The Hair Necessities! Six Products You Can’t Live Without!
The Hair Necessities? With a plethora of hair products available, it’s sometimes difficult to choose and we often (all of us) end-up with dozens of unused bottles under the sink. So, we began asking our customers what they “had to have”….here’s what we found!
Most women can’t seem to pick a favorite hair product because each one is designed for a specific purpose. Although it isn’t likely you will ever have to limit yourself to just six products
, it is a good idea to know which items you would not be able to live without. Here are some of the most important products that should always be included.
Shampoo Specific - Two Types
- Clarifying Shampoo – We have all been there – hair that becomes stiff, dull unruly or filled with product residue or build-up. A good clarifying shampoo – used periodically – is great for deep cleaning and can be ideal for hair that is oily or has accumulated dandruff and flaking. It’s kind of like washing your car every once in a while…everything is nice, fresh and clean!
- Moisturizing Shampoo – Even the thickest hair styles can use moisturizing. Proper levels of moisture help reduce frizz, static and improves volume. It’s an obvious choice if you suffer from chronic dryness, but a good hydrating shampoo will help add control and flexibility to reduce breaking and snagging and help improve styling with blow dryers and flat irons.
While the quality and types of conditioners abound, the vote is in that a “lite” or light-weight conditioner works best for most people. Why? Well, there are several reasons.
Most people use styling aids – gels, sprays or mousse. A “heavy” conditioner can kill a style if your hair type is thin or fine. Second, most shampoos now have moisturizing agents that provide whatever moisture is needed (see above) leaving the primary job of conditioners (leave-in or wash-out) to add smoothness, added control, and shine. Just like with shampoo the type of conditioner you choose to use for the rest of your life should depend on your hair type. If yours is colored for example, you always need to pick one that is safe for color treated styles – generally that means a light-weight sulfate-free
Once a desired style is achieved, setting that style becomes the job of the hairspray. A medium-hold is the most popular because it allows the design to move and be “touchable” without feeling like you’ve sprayed on cement. It’s a toss-up whether to use aerosol or non-aerosol – it seems to be a personal preference or consideration of the environment with ozone protection. Our favorite hairsprays
help add shine, too. While you may get some added shine with conditioners or styling aids, it never hurts to get a bit more glimmer to color-treated or processed hair that tends to dull over time.
Damage, damage, damage! Whether it’s from heat, chemical treatment or the sun, we all seem to have bouts with damage, split-ends, frizz of breaking. That’s where a deep treatment comes in!
While I’m not saying there are those of us who avoid the need (damage-free), rarely will you go through a season (summer, winter, fall or spring) where you don’t over-do the drying, highlights, straightening or perm action to find yourself with dry, lifeless hair. When those moments occur, its time to head to the shower and let a deep treatment
“do its thing” for 15-30 minutes (repeated for 2-4 days, of course) – this would be a good time to take a nice relaxing hot shower or bath!
Deep treatments are excellent for rejuvenating hydration, repairing most damage, helping strengthen, and restore shine and smoothness…it’s just one of those hair necessities we all have to have.
While heat protectants (aka thermal protectors) can be classified as spray-on conditioners or hair spray, there is enough interest and use to consider them a separate category and placing 5th in our poll. Heat protectants usually take the form of a heat-activated styling spray that protects hair from heat damage while using blow dryers, curlers and most specifically, flat irons. They typically will have silicone that allows hair to “glide” through or over heated plates avoiding damage from snagging or sticking. If you do a lot of heated styling, this is one product you need in your bag of tricks.
Well, we though when we polled our customers, some sort of styling product would make the top list…something that would standout; but, the results were quite mixed and ranged from gels, to spray shines, creams, lotions, and mousse. The point, however, is that most folks agree that you should have at least one styling aid and reasons vary from hold a style in place to adding shine, to smoothing and straightening.
So if this survey is a surprise to anyone, it certainly confirms what our customers want and think…a couple of good shampoos, a lightweight conditioner, a styling/setting spray, something to repair/prevent damage, protect from heat styling, and a little something for the hidden stylist in you…all you need is a little of the hair necessities, the simple hair necessities!