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Pro Talk: Holiday Hair Styles from Celebrity Stylist Jen Atkin

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Try these at-home – 5 of the best Holiday hair styles from celebrity hair stylist Jen Atkin:

S-Waved Hair – Inspiration: Erin Wasson. HOW-TO: Best to use a Ryan Tools Waver Iron but can also be done with a 3/4 ” curling iron. I start by prepping hair with Charlotte Ronson Beach Spray for texture. Take 1″ sections and curl, use fingers to break up the curls, not a brush. This look is best topped off with a hair accessory. My favorites are JenniferBehr.com.

Slick High Ponytail – Inspiration: Jessica Alba (I did this style on Jessica). HOW-TO: Prepped with Fekkai Control Styling Gel at the roots. Comb hair into a high ponytail making sure the pony is diagnol to your eyeline and right at your crown. Take a 1 1/4 inch curling iron to the ends to give a nice bend. Finish the look by wrapping a piece of hair around the band securing the end with a small bobby pin. Goes great with a low cut dress or an embellished dress. A favorite of the Kardashian’s as well.

Ballerina Bun – Inspiration: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. HOW-TO:   Prep your hair with a wave spray, blowdry upside down, spray a dry shampoo (Klorane is the best) at the roots and on your ends. Use a Mason Pearson brush to brush hair into a high pony at the crown, wrap your hair in a clockwise motion to create a tight bun. (use a bump it, or hair donut if you have fine hair) secure bun with bobbi pins and pull at the bun to make it bigger. remember that hair photographs smaller in pictures, so the bigger the better. Take a comb and comb hair at the roots away from your head to make texture and finish with Fekkai Sheer Hold Hairspray. Love this with a floral or white holiday dress, especially anything with a collar.

French Twist – Inspiration: Nicole Richie (I did this style on Nicole). HOW-TO:  Prep hair with a volumiing mousse or spray. If you have long bangs this looks best with a side swoop part. Smooth out your hair with a Mason Pearson brush, take hair into a low pony (but dont secure with a rubberband) and twist the hair clockwise,flipping the pony upwards. As you twist, bring the ends of hair and tuck them in like you are rolling christmas wrapping. Secure the twist using large french hairpins. You can add a brooch or hairpin to the side of the twist to dress it up.

Updo With Headbands – Inspiration: Louis Vuitton Runway Show. HOW-TO: If you combine the ballerina bun and the french twist with these cute thin headbands, it wont take away from the rest of your outfit. Very flirty. I’ve found some amazing little girl headbands that work at Claires Boutique or the kids section at major department stores. Maison Michel accessories are my favorite – they have great items for holiday.”

– Jen Atkin of the Andy LeCompte Salon

Trend: Rainy Day Hair for Hurricane Sandy

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I wanted to post on fall scents, but it seemed frivolous with Hurricane Sandy on the horizon (autumn olfactory needs to come). So, instead, I’m rehashing a bit I wrote for Lifestyle Mirror last spring on 3 hair styles that actually work with wet and windy weather woes (ala hurricane conditions). Not that you’ll be needing a cute ‘do as the Tristate area readies for lockdown, but just in case you choose venture outdoors, work it out with one of these looks, courtesy of celebrity hair stylist Jen Atkin (the woman behind Sofia Vergara’s amazing mane).

Undone/ Messy: I find this look is best with a middle part and little volume. You want your hair to look effortless, as if it’s been blown out and slept on for a day, which is perfect for [these] weather conditions. An undone look is easy to accomplish with any length of hair or texture. Try putting your hair into a loose braid, spray Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray over it and blow dry the braid. Undo once dry and you’ll have tousled waves. Sometimes this style can tend to get a bit a frizzy. A trick to fight the frizz is to blow dry the top of your dry hair with a boar bristled brush and cool air from the blow dryer. This will help against humidity.

Updo: It’s best to play with ponytails and buns for a rain safe look. Try using different mousses and texture sprays to create a good foundation. My favorites are: Leonor Greyl Volumizing Mousse and Oribe Wave and Texture Spray. An easy bun to recreate at home is: Pull hair into a low pony, wrap the hair clockwise around the base of the ponytail and secure the bun with large french hair pins. Get a shiny or jeweled headband to dress it up! Just remember that no rules apply with this look. The messier the better.

Braid: If your feeling overwhelmed with the messy undone look, a braid is the perfect way to pull it all together. Whether a fishtail or french braid, it adds a fun flirty touch to the look, although I’m seeing a huge trend with fishtails at the moment. These styles tend to look best with a loose bang, a side part, and a bit of texture. Prep with Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray if your hair is too straight. The best part about the braid is that if your hair gets wet, you can take out the braid, add some beach spray, and you have instant undone, beach-chic hair.”

*Originally published here.

Fall Styles For All Lengths

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Celebrity hairstylist, Jen Atkin just returned from Paris fashion week where she was tending to the tresses of many of the fabulous runway shows.

I thought it would be helpful to get her views on what’s the next “it” style for every hair length.

Here’s what Jen has to say:

“Freja’s haircut is very popular.  It’s great for growing out short hair by shagging it up.  Saw this all over Paris this season.

Alternative for round faces is just a shag, no bangs.

If your hair is straight and long, best look is a below the collarbone blunt hair cut, no layers, again bangs are optional.”

Looks like bangs are the in-trend this season…

Will you be rocking them?!

How To: 80’s Hair

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Baby got hair.

Where’s Jennifer Beals when we need her?

Sarah Jessica Parker debuted this 80’s Flashdance ‘do on the set of Sex and the City 2. While shoulder pads and knee socks are making a fashion comeback, it looks like big hair is no longer considered a beauty blunder.

Jen Atkin of the Andy Lecompte Salon says that “the 80’s are back. Think Weird Science, Kelly Lebrock wild hair.”

To achieve the 80’s tease, Jen suggests starting with Leonor Greyl Mousse Au Lotus Volumatrice and a defusser to give your mane added volume. Then use a T3 3/4 inch curling iron once dried to define curls. Spray Rene Furterer Fixation Forte Strong Hold hairspray for hold and shine all over, including roots. Tease the hair, focusing on the crown of the head, with a Sheila Stotts Brush. Finish with another few mists of hairspray.

We have a feeling that this throwback ‘do is Aquanet’s dream come true.

Would you rock the look?


How To: The Wavy, Loose Bun

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This is a great look created by my friend, the fabulous Jen Atkin of the Andy Lecompte Salon. Originally worn by Mad Men’s Christina Hendrick’s at the Emmy’s, the wavy, loose bun is an easy and simple alternative to party-worthy hair.

Get the look:

Use PhytoActif Volume Spray on damp hair to create volume. Then, using a Mason Pearson Brush, blow dry section by section making sure to get any frizzy hair along the hairline.
TIP: Part the hair with a side part so it doesn’t look so casual.

Prep hair with Frederic Fekkai Sheer Spray (my new obsession) and curl 1″ sections in a vertical direction using the t3 tourmaline 1 inch curling iron. Loosen up the curls by shaking them out with Frederic Fekkai Full Volume Mousse.

Pull the back of her hair into a low pony, and make a loose chignon (bun). Secure with hair pins and gather random pieces from each side of the head and pin back. Keep everything loose and low so it doesn’t look too tight and “done.”

Finish the look by spraying all over with more Sheer Spray. The great thing about that hairspray is it doesn’t get too stiff and hair still holds but moves at the same time.

How To: Flat Iron Curls

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Out of the 900 plus posts that I have published on Beauty Banter, the one that garners the most interest is that of Nicole Richie’s Hippy-Chic Curls.

So, I’ve decided to post the full tutorial with step-by-step instructions and photos. Thanks to Jen Atkin of the Andy Lecompte Salon for demonstrating exclusively to BB on how to create flat iron curls at home.

Celebrity Inspiration: Nicole Richie, Alexa Chung, Lauren Conrad, Gwyneth Paltrow

Step 1: Air dry hair. If hair is curly, blow dry straight first.

Step 2: Section hair in 1 inch vertical panels from left of head to right.

Step 3: Using a 1 inch flat iron (Jen suggests the Chi Flat Iron), take the first panel of hair and starting 2 inches from scalp, put hair INTO the flat iron.

Step 4: Holding the flat iron vertically from the floor, twist down and in a backwards motion – for the left side of head, twist down, back and left. For the right side of head, twist down, back and right. *Always twist away from the ear*

Step 5: Release hair from flat iron and twist hair in backwards motion around finger, pulling while hot to stretch and elongate the curl

for the back of head, split it down the middle from crown to nape – left side curl in left backward motion, right side curl in backward right motion. Think Farrah Fawcett’s feathered hair – back and away!

Step 6: For a light hold, finish by spraying hair with Frederic Fekkai Sheer Hair Spray

TIP: To lengthen the curls even more, once you’ve completed the curl, use the flat iron over the ends of hair to create the straighter ends. The vertical “boho” curls give the appearance of longer hair.

Here’s how it looks from the back:

So, invest in a flat iron — you can take hair from straight, to hippy-chic curly and back to straight again in no time.

How To: Messy Ballerina Bun

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Hair maven, Jen Atkin of the Andy Lecompte Salon, along with my favorite DP, Noah Rosenthal, and myself, bring you this step-by-step tutorial for one of this season’s hottest trends: the messy ballerina bun.

Inspiration: Erin Wasson at The Costume Institute Gala, Model as Muse – Pretty In Pink meets Rocker-chic.

The Tools

Step 1: Blow dry hair upside down. Use a diffuser to give texture to flat hair.

Step 2: Wrap 1″ sections around 1″ curling iron to add bend
*TIP* leave ends out for a more messy effect

Step 3: Spritz a bit of texture spray or hair spray onto the loosely curled hair. Beach water from the ocean actually works best. It gives hair that messy texture.
Product Pick: Joico Texture Spray

Step 4: Rake fingers through hair – don’t use a brush as you want to keep the style messy – and secure in a high ponytail.
*TIP* place the pony off center; just above one of your eyes for an asymmetrical effect

Step 5: Tease the ponytail to give volume

Step 6: Leave one inch section out on bottom. Twist remaining hair into a tight bun, clock wise.

Step 7: Secure lopsided bun with large bobby pins – make sure to have the ends messy for a grunge effect. Don’t want to be too “pretty, perfect ballerina.”

Step 8: Either wrap extra hair around once and pin it or leave it out for a funky tail.

And that’s it!

*photography by Noah Rosenthal

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