Celebs are often attached to their hairstylists’ hips—and for good reason: They prep them to perfection before the flashbulbs pop. But what about those of us who aren’t on the A-list? We asked the gurus who tame the tresses of Julia Roberts, Jennifer Lopez, and Oprah Winfrey which products they rely on to take their muses from basic to bombshell. Use their tips to create your own star-worthy style at home.
Together 14 years
J.Lo called Oribe over a decade ago—and never hung up. “We work well together because I’m all about speed and she has a demanding schedule,” he says. “No matter what look we’re going for, I need to properly prime her hair to get the desired result—fast.” His magic potion: Oribe Royal Blowout Heat Styling Spray ($42; oribe.com), which minimizes drying time and offers a sleek finish. Spritz it onto damp ends as well as along the hairline. Then, using a round brush, direct your dryer’s nozzle downward so the heat smoothes the hair’s cuticle, eliminating frizz.
Together 18 years
Normant knows how to whip this Oscar winner’s waves into shape. “Julia loves her hair’s texture two days after it’s shampooed,” he says. “But on set, we have to mimic that look on soft, freshly washed strands.” To instantly give them that tousled appearance, he uses Serge Normant Meta Revive Dry Shampoo ($25; sergenormant.com). Pull up the top layer of your hair so you can reach the areas underneath—where you need volume. Next, spray the roots, letting the clear powder set, and finish by brushing it through from roots to ends.
Together 25 years
Being in the spotlight has its disadvantages: “Constant styling can take a toll on textured hair, since it’s dry by nature,” says Walker, who has kept this media mogul’s coif camera-ready since 1986. “My job is to make sure Oprah’s strands always look shiny and healthy.” Andre Walker Hair Quench-Essential Q-Oil ($35; andrewalkerhair.com), with hydrating argan oil, is his styler of choice. Simply warm a drop between your palms, apply it to wet locks from root to tip, then blow-dry. To amp up sheen on dry hair—without weighing down the roots—coat it lightly from mid-shaft to ends.