Hair Product Placement: Part 1
By Kate on 10 June 2009
When it comes to ending up with a sassy style that knocks them dead, or a 'do that looks less than impressive, you can't go past the power of hair styling products.
The types of products used to create a hairstyle can make all the difference and ensure that your hairdo lasts all day, all night, or both!
Provides a soft, more natural looking hold than gel.
Product Placement: Can be used throughout the hair to give strands lift and volume. Can be applied to freshly washed, damp or dry hair. In damp hair mousse will combat frizz, in dry hair it will reshape a style without adding a 'sticky' feel. Mousse will add volume to thin hair, making it appear thicker. Apply directly to the roots of damp hair to create fullness and lift.
Perfect For: Creating body and movement and defining curls.
Hair Product Tip: Work mousse in your hands before applying to your hair
Stronger than hairspray but weaker than wax. Gel will stiffen your hair into place and provide a wet looking finish.
Product Placement: Apply a small amount of gel to the roots of your hair for extra volume. Applying gel to the ends of your hair will weigh your hair down.
Perfect For: Mohawks, curls and slicked back styles.
Hair Product Tip: Most gels come in different strengths to provide a harder or weaker hold depending on your hair type and the style you wish to achieve.
Provides a drier, stiffer finish than gel.
Product Placement: Gel wax can be applied to specific sections of your hair to create your look, such as in your ends to achieve flicks and spikes.
Perfect For: Short and curly hairstyles. Flicked and spiked hairstyles.
Hair Product Tip: Use only a small amount of gel wax to create a semi-wet effect.
Allows for a lighter, more even touch of gel to be applied to your hair.
Product Placement: Spritz over your entire style for hold.
Perfect For: Curl definition and hold.
Hair Product Tip: Gel spray will not weigh your hair down or create a wet look.
Provides a very strong hold, especially for curly hair types. Great for texturising.
Product Placement: Use throughout your hair sparingly - a little goes a long way. Use in your ends for extra texture and definition. Use to keep your bangs side swept and in place.
Perfect For: Reducing frizz and creating sculpted styles.
Hair Product Tip: Warm extra hard products with a little heat from your hair dryer.
Adds a strong hold to thick hair and creates body.
Product Placement: Add sculpture lotion evenly throughout your hair for best results.
Perfect For: Creating messy looks and adding volume to hair when blow-drying.
Hair Product Tip: Apply sculpture lotion to evenly damp hair. Hair that is too wet will dilute and hair that is too dry will stop an even spread.
Adds a great shine to locks and keeps fly-away strands and frizziness in check.
Product Placement: Best used through your mid-lengths and ends. Too much serum at your roots will make your hair look greasy.
Perfect For: Straight styles.
Hair Product Tip: Smoothing shine makes a great finishing product and should only be applied over your roots once you've applied the majority of the product to your ends to avoid an 'oily' look.
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