Get your hair prepped perfectly for any style with these five pre-styling products.
By: Sarah James
In a perfect world, you’d grab a styling tool out of the bathroom drawer, spend two minutes creating a flawless hairstyle, and jaunt out the door. However, this just isn't the case. The truth is when you spend a few minutes prepping your hair before styling, your hairstyle will be easier to create and maintain. There are tons of different kinds of hair prep products (depending on what look you are trying to achieve), but I've rounded up five of my favorites.
1. Heat protectant
I will forever preach the importance of using a heat protectant to anyone who uses a blow dryer, flat iron, rollers, or a curling iron. As you can imagine, wrapping your hair around a 300-degree styling tool day after day can do a world of damage to your hair. If you are fond of heated styling tools, it's imperative to use a heat protectant on your hair beforehand. Heat protectants come in sprays, creams, gels and oils, so you can find the perfect match for your hair thickness and type. Just apply evenly to damp, freshly washed hair and go to town!
2. Styling Lotion
If you are looking for a mild-to-medium hold for your hairstyle, but still want soft, loose curls, try a styling lotion. Styling lotions are great because they provide light hold, but won't weigh hair down or make it feel sticky like some hairsprays can.
Pump up the volume, pump up the volume, pump of the volume, dance dance. (Did I just date myself?) Need to add lots of height and volume to your hair? Mousse will be your best friend. Just apply a dollop to freshly washed hair, blow-dry upside down for a few minutes before styling, and you will be the queen of va-va-voom.
4. Hair Oil
Hair oils don't provide much in regards to volume and hold, but they create amazingly soft and shiny hair. They are perfect for casual days when you just want to air dry. Most provide heat protection as well, so applying a little to freshly washed hair is a win-win.
5. Dry Shampoo
I know most consider dry shampoo to be a product you use on dirty hair, but dry shampoo can act as a prep product, too! Just like mousse, dry shampoo really amps up the volume big time. Just be sure to apply it to dry hair or you might have to deal with some stickiness.
Sarah can be found contributing her musings on style, beauty and parenting at her personal blog, Whoorl, as well as the popular beauty website Hair Thursday. Her blogs have been featured on “The Rachael Ray Show,” “ABC Nightline ” and in The New York Times.