Hairstylist Sarah Potempa teaches us how to get the looks

By Jillian Ruffo
Updated July 12, 2016 08:04 PM

With the Rio Olympics just around the corner, we’re eagerly gearing up to cheer on Team USA from the balance beam to the pool and beyond! And so are the athletes’ families — who will be spending a ton of time at their home base, the Rio Olympic Village. And in order to keep them sitting pretty in the stands, celeb hairstylist Sarah Potempa and Aussie teamed up to create three amazing hairstyles that will be offered to the athletes and their families. We went behind the scenes with Potempa to find out exactly how the mane magic happens. Below, learn how to get the looks so you can wear them to all of your viewing parties.

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1. Braided Ribbon Topknot
First, Potempa ties red, white and blue ribbons around a tiny section at the front of the head. Then, she divides the hair into a zigzag part and French braids the section along it, creating a spiral shape ending at the crown. Letting the ends hang loose, Potempa pulls the rest of the hair into a high bun and secures it with bobby pins before wrapping the ends of the braid, ribbon included, around the base, pinning those in place as well.

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2. Bouncy Fishtail Pony
After spraying the hair with dry shampoo to add grip, Potempa creates a side part and braids a French fishtail along one side, finishing it to the ends. Then, she pulls all of the hair, including the braid, into a ponytail before waving the loose strands with a curling iron and scrunching it to add volume.

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3. Classic Beach Waves
To create her signature beachy waves, Potempa first preps the hair with heat protectant spray, and then curls the hair away from the face using a 1” curling iron. She then runs her fingers through the strands to separate the curls, and sprays dry shampoo all over to achieve a textured look.

Which style will you be recreating to watch the Olympic games? Tell us below!

— Jillian Ruffo