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REGRAM this photo on instagram and follow the rules below for a FREE WRAP UP®! Friday, November 28th only.

Sarah is challenging you to a #12daysofholidayhair #instagramchallenge! Can you do it? She will be gifting #12daysofgiveaways!!! Check Sarah's instagram every morning starting December 1st for your #hairchallenge and the day's #giveaway! Here are the rules:

1)   Follow @sarahpotempa @thebeachwaver + @wrapupbun

2)   Like and Regram this photo

3)   Complete the Daily Hair Photo Challenge + tag @sarahpotempa + #12daysofholidayhair

Prizes are announced on blog and send a direct message the next day by 12pm EST. 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 and will be direct messaged on Instagram.

Legal Rules:

Giveaway applies to residents in the USA only. 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.


Holiday Gift Guide

The Selfie Savvy Gifts

1. Help Your Selfie -

2. Selfie 3-in-1 Photo

3. Digital Energy Blue Tooth Selfie Stick -

The Sun Seeker


2. Barkley Sunglasses -

3. Tres Chic Park Ave Princess™ Contour Palette-

The Sleek & Chic

1. Get Gorgeous &

2. Lipsurgence™ Lip

3. Ceramic Styling

The Yogie

1. The WRAP UP®

2. Namaste

3. Mandala Travel Yoga

The Jet-Setter

1. Mini On Set Styling

2. Polka Dot


The Guys

1. The Half

2. The Art of Shaving Starter Kit -

3. Big Red Slim Wallet -


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!




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!




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