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You may not know hairstylist-to-the-stars Chris Appleton by name, but unless you’ve been living in a cave, you’ve been dazzled by his A-list handiwork. Rita Ora’s rocking ring braids? Katy Perry’s pneumatic Met Gala beehive? J. Lo’s heart-stopping honey-blond makeover? Yep, that’s him. When Kim Kardashian decided she wanted to rock a pink ‘do for a Tokyo jaunt, who’d she turn to? Appleton again. And then there’s his signature innovation, the snatched ponytail, made famous by one Ariana Grande.
Speaking of living in a cave...this Svengali of the salon was kind enough to give Yahoo Life a socially distanced rundown of his favorite hair care go-tos. Scroll down for inspiration.
Appleton’s world-famous ‘snatch ponytail’ ain’t happening without these ‘essential’ elastics. “There’s nothing worse than a saggy pony,” he says. “What I love about these is they really hold the hair and they don’t snap.”
There’s no mystery as to why Appleton is an ambassador for this top-flight hair-care brand. “The Color WOW Dream Coat gives an amazing finish,” he says. “You put it on wet hair, saturate it, blow dry into the hair.” Yep, it’s just that simple.
“Trends right now are high volume and bounce,” says Appleton, and with this three-size variety pack you’ll be checking both of those boxes in no time. “I prep first with the Dream Coat, dry it, and then whack these rollers in.” And voila, he says, “you get great bouncy, sexy-looking hair.”
“Mason Person is classic,” Appleton says of this British brand that’s been bringing the class and glam for over a hundred years. “This model has a natural bristle and a plastic bristle, which is longer—it’s great to push out waves, because it kind of flips the hair up, and if you’re doing a ponytail, it snatches it in at the sides.” We’re sold!
“A lot of people underestimate how important it is to take vitamins for healthy, strong hair,” Appleton says. No wonder he calls these yummy heart-shaped gummies “one of my top favorite things...They’re full of folic acid and keep my hair super strong.” You heard the man—take your vitamins!
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