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Choosing a Hair Product (3)

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       Shine enhancers are also great for damaged hair, in that they add shine and luster where there may be none currently. These products are generally made from light fruit oils and are usually partly absorbed by the hair in addition to coating the exterior of the shaft. You should use caution when using shine enhancers in combination with heat styling appliances such as curling irons or flat irons. The presence of oil on the hair can literally result in cooking the hair when a hot iron is put in contact with it. If you are going to use shine enhancers on heat styled hair, do so sparingly, or else apply the shine sprays only after the hair has been styled.
 
Styling Gels / Mousse / Setting Lotions
 
       These make up the lion’s share of styling products sold and used in the world today. These products are used in a wide range of styling practices, from blowing the hair straight, to wet roller sets. The products differ primarily in the “state” in which they come – foam, liquid, or gel.
 
       The foam products, called mousses, are the lightest of the styling products and generally make for voluminous, soft styles. Mousses are great for blow-dry styling because they can help create lasting styles without stiffness. They can also be used for wet look styling, without being overly stiff or sticky.
 
       The liquids, often referred to as setting lotions, are great for use with roller sets and for blow-dryer styling when a stronger hold is needed. Many women who have their hair set using a liquid setting lotion enjoy a style that will last for several days, or until the next shampoo. The setting lotions are great for creating durable styles.
 
       Styling gels are thick, viscous products that give maximum hold and are ideal for creating those styles that need exceptional hold and strength. Styling gels are especially good for hair that is hard to manage and styles that need the most hold possible.
 
Hair Spray / Spritz
 
       Hair spray is the staple of the hair care product line, dating back to yesteryear when stylists used turpentine and resins to hold the hair after styling. Hair sprays can be found in aerosol or non-aerosol varieties, and the non-aerosol varieties are sometimes referred to as spritzes. Both varieties contain ingredients that cause the spray to dry rapidly on the hair to provide the needed hold without “wetting” the hair.
 
       The aerosols are packaged in metal canisters under extreme pressure from propellants that are typically flammable. You must use caution with aerosol hairsprays and never use these products around an open flame (such as a candle) or around anyone who is smoking.
 
       The non-aerosol hair sprays typically contain alcohol in order to allow the hair spray to dry more rapidly. They are applied using a mechanical applicator – a pump sprayer. These non-aerosol hair sprays must be used carefully as they may cause the hair to be overly dampened if applied to heavily, lacking the propellant to generate a finer mist.
 
       Hair sprays are versatile, in that they can be used to create styles (in conjunction with curling irons and flat irons) or to give a final set to a finished style. Because the hair sprays will leave a residue on the hair shaft (this is how they work) you may experience product build-up with repeated use.
 
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