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Miranda Cosgrove

Recently, celebrity hairstylist Sarah Potempa stopped by the Cosmopolitan office to style Miranda Cosgrove for these mesmerizing hair videos. Sarah styled Miranda with a Five Strand Dutch Braid, Halo Snake Braid, and a Half Up Boxed Fishtail Bun.

 

Five Strand Dutch Braid

 

Halo Snake Braid 

 

Half Up Boxed Fishtail Braid 

 

For a detailed, step-by-step tutorial, check out Cosmopolitan's article here.


 

10 Tips For Having the Best Hair Day Ever

Tips for the perfect hair day? Yes please!

 

1) There’s no such thing as too much texture.

If your hair can sometimes fall flat, use a dry shampoo or texture spray. Spritz at your roots, flip your head over, and work it into your hair with your fingers for a tousled, pumped-up look.

 

2) Think thermal.

Be sure to use a heat protectant before using curling irons, blow-dryers, or straighteners. Effective thermal protectants will hydrate your hair and shield it from the damaging effects of high heat.

 

3) Choose your part.

Go with how your hair falls naturally, because it makes for the...


 
 

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."...


 
 

11 Super Simple Hacks to Make Your Thick Hair More Manageable

 

Sometimes thick hair can be harder to manage, but with these tips, you'll be a pro in no time.

1. Ask your hairstylist to "take the weight out" of your hair.

Sarah Potempa says, "adding long layers gives thick hair movement, while blending these layers with texturizing shears helps to lighten the hair."

2. Use serum.

Serums can reduce frizziness and help your strands lay flatter. 

3. Ask your hairstylist for an undercut.

When you remove hair at the nape of your neck, your hair will lay more smooth and look more sleek.

4. Use your flat...


 
 

Tips for Beautiful Hair

1. Find your frequency.

People with thinner hair should be washing their hair more often than those with thicker hair. Thin hair can be washed every other day, while thicker hair can go every four days, or maybe even once a week.

"Nobody should be washing their hair every single day. Most people think that by washing their hair daily, that they are getting rid of the oil in their hair, but they are actually drying out their scalp even more and therefore producing more oil," says Sarah Potempa.

2. Clarify your intentions.

A clarifying shampoo is great to remove excess...


 
 

Static Hair No More

In the winter, the dry air is unavoidable, but static hair doesn't have to come along with it. We have some tips and tricks from hair experts to help subdue the static.

1. Spritz On Moisturizing Spray

 

The Best Haircuts for Your Face Shape

Ever wonder what the most flattering haircut is for your face shape? Not to worry, we've got you covered. From a round face, to a diamond, square, long, oval, or heart face, there are hairstyles to flatter each.

Oval Face:

Women with oval face shapes can go with quite a few different haircuts. Sarah Potempa says that long layers allow for movement, especially when waving your hair. Also, by adding volume to the sides of the hair, it rounds out an oval face by adding width to the face.

Diamond Face:

"The best hairstyles will create the appearance of...


 
 

Hacks That Will Leave Your Hair Tangle-Free Forever

Tangled hair? Not a problem anymore! Check out these hacks to live life tangle-free:

In the shower
“Avoid adding water to hair that’s knotty beyond belief,” recommends celeb stylist Juan Carlos. Be sure to brush your hair before you get in the shower.

Another thing to keep your hair without tangles is to not go overboard on the amount of shampoo used in the shower. "It isn’t necessary to wash from root to tip to get shampoo ad-worthy hair," says Sarah Potempa. “The spot you should concentrate on is the roots — otherwise you risk drying out your ends,...