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Craig's Handy Guide to Hair Products

Updated: Mar 25, 2020

Whether a product has been used for years or has recently become a new product in your daily routine, nine times out of ten you’re not only using it incorrectly but for the wrong reasons. , products should provide a helping hand to get you there, not add unnecessary complication.


Purpose: What shampoo does and how to use it, but the many variations can make finding the right formula tricky. Basically, it's used to cleanse the hair, however, the right cleanser plays a huge part in the outcome of your style. Whether you need volume, moisture or something very clarifying, make sure it’s right for your hair texture. Too much moisture can lead to build upon the hair, too much clarification will dry the scalp or produce excess oil. Application: It’s simple: Rotate shampoos. when picking a shampoo try switching back and forth between two shampoos with different benefits to keep your hair balanced, and be mindful of the look you’re going for, as the shampoo will influence results.


Purpose: Conditioners can be used to help tame frizz and smooth hair. Be aware that super hydrating formulas have the tendency to be heavier on the hair, so fine-haired gents should opt for a conditioner that lighter and maintains volume. Application: Stay away from your roots and stick to conditioning just the ends as well as the midshaft.

Dry Shampoo Purpose: Usually in a powder or spray form, these versatile products have many uses and looks. Apply on second-day hair or third, to absorb excess oil at the root. Application: Don’t spray directly on the hair or scalp, or it’ll clog your pores.

Serums/Hair Oils

Purpose: By moisturising the hair, it adds shine and will tame frizz. this is great for hydrating your ends or even just giving your hair a glossy, polished appearance. Application: Applying them on dry or mostly dry hair. If you tend to have dry hair, apply an oil rich in moisture to your hair, right before you wash your hair. This way you can cleanse your roots and maintain moisture on your ends.”


Purpose: The foam product is raked through the hair before a blow dry to build volume. Application: It’s one of the very few products that have the best results when applied on towel-dried hair or sometimes even dry, hair. Apply directly at the root and rake through the lengths before blow-drying.

Curl Enhancing Creams

Purpose: Used on straight hair, the cream builds texture, and when used on curly hair, it defines the shape and reduces frizz. Application: A great way to apply these products is on towel-dried hair by either scrunching or twisting it into your hair in smaller sections.

Heat Protect Spray

Purpose: These products can help hold your ironed, sleek style and add a really nice polished finish for perfect smoothness. Most importantly, they protect your hair from the damage that direct heat from an iron can cause when the hair is unprotected. Application: Either spray or dab, they’re available in creams as well, the product from the mid-shaft down to create a shield against the heating tool. Once the hair is heated, the product leaves no residue behind.

Sea Salt Spray

Purpose: This is every man's go-to when he wants a matte texture and grit, and contrary to what you’d think, fine, soft hair still won’t dry out. “For medium or coarse hair, a more oil-based beach spray will benefit ends by boosting shine and using the more matt will give you a surf-dude look without making your ends looks trashed. Application: Apply thought-out the hair, on wet or dry hair they dry into shape or leave it to dry naturally..

Wax, Pomade, Clay, Creme, Gum, Paste etc...

Purpose: It’s especially helpful for flyaways, blending and styling in shorter or some longer hairstyles. Application: You can use solo or even create a concoction by applying a drop of hair oil or a few different products. Work through the lengths of your hair after it’s been styled to help smooth the ends and add some definition and hold.


Purpose: No surprise here: Hairspray sets the hair, but it’s also much more versatile than you think. You can use it to achieve volume, add texture, slick back, define, works on wet hair or on dry hair; the options are endless. Application: You should have a choice of hairspray type for your own particular styling needs. For those who don’t because they feel it makes their hair sticky or tangled, you may be applying too much. I recommend spraying the product above your head and letting it fall onto your hair instead of applying directly: To tame flyaways, spray onto your hands and then smooth them down with the product on your hands. Remember, the closer the bottle is to your head, the more wetness, slickness, and hold you’re going to get.

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