17 Fresh Beauty Essentials
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Dry shampoo. A backstage staple at fashion shows, this oil-absorbing powder spray is used by stylists to freshen up day-old hair instantly and give it more body. A popular pick now available in the United States is Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo With Oat Milk ($18, dermstore.com).
Mini bobby pins. Nothing like your mother’s, these half-size pins discreetly secure small sections of hair away from the face. Their knobby ends won’t stick out, and they come in several shades to match your hair color. Use Ricky’s NYC Matte Invisipins ($3 for 30, 888-574-2592).
Plastic elastics. With no metal parts, these smooth, extra-snug bands will hold hair back without roughing it up or breaking strands in the process. "Plus, in black, brown, and clear versions, they’re nearly invisible in your hair," says Helena Faccenda, a hairstylist in New York City. Try Sephora Snag-Free Hair Elastics ($3.50 for eight, sephora.com).
Velcro rollers. “They effortlessly give hair volume and smoothness,” says Nathaniel Hawkins, a stylist for Tresemmé. Roll in three at the crown after blow-drying, then remove after 10 minutes. Or put a few in your hair and cover with a shower cap before showering or bathing. The warmth of the water will help set your hair. Consider Goody So Finished Self-Holding Rollers ($10 for 20, goody.com for locations).
Hidden hairpins. The forgotten cousins of bobby pins, hairpins have been reenlisted by stylists. “Even if you have to use a lot, they’re undetectable in updos,” says Heather Packer, a stylist for Cutler/Redken. Try Conair Styling Essentials Hair Pins ($3 for 100 at drugstores).