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Product Junkie?
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Product Junkie?

Do you find yourself walking out with a new product every time you leave the salon? Another product that gets used maybe twice then gets stuck in the corner on your bathroom shelf collecting dust. When ever you look at that product you think "dang I could've used that $20 towards that shirt I saw." The truth is you don't NEED a million different products on your shelf. You don't need all the new trendy stylers that salons try to push on you making you think it's beneficial for your hair. You should only spend your money on what you absolutely need.

Shampoo and Conditioner. This is a necessity in every woman's bathroom. We all need to wash our hair. Duh right? What most don't realize is you do need a conditioner for those locks. Not only does it benefit in moisturizing and repairing dry damaged hair, but it will aid in the prevention of dandruff on the scalp. It is important to follow a conditioning routine.

Hair styler. If you style your hair every day you will need a product to to help shape it into the style you want. These include a gel, mousse, or cream. For finer hair you will want to use stylers with the word "light" in them. You want to stick more with a mousse or light hold gel. If you use anything too heavy your hair will go flat due to the product weighing it down. For thicker or coarser hair you will want more of the styling creams or stronger hold gels. Using something light like mousse will just defeat the purpose of using product and you won't achieve the desired style.

Pomades, waxes, and hair putties can be a necessity depending on your style. Shorter haircuts most always require some kind of pomade or wax to create different looks. Of course short hair doesn't require much so don't over do it with the amount of product you actually use otherwise you will have to wash and start all over.

Serums are good for any hair type, especially if you are one who heat styles their hair every day. You can put serums on wet and dry hair. Putting a serum on wet hair before a blow dry is beneficial because it will help to protect your hair strand from all that heat. It is also beneficial to use after blow drying to tame down the fly-aways. With serum you only want a dime size or less other wise you will look like a grease ball.

A thermal spray is a great alternative to serums if you don't like an oil based product. Thermal sprays can be used on wet and dry hair as well. Using it on wet will insure less frizz from the heat of the dryer. A thermal spray is most beneficial when sprayed on your strands before flat ironing or curling. These sprays are designed to be heat activated. It will add shine to your hair and create a smooth and silky finish.

Finishing sprays are essential if you want your style to last more than half the day. Depending on the look you're going for you can get a finishing hair spray to compensate. There are sprays from let hold to extra firm. Sprays that have a shine additive and sprays that are scented and not. If you want a light, flow-y 'do that still has movement you want to stick with the lighter hold sprays. If you want a look that will last all day, you will want more of a medium to firmer hold spray. Hairspray is my water!

Let's recap. All you need in your hair care cabinet is a shampoo and conditioner set, a pre-styler, a thermal spray or serum and a finishing spray. If you need a bit extra of a finisher then you will also want a pomade, wax, or putty. You don't need gobs and gobs of products. It will only empty your wallet and add more build up to your hair. As a cosmetologist I am guilty of being one of the worst product junkies! Take my advice and narrow it down a bit to only what you need.


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Janna  

haha! Oh am I ever the perfect definition of product junkie.... love this article:) And actually I have been trying so hard to reduce the things I buy and use what I have and just need. So hard lol ;)

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  about 1 decade ago

lol! definitely one of the hardest things:) i'm a sucker for pretty packaging to. like bed head products. ugh!:)

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  about 1 decade ago
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