Celebrities always look gorgeous, but that’s because they have an A-list crew of hair, makeup and skincare experts to take care of them. But we’ve got the inside scoop. Celebrity hairstylists share their best hair tips. Hey, if they worked for the Kardashians, Julia Roberts and Ariana Grande, you know they’ll work for you! Try one of these celebrity hair tips today.
Use professional hair scissors to trim split ends and bangs
Regular scissors aren’t sharp enough to trim hair, and their blunt edge can spell disaster. You can end up with jagged bangs, or even worsen or cause split ends. It’s worth getting high quality professional hair scissors. They last a lifetime, and make it so easy (and safe!) to trim your hair at home.
Wear a hair mask before you exercise
Exercise is good for your health and can give you a gorgeous post-workout glow, but unfortunately it’s not too great for your hair. According to Jen Atkin, who founded the beauty line Ouai and is the go-to stylist of Jessica Alba and Khloe Kardasian, the salt in sweat can do serious damage to your hair.
That’s not an excuse to skip your gym session. She suggests applying a hair mask right before your workout. It coats your hair, preventing the salt in your sweat from penetrating the cuticle. Plus, the body heat you generate while you exercise will actually help the hair mask work better. Just bring a good shampoo to rinse it all off – the free shampoo in gym showers are rarely effective.
Apply hair oil or hair serum twice a day
Color and chemical treatments can damage your hair and lead to frizziness and even hair fall. Weaker hair is also more vulnerable to UV and pollution exposure each time you go out. That’s why Chad Kenyon, a Hollywood celebrity colorist trusted by stars like Abigail Spencer and Elisabeth Moss, always tell his clients to sneak this extra step into their skincare routine.
“Every time you moisturize your face, also apply a few drops of light hair oil from the middle of your hair to ends.” Chad reasons that we almost never forget to apply skincare, but we tend to forget haircare until we see a problem. Don’t wait for a bad hair day to pamper your locks: a daily dose of hair nutrients will ensure your hair is always strong and shiny.
If you have normal hair, just apply hair oil to your hair tips.
Freshen up hair with a diaper wipe
Does your hair and scalp feel greasy in the middle of the day? Dry shampoo can help, but if you don’t have any on-hand, just use a diaper wipe to freshen up your hair in the bathroom. Johnny Lavoy, the celebrity stylist who takes care of Ariana Grande and Chrissy Teigen, says that this can help remove product build up or natural hair oils that are weighing down your hair.
Lavoy adds that you should only use dry shampoo two days in a row, and always use a clarifying shampoo if you tend to use dry shampoo regularly. “You have to get rid product build up and declog the hair follicles. If you don’t, your scalp will become even more greasy and oily.”
Style your hair while you sleep
Hollywood hairstylist Michael Angelo says that the only thing you need to get Instagram-worthy beach waves is to sleep like Princess Leia. Just apply a salt spray into your hair, divide it into four sections, and then tie your hair into four buns or braids. Go to bed, and wake up with loose, sexy curls.
The best way to use mousse for extra volume
Giannandrea Marongiu, who does the hair of Chrissy Teigen, says you should work mousse in the middle of blowdrying your hair. Basically, first you blowdry until your hair is about 60% done. Then, work in mouse into the roots of your hair. Take a paddle brush and comb hair down to the tips, distributing the mousse evenly across the entire strand. Afterwards, continue blowdrying.
This extra step adds volume and bounce, and leads to soft but defined curls. The mousse also helps your hair easier to style and shape. Marongiu says that applying it in the middle of blow-drying also helps tame any frizzy or stray hairs – perfect if you want a very sleek, neat hairstyle.
Use hair spray before and after you style your hair
Celebrity hairstylist Paul Norton applies a light hair spray into his clients’’ hair before he goes in with a curling iron. He says that this makes hair easier to shape, especially if you’re going for neat curls or very styled updo’s. After you’re done styling your hair, spray another layer so that the style lasts longer.
Tame frizzy hair with a DIY cool rinse
You know how salons give anti-frizz treatments with professional cool rinses? Well you can mimic that at home! Just chill your leave-in conditioner in your refrigerator. Basically, the nutrients go deep into the hair strands, and the cool temperature locks it in by sealing the hair cuticle. Just like a pro salon treatment, your hair will become extra soft and shiny.
Use the hair spray bottle
Australian hairstylist Sarah Potempa, who maintains the locks of Emily Blunt and Ashley Benson, says that sometimes she smooths down flyaways and frizz with the hair spray bottles. She just sprays the product, then uses the bottle like a rolling pin to get rid of frizz.
Use a tooth brush to tame baby hairs
Want a super sleek sidepart or pony? Spray hairspray on a toothbrush and use it to press stray hairs into place. You can also use an old mascara wand. Amanda Ng, who runs a Hongkong salon, says that this is also a great time to add dimension to hair. “I’ll use a dark blue, red or dark brown hair mascara to add a subtle tint of color to the hairline or hair part. This can help make hair look thicker.”
In a hair emergency use conditioner to tame baby hairs
Even celebrity hairstylists can face hair emergency. Once, while styling Shanina Shaik, Jennifer Yepez found herself without styling products or a comb. “So we used an eyeliner pencil to make a part and conditioner to tame the baby hairs.” That’s a great trick to remember whenever you’re traveling!
Another Ogreat products to use for emergency bad hair days: baby powder or translucent foundation powder can help get rid of greasiness: just rub some on your palms and then fluff through your roots.
Make your own DIY hair salt spray
Who said celebrities only used expensive products? Actress and model Nikki Reed’s favorite hair salt spray is actually made from cheap ingredients right from her own kitchen! “I just use water and salt, and then sometimes I put like a teensy bit of oil—any kind of oil, even coconut oil—in it and shake it up.” BRB – we’re going to try this budget celebrity hair tip right now.
Netflix and massage your scalp
Scalp massages can boost circulation and promote hair growth. It’s also a great way to relieve tension headaches! Charles Baker Strahan, whose clients include Christina Applegate, recommends keeping leave in conditioner or hair mask by your bedside table, sofa side tables, or anywhere you usually watch TV. While you’re catching up on the latest episodes of your favorite series, apply the product and massage away.
Add this secret ingredient to your home hair dyes
Always use a gentle home care dye, and do a skin patch test to check for allergic reactions. But if you have a sensitive scalp that tends to get itchy and irritated no matter what brand you try, this great celebrity hair tip can help. Matrix SoColor stylist George Papanikolas suggests adding a few small sachets of Sweet N’ Low to the hair color. The sugar helps balance out the PH levels of the hair chemicals. Now that’s what we call a sweet idea!
Use coconut oil on your hair
Actress and supermodel Priyanka Chopra loves using natural hair products – and it can’t get any more natural than her favorite DIY hair mask. She massages warm coconut oil into her scalp and hair, and leaves it on for an hour. Just wear a plastic shower cap so it doesn’t stain your clothes (plus the shower cap helps trap the heat). Wash it off with shampoo. She swears that doing this hair mask regularly will make your hair thicker and shinier.