Instagram®-worthy hair isn’t cheap: between frequent salon visits for hair color and cuts to splurge-worthy extensions and the occasional blowout, it’s easy to drop a month’s worth of rent to keep your gorgeous strands in check. But once you’ve been cut or colored, the spending doesn’t stop there. You’ll have to stock up on daily styling necessities, including shampoo and conditioner, hairsprays, serums, and more.
Thankfully, you can save a little money on these go-to products — and we have the expert advice to prove it. Though celebrity stylists have access to the most luxurious formulas on the market, they still rely on drugstore essentials to create their red carpet-ready looks. Here, five top celebrity hair experts (including Kim Kardashian’s stylist and Olivia Munn’s colorist!) share their affordable favorites, proving styling products don’t have to be costly to be effective.The celebrity stylist: Justine Marjan
Her famous clients: Kim Kardashian, Khloé Kardashian, Olivia Culpo, and Kerry Washington
The key product: TRESemmé® Compressed Micro Mist Hairspray in Extend ($5)
Why she loves it: “The micro mist technology in this hairspray allows the product to be absorbed into the hair instead of sitting on top. This means hair can move and bounce back to the style without getting messy. I’ll use it post-styling for hold, or I’ll spray it directly on my smoothing brush before brushing the hair for even more flexible hold.”The celebrity colorist: Cassondra Kaeding
Her famous clients: Kate Hudson, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Olivia Munn, Meg Ryan, Rooney Mara, and Katherine Schwarzenegger
Why she loves it: “This shampoo and conditioner provides smoothness and shine and it really helps calm frizz. I use this duo myself because I can wash my hair and let it air-dry without worrying that my hair looks like a lion’s mane.”The celebrity stylist: Glen ‘Coco’ Oropeza
His famous clients: Chrissy Teigen, Paris Hilton, Rita Ora, and Zooey Deschanel
The key product: John Frieda® Frizz-Ease® Extra Strength Serum ($10)
Why he loves it: “This serum has so many hair health benefits, it’s almost as if you’re using a leave-in conditioner. I love using it for sleek looks, or when brushing all of the hair back into a smooth ponytail or bun. It’s also great for second and third day hair, to get it all out of your face.”The celebrity colorist: Chad Kenyon
His famous clients: Elisabeth Moss, Abigail Spencer, Rachel Keller, and Carla Gugino
The key product: Klorane® Sun Lightening Spray with Chamomile and Honey ($18)
Why he loves it: "I started buying and using Klorane hair products when I lived in Madrid. This is one of my favorite spring and summer hair ‘accessories’ — it’s perfect for this time of year because it naturally creates blonde to honey-toned highlights on blonde and light brown hair, respectively. Chamomile extract and honey lighten and soften hair. The lightening process is progressive, so it just keeps getting better with use, and the sun will accelerate the process even more. Note: the formula has no bleaching agents, so there’s no brassiness. Just spritz it on for some SS19 hair radiance."The celebrity stylist: Mischelle Navar
Her famous client: John Mayer
The key product: L’Oréal® Elnett Satin® Extra Strong Hold Hair Spray ($13)
Why she loves it: “This is hands-down my favorite hairspray — it’s a classic. I love that you can still brush through the hair after you spray it, while still keeping the style in place. It’s also great for flyaways, gives the hair a beautiful shine, and doesn’t flake, which is so important.”
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