Beauty

How to create Khloé Kardashian’s signature waves

Watch her Hair Stylist, Jen Atkin, wave her magical curling wand.

By Amelia Bowe

If you’ve ever swooned over Khloé Kardashian’s hair you’ve got celebrity Hair Stylist and Founder of Mane Addicts, Jen Atkin to thank. Jen has been styling Khloé’s hair for the last four years and during that time she’s created some serious #HairGoals. So when we found out Jen was in town we made it our mission to shoot a video tutorial, and thankfully the Hair Gods answered our prayers.

Cosmo's Online Beauty and Lifestyle Writer, Amelia, with Jen Atkin.

Here's how to DIY those signature waves - it’s surprisingly straight-forward!

Step 1: Create four sections with your hair from the top of your head to the nape of your neck.

Step 2: Then, Jen recommends to prep the hair. Spray the well-shaken Kardashian Beauty Dry Shampoo right at the root and work it into the scalp with your fingers, concentrating on creating height at the roots. “Massage the product in at the roots – Khloé loves this part. Even if your hair looks crazy, we can always bring it down.”

Keep applying the dry shampoo to inch-wide sections all the way around your head.

TIP: “If you don’t shake it, the product settles in the bottle and it doesn’t work as well.”

Step 3: Then, working in horizontal sections from the bottom of your hair to the top, take your curler and holding it vertically, wrap your hair around the barrel away from your face. Leave an inch of hair at the end of your lengths off the barrel.

TIP: “When you release the curl from the barrel, pull on the end of the section while it’s still hot to loosen up the wave. The Rapunzel of Sweden curler gets really hot, which means you don’t have to leave the hair sitting on the barrel for very long.”

Step 4: Keep moving up towards your scalp in horizontal sections and make sure all of your curls are wrapped around the barrel away from your face. “Think Farrah Fawcett.” When you get up to the crown, create a tighter curl closer to the root for height. Then, when you get to the very front, start the curl lower, “close to where your brow bone sits.”

Step 5: To loosen up the curls, go back through the hair and change the direction of a few curls to towards your face for a more natural look.

“If you’re not great at holding open the clamp, get an iron that’s a size smaller and keep the clamp closed. Just wrap your hair around it like a wand.”

Step 6: Break up the curls even further with a straightener. “Take pieces of your curls and weave through the hair, and go over the ends to straighten them slightly. You can just grab random pieces and straighten them with your flat iron.”

TIP: “Stretching out the curls like this gives the hair a three-dimensional look. For girls with finer hair, you can come at the root and create a bend with your straightener for height.”

Step 7: To finish, add dry texturising spray. “I call this technique the butterfly. I take the hair, and hold it up and out and spray it through. Then, using your fingers, rough up the lengths a little bit instead of teasing. You can rub it through from the mid lengths to the ends for a really natural look. Shake it out with your fingers and do ‘the butterfly’.”

Step 8: To give it a slightly more wet look, you can rake Kevin Murphy’s Gritty Business through the hair to break up the curls, or R+Co’s Pomade Mousse. You can scrunch this product throughout your hair to add shine. Lastly, lightly spray Sachajuan’s Ocean Mist through the lengths. “It gives it that just-got-out-of-the-beach texture.”

Side note: Jen’s website is the ultimate destination for hair inspo and advice so check it out, like, yesterday. You can also suss when the next Mane Addicts workshop will be on, and it's really a non-negotiable if you want to learn the best tips and tricks in the (show)biz.