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Debut of Beachwaver S1 on The Today Show

Tuesday we launched our brand new Beachwaver S1 in style on The Today Show! Bahar Takhtechchia, editor at large of Self Magazine, did a fantastic job showing it off as apart of Tamron Hall's "Tuesday Trends". If you missed the segment, you can see the S1 in action right here! This new product, available exclusively at Ulta Beauty, is such an exciting addition to the Sarah Potempa family! Below are some specs outlining the difference between the Beachwaver Pro and the Beachwaver S1.




We are so excited to announce the launch of the BEACHWAVER®S1, Ceramic Rotating Curling Iron! Now available at ULTA.

Learn the differences between the BEACHWAVER® Pro and BEACHWAVER® S1 : HERE


Kristen Stewart: Sleek Short Styles

I've been styling Kristen Stewart all week for the premiere of her newest film, "Still Alice". With her newly chopped locks, I've enjoyed finding versatility in styling it! For this look, I went for a sleeker more everyday style compared to her red carpet look. It's amazing how changing your part can change your over all style so much! Watch her talk about her reasons for changing her look in her interview from Late Night With Seth Meyers here!

Kristen's make up was done by the always fantastic Beau Nelson! He added the perfect pop of pink color on her lips using Colour Pop Cosmetics lipstick Trixie and Anarchy lip liner from Urban Decay.


365 Days of Braids: Week 2

Double French Fish Tail Braid

Step 1: Pull your hair half up and create a *fishtail braid. 

Step 2: Start one **french braid on the left side and another french braid on the right side.

Step 3: As you continue to french braid, swap a strand from the right with the left over top of the fishtail every so often. 

*Fishtail Braid

Step 1: Part hair into two sections.

Step 2: Pull skinny strand from left section.

Step 3: Cross that strand to right section.

Step 4: Pull skinny strand from right section.

Step 5: Cross that strand to left section.

Step 6: Repeat this crisscross pattern pulling strands from opposite side.

**French Braid

Step 1: Part top of hair into 3 sections.

Step 2: Start braiding then add hair from left side to the outer most left section and include in the braid. 

Step 3: Repeat the same process on the right side by adding a section of hair to the outer most right strand. 

Step 4: Continue this pattern until all of your hair is braided. 


3 Bridal Looks for long hair

Finding your perfect Wedding hairstyle can be tough. I was happy to share my step-by-step ideas on transforming long locks into gorgeous bride ready looks! Read the how-tos below and be sure to check out Martha Stewart Weddings for the rest of the story!

Braided Updo
Step1: Frenchbraid
Step 2: Fishtail
Step 3: Wrap them together using the Wrap Up Bun
Long Waves
Step 1: Prep the hair
Step 2: Give it a curl using The Beachwaver
Step 3: Separate to finishing using the On Set Styling Brush
Adorned Updo
Step1: Set the band
Step 2: Roll the hair using the Wrap Up Bun
Step 3: Fasten and Tuck
Step 4: Finish it off with a gorgeous Jennifer Behr Odele fascinator


Julia Telles: Golden Globes 2015

The Golden Globes are always a glamorous affair with many different hair styles. This year I had the pleasure of working with Julia Telles, for her look I pulled inspiration from Old Hollywood Glam.

To achieve the glam waves:
1. Take a one inch section of hair and use your Beachwaver for the curls.
2. Roll each section up and pin in place.
3. Repeat until all of your hair is set.
4. After letting the curls set and cool, spray flexible hairspray on the On Set Styling Brush and brush into an S shape.
5. Style smoothly and tuck one side behind the ear for the finishing touch. 

Julia looked stunning in her Carmen Marc Valvo gown for the awards ceremony. Congratulations to the cast of The Affair on their wins of the night! 

Another great trip full of memories and fabulous hairstyles, until next time!

Xo Sarah


Jamie King: Polished 70's Inspired Look

I'm so excited that red carpet season is upon us. I had a blast kicking it off in Los Angeles with the gorgeous Jamie King! For her look, we wanted a simple polished style that drew inspiration from the 70's based on the tones of the dress and the beautiful earrings. Paired with make up by Georgie Eisdell, Jamie dazzled the Art of Elysium red carpet in Valentino with jewelry by Neil Lane. Here are the steps to achieve her red carpet look:

1) Create a clean center part.
2) With the Sarah Potempa ceramic styling iron (or jetsetter) smooth root in front sections for a shiny finish.
3) Start by sectioning hair up with The Darby Clips, tease sections and spray with a flexible hairspray.
4) Curl large 3" sections with The Beachwaver and brush out immediately with The On Set Styling Brush. Roll each section loosely up and pin in place.
5) Remove pins, spray the on set brush with flexible hairspray, and brush all the hair together, tucking each side behind the ear.


Xo, Sarah


Henri Bendel Photoshoot

Photo shoots are always a blast, especially when ravishing Henri Bendel hair accessories are involved. I had so much fun getting to style the hair for this particular shoot. Some of the looks I decided to go with were; beachwaves, thanks to the Beachwaver Pro, I also went with a sleek low ponytail accompanied by a gorgeous metal headband.  

Be sure to stay tuned for the finished product and check out the gorgeous Henri Bendel hair accessories!