The Hot Tools Celebrity Hairstylists Rely On to Create Red Carpet-Ready Hair

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When celebs like Selena Gomez or Sydney Sweeney are your clients, it’s crucial that not a single hair is out of place.

After all, cameras capture pretty much every moment from every angle on the red carpet, so if there’s even a single flyaway, everyone’s going to notice.

Fortunately, celebrity hairstylists are well-versed in preventing hair emergencies. So when they reveal their secrets, I’m definitely going to listen.

As it turns out, several celebrity hairstylists have the same go-to brand when it comes to hot tools: Kristen Ess.

Hair pros Marissa Marino, Glen Oropeza, Adir Abergel, Jenny Cho, Alexander Armand, and Larry Sims all used Kristen Ess during awards season for their clients Selena Gomez, Sydney Sweeney, Florence Pugh, Carey Mulligan, Quinta Brunson, and Gabrielle Union, respectively.

While each stylist had their own process, the most popular tools seemed to be the Soft Volume Blow Dry Brush, the 1 1/4 Inch Curling Iron, and the 3-in-1 Flat Iron.

Considering that professional hairstylists have pretty much every and any products at their disposal, it’s impressive that they choose to go with an affordable brand like Kristen Ess rather than a brand with a higher price tag like Dyson.

To get the details on the exact tools and products each hairstylist used as well as tutorials on how to get Sydney Sweeney and Carey Mulligan’s red carpet hair.

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How to Get Sydney Sweeney’s Vanity Fair Oscar After Party Hair

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1. Apply Kerastase Premiere Serum Filler to damp hair.

2. Blow dry hair using the Kristen Ess Soft Volume Blow Dry Brush.

3. Over-direct the Kristen Ess Soft Volume Blow Dry Brush in an upward direction to give the roots lift and volume

4. Once the hair is completely dry, use the Kerastase V.I.P. Volume in Powder Hair Spray to create volume and lift

5. Next, use the Kristen Ess 1 1/4 Inch Curling Iron on the ends for some added dimension and then immediately finger-brush the curls out.

6. Finally, use Kerastase Laque Extreme Hair Spray to lock in the style.

How to Get Carey Mulligan’s Oscars Hair

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1. Brush damp hair using the Sisley Paris Hair Rituel Paddle Brush.

2. Apply Sisley Paris Hair Rituel The Creme 230 Restorative & Thermo Protective No-Rinse Hair Cream.

3. Blow dry hair and apply Sisley Paris Hair Rituel Precious Hair Care Oil.

4. Use the Kristen Ess Hair Defining + Detailing Mini Flat Iron in tandem with a fine tooth comb.

5. Finally, set the look using Sisley Paris Hair Rituel Invisible Hold Hairspray.


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Lena Finkel
Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, Tiger Beat, and Sesame Workshop (aka Sesame Street). She loves all things Real Housewives and Vanderpump Rules. When she's not busy binge-watching TV, you can find her hanging out with her tuxedo cat Tom.