13 Hair Stylists’ Favorite Products of All Time
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Who’s on your secret hair-spiration Pinterest board (no shame, we all have them—hair envy is totally a real thing)? Emma Stone? Diane Kruger? Chrissy Teigen? Khloe Kardashian? Check, check, check aaaaand check. And the stylists in charge of their very best looks (see: those pictures you have pinned), just happen to be in our rolodex :information_desk_person:. So, what do you ask when you have the ear of people like Jen Atkin, Serge Normant and Ted Gibson? Well, a lot of stuff. But the first things first: favorite product(s) of all time (‘cause why choose just one?). Herein, the products of our favorite hair kings and queens. Guys: if you haven’t already jumped on the Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray train, now’s officially the time.
Creator of Harry Josh Pro Tools
“I love drugstore products, I really do. If you look in my kit it’s not filled with insanely pricey products. I’ve always been a big fan of John Frieda, specifically Frizz Ease, so it was great that I ending up getting to work with the brand because I genuinely use the products. I’m a fan of the Frizz Ease Expert Finish Polishing Serum—I use it on a lot of my clients. It’s strong enough for thicker, frizzier hair, but it’s not heavy so I can use it on most people even if they’re fine, but frizzy. I also love Serge Normant’s products. They smell incredible and really can create amazing texture. I love his Dream Big Spray. It creates amazing texture.”
Co-owner of the Andy Lecompte Salon
“[My favorite product of all time is] Serge Normant Meta Revive Dry Shampoo."
Celebrity colorist for L’Oreal Paris;
colorist at Mèche Salon
“A product that I use just about every day is Pureology Highlight Stylist Sea-Kissed Texturizer. I love this type of formula because I just spray it on my wet hair and head out the door. It gives me the California, beachy, undone messy hair that I love. Another one of my favorite products is Kérastase Elixir Ultime Crème Fine. I use a tiny amount on my hair, either wet or dry, to smooth out any unwanted frizz. I like it because it is lightweight, so it doesn't weigh down or grease up my thin hair.
A product that I use daily in the salon that I cannot live without is Redken Pre Art. It removes the nasty green and muddy tone that hard-water, copper pipes, chlorine, and other minerals that can often wreak havoc on blonde hair color. It is gentle and non-abrasive so it won’t strip or hurt your color resulting in an almost softer, more nurtured outcome.”
Creator, Serge Normant Hair Care & Salons
CLIENTS INCLUDE: Julia Roberts, Margot Robbie, Sarah Jessica Parker, Amy Schumer
“It's always hard to choose only one! But if I had to, it would be my Meta Revive Dry Shampoo with Cedar Bark as I have always loved its effect on hair (texture and added thickness).”
Co-Founder, The Beauty Department
CLIENTS INCLUDE: Lauren Conrad, Halle Berry, Meghan Trainor
“[My favorite products of all time are] Oribe Super Stronghold Hairspray, Oribe Grandiose Mousse, Oribe Rough Luxury Pomade, Oribe Thickening Spray, Kérastase Cristalliste drops, Kérastase Elixir Ultime, Sexy Hair Powder Play and Living Proof Full Thickening Mousse.”
“My favourite product of all time is Elnett Satin by L'oreal Professionnel. It's a must-have product for anyone. It has enough hold in it, but at the same time it’s easy to brush out and can also be used it as a pre styling product. Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray is sensational and a great addition to anybody's beauty kit. It’s great for adding sexiness to any hair style. I also love Kérastase Mousse Bouffante as a primer to give hold to the hair and add volume to the roots.”
CEO/Founder, Mane Addicts
“I love switching and trying out new products, but there are always a few that stay in my kit. Sachajuan Ocean Mist is perfect before blow drying to give texture to coarser hair types and to build body in finer hair types. I also love it as a leave in before air drying or the perfect beachy finish. Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray—there’s nothing like it on the market! It’s like an amazing combination of hairspray and dry shampoo, giving hair a dry hold. I love spraying on the roots post styling to give a little extra lift. And every girl needs a good strong hold hairspray. Moroccanoil Strong Hold Luminous Hairspray gives the hair memory without it feeling too stiff or sticky. I’ll spray it on my Mason Pearson before brushing out a style.”
Creative Consultant for Color,
Redken; Owner of Mèche Salon
“I have only had two big moments in my professional life! My first favorite color product of all time is Redken Shades EQ Color Glosses that my friend Tyle Mahoney introduced me to about 13 years ago. Right now It's hard to believe that for my first few years in the business I hadn't discovered Shades EQ! I won't ever color without them!
The second is Olaplex. From the moment I used it I knew it was going to be huge! Olaplex has changed everything for me in the salon. Doing as many clients as I do, it’s nice to have that extra insurance and know that I can push the hair a little bit further. I have some celebrity clients that may need to be red one week, brunette the next and blonde by the third. By using Olaplex, I can keep the integrity of their hair strong and beautiful through each one of these changes! Olaplex links broken disulfide bonds in the hair before, during and after a process. Olaplex No.3 is my absolute favorite. I do everything I can to make sure my clients leave with beautiful hair. No.3 makes sure it stays that way at home. So many clients damage their hair with flat irons and blow dryers without even knowing it. By using No.3 at home, it helps prevent and repair that damage. For me, I love using No.3 as a leave in for my curls and so do my clients. I even have a few that sleep in it! No.3 is meant to be used with all of your other favorite products since it deals with a problem that no other product can!”
Celebrity Hair Stylist, L'Oreal Paris
CLIENTS INCLUDE: Kate Mara, Diane Kruger, Cara Delevingne, Mila Kunis, Emma Stone, Carey Mulligan
Owner, Ted Gibson Salon
CLIENTS INCLUDE: Lake Bell, Gal Gadot, Brie Larson, Lupita Nyong’o
“I absolutely love L’Oreal Paris Elnett Satin hairspray! It’s a workable hairspray that allows me to create whatever look I want. It’s just perfect.”
“My favorite product is Sachjuan Ocean Mist. I use in for everything: volume, texture, hold. I'm obsessed.”
CLIENTS INCLUDE: January Jones, Kate Bosworth, Rachel McAdams, Banks
“My favorite product of all time is probably Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray. It's a smart, innovative product that makes good hair better. It's a fun product for anyone to have in their arsenal.”
CLIENTS INCLUDE: Allison Williams, Leigh Lezark, Lily Cole
“L’Oréal Professionnel Tecni Art Pli Thermo-Fixing Spray for Thick Hair is the only product with 'curl memory.' “It allows you to dry it into wet hair, then use the curling iron. You can brush the curls out, but they will spring right back into shape. It also thickens the hair out and gives texture.”