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Bobbie's Buzz: Favorite Finds!

Wrap Up
"This is a must-have tool for a fun, temporary hair transformation. Slip the end of your hair through the opening in the tool and roll it up to create the illusion of a short, faux bob. Simply secure in place by turning the edges inward." 

Beachwaver Pro
"This miracle tool will create loose, beach-y waves with the touch of a button — so of course we had to test it out in the Bahamas! Simply clip a lock of hair onto the barrel like you would a normal curler and let the waver do all the work. It automatically rotates and gently twirls your tresses into perfect, soft spirals. "


MBFW: Ashley Benson Beachwaved Lob

I absolutely love using the Beachwaver S1 on short hair! It adds a new element to the short style that gives it great dimension. I styled Ashley Benson's lob for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York this past week. The textured waves looked great with her awesome hair cut! 


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.



Pop Sugar 8 Bridal Looks

Pop Sugar followed my 100 days of hair challenge and asked me to do another challenge for them. Since it's wedding season, they wanted me to create 8 completely different themed bridal looks on myself! I took on the challenge and included a how to for these very versatile looks that any bride can achieve! Click here to see all the styles and to learn how you can do them yourself. 


Beachwaver S1: LA Launch Party

We had such an amazing night at our Beachwaver S1 Launch Party this past week in Los Angeles! We had the event at The London West Hollywood on their gorgeous rooftop terrace! The sunset, palm trees, pool, and fire pits were the perfect landscape for our Beachwaver party! Guests enjoyed passed hors d’oeuvres and drinks while our stylists showed off the brand new Beachwaver S1 with complimentary stylings. Thank you to all who came out to make this event so special!


Anna Chulmsky at Veep Red Carpet

Braided crowns are sure to dazzle, and Anna Chulmsky looked striking at the premier of Veep! With a royally inspired up-do like this, you are sure to turn heads at any event, big or small.

For more on how to get the full look, check out

Here are some of my tips on how to get this look:

1. Brush hair out with the On Set Styling Brush to detangle all the hair.

2. Start in the lower back right of the hair and section out a clean semi-circle up. Hold remaining hair away with the Darby Clip.

3. French braid by taking three pieces and going right over middle left over middle, while adding pieces from the root. Continue to French braid along the hairline all the way around to the other ear. Release the clip when you get to the hairline to add that hair in.

4. Once all the hair is in the French braid, apply Aussie's Miraculously Smooth Tizz No Frizz Gel to the ends to make sure all the layers get in the braid. Wrap the tail end of the braid around to follow the braid and tuck it under. Secure with hair pins.


Hollywood Life: Retro Waves

I love Hollywood Life's get the look features! They show how to achieve the same looks you see on the red carpet with no glam squad required! This week they showed how to get Jennifer Lopez's retro waves by using the Beachwaver Pro! For the entire how to, click here!


How To: Doctors Edition

Not many people like going to 'the doctor's office,' but it is a blast when you get to spend the day with The Doctors! On the show, I showed the Doctors how to make your thin hair look fat. If you want add volume without using extensions or paying salon prices, use these three hair hacks. These tricks will be sure to give you voluminous hair in no time!

Braids, can sometimes make your hair look thinner but there is a the solution: 

Pancake Method


  • Add texture beforehand by adding dry shampoo to ends. 
  • Use two or three strands to braid.
  • Use tight braids to start, so pulling will make hair look thicker.
  • Once braided, pull each loop out a little bit to get big texture throughout.If you don't have time to worry about your hair in the morning then your solution is: 

    Overnight Buns
    • You can shower before bed to wet your hair.
    • Section your hair and begin to twist your hair away from your face forming 3 buns.
    • In the morning, untwist and style to achieve the gorgeous waves.

    If you love to wear your hair in a ponytail but it's been lacking the fullness, your solution is:

    Double Ponytail

    • Section your hair in two and use the top section to make your first ponytail
    • Gather the bottom section of hair and create a second ponytail underneath the first
    • Back brush the top ponytail and add curls in different sections, giving you a voluminous ponytail sure to turn heads