The Only 3 Haircare Brands Worth Buying, According to a Top Hairstylist
We love hearing about holy-grail hair products through word of mouth or just by stumbling upon them in the haircare aisle of Ulta. But we have to admit there’s nothing like product recommendations from top hairstylists. Hair is their lifeblood, after all, so when they tell us that they swear by a certain shampoo, mask, or styling product, we take their word as gospel.
Out of curiosity, we wondered which products popular NYC salon owner and master stylist Nunzio Saviano would call his desert-island hair brands. No, they’re not all from a drugstore, and they might take a little extra digging in the piggy bank to purchase, but despite their price tags, they work, and they work well. As in, one-step-closer-to-Blake-Lively-hair status. Want to know more? Check out his top three picks below!
Chances are if you’ve set foot inside a prestige hair salon, you’ve seen Oribe stocked on its shelves. This could in part be because of the salon’s partnership with the brand, but also because it trusts in the products and know they’ll deliver top-notch results to clients.
“As a stylist, we can only go so far with a haircut, and these products allow us to perform to the maximum,” says Saviano. They’re innovative and each finishing product makes the hair look different. All of the products also have an amazing fragrance. They’re a high-quality brand.”
Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray ($44)
Ah, the volumizing spray to end all volumizing sprays. Says Saviano, “I use it about six inches from hair, and when I spray it, it gives the hair body, texture, shine, and a tousled look. You use it like you would a hair spray, except it’s not a hair spray.” No, it’s a volume-building, sexy texture–creating product only dreams are made of. (Can you tell we love it too?)
Oribe Shampoo for Beautiful Color ($42)
If you want to maintain your color while keeping it healthy and moisturized, this is the shampoo for you. It’s a part of this editor’s usual rotation of shampoos and has kept her blond highlights looking freshly painted on for months after the color was done.
“This is a luxury brand, and whatever product you use in the line, you know it will leave the hair healthy,” says Saviano. Each product is powered by active ingredients and high-tech molecular complexes to give you the best version of your hair possible. Just be weary of purchasing its products from drugstores as these are not authorized retailers (and you want to make sure you're only getting the real deal, right?).
Kérastase Lift Vertige ($37)
“This is a very light gel that you apply from root to end all over the hair for ultimate body and volume. If you don’t like mousse, it’s the perfect alternative, and you don’t have to worry about how to apply it. It’s 2.5 ounces, so you can travel with it, and you don’t need that much, so the bottle lasts for a long time.”
“R+Co is a fun brand at a price point that’s affordable yet still high in quality,” says Saviano. Famous for products like Badlands Dry Shampoo Paste, it’s got a West Coast chic–meets-desert theme and is beloved by all the cool girls. Aside from the efficacy of the products the line boasts, each one is an experience in itself. Beauty Director Deven Hopp calls the Cleansing Foam Conditioner “the most fun I’ve had washing my hair in a while.” For lift, styling, and just all-around healthier strands, take a look at some of Saviano’s picks below.
Want some other winning hair products that won’t break the bank? Try out these amazing drugstore offerings.