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The One Haircare Product These 10 Stylists Just Can’t Live Without

Just as painters have a favorite brush and chefs have a favorite pan, hairstylists have go-to products that help them pull off the perfect coif every time. These are their top tools of the trade.

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“It is most important that your hair is clean for the health of your hair and scalp. If your hair is not clean, styling products will not work well and the lifetime of your style will be shorter. Shampoo is the key for a beautiful, luxurious hair that looks healthy between styles. You can get a shampoo that not only cleans but conditions and makes it easier to achieve your desired style. Unfortunately, in order to get the perfect style you need to use other products, but shampoo is the start!”—Eliut Rivera, celebrity hairstylist in New York City (These are the best shampoos for your hair type.)

His fave: Rene Furterer Okara Protect Color Radiance Enhancing Shampoo

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Leave-in cream

“Just as I wouldn’t walk out the door without SPF or moisturizer to protect my face and skin, I absolutely can’t go without a leave-in cream for my hair. Leave-in creams are like lightweight conditioners that prep and prime, protect against damage, and add shine, strength, and manageability. It’s also my secret product for blowouts that last and sleek wet looks!”—Netty Jordan, celebrity hairstylist and colorist in California and New York

Her fave: Label.M Diamond Dust Leave-In Cremé 

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Anti-frizz sheets

“This is the one product I can’t live without because it is easy and portable, and provides quick shine and mobility. In addition to taming frizz and providing shine, these sheets allow you to restyle your hair the next morning and can help extend your blowout. They’re also a great product to use if you are looking to create a sleek ponytail. The sheets will tame flyaways and frizz and will keep the top of your hair looking shiny rather than matte—hairspray can make the top of your ponytail have a matte effect.”—Nunzio Saviano, celebrity hairstylist and owner of Nunzio Saviano Salon in New York City (Here are more tricks for taming frizzy hair.)

His fave: Nunzio Saviano Anti-Frizz Sheets

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Finishing texturizer spray

“This is by far the most modern product in my styling line that still harnesses the essential goal of keeping the hair touchable and healthy. When I use it on my clients with fine hair, they are amazed by its plumping ability. It literally changes how thick their hair looks and feels. For my girls and guys who simply want modern texture, they are in awe of its ability to separate and add definition throughout their style with such little effort. It’s one of the most-user friendly products on the market by far!” —Paul Norton, celebrity hairstylist

His fave: Joico Hair Shake Finishing Texturizer Spray

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Blowout cream

“With a creamy texture and light hold, this product makes for a luxurious blowout that lasts for days. The best ones have heat protection up to 450 degrees and split-end sealers that keep your hair healthy, while also adding an incredible shine and silky feel. I choose brands that have a built-in anti-humidity shield so they won’t let a rainy day send your perfectly coiffed blowout into a frizzy tailspin. Blowout creams also cut drying time and tend to work on most hair types!”—Kali Ferrara, senior colorist at Roy Teeluck Salon in New York City (Here’s how to take care of your hair when you apply heat to it.)

Her fave: Oribe Straight Away Smoothing Blowout Cream

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“A quality hairspray—one that offers an extra hold, guards your hair against humidity while holding your hairstyle in place. My favorite sprays disappear once you brush through your hair without leaving any white, flaky residue. They should finish soft, like the satin touch they claim.” —Vanessa Ungaro, hairstylist and co-owner of Lauren+Vanessa salon in New York City

Her fave: L’Oréal Elnett Satin Hairspray in Strong Hold

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Volumizing spray

“A transformative volumizer that adds incredible fullness and volume to hair without creating stiffness is a must. Because many of my clients have fine or thinning hair, I created a formula to be flexible and conditioning. It combines silk and wheat proteins, panthenol, and avocado for extra strength and hydration, and uses evening primrose to enhance shine. It also contains sun protectors to keep hair color vibrant. I use it on both natural hair and hair extensions to create long-lasting yet touchable volume.” —Angelo David Pisacreta, hairstylist and owner of Angelo David Salon (Check out these health-boosting hacks for thinning hair.)

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Hair oil

“It’s an amazing frizz-fighter, especially for color-treated hair, and it’s very easy to use. It’s also weightless, which I love. I typically apply a few drops on my clients’ towel-dried hair and then blow it out as usual. Sometimes I also apply it on dry hair—just a few drops adds lovely shine and luster.”—Paul Labrecque, celebrity hairstylist and owner of Paul Labrecque Salon and Spa

His fave: L’Oreal Mythic Oil

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Deep conditioning treatment

“The most important thing for a good hairstyle, in addition to a great shampoo and conditioner, is a quality hair mask. They work even harder than your average conditioner, healing each hair individually and leaving it so amazing to work with afterwards. It’s not easy to find one that works for all hair types, is not too heavy, but is still super moisturizing. A good one makes hair very easy to manipulate and super healthy!” —Felix Fischer, celebrity hair stylist at Factory Downtown

His fave: L’ANZA Healing Color Care Color-Preserving Trauma Treatment 

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Sealing treatment

“After your hair has been washed and conditioned, you need a conditioning agent that acts as a protector between the heat of your hair tools and the hair on your head! After your blowout you can use a dab on the tips of your fingers to tame all your flyaways and have silky, sexy hair.” —Daniel Koye celebrity hairstylist in New York City (Don’t miss the hair tricks from around the world that you should be using.)

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Jenn Sinrich
Jenn Sinrich is an experienced digital and social editor in New York City. She's written for several publications including SELF, Women's Health, Fitness, Parents, American Baby, Ladies' Home Journal and more.She covers various topics from health, fitness and food to pregnancy and parenting. In addition to writing, Jenn also volunteers with Ed2010, serving as the deputy director to Ed's Buddy System, a program that pairs recent graduates with young editors to give them a guide to the publishing industry and to navigating New York.When she's not busy writing, editing or reading, she's enjoying and discovering the city she's always dreamed of living in with her loving fiancé, Dan, and two feline friends, Janis and Jimi.