Have you ever walked down the hair product aisle at any drug store? It can be overwhelming. Between the gels, spray and tools, it would seem doing a head of hair is a full time job. If you have never tried to style your own hair before, here is a simple guide to help you figure out what exactly a flat iron is and the purpose of mousse.
- Shampoo:Use together to keep hair clean and healthy. The type of shampoo you use, like most products, will depend on the type of hair you have. There are specific kinds of shampoo for curly, straight, fine and thick hair. Many times it helps to experiment with shampoos to figure out which works best for your specific hair-type.
- Conditioner: Helps keep hair healthy and repairs it from the daily damage we do it on a daily basis, such as brushing or even by being in the sun. Conditioner becomes increasingly important as you style your hair more and use more products. Again, there are many types of conditioner which will depend on your specific type of hair.
- Hairspray: There are numerous kinds of hairspray and the type you use will depend on your type of hair as well as what you need it to do. If you need to keep a hairstyle in place, use something with extra hold. If you need volume, use something lighter.
- Gel: A little bit of gel will go a long way to help your hair hold styles created by dryers, curling or flat irons. Hair gel is a little on the heavy side, so it may not be best for everyday use.
- Mousse: A lighter form of gel, mousse will also help hold hairstyles in place. Since mouse is lighter, it is great for volume.
- Thermal Spray: Should be used before any direct heat is applied to your hair and it protects hair from the heat of hair dryers, curling and flat irons.
- Paste or Wax: Gives hair a piece-ey, messy look. Using too much paste or wax can make hair look greasy and dirty, and a little bit goes a long way, so use sparingly.
- Hair Dryer: Use a hair dryer to quickly dry wet hair. Hair dryers can add volume to your hair and used with the right brush can double as a styler, saving you time and effort. Hair dryers commonly have multiple settings; try to use the coolest setting possible to avoid damaging hair.
- Curling Iron: Curling irons are used to add curl and volume to hair. When using a curling iron, it is helpful to put some sort of hair product such as mouse or gel in your hair to help hold the style. Thermal spray is also highly recommended. Curling irons again use heat to style the hair, so do not leave the curling iron sitting in one spot for an extended period of time to avoid damage.
- Flat Iron: Gives hair a straight, silky look and can also double as a curling iron. Again, this tool uses heat, so do not leave on hair for an extended period of time to avoid damage and always try to use thermal spray. Flat irons can be used on almost any hair type, however, be sure to adjust the temperature to accommodate your hair type and minimize damage.
Source by Jade Greene