When it comes to products, you have plenty of options – pastes, pomades, frizz-fighters and body-builders – just to name a few. But how do you know which ones are right for you?
Confused by all the products on the market? Check out your options that’ll help you snag the look you want.
What Styling Product Is for Short Hair

Recommended Products and Tools for Short Hair

Short hair typically takes more time, tools and product to get it just right, but the payoff is worth the investment. Use your normal shampoo and conditioner – straight strands still need volume, and even if hair is too short to curl, a curl-defining product will help enhance natural texture. To finish, pomade is great for a piecy look. Molding paste also gives a textured finish and allows for an undone, “bed head” sort of look.

As far as tools for shorter hair, just think smaller. There are flat irons and curling irons with smaller surfaces to allow you the style shorter hair. The same goes for brushes. Smaller to medium round brushes are also great to work with.
Recommended Products and Tools for Curly and Wavy Hair

Stick with a shampoo and conditioner specially designed for your hair texture – curl defining products play up natural strand shape, whether you have tight ringlets or loose waves. Because your hair is prone to snags, a detangler or leave-in conditioner is highly recommended. If you have fine hair, make it a light spray-in conditioner, but a liquid or lotion will work for any other thickness of hair.
Want to save time? Mix your styling products with your detangler – scrunch in a lightweight gel to shape waves, or a straightening product to control kinky curls. Also, a few drops of shine serum that contains silicone it can be cocktailed in with anything else – this will help control the frizz and add shine. For super-smooth locks use an ionic blow-dryer, which will seal in moisture.
Recommended Products and Tools for Straight Hair

Choose a shampoo and conditioner to take care of your hair’s special issues – oily, dry and color-treated hair all require different treatments. If your hair is fine and limp – a common complaint with straight hair – consider using a volumizing or bodifying shampoo and conditioner and follow up with volumizing mousse, styling lotion or gel.
Mousse is best for medium to fine hair, lotion for medium to coarse, and gel for thick or coarse hair type. Using a round brush while blow-drying provides more lift. Finish up with a shine product to add that healthy glow.
Whether you smooth on a serum or use a shine spray, remember that a light touch works best – too much product will weight things down.
What Styling Product is for Curly Hair