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post #1 of 15
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I am the 1st to admit that I am extreme low mantance and a non girly girl. But I am trying.

I used to work at a place that if you had a bad hair day you wore your baseball cap. Can't do that here.

I hadn't had a hair cut in close to 9 months. I just pushed my hair back daily. Well I got a haircut on Saturday and it is fairly short - so I can't really push it back.

The hair products that I have at home are at least 5 years old - probably closer to 8. I don't know if mousse and hairspray have an expiry date, but I thought it was time to buy some new stuff.

So off I trot this lunch time to the drug store. They had an entire wall of product!

How do you decide? Do I need high shine? Mousse, gel or gomething called Scrunch?

I am so confused.

I have pretty limp and lifeless hair - what products do you suggest?
post #2 of 15
Volumizing. Nothing moisturizing cause that will weight it down.
post #3 of 15
I would toss your old products... The shelf life is a couple years or so till it is pretty much useless. This all depends on temperature and light interaction that the products have encounterd, temp fluctuation is a factor on its shelf life (same goes for hair developer).

If you have fine hair go with a volume mousse. Gel tends to be to weighty on fine hair and shine serum can be greasy and weighty as well. Using as little product as possible on fine hair is key... Too much product of any kind will weigh down fine hair. I suggest a volumizing mousse with a decent hold factor, an aerosol humidity resistant hairspray, and a thermal protectant spray (which are also available in different hold factors).

Unfortunately I cannot recommend store bought products to you, I am a licensed barber/cosmetologist and I only use professional products fopr good reason (not because I think I am above it all but for many other reasons, Ill spare you the boredom and science of it).
post #4 of 15
how short is short? is your hair straight or curly? is it thin or thick? do you want it bouncy or straight?
post #5 of 15
I have a pixie cut. I use volumizer, pomade and hair spray.
post #6 of 15
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Originally Posted by Liza24 View Post
how short is short? is your hair straight or curly? is it thin or thick? do you want it bouncy or straight?
Just at the chin, fairly straight and thin with a big ol' cow lick right in the middle of my forhead!
post #7 of 15
you want to use a volumizing shampoo and conditioner, and mouse. i would use a aresol spray for extra hold, and a big barreled curling iron for body.
post #8 of 15
my hair is very fine, very straight & quite short. i like some height on the top - i use a 'root lifter' spray [suave's version of a matrix product] blow dry, then a hair wax to control it. after combing it into the style, i spray w/regular hairspray. this is after washing, mind you, & i don't wash it every day. on non-washing days, i just use a bit more wax, ruffle it up, spray, wait a bit, then comb & spray again [regular hairspray]. HTH!
post #9 of 15
Adrienne - like you, I have fine and limp hair. I use Lush shampoo bars - they are FANTASTIC! I suggest you go into one if there is one in Toronto - and asking the salesgirl what they suggest for you - I use Karma Komba because I love the smell - but you might find something more suited to you.
post #10 of 15
I'll have to look into those lush products.
I bought Sunsilk anti flat shampoo(yellow bottle)-DON"T BUY THIS!! It made my fine hair look worse!!
post #11 of 15
LUSH is in Sqaure One if you want to go there (but they are pricy)

I don't know if you are signed up for the mailings from shoppers but they recently sent me a load of hair stuff (coupons and freebies / samples) in the mail, so you can try them out.

My hair is completely different so probably not much help!
post #12 of 15
I have short hair that is fine stranded, but very thick.. if that makes sense. It falls just at my chin. I have it cut in such a way that it kind of curls under on it's own if I blowdry it.

I hardly ever use products other than shampoo and conditioner. If I'm going to straighten though I do have a heat protectant I spritz on (it's from Aussie). Since my hair is so very thick, weighing it down isn't a big deal it just looks normal.

Products I like: Aussie (love the smell.. I do moisturizing or shine enhancing), Biolage normal, Finesse enhancing, Tressemme silky smooth.

When I'm getting dressed up for something nice, I shampoo, condition, rinse, then blowdry. If after blowdrying it looks stupid, I pull out the straightener. I don't really try to get the board straight, just control anywhere it might flip outwards. Then I spritz a light layer of hairspray all over, letting it fall lightly wherever it goes and smooth with my hands.

I am pretty low maintence myself, but I get complimented on my hair often.
post #13 of 15
The stylist at the salon where you got your hair cut should have talked about products and shown you how to style your hair with them. I'd go back to the salon and ask what they recommend.
post #14 of 15
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Originally Posted by trixie23 View Post
I would toss your old products... The shelf life is a couple years or so till it is pretty much useless. This all depends on temperature and light interaction that the products have encounterd, temp fluctuation is a factor on its shelf life (same goes for hair developer).

If you have fine hair go with a volume mousse. Gel tends to be to weighty on fine hair and shine serum can be greasy and weighty as well. Using as little product as possible on fine hair is key... Too much product of any kind will weigh down fine hair. I suggest a volumizing mousse with a decent hold factor, an aerosol humidity resistant hairspray, and a thermal protectant spray (which are also available in different hold factors).

Unfortunately I cannot recommend store bought products to you, I am a licensed barber/cosmetologist and I only use professional products fopr good reason (not because I think I am above it all but for many other reasons, Ill spare you the boredom and science of it).
If you have the time.. I would love to hear...

I also like Aussie. I detest the smell--it makes me wrinkle my nose and cringe when I apply it--but it has GREAT results... at least for my type of hair. I also have a friend with very thin, frizzy, flayaway hair, and she had good results as well. (She couldn't stand the smell, though, either.) Open the bottle before you buy it... definitely smell it first. It's very strong.
post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by noludoru View Post
Open the bottle before you buy it... definitely smell it first. It's very strong.
i do this with ALL hair care products - i'm very sensitive to scents.....
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