How to Choose the Right Styling Products

Straightening Strands

The right styling products are just as important as tools and techniques for creating sleek, straight looks that last. Straightening serums and balms like CHI Keratin Silk Infusion will straighten, smooth and protect strands while drying. Don’t apply serums to the roots or hair can look greasy. Look for water-based products so hair will appear smooth and airy and not weighed down. When hair is dry, use a light lightweight finishing product such as Alterna Bamboo Smooth Anti Breakage Thermal Protectant Spray to smooth flyaways and enhance shine.

Enhancing Waves

Create the look that every starlet loves: flowing, beachy waves. Use a wave enhancing spray like Sally Hershberger Wave Spray for Wavy Hair on damp hair to create a perfectly mussed, tousled style that’s sophisticated and natural looking. Products designed to softly define waves will also increase manageability and shine. Get tips from the pros on creating gorgeous waves with a flat iron.

Defining Curls

Moisturizing styling products will capture curl definition and help curls maintain a spring in their step. Gently work a curl gel or cream like Ouidad Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gelevenly through damp hair before drying with a diffuser to accentuate curls, prevent frizz, and increase shine. Use a curl gel to create more detailed definition and separation, and use a cream to tame frizz and create smooth, soft curls. Get more curly hair drying tips here.

Smoothing Frizz

Everyone gets frizzy, whether your hair is curly, straight or in between. Frizz can be caused by weather, damage from careless heat styling (we can’t say it enough, use a heat protectant!), or just daily wear and tear. Fight the war on frizz by applying a smoothing serum on damp hair to smooth and seal strands, block humidity and boost shine. If hair is thick or curly you will need to use more serum than if your hair is straight or wavy. If you are using a curl gel or other styler, apply serum first.

Enhancing Shine

Glossy shine is the top hair desire, no matter your length or style. To create gorgeous shiny strands apply a shine enhancing serum like L’ANZA Healing Strength Neem Plant Silk Serum on wet or dry hair. Hold your style and add lustrous shine with a spray. Using a flat iron and a professional hair dryer will complement your product routine for the shiniest shine.

Men’s Grooming

It’s smart to experiment with a really small amount of product. If hair is thin in areas, avoid shine enhancing styling products that will draw attention to the scalp and thinning spots. Here’s a quick guide to choosing a great groomer for your hair:

Product Ideal for
Wax
(Try Jonathan Product Dirt Texturizing Paste)
Defines details; adds texture and dimension; sculpts; creates spikes, dreads
Cream
(Try Joe Grooming – Grooming Cream)
Provides styling control; delivers shine and conditioning; good for straight, sleek looks and softening natural curls
Gel
(Try MiN New York Secure Firm Gel)
Creates long-lasting hold and control; adds shine; boosts fullness; ideal for short, thicker hair
Paste
(Try Joe Grooming – Grooming Compound)
Molds and sculpts styles with a natural looking matte finish; adds texture and traction; good for fine or thin hair
Mousse
(Try Folicure Thickening Mousse)
Creates body with light control; thickens strands for overall fullness; ideal for thinning hair
Pomade
(Try Alterna Hemp Sheer Pomade)
Delivers pliable hold; adds lots of texture; defines layers and enhances waves with a natural look and feel

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