by ZOE FOSTER
Sometimes we buy fancy new hair products that look exciting, but we don’t know quite what to do with them. Other times, we buy hair products we are convinced we know what to do with, but in fact do not.
And so, at the risk of offending those who know all of this and a bag of kale chips, I offer five humble hair product tips, uses and how-to-uses.
The underrated superstar of hair styling and a backstage/photoshoot staple. Use a golf ball size amount (up to baseball-size for long hair) run through from roots to tips, on damp hair. Can be freshly washed damp hair, or dry but sprayed wet, damp-hair. Either way is fine, because mousse is a terrific styling re-setter: use it with damp hair and a hair dryer, and you can re-style your hair any way you choose. This is how they do it backstage at runway shows when the same models need eight completely different hair looks in as many hours. Choose your mousse according to your needs, i.e.: volume, body, hold, shine or curls (Pantene Curl Defining Mousse is especially good for this.)
Tip: Never dump your mousse ball onto the top of your head; start at the lengths of the hair and move up to the front. This stops a greasy, lank scalp and that product-overload look and feel that, let’s be honest, is a real shit.
We all need this guy. We do! It’s the magical do-it-all of hair styling. Gone are the days when hairspray simply kept our French rolls and teased fringes neatly in place, now they come in a host of different formulas so they can be used to hold bounce and volume (like TRESemme’s 24-hour body finishing spray), give shine and structure for curls and waves, or flexible, lightweight hold and a glossy non-sticky finish that can be brushed out and re-styled several times (cue the marvellous and cult L’Oreal Elnett, obviously).
Tip: For a neat, shiny finish and hold, spray your hairspray onto your paddle/cushion brush not your hair, and then brush over your hair. Keeps the hair light and prevents too much build up.
3. Frizz serums
These guys are terrific for keeping hair obedient, shaping curls and giving shine but can VERY quickly weigh the hair down, especially fine hair, if you use too much. Be sure to only use on damp, freshly washed hair, and use a pea-sized amount, starting at the mid-lengths to the ends to avoid that greasy looking scalp.