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Get the look: Vintage Waves

Who doesn't love gorgeous vintage waves? You can channel your inner Veronica Lake too by using the Beachwaver® Pro to create a roller-set. It's also a great look for Fall!

Here's what you need:

Step 1: Create a deep side part.
Step 2: Divide hair into three sections: Left, Right and Back. 
Step 3: Select "R" on the Beachwaver® Pro.
Step 4: Select a 1-inch piece of hair, clamp the hair all the way and the bottom and hold "GO" to start the rotation. Be sure to keep the hair in the same spot on the barrel, as you want to create a tight curl.
Step 5: Release hair and clip the curl with a metal duckbill clip. Repeat this and continue to curl 1-inch sections. 
Step 6: Allow the curls to cool. Make yourself a cup of coffee and enjoy while waiting!
Step 7: Remove clips, spray Aussie's Sprunch Spray onto your brush and brush the curls into shape.

Check out her amazing before and after hair! 



Friday Favorites


There are so many products that Team SP is loving this month and we wanted to share them with you!

Emily has been using Vemno, which allows you to pay anyone instantly and no trip to the ATM: "I love it because it's a fun and easy way to pay your friends!"

Grace is loving Big Sexy Hair - Get Layered hairspray: "It is a flash drying texturizing thickening hairspray. It works wonders on my fine, shoulder length hair. I like combining it with dry shampoo on day two beachwaves for a textured and voluminous 'do."

Brianna's been rocking Lipstick Queen Invisible Lip Liner: "I can use it with all of my lipsticks and glosses and it's so easy to apply. If you mess up, you can't see it! I love that I don't need a sharpener and I can also wear it alone to make my lips look plumper!"

Crystal always has great shades of lipstick. This month she's been wearing Mac's Mehr: "It's the perfect blue-pink nude matte lipstick!"

Alyssa swears by Clear Total Care Shampoo and Conditioner: "I've never used a shampoo and conditioner that has made my hair this soft! It smells so heavily and makes my hair super shiny."


Team SP


Natalie Dormer: She's Got Game

The stunning Natalie Dormer recently sat down with Yahoo Style for an interview about her character, Margaery Tyrell, on Game of Thrones and her new role as Cressida in the upcoming movie The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1.  She is very talented and was great to work with for this shoot. 

The clothing was very structured so I wanted her hair to be soft and a little looser. Using the Beachwaver Pro, I created waves, allowed them to cool, and brushed them out with the On Set Styling Brush. Also, my favorite tool, a wind machine, helped add some movement to the hair. For another option, we incorporated a messy two strand braid.

The amazing celebrity make up artist, Jake Bailey created a very natural beautiful look. Natalie was styled by  Micaela Erlanger in a few different elegant tops including a the Belted Fig Sleeve Top was Rosie Assoulin,  Ellery Raphael V Neck Top and Michael Kors White Silk Marocain Shirt.

I can't wait to see the new season of Game of Thrones and the new Hunger Games movie!









Selena Gomez: Sleek and Straight

This week, I styled the gorgeous Selena Gomez for the Adidas NEO Label Show during Spring Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week!

How to Get the Look:

First, brush out the hair with the On Set Styling Brush. Then, using Darby Clips divide hair into sections and start straightening the bottom and crown of with the Ceramic Styling Iron. For this look, I used the Mini Touch Up Iron to finish flat ironing the final sections in front. For a smooth finish, I used Aussie's Miraculously Smooth Anti-Frizz Cream. It creates a great shine. I always touch up flyaways on set with the Jet-Setter, which always comes in handy because it's so small, convenient and cordless!
Selena has such beautiful long dark hair and it was so fun styling it. I love New York Fashion Week and this was a great way to kick it off!
You can check out Selena's line of Adidas sneakers here.


Fall TV: Mindy Project

Mindy Kaling created and stars in her hit FOX sitcom, The Mindy Project, which is due to begin airing its third season on September 6, 2014. This funny girl is adored by fans across the country and is most noticed for her pure talent and ability to make anyone laugh until their stomach hurts. This brunette beauty shows off her beachwaved curls, styled by Sarah Potempa, at an event for Hulu. How can one woman have such a great sense of humor, a natural confidence that many females strive towards, and fabulous beachwaved locks? I guess some girls do have it all! At Sarah Potempa Inc., we love Mindy Kaling and are anxiously awaiting the season premiere of our favorite show on television! Xo



Get the look: 1960's

In the 1960s, hair was high and eye makeup was dramatic. Women were dressing in psychedelic prints and mismatched patterns. The popular hairstyle was the beehive, which was created in 1960 by Chicago stylist Margaret Vinci Heldt. Editors at Modern Beauty Salon asked her to create a brand new hairstyle that would wow the beauty world. Inspired by a velvet fez that she owned, she created the beehive. I love this era and I had a blast recreating this iconic hairstyle!

How the Look was Achieved:

Step 1:The hair was curled with a large barrel curling Iron, like the Beachwaver Pro. The curls were left to set and cool.

Step 2: Backcomb, backcomb, backcomb! The hair was then backcombed using a ratting comb through the entire crown of the head. They kept backcombing until the hair was nice and high.

Step 3: Once the base or “rat” had been created, they would take sections from the front of the base and smooth them back over the top of the rat and create a beehive shape. The sections were intricately placed and pinned discretely.

Step 4: The hairstyle was then sprayed with TONS of hairspray.

1960's Makeup:

Nude lips, heavy dark mascara and false eyelashes were important where the go to look in the 1960s. The bottom lashes were often painted to look longer. Popular eye shadow colors included green, blue and purple and pastel colors like corals, pinks and peach were used on their cheeks.


Get the Look: 1950s

Who doesn't like the classic Marilyn Monroe look!? It's one of my favorites!
What You Need: Step 1: Create a deep side part.
Step 2: Take a 1” section from top of hair, bang area, and curl under with the Beachwaver Pro.
Step 3: Roll up curl and pin to head with hair clip. Repeat this step.
Step 4: Work from the top of the head down. Make the sections toward the back of the head larger and the sections around the face tighter for a true vintage look.
Step 5: Let the curls cool completely.
Step 6: Take out all the metal clips and just let the curls fall but don't manipulate them.
Step 7: Carefully run your fingers through the curls to break them up.
Step 8: Take front bang section and brush hair together with On Set Styling Brush to form one big curl.
Step 9: Brush the rest of the hair out, and start creating and molding curls into waves.

My friend and celebrity makeup artist, Gianpaolo Ceciliato, had a great time re-creating this iconic makeup look.

Here's what he used:


Five Favorites: The Emmys

Our favorite look of the night was Modern Family's Sarah Hyland. As simple as high buns are, they add so much sophistication to a look. Styled by Brad Goreski, she wore a Christian Siriano white crop top and full orange skirt. Her nails are by Christina Viles, who used Essie nail polish to make her nails pop on the red carpet. You can recreate this amazing look using the Wrap Up.

Homeland's Claire Danes kept it sleek and simple. Her hairstylist Peter Butler styled her hair into a beautiful fishtail braid chignon. Her makeup was done by amazing Matin Maulawizada. She wore a beautiful red Givenchy Haute Couture gown, shoes, clutch and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry. See our tutorial on how to create a fishtail braid here.

Adorable mommy-to-be Hayden Panettiere not only showed off her cute baby bump but also a pretty textured updo by hairstylist Clyde Haygood. Makeup artist, Amy Oresman, gave Hayden a very natural look. The Nashville actress wore a shimmery metallic gown by Lorena Sarbu, shoes by Salvatore Ferragamo, clutch by Judith Leiber and Fred Leighton jewelry.

Natalie Dormer from Game of Thrones had gorgeous layered waves! She wore an orange and black fitted gown by J. Mendel and Sophia Webster heels. We also love her black manicure. The whole look was edgy and fun! You can get this classic hairstyle by using the Beachwaver Pro.

Kerry Washington of Scandal always walks the red carpet looking perfect and polished from head to toe. She wore a Prada dress and shoes. Her ombre choppy long bob and charcoal eyes looked amazing!


Get the Look: 1940's

One of my favorite hairstyles, is the double reverse roll of the 1940s. I love that I can use both the Beachwaver Pro and Wrap Up to easily create it! Hair in the 1940s was always perfectly styled and voluminous. In this decade, women had very complicated hairstyles to make up for the fabric rationing that impacted dresses.

What you need:

  • The Beachwaver Pro
  • All Purpose Clips
  • Bobby pins
  • Two Wrap Ups or Half Ups
  • Flexible Hold Hairspray, like Aussie's Spruch Spray

Step 1: Use the Beachwaver Pro to create a roller-set on the bottom half of the hair. See tutorial here. Brush out and mold the curls with the On Set Styling Brush.

Step 2: Divide hair into two sections, half up/half down. Then create a middle part on the top section of the hair. Divide those two sections.

Step 3: Using he first Wrap Up, create a double reverse roll on one side by pinching the Wrap Up at the end of the hair and rolling in. Fasten in place with bobby pins. Repeat this on the other side of hair.

Step 4: Spray hair with flexible hold hairspray.

Makeup in the 1940's was drastically different than that of the makeup looks in the 20s and 30s. Makeup became fresh and sweet. Redder than red lipsticks and nails were all all the rage. Prominent arched eyebrows were also big.

Whenever you are going for a more natural look, focus on your skin. Start off with a tinted moisturizer that will give you coverage and moisture. For more of a natural flush and glow, use a cheek stain like the one by Tarte in Tipsy. Finish with a bright red lipstick with orange undertones. Use a small angled brush with your foundation or powder to clean up any areas to get the perfect lip.

The amazing Makeup Artist, Gianpaolo Ceciliato, did my makeup. Here's what he used:

  • Nars Tinted Moisturizer in Alaska
  • Laura Geller Brow Pencil in Taupe
  • Tarte Lip stain in ‘Spirited’
  • Tarte Cheek stain in ‘Tipy’


Looks we loved: MTV Video Music Awards

There were so many hairstyles on the MTV Video Music Awards red carpet last night but a few, really stole the show. We spotted everything from beachwaves, braids to a to mini victory roll. Here are the looks we loved the most!

Beyonce and Taylor Swift both looked gorgeous with beachwaves! Beyonce won a total of four awards last night, including Best Collaboration for "Drunk in Love," Best Video with a Social Message for "Pretty Hurts,"  Best Cinematography for "Pretty Hurts" and the biggest award of the night, The Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. Taylor showed off a messy beachy bob before performing her new song "Shake it Off."

Ariana Grande had an sleek half-up hairstyle, a look she always rocks. She won the award for Best Pop Song for "Problem" and performed her song "Break Free" and "Bang Bang" with Nicki Minaj and Jessie J. There was also braids! We were obsessed with Kelly Rowland's braided hair crown and Ireland Baldwin's messy side braid. Kelly Rowland was nominated for Best Video With a Social Message "Dirty Laundry."

Gwen Stefani never disappoints when it comes to how she wears her hair on the red carpet. Her mini victory roll hairstyle really stood out from all the other red carpet looks. Nicki Minaj opted for a subdued elegant blowout, while Kesha looked amazing with edgy rainbow highlights.