Sure, the drugstore has plenty of goodies in the beauty aisle, but sometimes you need a trip to the beauty supply store. Allure dishes on the necessities you should pick up.
Beauty supply stores might look overwhelming — but they're actually hiding a collection of products that will transform the way you style your hair. I asked top hairstylists for the eight things you need — and won't find anywhere else:
Better Hair Pins. No, not all hair pins are created equal. If you want every updo to stay up, grab a variety of sizes and styles. Hairstylist Mark Townsend swears by Diane Hair Pins for supporting updos. And hairstylist Adir Abergel won't send a girl down the red carpet without Gloria Haarpfeil Wig Pins. "They hold up the heaviest hair," he says.
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Clean Spoolies. You thought they were just for lashes? How quaint. Townsend sprays his with hairspray to clean up very fine edges and flyaways on delicate styles. With more stubborn pieces, he uses the same approach with a boar-bristle toothbrush (yes, also found at beauty supply stores).
Bungee cords. They're intimidating as hell, but we promise they hold up the tightest ponytails. Hairstylist Yann Varin says he won't do a backstage show without them. To simplify, hold the base of your ponytail with one hand while wrapping the bungee around with the other. "It's really simple once you try it two to three times," Varin promises.
Caruso Steam Rollers. Townsend discovered these when he broke his finger and couldn't wield a round brush—now they're one of his favorite tools. To get the best results, shake off the water first and roll your hair around them vertically for gorgeous waves.
Duckbill Clips. Set your blowout with these and you'll never have to worry about droopy waves again, says hairstylist Matt Fugate.
Raw hair oils. Townsend picks up jojoba and keratin oils for his clients who want deep, natural conditioners. Just be wary of keratin oil. "It can stain blonde hair," says Townsend.
Better combs. The combs at beauty supply stores are better quality and beautifully designed, says hairstylist Nathaniel Hawkins. If you choose one, make it a rat-tail comb for backcombing, parting, and finishing a style, says Hawkins.
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