Seven Hollywood hair experts share intel on their styling tools of choice.
Written By NATALIA GARDUÑO
Photography ByGUY AROCH
“That was the single most thrilling experience of my life!” That bold proclamation from Joyce Monroe in the iconic salon scene of Tim Burton's Edward Scissorhands is a lesson in two parts: First, the film’s neighborhood vamp demonstrates how to really relish your time with your stylist. Second, when it comes to gorgeous hair, the tool (in this case, four pairs of kitchen shears) is only as good as the person wielding it. So how does one recreate the masterstroke of a seasoned pro? With an arsenal of tech-smart devices and next-level everyday tools that simplify the styling process without compromising on results—think microchipped hot stylers, a blow-dry perfecting brush, or towel that does half the styling for you. The full list of tools (and trade secrets), below.
Not only does this 1 ¼” iron sculpt long-lasting spirals and waves, but it monitors temperature using Digital T3 SinglePass technology to ensure optimal heat. “Because this iron distributes heat evenly, you don't have to go over and over the hair,” explains hairstylist Bobby Eliot, who counts Maya Rudolph and Suki Waterhouse as clients.
PAIR WITH: Leonor Greyl Serum De Soie Sublimateur Nourishing & Protective Styling Serum. Two pumps of this nourishing serum on damp hair provides a protective, shine-enhancing primer before styling.
We know that not all brushes are created equal. Variables like bristle material, alignment, and even handle design can make or break your strands. Mare Salon owner Mara Roszak (and Emma Stone’s go-to stylist) touts the handcrafted, glue-free Yves Durif brush as her favorite for daily use. “What sets it apart isn’t only its beauty, but its strong bristles that allow for an effortless detangle.”
PAIR WITH: Christophe Robin Detangling Gelée With Sea Minerals. The lightweight leave-in detangler increases manageability and prevents breakage when applied to damp hair before brushing.
There’s no reason why achieving a smooth, glossy texture should be an Olympic event. Case in point: The T3 SinglePass X. “This iron heats up really fast,” says hairstylist Kylee Heath, who works with Nicole Kidman and Rashina Jones. “And I only have to pass over each section once.” How? Extra-wide ceramic plates and, of course, the same temperature-regulating Digital T3 SinglePass technology as the curling iron above.
PAIR WITH: Virtue the Polish Un-frizz Cream—the vitamin-rich formula gives extra nourishment while keeping frizz in check.
“This dryer is super powerful at giving speedy and smooth results,” says Christian Wood, stylist to Millie Bobby Brown and Sophie Turner. It all comes down to digitally-controlled heat and a wide, gentle airstream. And the device looks as good as it performs: “The rose gold accent is super chic and something I’d display.”
PAIR WITH: Oribe Maximista Thickening Spray—if your hair philosophy is bigger is better. Not only does this body-building spray deliver exaggerated volume, it also protects, nourishes, and holds.
Leave it to the French to devise a beautifully understated blowdry (starting from wet hair). The effortless routine hinges on the perfect barrel brush—think natural boar bristles, a curved shape, and a comfortable handle. Eliot’s brush préférée is this Christophe Robin number. “The bristles are well spaced and have the perfect tension for more rebellious hair.”
PAIR WITH: Shu Uemura Art of Hair Straightforward Time-saving Blow Dry Oil. This almost-weightless spray-on blow-dry oil cuts down drying time in half.
To ensure her air-dry looks as good as her blow-dry, Jenny Cho (hairstylist to Anne Hathaway and Amanda Seyfried) relies on this water-wicking time-saver. “It’s perfect for someone who needs their hair to dry quickly. You’ll definitely notice a difference in how much water it absorbs.” Not only does the turban’s Aquitex material accelerate your routine, but it also cuts down on frizz.
PAIR WITH: Aquis Prime Restorative Leave-In Conditioner, infused with keratin and avocado oil to help to help hair dry healthy, shiny, and hydrated. After drying hair with your Aquis towel, spritz it on damp hair, comb through, then air dry on the go.
A silky upgrade on the ’90s hair staple is here to prevent creases, breakage, and those annoying ridges caused by regular hair elastics. And stylist Chad Wood, whose clients include Vanessa Hudgens and Kristen Bell, is on board: “These are great because they don't leave a crease or pull out any hair. They also make for a fun and flirty pony.”
PAIR WITH: Lazy Girl Dry Shampoo from legend Sam McKnight. The lightweight formula doubles as a styling spray for longevity, volume, and a little extra hold.