Jen Atkin’s Hair Assistant’s Favorite Curly Drugstore Product

As part of our series, Hair-apy Sesh, we’re asking the hair industry’s most-trusted mavens to divulge their secrets about what products get lifted from their kit, their idea of the most overrated and underrated hair tricks, plus their favorite high-price-tag and drugstore buys that confidently carry them through their bustling careers. Below: Irinel De León, hair assistant to Jen Atkin @hairinel

What’s the most stolen product from your kit?

I would say it’s the OUAI Smooth Spray which is an all-in-one, heat protectant, detangler and leave-in spray. 

What’s the most underrated hair hack or trick?

Definitely taming fly-aways or frizz with the shaft of a curling iron, especially at the part of the hair. Hold the iron parallel to the part and use the shaft to graze the top layer of the hair. It will smooth any unruly pieces of hair down for a clean finish. 

What’s the most overrated hair hack or trick?

Not embracing your natural hair and always thinking you need to have perfectly hot-iron-styled hair all the time! Especially for girls on-the-go, (or all of us, realistically) we should be working WITH our hair, not always against it!

What’s one expensive product that’s worth every penny? Why?

The Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer because it’s life changing! It has sophisticated technology to avoid over heating your hair and cuts your dry time in half. I see more value investing money in a hair dryer that can last you a lifetime than having to replace lesser quality hair dryers over and over.

What’s the most underrated drugstore product? 

DevaCurl Supercream Coconut Curl Styler is amazing for girls with wavy or curly hair! 

If you only had time to use one product on a client, what would it be?

I would use the OUAI Finishing Cream because it’s so versatile and can be used on almost any type of hair. I love to smooth a little on after a blow dry to tame fly-aways.

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