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By By Molly Longman
March 05, 2019
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Even top hairstylists will take a few shortcuts in their hair routines from time to time. If these busy style and color pros don't do frequent shampoos and monthly salon appointments, then we're all officially off the hook. Try their refreshingly realistic routines. (Related: 5 Women with Different Hair Types Share Their Hair-Care Routines)

Master the Touch-Up

"On days when I don't wash my hair, I spritz Tresemmé Between Washes Style Refresh All-in-1 Spray ($5, all over-it doesn't build up-then use a blow-dryer to revive my volume and shine. Next, I grab my GHD Platinum+ Styler ($249,; its rounded edges let me create curls, waves, or sleek strands. A few gray hairs have popped up around my face, so I cover those with Tresemmé Root Touch-Up Spray ($8,, then pin my hair to the side with my new Kitsch X Justine Marjan Classic Rhinestone Bobby Pins ($49," (Related: I Buy This $5 Dry Shampoo by the Case)

-Justine Marjan, Tresemmé celebrity hairstylist

Invest In a Shower Head

"Since I installed a Raindrops Luxe filter and showerhead ($120,, I don't have to dye my hair as often. It protects strands from hue-stripping chlorine, bacteria, and algae. Another move to keep color brass-free: Apply violet-tinted Garnier Nutrisse Ultra Color Nourishing Anti-Brass Treatment ($9, once a week. Out of the shower, I reach for In Common Magic Myst Universal Elixir ($35, I apply it on damp hair for protection from heat tools, but I also spray it on dry hair for a quick refresh." (Here are five ways to save fried, over-processed hair.)

-Nikki Lee, Garnier celebrity hair colorist and co-owner of Nine Zero One salon in Los Angeles

Mask Weekly

"I try to wash my hair weekly and then let the Amika the Kure Intense Repair Mask ($38, sit in my strands for 10 minutes. After I rinse, I work in Melanin Haircare Twist-Elongating Style Cream ($17, to set my wash-and-go; it pretty much guarantees that my curls air-dry beautifully while I run after my toddler instead of wasting an hour styling my hair. On no-wash days, I apply Amika Silken Up Dry Conditioner ($25,; it's like scented fabric softener for my dry hair."

-Naeemah LaFond, global artistic director of Amika