February 6, 2015 Angela Melero Spotlight

How to Layer Hair Products Without Messing Up Your Mane

Let’s face it: No one wakes up with naturally perfect, textured hair. It just doesn’t happen. Any and all hairstyles ranging from the sleek and straight to elaborate updos need some help to look and stay fabulous. Luckily for us there’s a beauty product for any hairstyle and concern at our fingertips. Need some added texture to your limp locks? There’s a product for that! Need a little added shine to your dull mane? There’s a product for that! Need to refresh your hairstyle before you head out to happy hour with your girlfriends? That’s right, there’s a product for that! But just because there’s a solution to all hair issues under the sun, doesn’t mean we should be piling them all on haphazardly. In fact, if done wrong, you could end up with a greasy, gunky mess! Check out our must-know rules to layering hair products!

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Rule of Threes

When it comes to layering products, it’s important to survey your hair situation for the day and pick no more than three items to address those hair issues. Any more than three products could leave your hair greasy and gross. Check out our suggestions for hair product combos (and product recommendations!):

For sleek, shiny hair: Leave-in conditioner + heat protectant (prior to using a blow dryer or flat iron) + smoothing serum or oil

For beachy waves: Leave-in conditioner + sea salt spray + styling wax

For texture: Volumizing spray + styling wax

For natural volume: Leave-in conditioner or detangler + root lifter + volumizing spray

For glossy curls: Anti-frizz serum + leave-in conditioner + flexible hold hair spray or setting spray

Product Recommendations: Matrix Biolage HydraSource Daily Leave-In Tonic, Redken Satinwear 02 - Prepping Blow-Dry Lotion, Garnier Fructis Marvelous Oil Frizz Defy, Kérastase Lift Vertige, L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle TXT IT Hyper-Fix Putty

Follow Directions

There’s a reason all hair products come with application instructions. All products work differently and are activated by different elements. For example, heat protectants, root lifters and most volumizing sprays should be applied prior to taking a blowdryer or heating tool to your mane. Leave-In conditioners and anti-frizz serums should be applied to clean, damp locks. Make sure you carefully read the directions on your product packaging and allow it to guide your hairstyling process.

Don’t Mix Products With the Same Purpose

When layering products, make sure each one has a distinct role. Avoid mixing products that serve the same purpose. For example, combining items designed to set and hold a style (like gel and hairspray or mousse and hairspray) could leave your hair crunchy and stiff. By the same token, mixing a sea salt spray and texturizing powder could be overkill and leave your hair feeling sticky and unmanageable.

Apply Sparingly

Do not, we repeat, DO NOT put gobs and gobs of product in your hair. This principle is particularly important when layering products. Apply small portions of creams and serums (about a dime-sized amount each) and be sure to hold all sprays about six inches away from your hair. If needed, gradually build on your product portions, but it’s important to keep it light to avoid product build-up.

What are your rules of thumb when layering hair products? Spill your secrets in the comments below!

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