What’s your most important accessory? Your hair… you wear it 365 days a year! Bobbie Thomas, “Today” contributor and co-host of “Fashion Police,” shares the best tools, tips and toppers for best tressed hair.
ToolsNo glam squad? No worries. Arm yourself like a pro with these celebrity-stylist favorites.
Drugstore irons sometimes lack in performance because of their low thermal abilities, therefore leaving you flat. But if you’re in search of some reliable bounce, Hot Tools curling irons are literally the hottest in Hollywood! The signature gold barrels come in a large assortment of sizes and shapes, with an adjustable temperature gauge to ensure perfect coils. $29-$45, folica.com
For sleek sexy hair, Rusk’s Ceramic Str8 irons create smooth, silky soft strands without frizz. The ceramic plates distribute heat evenly and cause less damage to the outer cuticle layer than traditional appliances. The line even offers a porcelain-ceramic Color Freak iron, developed especially for color-treated hair. $150-$170, rusk1.com
Invest and save time on the mane event. Hairstylist Luke O’Connor dries Debra Messing’s hair in half the time with HairArt’s T3 Tourmaline dryer, while Jennifer Aniston can skip a step with her T3 Wet-to-Dry iron, which steams hair dry while it straightens. The secret? Negative ions, infrared heat, and genuine crushed tourmaline combine for fast and fabulous results. $130-$200, sephora.com
Tease with ease! A triple-row teasing combs help lift with less stress on the shaft. Get maximum height without tearing your hair or tiring out your arm. $1.60, Naimie’s Beauty Center: 818-655-9933
Baby your precious locks and tackle knots painlessly with Goody’s Ouchless brushes, designed to prevent snagging and pulling. Select from seven different styles for a perfect match to your hair type. $4-$10, Target stores
And for a superstar-looking blow-dry without a trip to the salon, ceramic anti-static round brush barrels are your best bet. Industrie’s brushes are a professional favorite because the collection features Plasmium Liquid-Gel handles that conform to your hand for a no-slip comfortable grip. $45, beauty.com
TipsHere are a few secret weapons to help you keep gray at bay, add shine and tackle trouble at the root.Cover those roots and say good-bye to gray with ColorMark Professional’s instant temporary hair color. Sold complete with a mini comb for precise one-step application touch-ups at home. Although it will not rub off like a mascara or crayon, it will wash out in two to three shampoos. $20, colormarkpro.com
Sometimes keeping hair coiffed perfectly can leave it dull and dry. A professional treatment may be what you need, such as one from Ish Rescue, which literally melts crystals into your hair for that red carpet shine. The heat-boosted moisture-based hair system helps to repair broken bonds along the shaft, leaving hair silky for weeks. A home version is also available, for use with your blow dryer, with results lasting up to a week. $27-$200, IshRescue.com
And remember, a great head of hair starts with your scalp. Kiehl’s all-natural treatments condition and cleanse at the root to keep your noggin in peak form, giving you the best body while helping to avoid oily roots and pesky flakes. $16-$24, Kiehls.comToppers
Last but not least, no need to look! Here are the … hair accessories, the simple hair accessories. (You remember “Jungle Book,” don't you?)From homemade versions to Hollywood favorites, headbands are undeniably one of the season’s sweetest trends — popping up on everyone from Reese Witherspoon to Hilary Duff. If you’re feeling crafty, try making your own with trimming supplies and some Velcro. If not, Lavender Girl’s fun collection of headbands and scarves will give you a helping hand, with built-in elastics to prevent slippage. $7-$62, LavenderGirl.com
Add an element of couture and a touch of detail with Jennifer Oullette’s collection. The designer transforms the classic headband with unique materials such as feathers and tulle. $50-$100, JenniferOullette.comPony up … tails are all the rage in Tinseltown. The SAG red carpet was swinging with fancy styles from the likes of Charlize Theron, Hilary Swank, Katherine Hiegel, and even little Dakota Fanning. Designer Louis Vuitton offers haute couture hair candy with monogram hair ties that have fashionistas drooling. $210, select Louis Vuitton stores
And for us babes on a budget, you can slick hair back with Goody’s Dangerous Affair ponytailers and Ouchless elastics. $3-$5, Target stores
Go undercover in style with these hot hats! From plaid to houndstooth, Jessica Simpson can hide a bad hair day with one of her half-dozen Jacqueline Lamont derby caps. $106-$110; Dari, 818-762-3274
Gals like Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon and Black Eyed Peas siren Fergie add a hint of Rat Pack-era glamour with the help of Miguel Torres and his fedoras with flair. The tweed styles feature snap-on flower and feather accents that add a feminine touch. $99; Lotta, 323-852-0520