Park Dr
El Paso TX 79912
Date: 10/18/2014
Time: 12-4pm

North Wales, PA
1221 Knapp Road
Montgomery Square
North Wales, PA 19454
Date: 10/18/2014
Time: 12-4pm







Tucson, AZ
5870 E. Broadway Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85711
Date:  10/18/2014
Time: 12-4pm

East Plano, TX
721 North Central Expressway Suite 300
East Plano, Texas 75075
Date: 10/19/2014
Time: 12-4pm

Chandler, AZ
7131 W Ray Rd
Chandler, AZ 85226
Date: 10/24/2014
Time: 12-4pm

Clifton, NJ
225 Allwood Rd #3
Clifton, NJ 07012
Date: 10/24/2014
Time: 1-5pm

Las Vegas, NV
9857 S. Eastern Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89183
Date: 10/25/2014
Time: 12-4pm

Oro Valley, AZ
1875 N Oracle Rd
Oro Valley, AZ 85755
Date: 10/25/2014
Time: 12-4pm