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25 hairstylists reveal the 1 product they can't live without

Here, 25 top hairstylists share their must-have healthy hair products to have luscious, shiny locks.
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Dull, dry, brittle strands — If that sounds familiar, there's a good chance your hair is in need of some TLC.

The good news is, there are plenty of miracle products on the market for hair such as styling tools, hair masks, drugstore shampoos and more. Many of these can help bring shine and gloss back to your mane. Here, 25 top hairstylists from across the country share their must-have healthy hair products.

Yep, it's that easy.

Shampoo and conditioner

1. Dove Radiant Shampoo and Conditioner

Dove Nutritive Solutions Radiant Shine Shampoo, $5, Walmart

Also available at Walgreens.

Dove Nutritive Solutions Radiant Shine Conditioner, $4, Walmart

Also available for $5 at Walgreens.

“Shiny hair starts with healthy hair and the flatter the cuticle, the better it reflects light. This affordable smoothing shampoo and conditioner helps to replenish moisture — you’ll notice your hair is incredibly nourished after just one wash and conditioning treatment,” said David Lopez, a celebrity hairstylist in New York City whose clients include Ashley Graham, Hailey Baldwin and Daniela Braga.

2. PhytoVolume Volumizing Shampoo, $22, Amazon

Also available for $24 at Ulta.

“This shampoo adds fullness, body and shine to all hair types. It’s my go-to when I want a fuller blowout and is especially great in the summer when hair tends to fall flat. To apply, wet your hair and then shampoo twice — the first shampoo takes away dirt and oil, while the second adds volume. Because this shampoo doesn’t contain silicones, parabens or sulfates, it won’t build up on the hair and weigh it down,” said Janet St. Paul, owner of Janet St. Paul Studio for Hair in Austin, Texas, whose celebrity clients include Diane Sawyer, Martha Stewart and Sigourney Weaver.

3. IGK Instafamous Blonde Conditioner, $18, Amazon

“I discovered this product on Instagram and was hooked after using it just once. It’s a purple-toned conditioner, great for highlighted and bleached blond hair, which oftentimes needs extra care. Apply it after shampooing to counter brassiness and add tons of moisture and shine to the hair,” said Adam Bogucki, a stylist and owner of Lumination Salon in Chicago.

4. Pureology Hydrate Shampoo, $29, Amazon

Also available in a larger size for $38 at Walmart.

“Shiny hair starts with a good foundation, meaning the right shampoo. This cleanser deeply moisturizes with a rich lather and zero sulfates — your hair will never feel weighed down. It also contains anti-fade ingredients to protect color from dulling. I've seen it transform even the driest strands. It’s like a big drink of water for your hair!” said Ting Ying, a stylist at the Licari Cutler Salon in New York City.

5. Nutiva Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, $20, Amazon

Also available at Target.

“(Coconut oil) is the perfect deep conditioner for your hair, leaving it looking healthy and full of shine. It can be used as a regular conditioner after shampooing, but it’s also great to take to the beach to prevent dehydrated strands while in the sun or water. Simply apply it all over and head outdoors,” said Keith Ayotte, a senior stylist and creative director at Sean Donaldson Hair in Miami Beach, Florida, whose celebrity clients include Lauren Hutton and Richard Branson.

Leave-in conditioners, hair treatments and styling creams

6. Garnier Whole Blends Replenishing Olive Leave-in Conditioner, $5, Walmart

Also available at Bed Bath & Beyond.

"This is my absolute favorite conditioner when it comes to moisturizing hair and making it look shiny all day. The formula is extremely lightweight, yet jam packed with hydrating ingredients like virgin-pressed olive oil and olive leaf extracts. And it smells amazing — fresh and vibrant without being overwhelming,” said Michael Duenas, a celebrity stylist whose clients include Lady Gaga, Mariah Carey and Lea Michele.

7. Neutrogena Triple Moisture Silk Touch Leave-In Cream, $9, Walmart

Also available for $16 (pack of three) at Amazon.

"I call this product my cure for hair abuse. It hydrates instantly by penetrating the hair shaft and leaving it smooth, frizz-free and manageable. For best results, apply to damp hair. Remember: It’s a leave-in treatment so it’s not to be rinsed out.

"Place a small dollop into your hands, rub your palms together for even distribution, and apply to the ends working the product up your shaft until you reach the roots. If it absorbs before you’re finished, it’s a sign to add more,” said Juan Carlos Maciques, a stylist at the Rita Hazan Salon in New York City whose celebrity clients include Jennifer Lopez and Chrissy Teigen.

8. Wella EIMI Perfect Me Lightweight Beauty Balm Lotion, $20, Ulta

“This lightweight beauty balm is my go-to product for taming frizz and creating beautiful, shiny hair. It works equally well on fine, straight hair as it does on course or curly hair. It can be used on damp or dry hair as well (a little goes a long way), and it’s an excellent heat protectant for when you’re using hot appliances,” said Julie Dickson, founder and head stylist at Pembley Hair Salon in New York City.

9. Lush Dirty Styling Cream, $39, Amazon

"This hair cream creates great shine since it’s loaded with hydrating cocoa butter, coconut and sandalwood oils. I love how versatile it is — it can be used on straight or curly hair for a smooth blowout or even as a pomade with a pixie style. An added bonus: the spearmint and tarragon scent!” said Nunzio Saviano, owner of Nunzio Saviano Salon in New York City, whose celebrity clients include Angelica Huston, Brooke Shields and Megan Hilty.

10. Color Wow Coconut Cocktail Bionic Tonic, $24, Amazon

Also available at Dermstore.

“This is my go-to shine product. In fact, I won’t do a blowout without it. It moisturizes dry hair using coconut oil — your brush will slide through your hair with ease — leaving you with a smooth and soft finish. I just apply a quarter-size amount to my palms and work it through freshly shampooed and conditioned hair before blow drying as usual,” said Eugene Smith, a stylist at the Serge Normant at John Frieda Salon in New York City, whose celebrity clients include Naomi Campbell, Hilary Duff and Kerry Washington.

11. L’Oréal Professionnel Expert Nutrifier Dryness Defense Balm, $18, Walmart

Also available for $20 at Ulta.

"I like my ends to look shiny and feel smooth and this conditioning balm does the trick every time, thanks to ingredients like glycerol, which hydrates and acts as a barrier against dryness, and coconut oil, which adds shine and softness. I apply it to my ends throughout the day when my hair is feeling dry to keep it healthy and touchable,” said Jill Engelsen, a senior hairstylist and educator at Butterfly Studio Salon, New York City.

12. Ouai Finishing Crème, $24, Nordstrom

Also available at Sephora.

“I discovered this cream during Miami Swim Week after using it to create beachy, goddess-inspired waves. I fell in love with how easily it adds shine and how well it controls frizz and flyaways. Simply run a dab throughout your hands and apply mid-shaft to ends before blow drying. The best part is, it never weighs hair down and leaves your hair with a great, floral-musky scent,” said Giovanni Vaccaro, creative director at GLAMSQUAD in New York City.

13. Kérastase Nectar Thermique, $34 (usually $43), Walmart

Also available for $28 at Amazon.

“This is a great product for dry hair — it creates volume, shine and bounce simply by applying it to damp hair, combing through from root to end. It also protects the hair from heat damage caused by styling. I discovered it when I was on a photo shoot and now I can’t live without it!” said Patrick Ferrara, a senior stylist at Julien Farel Restore Salon and Spa in New York City, whose celebrity clients include Olivia Palermo, Michael Kors and Barbra Streisand.

14. Olaplex No.3 Hair Perfector, $28, Amazon

Also available for $28 at Sephora.

“This product should be in everyone's hair rotation. It’s a once-a-week treatment that helps prevent damage caused by chemical treatments. Over and over again, I have seen clients come in with healthier hair when using this on a regular basis at home — they can go longer between haircuts, go blonder without breakage and extend the life of keratin treatments,” said Laurel Berg, a stylist and owner of the Laurel Beauty Lab in San Francisco.

15. Kérastase L’Incroyable Blowdry Lotion, $28, Amazon

Also available for $35 at Sephora.

“This product is my everyday go-to for boosting shine, enhancing body, fighting frizz and protecting against heat damage. Apply just a small amount to clean, damp hair before blow drying. The best thing about it? It has a shape memory — the heat-sensitive microwax technology allows hair to restyle effortlessly — no reapplication necessary. You can sport second or third day hair without worrying about creases,” said Bob Gartlan, a stylist at Maxine Salon in Chicago.

16. Oribe Supershine Moisturizing Cream Travel Size, $20, Amazon

Also available at Bloomingdale's.

“I take this product everywhere I go because it keeps hair looking and feeling moisturized all day long. It can be used on wet or dry hair — simply put a dime-sized amount in your hand and apply it evenly throughout the mid-shaft to the ends before styling as usual. After your hair is dry, you can add a little more for extra shine and to reduce flyaways,” said Jack Panico, a stylist and owner of Panico Salon in Ridgewood, New Jersey.

17. Virtue One For All 6-in-1 Styler, $36, Virtue Labs

“This all-in-one cream makes styling so much faster while giving off incredible shine and, at the same time, volume and movement. It protects against heat styling and is a great hydrator for people who color their hair. Honestly, I've used many hair products and this is the first time I can say I’ve found one that does it all,” said Temur Dzidziguri, a stylist at Sharon Dorram Color at Sally Hershberger in New York City, whose celebrity clients include Julia Roberts, Kate Hudson and Nicole Kidman.

Hair mist

18. L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Nutri-Gloss High Shine Glossing Mist, $9, Amazon

"Shine is so important when it comes to creating a healthy glow to the hair. I love to spritz this lightweight spray all over once hair is dry and styled for a soft-looking sheen. I consider it a top coat for the hair!" said Mara Roszak, a stylist and owner of the Mare Salon in West Hollywood, California, whose celebrity clients include Emma Stone, Brie Larson and Zoe Saldana.

19. It’s A 10 Miracle Leave-In Product, $15, Amazon

Also available for $15 at Walmart and for $19 Target.

"This product is truly a 10! It’s great for adding shine to dry, damaged hair with its moisturizing sunflower seed extract and silk amino acids. Just spray it on damp hair from mid-shaft to ends and let your hair air dry. I first used it on my daughter as a detangler and it made her hair so soft and manageable — now I’m hooked!” said Susanna Romano, a stylist and partner at Salon AKS, New York City, whose celebrity clients include Claire Danes, Christy Turlington and Sarah Michelle Gellar.

20. R+Co One Prep Spray, $21, Amazon

Also available at Nordstrom.

“There are many reasons to love this hair prep spray: It detangles and conditions, adds a layer of protection when heating styling and it works on all hair types and textures. Plus, it’s vegan, cruelty- and gluten-free, and contains no parabens or sulfates — making it pretty much the perfect product for healthy, shiny hair,” said Sal Malafronte, artistic director at the Mario Russo Salon in Boston, whose celebrity clients include Bridget Moynahan, America Ferrera and Anna Camp.


21. Condition 3-in-1 Hairspray, $14 (Pack of Three), Walmart

Also available for $3 at Walgreens.

“I was backstage at a runway show years ago when I witnessed this amazing hairspray being used by another hairdresser. It’s the perfect combo product: It holds your style in place, yet can be easily brushed without leaving residue thanks to the flexible polymers in the formula. Plus, it contains moisturizers and a built-in sunscreen to prevent hair from drying out in the sun,” said Sarah Potempa, a celebrity hairstylist whose clients include Lea Michele, Reese Witherspoon and Emily Blunt.

Hair masks

22. R+Co Palm Springs Pre-Shampoo Treatment Mask, $29, Amazon

Also available at Dermstore.

“I apply this mask before wrapping my hair up in a bun, and then let it sit overnight until I shampoo the next morning. It contains a mix of moisturizing oils and butters, leaving your hair feeling soft and looking shiny. If you don’t want to sleep in it, apply after shampooing and let it sit on your hair for as long as possible in the shower. It’s a little pricey but so worth it,” said Blair Masloski, a stylist at The Songbird Society salon in Dallas.

Hair serums

23. Brocato Shine Drops Smoothing Serum, $12, Amazon

Also available for $19 at JCPenney.

“For go-to shine that screams healthy hair, I love these drops! Clients rave over the floral fragrance and the shiny results that never weigh down fine hair. Apply a few drops by spreading it in the palm of your hands and then pat it on from the mid-shaft through the ends,” said Marcia Jaquez, the salon director for Adam Broderick Salon and Spa in Ridgefield, Connecticut.

24. John Frieda Frizz Ease Original Formula Serum, $12, Amazon

Also available for $10 at Walmart.

"This is my favorite product for shine — it’s infused with silk proteins and literally transforms dry, brittle hair into healthy, shiny hair without adding unwanted weight. It’s magic!” said celebrity stylist Sascha Breuer, whose clients include Anne Hathaway, Gigi Hadid, Jaime King and Rose Byrne.

25. TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shine Serum, $5, Target

Also available for $9 at Walmart.

“This product keeps hair looking smooth and feeling hydrated, while giving off a healthy looking sheen and taming frizz for hours! Simply apply one or two generous pumps to your hands, and work it throughout your hair from roots to ends. Apply a little more to the ends to keep them smooth,” said celebrity stylist John D., whose clients include Nicole, Scherzinger, Lea Michele and Evan Rachel Wood.

This article was originally published on May 15, 2017.