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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.


 

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.


 
 

Pretty Little Beachwaves


Australian-born Glenn Nutley, is an internationally acclaimed hair and make up artist, who recently styled the gorgeous Janel Parrish for the 2014 Teen Choice Awards with the BEACHWAVER® PRO! Janel, who plays Mona Vanderwaal on Pretty Little Liars was nominated for best TV Villian. Pretty Little Liars took the award home for best TV show in the drama category.
She looked AMAZING! She was styled by Fashion Stylist Adeel Khan and wore a Contrarian New York two piece ensemble. Her stunning bracelets are by XIV Karats. We especially love her simple white painted nails! The beachwaves really completed her whole red carpet look. (Images from Just Jared)
Xo,
Team SP

 
 

Molly Sims: Beachwaves & Braids

A few months ago, I had the pleasure of styling Molly Sims hair with the Beachwaver. We had a great time and she fell in love with it! So much so, that she is wrote about it on her blog and called it her "Curling Iron Obsession!" It is so great to help teach how to get beautiful beach waves in only a few minutes. The only other thing Molly and I like just as much as pretty Beachwaves, are braids. I was so excited when she asked me to share some easy braid hairstyles. Check out a two strand braid and fishtail braid crown tutorial on her blog!

 
 

DIY PATRIOTIC HAIR PINS!

The Fourth of July is fast approaching which means BBQ, parades and of course red, white and blue!  An easy way to incorporate a little patriotic pride is to make these super easy hair pins using nail polish and bobby pins! First gather together all of the items you will need!  To make these pins, you will need bobby pins, a piece of cardboard or card stock, and a red, white and blue nail polish. For some extra fun, use a glitter as well!

Take the bobby pins and slide them onto the piece of cardboard.  This will help keep them in place while you paint them and make it easier.  Make sure the side you want to be painted is facing up!

It’s time to take your nail polish and paint the bobby pins!  Get as creative as you like, either doing all once color or mixing it up and making stripes by using small strokes of different shades!  Try to use polishes that will only require one coat so they dry quickly!

This step is if you want to add polka dots!  Take one bobby pin (unpainted)  and bend it into a 90 degree angle.  The beaded end is perfect for making a polka dot!  Then use an extra piece of cardboard or scrap paper and put a dot of nail polish on it. Take the bent bobby pin, dip the end into the dot of polish and dab onto the bobby pins you are painting in any design you like!

Let your newly painted hair pins dry and then style however you like!  Use just one for a little accent or stack up as many as you like for a fun, Independence Day look!


 
 

Summer Festival Hair

Summer festivals are the most anticipated and chic events of the summer. Our favorite hair trend and festival essential that we can’t get enough of, is the flower headband. We recreated the classic look a few different ways, using the Beachwaver and Wrap Up. 

Here’s what you’ll need:

Beachwaver
Wrap Up or Half Up
Darby Clip (to section your hair)
A Flower Headband (You can buy one but we love this DIY tutorial on how to make one by Lauren Conrad. Check it out here)

Flowers and Beachy Waves

Step 1) Beachwave all of your hair. Remember to let your locks completely cool before running your fingers through them to create loose waves and texture
Step 2) Place the flower crown directly on top of your head and voila! Coachella ready hair in minutes. 

Mix it up! Add a half up top knot using HALF UP and accessorize with your flower headband. See the how to video here

 Flowers and Buns

Step 1) Create a side part
Step 2) Beachwave all of your hair for perfect texture
Step 3) Secure hair into a really low side ponytail
Step 4) Using the WRAP UP®, create a low messy side bun
Step 5) Pull out front tendrils
Step 6) Add your flower crown and you’re done!

The only thing left is to add some festival worthy music! Listen below to this year’s amazing Coachella performers! Happy Summer! 


 
 

HOW TO: DANNIJO FAUX-HAWK

Dannijo’s Fall/Winter 2014 presentation was focused around the ballerina and the boxer. The theme coined BOXERina was brought to life at the Eyebeam Studios including a boxing ring set, the delicate dancers wore the fall collection of jewels (complete with tutus!).  Sarah’s vision behind the hair focused on marrying the graceful nature of the ballerina and the tough appearance of a boxer. She also wanted to create a look that would flatter from all angles while still carrying out the devoted Dannijo theme. The hair style was a funky faux hawk created with the Wrap Up and Half Up. Below are the steps on how she created this look, faux real.

  1. Spray a flexible hairspray onto the On Set Styling Brush and pull hair into 6 small pony tails down the middle of the head, in the shape of a Mohawk. Secure with clear elastics.
  2. Apply Aussie Miraculously Smooth Gel to roots to tame flyaways and add shine. The tightness will complete the ballerina part of the look while the faux hawk will represent the boxer.
  3. Using the On Set Styling Brush begin to tease each individual pony tail in a downward motion.
  4. Combining two ponytails at a time, use one SARAHPOTEMPA Half Up on the top two ponies, the WRAP UP on the two middle ponies and the Half Up on last two ponies. Take two pony tails through The WRAP UP/Half Up.  As you roll down, leave two inches of the ends out. Bend the ends of the Half Up/WRAP UP in, keeping the shape of the Mohawk. Pin in place.

  5. Repeat with the rest of the pony tails.
  6. Tease loose pieces, twist and pin around the bun to give the faux hawk more texture leaving ends out for whispy, undone pieces.

 
 

TUTORIAL TUESDAY: KATNISS EVERDEEN

Katniss Everdeen of The Hunger Games exudes tough girl chic in this five strand braid. Grab a friend, grab your bow & arrow, you’ve been chosen to be Katniss Everdeen this Halloween.

  1. Beachwave all of your hair for perfect texture
  2. Part your hair in a deep side part
  3. Grab a friend and create a five strand braid


  4. Start with the right and go over the inner piece and under the middle piece
  5. Move to the left and go over the inner left piece and under the middle piece
  6. Then repeat as you add hair to the outside pieces and keep tight to shape the braid around the nape of the neck

  7.  Continue straight down with the braid


  8. Finish off with a regular braid and secure with an elastic

 
 

Get the Look: PAMELLA ROLAND SS14

Ted Gibson‘s modern bouffant was inspired by Brigitte Bardot and the Cannes Film Festival, where much of Pamella Roland‘s own inspiration was rooted for her SS14 Collection. This simply, disheveled, yet elegant ponytail is easy to create in the few steps below.

  1. Spray a texturizing mist throughout hair to give it body and hold

  2. Create your deep side part by blowing front of hair over to one side

  3. Style part with “On Set” Styling Brush to keep it polished

  4. Section the top quarter of your hair away.

  5. Take remaining, loose hair and secure with an elastic band

  6. Release the top section and create 3-4 small sections. Using your SARAHPOTEMPA “Prep it Comb” tease each small section from mid to end. Once each section is teased, gather together and secure it to the already created ponytail with a bungee or another elastic band. Spray with a strong hold hairspray to finish.

TIP: Wrap or add your favorite ribbon/ leather piece around the base of the ponytail. Spray with a strong hold hairspray to finish.