Hair we go: Your guide to the best products for all types of tresses
Want great, healthy hair? Turns out that brushing your locks 100 strokes a day can actually make it frizzy (sorry, Marcia Brady!) and frequent trims don’t help your locks grow any longer, according to experts. he real secret to tress success? Forget the old wives’ tales and become a hair product pro.
Don’t know the difference between a mousse and pomade? Wondering if you should use a hair gel or a texturizer? No problem. Get beauty schooled quick with our hair product primer and styling picks.
What it does: Stiffens and holds hair
Who needs it: Curly girls. If you’re enhancing your natural curls or want to create curls, gel will help hold them in place.
How to use it: Apply gel to cleansed and conditioned hair while it’s still wet. Scrunch hair, section by section and let it air dry.
Product we love: Curls Creme Brulee Hair Gel, $10.99, Walgreens
What it does: Gives your hair body and lift from the roots to the tips. It’s lightweight and won’t weigh your hair down or make it greasy.
Who should use it: Anybody! Though, it’s especially great for women with fine or thin hair because it adds volume.
How to use it: Apply a generous amount of foam to towel-dried hair and work it through evenly from root to tip before you let your hair air dry or you blow dry it. Be sure to shake the bottle before using.
Product we love: Nexxus Plus Volumizing Foam Styler, $11.99, Ulta
What it does: Gives your hair a tousled look, providing light separation, and lends shine.
Who should use it: Those who are constantly trying to tame frizz and flyaways
How to use it: Remember, a little bit goes a long way. Apply a pea-sized amount to the hair, avoiding the roots so not to make them greasy or piece-y.
Product we love: Drybar The Chaser Shine Pomade, $28, Sephora
What it does: Adds shine and smooths hair
Who should use it: Those looking to cut down on their styling time
How to use it: Apply a small amount (one pump) to damp hair and use your fingers to even it out in the hair, then blow dry. You also can use it on dry hair to tame flyaways.
Product we love: Living Proof Satin Hair Serum, $29, Sephora
What it does: Gives you sexy, tousled waves
Who should use it: Anybody who wants the “just came from the beach” look
How to use it: Super-easy. Just shake and spray and let your hair air-dry or dry in the sun.
Product we love: Surf’s up Texture Spray, $9.99, Ulta