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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.

 

How-To: Perfect Your Banana Bun

The banana bun (a close relative of the über chic French twist) is the ultimate cool-girl style. It’s timeless, elegant and one of the most versatile looks—dress it up (it’s the perfect bridesmaid ‘do) or down (is it just us, or does it pair perfectly with a fuzzy fall sweater?)so we’re thrilled it’s back and trending for fall.

Below is our version of the classic banana bun. Tuck in the ends for a formal vibe, or leave them out for a more casual look! Here's how it's done. 

1. Curl hair with the Beachwaver S1, then brush through the curls with an On Set Pro Brush for soft waves. Pro tip: for extra shine, spray your brush with a flexible hairspray before brushing. 

2. Pull all hair to one side and twist the top third inward, then secure with large bobby pins.

3. Roll the next third of the hair inward, slightly below the first section. Secure with large bobby pins, and gently pancake the bun for volume.

 

4. Roll the last section upward, and pin. Tip: For a more casual, daytime look, leave out about an inch of hair at the bottom.

5. Spray with a flexible hairspray, then Beachwave the front pieces once more if desired.

 

6. Brb. Trying this right now and every day this season. 


 
 

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: Emily Blunt's Braided Crown for Time 100

We all know Emily Blunt + red carpet appearance = MAJOR hair inspo—especially when celeb stylist and Beachwaver inventor Sarah Potempa is involved.

Case in point? Emily’s ethereal, French braided crown updo Sarah created for the TIME 100 Gala Tuesday night.

“I was inspired by Emily’s beautiful Brock Collection dress to create a braided crown with a gold leaf accent piece,” shares Sarah.

And yes, this style looks elaborate, but as Sarah explains below, it’s actually just two French braids crisscrossed and pinned together! Here’s her how-to, so you can recreate Emily’s look at home.

1. Create a clean side part, and blow dry with the On Set Pro Brush. Once dry, smooth with the Coast Pro.

2. Starting at the root, separate the hair into three pieces, and create a French braid, leaving out a few face-framing pieces. Then repeat on the other side.

3. Pancake the braid by gently tugging on the edges of the hair to give it more texture.

4. Take the two tails of the braids, and wrap them around eachother. Secure to the base with bobby pins. 

5. Using the Coast Pro, create S-shaped waves on the face-framing pieces. Spritz a flexible hairspray to flyaways and smooth.

6. Finish by adding a Beachwaver Leaf Hair Chain above the braids, securing with bobby pins.


 
 

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.