Picking the right hair product is like finding the perfect pair of jeans--daunting, but worth the search! Shine serums, styling creams, body builders, dry shampoos: want to know which are best for you?
We asked the pros to pick the single most essential product for every possible hair type. From curly to fine to frizzy, read on to find your miracle in a bottle. By Julie Redfern
If you're spiraling out of control, Rodney Cutler, owner of the Cutler Salon in NYC, says a styling cream will kick those curls back into submission. "Curly hair needs one of two things--support or definition," he notes. A styling cream with moisture and lightweight hold tackles both.
Try: Frederic Fekkai Luscious Curls Cream
Calling all wavy ladies! Your perfect product is a texturizing spray spiked with salt water. "The salt water helps to create disheveled texture," says Cutler. To get that sexy, tousled style, spray the hair while it's damp and allow it to air dry.
Try: John Masters Organics Sea Mist Sea Salt Spray
Stick Straight Hair
Pin-straight strands need products that won't weigh them down. "Wash hair with a clarifying shampoo. Because they're not overly moisturizing, they won't add weight," says celebrity stylist Omar Lopez. Shampooing three to four times a week is also recommended to keep locks in tip-top shape.
Try: Joico Daily Balancing Shampoo
Women with course hair should invest in a good styling cream.
"What it will do for this hair type is protect it from heat styling, seal the cuticle, block humidity and add shine," says Lopez.
Try: Ojon Hydrating Styling Cream
The process of relaxing hair can cause it to become extremely weak and brittle. A protein-packed conditioner is critical to restore strength and prevent breakage.
Try: Joico K-Pak Reconstructor
Fine, Thinning Hair
Add thickness to hair with a dry shampoo. "It helps to fill in the cuticle and make the hair appear fuller and more volumized," says Cutler. For maximum volume, apply directly to the roots and massage thoroughly.
Try: Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo
The must-have product for the color-committed: a shampoo with little to no detergents. "High-foaming shampoos will pull out your color," says Cutler. Shampoos with lower detergent levels won't strip the hair, which means they'll preserve your investment, longer.
Try: Nexxus Dualiste Shampoo
According to Lopez, when it comes to oily hair it's more about your regimen than a specific product. He recommends experimenting with shampooing less (try every other day) with a clarifying shampoo. "When you wash your hair, your scalp reacts by producing more oil. If you shampoo less your scalp may self-regulate and produce less oil," he notes. Using a clarifying shampoo ensures day-old hair gets completely cleaned.
Try: Suave Daily Clairfying Shampoo for Normal to Oily Hair
Frizz happens when moisture is lost. Therefore, it's imperative to keep your hair hydrated. "A good moisturizing shampoo and conditioner will calm the hair shaft and seal the cuticle, making the hair more manageable from the start," says celebrity stylist and NYC salon owner Oscar Blandi.
Try: Pantene Pro-V Frizz Control Shampoo and Conditioner