Yes, your read that right, there is a proper way of layering your haircare products. If this is hew to you, don't worry - we are here to share the knowledge. If you are on the market for new haircare products, keep on reading as we recommend our top haircare products from one of our favourite haircare brands, Redken!
So, with the power invested in me, we lay the holy grail of layering upon on your hands and the secret to beautiful, healthy hair!
Before layering your haircare products, first and foremost, you need a clean base. So, grab your favourite shampoo and conditioner and suds away. If you are looking for a duo, Redken carries a wide selection of hair cleansers and conditioners with a variety of collections targeting different hair concerns.
Redken’s newest haircare system - Acidic Bond Concentrate – is the perfect collection for those with dry, damaged hair. It contains Lactic Acid to help repair and reinforce your strands while balancing pH levels to help defend against the negative effects of hair colouring, styling tools and even water! This is probably one of our favourite Redken hair systems to date, so don’t sleep on this! Your hair will thank you! This new collection features a shampoo, conditioner, and leave-in, heat protecting treatment.
Shampoo Tip: Make sure to use your fingertips to massage the scalp and stimulate blood circulation. This will help with healthy hair growth and the removal of product build-up at the roots.
Conditioner Tip: Leave your conditioner on for a few minutes then rinse your hair with cool water. This will help seal the cuticles of your hair, keep protein bonds intact and will result in smoother, less frizzy hair.
Now that your mane is properly cleansed and conditioned, lets move on to the first layer of your haircare products.
Even though you’ve conditioned in the shower, the conditioning doesn’t stop there. Your hair needs that extra moisture and detangling outside of the shower. Que the Leave-in Conditioner.
Leave-in conditioners/treatments provide your hair with a boost of moisture, protect from damage and help with detangling for better manageability. You want to apply your leave-in conditioner from your roots to ends, concentrating the product in any areas that need extra hydration or detangling. This is a no-rinse conditioner, so leave that baby on and walk away.
- 5-in-1 protection (heat, chemical, mechanical, surface and breakage)
- Reduces breakage and damage internally and externally
- Strengthens and nourishes
- Smooths the cuticles
- Increases softness and shine
Tip: If your hair is severely damaged, we recommend using the entire Redken Extreme system (Shampoo, Conditioner, Anti-snap) for the best results.
Mousse or Serum
After your leave-in conditioner, you want to follow with your mid-weight products – Mousse or Serum.
If you are a curly haired gal, including a mousse into your layering process is essential. This versatile foam provides the hair with hold and definition while taming frizz, resulting in curls that are well managed and under control. Something we all could use in our life, are we right?!
- Medium, flexible hold with pliability
- Adds weightless volume and texture
- Prevents frizz and flyaways
- UV and heat protection
- Soft-silky finish
If you have straight hair or are going for a straight, sleek style, then you want to go for a Hair Serum instead of a mousse. Hair serums are quick fix treatments for the surface of your hair. So, in basic terms, a serum is for those wanting to add more shine, control frizz, smooth the hair or add a layer of protection/control.
- Increases shine and smoothness
- 24-hour frizz and humidity control
- For all hair types
Tip: Avoid applying your mousse or serum to the roots of your hair. This will prevent your hair from looking greasy.
You can end your haircare layering here and follow with your styling products like gels, pomades, etc. But if you are going to add some heat to your locks then you want to follow with the next layer…. heat protectant!
Before we turn up the heat, we want to protect our hair from the harmful damage that hot styling tools inflict. You can sometimes find heat protection in your serums and leave-ins, but to be absolutely sure your hair is fully protected, I wouldn’t skip on a dedicated heat protectant.
So - if you constantly use a hair dryer, flat iron, curling iron or any other hot styling tool, your hair needs extra protection; this is your prevention process. Do make note: a heat protectant does not protect your hair from chemical damage. That is where you put your trust in your hair serums or leave-in’s to treat the damage.
- Repairs heat damaged hair
- Protects against future damage (450°F / 230°)
- Provides a medium hold
- Adds shine
- Tames frizz
- No build-up on tools
This layering step is completely optional but if you're like us, where we love to layer our haircare and skincare, then a hair oil is for you girl.
Whether you heat styled your hair or not, you want to add a few drops of hair oil for added hydration and conditioning. This will also give your hair the final touch it needs by adding shine, frizz control and definition. An oil is versatile in the sense that you can either use it on wet or dry hair (option is completely up to you) but personally, we love an oil on dry hair for extra shine!
- Can be used in wet or dry hair
- Non-greasy formula
- Adds a diamond-like shine
- Boosts hydration
- Heat protection
- Reduces frizz
Tip: If applying hair oil, apply thinner layers of your other products beforehand.
This layering process is your haircare holy bible to help guide you in the right direction and educate you about the different types of haircare products and which order you need to use them. Whether you use all these products or not, we leave you with the how-to knowledge, as you are now officially a haircare-product-layering expert!