Hair

The colours, cuts and 5-minute hair hacks that Chrissy Teigen’s hairstylist swears by

Don’t know Jen Atkin? Prepare to have your mind/shoulder-grazing bob blown.

By Ellie McDonald

Chrissy Teigen, Kim Kardashian West, Sofia Vergara, Jessica Alba… these are just a handful of famous manes celebrity hair stylist Jen Atkin lists as her most loyal, best-tressed clientele.

Not only that, but as Hollywood’s go-to hair authority, OUAI Haircare founder Jen knows a thing, err, or seven about styling up those strands in next to no time, all while looking as effortless as a head of just-walked-out-of-the-surf beach waves.

Here, she reveals to Now To Love the hair hacks set to up your mane game, the cuts and colours to hit your own stylist up for, and the secret to faking voluminous tresses in the time it takes to blowdry your hair.

Jen sandwiched between two of her tressed-to-impress clients, Chrissy Teigen and Khloe Kardashian.
Jen sandwiched between two of her tressed-to-impress clients, Chrissy Teigen and Khloe Kardashian.

What’s your best, and fastest, hair hack for faking voluminous hair?

A few things come to mind for me (think changing your part, using hot rollers, back-brushing, sleeping in a bun…)

But the trick I use to increase volume is to change the part once I am done styling. For example, once you’re done styling the hair with a middle-part, flip the hair to create a side part and you will have more volume for your part.

Apply mousse to damp hair focusing on the root, then flip your hair and blowdry upside-down to gain more volume.

Jen hanging out with raven-locked Jenna Dewan-Tatum.
Jen hanging out with raven-locked Jenna Dewan-Tatum.

Let’s get real here: how often should we REALLY be washing our hair?

Determining how often to wash your hair varies by hair type. It's very important to not wash your hair too often!

Over-washing can strip your hair of any natural oils from the scalp that create necessary moisture to keep your hair healthy.

Kourtney Kardashian has been a long-time client of Jen's.
Kourtney Kardashian has been a long-time client of Jen's.

How can every woman nail that lived-in, messy, beach-wave look?

One of my favourite tricks for styling hair is ‘the clip trick.’ This is an easy no-fuss way to get incredible natural looking waves.

Spray damp hair generously with OUAI Wave Spray , then use duckbill clips to create a dent in the hair, pushing the hair up at the root, then clipping into place, pushing the hair up underneath it, and clipping into place until the entire head has been clipped and the hair is in an S-pattern.

Let air dry or blow-dry over them with a diffuser and remove the clips, scrunch and you’ve got beach waves!

Jessica Alba has Jen Atkin to thank for her effortlessly soft waves.
Jessica Alba has Jen Atkin to thank for her effortlessly soft waves.

What are the celeb haircuts and colours we should be committing to memory NOW?

I think the blunt bob is here to stay. I've been seeing so many women build up the courage to go short and it's a cut that looks good on just about everyone! Don't be afraid to go short, ladies!

Then, in terms of colour, go for balayage and dark roots. Always.