Ask an Artist | Hairstylist Jen Atkin

Want to update your look for spring without making a long-term commitment? Hairstylist Jen Atkin shares three easy to create hair styles that don’t require a trip to the salon. Read on for more details.





Sleek Hair

To get a sleek look, start with the right foundation for this style. I recommend using Clear Scalp and Hair Beauty Therapy Frizz Control Shampoo and Conditioner. It not only nourishes the scalp, but helps give your hair a great shine and smooth finish. After washing, rough dry hair almost all the way and finish with a round brush for sleek ends. Flat iron the hair using a CHI Flat Iron, mid-lengths to ends. This helps keep the fullness at the roots. Set a deep side part and secure with bobby pins. I love showing the pins for that edgy, yet chic runway look. Tame fly-aways with a light veil of Oribe Superfine Hairspray.


Half-up, Half-down

A half-up half-down style can be tricky because it can come across as too formal. The trick is in keeping the waves as messy and undone as possible. At home, you can rough dry your hair upside down to get as much body and natural texture as possible. You don’t need to take a brush to it. Once dry, work with your natural texture, and take a large barreled curling iron to large sections of your hair. For this look in particular, I love the Sarah Potempa Beachwaver. It’s great at waving hair quickly, but giving you that beachy, undone look. As you curl, tug the sections downward to make the wave loose and natural. Spray Oribe Dry Texture Spray throughout hair and secure a small ponytail, from the temples back away from the face.



Soft And Romantic Up-do

This style is best the day (or even two days) after you have it blown out with loose curls. Add a little dry shampoo (I love Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo) at your roots to absorb any excess oil and have your bobby pins ready! Start by spraying Charlotte Ronson A Perfect Mess Beach Hair Spray. It will help keep and enhance any texture or wave you have in your hair. Tease hair at the crown, and braid all your hair into four braids, two in the front and two in the back. Secure braids with small elastics. Then, one braid at a time, wrap and pin braids around your hair. Let pieces fall around your face for a soft look. Finish with a light veil of Oribe Superfine Hairspray just to keep everything in place. Keep a couple spare bobby pins in your bag, just in case you need to re-pin any pieces.