10 Pro Tools Hairstylists Swear By

You know all those weird combs, sectioning clips, and giant Velcro rollers that you never see anywhere but the hair salon? Well, according to the pros, you need to get them into your bathroom, ASAP, because they will totally change your at-home hair game. From beachy waves to sleek updos, these professional gadgets and accessories are designed to make your life easier.

So we asked celebrity stylists for their secret weapons. (Which, by the way, are available online — not just in the back aisle of a beauty supply store.) You won’t believe you went this long without a proper brush cleaner — seriously.

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Duckbill Clips
“One of the most versatile hairdressing tools that’s missing in most women's kits are duckbill clips,” says celebrity hairstylist Nathaniel Hawkins. “These are lightweight — typically aluminum, long, thin hair clips that have a slight curve to them. They are ideal when you are sectioning your hair while you’re styling it, or for securing it crease-free so you can do your makeup. You can also use them to get a Marcel wave: After you've set the hair with your hot iron, push and manipulate the wave into place, clip a duckbill flat to the head, and allow the hair to cool.”
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Velcro Rollers
“Velcro rollers defy gravity, and you’ll find them at every photo shoot and backstage at every fashion show,” says hairstylist Matt Fugate, of the Sally Hershberger Downtown Salon in New York City. “Sometimes, someone will see them and say to me, ‘Oh no, that's what my grandma was using!’ And I'm like, ‘Right. Well, your grandma's probably pretty wise.’”

After blowdrying sections of hair with a round brush, wind the still-hot strands around several Velcro rollers and let them cool completely before removing them. “Use a medium-size [roller] to set the hairline — they really make a difference in the volume, lift, and bounce in the bang area,” says hairstylist Riawna Capri, cofounder of Nine Zero One Salon in Los Angeles.
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An Actual Brush Cleaner
“Brushes are so damn expensive that you want to make sure they're going to last,” says Fugate. “This little tool will save the integrity of your brushes. If you’re using a regular comb — which is really hard and rigid — to clean your pricey hair brush, you're compromising the strength of the nylon that's used in it and tearing up the boar-hair bristles. Don’t do it!”
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A Real-Deal Blowdryer
“A blowdryer is as important to a hairdresser as [his or her] scissors,” says Hawkins. “Invest in a great one, because it really will dry hair faster, with less damage, and so that it looks smoother and shinier. I love the BaByliss Pro Volare V1 Dryer and my Harry Josh Pro Dryer 2000 equally.”
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And The Right Attachments
“A nozzle helps direct the air flow in a more precise, contained direction versus air blowing everywhere and creating frizz,” says Capri. A proper diffuser is also key — for every hair texture. “You don’t have to have curly hair to need a diffuser,” says Fugate. “It’s perfect for when you want that air-dried, model-off-duty vibe faster: Use your fingers to twist your hair into little ringlets, and dry with a diffuser.”
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A Breezier Round Brush
“The reason I use a vented round brush with a two-inch diameter over a boar-bristle brush is [that] the air from the blowdryer can really get through the vents, allowing the hair to dry faster,” says Capri.
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A Curling-Iron Arsenal
“Most women have one curling iron, and that’s why they’re getting just one style of curl at home,” says Fugate. “If you’re trying to figure out why you can't get those loose, tousled waves and you’re still getting prom curls — it’s because you have to get that little clip-less wand!"

"If you don’t want to buy nine curling irons, the T3 Whirl has interchangeable irons of different sizes that attach to the same handle," Fugate continues. "It's actually what I use in my kit, since I have to be so mobile and I can't carry around multiple irons.”
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A Pro-Grade Spritzer
“Hairdressers’ water bottles spray a light, even mist onto the hair, so you won’t get too much water in one place,” says Hawkins. “They’re great for restyling second-day hair, or for those times when your hair didn't come out perfect and you want to redo it.”
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The Official Hair Brush Of 90% Of Stylists
“I'm a huge advocate of the Mason Pearson brush,” says Fugate. “There are so many knockoffs out there, but really, if you buy one Mason Pearson, you will have it for your whole life. The combination of nylon and boar bristles is what’s best for your scalp, and they’re good both for detangling and sculpting.”
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A Good Comb
“You need the kind of high-quality comb that your hairdresser uses to section your hair and to comb it smoothly,” says Hawkins. “A professional comb is molded, and made out of nylon or silicone. Because of this, they don't leave any sharp edges; those sharp edges on inexpensive combs will tear at your hair, creating unwanted frizz and texture."

Pro combs are also incredibly long-lasting. "These materials are heat-resistant, so they won’t melt if they touch your flat iron and you can clean them in your dishwasher," says Hawkins.
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