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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?!


 
 

Brianna, Danette and the Half Up

This month is Down Syndrome Awareness Month, and I am proud to say my cousin Danette has that extra chromosome.

My cousin Danette and her family are visiting Southern California from Colorado. Whenever they come to visit we catch up over makeovers, movies and just plain laughing. Danette is turning 21 this year and my family is planning a country themed party for her. Her favorite country artist is Reba!

Danette is the type of person who does not like to spend a lot of time on one hairstyle (we’re related) so I showed her my new Half Up. The Half Up is perfect for Danette because she has very thin hair and it fit perfectly. After playing around with it, she liked her hair in a low side bun. We used the Half Up to do the cute low side bun, with a few strands framing her face. I showed her how to wrap her hair in the half up, and then twist it up to create that perfect side bun.

I think this hairstyle will look great for her birthday party and it will stay in place when she is line dancing to her favorite country songs!

A makeover would not be complete without makeup. Danette let me put a little lip gloss and eye shadow on her and then we snapped some fun photos. Danette loved her new hairstyle and loved posing for me and my camera.

My cousin Danette is someone close to my heart and my entire family is so proud of her. Danette and her sister Korie are like the younger sister’s I never had. Her passion, her dance moves, and her hugs are what make her Danette and I am glad there is a whole month to celebrate her and everyone with Down syndrome.

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The Half Up on Campus

What better way to start a Friday then with hot coffee and a cute 'do! My friend Bailey and roommate Sylvia are testing this theory. Cold and rainy weather is approaching here in Cincinnati, Ohio and these girls know just what it takes to overcome the harsh weather ahead.

The Half-Up is a major time saver. Within seconds, their hair is transformed from bedhead to chic perfection just in time to make it to their 9 am classes. A great addition to this look includes headbands, bows, and even cute clips. When the temperature becomes unbearable, keep rocking the do with the addition of earmuffs.

My friends pair their unique hairdo with their fab fall apparel and favorite Starbucks drink. What more could a girl want? May your Friday start out this fabulous too!

 

Xo,

Maddie


 
 

Around campus: Lauren

 

Hello all! My name is Lauren and I am from Chicago, Illinois. I am a junior at the gorgeous University of Arizona, working towards a journalism major with minors in, both, fashion and business and I am looking to go into the public relations industry after I finish my degree. Ever since I was younger, I’ve been obsessed with finding new ways to style my hair. I get bored very easily and love finding new ways to dress myself up. When I heard about the Wrap Up I was ecstatic!

I have incredibly thick hair and using the Wrap Up helped me make a clean bun with little effort or time. It’s so simple to create different types of buns for all kinds of events. Regardless of the occasion you’re using it for, the Wrap Up always gives off a clean look. You can use it for anything from high buns to low ballerina buns. I have trouble wearing my hair natural, due to its thickness and frizz so the Wrap Up was the perfect new hair accessory for me.

I simply wake up and brushed out my hair, put my hair into a high ponytail, and inserted the Wrap Up, following the directions that it came with. It was easy and I couldn’t believe how quickly my hair was done. It cut down on my morning routine and made it incredibly easy to get out of the house on time. This trouble-free and cost efficient product has made it so simple for me to go from my natural, thick and untamed hair to an effortless and clean-cut bun that I love showing off in public. It’s an incredibly product and easy for everyone to use. I could not be more excited to own one of my own because personally, I plan on creating new types of buns with it for every occasion!

Xo,

Lauren

 


 
 

HALLOWEEN: FABULOUS FLAPPER

This flapper look is all that jazz and so easy to recreate! All you need is the Beachwaver Pro, Wrap Up and this pretty feather flapper headwrap from Icing.

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. We have a great tutorial here so that you can see exactly how a roller set is done using The Beachwaver Pro. 

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.

Step 7: Remove clips, and spray hair with a flexible hold hairspray

Step 8: Using the Wrap Up, create a faux bob. Tutorial here.

Step 9: Spray hair with a flexible hold hair spray like Aussie's Sprunch Spray to finish off the look!

 


 
 

Sarah styles: Miranda Cosgrove

 

I was so excited when I found out I'd be styling Miranda Cosgrove for Big Morning Buzz Live! I used the Beachwaver Pro on her to give her bouncy beachwaves. Miranda has been promoting her partnership with the NFL as the Tweens/Juniors Apparel brand ambassador. Her makeup was done by the amazing Kristin Hilton.

 

Xo,

Sarah


 
 

Around Campus: LOGAN

 

My name is Logan Bykofsky, and as a new social media intern for Sarah Potempa Hairstyling Tools I couldn’t have been more excited to try out the Wrap Up this week on all my friends! Classes are in full swing already at Penn State, and my friends and I are always running out of our apartments and hustling from class to class and sometimes also dealing with extreme temperamental weather conditions. With such busy schedules its not always easy to find cute, easy and (most importantly) quick hairstyles that we can do ourselves before heading out the door every morning to take on the day.

I showed my roommates the Wrap Up this week and they were ecstatic! In less than two minutes my roommate had a super cute and trendy top knot that completely transformed her look from messy to chic and stylish. With just a hair tie and a brush in hand, the Wrap Up was able to work its magic on one of my roommates’ undone hair. She loved the Wrap Up because they could utilize the tool to make a messy bun to wear at home, to class or just for hanging out; but could also make a clean and tight top knot to wear on weekends or nights out in downtown State College. After testing out the product on her, she threw on a super cute headband to be the finishing detail on her new look and kept the Wrap Up in her hair for the entire rest of the day!

The Wrap Up allows for such a large variety of looks that all take only a matter of minutes to complete and it works on all hair types, as well as fits snuggly in your purse or backpack so you can change your hairdo on the go.

 

Xo,

Logan


 
 

HALLOWEEN: Fiesty Feline

 

We took the classic cat costume and put a spin on it by using the Beachwaver Pro, Wrap Up and fun faux leather cat ears!

Step 1: First, part your hair by sectioning it right down the center of your head with a Darby Clip and secure that section into a ponytail.

Step 2: Using the Wrap Up, create a bun at the top of your head.

Step 3: Gather up the rest of your hair into a pony tail right underneath the bun.

Step 4: Curl the ponytail with the Beachwaver Pro and allow the curls to cool.

Step 5: Lastly, twist your ponytail into one big curl.


 
 

Apple Picking & buns

My name is Bri Castro and I am honored to be one of the new social media interns for the Sarah Potempa team. I am currently attending California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and I am studying public relations and communication. 

I saved my socks for my feet and used my new Wrap Up to create a perfect up do for a day of apple picking!

In Southern California, fall season is almost nonexistent. The closest we get to wear fluffy scarves and pretty pea coats is simply pinning them on Pinterest. Fall fashion may be in our dreams, but there are still traditions to withhold.

If you have already ordered your pumpkin spice latte, made a trip to the local pumpkin patch, or like me, go apple picking then you are doing the fall season right!

I went to the Riley’s Farm to pick apples and to learn about the different types of apples they grow. I wore my hair in an undone up do using my new wrap up. It is amazing that I can style my hair in 5 minutes, and since it is over 100 degrees, the wrap up creates a perfect up do for this hot weather.

I spent the day learning about the different types of apples that grow on the orchid and their unique names, like “Red Fuji” or “Golden Delicious”. While I was picking apples, it was nice to have my hair out of my face, but in a stylish way of course.

Before I posed for some photos, I used my Mini On Set Styling Brush to take away any flyaways that I did not want. It is great to have this mini brush in my purse ready to smooth away my curly hair!

 Apple picking is definitely a must do for fall and I had a lot of fun learning about them! The Wrap Up has been added to my go to hairstyles and this trip was just the start. Where have you worn your wrap up this fall season?

Xo,

Brianna