Whether they're hitting the red carpet or snapping a no-makeup selfie, celebrities always look effortlessly good. Sure, good genes help, but the truth of the matter is they have access to the biggest names in the beauty business. And when it comes to hair, they call upon the top stylists from around the globe to coif those gorgeous manes. These hair gurus have the option to use any product they desire with no budget in mind, but many of them swear by drugstore staples many of us love. In fact, some celeb clients grow so attached to these wallet-friendly products that they've been known to take them home after a shoot. It's nice to know that these pro-tested and -approved basics can work wonders for the average woman on a budget, because we all want great hair, regardless of our celeb status (or lack thereof). Did we mention each one of these is under $20? Yep.
Keep scrolling to read about the drugstore picks these top celebrity hairstylists keep in their kit at all times.
Hairstylist: Mara Roszak
Clients: Emma Stone, Lily Collins, Zoe Saldana, Brie Larson
Drugstore Pick: Mara tells Harper's Bazaar, "I'm always giving it to clients and they're constantly asking for more. Oils tend to be a staple in my kit, mostly because nothing gives the perfect smooth shiny blowout like a little bit of this oil."
Hairstylist: Larry Sims
Clients: Gabrielle Union, Danielle Brooks and Lupita Nyong'o
Drugstore Pick: Sims told theFashionSpot, "This is my favorite product due to its versatility. You can use it as an edge tamer and curl definer. It’s also great for slicked-back styles and looks that require a certain amount of definition. Not to mention, the natural ingredients are doubly important for girls who are embracing their natural textures."
Hairstylist: Christian Marc
Clients: Olivia Munn, Sky Ferreira, Lea Michele
Drugstore Pick: "L'Oréal Elnett Hairspray is finally in most drugstores. It's a hair spray all hairstylists love to use, since it's great to create all sorts of hairstyles, and it's super easy to brush it out. Use it as a finishing product to hold an updo or, if you do a ponytail, you can spray to make it sleek and neat, and take out the flyaways," he told StyleCaster.
Hairstylist: Kevin Mancuso
Clients: Sienna Miller, Anne Hathaway, Scarlett Johansson, Demi Moore
Drugstore Pick: Kevin waxed poetic about his pick to Refinery29: "I am obsessed with this leave-in cream! It is the best split end binding treatment on the market; I don't know anything else that works like it."
Hairstylist: Gregory Russell
Clients: Chloë Grace Moretz, Miranda Kerr, Christina Hendricks, Karlie Kloss, Demi Moore
Drugstore Pick: "You can use a dry shampoo as a texture spray and also obviously for those women who have oily scalps," Russell told Yahoo. "If you put it on the roots immediately after a blowout, you're going to have more long-term results with your style, as well as volume."
Hairstylist: Serge Normant
Clients: Sarah Jessica Parker, Blake Lively, Julia Roberts, Julianne Moore
Drugstore Pick: "This never disappoints. It delivers intense shine and makes damaged hair appear healthier. I like to apply it to wet hair and let it air-dry for a natural look that's just a little polished," he told Allure of the serum's original formula.
Clients: Jourdan Dunn, Gigi Hadid, Stella Maxwell
Drugstore Pick: "Not Your Mother's … sea salt spray is one of my favorites because it actually does what it says: It gives you that just-went-to-the-beach look, without really having to go to the beach," he explained to StyleCaster. Kenna also echoed his love for this product when he told Allure, "It's cheap and gives an amazing texture and base for most styles. I like to blow-dry with it—the hair does as it's told with some of this in it."
Hairstylist: DJ Quintero
Clients: Jennifer Aniston, Katie Holmes, Leslie Mann, Salma Hayek
Drugstore Pick: DJ shared his curly hair fave with Refinery29: "I love using this product on my curly-hair clients who also like to wear their hair smooth and straight. It really cuts down the time when using a flatiron, and is just as great for a beautiful, straight, sleek blow-dry. It adds shine and smells amazing!"
Hairstylist: Paul Norton
Clients: Robin Wright, Gina Rodriguez, Brie and Nicole Bella
Drugstore Pick: "It is incredibly affordable yet clients often tend to 'borrow' it indefinitely. I love it because it eliminates a huge amount of tangles in seconds when styling from wet or damp hair," he told Harper's Bazaar.
Did you drugstore favorite make the list? Tell us in the comments.
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