Riddle me this: what’s the difference between wax and pomade? What’s the difference between a finishing spray and a working spray? Not sure?? Not surprising. Even the savviest of beauties fall victim to using the wrong products for their hair. Or, you think a product is designed to do one thing, when it is actually meant for another! The Buffs know it can be overwhelming trying to pick a product from the thousands in stock at your local Planet Beauty store, so here’s a blog dedicated to helping you discover which is which, and when to use it!
Ok, curly girls, listen up! This blogger (and Beauty Buff of five years) has heard countless ladies over the years come in to find a mousse for her curly hair. What she doesn’t know, is that mousse is made to give volume to limp locks. What she really wants to keep her curls in check is a styling cream or a gel. But which one is right for your curls? Hair gel gives you control over your hair and hairstyle, regardless of what look you’re planning to go for. Good quality gels will moisturize and condition your hair for many days. Hair gel also cements your hairstyle for many hours, even in the face of strong winds. Furthermore, as hair gel is water-based, it can be easily washed off from the hair. A good strong hold gel that is alcohol free and won’t dry your hair out or flake is Enjoy’s Strong Hold Gel. Styling creams are the less strong version of gels, and don’t offer hold, but they do control frizz and help bundle curls together to create a frizz free, natural look. This blogger loves to put Colure’s Curl Wave Styling Cream through her wavy locks to enhance curl and prevent the frizzies.
What about mousse, then? Mousse is designed to give hair a lift. You may also see mousses called “Root Lift.” These products used to be used to give curly hair hold, but with the onset of higher hair product technology, we can safely go back to using mousse to get big hair. The best way to apply mousse to hair is to create a part about an inch both sides off your center part, and spray a bit of the product, then massage it in. This gives the hair lift and creates a foundation for the rest of the hair above it to be lifted. Another trick to making your mousse go the distance is to blow dry your hair upside down for a few minutes. A great volumizing mousse that is a favorite of the Buffs and faithful Planet Beauty shoppers is Rene Furterer’s Volumea mousse, $23.00 at all Planet Beauty stores.
There’s a lot of buzz about serums versus hair oils. So what’s the difference? And when should you use one or the other? A serum is a thick liquid concentrate, made out of extractions of natural ingredients. They can be oil or water based, but basically coat your hair to make it shiny, as well as add protection from the heat of a blow dryer or curling iron. A great one that this blogger loves is from French line Number 4—the Fluoro 5 elixir. Serums can go on wet or dry hair, and add shine without greasiness or weight. Hair oils, while similar to serums, are generally made to go on wet hair. Oil should not contain any water content and should be a concentration of pure oil extracted from plants and herbs. This makes it a bit heavier of a product, and should be applied sparingly where your hair is driest. Putting oil on dry hair isn’t usually recommended, unless you have coarse, curly hair that needs a little extra weight to calm frizz. A great hair oil beloved by all the Buffs is Ava Oil, available for $35.95 at all Planet Beauty locations.
See, that wasn’t so hard! Now you have no excuse to use the wrong product. Find any and every product your heart desires at your local Planet Beauty store!
Allie Kelley has been a Planet Beauty Buff for five years and has a Bachelor’s Degree in English. She enjoys painting her nails, trolling Pinterest for new trends, and has an obsession with lip gloss.