It doesn’t matter how great your products are if you don’t use them correctly – and chances are, you’re doing more than a few things wrong! Read on to learn ten mistakes we’ve all made when it comes to using our hair products so that you can get the most out of your money.
- Applying hairspray too close to your strands.
The closer the nozzle of your bottle is to your hair, the more concentrated the application will be. This is why some pieces of your hair may turn out stiff and crunchy. To prevent this, keep your bottle about one foot from your hair, going more for a light mist like Sudzz FX's LiquidLuxe Luxury Mist rather than a heavy application.
- Avoiding the bottom layers of your hair with your salt spray.
Your salt spray won’t give you the effect you want if you don’t apply it to all layers of your hair. Don’t just spritz it over the top – create sections and work it into every layer of your strands.
- Over-moisturizing your strands.
If you put too much moisture in your strands, it will weigh them down, leaving you with lifeless locks. To prevent this, don’t use more than a quarter-sized amount of your product. Rub it between your palms to ensure even distribution, and consider a lightweight formula like PRAVANA's Nevo Intense Therapy Leave-In Treatment.
- Waiting to apply your curl product until you’ve already diffused your hair.
If you want gorgeous frizz-free curls, don’t wait to apply your product – comb it through your strands while your hair is still wet, then break out your blow dryer. Try the Kenra's Professional Curl Defining Creme 5 which nourishes and moisturizes curls.
- Using too little heat protectant.
Too many people make the mistake of not applying enough heat protectant (like PRAVANA's Nevo Invisible Control Heat-Activated Thermal Protectant) to their locks, but you have to make sure you cover every section of your hair – especially the pieces that frame your face. It helps to comb the product through your hair as well.
- Focusing your curl cream on the top part of your hair to prevent frizz.
If you want to get the most out of your curl cream without creating a ton of frizz, don’t focus it on the top of your hair. It’s a much better idea to apply a quarter-sized amount of your cream throughout your hair and then twist individual curls around your finger. We recommend Pureology's Illuminating Curl and Defining Cream which is formulated specifically to battle frizz and flyaways.
- Focusing your conditioner only on the ends of your hair.
Although the ends of your hair tend to be the driest, the rest of your hair does benefit from lightweight conditioner – it reduces frizz and helps strands stay healthy and hydrated. If you have regular to thick hair, apply a conditioning spray like Kenra'sPlatinum Style Prep Detangling Spray from your roots to your tips. If your hair is lacking in volume, however, don’t go higher than mid-length.
- Covering your hair with a shine booster after blow-drying.
As great as shiny hair is, you don’t want to lose the volume you obtain with your blowdryer. Apply your shine enhancer only to the ends of your hair and to help with calming flyaways. We like PRAVANA’s Nevo Hydra Pearl Replenishing Hair Oil.
- Focusing mousse only on the top of your head.
If you want your hair to retain its volume, you need to distribute your mousse throughout your strands like Pureology's Colour Stylist Silk Bodifier Volumizing Mousse. Section your hair into two or three different parts and comb your formula through your strands from your roots down to your tips.
10. Starting at the top of your head with your styling cream.
If you start with too much styling cream, especially on the top of your head, you’re just asking for a greasy look (try DevaCurl's Styling Cream). This will also weigh down your hair, taking the life out of your strands. Try this instead: part your hair down the middle and rub a quarter-sized amount of your product between your palms. Use your fingers like a comb and apply the product from your tips upward.
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