How to Layer Your Favorite Hair Products

April 16, 2019

How to Layer Your Favorite Hair Products

You probably already know how to properly apply your skin care products. But did it ever cross your mind whether or not there is a right way to apply your favorite hair care products?

Apparently, there is a correct way to layer your best hair care products. And the good news is that it does not require much time. It's not even difficult as what others think.

Don't worry because we are here to walk you through the entire process of applying hair care products. From using hair serums to the application of hair spray, we’ve got your back. Of course, we are not forcing you to follow our tips step-by-step. You can always omit some of the products and use whatever products you choose. What's important is that you apply them in proper order.

As a general rule of thumb, here is how you should  layer your hair care and hair styling products:

1st Layer: Leave-in Conditioner

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After stepping out of the shower, use a cotton shirt to wrap your hair. This way, all the excess water in your strands will be absorbed.

With your hair damp and not too wet, slowly apply your best leave-in conditioner. Because this hair product has a lightweight texture, it can be quickly absorbed by your hair. It can also penetrate deep down into your strands, which means there will be no barrier or trace of it after the application.

Leave-in conditioners work to detangle the hair. Therefore, it is essential that you make sure you spray it onto your hair carefully. Focus on the mid-lengths and slowly work your way to the ends. After this, you can start combing through your strands and it will be easier to detangle those knots.

Take note, though, that you should try to avoid using a hair brush when your locks are wet. It is the time when your hair is most susceptible to damage and breakage. As much as possible, use a wide-toothed comb. Begin at the tips and slowly work your way upwards.

Why You ShouldUse a Leave-In Conditioner

In the event that you are in doubt about using leave-in conditioners, here are three benefits that might just change your mind:

1. It moisturizes the strands.

Water can indeed moisturize the strands, but a quality leave-in conditioner can do more. Since leave-in conditioners are made with other ingredients like aloe Vera and rose water, your hair can reap more health benefits.

2. It strengthens your hair.

Many leave-in conditioners nowadays are formulated with protein that works to strengthen the strands.

3. It provides shine and eliminates frizz.

Apart from its moisturizing and strengthening abilities, a leave-in conditioner may also make the hair shinier, define and refresh your curls, eliminate frizz, and sustain your strands until the next wash day.

2nd Layer: Hair Mousse or Serum

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After applying a leave-in conditioner, the next hair care product you would want to apply is a hair mousse or serum. If you want a sleek, straight hair, use a serum. But if you wish to further define your curls and give them a weightless volume, you will need a texture-enhancing hair mousse.

Since you have already applied a leave-in conditioner, you need to ensure that you have an excellent baseline canvas to work on. That is because the application of a hair mousse can cause your tresses to feel dry and crisp.

The application of a leave-in conditioner does not really have a negative effect to the roots. It only works to prevent flyaways and baby hair from standing up. However, it’s a different case for hair mousses and serums. You need to keep them away from the scalp, so your locks won’t appear greasy.

Why You Should Use a Hair Mousse or Serum

Here are a few reasons why you should add the best hair mousse into your hair care routine:

1. It works like a hair spray.

Do you spend hours styling your hair using tons of products and tools? Then it is high time that you get rid of them and use hair mousse instead.  

2. It keeps your curls curled.

If you are a curly-haired gal, you should know how important a hair mousse is. It naturally tames wild curls without weighing them down or making them look greasy.

3. It gives your hair a bouncy feeling.

You don't necessarily have to visit the salon to feel like a renewed person. All you have to do is apply enough hair mousse to clean hair.

4. It works for everyone.

Regardless of your hair type, a hair mousse or serum can define your locks.

3rd Layer: Heat Protectant

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If you are going to heat style your locks, you should use a  heat protectant spray. It's a must.

Ideally, you should apply the heat protectant product at least five minutes before you begin heat styling your hair. To somehow reduce the damage, let your strands air dry first. This will give you the assurance that the product will dry out first and so you won’t hear your strands sizzle as you try to straighten them.

Before you get started, be sure that you comb your hair thoroughly. By doing so, the heat protectant product will be evenly distributed and that all your strands will stay protected.

Why You Should Use a Heat Protectant

Not convinced about using a heat protectant prior to heat styling? Here are some reasons why you should use it:

  1. It smoothens your hair shaft's cuticles. As a result, your hair is less porous and less prone to frizzing.
  2. It can help restore your hair moisture.  
  3. It keeps moisture intact as it adds a protective barrier on top of the hair shaft.
  4. It makes your hair more manageable.

4th Layer: Hydrating Hair

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Whether you decided to style your hair with a heat styling tool or not, a few drops of your preferred hydrating hair oil can actually work wonders. Not only does the oil help lock in moisture, it also tames stubborn flyaway strands, prevents frizz, defines your hair style, and adds shine to your hair. And yes, it does all this, regardless of your hair type and texture.

Because hair oils have a viscous texture, it is essential that you apply the thinner hair care products ahead. These products include the leave-in conditioner, hair mousse, and hair protectant.

The Best Hydrating Hair Oils

There is an appropriate hydrating oil for each hair type. Read on to know more about it:

1. Dry and Frizzy Hair: Argan Oil

Rich in vitamin E and fatty acids,  Argan oil can help turn coarse, dry, and stubborn hair into something more manageable and less frizzy.

2. Dry and Damaged Hair: Macadamia Oil

Use this oil on dry and damaged hair. Apply it once a week as a hair mask.

3. Flaky Scalp: Almond Oil

If you are suffering scalp irritation, massage a few drops of almond oil onto your scalp. Do this every time you wash your hair.

4. Hair Loss: Baobab Oil

Though this oil is relatively new to the hair care industry, it's being used because of its high vitamin content, which helps the hair to grow healthier and faster.

5th Layer: Hair Spray

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The last and final step of your hair care routine should focus on locking in your hair style. To make that happen, you need to use a hair spray.

Whether you like to lengthen the lifespan of your waves or smoothen those stray hairs, a hair spray should make it happen. But when it comes to using a finishing hair care product, always remember that less is more. Too much of this will make your hair appear crunchy. Thus, start applying small until you achieve the results you desire.

Make a Natural Hairspray Using 2 Ingredients

What You Need:

  • Lemon
  • 2 Cups of Water

What to Do:

  1. Slice the lemon into a few wedges.
  2. Put the lemon wedges into a pot and add two cups of water.
  3. Bring them to a boil. Keep the solution in the pot until only half of it remains.
  4. Let the lemon-water cool down.
  5. Use a strainer to separate the solid ingredients from the liquid.
  6. Put in a clean spray bottle.
  7. Label the bottle accordingly.
  8. Spray onto your hair when needed. If it feels a bit sticky, add more water to dilute it.


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Congratulations! You now know how to layer your hair care products the right way. Give it a try today. Promise, you will be surprised at how amazing the results will be.  

If you are still confused as to where to start, we suggest you read the article again. Eventually, you should get an idea about what product should come first, what should come last, and what should be used in between. But if you are uncertain, you can always consult a hair care expert. Seek for his/her advice as what works for one might not work for you.

Do you find this information handy? It is best that you share it with your friends and family on social media to educate them, too!

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