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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


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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!"
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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.


 
 

Valentines Day Favorites

As Valentine's Day is coming up, we wanted to share with you some of our favorite Valentine's Day go-to's for the perfect date night:

1. Of course, the Beachwaver + Darby Clips are perfect to create beautiful beachwaves for your night out. In just minutes, your hair will be absolutely glamorous.

2. Royal Apothic Balmies and Tinties are perfect for creating a lip color that will pop and be sure to catch the attention of your date.

3. Butter London nail polish is incredible because they have every shade under the sun that would be perfect for Valentine's Day. What's your favorite shade?

*Be sure to follow our Snapchat @thebeachwaver for a very special Valentine's Day promo!

 


 
 

Hacks That Will Leave Your Hair Tangle-Free Forever

Tangled hair? Not a problem anymore! Check out these hacks to live life tangle-free:

In the shower
“Avoid adding water to hair that’s knotty beyond belief,” recommends celeb stylist Juan Carlos. Be sure to brush your hair before you get in the shower.

Another thing to keep your hair without tangles is to not go overboard on the amount of shampoo used in the shower. "It isn’t necessary to wash from root to tip to get shampoo ad-worthy hair," says Sarah Potempa. “The spot you should concentrate on is the roots — otherwise you risk drying out your ends, making them more susceptible to tangling.” After using conditioner, turn the temperature in the shower down. “Piping hot water opens up the cuticle, essentially making it easier for hair to knot,” Sarah says. She suggests thinking of the cuticle like shingles on a roof. “By sealing it with cool water, it lays flat and won’t catch.”

Post-Shower
Hair can stretch up to 50% more when wet, so it's important to be very careful if brushing it when wet. “Brushing wet hair without the right tools can tear the cuticle,” says Shaun Pulfrey. “And if it’s damaged, the cuticle won’t lie flat.” 

Styling
Blowdrying in the wrong direction can also cause knots. Sarah Potempa recommends pointing the dryer downwards, parallel to your hair. “Most girls blowdry their hair perpendicular to their heads, and wind up fraying the ends.” Frayed ends mean knots, because dry or damaged hair is more likely to get caught on itself. 

If you’re aiming for looser curls, curl your hair with the ends out. Tight curls are more likely to get tangled.

If you do come across a large knot, try massaging a hydrating conditioner into it and gently trying to break it up with your fingers until it loosens. Then, use paddle brush to get rid of the rest of the knot. “The bristles move with the hair and have a bit of give, so there is no tearing of the hair,” Tippi Shorter says.

Sleep
Brush your hair before you go to bed. “Girls will attempt to save a style by not brushing it, but that’s just a recipe for bedhead, and not the desirable kind,” Juan Carlos says. Braiding or tying hair up before going to sleep can help to reduce tangles — just be sure to switch up the position or style every night. “If you wear the same style to bed every night, over and over, you can end up damaging your hair because the ties tug at the same place,” Sarah Potempa notes.  Finally, a silk pillowcase can help to reduce pesky knots because hair strands won't catch silk. “No matter your texture, the key is to keep hair from rubbing on the pillow while you sleep,” Tippi Shorter says. 

 

 


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Hair Tips to Keep Your Hair Healthy

Do you ever wonder how to maintain your healthy hair? Celebrity hairstylist Sarah Potempa says, "Search for tools that have adjustable temperature and remember hotter is not always better. Pick the temperature that is right for your hair type and start lower before going up." The Beachwaver S1 has a temperature range from 290-410 degrees and the Beachwaver Pro heats up anywhere from 310-450 degrees. Choosing the perfect temperature for your hair will help your hair maintain it's healthiness.

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Lea Michele: Boxed Fishtail Braid How To

For Target's SoulCycle event, celebrity hairstylist Sarah Potempa styled the gorgeous Lea Michele with a boxed fishtail braid. A braided ponytail is fantastic for the gym because it keeps the hair in place, while looking fashionable and fun. The boxed fishtail braid may look complex, but it is actually very simple to recreate the look.

 

Another EPIC braid by the amazing @sarahpotempa for tonight's event! ?Love you Sarah! ?

A photo posted by Lea Michele (@msleamichele) on

 

 To recreate the look, follow these easy steps:

Step 1: Use the Beachwaver Co Ceramic Styling Iron to smooth your hair at the root before pulling the hair up into a high ponytail.

Step 2: Grab a small section from the ponytail and wrap around to cover the elastic. Secure the hair with a bobby pin. 

Step 3: Start on the 3D fishtail braid by splitting the ponytail in half. Take a small section from the right, separate it into two pieces and place one piece over the top of the left section. Then, place the other piece under and add it to the left section.

Step 4: Take a small section from the left, separate it into two and place one piece over the top and add it to the right section. Place the other piece under and add it to the right section. Continue to repeat all the way down for a 3D fishtail box braid.

Step 5 (Optional): Pancake the braid by gently pulling the sides of it to give more volume.


 
 

8 DIY Bridal Hair Ideas That You Can Do For Your Wedding

Your wedding day is one of the biggest and most exciting days of your life, so that means you want to look absolutely stunning. Sarah Potempa created these beautiful DIY Wedding looks for PopSugar Beauty that you can style on yourself for your big day. 

 

1. Hippie-Chic Waves

 

If you are going for a beach wedding, these beautiful waves could look amazing on your wedding day. To see how to achieve this look, check this out

 

2. Boxed Fishtail Braid

This boxed fishtail braid is incredible and to see how to do it, check this out

 

3. Plaited Updo With Fresh Flowers

This stunning updo contains both braids and flowers. To see how to achieve this beautiful look, check this out

 

4. Easy-Breezy Beach Waves

Big, beautiful beachwaves are always in style. To see how to achieve this look, check this out

 

5. Veronica Lake-Inspired 'Do

These Hollywood Glam waves are stunning and elegant. To see how to achieve this look, check this out

 

6. Brigitte Bardot Bouffant

This look is sophisticated, beautiful, and classy. To achieve this look, check this out

 

7. Carrie Bradshaw Bun

This big bun is an updo that will make you feel confident and beautiful on your big day. To see how to achieve this look, check this out

 

8. Crayola-Chic Chignon

If you are going for more of a bolder, colorful look on your big day, this colored hairdo is a fun way to style your hair on your big day. To see how to achieve this look, check this out