Jonathan Van Ness’ Best Hair Tips


If you haven’t binged watched both seasons of Queer Eye at least 3 times then you’re not living life right. These 5 guys have transformed lives and looks like no one else and their cute friendship and even cuter outfits are beyond goals. Today we’re gonna focus on our go-to hair guru Jonathan Van Ness though, because what he doesn’t know about hair just isn’t worth knowing. Here are our 6 fave hair tips from the man himself...

Harness The Power Of Your Sweaty Hair

Jonathan swears by using salty locks to your advantage for lots of extra texture and volume. So after the gym don’t hit the shower just use some dry shampoo instead. He says "People think because they sweat, their hair is dirty. FALSE. It’s just salt and your natural oil. By using dry shampoo and blow drying the sweat into the hair, it creates a beautiful texture and shine and avoids too much heat damage from blow drying.” Didn’t the gym just get so much more appealing??

Keep It Cool

Jonathan told Style Caster that he uses peppermint oil on the back of his clients neck to stop them from overheating while he blow dries their hair. “It will keep you cool like little wintergreen fairies are blowing on the back of your neck for like an hour” This is such a good hack, even just for a hot summer day and it smells amazing too!


Keep Your Hair Healthy While You Sleep

Jonathan told Cosmo that he has a pretty strict bedtime hair routine to keep his hair super healthy. "I like to use silk pillowcases, they conduct less heat and keep your ends less frayed. Also, I sleep with my hair in a very loose top bun to keep my ends away from my body heat. This also keeps your hair from getting tangled at the nape of your neck."

Always Prime

Hair primers work in the same way as makeup primers to smooth out your hair and give you an even base to apply more product. Jonathan swears by Shu Uemura’s Wonder Worker or the Bumble and Bumble Prep Spray to give him the best starting point.


Know What’s In Your Products

Everyone is recommending to cut back on the amount we use sulphate shampoos as they can strip the natural oils from your hair and leave it looking really dry. Every once in a while though it’s good to have a deep cleanse and get rid of any product buildup on your scalp. Jonathan told Cosmo "Once a month or so I’ll switch it up for a classic shampoo when I want a squeaky clean feel, and for that I use Ouai, Kevin Murphy or Oribe. But, there are lots of good ones out there - just try to avoid sulfates." He also spilled some deets on what we should be looking out for when buying our hair products which is sooo useful if you want to avoid the bad stuff… "Ingredients are listed in the order of how much the product contains. If the first ingredient is alcohol, or some type of word you can’t pronounce, it’s not looking good. Parabens are another ingredient that has been shown to be not cute for us, so I steer clear of those too."

A Bobby Pin And A Hair Pin Are Two Completely Different Things

Sometimes hair tools can get pretty confusing but Jonathan schooled us in the difference between a bobby pin and a hair pin to totally change our life. Bobby pins are for hold and work really well at keeping our hair in position all day long. But for prettier, more complicated styles he says “As soon as you have your hair scrunched up in a way that you think is cute, you use a hair pin to attach it when you don’t want the shape affected.” Genius.

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