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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. 

 

 


 
 

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.