I've narrowed it down to the top products that I use interchangeably with just about all hair textures and types:
1) Paul Mitchell Skinny Serum - an oldy but a good. Not to be confused with the PM Skinny Balm. I made that mistake and prefer the Serum for its consistency. I stopped using this for awhile and I can't remember why?? It smells great and a little goes a long way to get a nice finish on a blow out no matter what hair texture. I apply only to the ends of towel dry hair. You can get it online or pretty much any drugstore or Ulta carries it at an affordable price.
2)Label M Sea Salt Spray - OBSESSED. It's sea salt spray that is not too sticky and can be used in place of a volumizing spray. You can either blow dry it in or let it air dry. Versatility is key for me. It has great memory so throughout the day if your hair goes flat you can just fluff it up from underneath to get the volume back. I also love the fact that it has built in UV protection and Protein. In my opinion-genius. It doesn't get oily for the finer haired ladies. Again I use this on just about any hair texture depending on the finish. This is applied to towel-dried hair or for finer textures blast the roots dry 70% then apply. I even spray a little on curly-girls for extra hold.
3)Kerastase Touche - Finishing serum. This small potion has the best consistency I've seen yet that can be applied to dry hair. It's great for fly-aways and smoothing the tips of your tresses. A small dap emulsified (rub it in your palms before applying) gives a more polished sleek look. This one is hard to find in stores for whatever reason. I usually stock up online.
4)Sexy Hair Soft Touch Soy Hairspray - this is the softest hold hair spray that I enjoy using. It comes out like a sweet smelling cloud. It doesn't weigh the hair down or make it feel 'hairspray-ie'
5)Bumble & Bumble Dry Spun Texturizing Spray - Very similar to a dry shampoo. But the consistency is very airy not too sticky, wet or powdery. I've tried A LOT of dry shampoos across many price points and in my opinion so far this one is the BEST. I use this after I've styled the hair. Have the client flip upside down or splice the hair into sections and wiggle spray it close to the roots. Make sure your at least 10 inches from the hair and you are actually getting it close to the root. I use this on both brunettes and blondes with no adverse effects.
There are TONS of products out there. I like to try different things and am always interested in what 'finds 'my clients recently purchased and are enjoying. I'm like the hub for information. I share what I like and dislike with the reasons why. But if something works for you then by all means continue using it. I have clients who swear by Suave and Dove shampoos and styling products. I personally am not a fan because of the additives but if it works for you and your hair responds well to it then go forth and Suave it out. Just make sure to use a proper leave-in to balance out moisture on the ends of your hair.
Noteable mentions that my clients rave about are Loreal EverPure shampoo and dry shampoo, Elnet Hair Spray (hairdresser approved), and Frederic Fekkai color shampoo for blondes and brunettes.
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