For the rich and famous, it would be unthinkable to hit the catwalk, the red carpet or any A-list event without a visit to a top hairstylist first. Perfecting just about any hairstyle takes time, money and skill. Whether you’ve got a pixie cut like Jennifer Lawrence or long locks like Sofia Vergara, chances are you’ll spend some serious time in the salon before a publicity event. Some celebrity hairstylists in the United States, such as Ted Gibson, are known to charge as much as $1000 for a cut and style.
Regardless of whether you’ve got your own hairstylist or not, there are many professional tools on the market that can have you looking like a celeb in no time. A study recently commissioned in the UK by hair company Toni & Guy found that women spend, on average, about $50,000 on their hair in their lifetimes. Whether you’re after curls, waves, volume or something else, your styling will be helped greatly by using the best professional styling tools and the best hair products. Any hair care professional will tell you that investing in quality products and tools will help you on your way to shiny, silky, hair perfection – and help you save a lot of time in front of the mirror too!
Common tools used by celebrity hairstylists include high-speed blow dryers with multiple temperature settings, automatic curling irons, straightening tools that minimize frizz and maximize shine, luxurious brushes and more. Ever wondered what the pick of the crop is? We have put together a list of 10 of the best and most wanted hairstyling tools on the planet and told you which celebrity hairstylists use them.
10 Y.S. Park YS-701 Hairbrush – $70
This oval paddle brush, by Japanese brand Y.S. Park, is known for de-tangling hair and creating shine, and costs about $70. The brush has dual bristles (made of a combination of nylon and boar) and a wooden handle. It’s designed to brush through even very thick hair without snagging it. Celebrity hairstylist Ted Gibson, who has more than a decade’s experience working with high-profile clients including Anne Hathaway and Angelina Jolie, names this brush as one of his favorite hairstyling tools. He said he first came across it at a beauty store in Paris, and he found that it definitely “lived up to the hype”. He uses these brushes at his New York City salon, where clients are charged $950 or more for a cut and style.
9 Mason Pearson Pocket Mixture Hairbrush – $88
Mason Pearson brushes have been around for a long time – they were patented over 100 years ago and they continue to get rave reviews from celebrities and their hair stylists despite their price tags which some models can stretch up to $200 a piece. Celebs who swear by these brushes include Angelina Jolie, Mariah Carey and Sofia Vergara. This pocket mixture hairbrush in particular helps to stimulate the scalp, which can avoid flakiness. It also leaves hair silky and without damage. Available for $88 at Nordstrom, the handy Mason Pearson Pocket Mixture hair brush is used by the likes of Heidi Klum. She was quoted as saying that despite the high price, it’s a brush that works and that “gets all the snags without ripping hair out”.
8 Solano Super Solano 232 black 1875 Watt– $90
Celebrity hairstylist Serge Normant says after trying “all the fancy dryers” available on the market he found himself always coming back to the Super Solano Hair Dryer, which costs $90. Serge Normant has worked with the likes of Julia Roberts and Sarah Jessica Parker, and charges about $600 for a cut and style at his New York City salons (one uptown and one downtown). He likes this Super Solano dryer because it is classic, reaches premium temperatures and various speeds. The dryer has three temperature settings and two speed settings, as well as a cold shot button to set curls. It uses infrared heat to dry hair from the inside out and keep hair healthier.
7 Sultra The Bombshell Rod Curling Iron – $150
This curling tool creates a bunch of different styles including tight curls, loose curls and beach-style waves. It uses ceramic technology to mend hair while it is styling it – so it’s perfect for colored or dry hair. Available at Sephora for $150, it heats up quickly to temperatures of up to 360 degrees and has an auto shutdown feature. This Sultra tool is known to have been used extensively by celebrity hairstylist Omar Lopez, who happens to also be the co-founder of the Sultra Beauty company. Based in New York City, Lopez (who was born in Puerto Rico) has worked with rich and famous clients including Lindsay Lohan, Nicole Richie and Ivanka Trump.
6 CHI Touch Dryer 1875 Watts – $200
With all the gadgets out there these days, it’s no wonder the technology is reaching the hairstyling industry. This blow dryer has a built-in, three-inch color LCD touch screen – and it’s the world’s first hair dryer to have this technology. It uses infrared heat to dry hair from the inside out, and its 1875 watt power reduces drying time by up to 50%. On top of that, it's up to 40% more lightweight than other CHI hairdryers. Making its first appearance on the TV show Celebrity Apprentice, this touchscreen tool is known as being easy to use, and as having a quiet yet powerful motor. It’s also known as helping to eliminate frizz and create a sleek look for hair. Farouk Shami, who owns the hair care company Farouk Systems, appeared on the TV show for the dryer’s launch – as did Donald Trump.
5 Sarah Potempa Beachwaver Rotating Curling Iron – $200
Celebrity hairstylist Sarah Potempa is the mastermind behind this versatile curling iron, which retails for approximately $200. She’s worked with a bunch of famous clients including Mary Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen, and Christina Hendricks. She’s even trimmed Barack Obama’s eyebrows. In her experience as a hairstylist, she says she’s noticed that more and more celebs are after “easy” hairstyles. That, of course, includes styles such as loose curls or waves and that’s where this curling iron comes in. It’s easy to use and designed to be used by everyday people – not just professional stylists. You simply clamp the hair into the base, press the button, and the barrel will spin and wrap around the hair. Afterwards, you can loosen the tight curls up by just running your fingers through them. This curling iron uses patented technology that was developed after more than two years of research, and it can heat up to as high as 450 degrees within 30 seconds. It has a protective ceramic rod and it's infused with gold powder to keep the heat constant throughout the tool for an even finish.
4 T3 Featherweight 2 Dryer – $200
This professional hair dryer, available at Bloomingdales for about $200, is super lightweight, making it much easier to hold up while you’re drying your long locks. One of the world’s top celebrity hairstylists, Mark Townsend, is a fan of this dryer. He’s styled the hair of celebs such as Amy Adams, Lea Michele, January Jones, Jessica Biel and Jennifer Lawrence. He says he likes this dryer best due to its “adjustable heat settings”. You can choose medium heat for fine hair, high heat for coarse hair, and also use the cooling button to set curls at the end. Overall, it has two speed settings, three temperature settings and the Cool Shot button. Research by a third party laboratory shows that the dryer can dry hair up to 64% faster than other dryers, and that it can account for a 73% reduction in frizz.
3 GHD V Wonderland Styler – $220
This limited edition straightening iron was launched just this winter, and is the latest in a huge collection of highly sought after GHD styling tools, most of which cost at least $200. This tool makes even the curliest of hair turn dead straight for at least a day, without drying the hair out. It’s also sleek and lightweight, and reaches optimal temperatures of about 185 degrees Celsius. After 30 minutes, the tool goes into sleep mode and automatically turns off for safety reasons. GHD is well known as a creator of professional styling tools. They were the first ever hair tool sponsor of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in 2013. Stylists used GHD tools – and Victoria’s Secret hair products – to create sleek, wavy and curly styles for underwear models hitting the catwalk.
2 Harry Josh Pro Tools Ceramic Styling Iron – $250
Available at hairenvy.com, this $250 styling tool is one of the most sought after. It delivers sleek, straight styles with added shine and smoothness. It has a quicker heat-up time than many straightening tools on the market (about 45 seconds) plus different heat settings (from 210-400 degrees Fahrenheit) and patented plate technology. It also boasts universal voltage so you can use it worldwide and it has a 9-foot cord so you can move around the room as your straighten your hair. Harry Josh is undoubtedly one of the top A-list hairstylists, having worked with Gisele Bundchen, Miranda Kerr and Kate Upton.
1 Harry Josh Pro Tools Dryer 2000, 1875 Watts – $300
There are endless reviews from top hairstylists saying this mint green $300 professional hair dryer is worth every cent. The 1875-watt hair dryer, which Harry Josh says is a "lifelong bathroom investment", is lightweight, with technology that minimizes frizz and reduces drying time. Air comes out of the dryer at a speed of 81 miles per hour. Users report that it would shorten their hair drying time by up to half, as well as seeing more shine. On top of that, a special filtration system means its energy consumption is reduced by 70%. Soon after its 2013 release, Andy LeCompte commented on the dryer’s excellent performance. LeCompte has worked with celebrity clients including Reese Witherspoon, Madonna, Katie Holmes and Megan Fox. This mint green dryer supposedly has a life span of about 200 hours - or 15 years worth of hair drying.