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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.

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.


 
 

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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