Steal Rachael Ray's Hair-Styling Tricks!

To keep Rachael’s hair looking shiny and full through long days on set, her hairstylist, Patty Mocarski, came up with some genius strategies. Follow these steps and, like Rachael, you’ll have a great hair day every day.
By Alyssa Hertzig ,

Photography by Melanie Dunea

Supercharge Your Conditioner

Photography by Peter Ardito

Rachael uses a deep-conditioning mask, instead of regular conditioner, after every shampoo. “When your hair goes through a lot of heat-styling, using a super-duper reparative mask every time you wash your hair will protect it and add extra moisture,” says Mocarski. She likes Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask ($8, at drugstores).

Photography by Peter Ardito

Mocarski loves the Creative Professional Cork & Birch Wood 2 1/2-inch roller brush ($30, “The boar bristles draw the hair’s natural oils from the scalp to the ends,” she says.

Double Up for Volume

Courtesy of Amika (left); Photography by Peter Ardito (right)

Before blow-drying, Mocarski mists Rachael’s damp hair with a volumizer, like Drybar Texas Tea Volumizing Hair Spray ($26,, which lifts hair right at the roots. Afterward, she uses a dry shampoo, like Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo ($24,, to add a little lift and texture.

Master the Carefree Curl

Courtesy of Hot Tools

For easy waves that don’t look too “done,” Mocarski twirls larger sections of Rach’s hair around the Hot Tools 1 1/2-Inch 24K Gold Marcel Iron ($49,, starting at mid-shaft and taking care not to curl the ends. “This creates a pretty, beachy texture instead of those tight prom curls,” she says.

Fix Flyaways Fast

Photography by Peter Ardito

Yep, flyaways are as big a problem for Rach as they are for everyone else. Mocarski uses a tried-and-true trick to deal with them lickety-split. “Spray a boar-bristle brush with hair spray, and then gently brush the hairs down,” she says. We like Herbal Essences Bio:Renew Flexible Airspray ($7, at drugstores). It’s got staying power—and a really great smell, to boot!

Pretty Neat Stuff

October is National Beauty Month, meaning it’s time to treat yourself to some pampering. To help you sort through the hundreds (er, thousands) of new products vying for your spare dollars, the industry group Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) recognized the most innovative ones in 40 categories—fragrances, cosmetics, skin care and more—at an awards ceremony in New York earlier this year. You can check out the full list of winners at

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