Now you can have that just-left-the-salon look every day when you leave your home.

By Rachel Wermager
Updated February 27, 2020
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Hairstylists know how to make your hair look amazing—and they also know tons of useful hacks to help you keep it in top shape. Although there's no better way to beautifully blown-out hair from the salon, we have the next best thing. We asked the professionals to share their best-kept secrets and shortcuts to solve common hair dilemmas. (Because everyone deserves to have a good hair day, and not just when you're paying hundreds of dollars.) Whether you're trying to tame frizz or want to prevent bobby pins from slipping out of your hair, we've got the inside scoop on the best hacks only your stylist would know.

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1. Artificial Sweetner Cuts Dye Irritation

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, which you can buy for $4.64 at Walmart, to the color mix. The pH levels of the sugar substitute help offset or lessen ammonia's uncomfy side effect, she says.

2. SPF Tames Frizz

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. We like Supergoop's unseen sunscreen, for $34 at Sephora. The thick lotion tames frizz while giving your strands and scalp some protection against UVA and UVB rays.

3. Baby Powder Doubles as Dry Shampoo

When Devin Toth, a 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. There are also powder dry shampoos available, including Bumble & bumble's version for $28 at Ulta.

4. Hidden Ponytails Keep Sleek Styles in Place

A low-maintenance hairstyle that looks super polished is great for travel or the office. 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 hide behind the rest of your hair resting on top of it, and your tuck will stay in place all day, he says.

5. Lip Balm Prevents Dye Stains

No one wants 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 color proof barrier. Sugar's advanced lip therapy treatment, for $26 at Sephora, is useful for your strands and your pout.

6. A Can of Hairspray Can Smooth Flyaways

Matt Fugate, a consulting hairstylist at Kérastase Paris, uses the actual hairspray can to smooth flyaways. (We recommend R+Co's outer space flexible hair spray, for $32 at Saks Fifth Avenue)..) Holding the can like a round brush, Fugate places it to the hair and runs it down from root to tip.

7. Aquaphor Boosts Shine

Enzo Angileri, celebrity hairstylist for Infusium 23, always keeps a tube of the rich skin moisturizer, which you can buy for just $6.79 at Walgreens, 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.

8. Dry Shampoo Secures Bobby Pins

If hair accessories always seem to slide down your strands, this trick is for you. Celebrity hair and makeup artist Erica Whelan spritzes her bobby pins with Pssst!'s dry shampoo ($6.99, Ulta) before popping them into her client's hair. The powdery coating gives the pins more grip so that they won't slip out of even the finest strands.

9. Eyeshadow Covers Gray Roots

It turns out, your go-to neutral shadow has more applications than, well, coloring lids and brows. To cover silvery roots in a pinch, celebrity hairstylist Ricardo Rojas dusts them with a powder eyeshadow in the same shade as his client's hair. Check out Urban Decay's mini palette, for $29 at Sephora, which includes several shadows.

10. Espresso Colors Hair

A shot of espresso doesn't just give you a much-needed energy boost. When the hair color goal is a deep chocolate hue, Rojas adds the strong drink to his hair color mix.

To get some more insider information, talk to your stylist at your next appointment. They likely have plenty of hair-related wisdom they're willing to share.

Comments (3)

July 22, 2018
I’m desperate. My top hair, mostly sides, is poor and fizzy but not curly, compared to my ‘underhair’ which is smooth with structured curls. Suggestions please. Thank you for reply
July 22, 2018
I love this! How cool to use flat iron to curl! Just heat and twirl. And, I like that makeup tip. Useful.
July 22, 2018
As a retired hairdreser I would NOT recommend trying any of this.