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!