A Step-by-Step Guide to Styling Your Hair
A lightweight moisturizer helps hydrate all hair types and makes styling products spread easily. Spritz onto damp hair and comb through. (With fine hair texture, concentrate on the ends.)
RS pick: Nexxus Humectress Luxe, $11 at drugstores.
Step 2: Styler
Next, a product that shapes and holds. Apply after a leave-in conditioner because it works best over moisturizing ingredients (choices for fine hair and for curly hair follow).
For Normal Hair
Apply a styling balm to boost shine. It also helps create a smooth blow-dry.
RS pick: Redken Power Tame 16, $16, redken.com for salons.
For Fine Hair
With a leave-in conditioner on the ends, spray volumizer on the roots to get the best effects of both without compromising lift.
RS pick: Phytovolume Actif Maximizing Volume Spray, $28, sephora.com.
For Curly Hair
Put a medium-strength gel over a leave-in conditioner to cut crunchiness but still keep curls smooth and uniform.
RS pick: Fekkai Au Naturel Sheer Styling Gelee, $23, fekkai.com.
Step 3: Hair Spray
Finish with a spritz to keep your style in place and create a barrier to wind and wet weather, both of which can flatten hair or make it frizz. (Need super-strength hold? See the next page.)
For Hold and Shine
A spray with shine-enhancing oils goes on top of everything to maximize glossiness.
RS pick: Ojon Tunu Elastik Flexible Finishing Hairspray, $25, ojon.com.