Between consistent cuts, expensive hair masks, and minimal hot tools, it’s hard to keep up with all the rules required for flawless locks. So what’s a girl to do when she’s trying to reach the same level of hair perfection as some of the world’s most stunning stars? Look to their stylists, of course. Here are the best hair tips straight from the hair experts.
Hair Dry Your Dry Shampoo
Using dry shampoo is a seemingly simple process. You take your hair, spray it in at the roots to soak up any grease and oil, and then you walk around with a totally refreshed look. But according to Olivia Munn’s stylist Christian Wood, there’s one secret that will totally change the game.
Use Hair Masks Before Working Out
Typically, people like using hair masks after hitting the gym to revive their strands. But according to one stylist, the opposite is actually more beneficial for your hair health.
Style Your Bangs Straight Out Of the Shower
Bangs can be hard to deal with—especially if you let them air-dry after a shower, allowing them to get all sorts of kinky and frizzy. Instead of waiting to style them, start working on them immediately for the most flawless results.
Do Not Use Shampoo Often
If you’re using shampoo every time you shower, stop what you’re doing immediately. According to Reese Witherspoon’s stylist, the process dries out your hair, making it hard to achieve shiny, moisturized strands. Instead, use a little dry shampoo or go for a chic low-pony on days you’re feeling a little greasy: “If you can, the least amount of days are every other day,”
Use Cold Air For Extra Shine
Yep, there’s a reason your blow-dryer has a cold air setting. Using it throughout the entire time you’re drying your hair can make your strands greasy, but Oscar Blandi—stylist to Drew Barrymore and Emma Stone—told InStyle the key is giving your hair a few quick blasts. After your hair is totally dry, you can use the cold air in sections to lock in your look.
Always Hold Your Curling Iron Horizontally
There are plenty of different ways to use a curling iron, but if you want to curl like a pro, you have to switch from holding it vertically to horizontally. It sounds weird, but it works—just ask Gwyneth Paltrow and Miranda Kerr’s stylist who certainly knows his way around the tool.
Use the Right Brush
Using one brush for everything is easy, but not the best for your hair. Stylist Charles Baker Strahan makes a case for keeping a haircare tool kit of sorts so you can handle your strands properly no matter the circumstances.
Scrunch Curly Hair for Extra Volume
For curly hair that can be hard to manage, all it takes is some combing, a little mousse, and a whole lot of scrunching: “With curly hair, you want to do everything in the wet stage, otherwise the hair will start to frizz and droop as it dries. For fine curls, apply a lightweight mousse and comb through damp curls to align the cuticle as much as possible.