As someone who is extremely hair inept, I'm constantly looking to celebrities and their amazing hairstylists for ultimate inspiration. Whether it's cut, color, product recommendations, or a super-chic style, I want (and need) all the help I can get when it comes to re-creating the stunning looks I see on Instagram and the red carpet. Of course, I'd be kidding myself if I thought I'd ever have the same skill level as the masters who cater to Jennifer Lopez, Gigi Hadid, and Kim Kardashian West, but I can take stock of the essential products they travel with to create drool-worthy styles for their A-list clientele.
So, on the hunt for the most effective and travel-efficient hair products, I asked six of the most sought-after stylists in the industry to share what's in their travel kits. From the best blow-dryers and flat irons to bring on the fly to the most reliable hair sprays and accessories, I'm revealing the secret contents of stylists' suitcases and carry-ons below. Keep scrolling!
Chris Appleton: Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian West, Katy Perry
"I love Dream Coat because it really is a texture transformer! The anti-humidity technology can turn the most challenging frizzy hair into the smooth, shiny silky hair of your dreams! Perfect for creating the foundation for a super-sleek look or a snatched pony."
"For added shine and smoothness, the Pop & Lock gloss treatmentprovides amazing shine while adding moisture. It can be used in many different ways and is very versatile. I love using it on ponytails or even sleek looks because it helps to control flyaways while still being super weightless, so the hair doesn’t look weighed down or greasy."
"For one last finishing touch, I love using the Extra Mist-ical Shine Spray because it creates that luxurious, glass-like shine and texture. I'm known for my luxe hair, and this product really gives strands the rich, glossy finish I'm after."
"I love this blow-dryer because it has high-velocity airflow so that you can blow the hair out and achieve textured or smooth looks in a time-efficient manner. Also, this is one that lasts a long time, despite being dropped repeatedly, and is lighter weight."
"This styling product is great for both men and women. For men, it helps to style hair and keep it in place without looking greasy. On women, I love to use it to tame flyaways and create definition throughout the hair."
"Since I'm often traveling to Europe and the UK, I actually have an assortment of dryers from each country that can plug right into the outlet of whatever city I'm in. The majority of professional tools I love in the U.S. will blow, even if you have the converter from the hotel, which I learned the hard way! If I'm traveling in the U.S. though, I love BaByliss."
"A couple of years ago, T3 changed the game (and my life!) by being the first company I knew of to incorporate technology into their hot tools so that they could be plugged into an adaptor overseas and not blow. That was huge for me because I regularly use their curling irons here, and it’s so nice to be able to use a tool you are comfortable with. I travel with every size curling iron!"
"I always travel with a deep-conditioning mask for my clients. If we have a trip with a lot of heat styling and multiple looks, I like to be able to take care of the hair and keep it really hydrated so it looks shiny and healthy. I love all the Kérastase masks. A favorite is the Magistral Masque."
"I always need a good detangler/leave-in conditioner. The water quality and weather can vary for each city, so if the hair feels a bit tangly or like it needs extra protection, I use a leave-in. I mix it up and try new ones all the time, but both Oribe and L’Oréal make some of my favorites."
"Hair spray—because most of my travel involves red carpets, I absolutely couldn't survive without hair spray! I’m not big on a lot of product, as I prefer moveable hair, so I favor the lightweight sprays that aren’t heavy. Again, I like the light-hold options from both Oribe and L'Oréal as they're easy to layer depending on what kind of look we're creating."
"I always travel with my Dyson Supersonic. The shape allows it to fit perfectly into my carry-on. I love to bring the diffuser attachment for my own hair. It’s smaller and more compact than other tools I have traveled with in the past. It is also very lightweight and doesn’t make my carry-on heavy as I tote it around all day."
"My newest travel must-have is my Dyson Corrale hair straightener. The charge lasts and the battery won’t drain when not in use. It also works in all international electric outlet variations. It folds up nicely and comes with a beautiful tracking case to protect it."
"The last thing I never leave home without is a small bag of bobby pins and black elastic cords. As a hairstylist, you always need good bobby pins for any hairstyle, and I prefer cord over elastics because it is more versatile. I can use it to tie up a pony or as an accessory woven into the hair."
Justine Marjan: Laura Harrier, Ashley Graham, Jasmine Sanders
"If I am flying domestically, I always have the GHD Helios Hairdryerwith me. It is super lightweight, ergonomic, and dries the hair quickly thanks to its Aeroprecis patented technology that directs and concentrates the airflow."
"These snap clips are amazing for quickly pulling the hair into a bun without worrying about any strands falling out or for dressing up the hairline when the hair is down. They can also be worn in a variety of different ways, making it easy to get many looks from one accessory when you’re traveling."
"This is another trick for extending the lifespan of my style when traveling. Hotel pillows can be too harsh on our hair, leaving the hair messy, frizzy, or dull when you wake up. I bring my own silk pillowcase so that my hair stays smooth while I sleep."
"I never go anywhere without my T3 Featherweight Compact Dryer! It has the power of a full-sized dryer and is dual voltage so it works internationally. It folds up so small and is so easy to pack in my suitcase."
"The T3 Convertible Collection is essential for my travel kit! There is one interchangeable base and seven different barrels, so instead of having to pack seven different full-sized curling irons, I just need one base and pack all of my barrels in the carrying tote. It’s so great to keep my kit light but also have all of the necessary tools I might need for the job."