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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.


How-To: Topsy Tail Faux Braid

This stunning topsy tail updo by hairstylist Diana Giannini (@lzhouseofhair) may look super intricate, but, trust us—you can totally master it at home. To find out how, we visited Diana—an OG Beachwaver user—during one of her recent coloring and braiding classes, where she was demoing the Beachwaver Pro 1.25

“The Beachwaver really is the only iron I ever use!” shares Diana. “It cuts down on styling time, and it’s great for hairstylists because it keeps our alignment straight, which takes pressure off our wrists.” 

Want to try this look for an upcoming summer wedding, prom and—let’s be honest—EVERY special occasion in between?! Follow Diana's steps below to learn how to create your new favorite ‘do.

1. For the perfect foundation for the style, Beachwave all the hair at a slight angle using a 1.25” barrel. Use a smaller barrel (like the Beachwaver S.75) around the face. Spray hair generously with a dry texture spray.


2. Take a small section from the top, and twist inward and back. Holding the ends with one hand, pinch and pull (pancake) the surface to add volume. Repeat on the other side, then secure with a clear elastic slightly right of center and slightly below where you want the pony to end up.

3. Repeat step 2, but this time secure slightly left of center (Pro tip: crisscrossing the ponies this way conceals the elastics).

4. Repeat this process on the left, then right, then left, etc. As you work, take a small section from the underside of each pony, and pull gently to tighten.

5. Once you reach about halfway down the head, continue to take hair from each side but do NOT twist. Instead, secure with an elastic, then open the pony, and pull the hair through (create a topsy tail). 


6. Once you reach the end (you can go as far down as you want—Diana chose to leave a few inches out at the bottom), secure, then spray with dry texture spray. Pancake any pieces that feel tight to add volume. Tease the ends with a comb or your fingers.

Voilà! Now you're ready for any special occasion the summer season throws at you! 


Meet #beachwaverbabe Christine Nendick (@rescueinstyle)

Like pretty much everyone else on the planet, we on the Beachwaver squad like to take advantage of any excuse to hang out with puppies. So when we heard National Puppy Day was not only a thing, but was right around the corner, we immediately reached out to the founder of the blog Rescue in Style, Christine Nendick (@rescueinstyle).

Christine’s blog pairs adoptable pets with fashion, aiming to bring awareness to animals looking for their forever homes. Christine shares her “approachable, girl-next-door" style with her Instagram followers, hoping to introduce a new audience to the world of adoption.

We wanted to learn more about Christine and help her on her mission to raise awareness about adoptable pets in the Chicagoland area, so last week, we met up with Christine and her two cats, Roni and Cheese. After Beachwaving Christine’s hair, we sat down to learn more about her blog, then headed out to meet up with local Chicago shelter Alive Rescue.

Check out our Q&A with Christine and all the ADORABLE photos of actual puppies up for adoption below. Then be sure to visit Alive’s website for a list of animals who still need forever homes!

Beachwaver: How did the idea for Rescue in Style come about?

Christine: I was scrolling through my Instagram one night, and I saw all these fashion bloggers with their puppies and I thought to myself, ‘This would be a great platform for adoptable pets.’ I had worked in shelters and veterinary clinics for a long time, so I knew there was a need for it. My goal is to provide a new kind of marketing for rescue organizations by bringing awareness to all the animals in need out there.

Beachwaver: Were you always into fashion? How did you integrate clothing and animals?

Christine: I consider myself a dog blogger with a fashion twist versus the other way around. I’ve always liked fashion and putting together cute outfits, but I don’t claim to know a ton about fashion—there are plenty of bloggers who do that better than me! I try to stay in my sweet spot of approachable clothing with an emphasis on dogs and cats. 

Beachwaver: When you first started the blog, what steps did you take to get it off the ground?

Christine: I went to work on it right away. I started researching how to write a blog and figured out which platform I would use and who would take the pictures.

For my first post, I brought my husband to a local shelter and said, ‘Hey, this is going to be weird, but I need you to take some photos of me.’ He was a really good sport. And then I built it from there. I put together a couple of posts, pitched the idea to a few of my friends who were photographers, and they were all into itI learned a lot as I went along. 

Beachwaver: I’m sure adding animals into the mix takes photo shoots to a whole other (challenging!) level—what have you learned about “pet photography” since starting your blog? Any tips on how to make it a success?

Christine: It’s funny because puppies are definitely the cutest, but they’re the hardest to photograph because they’re so wiggly! My suggestion would be to find dogs that are highly treat-motivated, and then it’s really just a matter of finding a photographer who’s able to snap those really quick moments—because they’re fleeting. For every 200 photos I take, either I look ridiculous, or the dog’s not looking at the camera, so it’s a lot of trial and error, but it’s a lot of fun, too. I like it because it takes the pressure off me—and the outtakes end up being some of my favorites. It’s a lot of face licking and paw prints on shirts.

Beachwaver: What’s the best thing that’s happened to you since you started Rescue in Style?

Christine: I would say it’s been awesome to partner with companies that have a similar vision—companies that want to make an impact beyond just the beauty and the fashion. So it’s been really cool partnering with companies like The Beachwaver who think, yeah, puppies are great, but rescue puppies are also great.

Also the people I’ve met through blogging! The blogging community is extremely supportive, and I’ve been lucky to meet some great friends. Plus it’s a lot of women, which is awesome because I work in finance 9 to 5, which is a very male-dominated field. Now I’m surrounded by so many extremely talented and creative women, and that’s been really cool to be a part of.

Beachwaver: What has been your favorite event you’ve done through Rescue in Style?

Christine: I put together a ‘bring your dog to yoga’ event, which was really fun. And I recently did a ‘dog spa day’ at a dog-friendly spa in Chicago where all the proceeds benefitted a shelter in the area. Coming up, I’m doing a ‘crafts for dogs’ event—everyone will make some sort of dog toy, and all the toys will be donated to local shelters.

Beachwaver: What are some of your favorite brands you’ve worked with and why?

Christine: I have to give a shout-out to my first-ever collaboration with Kovet Boutique in Glenview, IL. They took a chance on me when I was just starting out, and it’s a partnership I continue to respect and nurture. I also have a campaign coming up with EVEREVE, who reached out after seeing a photo I tagged them in. I’m really excited for that!

Beachwaver: How difficult is it not to adopt every animal you feature?

Christine: Luckily (and unluckily) my husband would kill me if I came home with like, nine dogs. About eight months ago, we fostered two kittens. We were supposed to give them back so we could adopt a dog…but that didn’t happen. And I know once I adopt one dog, the floodgates will open—I can’t have just one! So, stay tuned. I can’t say I won’t adopt them all after I adopt my first one.

Beachwaver: Do you know what kind of dog it will be?

Christine: I would love a greyhound—they’re like big couch potatoes! People think because they’re fast and used in racing that they’re really active dogs, but they’re actually called the ’40 mph couch potato.’ They’re really chill, they love to sleep and they’re just really great dogs from everything I’ve learned.

Beachwaver: What advice would you give to other people with an idea for a blog who aren’t sure how to get it started?

Christine: Go for it. I feel like a lot of times people think, ‘I have to have this plan—I have to know steps A, B and C to get there.’ And I think you hold yourself back when you say, ‘I’m not ready for this.’ Well, you’ll never be ‘ready’—I was never ‘ready.' But I learned a lot along the way. So don’t wait any longer. Follow your dream, and enjoy it! 


Meet #beachwaverbabe Cara Fries (@marvelousinthemidwest)

Since The Beachwaver® Co. is based in the midwest, we couldn’t wait to sit down with founder of the popular blog “Marvelous in the Midwest,” Cara Fries (@marvelousinthemidwest). After trying out the Beachwaver® for the first time, Cara was a big fan—and we were big fans of Cara! Keep reading to learn what she loves about the midwest, some of her favorite beauty products and more!

Beachwaver: How did you get started as a blogger?

Cara: I started two and a half years ago. I originally graduated with a marketing degree, and I decided I had the resources to start a fashion blog. All my friends were pushing me into it. I was always a huge shopper—always wanting the newest and best things out there. It started as a hobby, but it’s grown and become almost a full-time job.

Beachwaver: You grew up in Wisconsin, and your blog is called “Marvelous in the Midwest.” What did you like best about growing up in the midwest?

Cara: Definitely the people. Everyone in the midwest is super nice. And I love having four seasons—it’s nice to get a mixture of warm and cold weather.

Beachwaver: What’s your favorite thing about Chicago?

Cara: I’m a huge foodie, so I love the food scene. I love the deep dish pizza (Lou Malnati’s is one of my favorite spots). And the shopping scene. I live right off Michigan Avenue, so I’m near every store you could possibly imagine.

Beachwaver: Who’s your beauty or style icon?

Cara: I would say Lauren Conrad. Growing up in the days of Laguna Beach and The Hills, I was always into her style, her hair, how she did her makeup. I think she’s flawless!

Beachwaver: If you could only take one beauty product on vacation with you, what would it be?

Cara: Definitely mascara—I can’t leave home without it. I love all of Benefit’s mascara, and I also use L’Oreal Double Extend Lash Extend primer.

Beachwaver: What is your typical hair routine?

Cara: During the week I normally wear it straight, which is my hair’s natural texture. But on the weekends or any time I do a blog shoot, I’ll curl it completely and brush out the curls.

Beachwaver: As a first-time user, what did you think of the Beachwaver®?

Cara: I love the Beachwaver®! I’d never used it on myself, so it was really cool to get to try it out and realize it’s not as intimidating as it looks. It made my hair a different kind of curly than my other tools, and it’s a lot easier and quicker than some of the other curling routines I’ve done in the past.

Beachwaver: When you need to, how do you unplug from social media?

Cara: That’s a hard question because I’m constantly on social media! One thing I would say is that my phone is on low battery a lot, so I think the best way to unplug is just to put it in the other room and let it charge, and this gives me time to focus on other things like my fiancé, or other work I need to get done or watching one of my favorite TV shows.