10 Essential Hair Care Products for Women
Are you overwhelmed by all the mousses, gels, irons and other hair care products vying for your attention? What you really need boils down to 10 basic tools and products. Here are the hair care products and tools most women should have on hand.
2 Different Types of Hair Brushes
The higher quality your hairbrush, the healthier your hair. Don't fret about spending money on a good brush because they're worth it and last a lot longer than a cheapie brush; plus, they're much better for your hair.
The best brushes have rubber bases with boar's head bristles mixed in with synthetic bristles. These allow bristles to flex, cutting down on the damage to your hair.
You need at least 2 brushes in your tool arsenal: a round brush to add body when blow drying hair and a paddle brush for drying bangs and finishing hair so it falls flat. The is from Mason Pearson. It's pricey, but will last a lifetime and frankly, is about what you'd spend on one haircut at a high-end salon. For round brushes, we recommend .
Hairstylist of the Eva Scrivo Salon in NYC insists that we'd all have much healthier hair and scalps if we brushed our hair a lot and regularly. Yet another reason you want a good hairbrush: a bad one can pull on and damage hair, whereas boar bristles naturally carry your hair's oils from your scalp down to the rest of your hair. Find the best brush for your hair.
The Right Shampoo for Your Hair Type
Shampoos work by cleansing your hair of dirt and oil. It's important to select a shampoo that's formulated for your hair type. If you have oily hair, you should not be using DevaCurl shampoo, even if it's the only shampoo in the shower. Shampoo like this that's formulated for curly, dry hair will leave your oily hairflatter than ever.
You're better off shampooing daily or every other day with a mild shampoo.
If you have normal hair, choose a shampoo that's formulated for normal hair, but make sure to use a conditioner on your ends, which tend to be drier. Dry, frizzy hair doesn't need to be shampooed often. Some women with super dry hair opt to never shampoo their hair, using conditioners instead.
Conditioner and a Deep Hair Mask If You Have Dry, Frizzy Hair
Unless you have baby fine hair that goes limp at the sight of creamy conditioners, you need to condition your hair after every shampoo.
Hair pros will tell you conditioner can help repair heat- and chemical-damaged hair. The truth is conditionersprotectyour hair from these things. More than just conditioning, conditioners have moisturizing agents that coat hair leaving it tangle-free. Want to spend less time brushing out long wet hair? Condition the ends. Your comb will zip right through.
If you have frizzy hair, invest in a great hair mask and use it weekly. To properly use a hair mask, first, squeeze your hair of extra water after you shampoo. Then apply the mask from crown to ends, combing it through with a fine-toothed comb. Let it work its magic while you shave your legs and soap up your body, then rinse out, making sure not to leave any which will weigh hair down.
Dry Shampoo If You Have Oily or Normal Hair
Dry shampoos are miracle workers. There's nothing better for hair that's a bit greasy than a generous spray of dry shampoo.
Dry shampoos work by absorbing oil in between washings and they add body and allow you to hold off a day if you don't want to wash your hair. Talcum powder also works in a pinch. Just make sure you go easy on your part and at the hairline. You don't want the powder to be obvious (sometimes the smell of baby powder is a dead giveaway, but the smell is worth not having oily hair). Talcum powder works better on light hair than dark hair.
Our hands-down favorite dry shampoo is .
No matter your hair type, there are styling sprays on the market that will help your hair look better either by creating volume or taming down frizzies.
Want volume for your fine hair? Try a volumizing spray. Dry shampoo works to give hair body, too.
If your hair tends to be dry, your battles will be with the frizzies and getting your hair to settle down.
You never want to apply product from the top of your head down. This means the top of your head will be weighed down with product. Instead, Scrivo suggests you apply the product in the back of the head first where hair is thickest, working the product through to the sides and the top of the head.
A Curling Iron and/or Flat Iron
It's good to have both curling irons and flat irons in your beauty tool arsenal. They're good to have on hand if you want to change up your look. They both work on all hair types. Curling irons add volume to flat hair and structure to wavy hair. Flat irons will tame curls and flatten straight hair even more so it falls like a sheet. Always use a flat iron with ceramic plates, it is much safer on hair.
An Ionic Blow Dryer
Never underestimate the power of a good blowdryer. The more powerful your dryer, the better.
A strong, ionic blow dryer, like the pro favorite, "Tourmaline," will speed drying time which reduces your hair's exposure to damaging heat. If you have thick hair, you'll want a dryer with at least 1,875 watts. Those with finer hair can make do with 1,500 watts.
Sea Salt Spray
If you crave those sexy waves that only come in August after a long day at the beach, you should invest in a bottle of sea salt spray. There's nothing better for scrunching your hair into sexy, beachy waves than this stuff.
They come in a few brands ( makes a good one), but you can also make your own. After all, it's just salt and water.
You can use hairspray to boost your hair's volume, but also for keeping your hair in place when it looks absolutely perfect and you want it to stay that way. Whether you use hairspray every day or only for special occasions, it's good to have a decent one on hand.
Foam rollers are great for giving your hair body, but a lot of women also love hot rollers.
In any case, these are great to have on hand in case you want to add body to the crown of your hair or add true definition to your wavy hair or curly hair.
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