Trying to figure out which hair products and tools are worth splurging on can be rather exhausting if you ask us. Add in the fact that you’re on a serious beauty budget and things get even more twisted. That’s when you turn to the experts! Here are five items the professionals say you should absolutely invest in.
1. Shampoo & Conditioner
After spending countless hours (and money) in the salon trying to achieve the perfect hue, now is not the time to skimp on shampoo and conditioner, warns internationally renowned hair and makeup artist Sherri Jessee. “Be sure to use stylist recommended petrochemical-free, sulfate-free color protecting shampoos and conditioners in order to maintain the longevity of your hair color.”
2. Heat Protection Products
If you’re a daily styling person, Hollywood hair stylist John McCormick stresses that you must, must, must splurge on heat protection products. “Repeated blow drying, flat ironing and curling irons at high heats will leave your hair dry and brittle without a layer of protection. Look for styling products that have little to no alcohol, and spray on a light mist before you begin styling,” he suggests.
3. Heat Styling Tools
When it comes to styling tools, you can choose to splurge and save, says Master Stylist Caile Noble at the Serge Normant at John Frieda Salon in LA. “If you’re looking for a blow dryer, all you need is one that gets hot and has a great force of airflow. You don’t have to spend a ton of money on blow dryers, plain and simple.”
As far as hot tools like curling irons and flat irons go, you should splurge a little more on these, but there’s no need to overdo it. You just want to make sure your styling tools are ceramic and not metal, advises Noble. “Ceramic is less damaging on the hair and allows you to achieve a more polished look. While they do cost a bit more, if you shop around, you can find ceramic styling tools at reasonable prices. That way, you’ll feel good about the splurge,” he says.
4. Hair Products With Sunscreen
Protecting your hair from the sun (particularly if you color it) is just as important as protecting your skin, notes Jessee. “Many leave-in conditioners, styling products and hairsprays contain UVB/UVA absorbers that will help shield your locks from sun fadage.”
5. The Best Brush
A great brush can truly make all the difference! Sherri Jessee recommends consulting your professional stylist to find out what type of brush works best for you. “Different brushes are needed for different styles and lengths of hair. You’ll absolutely get better results when using a good quality brush however.” And that, our friends, we can promise!
Need a little more brush education? Get the scoop here.