Shaping and Molding
If your hairstyle is slicked back, spiky or has a structured shape, you can use styling products to make it easier to sculpt your hair into that perfect hairdo. Gels
make damp hair easier to manage and provide hold at the same time, leaving the hair looking sleek. Pomade is another product for shaping that is thicker and waxier than gel, so it creates less of a crisp, hard finish than gel products. Also used for shaping, styling waxes can be applied to dry hair to separate the strands for a piecey look.
Taming and Smoothing
When your hair is prone to frizz, everyday styling can be extra challenging, but smooth and shine
styling products can make a huge difference in the manageability of your tresses. Options for smoothing include sprays, lotions, creams and serums, all of which help to tame frizzy tresses by reducing how much moisture they absorb from the environment. Many of these products also enhance shine, leaving the hair looking lustrous and healthier.
Flat, lifeless hair can lead to many styling problems, but you can easily bring body to your fine or thinning hair with volumizing styling products. These formulas work in one of two ways. Some increase the thickness of the individual hair strands to enhance the fullness of the tresses. Others are applied to the roots of the hair only and make the hair stiff where it emerges from the follicles. The stiffness causes the hair to stand up and lift away from the scalp for a more voluminous appearance. Some salon styling products
for volume also contain ingredients to nourish the scalp and promote hair growth while cosmetically improving the look of the hair. If you want to boost volume and make your hair easier to manage, try a mousse, which will provide lightweight hold and extra body.
Protecting Your Hair
Not all styling products are used to simplify styling. Some formulas are intended to protect the hair from damage rather than simplifying your hairstyling routine. These thermal protective sprays, creams, lotions and serums create a barrier between your hair and the hair dryer, flat iron or curling iron, reducing the damage caused by thermal styling. Thermal protective styling products can be used by anyone and are especially beneficial for those with damaged and dry hair.
Finishing Your Style
After you have your hair looking its best, you want to keep your style going strong all day long. Applying a hair spray sets your style in place using ingredients called fixatives. Hair spray
formulas come in different strengths, such as Light Hold, Medium Hold and Extra Hold. If your hair is fine, thin or short, lighter hold products may be the best choice for your needs, while coarse, thick or long hair may require stronger hair sprays to stay neatly styled. back to top »