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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.”

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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.

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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. 

 


 
 

Does It Really Matter Which Hair Brush You Use?

There are so many different brushes to choose from, but did you know that each one has a specific use? 

Paddle brushes
A paddle brush is one of the most common types of brushes. “If you have finer hair, try brushing the ends of your hair so you don’t lose any volume up top! This is also a great brush to bring into the shower to use with condition to smooth away any tangles,” Sarah Potempa says. 

Synthetic brushes
Synthetic brushes are usually found in the paddle form, and they're best for thick hair because the bristles are sturdy. On the other end, natural brushes are best for normal or fine hair because they aren’t as harsh on the hair as synthetic brushes.

Wet brushes
“Using a brush with water can work great for all types of hair, thick, curly, or straight! You can use it while your hair is wet or dry. It’s best to use a paddle brush in the shower or with water and conditioner to reduce tangles. It tends to be easier to detangle with the help of the conditioner,” explains Sarah.

Boar bristle brushes
A boar bristle brush has tightly packed boar bristles. “The combination of nylon and boar bristles eliminates frizz and distributes your natural oil for a healthy shine. The cushion base is gentle on your hair and scalp and helps add a polished finish,” Sarah explains. The Beachwaver Co. On Set Styling Brush is a great option. 

Round brushes
A round brush is great for anyone looking for a blowout-like look. “A round brush is most effective when paired with a blowdryer. This combination will give your hair smooth finish, volume, and a lot of movement,” says Potempa.

Vented brushes
A vented brush can be used on any hair type. It's best when it is used for blow drying. “These tend to be found mostly in round brushes with spaces between the bristles for air to flow,” Sarah says.

Wide-tooth comb
“A wide-tooth comb could be used with all hair types but especially for long, curly hair. The wide space between the teeth will allow the comb to run through your hair easily and will also assist with detangling. With a wide-tooth comb, you won’t have to pull so hard, which will result in less breakage,” says Sarah Potempa.  Another great thing about this brush is that it's perfect for wet or dry hair.

Rattail Comb
“A rattail comb has a long thin side. This is best for when you want to get a perfect part and creating clean sections in the hair," explains Sarah.

 


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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 iron.

A flat iron will help hair to look sleeker.

5. Use a rubber hair tie.

A rubber hair tie will hold thick hair nicely.  They grip firmly and hold hair in place.

6. Try a half-up 'do.

Thick hair is perfect for a half-up hairstyle. It will take the thickness out of the bottom layer of your hair. The Half Up is the perfect solution to a half up bun.

7. Grow your hair out.

When your hair is longer, it gets heavier and will help to reduce the amount of volume.

8. Comb your hair with a paddle brush while you're in the shower.

Sarah Potempa says you should brush your hair after you've conditioned to get rid of knots, then again with a wide tooth comb once you get out of the shower to rid your hair of tangles for good.

9. Rock a center part.

A center part evenly distributes your hair. When you have a side part, one side of the hair appears much thicker.

 

10. Use a clarifying shampoo.

Sarah Potempa says this will keep your hair from being weighed down with grease and extra product.

11. Never leave the house with wet hair.

Sarah Potempa says you should "wait for your hair to dry all the way before leaving the house." Wind and humidity can all make your hair messy and dry hair holds its shape much better than damp hair.

 

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One tool, Three different curls

The Beachwaver is an amazing tool that can create a variety of different looks. With just one tool, you can make beachy waves, gorgeous curls, or vintage waves. For a looser, beachy wave, leave about 2" of your hair out when you clamp it. For beautiful curls, clamp the hair at the very end. For vintage waves, hold the Beachwaver horizontally and as you release the curl, pin the curl up with silver clips until they cool.

For a detailed, step-by-step tutorial to create these different types of waves, check out this video


 
 

Beachwaves at the Oscars

This year was an exciting year at the Oscars! One of our favorite parts is seeing the gorgeous dresses and beautiful hair and makeup on the red carpet. From Saoirse Ronan to Lady Gaga, beachwaves dominated the red carpet this year.

To achieve vintage waves like Lady Gaga, check out our tutorial here.

For more of a defined curl like Emily Blunt, check out our tutorial here.

To create more beachy waves, check out our tutorial here.


 
 

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 oil in the hair that's left over from products.

3. Condition the right places.

Don't condition your roots, where oil is already produced. Condition only the ends of your hair, where it will help to smooth the ends.

4. Try dry conditioner.

Using dry conditioner on the ends of hair will help it look fresh!

5. Remember, less is more.

"I would focus on one or two great products to start and finish your hair, if any, and I guarantee you'll see more out of your blow dry than overloading on products," DJ Quintero says.

6. Add heat.

After blow drying hair, use a flat iron or curling iron on the ends to help the hair stay smooth.

7. Get a shower cap.

Using a shower cap will make it easier to shower and keep your hair out of the way. Jacquelyn De Jesu, the founder of SHHHOWER CAP, has introduced a new line of caps that are anti-bacterial, anti-humidity, machine-washable and come in chic patterns.

8. Style in your sleep.

Keeping your hair on the top of your head while you sleep will help give your hair a nice lift. Use something to hold the hair that will not leave a dent when you wake up. 

9. Spray the oil away.

Dry shampoo is wonderful to spritz and go. It will take away the oil and leave your roots with some nice volume.

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