7 Products Celebrity Hairstylist Adir Abergel Swears By (Plus, His Best Blowout Tips)

BY Wendy Rodewald-Sulz · February 25, 2020

Celebrity hairstylist Adir Abergel

If you’ve watched a Hollywood awards show in the past decade, you’ve surely seen Adir Abergel’s work. The hairstylist has created iconic red carpet looks for a who’s-who of big screen talent: Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara, Kristen Stewart, Marion Cotillard, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kirsten Dunst, Anne Hathaway, Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Garner, to name a few. He’s also the creative director of VIRTUE®, the damage-healing hair care line our experts can’t stop buzzing about. We recently hit up Abergel between awards-season engagements to find out his best hair tips, plus the go-to products he keeps in his kit and on his shelves.

On his favorite career highlights so far:

It’s really all about the person sitting in my chair and being able to help build their confidence and explore their individuality—that’s really the highlight of every day. That said, throughout my career there have been many memorable red carpet moments such as styling Sandra Bullock into a sleek straight style the night she won an Oscar, and my recent work with Charlize Theron who has been an incredible collaborator. For the 2019 Oscars, I cut Charlize’s hair into a bob and took her color to a rich brunette. For this past SAG Awards, I bleached her pixie cut, leaving the roots a little longer, and accessorized her part with a Tiffany diamond bracelet.

His advice for creating a DIY blowout that looks like a pro did it:

I have a few easy tricks that I share with my mother and all of my friends. Focus on the top section of your hair and leave the underneath section a little bit more natural. You will have that undone textured look. Another great tip is to use the cool air setting on a hair dryer and rough dry hair until it’s about 80 percent dry. Then create a beautiful finish by using a round brush with heat to finish drying the hair. For a finishing touch, you can use a flat iron to bend the ends of the hair under and smooth on a few drops of Healing Oil for a glamorous shine.

His favorite products to use on his A-list clients:

VIRTUE® Volumizing Primer

When I style someone throughout an entire award season, it is a constant process of changing hair looks, heat styling and color. To minimize damage, I like to use a blow dryer on medium heat rather than high heat. Prior to heat styling, I always use a product with heat protectant, like this primer, which allows me to create the perfect foundation for any style while protecting the hair.

VIRTUE® Restorative Treatment Mask

I also encourage my clients to maintain their hair health by getting trims regularly and using a mask weekly to strengthen and moisturize the hair. This is my favorite mask because it deeply hydrates the hair and adds shine. The key ingredient is Alpha Keratin 60ku®, which is in every single VIRTUE® product and is a pure, whole, ethically sourced human keratin protein. Its molecule is the same exact size as our own [hair’s keratin], making it instantly recognizable by our bodies, so it seamlessly fills in and repairs any damage in each strand of hair. The mask is a lightweight, extremely hydrating formula that will allow even the finest of hair to absorb the product without ever weighing it down. Just three minutes in the shower will completely transform your hair.

The products in heavy rotation in his own routine:

SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic

It’s my favorite Vitamin C product. Literally, my skin drinks it up and loves this stuff.

iS Clinical Extreme Protect SPF 30

Everyone must use SPF every single day. This is my go-to because I love the consistency of how it seamlessly layers with my other products.

Marvis Classic Strong Mint Toothpaste

I love how it looks on my bathroom counter and how clean my mouth feels after using it. The flavor is great, too.

Dr. Hauschka Lip Balm

I’ve been using this since I was 25, and I always have one with me.

Goldfaden MD Doctor's Scrub Advanced

I am a believer that scrubbing your face a couple times a week will creates a smooth canvas for your skin to absorb the nutrients from your other products.

Wendy Rodewald-Sulz

Wendy Rodewald-Sulz

Wendy Rodewald-Sulz is Dermstore's Content Manager and a lifelong skin care and beauty devotee. She graduated from cruising the drugstore aisles for Lip Smackers as a teen to a career as a beauty editor, where she learned her antioxidants from her AH... Read More >