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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.

 

The Beachwaver Makes Appearance on Rachael Ray!

Celebrity Stylist Chris Appleton—the man behind so many iconic celeb looks, including Kim Kardashian and J.Lo—stopped by the Rachael Ray Show to demo how he achieves soft, romantic waves on his celeb clients. His tool of choice? The Beachwaver S1.25! “This is fool proof,” he shared. “You can’t go wrong with this tool, I promise you.”

After a quick lesson from Chris, Rachael tried the Beachwaver herself! Watch the entire segment below. 



 
 

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: Sweetheart Bun

Choosing the perfect Valentine’s Day style is no easy task! You want it to be cute AND practical (and it wouldn’t hurt if it looked good enough to ‘gram!). We have just the thing. This festive, heart-shaped bun is sure to turn heads, and with our Wrap Up, you can recreate this look in just five minutes! Check out the step-by-step below to learn how.

1. Start by gathering hair into a ponytail and securing with an elastic. Open a Wrap Up, and mold it into a V shape.

2. Pull the pony through the Wrap Up, pinch it closed and slide it to the ends of your hair. Then roll the hair up until you reach the top of the pony.

3. Using one hand to hold the Wrap Up in place, shape the bottom of the Wrap Up into a point (the bottom of the heart) with your other hand.

4. Secure the Wrap Up to your head with long bobby pins—one on the bottom and two on each side.

5. Next, fold the sides of the Wrap Up inward to create the top of the heart. Slide the hair up over the side of the Wrap Up to conceal.

6. Use one hand to hold the heart shape in place while you pin the Wrap Up to secure.

7. Use a duck bill clip to help maintain the shape as you mist with hairspray for hold, and to smooth flyaways.

Voilà! The perfect, Insta-worthy Valentine's Day style! 


 
 

Emily VanCamp’s Double Braid Pony


We’re officially dubbing 2017 the year of the ponytail comeback, and in 2018, those ponies are only going to get bigger and bolder. Case in point—this gorgeous, double braid pony celeb stylist Sarah Potempa recently gave “The Resident” actress Emily VanCamp for her appearance on “The Chew.” Beachwaves? Check. Accent braids? Check. Tons of texture? Check. Here’s how Sarah did it!

1. Curl all the hair away from the face using the Beachwaver® S1.

2. Leave a few Beachwaved pieces out in the front, and create two French braids on either side of the head—one thicker than the other, for variety.

3. Bring all the hair back into a low pony, and secure with an elastic. Take a thin piece from underneath the pony, spray with hairspray and wrap it around the elastic, then secure with bobby pins on the top and bottom.