The French like to say, “Hairspray is the star performer of every stylish woman” (“La laque est le produit-phare de toute femme un peu coquette”) and when it comes to your hair looking great all day and night long, your styling products are everything. There are texturizers to give your hair the right texture for the look you want, and hair gels to give long-lasting hold to your hairstyle. Styling products pack a lot of bang for the buck given they often retail for less than $10 a pop, so it’s well worth investing in the following types of styling products to make your hair look perfect:
In order to style your hair properly, it needs to be the right texture. Whether your hair is naturally rough, silky or smooth, it may need to be reconfigured to suit your styling needs. First you need to figure out what style you want your hair to have and then use the products that will give your hair the proper texture. Texturizing hair care products are categorized by hair type and chemical processes to help you choose the best product.
If you have coarse hair, a texturizer will relax the hair to straighten it by loosening your curls. Botanicals By Soft & Beautiful Soft N Beautiful Texturizer For Coarse Hair will give your hair a soft, curly and natural look. Just apply to damp hair, comb through from root to tip and use your fingers to massage your hair to create a curly, tossed look. If you want a more sculpted look, you can even use a dryer after applying this product. Suggested retail: $4.99
On the other hand, if you have limp, baby fine hair, purchase a texturizer to add some oomph to your locks. L’oreal New Look Out of Bed Texturizer will give your hair a messy, piecey look — just use your fingers to run it through dry hair and style with a wide-tooth comb. The texturizer will hold your hair in place all day and it even works with curly hair to give it a non-frizzy look. Suggested retail price: $15.02.
Holding gels are light to medium hold styling products designed to be worked through wet or dry hair. The best gels brush out easily when your hair is dry and they don’t leave a powdery residue. Biosilk Glazing Gel Light Hold is a sculpting gel that will give your hair body and shine without any stickiness. Great for roller setting, wet looks and blow drying, Biosilk Glazing Gel Light Hold retails for $10 to $14.50. Pantene Pro-V 24 Hour Weightless Volume Gel, Extra Strong Hold boosts volume and provides a long-lasting hold minus the stiffness and stickiness. Suggested retail price: $4.19.
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