Here at Makeup.com, we are lucky enough to have a panel of experts to sound off on those topics that leave the everyday girl scratching her head. Today, for example, we asked hair guru Zachary Morad to break down essential hair routines for every hair type!
These days, there is so much information floating around about the best ways to tend to your hair, how to keep it looking its best and what products to use to accomplish all of this. Sometimes navigating the hair maze may seem like information overload, so I have laid out the best ways to care for your hair from the shampoos and styling products to quick and easy techniques and tips.
With curly locks it’s very important to use products that will moisturize and tame your hair without disturbing its beautiful texture.
Cleaning and conditioning: You’re going to want to start with a gentle shampoo. Over-cleansing curly hair can leave it looking dry and result in unwanted frizz. Try a soft, gentle formula like L’Oréal Paris EverCurl Hydracharge Shampoo that will leave your hair feeling clean without stripping it of its natural oils. After washing, squeeze out any excess water from your hair before conditioning. I ALWAYS recommend using a conditioner formulated specifically for curly hair. Oftentimes, I find that using regular conditioners can weigh down your curls leaving them limp and lifeless. Try a product like L’Oréal Paris EverCurl Hyrdacharge Conditioner!
Styling: Now that you’ve washed and conditioned your hair you are going to want to towel blot your hair dry. Rubbing your curls dry with a towel can rough up the hair cuticle and create an unpleasant texture. Blotting it dry will prevent this from happening! When it comes to products for curly hair I have always found that it’s best to create a cocktail that will tend to the various needs of your curls.
First, add a few drops of a lightweight serum (L’Oréal Professionel Mythic Oil is always my go-to choice!) into the palm of your hand. Next, add a dime-sized amount of styling cream (like Redken Move Ability 05 Lightweight Defining Cream Paste). Finish off this concoction by adding a small amount of any lightweight, flexible-hold gel. Try Matrix Biolage Styling Curl Defining Elixir for light, non-crunchy curls! Mix these three products together in your hand and apply evenly throughout the hair.
Finish your routine with some light diffusing and allow your hair to air-dry the rest of the way. Your curls will remain flawlessly bouncing and shiny!
When it comes to dealing with dry or coarse hair it is all about hydration, hydration, hydration. You want to select products that will help lock in that moisture.
Cleaning and conditioning: You want to begin by washing you hair with a product that will soften your hair right from the start. Pureology Hydrate Shampoo is a great choice because it will condition your hair as you clean it! You also want to avoid washing your hair too frequently — try every other day at the most! Squeeze any excess water out of your hair, as this will help your hair absorb the conditioner more effectively.
With dry or coarse hair you will most likely need something a little heavier than your standard conditioner. I recommend using a heavier mask formula like the Shu Uemura Art of Hair Moisture Velvet Nourishing Treatment. Comb the mask through so it is distributed evenly throughout your hair and allow it to sit for a few minutes (or even longer, if possible). It takes a minute or two for your hair to absorb anything you put in it, so this is an important step to ensure that you are benefitting from the products you are using.
Styling: Once you have rinsed and towel-dried your hair, it’s time to select your products. When it comes to coarse or dry hair, layer on two different products. First, apply a nourishing leave-in conditioner such as Kérastase Nutritive Nectar Thermique and make sure to apply it evenly from roots to ends. This will keep the hydration continual in your hair. Next, I follow up with a light oil or serum which will seal in the benefits of the leave-in treatment and provide vital nutrients that can ultimately help your hair lock in moisture better on its own!
If you have thin/fine hair, then the focus is usually to make it look fuller and these days there are so many fabulous products that can help us do that!
Cleaning and conditioning: You’ll want to start by using a volumizing shampoo. Try Loréal Paris Volume Filler Thickening Spray! It will expand each individual strand of hair creating the illusion that it’s thicker and give it more body. If you have fine hair, you may find that a standard conditioner may be too heavy for your locks, try and opt out of conditioning altogether and instead use a detangling spray such as L’Oréal Paris Advanced Haircare-Power Moisture 10 Second Hydra-Detangler after you have towel-dried your hair. It will seal your cuticle and leave your hair soft without making it flat.
Styling: Before styling give your roots a little spritz of a volumizing spray or root lifter to add an extra boost. Kérastase Résistance Spray Volumifique is perfect for fine hair and can also be lightly sprayed throughout damp locks as a pre-blowdry treatment.
With color treated hair, the most important thing is to use products that are going to both prevent your hair color from fading and that will also help repair any damage from the coloring process.
Cleaning and conditioning: For cleaning color-treated hair, I not only like to recommend “color-safe” formulas, but also those with “color-enhancing” properties as well. Color-enhancing shampoos deposit a small amount of pigment into your hair as they cleanse, replenishing your color and removing any unwanted faded tones. Make sure you use a shampoo that is specific to your hair color (brown, red or blond). Try Redken Color Extend Magnetics Sulfate-Free Hair Color Shampoo.
When choosing a conditioner for color-treated hair, you want to choose something like L’Oréal Professionel Vitamino Color A-OX Conditioner, which will repair any damage done from coloring your hair as well as improve the overall condition of your hair.
Styling: Once your hair has been washed, conditioned and towel-dried, it’s time to apply a blowdry treatment. Use a cream like L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Blow Dry It Thermal Smoother Cream, as it will protect your hair from any heat styling, which happens to be one of the leading causes of color fading. In addition to protecting your hair, it will also leave it soft and shiny.
About the Author: Zachary is a New York-based hair stylist with an A-list client roster that's included Catherine Zeta-Jones, Janice Dickinson and Nicole Miller (to name a few).