There are so many hair styling products out there and it can be confusing as to which one is right for our hair. In order to know what styling product to use we should at least know a few things:
1. Hair type – whether it is fine or coarse
2. Thickness – whether it is thin or thick
3. Style – whether it is curly, wavy or straight
3. Length – whether it is long or short
4. Texture – whether it has body or it is flat
Knowing all of these can give you a basis of what hair product to use based on your hair and the style you want to achieve.
Here are the different hair products that you might want to consider:
HAIR MOUSSE - is used to give your hair that extra volume and shine and is often applied to wet hair before styling it. Inside the can, hair mousse is purple in color but would come out as a whitish foam. The mousse is one of the light-weight styling products which conditions and hold your hair without having lumps or buildups. Hair mousse can be used to reduce frizziness and define curls even if you have naturally curly hair or permed hair. This is also often used by people with long or short hair. If you have dry hair, look for a mousse that has no alcohol in it (as alcohol will make your hair more dry) and also make sure it contains ultraviolet protection in it.
COLOR MOUSSE - works just like any regular hair mousse except this covers up any grey hair.
HAIR GEL - is a strong holding product which is good for people who have thick, hard to manage hair. Hair gels give a similar result to hair sprays and waxes but don’t hold as strong as them. They usually come in numbers, with the higher number indicating a much stronger hold (stiff look) and a lower number indicating a much weaker hold, giving hair a wet look. For those of you with curly hair, you can use gel on wet hair and allow it to air dry. This will give your curls a separated look.
HAIR WAX - is a thick hair styling product which is, obviously, made of wax This is used for spot-styling and is not usually applied throughout your whole head. this can be applied on the roots or tips of your hair and gives a more stiff finish.
HAIR SPRAY - is the most common hair styling product used. This is also called Hair Laquer, Spritz or Sticky Water. It is used to hold your hair style in place and comes in different ranges of “holds”. Whether you want it just light and flexible or stiff. Hair sprays can be dispensed in a pump or aerosol spray nozzle.
HAIR PASTE - is a wax-based product that makes your hair flexible and allows you to restyle your hair during the day. It makes your hair look supple and gives it that glossy look. The only downside to hair paste is that you will need to wash your hair with shampoo in order to remove the product from your hair.
ANTI-FRIZZ - are products that coat your hair shaft allowing it to lay flat and straighten out so that your hair won’t look all frizzy. This product contains oils and waxes that coat the hair.
ROOT LIFTERS - are new hair styling products that give your roots a boost and overall fullness. This can be sprayed to just the roots or even applied by hand, and gives them the support, taking styling to a whole new level.
POMADES - are greasy and waxy which leaves your hair looking slicker and shinier than hair wax. This has a thicker consistency and gives you more control in styling your hair. You can even straighten out a curly hair with pomades. The only downside to this is that you will need more than just one wash to remove the product off your hair or you can easily remove it by using high-detergent shampoos or degreasers like a dishwashing liquid.
SPIKING GLUE - are usually used to create that punk rock hair by sticking strands of hair together. But these can damage your hair as they dry hard.