Prom Inspiration

Prom is just around the corner! An event like this takes a lot of planning, from corsages to the dress to the makeup…oh and the hair. The perfect look can take a long time to find but here is one of our favorite hairstyles that will suit everyone. It is the half up half down with some loose waves.  Inspired by the classy Bridget Bardot, it’s soft and pretty, complimenting all face shapes.

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Step 1) Prep
Start off with clean hair and apply heat protectant while your hair is damp. If you have naturally tight curls, you’ll want to loosely blow-dry it straight.

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Step 2) Tease
Take a section around the crown of your head and clip it up. Section our horizontal lines and take the Prep It Comb to tease each section at the top. Remember to only push the hair down when teasing.

120101_EA_SP_07_0150_darby_open_standStep 3) Ready to Curl!
Split hair into down the middle into two sections and work your way up each side. Select the side of hair that you are curling L for Left and R for Right. With one inch sections, clamp the hair so that the ends face away from you and press GO. Take your finger off the Go button to stop the rotation.

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Step 4) Repeat
Repeat on the other side. Once all of your hair is cool, lightly run your fingers through your curls to loosen them up.

Step 4) Pin
Take two pieces from the top and pin in place. For extra hold, you can hairspray your bobby pins first and it creates a stronger grip to the hair.

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Step 5) Finish
Finish with some flexible hairspray and shine spray to lock in the curls.

But the most important thing to remember is always be yourself and have fun!

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Coac(HELLA) Chic

Coachella 1 Sarah Potempa Beachwaver Wrap Up Flower CrownCoachella, the most anticipated and chic music festival of the year, wrapped up its first weekend this past Sunday in Indio, California. Part two of the festivities begin this upcoming weekend (April 19th-20th). Since we couldn’t be there this year among the crowds of fashionable bohemian babes, we decided to bring Coachella to us!

Our favorite hair trend and Coachella essential that we can’t get enough of, is the flower headband. We recreated the classic look two different ways, using the BEACHWAVER and WRAP UP.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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)

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 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.

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


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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 curls

Step 6) Add your flower crown and you’re done!

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

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Intern Ali: Spring Essentials

Spring On with this Season’s Beauty and Hair Essentials!
SE-01Are you packing for Spring break or just trying to vamp up your style for the warmer weather?? Check out Intern Ali’s take on her “Top Spring Essentials.
Tweet AliTweet us your go-to products in beauty and hair this season @sarahpotempa, #SPSpringOn!



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Valentine’s Day Do’s
Tis the season of love. Whether you’re enjoying a romantic evening with that special someone or you and the girls are hitting the town, try something new with these fun and flirty styles to ring in the holiday of hearts.


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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.


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MBFW: The Red Dress Show

February is American Heart Month and the American Heart Association launched it’s “Go Red for Women” campaign to bring awareness to the issue of heart disease among women. The Red Dress fashion show brings together female celebrities and Olympic athletes to raise awareness of the cause. Our team was there last night, check out some of the gorgeous ladies in red!RedDress_Collage_Feb6_sm

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Emily and Grace attended BCBGMAXAZRIA on Thursday, kicking off Fall/Winter ’14 Fashion Week. The collection was filled with muted pastels and fur accents. Hairstylist Laurent Philippon styled the models hair with a deep side part and faux bob. Check it out the photos below and the video here!


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Past Grammy Glam

The 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards are this Sunday, January 26th. So, naturally all of us girls here at SP, Inc. were reflecting on our favorite past looks. Take a peek! We’re excited to see who stuns on the red carpet this year!


The 2013 GRAMMY Awards housed a lot of our favorites. Rihanna‘s gorgeous beachwaves, Taylor Swift’s soft and playful braided crown, Solange Knowles‘ au natural curls, and Florence Welch’s sweet low bun with textured pieces. Alicia Keys’ upside down french braid into a bouffant stunned at the 2012 Award show. Last but not least, the late Whitney Houston at the 1986 Grammy Awards where she took home her first Grammy for “Saving All My Love for You.”  Whitney’s hair was just as timeless as she was. Come back on Monday for a re-cap of our 2014 favorites!

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2014


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