12 Hair Tips From Hollywood’s Hottest Hairstylists

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In Hollywood, there is no such thing as a bad hair day. It’s home to the most elite industry hairstylists who have an array of hacks, rules, and rescue remedies should any emergency arise. And lucky for us, these celeb mane magicians are sharing their industry secrets for all BHD dilemmas, from frizz-fixes to hair rituals that prevent damage. Notepad ready? Check this out…

1. Sleep on Silk

Irinel de León, whose clientele includes Hailey Baldwin, Kendall Jenner, and Chrissy Teigen insists that you should sleep on silk. “Silk pillowcases help prolong whatever style you sleep in because, unlike cotton, it doesn’t tug or pull on the hair strands at night. Cotton pillowcases absorb the moisture from both your hair and skin, therefore silk is a hugely popular option for women looking to preserve both!” says Irinel.

It’s also beneficial to use silk hair ties as these will cause less tension and prevent localized damage, which can catalyze split ends. Our go-to scrunchies are the Kitch Satin Silk Scrunchies, $8, as they’re relatively affordable and available in a variety of cute colors and patterns.

2. Don’t Use a Towel to Dry Your Hair

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Curly hair guru Vernon Francois warns, “Don’t dry hair with a bath towel as this pulls on hair, making it more likely to break. Kinky and coily hair is usually the most delicate and tends to break easily. It’s much kinder to gently squeeze dry using a microfibre towel as your hair is most fragile when it’s wet.”

3. Don’t Overdo It on Dry Shampoo or Conditioner

Dry shampoo is your friend, but it can also be your enemy! Sherry Ratay, a celebrity colorist who works with The Real Housewives cast, says to spray sparingly and only in noticeably oily areas. “Overuse of dry shampoo can result in white powder residue and buildup,” she says.

A little also goes a long way when it comes to dry conditioner, which should be reserved for mid-shaft and down to restore shine and moisture. Drybar’s Detox Dry Shampoo, $14, is a lightweight option that smells good and won’t leave much residue behind.

4. Protect Your Hair From Sun Damage

Beyoncé’s colorist Rita Hazan, tells us, “I always pack my Rita Hazan Lock & Block Protective Spray, $26, when I’m going to be poolside or at the beach. It’s a weightless mist that locks in your style, color, blocks out humidity and UV rays, and protects hair from premature fading. I apply it as a final step, or throughout the day when I’m in the sun or by the water.”

Editorial hairstylist Marcos Diaz opts for regular sunblock as it’s more pocket-friendly: “One of the biggest product secrets I tell my clients is to use sunscreen or sunblock on their hair at the beach and pool. Now that many hair care companies are using skincare-grade ingredients in their formulas, it’s a no-brainer. Instead of paying the mark up on a fancy hair product for sun protection, go for a drugstore brand sunblock that already has SPF in it, like Banana Boat Ultra Sport Sunscreen Lotion, $7. Apply a bit at the ends, and it will keep them from getting too thirsty during the summer months.”

5. Avoid Heat Damage By Adjusting The Temperature

Curl Doctor Shai Amiel claims that “heat damage can be controlled by having a bit of will power,” and essentially limiting heat styling, especially for curls. However, we realize this isn’t always realistic. So in this case, the number one rule is to adjust the temperature for your hair type. “Adjust the temperature setting – on both irons and blow dryers – according to your unique hair type,” says Jill Buck, a celebrity hairstylist who’s tousled the tresses of Julianne Hough, Nina Dobrev, and Jessica Simpson. “For example, fine hair and color-treated hair needs a low setting to achieve the best shine and results. When the setting gets too high for that specific hair texture, it falls flat and damage occurs quickly.” Check out our heat styling dos and don’ts for more details.

6. Don’t Cut Curls When Wet

Vernon Francois says, “I never cut kinky, coily, or curly hair when it’s wet as it can shrink up to seventy-five percent when it’s dry, so dry-cutting helps you avoids any surprises as you can really monitor how the end result is going to look as you go. There’s no hard and fast rule for when to get a cut, but you’ll know one’s due when your ends tangle together easily.”

7. Shampoo Twice for a Thorough Cleanse

Dom Seeley, whose client list includes Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid, says that just as you’d double cleanse your face, you should also double cleanse your scalp. To remove excess oils and product buildup, Dom recommends shampooing twice, then following with an ultra restorative conditioner.

He loves the Color Wow Color Security Shampoo, $23, and Conditioner, $24. “It’s a total game-changer as it’s one of the only shampoos that work for everyone, regardless of your hair type, texture, or color. It gives your hair a reset in the gentlest way while removing any residue from your locks.”

8. Lay Your Edges With Care

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Celeb braid stylist Evalyn Dennis warns against using harsh products when laying baby hairs. Her go-to routine looks a little like this: “I begin with my texture foam to see what type of curls my client has. From there, I apply edge wax on the baby hairs and lightly guide the pattern I’m going for. Thereafter, I seal in the look with my Style Factor Edge Booster Strong Hold Styling Gel, $20, for maximum hold. And lastly, I tie them down lightly with a wrap strip to set them in place.”

9. Learn How To Seal Split Ends

Split ends can happen to the best of us for many reasons – from excessive hot tool usage to over-processed dying. Andrew Fitzsimons, the hands behind the most stylish Kardashian-Jenner hair looks, recommends using a leave-in conditioner to combat the issue. “Lately I’ve been loving Daily Dose Miracle Moisture Spray Leave-In Conditioner, $20, which leaves your hair soft, moisturized, and tangle-free,” he says. “To help with split ends, I love cocktailing the leave-in with TIGI Copyright Split End Repair Cream, $27, because it has ingredients like keratin, a bonding complex, and amino acids to seal the hair fibers.”

10. Don’t Neglect your Braids

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While a protective hairstyle will “protect” your curls to a certain extent, you still need to treat them with oils and other hydrating products. Irinel De Leon explains, “Keeping your protective style moisturized is very important, especially in-between washes. To keep your locks hydrated, dilute your favorite conditioner with water and mist this onto your strands and scalp.”

She adds, “If you’ve got your hair in box braids or any kind of tight braids as a protective style, you should still be cleaning your hair with a sulfate-free shampoo. Use the pads of your fingertips to ensure even distribution and avoid disruption of your protective style, then follow with a conditioner.”

11. Take Care of Your Scalp

According to Eduardo Bravo, “A healthy and clean scalp is the key to thick, shiny, gorgeous hair. If your scalp is unhealthy, inflamed, and full of toxins, imagine what quality of hair will grow; dull, thin, and weak [hair] that falls out easily. My philosophy is simple transform, optimize and protect. Think of each as building blocks to reach optimal scalp health and hair growth in which all three systems are used to cleanse, restore and prevent hair loss or damage from internal and external stressors,” Eduardo tells us. Check out his go-to scalp routine here.

12 . Fight Frizz With This DIY

“The best way to combat frizz is to add moisture back into the strands,” says Fitzsimmons. “I love cocktailing an anti-frizz conditioner, like NatureLab Tokyo Smooth Conditioner, $15, with an oil, like ORS Essential Coconut Oil, $6. Leave it in your hair (bonus points if you wrap it in plastic, or put on a shower cap) for about 20-30 minutes as a deep conditioning treatment. Not only will it help with frizz, but it will leave your hair luxuriously shiny, soft, and moisturized.”

For more hair tips, check out the common hairstyling mistakes you could be making!

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