Styling Products 101: Mousse, Gel, Spray et al
In times long gone, there were only setting lotions and hair sprays. That was all. Today, we have the choice of countless styling products. There is styling mousse, blow-drying spray, volumizing lotion, as well as mousse, gel or wax. Stay with us and learn what the products can do and whether they are right for your hair
The Featherweight: Mousse
Rock-Solid: Blow-Drying Lotions, Tonics and Sprays
Blow-drying lotions, tonics and sprays work just like styling mousse and they are also suitable for all hair qualities and lengths. These lotions and sprays coat unruly hair with a vitamin complex or provide collagen to turn thin hair into a veritable mane. Special heat shielding lotions are ideal if you frequently use straightening, curling or styling irons. The best way of doing it starts with bending your head forward and letting your hair hang upside down before spraying it. Then lift your head and spray the top of your hair. Finally, comb your hair with a wide-toothed styling comb. This procedure provides protection for every single hair.
Supple Hair: Using Gel and Wax
Despite the confusing variety and names, it is basically sufficient to distinguish between the two types of this styling aid class. Gels provide structure and bounce while waxes rather provide luster and suppleness. Dependent on the hold they provide, these gels can deliver very soft structural hold or lend considerable strength to the hair. You may use either of the products if your hair is short. Longer, curly hair looks particularly glamorous with the tiniest touch of wax or pomade distributed through the ends.
Staying Power: Hair Spray and Hair Lacquer
Hair sprays or lacquers add the perfect finishing touch to styled hair. Hair sprays preserve the hair style longer, protect the hair from damaging environmental effects, and a little rain will not cause frizzy hair. Like always, adjust your brand and type of hair spray to the requirements of your hair. The hair style also plays a role. Bouncy curly tops need light flexible sprays while swept-up hairdos (‘updos’ like French twists, buns etc.) are best served with a hair spray providing a stronger hold.