Yes, it’s a cliché but it's also true. Your hair is, indeed, your crowning glory and thus, you must always use the best products including tools to keep it looking shiny, healthy and glamorous. You do not even have to worry about spending a lot on products since there are always more affordable and yet good quality substitutes in the market. Here the must-have hair care products that every woman must have in her home.
Shampoos and Conditioners
Don’t believe the hype put out by shampoo manufacturers – shampoos are mainly formulated to remove dirt, oil and other undesirable debris from the hair. Other shampoos with labels like “strengthening”, “renewing” and “restorative” have added ingredients to help thicken the hair, seal spilt ends and promote healthier hair but are little more than shampoo-conditioner combos. We do, however, recommend dry shampoo. It absorbs oil in between washings, thus, eliminating the greasy look and feel while still making hair look shiny from the hair care products like the shine serum.
The trick is in choosing the right shampoo for your hair type, which can be done by looking at the ingredients and which is discussed in the following section. The Pantene line of shampoos are arguably the best in the industry where catering to every hair type is concerned.
Conditioners are a must, too, unless you have baby-fine tresses. These hair care products provide protection for heat- and chemical-damaged hair while also leaving the tresses moisturized. Think of conditioners as the moisturizers of hair while shampoos are the cleansers and you get the point why these two products must go hand-in-hand in hair care.
Let’s take a look at the best shampoos and conditioners for different hair types:
• Coarse, curly hair requires creamy, moisturizing products with ingredients like shea butter, wheat germ oil and nut oils as well as glycerin and silicone. You may also want to undergo a hot oil treatment at least once a month.
• Fine, oily hair work best with clear shampoos containing panthenol as the main ingredient. Light conditioners are great, too.
• Colored and chemically-treated hairs require protein-based shampoos and rich conditioners sans the silicone ingredient.
• Dry, damaged hair should be washed every few days only with creamy shampoos coupled with ultra-moisturizing conditioners.
You may have to experiment with the shampoos and conditioners to determine which one works best for your hair.
Shiny hair equals healthy hair in most instances. Shine serums helps smoot out frizzy hair and add gleam. Your choices include the serum itself for thick hair and spray serum for fine hair.
If you have fine hair, then volumizing mousse can be your best friend because it adds volume to your tresses. Its secret lies in the hold and conditioning agents that coat the hair shaft, thus, adding the bouncy look.
Hairspray and Gels
These hair care products are formulated to hold your hairstyle in place while also providing adequate protection against heat, humidity and even ultraviolet rays. You will not, however, want to be liberal in your application of hairsprays and gels lest you look like a throwback to the big hair of the 1980s. Less is more, indeed.
Well, of course, you should also have the right tools to use these hair care products. We are talking about a good brush preferably with boar’s head bristles, a wide-toothed comb and a blow dryer, among others.