7 Unusual Tips From Hollywood Hair Gurus


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Without the pros featured on the slides below, we wouldn’t know to execute the perfect lived-in beachy waves, how to get our curls to last past happy hour, or how to sidestep split ends forever. Some of their tips are so simple and straightforward that it’s also comical we couldn’t see the obvious solution to our untameable frizz or fading highlights ourselves. Other tricks we’ve picked up from these hair gurus are a bit more unusual. Unusual, but effective.

Hairstory New Wash

If you’ve switched over to cleansing cream and your oily locks are still adjusting, celebrity hairstylist and founder of Hairstory (and Bumble and Bumble) actually advises you to (gasp!) rinse and repeat. With shampoo, “lather, rinse, repeat” is a recipe for dryness, but with cleansing cream, “you can’t dry your hair out, and there’s no negative response,” Gordon says. Another unusual tip? He suggests working the product through your hand with a wide-toothed comb to ensure even application.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow 

Thin-haired girls, celeb hairstylist Lacy Redway (she’s known to tousle the tresses of It girls like Olivia Palermo) has the game-changing tip for you. “Adding a little makeup or hair powder that is closest to the shade of your hair near your part is a great way of making your hair strands look thicker,” Redway says. Find an eye shadow that matches your roots, and apply it with a short, stiff eye shadow brush. This tip also works great for filling in an uneven hairline.

Scunci Black Hair Elastics

Want a longer, thicker ponytail? Celeb hairstylist Ryan Richman has an alternative to the clip-in extensions route (though the pros do love a good hairpiece). “Tie a high ponytail with the front half of your hair. Tie another ponytail underneath it with the rest of the hair. The high pony will cover the low one, and your ponytail will appear twice as long,” Richman says.

Living Proof Full Thickening Mousse 

Thin hair and volumizing products go hand in hand. But Matrix celebrity stylist George Papanikolas says you’re going too heavy-handed. His advice is to look at the recommendation on the bottle and cut it in half. It’s easier to add more if you need it, “but using too much just weighs it all down.”

Wella Stay Essential Hairspray 

Adir Abergel, the man behind many a red carpet coif, wants you to rethink your braid technique. First, braid your hair tight, and then fatten it up. “I’ll spray a hair spray throughout the strands after braiding, and then open it up with my hands to deconstruct it,” he says.

Shine spray? Smoothing serum? Dry shampoo? Clyde Haygood (who’s worked with everyone from Demi Lovato to Hayden Panettiere) has a household good to replace them all: dryer sheets. “Dryer sheets work great to rid static, tame frizz and fly-aways, give shine to topcoat, and re-fragrance hair,” Haygood says.

Sigma Beauty F40 Large Angled Contour 

Hairbrushes and combs are great and all, but Lacy Redway wants you to raid your makeup bag for a flyaway-taming secret weapon. “My secret to taming baby hairs or flyaways is to not use a conventional hairbrush. Instead, I use an old makeup brush that you would typically use to apply blush or powder, and spray a little hair spray on the bristles then smooth over baby hairs or annoying flyaways,” Redway says.

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