Judging by the long, pin-straight hair that ruled the Oscar red carpet — Reese, Gwyneth and Nicole — we’re all going to be spending a lot of time juggling our hairdryers and round brushes. To speed up the process and avoid arm fatigue, use a lightweight hairdryer that works in half the time, like the T3 Bespoke Labs Featherweight Dryer, $200. To achieve Nicole Kidman’s sleek ‘do, stylist Chris McMillan applied Oscar Blandi Jasmine Oil Serum, $34, before and after blow-drying to fight frizz and add shine. And to ensure her hair was perfectly straight, McMillan finished it up with a FHI flatiron, $110. He called the final look “simple and elegant, with clean lines to accent the silhouette of her dress.” If you plan on using dryers and irons on a regular basis and want to maintain the health of your hair, be sure to use products that protect hair from heat and apply a deep conditioning treatment or mask on a weekly basis.
If you can’t afford the same products the stars use, here are a few that are hair and wallet friendly.
1. T-Studio Collection by Remington Active Ion, Tourmaline & Ceramic Flat Iron, $40 at ulta.com
2. Conair ION Shine Double Ionic Turbo Styler, $33 at conair-store.com
3. John Frieda Reinforce Strengthening Triple Creme Masque, $5.00 at ulta.com
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