<p>Hairstylists are full of all sorts of cool, unconventional tricks that make styling and coloring hair a cinch. We asked a few top pros to reveal some of their best secrets.</p>
The chemicals in hair dye, like ammonia, can cause an irritated, itchy scalp. To prevent it, Stephanie Brown, colorist at Nunzio Salon in New York City, adds a few packets of Sweet'N Low to the color mix. The pH levels of the sugar substitute help offset or lessen ammonia's uncomfy side effect, she says.
Want a slicked-back style for a summer day? Johnny Lavoy, celebrity stylist for PRO Beauty Tools, uses a dollop of a creamy sunscreen as a styler. The thick lotion tames frizz while giving your strands and scalp some protection against UVA and UVB rays.
When Devin Toth, hairstylist at SCK Salon in New York City, needs to refresh hair or build volume, he reaches for baby powder instead of dry shampoo. "I like the application because you can pour it on one specific spot," he says. "Sprays cover a broader area." Or, if sprayed too close to the hair, it delivers too much product, he says.
When creating a tucked-behind-the-ear look, Toth pulls the section of hair taut and anchors in a low pony behind the nape of the neck. The pony will be completely hidden by the rest of your hair resting on top of it, and your tuck will stay in place all day, he says.
Nothing is worse than a ring-around-the-hairline stain from hair dye. Lavoy prevents it by coating the surrounding skin using a stick of lip balm before coloring hair. The waxy balm acts as a colorproof barrier.
Matt Fugate, Kérastase Paris Consulting Hairstylist uses the actual can to smooth flyaways. Holding it like a round brush, Fugate places the can to the hair and runs it down from root to tip.
Enzo Angileri, celebrity hairstylist for Infusium 23, always keeps a tube of the rich skin moisturizer in his on-set bag. First, Angileri thins out the thick ointment by rubbing it between his fingers. Then he applies it directly to flyaways. Angileri says you can also apply it to dehydrated ends. "They appear healthy and shiny immediately," he says.
Celebrity hair and makeup artist Erica Whelan spritzes her bobby pins with Pssst! Dry Shampoo ($7; ulta.com) before popping them into hair. The powdery coating gives the pins more grip, so they won't slip out of even the finest strands.
To cover silver-y roots in pinch, celebrity hairstylist Ricardo Rojas dusts them with powder eyeshadow in the same shade as his client's hair.
A shot of espresso doesn't just give you a much-needed energy boost. When the goal is a deep chocolate hue, Rojas adds the strong drink to his hair color mix.