It goes without saying that celebrity hairstylists have the world’s best products and treatments at their fingertips. So we were surprised to learn that Mark Townsend, stylist to the likes of Dakota Johnson, the Olsen twins and Rachel McAdam, favours something so ordinary when it comes to battling his client’s frizzy hair.
It’s cheap, it’s basic and you’ve probably got a whole heap of them in your home already. Yes, we’re talking about a toothbrush.
Hot tip: Preferably a different toothbrush to the one you put in your mouth this morning.
In a video for PEOPLE magazine Townsend revealed he doesn’t go anywhere without a natural bristle toothbrush, thanks to its handy ability to tackle even the tiniest of frizz or flyaways.
“I always use a toothbrush with extra hold hairspray to get all those pesky little hairs around the ears, the hairline around the back and any flyaways at the top without wrecking the hair,” he told PEOPLE.
It’s a trick he uses on all his A-list clients before they leave the salon — who often don’t give it back.
“I have to keep about 15-20 toothbrushes on me at all times because once I use it on somebody, they want to keep it,” he said.
He favours natural bristle over plastic because the alcohol in the hairspray can often react with the plastic bristles. As a bonus, they’re also easier to clean.
Turns out it’s not the only wacky object people turn to for frizz fighting.
Mamamia writer Jacqui Porter swears by dryer sheets to instantly banish her static hair.
“Dryer sheets contain positively-charged ingredients which are released when they are met with heat and movement. The ingredients bond to negatively-charged surfaces and neutralise them, meaning no static in your clothes. That’s exactly why it works on your hair, too,” she wrote.
“All you need to do is smooth it over your hair — works especially well if you’ve just straightened your hair — or you can rub the dryer sheet over your hairbrush and comb through as normal.”
You can pick up dryer sheets from the supermarket for less than $10 for 40 sheets. Bargain.