Coco Chanel said something like a person who cuts their hair is about to change their life. When we make a trip to the salon, we walk out transformed. The tricky part is sustaining that fresh salon look. Luckily there are ways to keep that shine and bounce. But the sheer number of haircare products out there can leave you feeling overwhelmed. It’s hard to know your detangler from your dry shampoo! It’s why we’ve pulled together a comprehensive guide to essential hair products. Let’s go!
Hair products for all types and needs
Because humans are diverse, there are many different hair types. A one-size-all approach does not work in terms of hair products. That’s why determining your hair type is the first step to rocking your ultimate look. What kind of hair do you have?
Texture of hair
The texture of your hair refers to the thickness of individual hair strands. Hair texture is usually described as fine, medium or coarse.
Porosity of Hair
Porosity refers to how well your hair can absorb and retain moisture. Low porosity hair has a hard time absorbing moisture. Meanwhile high porosity hair absorbs moisture quickly but loses it just as fast.
Elasticity of Hair
Elasticity refers to how well your hair can stretch and return to its original shape without breaking. Hair with good elasticity can stretch up to 50% of its original length without breaking.
Oiliness of Scalp
The oiliness of your scalp can affect how often you need to wash your hair. An oily scalp produces more sebum. This makes your hair look greasy, requiring frequent washing.
Common Hair Concerns
Different hair types have different needs and concerns. We list a few.
Dry hair lacks moisture and can be prone to breakage and split ends. This is a common concern for people with curly or coily hair.
Frizz occurs when the hair cuticle is raised. This means that moisture can enter the hair shaft and cause it to swell. While any hair type is prone to frizziness, it is more common in curvy or wavy hair.
Hair can become damaged from heat styling, chemical treatments, or environmental factors. Damaged hair can be brittle, dry, and prone to breakage.
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Tailoring Hair Products to Specific Hair Types
Once you have identified your hair type and concerns, you can choose hair products that are tailored to your specific needs. For example, people with fine hair may benefit from lightweight, volumizing shampoos and conditioners. People rocking curls may benefit from moisturising hair products. These can define curls and reduce frizz.
Essential Hair Products for Curly Hair
Those gorgeous, bouncy curls need some special care and attention. Yip, while cute, curls can also frizz. Let’s look at ways to take care of them.
Shampoo and Conditioner
Curly hair can benefit from a deep conditioning treatment once a week to help keep it moisturised and healthy.
Styling products can help define curls and reduce frizz.
Silk Pillowcase or Bonnet
Using a silk pillowcase or bonnet while sleeping can help prevent split ends and frizz. This is because a cotton pillowcase can cause friction.
Essential Hair Products for Straight Hair
Shampoo and Conditioner
Look for shampoos and conditioners formulated for straight hair. These products can help maintain the sleekness and shine of straight hair.
If you use heat styling tools like straighteners or curling irons, it’s important to protect your hair from heat damage. Look for heat protectant sprays or serums that provide thermal protection.
Styling products can help add volume, texture, and hold to straight hair. Some options to consider are hair mousses, pomades, gels, and waxes.
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