The One Thing You Need to Beat Bad Hair Days, According to Stylists

These genius products will make those bandanas and baseball caps a thing of the past.

Whether you've got pin-straight strands or a head full of ringlets, getting your hair to behave is often easier said than done. Even the folks with the most enviable locks find themselves fighting flyaways or covering up with a cap from time to time. The good news? There's one product that can make your hair look polished in seconds without booking a last-minute salon trip: the right flat iron.

That doesn't mean all irons are created equal, though—so which one will get you the locks you're looking for? Celebrity hair stylist Michelle Cleveland, owner of Hair Addict Salon, whose clients include everyone from members of the Real Housewives cast to Christina Milian, says there's a clear standout when it comes to getting shiny, healthy-looking hair—whether you want to wear it straight or curly.

"The Nume Megastar has been my go-to flat iron for the past 10 years! This iron is made with 1-inch pure tourmaline ceramic floating plates, an integrated infrared heat strip, and an Ion Booster on the base to lock in moisture," Cleveland explains. However, it's not just straight styles this iron can help you nail. "This multi-use flat iron can help you achieve a wide variety of salon-quality hairstyles from silky straight to defined and natural curls, [and it's] safe for all hair types."

black hair flat iron on white background
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However, that's not the only product experts recommend for turning every day into a good hair day. Read on to discover what hairdressers really keep in their styling arsenals.

Best Life's editors have scoured the internet to bring you the best products out there, and we're hoping you'll love them as much as we do. Full disclosure: we may earn a commission for anything you purchase through links on this page, but that doesn't mean you'll pay more for them (we'd never do that to you!). Pricing and availability are accurate as of the piece's initial publication date, but it's the internet and we can't guarantee that these sweet, sweet deals will last forever, so scoop them up before someone else does!

This shampoo for fine or thinning hair

nioxin set of shampoos and products

If your hair is thin—or if you're losing volume—Cleveland recommends adding Nioxin products into your routine.

"These shampoos/conditioners are categorized based upon your hair density as well as chemical or color treatments," she explains, noting that they're also great for improving your scalp health and strengthening your hair.

$36 at Amazon
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This talc-free dry shampoo


No time for a shower? No problem!

"One of my absolute go-to products for between washes is Label M Dry Shampoo," says Cleveland, who praises the formula's use of rice starch in place of talc, helping it absorb oil while giving a boost to thinner hair; it even comes in a brunette option, meaning no more telltale white residue.

$20 at Amazon
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This blow dry spray

bottle of mk blow dry spray
Hair Addict Salon

If you want to cut down on the time you spend doing your hair, grab a bottle of MK Blow Dry Spray.

"This is a special heat-activated product formulated to reduce blow-drying and styling time in half," says Cleveland, noting that it's "made with a concentrated dose of keratin to control frizz and provide professional smooth, shiny, and beautiful-looking hair in no time."

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This non-stiff hairspray

label m dry shampoo

Hate the way traditional hairspray feels? Then try Kenra Volume Spray 25 on for size instead.

"It leaves hair looking natural and shiny while imparting the strength and volume necessary to make any style last all day," says Cleveland.

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This blow dryer

dryson supersonic blow dryer

The right hair tools can make all the difference—and that's why experts love Dyson's revolutionary blow dryer.

"Although it's pricey, it makes for a quick and polished blow dry every time," says Cleveland, who also praises the device's quiet operation.

$400 at Dyson
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This innovative flat iron

dyson corrale flat iron

It's not just Dyson's blow dryer that earns high marks from experts, however.

Stylist Nunzio Saviano says that the Dyson Corrale straightener is amazing for getting smooth, sleek strands, no matter your hair type. "It's a lot more gentle on the hair and the copper material provides an even heat from top to bottom," Saviano explains. It's even cordless, making it easy to use anywhere.

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This celebrity fave faux ponytail

blonde woman wearing fake ponytail
Hidden Crown Hair

If you're impatient for your hair to grow, you can skip that awkward in-between stage with the Hidden Crown Hair Bungee Ponytail. L.A.-based celebrity hair stylist Bradley Leake, who has worked with everyone from Stassi Schroeder to Lili Reinhart, says, "The Bungee Ponytail is super versatile for all hair types and can work with half-up and half-down hairstyles, as well as sleek ponytails, making your hair look amazing with minimal effort." It's even available in 33 colors, meaning you're sure to find your perfect shade.

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Sarah Crow
Sarah Crow is a senior editor at Eat This, Not That!, where she focuses on celebrity news and health coverage. Read more
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