10 Of NYC's Coolest Women Share Their Hair Tips & Tricks

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Whether you spend an hour on it every morning or an easy-breezy five minutes, no one can deny that a good hair day can make your day, and we could all use a tip here and there. Take celebrity stylist Sally Hershberger, for instance. Even she relies on a surprising trick to score the perfectly tousled manes she's famous for: mousse. "It completes my haircuts," she tells Refinery29. "Mousse gives the hair guts and builds the foundation for anything else — I've been using it even when people didn't think it was a good thing."

Whether it’s coconut oil, apple-cider vinegar, eight-hour conditioning, or that drugstore product you swear by, everyone has a hair secret — and we want in on the best ones. So, we asked 10 New York influencers who give us MAJOR #hairenvy to share their tips and tricks for looking salon-worthy daily.
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Name: Lina Wahlgren
Job: Art director, W magazine

What is your ultimate tip for looking salon-ready daily?
"Dry shampoo! It gives your hair texture and volume while absorbing the greasiness."

Are there any hair products you use daily or swear by?
"Philip B Russian Amber Imperial Insta-Thick hairspray, Eleven Australia Miracle Hair Treatment, Captain Blankenship Days at Sea Dry Shampoo, and John Masters Organics shampoo, conditioner, and Sculpting Clay Medium Hold."

Describe your morning routine.
"After I’ve washed my hair, I comb through it with a wide-tooth comb and put in some of the Miracle Hair Treatment from Eleven. Then, I usually just let my hair air-dry; if I'm in a hurry, I'll blowdry it very quickly to avoid damage. Once dry, I spray in some of the Philip B hair-thickening spray, control the frizziness with the sculpting clay, and voilà: I got myself a controlled, messy 'do!"

Do you have any surprising hacks for killer locks?
"Coconut oil is the best thing, ever! I use it as a hydrating hair mask, but also to remove my makeup at night and to moisturize my body. I've also started doing a mask with avocado and honey once a week, which has made my hair look extra-shiny."

If you had to describe your hair vibe in one word, what would it be?
"Messy!"
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Name: Solange Franklin
Job: Stylist and assistant to Giovanna Battaglia

What is your ultimate tip for looking salon-ready daily?
"My haircut is the backbone of my public presentation; I can wash and go without fuss now that I have a proper cut. My hair's been natural for 14 years, but I only stopped straightening it a couple of years ago. I always had it cut while it was straight: It was easier, 99% of hair professionals cut straight hair, and I had bangs, which were an uncharacteristically high-maintenance factor. But, once I committed to curly life, it was just wonky. I went to Ion Studio for my first great curly cut, and then to Miss Jessie's because their products smell heavenly."

Are there any hair products you use daily or swear by?
"Really and truly, just conditioner. My mom gets a surplus of Wen delivered each month, so I take her extras. If her supply runs out, I'll likely keep purchasing it. My fiancé uses it more than I do, though. So, maybe I'll make him buy it."

Describe your morning routine.
"Fluff and go."

Do you have any surprising hacks for killer locks?
"Once a week, detangling duty with my double-toothed Ouidad comb. The comb is as close to life-changing as you can get with an inanimate object. Admittedly, I often miss this weekly [ritual] due to my travel schedule. I require about a pound of conditioner to comb through everything, and since I refuse to check my personal bag when traveling, detangling rarely happens."

If you had to describe your hair vibe in one word, what would it be?

"Funky."
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Name: Leslie Kirchhoff
Job: DJ/photographer

What is your ultimate tip for looking salon-ready daily?
"Keep a mini-brush on you at all times. Nothing looks more straight-from-the-salon than freshly brushed hair with a little shine. Honestly, I wish I had learned that much earlier in life."

Are there any hair products you use daily or swear by?
"Redken Diamond Oil Shampoo and Conditioner, and a little bit of Aveda Smooth Infusion after I wash my hair. Then, if it needs any product when I’m styling it, I usually use Oribe's Dry Texturizing Spray or Après Beach Wave and Shine Spray. Sometimes, I'll use Redken Wind Blown, which is similar to the texturizing spray. R+Co Death Valley Dry Shampoo is also a lifesaver."

Describe your morning routine.
"It's usually just a quick brush-through. If I need to, I'll use my straightener a bit to touch up my waves."

Do you have any surprising hacks for killer locks?
"I only wash my hair once or twice a week, and when I do use product, I try to use as little as possible. I also make sure to let my conditioner sit in my hair for at least five to 10 minutes each time I condition."

If you had to describe your hair vibe in one word, what would it be?
"Beachy."
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Name: Brie Welch
Job: Fashion editor, Garance Doré

What is your ultimate tip for looking salon-ready daily?

"I would say...visit a salon! Ha! But, for me, it's a good haircut: something that doesn't take any extra styling beyond your own confidence."

Are there any hair products you use daily or swear by?
"Biolage shampoo and Moroccanoil."

Describe your morning routine.
"If I shower at night, nothing! If it's in the morning, I shampoo with Biolage, put some Moroccanoil through my hair, and hop on my bike for what I like to call an eco-friendly hair-drying."

Do you have any surprising hacks for killer locks?
"Sometimes, I'll tie a silk scarf around my neck, with my damp hair under it while it dries to keep from the dreaded 'first-day' hair. I also think the silk helps keep a bit of shine in!"

If you had to describe your hair vibe in one word, what would it be?
"Easy."
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Name: Tara Sowlaty
Job: Cofounder of How You Glow, natural-foods chef, and health coach

What is your ultimate tip for looking salon-ready daily?
"I’m personally into the more natural hair look — messy without being too messy, and perfect without looking too perfect. That being said, my personal hair tip is letting it dry in a braid after taking a shower — it looks even better as the days go on. Keeping my hair moisturized is key for keeping it looking good on a daily basis."

Are there any hair products you use daily or swear by?
"I switch between two different brands that I love: Oribe Gold Lust Repair and Davines Love products. They’re both super-moisturizing and leave my hair feeling silky-soft. My hair tends to be on the drier side, and switching between these two products has been the perfect combination. I’ve noticed that when I use one product for too long, my hair gets used to it, so it’s important to switch things up!"

Describe your morning routine.
"The less I do to my hair, the better — combing and brushing is not for me. I usually run some essential oils or my favorite Le Labo perfume through my hair to add some extra shine and delicious smells."

Do you have any surprising hacks for killer locks?
"I usually only shampoo my hair once a week, and the rest of the days I use just conditioner. I purposely don’t thoroughly wash out my conditioner, so it lasts in my hair. Once I get out of the shower, I towel-dry my hair and use avocado oil to lock in the moisture. I’ve found that coconut oil can leave my hair looking too greasy, whereas avocado oil has the perfect consistency and is super-effective."

If you had to describe your hair vibe in one word, what would it be?

"Lustrous."
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Name: Liana Weston
Job: Talent and bookings manager, Into the Gloss and Glossier

What is your ultimate tip for looking salon-ready daily?
"Growing up, I was the girl in class with elaborate braids, ponytails, pigtails, and buns — my styling game was on-point, thanks to my mother, and my hair-accessory collection was award-worthy (think Iris Apfel-level...but on my head). I was only allowed to wear my hair down on Fridays! So, later on, when I was able to dictate my personal routine, I gravitated toward finding a healthy balance between an untamed [and a] stylized appearance.

"When I want to achieve a sleeker, salon-ready look from home, I like to keep my California roots in mind. The key for me is a simplistic, less tortured approach to different sections. I’ll use a round brush as I blow out my front layers, to give my hair volume and Farrah Fawcett-like structured waves, but only lightly dry the back with the dryer nozzle attached. Then, I twist (not too tightly!) up the back section in a small fish clip to let it sit and curl naturally while I get ready. When I remove the clip, I get a Brigitte Bardot, joie de vivre texture that feels effortless (no prom curls here!). The result? A stellar, speedster blowout that’s not too forced or complex."

Are there any hair products you use daily or swear by?
"Emily Weiss, founder and CEO of Into the Gloss and Glossier, recently said to our team, ‘I hope Glossier hacks beauty by breaking down the false notion that more expensive means better,’ and I couldn’t agree more with that philosophy. That’s also my all-encompassing motto when it comes to the hair products I use. My shampoo and conditioner are always drugstore-bought and nothing fancy. If it ain’t broke (or split-ends), don’t fix it, right?

"On days I want to hang with the curly-hair crew, I like to use L’Oréal’s Studio Springing Curls Mousse to give my hair that extra bounce that will hold for an entire day. My sister introduced me to the Wet Brush, which is amazing for my long locks — I’m pretty sure it’s for kids, but that’s neither here nor there. Cristophe’s travel-size Dry Shampoo is my ultimate. It’s beyond affordable and convenient for throwing into your work bag or taking on trips. I’m old-school at heart and like sticking with the basics, so I prefer Vidal Sassoon hair dryers because the different levels of intensity and temperatures work best for me.

"My big splurge item is Oribe's Royal Blowout Heat Styling Spray. I was fortunate enough to have met him on a Vogue cover shoot with Rihanna that involved styling many wigs. He taught me how to properly use his products, and I've been hooked ever since. This spray, in particular, is good for heat protection and preventing any further damage."

Describe your morning routine.
"My hair has a personality of its own, and the way I dress on the daily usually depends on my mane’s mood and temperament when I wake up. Whether it's voluminous or flat and oily, I’ll decide if I want to pull a throwback and do an ornate hairstyle à la young me, or let it down to do its thing."

Do you have any surprising hacks for killer locks?
"My only real go-to secret is that I like to tease my hair, even if it's not for an updo. I’ll slightly tease with a thin comb and then weave my fingers through the layers with a little bit of Cristophe’s Dry Shampoo to maximize volume. It’s an easy takeaway trick to use when I go out at night straight from the office, so that my after-hours look is just as fresh as it was in the beginning of the day."

If you had to describe your hair vibe in one word, what would it be?
"Chameleon-like."
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Name: Karla Martinez de Salas
Job: Cofounder, Piamita and fashion consultant

What is your ultimate tip for looking salon-ready daily?
"I wash my hair almost every day! Unless I get a blowout, which means I can go two days maximum without it looking oily."

Are there any hair products you use daily or swear by?
"I love Leonor Greyl oil for body, face, and hair — I use that when it's hot outside."

Describe your morning routine.
"I wash my hair pretty much every day. I use Kérastase shampoo and conditioner. In the summer months, I use leave-in conditioner and Kiehl's Creme with Silk Groom or a strong gel."

Do you have any surprising hacks for killer locks?
"I leave conditioner in my hair a few times a week, and use Kiehl's Creme de Corps when it's really humid."

If you had to describe your hair vibe in one word, what would it be?
"Temperamental."
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Name: Brooke DeVard Smith
Job: Social media manager, Ralph Lauren

What is your ultimate tip for looking salon-ready daily?
"I sleep in soft curlers every night to give my hair extra volume (I plait my hair into six to eight twists, curl the ends with rollers, and tie with a silk scarf). When I wake up, I just unravel and fluff with an Afro pick."

Are there any hair products you use daily or swear by?
"I love products with naturally derived ingredients. I try to avoid the chemically laden ones with lists that take up half of the packaging. For hair dye, I love Lush's Henna blocks. I dye my hair with their Caca Rouge color every two months, and it really strengthens my locks while adding a natural, rich-brown color. The application process is daunting (six to eight hours), but it's worth it! Kinky-Curly's Knot Today leave-in conditioner is the best I've found for my natural, highly textured hair. It makes detangling post-wash incredibly easy and retains moisture."

Describe your morning routine.
"I try to lay out my clothes the night before, so I usually spend 10 to 15 minutes applying makeup and doing my hair, always while listening to a podcast (I'm addicted)."

Do you have any surprising hacks for killer locks?
"I always add coconut oil to store-bought deep conditioners to increase the moisturizing potential. Apply your deep conditioner of choice mixed with half a cup coconut oil, put on a shower cap, and then use a blowdryer for five to 10 minutes to heat everything up. I'll then leave the deep conditioner in for 45 minutes to an hour while doing other things around the house. This is a slightly tweaked hot-oil treatment that does amazing things for your scalp and hair. I always rinse my hair with cold water last to close the cuticle and maximize shine."

If you had to describe your hair vibe in one word, what would it be?
"Free."
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Photo via @banditbarnes.
Name: Megan Maguire Steele
Job: Founder, Maguire Steele

What is your ultimate tip for looking salon-ready daily?
"I wash, condition, use a volumizing or texturizing spray or mousse, and then thoroughly blowdry my hair for my volume, thickness, and movement."

Are there any hair products you use daily or swear by?
"Davines No. 14 Sea Salt Primer if I'm letting my hair air-dry. Frédéric Fekkai Full Blown Volume Lightweight Styling Whip if I'm blowing it out."

Describe your morning routine.
"I wash my hair with Frédéric Fekkai volumizing shampoo or Herbal Essences shampoo (the old-school formula, simply because it smells amazing). I condition every few washes. Ideally, I would blowdry my hair for a more finished, polished look. However, often if I am pressed for time, I just let it air-dry. My hair is naturally very straight, so it will dry perfectly straight with no frizz on its own."

Do you have any surprising hacks for killer locks?
"Pucker on Grand Street is just a few short blocks from my loft and showroom. For $50, you can get a blowout; for $60, a full makeup look. When I want to appear my best at an event, this is my quick fix."

If you had to describe your hair vibe in one word, what would it be?
"Straight."
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Name: Sam Walker
Job: Assistant accessories editor, W magazine

What is your ultimate tip for looking salon-ready daily?
"Confidence, regardless of what your hair is doing that day."

Are there any hair products you use daily or swear by?
"None. I've never seemed to master the art of 'just enough product, but not too much.'"

Describe your morning routine.
"A dash of Malin + Goetz peppermint shampoo, a good brush for any tangles, and I'm out the door!"

Do you have any surprising hacks for killer locks?
"The best hair I've ever had was after a diluted salt-water shower in Greece. The salt always adds the perfect texture. Caution: Definitely not for everyday use."

If you had to describe your hair vibe in one word, what would it be?

"A friend of mine described my hair as 'buoyant' a week ago... I guess that means I have a significant amount of volume, so I'll take it!"
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