How to Combine Hair Products to Get Hairstyle You Want

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Sometime the trick to getting the hairstyle you want on a budget is being a bit creative with your hair products. Our friend Melissa, who is a professional cosmetologist who recently gave us these fabulous tips for getting the hair style you want by combining products, including those found in your cupboards.

Combining Hair Products to Get Style

You’ve got: Thin, fine hair
You want: Thick, full hair

thick hair
Styling recipe: While your hair is still damp, mix volumizing mousse in your hands, flip your head upside down, and rub throughout your hair beginning with the roots, coming out to the ends. To evenly distribute the mousse, comb your hair with a wide-tooth comb.

Try:Garnier Fructis Style XXL Volume Thickening Mousse, Extreme, $3.99 at

You’ve got: Straight to wavy hair
You want: Curly Hair

Styling recipe: While slightly damp, set your hair into small sections using small, curlers. The smaller the sections, the more volume. Once your hair is dry, use hairspray on each curl and at the roots for added lift.

Try: Head to your local dollar store or beauty supply store and look for plastic rod rollers (the kind they use for setting perms). You can also use plastic straws (which may or may not work). Just take your damp hair, twist it around the straw.  Using booby pins, pin the ends of the straws under the rolled part.

You’ve got: Dry, damaged hair
You want: Rich, healthy hair

Styling recipe: After shampooing hair with a moisturizing shampoo, use a deep conditioner for added moisture. Keep on hair for three to five minutes before rinsing. Apply a spray sheen evenly on dry hair, staying away from the roots (in order to avoid buildup on the scalp). Severely dry hair responds better to a gel sheen.

Try:  Queen Helene Cholesterol Hair Conditioning Cream, $2.99 at Walgreens.  Add an egg and a tablespoon of olive oil to the conditioner right before placing it on your hair for an extra conditioning boost.

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