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How To: Wrap Up Bun

The Wrap Up Bun is super simple to use, and creates a beautiful, elegant bun. If you'd like a cleaner, tighter bun, first put your hair in a ponytail. Then, open the Wrap Up and insert your hair through the hole. Pinch the hole closed and slide the Wrap Up closer to the ends of your hair. Once it has almost reached the end, begin to roll the Wrap Up closer to your ponytail until you get to the top. Once you get there, wrap the Wrap Up around in order to form the shape of a bun. Pull the ends of the Wrap Up together and pull your hair around it to create a flawless bun. Similarly, there is a Half Up which can be used to create a bun for half of your hair, as pictured. It is used in the exact same way, and also creates an adorable bun.


 

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!

Xo,

Logan


 
 

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!

Xo,

Lauren


 
 

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


 
 

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


 
 

LACED HAIR EXTENSIONS

What happens when you mix "I-do" Laced Hair Clip-in Extensions and The Beachwaver Pro? A super fun hair party! Lacy, who owns Laced Hair Extensions, spent the whole day with Sarah and Team SP to give everyone gorgeous long locks. After adding extensions, Sarah taught Lacy all about The Beachwaver Pro and the results were beautiful! 

Lacy offers only the finest quality human, remy hair. Along with selling the I-do Clip-in Extensions, she also sells Kera-tip (fusion), I-tip Laced Locks, Micro wraps, beaded wefts and tape ins. Another reason we love her company even more is that she offers stylist and student training worldwide and online. For more information, you can visit http://lacedhair.com or email them at info@lacedhair.com. Check out their beautiful before and after shots! Happy styling! 

 *Please Note: We recommend only using The Beachwaver Pro or heat styling tools on human hair extensions.


 
 

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.
Xo,
Sarah


 
 

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.