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Are You Applying Your Hair Products in the Right Order?

Order makes the world go round, especially when it comes to our everyday routines. Your critical haircare steps boast the same non-negotiables as your skincare routine, but disguised in different packaging. Of course ensuring that your products are being used in correct order will not only usher in some on fleek hair days, but you’ll be kicking some strand-saving life back into your locks. And just to kick-start your new product rotation, two prominent hair heroes gave us some helpful hints. From Brennen Demelo, the International Ambassador for L’Oreal Professionnel with celebrity clients that include Gigi Hadid, to Linzee Katzman for Ted Gibson, riding through the six with your hair woes will be a thing of the past.

This guide to keeping your strands at bay begins with a few necessary steps. To start, your hair will need to be squeaky clean and fresh before you start playing with your products. Demelo notes that the reason for this is because the “texture of hair determines the haircare products you’d use, so for dirty hair you’d use products that absorb oils like powders or dry shampoo, versus creating a style from damp, clean hair.” So if you’re pushing day three on your strands, it’s time to give them a little TLC.

So maybe you’re hitting these products with some major skepticism but “some research or a consultation would help define how to get the desired result for each hair type,” says Brennen. If you’re unsure of what products to use for your strands or even how to use them, it might be a great idea to sit down with someone at your salon and have them create a plan that best suits your strands, just as you would for your skin. Katzman notes, “products help to manage your hair. I promise you products will make styling easier. They also encourage memory in the hair so your hair not only falls into place but stays in place.”

If you’re still wondering what products would work for any and all hair types, we’ve rounded up some that will help create some order in your haircare chaos. “Investing in the proper tools and products will enhance your life. They will shave time off your styling, they will be gentle on your hair to keep it healthy, and pump your hair filled will all of the proper amino acids and proteins,” adds Katzman. So start and finish with these products, and you will begin to notice a more manageable mane in no time.

Live Clean Age Resist Pre-Shampoo Treatment

1. Pre-Shampoo

To begin you’ll need to prep and prime your strands with a quality pre-poo procedure. This ultra nourishing step will help add moisture and life back into your locks before you strip them with shampoo. And while a step before the main event might leave some feeling flustered, this treatment will act as a cuticle-sealer that should help to save your strands from daily styling and environmental assaults.

Live Clean Age Resist Pre-Shampoo Treatment,($12,

Phyto Phytokératine Extrême Exceptional Shampoo

2. Shampoo

Next you’ll want to work in a standout shampoo that will help to prep your strands for any styling damage you’re about to incur. Additionally, this shower staple should help strip your strands of any dirt and debris caused by everyday environmental assaults. Just remember, this necessary step needs to repair deep down, detangle, de-frizz and provide you with shimmer and sheen, so choose wisely.

Phyto Phytokératine Extrême Exceptional Shampoo,($30,

Briogeo Blossom & Bloom™ Ginseng + Biotin Volumizing Conditioner

3. Conditioner

After you’ve thoroughly rinsed off your shampoo, it’s time to work in an ultra-nourishing conditioner. This necessary step will help bring back some of the moisture you lost throughout the day, all the while taming your mane. Additionally a quality conditioner should help promote growth and strength by packing your strands with necessary proteins. Remember to go for a conditioner that boasts a more natural ingredient list, as these hair potions saturate your strands thoroughly.

Briogeo Blossom & Bloom™ Ginseng + Biotin Volumizing Conditioner,($29,

OGX Renewing Moroccan Argan Penetrating Oil

4. Oil

Hair oil isn’t just a trendy vanity addition; these elixirs will always have a spot in our product rotation and for good reason. Once you’ve towel dried your hair it’s important to seal your ends with a nourishing oil that can help repel dirt and damage. This blanket solution boasts several benefits that you simply can’t get from an ordinary leave-in. Simply stated, hair oil has the ability to get down deep into the shaft, promoting strength, softness and shine all the while taming frizz and fighting split ends.

OGX Renewing Moroccan Argan Penetrating Oil,($6,

Drybar Southern Belle Volumizing Mousse

5. Volumizer/Mousse

After you’ve slightly weighed down your strands with oil, you’ll want to inject added lift into your locks. For that tousled and teased affect, work in a volumizing mousse that will work wonders for your mane. And fear not, the modern day mousse won’t cause that ’90s crunch, as these innovative formulas are as lightweight as they come. Simply pump a generous amount in the palm of your hands and rake through from root to tip.

Drybar Southern Belle Volumizing Mousse,($26,

Sally Hershberger 24K Superiority Complex Texturizing Paste

6. Texturizer

Without this styling step, that tousled and teased look you’re after will fall flat in minutes. So after you’ve towel dried your hair, apply a liberal amount of texturizing paste that will help add shape to your strands. What’s so necessary about this step is that these products will infuse added moisture and benefits before you hit it with heat. Just remember that a great cut and face framing layers are not enough; they need a helping hand in the form of a paste or pomade.

Sally Hershberger 24K Superiority Complex Texturizing Paste,($40,

Bumble and bumble Blow Dry

7. Blow-dry Cream

Next up is your necessary blow-dry cream which will help save your strands from any heat damage on the horizon. This cream will also help to fight frizz all the while adding movement and shine to your style. So apply a dollop on your hands and work down the hair shaft, of course starting at the roots.

Bumble and Bumble All-Style Blow Dry,($37,

Gloss Moderne High Gloss Serum

8. Finishing Serum

Of course, no style is complete with serum that can help tame that frizz and flyways. So seal your look with just a pump of this potion and you’re set. Just keep in mind that less is always more when it comes to any oil-based products, so don’t be too generous with the amount you slather onto your strands.

Gloss Moderne High-Gloss Serum,($61,

ALTERNA Haircare Bamboo Smooth Moisture Masque

9. Masque

Once your day is all said and done, and you’re ready to hit the hay, remember that your hair could use some added TLC. So investing in a deeply nourishing treatment that can help replenish moisture levels is the last and final step you should be focused on. Many hair masques are packed with the proteins and properties of a regular conditioner, but with added intensity. Apply liberally every night and prepare to see more fortified follicles and healthier hair come morning when you rinse it out.

ALTERNA Haircare Bamboo Smooth Moisture Masque,($32,

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