One of the most common questions I am asked; what do I need in order to have great hair? So, without further adeau, here is my list off products every person should have in order to have the healthy, manageable and cute hair.
- Shampoo & Conditioner: I know, this seems like a no brainer, but you would be surprised at how little people care about this basic need. Using a quality shampoo and conditioner ensures that the base for your hairstyle is there, and your hair is in good condition. If you have colored or damaged hair, you should be especially careful and selective when it comes to picking a cleansing system. A great shampoo and conditioner will keep your color looking it’s best and could prolong your time between visits to the salon. My favorites: Joico K-Pak, John Frieda (I use to Red right now, because of my hair color), Bumble and Bumble Creme De Coco, Pantene Pro V Nature Fusion, Dove Damage Therapy.
- Deep Treatment:In order to maintain optimal moisture, repair damage and keep hair healthy, I suggest doing a treatment at least once a month. After your regular shampoo, towel dry hair (GENTLY), apply a decent amount of treatment throughout hair and let it sit for as long as possible. I sometimes braid it loosely or clip it up and wear it in there all day. My favorites: Joico K-Pak Re-constructor, Joico K-Pak Moisture, It’s a 10 Miracle Mask, Moroccan Oil Intense Hydrating Mask, AG Deep, Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep recovery Mask, L’Oreal EverStrong Deep Replenishing Mask.
- Leave-In Treatment:I have always been a huge believer in leave-in products. They help detangle your hair, add extra moisture, protection and improve hair’s overall condition. Make sure to choose one that is suitable to your hair type (ie not too heavy if you have fine hair etc). My favorites:It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Product, Biolage Smoothing Milk, Aussie Hair Insurance Leave-In, Aveeno Nourish and Condition Treatment Spray, Redken Anti-Snap.
- Dry Shampoo: This is truly one of the best hair product inventions ever! Freshen up your hair and mask oily roots in between washes, it’s amazing. My favorites: Suave Keratin Infusion Dry Shampoo, Sexy Hair Big Sexy Hair Volumizing Dry Shampoo, Bumble and Bumble Hair Powder (available in colors to match your hair, bonus!)
- Hairspray:A great hairspray can make or break your hairstyle. Depending on the style you are going for, adjust your spray accordingly. It IS possible to have great curls without a gross, crunchy finish. My favorites: a.) Hard hold: Joico JoiMist Firm, Kenra Volume Spray 25, Sebastian Shaper Plus, Dove Damage Therapy Hair Spray, extra hold. b.) Medium-light hold: Moroccan Oil Luminous Hairspray, Dove Damage Therapy Aerosol Spray – flexible hold.
- Heat Protection: In a perfect world, curling irons, flat irons and blow-driers would not damage your hair. But they do, a lot. Protect your hair before using these tools! My favorites:Kenra Platinum Hot Spray 20, Tresemme Heat Tamer, CHI Iron Guard.
- Styling Product: Mouse, serum, volumizer, or balm, a styling aid will help you achieve and maintain the style you are after. My favorites:Curls – Moroccan Oil Intense Curl Cream (or foam, for fine hair), Joico JoiWhip, Catwalk Curls Rock. Volumizing – Oribe Maximista Thickening Spray, Sexy Hair Big Sexy Hair Blow Dry Volume Gel, Redken Body Full Volumizing Foam. Straightening – Fekkai Glossing Cream, Moroccan Oil Serum, TIGI S Factor Smoothing Lusterizer, Bed Head After Party. Texturizer – D:fi D:struct, AG Infrastructure, Sebastian Microfiber, Redken Water Wax, Short Sexy Hair Slept In, Sebastian Potion Number 9.
- Brushes: The tools you are using to de-tangle, style and manage your hair are just as important when it comes to caring for your hair. A natural boar bristle brush is a absolute must for every hair type. Why? Boar bristles are much more gentle on your hair, and they redistribute oils throughout hair as you brush, boosting shine and thus protecting your hair. Aside from that, if you blow-dry your hair, a good quality round brush will pay off in the long run, a tail comb is great for making parts and braiding, and a wide tooth comb to de-tangle fragile wet hair. For the love of everything, please stop ripping at your wet hair with a brush, it is breaking your hair! Start at your ends and use small strokes to work your way up and through the tangles if you must. My favorites: The Marilyn Brush Flatter Me Too (one of my absolute favorite hair items EVER.),
- Hair Dryer: Regardless if you dry your hair on a regular basis or not, a good quality hair dryer will shorten your style time, protect your hair and hold a style. Regardless of hair type, I always suggest drying the front of your hair (bangs, layers, cowlicks etc), then ‘fluff’ drying hair until it is 80-90% dry, and then go ahead with a round or paddle brush. For the most part, you are wasting your time before that. Also make sure that your hair is completely dry and no dampness is left at all, otherwise you will end up with frizz and a limp style. My favorites: I have had my Avanti Ultra Professional GP-3000 for over 8 years and it is still amazing.
- Styling Tools: Curling iron, flat iron, hot rollers, Velcro rollers, diffuser, hot air styler. All of these items are made to aid you in achieving the style you are after, and after some practice, you will discover how versatile they can be. I actually curl my hair with my flatiron all the time! When it comes to a item that you use on a religious basis, it is always worth investing in a professional quality product. My favorites: CHI Flat Iron, Rusk Curling Iron, Infinitipro Spin Air Rotating Styler.
For the record, most of these products are available at your local salon, or Amazon.com. These are my personal opinions and have been formed over my 10 years of experience as a hair stylist. Yes, my bathroom is completely overrun with hair products and I have tried a million different brands, it honestly never gets old and I adore it. Any questions? Suggestions? Thoughts? Leave a comment and I will do my best to help.