Hair Styling Products

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Everyone knows that no style is truly effortless. Whether you're going for a fancy updo or a tousled and messy look, you're going to need some styling products  to help you achieve that perfect coif. Depending on how you want your hair to look, there is definitely something out there for you.

Choosing Styling Products

Below are the most common types of hair styling products and some quick tips for each one.

Water Based: Gel and Mousse:

  • Mousses are best for curly, thin, or fine hair because they have light weight, but medium hold.
  • Gel is better for medium and thick hair since it is heavier. Gel can help to create those texturized looks on short hair, too.
  • Gel sprays  are similar to hair spray, but with less hold.
  • Gel waxes start out like a gel, but dry into a wax. Great for creating the messy look.
  • Take a look at John Frieda Frizz-Ease Corrective Styling Mousse .

Pomade and Wax:

  • These products are heavier, but provide less hold.
  • Best for texturized, messy looks, but also good for short and dry hair.
  • Due to their weight, these are not reccomended for thin or fine hair.
  • Use a clarifying shampoo to remove buildup from these products.
  • Try TIGI Bed Head Manipulator Sculpting Putty .

Alcohol Based Hair Spray:

  • Best for use on all hair types.
  • Provides strong hold for any style, especially updos.
  • Quick drying sprays make for easy styling and they keep moisture out to avoid frizz.
  • Don't spray too much or you might have white flecks.
  • Check out got2b Glued Spiking Freeze Spray .

Straightening and Smoothing Creams:

  • These are good for long, wavy, dry, or curly hair types since they add moisture back into the hair.
  • Not much hold with these, they are more for adding shine.
  • Great for use after styling with a flat iron.
  • Might havetoo much weight for naturally straight hair.
  • Try Frederic Fekkai Glossing Cream with Olive Oil .

Texturizing Lotions and Creams:

  • Best for creating waves or that messy look.
  • Can help to tame curls and frizz after heat styling.
  • Gives hair a medium hold and helps with moisture.
  • Check out TIGI Catwalk Curls Rock Curl Amplifier .

Silicon Sprays and Serums:

  • Also known as shiners or smoothers.
  • Their main purpose is to give hair a shiny and sleek look.
  • The active ingredient in these products is the silicone, which doesn't provide much hold.
  • Look at Citre Shine Color Miracle Polishing Serum .

Quick Picks

Phyto Maximizing Volume Spray 

John Frieda Frizz-Ease Serum 

Sebastian Potion 9 

Jonathan Product Dirt Texturizing Paste 

Ojon Fortify, Lift and Hold Mist 

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