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Gifting for Girlfriends

 

You can kick back and relax because your holiday shopping just got a little easier. The ladies at 'The Real,' got real about some of their favorite holiday gift ideas. The Jet Setter along with the Get Gorgeous and Go Kit are on the list! To get some of these goodies view the segment and all the other fun gift ideas here


 

Hair Party with the ladies from Z-100

 

Before hitting the red carpet at Z-100's Jingle Ball in Philly, Carla Marie and Danielle Monaro stopped by our office! It was a fun afternoon of hair, lunch, and laughs! We tried out a couple fun and different hairstyles before giving them their final look. A crown braid for Danielle and a rocker faux hawk on Carla Marie, they both rocked it! 

As the hair party wrapped up, I styled Danielle with some beachwaves and a fishtail, on Carla Marie I went for the glam waves. It was a blast having both of these wonderful ladies over the office and I am looking forward to their next visit! Don't forget to check out Carla Marie's What's Trending Gift Guide for all of your holiday gift ideas!


 
 

It's a Beautiful time of year

We had a blast at Birchbox's Holiday Bash in Soho last night! Birchbox customers, thanks for coming out and getting styled by The Beachwaver! We hope you enjoyed your holiday glam stylings and learned great tips to look extra fabulous at your next Holiday bash or girls night out. Be sure to pick up any last minute gifts at Birchbox.

 
 

Polished Wedding Ponytail

 

A little patience and a lot of heat can straighten curly hair temporarily if you want it sleek for the I do’s and wavy for the honeymoon. New York City stylist Sarah Potempa applied a serum, stretched the strands, and smoothed locks with a flat iron before pulling hair back into the super-chic look.

 

If you want to see my tips on the full how-to be sure to check out Martha Stewart Weddings!

 

 

 


 
 

12 Days of Holiday Hair: Winners

So much gorgeous holiday hair, we couldn't just pick one to show you. Thank you to everyone who participated in our #12DaysofHolidayHair instagram challenge! From updos to glam waves, we had such a variety of spectacular hairstyles to chose from. Congratulations to all of our winners, and we hope you enjoy your fun new hair goodies! 

 

 

DAY 1 WINNER

Challenge- Cozy Sweater

Winner-  @vazz

Prize- Darby Clips

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DAY 2 WINNER

Challenge- Peace & Love

Winner-  @mr_mellos_wife

Prize- Darby Clips. Prep it Comb

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DAY 3 WINNER

Challenge- Boots & Beanies

Winner- @eweychert

Prize- Darby Clips. Prep it Comb, Half Up

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DAY 4 WINNER

Challenge- Throw Back Holiday Photo

Winner- @triciac520

Prize- Darby Clips, Prep it Comb, Half Up, Silver Stylist Bag

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DAY 5 WINNER

Challenge- Toasty Beverage

Winner- @famous.ri

Prize- Darby Clips, Prep it Comb, Half Up, Silver Stylist Bag, Get Gorgeous & Go

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DAY 6 WINNER

Challenge- Ornaments & Wreaths

Winner- @krisadamshaf

Prize- Darby Clips, Prep it Comb, Half Up, Silver Stylist Bag, Get Gorgeous & Go, Mini Touch Up Iron

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DAY 7 WINNER

Challenge- Stockings & Slippers

Winner- @karenbhofman

Prize- Darby Clips, Prep it Comb, Half Up, Silver Stylist Bag, Get Gorgeous & Go, Mini Touch Up Iron, Help Your Selfie

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DAY 8 WINNER

Challenge- Mittens

Winner-  @haliwoods

 Prize- Darby Clips, Prep it Comb, Half Up, Silver Stylist Bag, Get Gorgeous & Go, Mini Touch Up Iron, Help Your Selfie, Power Paddle Brush

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DAY 9 WINNER

Challenge- Sequins & Sparkles

Winner- @c_and_t_hair

Prize- Darby Clips, Prep it Comb, Half Up, Silver Stylist Bag, Get Gorgeous & Go, Mini Touch Up Iron, Help Your Selfie, Power Paddle Brush, On Set Styling Brush

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DAY 10 WINNER

Challenge- Favorite Christmas Movie

Winner-  @lainajoyce

Prize- Darby Clips, Prep it Comb, Half Up, Silver Stylist Bag, Get Gorgeous & Go, Mini Touch Up Iron, Help Your Selfie, Power Paddle Brush, On Set Styling Brush, Jet-Setter

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DAY 11 WINNER

Challenge- Who are you excited to see this Holiday?

Winner-  @trishavail36

Prize- Darby Clips, Prep it Comb, Half Up, Silver Stylist Bag, Get Gorgeous & Go, Mini Touch Up Iron, Help Your Selfie, Power Paddle Brush, On Set Styling Brush, Jet-Setter, Ceramic Styling Iron with Blow Out Attachments.

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DAY 12  GRAND PRIZE WINNER

Challenge- Inspiration Holiday Hair

Winner-  @vazz

Prize- Darby Clips, Prep it Comb, Half Up, Silver Stylist Bag, Get Gorgeous & Go, Mini Touch Up Iron, Help Your Selfe, Power Paddle Brush, On Set Styling Brush, Jet-Setter, Ceramic Styling Iron with Blow Out Attachments and a Beachwaver®Pro

 

Day 12 Runner up

@mr_mellos_wife

Prize- Half Up, Help Your Selfie Kit, Ceramic Styling Iron with Blow Out Attachment


 
 

12 Days Of Hair Giveaways

Win the entire collection and daily prizes!

 Here are the Rules:

1)   Take a selfie with the daily holiday hair theme

2)   Post to instagram

3)  Tag @sarahpotempa  #12daysofholidayhair

Complete all 12 Days to enter to win the Grand Prize Full Collection (Retail Value: $730)

 

Winner: Winner will be announced at noon the next day on this blog and will be direct messaged on Instagram.

 

Legal Rules:

Giveaway applies to residents in the USA only. Must have a public profile. Must participate in all 12 days in order to enter for the grand prize. Participants can receive only one of the daily gift from Day 1-11. Participants must have a public profile. Prizes will be shipped 2-3 weeks

  1. CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION: Prize is not transferable. Taxes on Prizes are sole responsibility of winner. For prizes valued $600 or more, the winner will receive a Form 1099-MISC tax form at year-end for the retail value of the prize. No Prize substitutions or cash redemptions allowed except by SARAHPOTEMPA, who may substitute a Prize of equal or greater value if advertised Prize becomes unavailable. Entry into this Giveaway constitutes entrant's agreement to be bound by the terms of these Official Rules and by the decisions of SARAHPOTEMPA, which are final and binding on all matters pertaining to this Giveaway. Potential prize winner (or parent/legal guardian if winner is a minor in his/her state of residence) will be required to sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility/Liability & Publicity Release within 48 hours following the date of first attempted notification. As a condition of entry, entrants agree that (1) the Giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook or Instagram; (2) any questions, comments or complaints regarding the Giveaway will be directed to SARAHPOTEMPA not Facebook or Instagram; and (3) entrant is providing information to SARAHPOTEMPA, not Facebook or Instagram. 
  2. NO RECOURSE TO JUDICIAL OR OTHER PROCEDURES: To the extent permitted by law, the rights to litigate, to seek injunctive relief or to make any other recourse to judicial or any other procedure in case of disputes or claims resulting from or in connection with this Giveaway are hereby excluded, and any entrant expressly waives any and all such rights. Entrants agree that these Official Rules are governed by the laws of New Jersey.
  3. WARRANTY AND INDEMNITY: Entrants certify that their Submission is original and that they are the sole and exclusive owner and right holder of the submitted Submission and that they have the right to submit the Submission in the Giveaway. Each entrant agrees not to submit any Submission that (1) infringes any 3rd party proprietary, intellectual property, industrial property, personal rights or other rights, including without limitation, copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret or confidentiality obligation; (2) includes any personally identifiable information of any person other than entrant; or (3) otherwise violates applicable law in any countries in the world. To the maximum extent permitted by law, each entrant indemnifies and agrees to keep indemnified the Sponsor at all times from and against any liability, claims, demands, losses, damages, costs and expenses resulting from any act, default or omission of the entrant and/or a breach of any warranty set forth herein. To the maximum extent permitted by law, each entrant indemnifies and agrees to keep indemnified the Sponsor at all times from and against any liability, actions, claims, demands, losses, damages, costs and expenses for or in respect of which the Sponsor may become liable by reason of or related or incidental to any act, default or omission by an entrant under these Official Rules including without limitation resulting from or in relation to any breach, non-observance, act or omission whether negligent or otherwise, pursuant to these Official Rules by an entrant.
  4. ELIMINATION: Any false information provided within the context of the Giveaway by any entrant concerning identity, postal address, telephone number, ownership of right or noncompliance with these rules or the like may result in the immediate elimination of the entrant from the Giveaway. Sponsor further reserves the right to disqualify any entry that it believes in its sole and unfettered discretion infringes upon or violates the rights of any third party or otherwise does not comply with these Official Rules.
  5. SPONSOR: SARAHPOTEMPA Inc. 600 Palisade Ave. Union City, NJ 07087

 
 

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.


 
 

Kate's Tousled Pony Is the Perfect Thanksgiving Hair Look: See It from All Angles

 

Kate Beckinsale isn’t the only famous Brit perfecting her ponytail game. Princess Kate stepped out with a pretty, pulled-back style Tuesday while fundraising on behalf of her charity in Norwich, Norfolk, and it’s giving us some Thanksgiving day hair inspiration. (And also getting us psyched for her upcoming visit to the United States.)

Kate skipped her usual blown-out waves for a loose pony with volume in the crown and undone, slightly-messy texture in the back. (Yes, royals can do messy too.)

And we’d like to think the expectant star did this herself (if you look closely, it’s not perfectly even in the front!), because we want to try out a similar style this holiday weekend. So we reached out to celeb hairstylist Sarah Potempa for some tips. Catch her rundown below:

Step 1: Smooth hair and add volume by bending your wrist while using a heated styling tool (Potempa’s Ceramic Styling Iron with blowout attachments is an editor favorite).

Step 2: Section hair from the top of the crown and back brush each section. Make sure to use hairspray to add volume to hair at root.

Step 3: Take hair from the crown and smooth into a ponytail, leaving the sides out.

Step 4: Create side part and brush side pieces over the ponytail. Secure with elastic over the first ponytail, this will keep volume on top while keeping the sides smooth.

Step 5: Spritz with hairspray (Potempa suggests Aussie’s Mega spray) to finish, leaving a long, lasting hold all day.