11 Drugstore Products the Best Hair Stylists Swear By
Whether celebrities are walking the red carpet at the Academy Awards or running errands at Trader Joe’s, they manage to pull off perfect hair 24/7. However, it’s not just good genes that keep these celebrities rolling out of bed looking their best (or even their go-to shampoos and conditioners). In reality, many stars heavily rely on the advice of their miracle-working hair stylists. To get your own paparazzi-ready locks, simply take a page from these stylists’ books by using their favorite products. It turns out achieving bombshell hair doesn’t have to cost a fortune.
1. Nexxus Promend Split End Binding Leave In Creme
Stylist Kevin Mancuso, whose clients include Sienna Miller, Anne Hathaway, Demi Moore and Scarlett Johansson, raved about Nexxus’s Leave In Creme to Refinery29. He said, “I am obsessed with this leave-in cream! It is the best split-end binding treatment on the market; I don’t know anything else that works like it.”
2. Pssssst Instant Dry Shampoo
Benjamin Mohapi is the founder of Salon BENJAMIN and stylist to stars plenty of stars. He is crazy about Pssssst Dry Shampoo. He told StyleCaster it’s “a great dry shampoo.” He also highlighted how affordable it is, making this product a great option for every budget.
3. John Frieda Frizz Ease Original 6 Effects Hair Serum
John Frieda’s Hair Serum is a hair stylist favorite. Serge Normant, who works with mega A-listers, including Sarah Jessica Parker, Blake Lively, Julia Roberts, and Julianne Moore, told Allure, “This never disappoints. It delivers intense shine and makes damaged hair appear healthier. I like to apply it to wet hair and let it air-dry for a natural look that’s just a little polished.”
4. L’Oréal Paris Vive Pro Smooth-Intense Shampoo and Conditioner
Famed hair stylist Garren spoke to Allure about the L’Oréal Paris Shampoo and Conditioner. He said, “These products contain UV filters, so they fortify your hair against sun damage before you’ve even left the house. Once the sun damage has been done, it’s hard to repair — you really want to avoid it from the start.” Sounds good to us.
5. Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Brazilian Smooth Flatiron Express
DJ Quintero works with high-profile stars like Jennifer Aniston, Salma Hayek, and Katie Holmes, and one of his faves is Garnier Fructis’s Flatiron Express. He told Refinery29, “I love using this product on my curly-hair clients who also like to wear their hair smooth and straight. It really cuts down the time when using a flat iron, and is just as great for a beautiful, straight, sleek blow-dry. It adds shine and smells amazing!” We can’t wait to try it the next time we straighten our hair.
6. L’Oreal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray Extra Strong Hold
Like many of his fellow celebrity hair stylists, Christian Marc is a die-hard fan of the L’Oreal Paris’s Strong Hold. He’s used it on the manes of Olivia Munn, Lea Michele, and Sky Ferreira, so it’s definitely worth trying at home. “L’Oréal Elnett Hairspray is finally in most drugstores. It’s a hair spray all hairstylists love to use, since it’s great to create all sorts of hair styles, and it’s super easy to brush it out,” he told StyleCaster.
7. Healthy Sexy Hair Concepts Soy Tri-Wheat Leave-In Conditioner
Lauren Conrad is everyone’s hair idol, so why not steal the tip to use Healthy Sexy Hair’s Leave-in Conditioner from her stylist Kristin Ess? “If this leave-in conditioner ever gets discontinued, I’ll have to quit doing hair!” Ess told InStyle. ““The product completely changes hair in just a few pumps by creating perfect, weightless shine, and restores the pH balance. Plus, it just smells epic.”
8. Bed Head Urban Antidotes Reboot Scalp Shampoo by Tigi
Adam Maclay has worked with Mariah Carey, so you know your hair will turn out fabulous if you follow his advice. Maclay loves the Bed Head Scalp Shampoo. He told Refinery29, “TIGI hit it out of the park with this shampoo; I personally use it once a week. Living in New York City, our scalp and hair accumulate a lot of dust, pollutants, and oils on a weekly basis. This really helps, as the label says, to reboot your scalp back to its natural balance, without drying out your tresses. It’s a must-have during the summer season.”
9. Paul Mitchell Kids Taming Hair Spray
Hair stylists always have interesting tricks up their sleeves, and for Scotty Cunha, this means using children’s products on adult hair. Cunha — who works with the Kardashians, Lucy Hale, Kristin Cavallari, and many other celebs — loves the Paul Mitchell’s Hair Spray. “It’s made for kids, but it’s actually amazing for everyone,” Cunha told theFashionSpot. “It’s super light and conditioning and can be used every day as a leave-in conditioner for people with dry hair. It’s also great to take to the beach. Use it after you get out of the ocean, so your hair doesn’t dry up from the saltwater.”
1o. Redken Color Extend Conditioner
If you’ve ever dreamed of having bombshell hair like the Victoria’s Secret models (and let’s be honest, who hasn’t?), take a piece of advice from their hair stylist Dominick Pucciarello. He recommends Redken’s Conditioner. He told Today this product is “[a]mazing for keeping luster and shine in-between color treatments at your salon.” If it’s good enough for Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio, it’s good enough for us.
11. Ampro Pro Styl Clear Ice Protein Styling Gel
Matt Fugate is a celebrity hair stylist whose clients include Karlie Kloss, Diane Lane, January Jones, and Cheryl Burke. Fugate swears by Styling Gel when creating a tight bun. “It provides a great hard hold and helps keep some of the extreme looks and up-dos right in place!” he told Today.