Let’s be real, there are a lot of products out there. From gels and creams to texturizers and hairsprays, picking the right product can sometimes feel a bit overwhelming. The best way to cut down on the chaos? Seek professional help! Chatting with your stylist can help give insight into which products work best for your style, and more importantly your hair type! To get you started, take a peek as we discuss common hair types and how to pick products.
Hair Type: Fine + Straight
Having fine hair that is also naturally straight often sounds like the ideal hair type, but be a real challenge when you’re trying to get a style that is anything but straight. The main problems usually associated with this hair type are a lack of volume, not being able to hold a curl, and showing product buildup a.k.a. oily roots. For starters, if you have long locks consider getting a bob or a lob. By taking away excess weight, your hair will instantly have more volume.
Products & Prep:
Start in the shower by using volumizing shampoo and conditioner, as well as a weekly cleansing shampoo.
Adding a lightweight mousse to your roots to mid-lengths will help add volume throughout your style and give your look more memory and hold.
Texturizers are a must for this hair type. Using one that also combines its powers with dry shampoo will help resolve your second-day styling issues. For best results, spritz hair with dry shampoo prior to sleeping, this will ensure that your hair is ready to go in the AM.
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Hair Type: Thick + Straight
The biggest challenge that comes with thick hair that is also straight is combatting the weight associated with your style. While it can be great to create heavy weight lines in bobs or even long hair, layers will be key to adding shape throughout a cut.
Products & Prep
With thick hair, the most important thing will be to adequately clean your strands. The product tends to build up, especially if your water pressure isn’t up to par. Be sure to suds up and thoroughly rinse each time your cleanse. Speaking of cleansing, you’ll want to invest in a lightweight shampoo and conditioning duo that won’t add extra weight to your style.
When it comes to styling, think about air-drying your hair with a diffuser to get more volume and movement. Accessories (hair barrettes) and protective styles (braids) can be great go-to’s. If curling or straightening further, heat protectants are key to getting the style you want without damage.
To keep your mane looking its best throughout the week, use a texturizer to create separation and an airy feel within your style.
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Hair Type: Fine + Curly/Wavy
Despite what most think, this is actually a great combination to have to achieve a variety of styles. You can pull off various hair cuts and wear your hair both naturally curly/wavy or blow dry it with ease. Your downfall? Humidity and split ends! Moisture can easily damage your style and cause it to frizz. Due to the amount of heat styling you tend to use, you can also be at a risk for split ends.
Products & Prep
A great style always starts in the shower and for this hair type, shampoo and conditioner that tackles frizz from the start is key. You’ll also want to double shampoo and apply conditioner mostly to your ends to avoid product buildup. If you use too much conditioner, you’ll notice your style falling flat before its even fully dry.
Lightweight leave-in products and oils on your ends are the best way to get a voluminous, shiny, healthy style and texturizes and dry conditioners are your best friends. After getting the style you want, add dry shampoo and a spritz of hairspray to protect your blowout from environmental effects. The combination should be the same if you’re wearing your natural hair texture as well. A great hairspray to protect against the environment is key to fighting off frizz.
Hair Type: Thick + Curly/Wavy
From street style to runway looks, natural hairstyles have been trending. While this hair type can struggle through a blow dry, we love the movement of wearing it natural instead. Prior to styling, you’ll want to find a stylist that specializes in curly hair cutting to ensure they’re giving you a shape that works no matter how you want to wear your hair.
Products + Prep
Curly hair types naturally need more moisture and when working with thick hair, you’re going to want a conditioning agent that helps define locks without completely weighing them down. Consider using a mild shampoo to rid hair of product build-up and a moisturizing conditioner to ensure curls are in tip-top shape. Due to the fact that air or diffuse drying is the best way to get your style to last, you’ll want to prep hair with products designed specifically for this. Once dry, use fingers to separate strands and curls to make sure they are right where you want them. If necessary, you can always use a wand to perfect certain sections.