A peek into my kit: Products

Posted in Products on December 27th, 2011 by Reagan

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Hello there! I hope everyone had a great weekend! For this peek into my kit, I want to show you some of my favorite products!

There are two main types of products; styling and finishing. Your styling products are often (but not always) applied on wet hair, to build a foundation. I organized my products in order of how Id use them from left to right in the picture above, although keep in mind I wouldnt necessarily use all of these products on one person!

(before I get into the list I want to mention that I do like to have a plain spray bottle with water in it to wet down the hair if I need it)

First up is the SachaJuan Hair Mousse for your hold/body/fullness/volulme. Ive talked about this millions of times right? Youre all thinking in your heads, yeah, yeah, Reagan. We know. Use like 3 handfuls..


Then we have Maxamista by Oribe. Its a thickening spray that makes you finies have nice, full hair! It has a little hold in there as well, so I like using this before blow dries.

Volumista is similar to Maxamista, and I often pair them together for ultimate fullness. Its too stiff to wear all over, but its great on the roots for lift. Use these first three products before blow drying and setting and you are going to have yourself one full 1960s blow out.

Oribe Dry Texture Spray is an in-between product. I use it for both styling and finishing. I like to use this before curling, to make the hair really hold the shape, but I also like to just spray it at the end of a style for some shaky messiness. Bonus that it also works as a dry shampoo!

Elnet hairspray is what most stylists swear by. It holds really really well, and goes on perfectly even. Plus the can is huge. Woohoo.

Oribe Impereable Anti-humidity spray is great for workable hold. It lightly smooths fly aways without any stiffness, so its great for down styles.

Tigi Headrush and Redken Vinyl Glam are two really great shine sprays. Headrush is an aerosol and Vinyl Glam is a spritz. I tend to lean towards aerosols because they go on so much lighter, but I found that I can spritz Vinyl Glam onto my hands before applying to prevent an overdose. Also, I have a general rule to not spray above the jawline so that no one gets greasy roots!

Only thing this photo is missing that I make sure to always have on me is a hair paste for male clients and stubborn fly aways. Paste is great for little hairs around the hairline that refuse to lay with the rest of the up do.

The products I carry are pretty focused on volume and hold. I try to get a feel for the job before packing up my kit, so I know if I need any extra products for a specific hair type. If you cant meet in person or see a picture before, try to at least consult on hair texture (fine, thin, coarse) and habits (gets frizzy, doesnt hold curl) so that you can be fully prepared for the job.

Photo by Jake Breinholt for Hairdresser on Fire.

10 Responses to A peek into my kit: Products

  1. tricia Says:

    Hi Reagan!! Great product list, however, my bank account would be drained if i bought some of those!! Do you have any recommendations for those of us who cant break the bank on hair products?? I can afford the elnet, phew, but some of the other products I would love to try, but they are just too pricey to even think about it.


  2. Shannon @ Bungalow960 Says:

    Do you use any heat protectors that you like? I always find that the ones I buy make my hair feel heavy, but I am concerned about damaging my hair with all of the blowdrying I do.

  3. Reagan Says:

    Hi Tricia! I generally do like to recommend products in all price ranges, but these kit posts are more focused on what I use on actual jobs. This series is to help young stylists learn how to be prepared for various shoots/jobs outside of the salon. Unfortunately that often means using the most expensive products for the best results. However, I am a lover of all products, and if you look through my blog, youll find tons of recs that are more budget friendly. Click on the products tag on the left and youll find all kinds of posts with more information. Thanks so much for your comment!

  4. Chelsey Says:

    Reagan! Love your blog and all your helpful tips. One question Winter is really hating my hair this year, its SO staticy. Any products you would reccomend to help?

  5. Maura Says:

    I have tried some of these will definitely have to try the mousse, sounds like an awesome product! Do you have a recommendation for a non scented hairspray? I love the hold I can get with Elnett, but a lot of people I have worked on dont like the smell! HELP!

  6. Ada Says:

    Hey Reagan! I started looking at your blog a couple weeks ago and I love it. I am a teen(and loving it) and my goal is to get best hair in school. It is a picture in the yearbook where it says that person gets best hair. So far, I have been braiding, curling and straightening. I use alot of heat! Sometimes it scares me that I am using to much. My question is that I was wondering if you had any store brand heat protectants that are cheat and that I can use. Right now I am using a Pantenes fine heat protector and shine, so, please help me. I have alot of more styling to do and looking forward to your posts. Thanx.

  7. tricia Says:

    Thanks Reagan! I logged some products from your previous entries:

    Mousse: Fructis Volume Inject Mousse, Ultra Strong 6.8 fl oz
    I like Aussie if you are going for the less expensive, pharmacy brands. Aussie is very inexpensive, but pretty good. I bought the heat protectant spray, and the moist shampoo and condish

    things on my to buy list when i can find them
    Garnier Wonder Waves (a miracle spray of beachiness)
    It’s a ten (detangler and leave in treatment),
    L’Oreal Proffessionel Architexture (a wax) and
    Redken Anti snap

    Just a quick list for anyone else wondering :)

  8. KayLee Says:

    Hey Reagan! I am totally digging your blog, lots of cool tips and great styling stories. Its super motovational! As a cosmetologist myself, what beauty supply store would I be able to purchase the products through? I am from Central Mass and other than Redken and TiGi, I have never even heard of the other products!! I am always looking for new product lines to play around with so my options are always open. Any suggestions?

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