Celebrity Hairstylists Told Me These Are the Styling Products They Actually Use

If there's one person that I can wholeheartedly trust, it's a hairstylist. And not just with my deepest darkest secrets (they're our unofficial therapists, right?) but for a dose of great hair advice. Whether it's recommending a new haircut to suit my face shape, trending hair colour or how I can get my loose curls to last for longer, they always have the answers. After all, hairdressers and hairstylists work with hair day in and day out. They work with multiple hair types and textures and know how to get the best out of our hair, even when it's not playing ball. 

"In the salon we use one or more of just six styling products for 99% of our work," says hairstylist Michael Van Clarke. "That’s across our client base of about 6000 clients with a variety of hair types. It's how they are used matters," he says. This is a sentiment shared among many hairdressers, who will often have their tried and trusted products in their kitbags, whether on set or in the salon.


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Whenever I'm in the salon chair, I'm a bit nosy and love to know exactly what my hairstylist is using on my hair. It is their expert knowledge of hairstyling products that give professional results. Blow-dries last longer (without falling flat), hair feels healthier and bouncy (dull hair? We don't know her) and nothing quite beats the feeling of walking out of the salon with shiny new hair and letting the compliments roll in.

But how can we ensure every day is a good hair day if we're not lucky enough to have our hair professionally done every day? The answer comes down to have a roster of the best hairstyling products in your arsenal. Hairstyling products will help you level-up your game and help keep bad hair days at bay. So, to find out what hairstyling products the pros recommend, I asked celebrity hairstylists (who are forever prepping hair for the red carpet and shoots) to the most booked and busy hair salons in the UK to share their best hairstyling products picks. I've spilt everything below.

The Best Hairstyling Products

1. L'Oréal Professionnel Pli

2. Larry King Hair Flyaway Kit

3. Nioxin Instant Fullness Dry Shampoo

4. Sebastian Professional Volupt Spray

5. Cantu Thermal Shield Heat Protectant

6. Gummy Styling Wax

7. Color Wow Extra Mist-Ical Shine Spray

8. Color Wow Raise The Root Thicken & Lift Spray

9. L'Oréal Professionnel Tecni.Art Constructor Thermo-Active Spray

10. Virtue Flourish Volumizing Styler

11. L'Oréal Professionnel Pli

12. 3 More Inches Lifesaver UV Leave-In Styling Treatment

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Eleanor Vousden
Beauty Editor, Who What Wear UK

Eleanor Vousden is the beauty editor for Who What Wear UK. She was previously deputy editor at Hairdressers Journal, health writer at Woman & Home and junior beauty editor at beauty website Powder. She has also contributed to Wallpaper and Elle Collections with written and styling work.Working as a beauty journalist since 2015 after graduating in fashion journalism at the London College of Fashion, she has been highly commended at the BSME Talent Awards for her work on Powder and also contributed to the title winning Website of the Year at the PPA Awards.Eleanor’s journalistic focus is to provide readers with honest and helpful beauty content. Through words, video and live broadcast, she has interviewed several celebrity makeup artists, hairstylists and top dermatologists throughout her career, as well as celebrities such as Sarah Jessica Parker and Scarlett Johansson. She has a particular interest in finding solutions for acne and eczema, which she has experienced firsthand. She has also amassed a large collection of fragrances and can never say no to a new candle.When she’s not writing or testing the latest beauty product or treatments, she’s on the seafront in her hometown of Brighton and Hove, where she lives with her partner and her miniature dachshund.