Not sure which hair styling product to use for your hairstyle? Don't worry, has your questions covered!

Tools of the hair trade - styling productsStyling your hair can be one of the best parts of any beauty regime. There's nothing better than stepping out of the house knowing you look fabulous and that you achieved the look yourself.

While mastering a signature do can take time, it's well worth the effort and can easily be achieved with the help of the amazing range of products on shelves today.

To help you sort through the hairstyling product maze, THS has put together a glossary of the styling products you'll need to pull off any fabulous look.


Description: a foamy, lightweight product.
Hold strength: 6 out of 10.
Uses: gives hair body, bounce and volume. Reduces static.
Great for: curly hair, fine hair and limp hair that needs lift.

  • A small amount when blow-drying will give the hair volume and a soft hold.
  • Mousse can leave the hair sticky and crunchy if not dried with a blow-dryer or if too much is used.

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Description: a clear, heavy, goop-like substance.
Hold strength: 10 out of 10.
Uses: is great for making hair texture messy, holding spiky hair in place and keeping short hair flicked out.
Great for: contouring short hair and taming fly-away locks. Gel will add definition to short curls and is not recommended for fine or flat hair as it will weigh it down.

  • Using too much gel can be lethal for your look and too little will be less effective.
  • Roughly around a tablespoon of product is all that is needed. To re-active gel, mist your hair with a little water and scrunch again.

Gel Wax

Description: Looks like a gel, yet styles like wax.
Hold strength: 5 out of 10.
Uses: gives hair a soft and messy look without making it rock-hard.
Great for: shorter hair and will benefit longer styles that need volume, body, and hold without being weighed down.

  • To get the best from gel wax, warm it in your hands before applying and make sure to spread it evenly.

Gel Spray

Description: very similar to hairspray, but has less hold.
Hold strength: 8 out of 10.
Uses: gel spray will hold hair into place without leaving a white residue or a rock-hard finish.
Great for: up-styling as it will still allow movement throughout the hair. Shorter, messier styles will hold well with gel spray and will not look wet or be weighed down.

  • Mist throughout your hair lightly as a finishing tool once your style is complete.


Description: a milky-like gum substance that smoothes into a paste.
Hold strength: 2 out of 10.
Uses: wax works best on messy hair and is great for achieving flicks and defining layered hair.
Great for: smoothing and twisting short locks into place and separating hair strands.

  • Rubbing wax between your palms to warm it up will make it easier to work with.
  • Wax can look and feel greasy on long hairstyles, so go easy.

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Sculpture Lotion

Description: a clear-like gel that is runny in texture.
Hold strength: 5.5 out of 10.
Uses: can be used as an alternative to mousse for curly hair or as a styling aid when blow-drying.
Great for: adding waves to straight hair.

  • A tablespoon of sculpture lotion is enough to create a soft natural curl or body to fine hair when blow-drying.

Smoothing Shine

Description: an oily liquid substance that is mainly used to give shine.
Hold strength: 1 out of 10.
Uses: can be used in any hair type to add gloss. Reduces static.
Great for: any hair type and style but is especially good for smoothing down frizzy hair.

  • Only a small amount is required as too much product will give an oily residue and make hair look like it hasn't been washed.


Description: comes in a can and is sprayed directly onto the hair for hold.
Hold strength: 10 out of 10.
Uses: can be used as an alternative to gel spray and keeps a strong hold all day long.
Great for: curly hair, upstyles, messy hair and flicked hair.

  • Spray hairspray at an arm-length distance and don't use too much or you will end up with a white, flaky residue which looks like dandruff.


Description: a spray product that is stronger than hairspray.
Hold strength: 10 out of 10.
Uses: can be used in any hair type for a strong, rock-hard hold.
Great for: styles that need an extremely strong hold.

  • Only a small amount of lacquer is needed and should be sprayed at an arm-length distance.

Moulding Cream

Description: an alternative to wax that has less of a glossy finish.
Hold strength: 2 out of 10.
Uses: moulding cream is perfect for creating soft curls, flicks, waves and soft up-styles without weighing the hair down.
Great for: defining layers and hair length.

  • Warm a teaspoon amount in your hands for an even finish.


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