Jen Atkin's 3 Easy Steps to Air-Dried Waves
Sure, celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin's three-iron technique produces effortless-looking curls on her clients like Bella Hadid, the Kardashians, and Chrissy Teigen, but there has to be a faster way, right? Yep! Check out Atkin's heat-free shortcut to a tousled (and no less sexy) look.
Use a gentle brush to detangle hair post-shower (try Sheila Stotts Removal Brush, $28; sheilastotts.com) and make a center part. If you have fine hair, work a volumizing mousse (like Ouai Soft Mousse, $28; theouai.com) through strands. On thick or coarse hair, apply a moisturizing styling cream. You're building hold, texture, and body here.
Spritz a wave or beach spray (such as Ouai Wave Spray, $26; theouai.com) over strands. Using two fingers like a curling iron, twist 1-inch sections around them; release after a few seconds to help set the shape.
On either side of your part, slip on three duckbill clips in a vertical row (we like Rickycare Rainbow Aluminum Duckbill Clips, $7/6; rickysnyc.com). The bottom one should hover above your ear; allow hair to dry before removing. Not only does this step keep the strands on top of your head smooth ("combating that halo of frizz," she says), but the clips create subtle bends in your hair, enhancing the tousled texture.