Hair Answers: Products for short hair

Posted in Answers on July 15th, 2010 by Reagan

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Q by Annie: I have super short hair and am on a never ending quest to find a good quality styling aide that gives me a a textural flexible hold without making my hair look greasy. I play with my hair a lot, so I need a product that won’t break down under my fingers. Come to think of it, it seems that I have my best hair days at the beach; perhaps the sand and saltwater are a factor? Do you know of any products that will help me recreate that same feel every day? Thanks, Annie
A by Reagan: Oh man, I feel you there. Why can’t someone just bottle up salt water for the beachy women of the world? Turns out, salt isn’t all that great for your hair anyway, so I guess it’s better that way…
So, the first two products that popped up into mind were Rough Paste by redken and L’Oreal Professionnel Texture Expert Tendre Forme. Super long name on the second one, but that seems to be the M.O. of the French, oui? I’ve had a ridiculous time finding the second product online (I can only find it on European sites!) so ask your stylist about it if you are having the same trouble that I am. I can get it in my salon for those of you who live in NY and want it.

What I love about these products, are that they are a waxy feel, but a medium hold. They are great for shaping, but are workable throughout the day.  Make sure you rub any waxes in your hands (heating it up) before putting in your hair to ensure it’s evenly applied. You don’t want to be the globby haired girl on the block, do you? I know I don’t. Also, since you deal with oily hair, apply from ends to roots.
How’s this for the student teaching the teacher…my own client told me she uses wax on her curly, shoulder length hair. I was like GGGUUUUHHHH-WHAT? YOU DO WHAT? COME AGAIN? Maybe this is going to give me a bad reputation with all of you, but I had never even thought of that before. I love it! I do it (with the second product) when my hair is completely dry. It seals frizz and gives hold and like I said, is very workable. The other other other awesome thing about both of these products, you can share them with any men that you might live with. Jake used Rough Paste for several years before switching to Redken’s Work Hard.
Someone should be paying me for all these recommendations…

10 Responses to “Hair Answers: Products for short hair”

  1. Annie Says:

    Thanks oodles for the great recommendations. I’ll definitely give them a shot (uhh…if I can find the second one somewhere other than France). You’re the best.

  2. kati Says:

    bought some dry shampoo today. and for the first time in YEARS did not straighten my hair but instead did some beachy waves. having some change-based anxiety but i’m giving it a shot ;)

  3. amy Says:

    I randomly found this blog and thought I might comment because I wanted to let you know that they actually have bottled up the oceans of the world for our hair needs. -kinda. aquage makes a sea salt texturizing spray. I know that other brands have a similar product, but the aquage one is the only one i’ve used. It just gives some of that great sea salt texture to the hair. dries it out? perhaps. if you’re using a really great moisturizing shamp and cond it should be fine though.

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