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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. 

 

 


 
 

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.

 


Full article here.


 
 

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.

 

Full article here.


 
 

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.

Link to full article here.


 
 

Static Hair No More

In the winter, the dry air is unavoidable, but static hair doesn't have to come along with it. We have some tips and tricks from hair experts to help subdue the static.

1. Spritz On Moisturizing Spray

2. Use Dryer Sheets On Your Hair

 

We've heard it all before, and it works! "Another trick that always works is to rub a dryer sheet over your hair," Marino explains. "The way they work to prevent static cling on your clothes, it does the same for your hair!"

3. Add Hairspray


Aussie Sprunch Hairspray, $3.43, aussie.com

4. Leave Conditioner In

"In the shower, leave a little bit of your conditioner on the ends to add moisture to the hair while avoiding frizz," Potempa says. In the shower, with the water running, use a paddle brush to distribute the conditioner evenly throughout the hair. "This will allow you to de-tangle hair in the shower and not have to brush wet hair after," she explains.

5. Add Cool Temperatures

"Closing the cuticle will also help with avoiding static," Sarah Potempa reveals. "This includes a cool rinse in the shower and a cool shot from the blow dryer." 

6. Take A Dryer Sheet To Your Pillow

Just like Marissa Marino, Potempa says, "If all else fails, rub a dryer sheet on your pillow at night to help avoid waking up with static!"
Full article here

 
 

The Best Haircuts for Your Face Shape

Ever wonder what the most flattering haircut is for your face shape? Not to worry, we've got you covered. From a round face, to a diamond, square, long, oval, or heart face, there are hairstyles to flatter each.

Oval Face:

Women with oval face shapes can go with quite a few different haircuts. Sarah Potempa says that long layers allow for movement, especially when waving your hair. Also, by adding volume to the sides of the hair, it rounds out an oval face by adding width to the face.

Diamond Face:

"The best hairstyles will create the appearance of a fuller and wider forehead and chin, and soften the diamond shape," says Kristan Serafino. By tucking hair behind the ear, it's great to show off your wonderful cheekbones. "Go for angled bobs that are longer in the front and will cover the width of the cheeks," says Sarah Potempa

Square Face:

Enzo Angileri says a tousled bob is great with a square-shaped face "since it emphasizes layers and will de-emphasize any squareness."

Kristan Serafino also says, "The best hairstyles will soften the edges of the face line with wispy layers, sweeping side fringe, and volume at the crown of the head."

Round Face:

If you have a round face, you want to create height and length. "A hairstyle with longer layers will make your neck and face appear more slender," says Sarah Potempa.

Kristan Serafino recommends a center part, long bob, and short cut with a full top. "Avoid harsh angular styles, tight curls, and thick bangs that all shorten the appearance of the face," she says. 

Long Face:

Width at the cheekbones distracts from the length of longer faces. Sarah Potempa suggests side-swept bangs to help shorten the face. 

"A shoulder-length haircut is the most flattering—somewhere between the chin and shoulders.  You want to create width, which you can easily do with waves." - Enzo Angileri 

Heart Shape:

Long layers that frame the face can help compensate for a wider forehead.

Sarah Potempa says bangs are a great way to conceal a wider forehead. Styling your long layers "down and out," like curling them away from your face, will draw away from the width of your forehead.

Full article here.