After looking at the different categories of hair products out there, you might be a little
overwhelmed when it comes to picking one for your hair, but HairBetty is here to help! In this, the second part of our focus on haircare product, we’ll give you some expert tips from our staff on choosing the right products for your hair. It’s a much simpler process than you might think, and it’s one that your hair will thank you for by looking great every day.
Taking Stock of Your Hair’s Situation
Before digging through any products, the best thing to do is to take a look at your hair and figure out exactly what (if any) issues are there to be addressed. This is where you get to bet the expert on your own hair by thinking about what you’d like to do differently or better with your own locks. Do you feel that your hair is too oily? Too dry? Is there frizz? Less volume than you’d like? More than likely, you’ve already got a few ideas on what you’d like done with your hair without having to look, but if not, spend a few minutes in the mirror running your hands through your hair, and see if you can pinpoint anything that you would like changed. If you still aren’t sure, next time you’re at the salon, ask your stylist if there’s anything they think your hair could use.
Of course, you might just be interested in finding better products, as opposed to fixing any particular issue. If that’s the case, just pinpoint which product you’d like to look into. Think about the products you use now, and think about whether they’re doing the job the way you want them to. Or conversely, if you’ve always wanted to do a certain thing with your hair, say give it a different style, a new product might be just the ticket. One issue many people don’t realize may be occurring is that the products they’re using are actually damaging their hair! If you feel like this might be the case, try laying off a product for a while and picking one that is more gentle or naturally-based to see if there’s any difference.
So Which Do I Choose?
Finally, we can get to actually picking out a few products and trying them out! However, don’t just rush out to the store and start trusting the marketing information on the bottles. Keeping in mind the issue you want changed or the product you’d like to look into, the best thing to do is head to the web and do a little research. In these very modern times, it has become incredibly easy to find reviews and opinions on nearly every hair product by using websites that sell multiple brands of products, such as Amazon.com. There are also hundreds of blogs out there that focus specifically on testing out hair products personally and giving detailed reviews, which is an excellent way to find the products you’ll love. Browse a few of these and find a few people that have similar hair situations to you, and pick out a product or two to try.
When you try these new products, it’s most efficient and good for your hair and scalp to try just one new product at a time. Use a product for about a week, preferably without too many others, and you’ll be able to tell the difference that one product makes. If you like what a product is doing for your hair, and it doesn’t have any adverse side-effects such as making your scalp dry or hair too oily, consider making it part of your permanent process. If, on the other hand, you notice anything you don’t like, just try another!
A Few More Tips
Before you purchase, here are a few more tips to help you make the process go as well as possible: Instead of ordering from the site right away when you do find a product, see if you can get a few samples to try. These can often be found on the manufacturer’s site as well as at salon’s, so before you spend large amounts of money, see if you can find these free samples.
While this isn’t always the case, another great tip that is correct more often than not is to
stick to naturally-based products as much as possible. Even just a few years ago, many haircare companies used a huge number of damaging and harsh chemicals in their products, and there are still quite a few that do. Luckily, many companies have now moved to products that use natural, plant-based ingredients to keep hair in pristine condition, and these tend to be the best out there.
On a related note, if it seems too cheap to be true, it probably is. It might be tempting to grab the discount conditioner and try and make up for it with nicer products otherwise, but this is a bad idea. Hair condition is a delicate thing, especially chemically, and just one harsh product can throw off the balance and ruin the good work your other products are doing.
Trying out a few products slowly using these tips, you should be guaranteed to find a better set of haircare products to keep your hairstyle looking great. If we even help you get rid of one bad hair day or keep one scalp from being itchy and dry, we here at HairBetty feel like we’ve done our job. We hope we’ve helped you out, and if we have, we’d love to hear from you in the comments!