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Get the Look: Fishtail Half Up

Add a spin on the classic half up hairstyle with Fishtail braided strands, and beachwaves - simple, classy, yet unique. 
Before the braiding begins, grab your Beachwaver Pro to add those beachywaves.
Half Up Crown Braid:
Step 1: Grab a small portion of hair on the right side of your head and separate into two equal sections. 
Step 2: Pull a skinny strand from the left section, and cross that strand over to the section on the right. Then pull a skinny strand from the right section and cross that strand back over to the left section.
Step 3: Repeat, pulling strands from opposite sides, until your fishtail reaches the ends of your hair. Hold braid in place with a bobby pin while you braid the other side.
Step 4: Recreate the braid on the left side of your head with another small portion of hair.
Step 5: After both braids are completed, merge the two and finish with a regular three strand braid.

 


 

Get the Look: Fishtail Braid Bun

Fishtail braids are the perfect way to spruce up your everyday hairstyle. Don't let the intricate look intimidate you from trying it out for yourself! 

Classic fishtail braid:

1: Prep damp hair with a flexible mousse, like Aussie Sprunch and Leave-In Conditioner. Gather all your hair over to one side of your head, and separate your hair into two equal sections on that side.

2: Pull a skinny strand from the left section, and cross that strand over to the section on the right. Then pull a skinny strand from the right section and cross that strand back over to the left section.

3: Repeat, pulling strands from opposite sides, until your fishtail reach the ends of your hair. To create a fuller, messy style, lightly tug the braid, tugging pieces outward to loosen them. 

Fishtail bun:

1: Weave a classic fishtail at the nape of your neck.

2: Coil it into a bun, and pin in place with hairpins.

3: Spritz on light-hold hairspray.


 
 

Holiday Gift Guide

The Selfie Savvy Gifts

1. Help Your Selfie - sarahpotempa.com

2. Selfie 3-in-1 Photo Lenseolloclip.com

3. Digital Energy Blue Tooth Selfie Stick - radioshack.com

The Sun Seeker

1. BEACHWAVER®PROsarahpotempa.com

2. Barkley Sunglasses - warbyparker.com

3. Tres Chic Park Ave Princess™ Contour Palette- tarte.com

The Sleek & Chic

1. Get Gorgeous & Gosarahpotempa.com

2. Lipsurgence™ Lip Tinttarte.com

3. Ceramic Styling Ironsarahpotempa.com

The Yogie

1. The WRAP UP®sarahpotempa.com

2. Namaste Bandmantraband.com

3. Mandala Travel Yoga Ruglaviebohemeyoga.com

The Jet-Setter

1. Mini On Set Styling Brushsarahpotempa.com

2. Polka Dot Journalsugarpaper.com

3. Jet-Settersarahpotempa.com

The Guys

1. The Half Upsarahpotempa.com

2. The Art of Shaving Starter Kit - macys.com

3. Big Red Slim Wallet - bigbeardcombs.com


 
 

Steal that Updo!

Get ready to rock some red carpet looks today on the Real! Today, I showed Adrienne and the girls how to steal their favorite celebrity updos. The three looks that we recreated included Kerry Washington's faux bob, Gwen Stafani's Top Knot, and Jessica Alba's low chignon style. The best part was that we styled all three looks in under 4 minutes...for real! You can watch the segment below to see how to create them for yourself. 


 
 

Beachwaves and Bunnies

One of my best friends, Diana, has the most beautiful hair. Long, thick and shiny; her hair looks amazing in every style. However, as a typical college student she’s always pressed for time and it’s hard for her to find ways to style so much hair without it being painfully time consuming.

This last weekend the two of us decided to take a trip a few minutes out of State College to a local petting zoo! Before leaving, Diana was just gonna throw her hair up into a ponytail because she didn’t have the patience to straighten or curl it herself. I offered to Beachwave her hair and promised it wouldn’t take more than twenty minutes and she was thrilled with the results!



I sectioned her hair quickly with my Darby Hair Clips and was able to Beachwave her entire head, as promised, within twenty minutes. Her waves looked perfectly loose and chic and lasted through both the wind and crisp weather. We both physically couldn’t be more in love with this amazing styling tool!

Xo,

Logan


 
 

Batia tries the half up

This week I tried the Half Up and I was so impressed with how well it worked! I tried it out on my friend Batia because she has very thin hair, which is perfect for the Half Up. Since it’s a smaller version of the Wrap up, you simply take the top layer of your hair and put it through. Then you start from the bottom and roll it up until you are at the top of your head and curve the ends of the Half Up inward. It’s so easy to do and the Half Up is very small, making it incredibly easy to just put in your purse and use whenever you want!

The Half Up made it so easy for Batia to get ready for her day. All she had to do to complete her look was curl the bottom layer of her hair and then put the top layer into the Half Up. The Half Up comes in three different colors, which is great because that means it’ll never clash with your hair color or show whatsoever! All that anyone else can see is a cute, petite bun and a stylish look.

The Half Up made it easy for Batia to look put together and stylish as she began her day. Also, since it’s small and easy to use, she had no problem using it and still getting to class in the morning on time. With only a few simple steps, she used it and had a great, classic hairstyle in no time.

My friends and I simply loved the Half Up because it gives you the ability to have a classic bun and have part of your hair down, straight or curly. It truly gives you the best of both worlds!

Xo,

Lauren


 
 

POPSUGAR: #100HairDays

Love this article by  on Popsugar to cover my 100 hairdays challenge! See the full article:

 

 

100 Days of Beach Waves, Braids, and Rainbow Hair

You know the drill: your alarm goes off, you snooze, finally get out of bed, shower, and then head to your vanity where you think, "What the heck am I going to do with my hair today?" Wearing the same style over and over again (I know I rely on the low ponytail way too much) can be totally boring, especially during Halloween and holiday party season. When I saw celebrity hairstylist Sarah Potempa dominate the 100-day hair challenge on Instagram, I was totally inspired. Sarah is the genius behind the Beachwaver curling iron (my personal favorite — it spins on its own!), as well as a plethora of other handy tools, including a portable hair iron. She took on this challenge wholeheartedly sharing looks that included innovative braids, waves, bold colors, and retro influences. It's pretty epic.

"I have always loved braiding hair, painting, DIY art, and home-decorating projects," she told me. "I love the concept of 'hair as art' and find it to be such a moldable, creative medium. I drew inspiration from old Hollywood imagery, nature, and my celebrity clients. One of my favorite portions of the #100HairDays was creating different hairstyles from over the decades. A celebrity makeup artist and friend of mine, Gianpaolo, wanted to do my makeup, so we teamed up on creating some of the '20s-'60s looks, which was such a treat! Aside from the decades series, I also had fun creating the long pink fishtail braid and wearing funky colored wigs!"

One of the things she learned from doing this was that it's a real commitment. Even if it was 11 p.m., she made sure to post a new photo so as not to let her Instagram followers down. And would she do it again? Totally, she confirmed. "I know that hair can change the way you look, because I change the hair of my clients all the time, so it was interesting to see how you can be perceived differently when you change your hair," she explained. "My goal was to always be creative so that meant styling my hair in looks I've never thought of trying before, even if that meant stepping out of my hair comfort zone."

See the full article and pictures HERE


 
 

Wrap Up Around the World: Disneyland!

Disneyland is a great place to get away and spend quality time with family and friends. I love wearing my minnie ears, trying to do something new each trip (I tried the seasonal Cheddar Cheese Ale soup at the Pacific Wharf), and planning silly poses for the ride photos.

Like any other event, getting ready is part of the fun! Since it was going to be a sunny day, I did not want to take any chances of having hair issues (Frizzy hair alert!). I wore my hair in my wrap up and kept a few strands hanging in the front.

Not to show off, but I have many pairs of minnie ears (How can anyone resist buying them?!) After the final touches on my wrap up bun, I threw my polka dot minnie cap on and left my house to enjoy a day at the happiest place on earth.

I could not be more happy with my wrap up! It stayed in place throughout the day and endured California Screamin’, the Matterhorn and lots of running around with my little cousins. Keeping in mind that my hair is thick and curly and sometimes hard to manage so that is why the wrap up is getting the highest praise from me.

Toward the end of the day, I needed to touch up on makeup and hair. My touch up ended up turning into a tutorial on how to use the wrap up! I was showing my cousin how to use it and a woman at another mirror started watching. It was so great to spread the word in that way!

I took pictures at my favorite spots at Disneyland and California Adventure. The first one is at the Sleeping Beauty castle because she is my favorite princess! My second favorite place is the Pacific Wharf, because of the yummy bread bowls. Where will my wrap up bun go next?!