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Brad Pitt’s Stylist Is Known as the French Hair Whisperer—Here Are Her Secrets

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Aside from their obvious celebrity, there is another thing A-list legends like Brad Pitt, Jane Fonda, Jennifer Aniston, Orlando Bloom, and even Paris Hilton have in common: their hair. More specifically, I should say that the person who makes their hair looks so damn fantastic, French-born hairstylist, Léa Journo

As the longtime hair wizard for some of the most notable names in the biz, I couldn’t wait to meet Journo myself (for the record, she gave me one of the best haircuts of my life a couple of months back) and to pick her brain regarding all things hair health and styling like the kinds of tips and tricks typically only privy to her celeb client list.) Plus, after decades of experience in the hair industry, Journo recently launched her very own signature haircare collection which, she says, is specifically designed to streamline at-home styling while capturing that whole “elusive youthful shine, health, and softness” vibe.

Enticing, no? Even if you’re unable to visit Journo herself (her namesake salon is nestled chicly inside the Beverly Wilshire Hotel smack dab in the middle of Beverly Hills), she’s still offering up ten of her all-time best hair secrets, and a slew of her favorite styling products, just below. Keep scrolling!

By now, you may have heard rumblings here and there that you’re not actually doing your strands—or scalp—any favors by sudsing up each and every day. To keep hair balanced, hydrated, and lustrous, Journo says to avoid over-shampooing throughout the week. If you feel like you need a pick-me-up, or if you’re someone who works out regularly, she recommends simply rinsing and conditioning your hair in the shower to tide you over until your next wash day.

According to Journo, how you rinse your hair can have a major impact on the way your hair looks and feels. Not only, she says, should you always, always rinse with cold water, but you should never rush the process either. Take your time and be thorough, as completely removing the products you used will help optimize manageability and how clean your hair feels once it’s dried. (Psst! We can’t recommend the importance of a shower filter, like this one from T3, enough either.)

Particularly, whether or not they contain sulfates or parabens. “You don’t need these types of chemicals in your products,” says Journo. “If you’re someone who colors your hair, they’ll strip out the pigment, and they can also increase damage and premature aging of the hair.” Luckily, there are more and more affordable, far cleaner haircare lines these days that are made sans chemicals like sulfates and parabens if you can’t afford to splurge for super-spendy formulas. For instance, we love Priyanka Chopra’s clean, eco-conscious collection, Anomaly, that launched earlier this year.

“Ask your stylist to use Olaplex or a high-quality oil like my Sublime Organic French Plum Seed Oil with Monoi de Tahiti ($65) after coloring your hair especially, at the roots,” recommends Journo. “Over-processing the hair with bleach and even regular dye and color processes can damage the hair, but these two types of products really protect each follicle and help ease the stress of bleach and harsh colors.”

How your ends look can actually make a huge difference in how healthy and full your strands translate, overall. To keep splits at bay and to tackle thin, scraggly ends that can compromise the appearance of your style, Journo has a couple of important tricks up her sleeve. First and foremost, don’t neglect regular trim appointments which she says will keep your hair looking healthy, youthful, and less dry. Second, try applying a high-quality hair oil, (again, Journo’s Sublime treatment is A+!) to your ends daily, and avoid brushing your hair more than twice a day. Overdoing it in the brushing department can lend additional stress to the hair, ultimately leading to breakage.

While some people swear going to bed with damp hair is essential for creating that whole “I woke up like this” bedhead vibe, Journo isn’t a fan (at least, as far as the integrity of the hair is considered). “Always blow-dry your strands if you wash your hair at night since sleeping with wet hair can cause damage and unwanted breakage.” If you don’t have time to blow-dry your hair pre-beauty sleep, try to switch over to morning washes. Additionally, opting for a pure silk pillowcase can lessen the likelihood of tossing-and-turning-induced breakage, regardless of whether your hair is dry or damp. 

We know everyone’s budget bandwidth is different (and there are still plenty of cheap, yet wonderful haircare brands on the market), but Journo says it’s definitely worth your hair’s while to indulge in more expensive formulas since they usually contain higher-tier ingredients and technology. “If you’re spending $10 on a bagel, croissant, or coffee each morning, try allocating that money to great products, instead,” she says. 

“Never brush wet hair as it causes the hair to stretch and become elastic, therefore making it more likely to break and form split ends,” warns Journo. If you must brush your hair, try using a wide-tooth comb, gently starting at your ends before working your way up. (Slow and steady wins the race if you’re looking to curb damage, here!)

Because, as Journo tells us, pulling the hair back too tight can trigger breakage and hair loss, especially at the roots and the fragile areas along your hairline or the nape of your neck. (Super-soft hair ties will also go a long way in contributing to less snap-induced damage, too.)

“One of the biggest mistakes I see is when people forget to manage and look after their scalp,” says Lea. “I love massaging the Sublime Organic French Plum Seed Oil into the scalp because it aids overall scalp health and can also help with hair growth. Stimulating the blood flow on your scalp a few times a week is so important, especially if you are experiencing hair loss.” To maximize your results, try adding a massaging tool like this one from Briogeo to your routine. (Trust us—your eyes will roll all the way back into your head with feel-good fuzzies.)

“This is an amazing product that instantly helps lift the hair. It’s great to use on my celebrity clients who have to be ready fast.”

“As they say, ‘The higher the hair, the closer to God.’ This product is my go-to for volume and lift.”

“This powder is amazing for both texturizing and helping to style the hair.”

“Oh, and the hairspray seals without being too tacky, and it also gives the hair great hold.”

“Meet my best-kept secret. This oil has lots of amazing ingredients, but the French plum seed oil is magical. It’s great for reducing frizz, it seals the cuticle, and as I mentioned earlier, you can also use it as a scalp treatment. You can even use it on your face, and it’s become my daily facial serum.”

“I formulated my shampoo and conditioner with ingredients that work. They are luxurious, but they will restore, clean, and really balance your hair. Plus, I made them to be used on all hair types.”

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