From Olivia to Kendall: 11 Genius Hair Tips We Learned From Celebrities

Updated 04/24/19
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Ah, celebrities: the genetically blessed humans that we love to talk about most hours of the day… and love to stalk even more. But, in this case, it’s for a good cause. There is no one who comes into contact with more knowledgeable hair experts than the famous faces we watch walk down every red carpet—they’ve more than likely been in a salon chair more hours than we can count. 

So we took a look back at all the wonderful celebs we’ve chatted with and scanned through each interview for the best hair tricks each one has let slip. Our ears perked up, our fingers began typing, and now we have an entire list of productive tips to share.

From their bathrooms to yours, please enjoy (and take notes on) the greatest celebrity hair habits and products to go along with them.

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Invest in a silk scarf

Cipriana Quann: “My hair continually stays in loose twists no matter what the style, so I will take down my loose twists at night from whatever style I am wearing at the moment and braid it into six or seven large braids or Bantu knots, placing a little extra-virgin coconut and olive oil on the strands as I braid. Then I wrap it with a silk scarf. When it comes to hair products, I am very minimalistic, but I love all-natural oils like Nature's Way Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil ($13), extra-virgin cold-pressed olive oil, jojoba oil, Jamaican Black Castor Oil ($10), Shea Moisture's Reconstructive Elixir Oil ($10), VO5 Tea Therapy Conditioner ($2), and Dr. Bronner's Liquid Soap ($15).”

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Don't wash it

Jaime King: “I think the biggest mistake you can make is washing your hair every day,” King asserts. She washes her hair “once a week, maybe twice.” “You know with so much on it—so much heat and all of this stuff—and I’ve had my hair worked on since I was a baby, and it’s still beautiful and healthy, and it’s because I don’t wash it. You need to have the natural oils of your hair, and people know this by now, but I think a lot of people don’t actually follow it. That’s the one thing that I can say is that it’s a real truth.”

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Slick it back

Olivia Culpo:The slicked-back look is especially great for days when I’ve been running around all day and my hair is looking a little flat. Just spray some hair spray, and use a bobby pin to hold back the pieces behind your ears. When I want a really sleek look, I’ll flatiron it.”

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Hydrate and protect

Erin Heatherton: “Whether you’re blowing your hair out every day or are exposed to high-stress conditions like I am as a model, you want to make sure you're using something that is protecting your hair from the sun and keeping it hydrated. For that, I use all Christophe Robin products. I also use Oribe. I use the dry shampoo, and the heat protection lotion is amazing, and the split-end treatment is incredible, and the gold oil.”

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Don’t be afraid to use oils

Teresa Palmer: “A main one that I’ve been learning a lot about recently is don’t be afraid to use oils on your hair. I can get very wild hair because it’s this beachy texture, so I’ve been using coconut oil, which I learned on my last film, all over my body, including completely lathering it into my hair. And I’ll just sleep like that, and in the morning my skin just absorbs the moisture of the oil, and so does my hair. It’s pretty transformational, so that’s a big tip I’ve been learning a lot about.” 

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DIY your own products

Nikki Reed:I make my own salt sprays; they are actually really easy. I just use water and salt, and then sometimes I put like a teensy bit of oil—any kind of oil, even coconut oil—in it and shake it up.” 

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Avoid cut-inspired freak-outs

Ruby Rose:With hair, it grows back, and secondly, you can wear wigs if you need to.” 

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Sleep on it wet

Kendall Jenner: “My hair is so stick straight and silky,” Jenner explains, “so when I sleep with it wet and wake up in the morning, it has this nice texture to it. That’s my version of doing my hair.” 

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Get into head massages

Priyanka Chopra: “Give your hair a great natural deep-conditioning treatment by massaging warm coconut oil into your scalp and hair. Leave it one for about an hour, and then shampoo it off. Do this about once a week and you will soon see results.”

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Braid it up

Cleo Wade: “My one curly-hair trick that always works is after my shower, I keep my hair in braids for a few hours before leaving the house. It helps lock in the moisture from my conditioner. A lot of my friends with straight hair do it too, actually.”

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Let it air-dry

Alexa Chung: “I just wash and hope for the best.”

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