7 Hair Products Celebrity Stylist Jen Atkin Swears by for Easy At-Home Waves

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Beach waves are the hairstyle of summer for more than one reason. Yes, for those of us with naturally wavy hair, it’s easier to just let our manes air dry when temps are flirting with 95-degrees. But for the rest of us with stick straight locks, beach waves are also super easy to achieve. And no, it doesn’t have to require a flat iron or even knowing how to French braid your own hair (which is way harder than it looks, TBH).

The queen of waves, aka celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin, recently took to IGTV to show us just how to get those fresh-from-the-sea bends right out of the shower with nothing but our hands, a blow dryer and a few wave-creating products. And although Atkin has her own amazing haircare line called OUAI, she sings the praises of a few other brands too.

Here, we break down the three easy steps and everything she suggests to achieve “accordion waves.” Long live beach hair.

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Violet Grey/Dermstore/Revolve

Step 1: Add Volume

First, Atkin parts her towel-dried hair down the middle and sprays a few pumps of her best-selling OUAI Wave Spray throughout the layers. This creates a bit of grit and hold (as if you just got out of the ocean), which will come in handy for molding your waves. Have fine hair? She suggests either Christophe Robin Volume Mist Water (which hydrates while it volumizes for hours) or Briogeo Blossom & Bloom Ginseng + Biotin Volumizing Spray (which increases hair thickness without making it feel sticky or stiff).

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Saks Fifth Avenue

Step 2: Fold Hair And Blow Dry

Next, separate each side of your hair in half and begin working on the underneath sections first. Atkin suggests using the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer on the highest heat setting (don’t worry, its super high-tech motor won’t damage your hair or burn your hand) and then folding sections of hair back and forth (like an accordion), cupping and blasting with the blow dryer for a few seconds. Repeat until each wave is about 85 to 90 percent dry, letting it air dry the rest of the way. Note that Atkin creates looser waves on the underside of her hair (so it “doesn’t get huge,”) and grips hair tighter on the top sections for a more pronounced wave where you can see it.

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Saks Fifth Avenue/Dermstore/Violet Grey

Step 3: Add A Finishing Cream Or Wax

Once finished waving her locks, Atkin adds more hold and texture with OUAI Finishing Crème or OUAI Matte Pomade, which she suggests for medium hair types. Have extra thick strands? Go for Sachajuan Matt Wax, which tends to be a bit heavier. And if your hair is finer, just stick to the above volume sprays as to not weigh it down.

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