How to choose hair styling products
It is good to determine the type of our hair, according to several important indicators - the degree of porosity, density, etc. before we proceed to the selection of styling product. Only in this way we will achieve excellent results, without neglecting the needs and overestimate the capabilities of our hair.
The low porosity hair (with closed cuticles hindering the penetration of moisture) repels the cosmetic products. It requires styling products rich in moisturizers and emollients. Too porous hair, in turn, easily takes but also loses moisture. Therefore it needs products to seal the moisture in the cuticles before it has vaporized. In this case the styling products with ingredients like D-panthenol are a great choice. One of the easiest ways to establish the degree of porosity is to drop a single hair in a bowl of water. Its rapid fall to the bottom is an indicator of a high ability to absorb.
The hair density is usually obvious enough and does not require diagnostic tests. For thin and fine hair it is recommended to use styling products with a lighter formula, such as hair spray or foam, while for thicker hair it is possible to use wax, pomade or gel. The styling products with a heavy texture burden fine hair, while those with mild effect are not able to rein the unruly thick hair.
Depending on the desired effect in the hairstyle we can additionally narrow the circle of the "allowed" cosmetics and facilitate the selection.
- The foam will be useful if we want to shape our hair (including with heating appliances) or to give them volume, to emphasize our curls, to straighten them perfectly or to make curls. The foam is one of the best solutions for a natural look and combines well with hairspray, whose main function is to fix already styled hair.
- Gel, pomade and wax are suitable for a variety of styles, but they smooth the hair especially well. They (including wet look gel) are ideal for "glamorous" events as they reinforce the light reflection of the hair, giving it a magnificent gloss.
- For the ladies who prefer perfectly smooth and straight hair are created specific products (serums, creams, etc.) that facilitate the straightening. Even if we do not have them, we can get excellent results with foam if we apply it on damp hair and shape the strands with a round brush and / or hair dryer.
When we want to make the hair with a small diameter look thicker, it is necessary to seek for a product promising additional volume - a spray, powder, cream, etc. Of course, it is possible to obtain a voluminous hairstyle using some small tricks and our usual styling products.
The fixation degree, indicated on the package can also serve us as a guide in the selection of styling cosmetics. The strong fixation is suitable for a "strong" hair, while the moderate is more than enough to put in order the delicate hair. If the situation requires us to have a perfect hairstyle for a long time and the hair condition allows, we can use products with ultra strong fixation. Such powerful formulas are necessary, as well, when we change dramatically the structure of our hair- from curly to straight and vice versa.
It is better to choose styling products with extra nourishing properties, especially when our hair is damaged. The products enriched with precious ingredients, including provitamin B5, make the hair not only look good, but also be strong and healthy from root to tip.