Achieving a long-lasting style starts with clean hair. The cleaner your hair, the longer the style will stay. Choose a shampoo that is tailored to your specific hair type and needs. For fine, straight or wavy hair, try the Volumetry Shampoo and Conditioner by Loreal Professional, Verb Ghost Shampoo and Conditioner, Pureology Volume shampoo, Suddz Whipped Shampoo and Conditioner, or Alterna Caviar Multiplying Volume Shampoo and Conditioner. Fine, curly hair or medium wavy hair can benefit from Verb Ghost Shampoo and Verb Hydrating Conditioner, Aluram Daily Shampoo and Aluram Moisturizing Conditioner, or Milkshake Moisture Plus Shampoo and Conditioner. Curly hair that is medium to thick can use Mizani True Textures Moisture Replenish Shampoo and Conditioner, Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Smoothing De-Frizz Shampoo and Conditioner, Sudzz Frizz Taming Shampoo, Living Proof No Frizz Shampoo, Ouidad Coil Infusion Like New Gentle Clarifying Shampoo, or Saphira Divine Shampoo and Conditioner. Coarse, kinky hair should try Mizani Replenishing Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner, Ouidad Coil Infusion Like New Gentle Clarifying Shampoo, Ouidad Climate Control Defrizzing Shampoo and Conditioner, Saphira Divine Shampoo and Conditioner, or AG Hair Sleek Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner.
Product choice is also important when styling your hair. A heat protectant leave-in is a must to prevent heat damage and dry, brittle hair. Depending on your hair type and desired style, you may also need products that add volume, hold, and definition. Thick hair generally holds styles well without too much product, but all hair types should use heat protection. Pre-style products can help prep your hair for styling, and finishing products help shape and hold your style in place.
Choosing the right tools is essential to achieving and maintaining your style. If you're using a blow-dryer and brush, choose a ceramic or ionic option to help seal the cuticle and reduce frizz. For heat styling, use a tool with adjustable heat settings so you can find the right temperature for your hair type. When using hot tools, be sure to use a heat protectant product to reduce the risk of damage.
Pay attention to technique when styling your hair. How you style your hair can also impact how long it lasts. When blow-drying, use a round brush to create volume and direction, and avoid over-drying certain areas to prevent frizz. When heat styling, use a medium or low heat setting and avoid over-styling certain sections. If you're using hot tools, be sure to allow them to cool before applying any finishing products.
By following these tips and using the right products and tools, you'll be on your way to achieving a long-lasting, salon-quality style at home.