How To Get Perfectly Tousled Bedhead Hair
Now that you’re a fan of our how-to makeup series, we’re thrilled to present the first of many hair tutorials with celebrity hairstylist extraordinaire Jen Atkin. As one of the most in-demand stylists working today, Atkin is responsible for the locks of ladies like Jessica Alba, Khloe Kardashian, Zooey Deschanel, Gwen Stefani, and more. But despite her busy schedule, she took a break to walk us through some of the most requested looks from our readers.
In this series you’ll see everything from fishtail braids to polished chignons, all done by Atkin on real girls from our office, right here in the Byrdie studios. First up, Atkin breaks down the secrets behind getting perfectly messy texture. This style has a lot of names—French girl texture, bedhead, model-off-duty hair—and with a little practice, you can master it at home.
(Full disclosure: it takes a lot of work to look this effortless!)
Click through our slideshow for the 8 easy steps to pulling off one of the most popular looks around!
Next, you’ll want to create deeper bends in your hair, and lightly smooth the curls you’ve made. Working with vertical sections this time, use a flat iron to go over the curls and soften them, Atkin says. Then, create bends by lightly running the iron down random sections, briefly pausing and twisting the flat iron. Alternate twisting the iron under, or out, each time you pause. Tip: Keep your iron on a low heat setting while you’re perfecting this trick to avoid damage.
Warm a pea-size amount of matte paste in your hands and slide them through the ends of your locks. Optional: glide the remainder of the product through the bottom half of your hair for additonal separation. Atkin recommends Kevin Murphy’s Gritty Business ($35), or try R+Co’s Conformist Hair Paste ($27).
Set the look with hairspray and you’re done!
Check our other how-to’s here!
Photographer: Chris Patey
Hairstylist: Jen Atkin
Makeup: Lauren Andersen
Stylist: Laurie Trott
Model: Mary Carls, Clique Media Social Media Intern
Mary wears her own Gap denim vest and rag & bone T-shirt.