Stay-Put Secret Weapons
Add a new hair product, or two, to your beauty arsenal to ensure your style has staying power
The right finishing products can help keep your 'do from quickly becoming a don't. Whether you want to define curls, keep that pony in place or maintain your perfect blowout a few mores days, we found the best products for keeping styles in place.
Lightweight Hair Spray
Try: Redken Fashion Work 12 Hair Spray
Best For: Maintaining volume and hold on medium to long hair, without compromising the ability to run your hands through it. Lightweight hair spray is also great for holding updos in place.
Expert Tip: Rodney Cutler of Cutler Salons NYC recommends holding the bottle 6 inches away from your head to spray. "Also try flipping your head upside down and spraying underneath," he says. "Concentrate at the roots and mid-lengths to support the hair style."
Try: DevaCurl AnGEL
Best For: Defining lasting curls without creating a hard and crunchy style.
Expert Tip: Jamie Lainey, stylist at Faces Beautiful salon in Westport, Conn., says this gel is best used when you apply it to wet hair and scrunch. "Put it into your palms and scrunch away; don't rake your fingers through your hair, just shake your head gently," she says.
Curl Boosting Spray
Try: Fekkai Perfectly Luscious Curls Wave Activating Spray
Best For: Creating incredible, shiny curls or waves that will remain bouncy and frizz-free all day with naturally wavy, curly or permed hair.
Expert Tip: "When applying, saturate the hair from scalp to ends and pat dry with a towel," says NYC-based Celebrity Hair Stylist Gregory Alan. "Then, spray the Fekkai Perfectly Luscious Curls Wave Activating Spray evenly and use a diffuser, letting it do all the work. Whichever direction your natural curls want to go, style them in that direction for the most natural and non-frizzy look."
Try: Oscar Blandi Dry Shampoo
Best For: Maintaining your blow out and long-lasting volume.
Expert Tip: Beyond the surprising styling power of dry shampoo, NYC Colorist Rick Wellman says this formula, which delivers a gentle mist also helps boost color longevity since you don't need to shampoo as often. "This is ideal the first week after color especially on reds sensitive to fading," he says.