The Exact Products Hairstylists Use on Celeb Clients for Ridiculously Shiny Hair

If there’s one thing we know for sure, it’s that no one knows how to achieve shiny hair quite like a celebrity hairstylist. Sure, they’re equipped with some of the buzziest (and often the priciest) products on the market, but a lot of the time, the styles they’re able to produce are based solely on the skills they bring to the table. Thankfully, many of them take to Instagram to share their favorite behind-the-scenes styling tips so the rest of us can try them out at home.

Hot on the pursuit of that high-sheen, expensive-looking celeb hair, we dug through the feeds of some of the hottest hairstylists in the game to figure out exactly what they’re using to get their clients’ hair looking so luminous. From Yara Shahidi’s quenched curls to Scarlett Johansson’s luminous blonde tresses, we found the products to help ladies of all textures get the look. Read on for the deets.

When it comes to achieving luster for her largely curly-haired celebrity clientele, Johnson is known to reach for DevaCurl products, which are formulated specifically for curls, coils, and kinks.

Yet another staple Johnson regularly posts about, this Kérastase cream uses a heat-sensitive microwax technology that protects hair during heat styling, resulting in seriously shiny strands.

You’d be hard-pressed to find a celebrity hairstylist whose kit doesn’t include a brush or two from the renowned Mason Pearson brand. A quick scan of Johnson’s feed turns up countless appearances, as well. There may or may be some sort of sorcery at play with these beloved boar bristles. 

Scarlett called out this product as a key part of his SAG Awards kit last year, and judging by the luminous, piecey bob Robbie rocked that night (above), it’s the perfect finishing spray to hold a style and boost shine at the same time.

Scarlett became an ambassador for Moroccanoil in 2017, and maybe that has something to do with the ultra-shiny coifs he’s constantly churning out for his A-list clients. This OG product from the brand is beloved for its lightweight feel and instant shine-enhancing effect.

Adding texture doesn’t have to mean sacrificing shine. Scarlett agrees, saying in a recent post, “[I] love this product, it gives you tons of movement and volume while leaving the hair touchable and soft.”

Cho’s feed is an actual gold mine of shiny hair tips, including this tidbit about Suave Professionals Moroccan Infusion Styling Oil that we learned from Instagram: Combine the styling oil with argan oil and add to towel-dried hair for an easier blowout or to add shine to dried hair.

And speaking of easier blowouts, Cho has posted this sleek blow dryer as part of her styling arsenal. It’s definitely an investment piece, but it might just be the drying tool we’ve all been searching for. It infuses the hair with tiny water molecules as it dries to lock in moisture for added shine. 

“Styling tip: Add a dime/quarter size anti-frizz cream on towel-dried hair, scrunch, twist and let the summer breeze bring out your best summer waves,” Cho writes in another Instagram post.

Polko credits the handy T3 flat iron for the soft, satiny wave she gave to Steinfeld, pictured above. 

Polkos list of clients include some of the glossiest girls in the game, including Steinfeld. When creating the actress’s VMAs look this year, which was quite similar to the shiny style pictured above, Polko said in a press release that she prepped the hair with this leave-in conditioner by Pai-Shau.

Maybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s mousse! Polko also said that Steinfeld’s dreamy VMAs hair was prepped with this tea-infused styling mousse.  Up next, Zendaya just wore our favorite hairstyle for hiding greasy roots.

By Who What Wear

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