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April Giveaway

Happy April! We have a giveaway going on on our Instagram! Take a look at everything that is included:

From the Beachwaver Co:


From Kai:

  • 1 Eau de Parfum
  • 1 Body Lotion
  • 1 Fragrance Candle
  • 1 Perfume Oil
  • 1 Body Butter


From China Glaze:

  • Assortment of Nail Polish (6)


From Pinch Provisions:

  • Minimergency Kit


From Whish:

  • Cleansing Oil
  • Self Tanner
  • Body Oil


From Hollywood Fashion Secrets:

  • Fashion Tape
  • Adhesive Covers
  • Deodorant Sponge
  • Fashion Emergency Kit

From Ardell:

  • Assortment of Lashes (7)
  • Lash Adhesive


From Tocca:

  • Emelia Eau de Parfum


From Capwell + Co:

  • Mia Necklace
  • Moonlight Magic Bangle
  • Stroke of Genius Bangle
  • Stepping Stones Bangle
  • Flight of Fancy Ring
  • Encore Tassel Earrings

Interested? Be sure to head over to our Instagram to enter!




Ulta Beach Tour

Come by Ulta Beauty stores to see the Beachwaver in action! We'll be traveling around the United States and stopping by Ultas to demonstrate the Beachwaver. Celebrity hairstylist and creator of the Beachwaver, Sarah Potempa, will even be visiting some Ultas to give tips and tricks on how to use the rotating curling iron (locations bolded below).
Will we be in your city? We'll be touring until the end of May, so check back weekly to see if we'll be in your area! Here's where we'll be and when:




Monday, 4/18 10am-12pm

University Hills Shopping Center:

2780 S. Colorado Blvd.

Denver, CO 80222

Monday, 4/18 1pm-3pm

Lakewood City Commons:

489 S. Wadsworth Blvd.

Lakewood, CO 80226

Monday, 4/18 10am-12pm

Baytowne Square:

2023 N. Prospect Ave

Champaign, IL 61822

Monday, 4/18 1pm-3pm

Hickory Point Mall:

1146 Hickory Point Mall

Forsyth, IL 62535-2088

Tuesday, 4/19 11am-1pm

Cameron Crossing:

1751 N. Central Expressway

McKinney, TX 75070

Tuesday, 4/19 3pm-5pm

The Village at Fairview:

132 Town Place

Fairview, TX 75069

Tuesday, 4/19 2pm-4pm

Millenia Crossing:

4048 Eastgate Dr.

Orlando, FL 32839

Tuesday, 4/19 5pm-7pm

Colonial Plaza:

2654 E. Colonial Drive

Orlando, FL 32803-5023

Tuesday, 4/19 9am-11am

Loop West:

2609 W Osceola Pkwy

Kissimmee, FL 34741

Wednesday, 4/20 10am-12pm

Woodfield Village Green:

1480 Golf Road

Schaumburg, IL 60173

Wednesday, 4/20 1pm-3pm

Scharrington Square:

2431 W. Schaumburg Road

Schaumburg, IL 60194

Wednesday, 4/20 TBD

Viera Shops:

2304 Remi Dr

Viera, FL 32940

Thursday, 4/21 TBD

West Palm Beach Center:

1855 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd

West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Thursday, 4/21 TBD

The Plaza at Delray:

1636 S. Federal Hwy

Delray Beach, FL 33483 

Friday, 4/22 10am-12pm

Grand Hunt Shopping Center:

6517 Grand Avenue

Gurnee, IL 60031

Friday, 4/22 2pm-4pm

Shoppes at Prairie Ridge:

10033 77th Street

Pleasant Prairie, WI 53158

Friday, 4/22 TBD

Bal Harbour Square:

1746 North Federal Highway

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305

Friday, 4/22 TBD

Miami Beach:

337 Lincoln Road

Miami Beach, FL 33139

Saturday, 4/23 11am-1pm

Deerbrook Mall:

130B South Waukegan Road

Deerfield, IL 60015

Saturday, 4/23 2pm-4pm

North Point Shopping Center:

456 E. Rand Road

Arlington Heights, IL 60004 

  Check back next week to see where we will be the following week!


Miranda Cosgove

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 easiest styling. “Just make sure that the part you create doesn’t fight with a cowlick,” adds Orlando Pita. For a more modern vibe: “I would say keep your part off-center and just slightly to one side.”


4) Hydrate for health.

Avoid sulfate-laden shampoos that strip hair, and reduce the frequency of your hair washes. When you shampoo your hair too often, it strips it of its natural oils. You can also use a leave-in conditioner to help hydrate your hair.


5) Sleep on silks (seriously!).

“Using a silk pillowcase or a satin hair bonnet is a great way to keep your hair moisturized at night,” explains Lacy Redway


6) Get hands-on.

Try detangling your hair with your fingers first. Then, if you  still need some more help, try using a wide-tooth comb.


7) Care for your color.

Step one: moisture. “Grab Aussie 3 Minute Miracle and deep-condition your hair once or twice a week,” says Sarah Potempa. “Doing so will lock in the moisture and leave your hair silky smooth.” Step two: maintenance. “Talk to your colorist about doing an at-home clear gloss between color appointments,” she advises.


8) Learn some shortcuts.

“With a good haircut, you can add mousse to enhance the natural wave pattern in seconds,” explains Sarah Potempa. “You do this simply by scrunching the hair up and twisting it away from the face.” For quick fixes throughout the day, try the Beachwaver Co. Mini Touch Up.


9) Try these smooth moves.

For smooth hair, conditioning your ends is a good start. Sarah recommends putting your hair in a braid or bun overnight to get a jump-start on smooth strands in the morning. 


10) Think long term.

“Spend the extra 15 minutes on the first day, and your hair will continue to look incredible with minor touch-ups,” says Sarah. With the Beachwaver, you can create your foundation of curls on day one, which will become looser, relaxed waves on day two. For days three and four, you can use that existing texture and create a braid or texturized ponytail.


Full article here


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." — Sarah Potempa


Add some flair to your workout with this 'do. "Braid your hair back into a ponytail, and then use the Beachwaver Co Wrap Up Bun to create the perfect topknot," Potempa suggests.


"This braid is perfect as festival season is coming up for a subtle, yet fun [look]." — Sarah Potempa


"An alternative to the mohawk is to create volume with a braid. Fishtail-braid your hair in the center of your head, and then pancake it for additional volume." — Sarah Potempa


"I love this hairstyle because it’s an edgy, but fun alternative to a mohawk — and very easy to do!" — Sarah Potempa


Do this half-up fishtail braid yourself in four simple steps. Start by sectioning the hair to begin the fishtail braid at the top. After securing the end with an elastic, lightly tug on and pull out pieces from the braid to create a cool shape.


This fishtail braid incorporates the same steps, except with the focus on the sides of your head. After you've completed the style, pull both your braids and beach waves into a ponytail for a cute peekaboo moment.


"I love finding different variations of the French braid. This style only uses two strands." — Sarah Potempa


For this crown braid look, Potempa started out by braiding two sections of hair, one behind the left ear and another on the right. After loosening and pancaking both braids a bit, she wrapped them over the top of the head, securing them with bobby pins.


To re-create this "mega French braid," as Potempa's dubbed it, start by teasing hair at the root for volume. Next, create a bump at the front of the hair, securing it with bobby pins. French-braid the hair as usual, and secure it on the end with a clear elastic. Lastly, pull on each loop of the braid to "pancake and add volume," Potempa says.


Link to full article here





10 Tricks for Gorgeous, Low-Maintenance Hair

1) Cut Layers

Layers look great whether they're blown or out air dried. It also will cut down on your salon visits, because layers still look great as they grow out.

2) Shave Time Off Your Blow-Dry

Drying hair can be made easier by “flipping wet hair upside down and blasting with a dryer until it’s almost dry, then go over only the top layer with a big curling iron to create loose waves,” says stylist Nunzio Saviano.

3) Style While You Snooze

For loose waves and smooth roots, Sarah Potempa, suggests splitting hair into two sections, then twisting each side back, away from the face, and wrapping into small buns. Secure with bobby pins; release in the morning. 

4) Go Easy on the Product

To stretch your days between washing your hair, use less product so there is less buildup. Extra product can make hair appear dirtier.

5) Treat Your Locks With TLC

When your hair is healthy, it's easier to style and maintain. Using a treatment and nourishing mask every once in a while will help to keep your locks lovely.

6) Don't OD on Dry Shampoo

If you use too much dry shampoo, it can actually clog your hair follicles and risk the health of the new hair growing in.

7) Twist and Go

When your hair is wet, separate it into strand and twist them and don't touch them. Then when they dry, you'll have nice, loose waves.

8) Prolong Your Color

It can be so hard to keep up with hair growing out after you color it. “I choose a color no more than two shades lighter than the natural one, then start the color about a quarter inch off the scalp. That way, the grow-out is very subtle,” says Stephanie Brown, a colorist at the Nunzio Saviano Salon.

9) Think: Big Picture

For some, “it may pay to invest time or money in one high-maintenance service in order to be lower maintenance on a daily basis,” says Jenny Cho. Some examples of this include: Get keratin smoothing treatment every three to four months to make blow-drying and frizz-fighting go more quickly. Splurge on a professional blow-out or give yourself a blow-out once a week.

10) Focus on the Front

If your hair is wet, Sarah Potempa says to blow-dry just the hair around your face, then put the rest in a loose French braid to air-dry. “This will ultimately create soft waves and minimize frizz,” she says. “And in the short term, it helps you look groomed, even if only 30 percent of your hair is dry. The key is making it appear like a deliberate style.”

Full article here.


Behind the Chair On Tour Recap

Last Monday, Sarah Potempa presented to a packed house in the Chicago Theatre for the Behind the Chair On Tour event. She demonstrated how to get the same voluminous waves that the Victoria's Secret Angels rocked for the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show and how to create fun braids to spice up your daily hairstyles. Check out a recap of the tour below:



Spring Giveaway!

Happy Spring! We have a giveaway going on on our Instagram! Take a look at everything that is included:

From the Beachwaver Co:


From Kate Davis Jewelry:

  • One palm tree necklace
  • One 'Mermaid' necklace


From Baggu:

  • Two spring print bags


From Love June Boutique:

  • One bathing suit cover up
  • Set of 3 bracelets
  • Necklace


From Kitsch:

  • White Henna Tattoos
  • Sunglasses
  • Pineapple Necklace and Earring Set

From Stila:

  • 5 Liquid Lipsticks
  • Watercolor Blush
  • Mascara
  • Eye Shadow Palette
  • Lip and Cheek Palette

From Nails Inc:

  • Spring/Summer Nail Kit
  • Paint Can Nail Polish
  • Top/Base Coat

Interested? Be sure to head over to our Instagram to enter!



Candice : Swim Suit Special

Did you catch Victoria's Secret's Swim Suit Special? Lots of gorgeous beachwaves, beautiful outfits, and stunning girls. The Beachwaver is the perfect tool to recreate the beachy look of the Victoria's Secret models' waves:

1) Separate hair into left and right side and pull all hair forward.

2) Using a Darby clip, clip up the top half of your hair and begin to beachwave the lower half of your hair.

3) Take 1-2" section and leave a few inches of hair out on the end when you clamp it.

4) Curl hair, leaving on for just a few seconds. Release.

5) Run your fingers through the waves.

6) Once you've finished curling your hair, use a flexible hairspray and spray it onto a nylon boar bristle brush. Brush through the waves.

Link to full article here


Get the Look: Lauren and Jojo's Finale Beachwaves

I think something we can all agree on is that both Jojo and Lauren looked stunning at the finale of the Bachelor. Both had loose, gorgeous beachwaves that complimented their beautiful dresses. Check out this quick step by step tutorial on how to recreate their look:

1) Separate hair and pull both sides forward. Using a Darby clip, section hair so the lower part is down, and clip the rest up.

2) Using the Beachwaver S1, grab a 1-2" section of hair and clamp hair leaving a few inches out on the end. Continue until you have finished all of your hair.

3) Once all the curls cool, use a nylon-boar bristle brush and a flexible hold hairspray. Spray the hairspray directly on the brush and brush through the curls. By spraying the hairspray onto the brush and then brushing, it helps to evenly distribute the hairspray to the waves.