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Five Favorites: The Emmys

Our favorite look of the night was Modern Family's Sarah Hyland. As simple as high buns are, they add so much sophistication to a look. Styled by Brad Goreski, she wore a Christian Siriano white crop top and full orange skirt. Her nails are by Christina Viles, who used Essie nail polish to make her nails pop on the red carpet. You can recreate this amazing look using the Wrap Up.

Homeland's Claire Danes kept it sleek and simple. Her hairstylist Peter Butler styled her hair into a beautiful fishtail braid chignon. Her makeup was done by amazing Matin Maulawizada. She wore a beautiful red Givenchy Haute Couture gown, shoes, clutch and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry. See our tutorial on how to create a fishtail braid here.

Adorable mommy-to-be Hayden Panettiere not only showed off her cute baby bump but also a pretty textured updo by hairstylist Clyde Haygood. Makeup artist, Amy Oresman, gave Hayden a very natural look. The Nashville actress wore a shimmery metallic gown by Lorena Sarbu, shoes by Salvatore Ferragamo, clutch by Judith Leiber and Fred Leighton jewelry.

Natalie Dormer from Game of Thrones had gorgeous layered waves! She wore an orange and black fitted gown by J. Mendel and Sophia Webster heels. We also love her black manicure. The whole look was edgy and fun! You can get this classic hairstyle by using the Beachwaver Pro.

Kerry Washington of Scandal always walks the red carpet looking perfect and polished from head to toe. She wore a Prada dress and shoes. Her ombre choppy long bob and charcoal eyes looked amazing!


Looks we loved: MTV Video Music Awards

There were so many hairstyles on the MTV Video Music Awards red carpet last night but a few, really stole the show. We spotted everything from beachwaves, braids to a to mini victory roll. Here are the looks we loved the most!

Beyonce and Taylor Swift both looked gorgeous with beachwaves! Beyonce won a total of four awards last night, including Best Collaboration for "Drunk in Love," Best Video with a Social Message for "Pretty Hurts,"  Best Cinematography for "Pretty Hurts" and the biggest award of the night, The Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. Taylor showed off a messy beachy bob before performing her new song "Shake it Off."

Ariana Grande had an sleek half-up hairstyle, a look she always rocks. She won the award for Best Pop Song for "Problem" and performed her song "Break Free" and "Bang Bang" with Nicki Minaj and Jessie J. There was also braids! We were obsessed with Kelly Rowland's braided hair crown and Ireland Baldwin's messy side braid. Kelly Rowland was nominated for Best Video With a Social Message "Dirty Laundry."

Gwen Stefani never disappoints when it comes to how she wears her hair on the red carpet. Her mini victory roll hairstyle really stood out from all the other red carpet looks. Nicki Minaj opted for a subdued elegant blowout, while Kesha looked amazing with edgy rainbow highlights.


Pretty Little Beachwaves

Australian-born Glenn Nutley, is an internationally acclaimed hair and make up artist, who recently styled the gorgeous Janel Parrish for the 2014 Teen Choice Awards with the BEACHWAVER® PRO! Janel, who plays Mona Vanderwaal on Pretty Little Liars was nominated for best TV Villian. Pretty Little Liars took the award home for best TV show in the drama category.
She looked AMAZING! She was styled by Fashion Stylist Adeel Khan and wore a Contrarian New York two piece ensemble. Her stunning bracelets are by XIV Karats. We especially love her simple white painted nails! The beachwaves really completed her whole red carpet look. (Images from Just Jared)
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Molly Sims: Beachwaves & Braids

A few months ago, I had the pleasure of styling Molly Sims hair with the Beachwaver. We had a great time and she fell in love with it! So much so, that she is wrote about it on her blog and called it her "Curling Iron Obsession!" It is so great to help teach how to get beautiful beach waves in only a few minutes. The only other thing Molly and I like just as much as pretty Beachwaves, are braids. I was so excited when she asked me to share some easy braid hairstyles. Check out a two strand braid and fishtail braid crown tutorial on her blog!



Sunday night was the 2014 Golden Globe Awards held by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Our eyes were obviously on all the luxurious… locks! A few of our favorites even took home a Globe, including Amy Adams for Best Actress in a Comedy (American Hustle) and Cate Blanchett for Best Actress in a Drama (Blue Jasmine).


Take a look below at some of our favorite undos, updos, faux bobs, and beachwaves! And tune in for tutorials on how to create these Red Carpet looks on yourself!



We are feeling hot and jazzy this week as we throwback to one of our favorite vintage hair looks. Last year Sarah teamed up with Tina Turnbow and Deborah Lippmann, to create a night of retro glam inspired by the 20s – 50s. The night was filled with fun, dancing, and beauty!  See some of the beautiful looks below!



Ted Gibson‘s modern bouffant was inspired by Brigitte Bardot and the Cannes Film Festival, where much of Pamella Roland‘s own inspiration was rooted for her SS14 Collection. This simply, disheveled, yet elegant ponytail is easy to create in the few steps below.

  1. Spray a texturizing mist throughout hair to give it body and hold

  2. Create your deep side part by blowing front of hair over to one side

  3. Style part with “On Set” Styling Brush to keep it polished

  4. Section the top quarter of your hair away.

  5. Take remaining, loose hair and secure with an elastic band

  6. Release the top section and create 3-4 small sections. Using your SARAHPOTEMPA “Prep it Comb” tease each small section from mid to end. Once each section is teased, gather together and secure it to the already created ponytail with a bungee or another elastic band. Spray with a strong hold hairspray to finish.

TIP: Wrap or add your favorite ribbon/ leather piece around the base of the ponytail. Spray with a strong hold hairspray to finish.



We loved Peter Butler‘s faux bob he created on the Emmy Award Winner, Claire Danes. This polished look was a huge topic of conversation among Beauty Bloggers and Emmy watchers alike… The question at hand was, “Is this faux or for real?”

We found out from Peter that it was indeed a faux bob. Upon his Twitter approval that The WRAP UP™ was the perfect way to recreate it at home, Grace tried it! Check out the pictures and her steps below!

  1. Part your hair in a deep side part

  2. Run your Ceramic Styling Iron + Blowout Attachments through the front section to create a slight bend in the hair

  3. Gather hair into a low ponytail and pull hair through The WRAP UP™

  4. Pinch The WRAP UP™ closed and slide down towards the end of the hair. Then roll up towards the base of the neck.

  5. Bend The WRAP UP™ forward to the shape of your neck and secure with two inch bobby pins

  6. Spritz hair with a flexible hair spray to give a clean and polished faux bob look.If your event is not as formal as the Emmys, feel free to “mess it up a little bit” and add some texture.



Last Saturday, SARAHPOTEMPA partnered up with the creators of the “The Moms” and SWW Creative to style the hair for Strut: The Fashionable Mom Show. Long, beachy, relaxed waves with a trendy middle part was the hairspiration for this Mom empowering event. Each lady walked for a charity of their choosing while wearing clothing provided by Bloomingdale’s. Stay tuned for shots from the runway!