Whether your hair needs some extra attention when it comes to general care or you’re looking for some new tools to improve your styling skills, knowing how to pick the right hair products isn’t easy. There are so many out there to choose from and some will undoubtedly be better for your locks than others.
To help ensure that you always make the right decision for your mane, read on as Nubi explains how to choose the best hair products for your hair’s needs.
Understanding Your Hair’s Needs
Of course, in order to match the right hair products to your hair, you need to first understand what your hair actually needs. Giving it products and ingredients that are designed for a hair type or texture that isn’t yours could end up causing more harm than good.
Let’s start by talking about texture. To determine your hair’s texture, take a single strand of your hair and press it between your finger and thumb.
If you can barely feel that strand, then this means that your hair texture is fine. This often corresponds with an increase in sensitivities and oiliness.
If you can slightly feel the strand of hair, then your hair texture would be medium, or normal. Lucky you! Meanwhile, if that strand of hair feels quite thick and noticeable, then your hair texture is coarse. This would mean that you’re probably also prone to frizz and roughness.
Let’s move on to the shape of your hair, which is also referred to as hair type. This can be split into four main categories:
The curlier your hair type is, the more susceptible it will be to damage, frizz, and dryness. On the other end of the scale, the straighter your hair is, the more likely you are to experience greasy strands.
Porosity refers to how capable your strands are of absorbing moisture and then holding onto it. To test this out, place a strand of your hair into a bowl of water and watch what it does.
If the hair immediately sinks, then this means that it’s very porous. This indicates a fair amount of damage. Due to all of the gaps in the hair cuticle, it absorbs moisture much faster than it should.
On the other hand, if the strand of hair continues to float on the surface of the water for a while, then this means that your hair has low porosity. In other words, it struggles to absorb moisture, which means that the absorption of any hair products you apply will be affected by this too.
Finally, if the strand of hair remains suspended somewhere in the middle of the water, then this means that you have medium porosity hair. This is perfect for absorbing and retaining just the right amount of moisture.
While your hair should be your prime focus, let’s not forget that your scalp is hugely influential when it comes to how your hair looks and feels. After all, your scalp is responsible for keeping your strands lubricated and moisturized.
To determine your scalp type, wash your hair and then leave it product-free for a few hours. Then, dab the crown of your head with some tissue paper.
If the tissue hasn’t changed in any way, then this means that your scalp is likely to be dry. The drier your scalp is, the more you’ll notice issues related to roughness, frizz, and even dandruff.
If the tissue comes back looking quite greasy, then this means that your scalp is oily. As you can imagine, this will quickly leave your hair looking oily too.
The ideal scalp type would be normal, which is indicated by a tissue that has a few trace amounts of oil on it, but not too much.
Picking Hair Products For Dry and Frizzy Hair
If your scalp and hair are on the dry side, then this means that you need to give your locks some extra moisture. If you don’t, you’re much more likely to experience brittle strands, breakages, and other forms of damage. In the end, this will only leave your locks even drier and frizzier.
Richly conditioning hair products are the best way to restore moisture. The Nubi Nourishing & Moisturizing Conditioner, for example, does this beautifully. It’s infused with olive oil, a favorite ingredient in the hair care world because of its fatty acid content. This enables the oil to give the hair a softer and smoother finish while also improving its moisture retention capabilities.
Be careful when choosing a shampoo to pair with this conditioner. Many of the shampoos out there are loaded with sulfates and harsh preservatives that will only further dry out your locks in the long run. Instead, dry hair needs a gentle formula that will clean your strands without stripping them of their protective oils.
Chances are that if your hair is dry and frizzy, it’s also relatively curly. As mentioned, curly and coily hair is much more susceptible to dryness and frizz. This is because it takes so much longer for sebum produced by the scalp to travel down all of those kinks and bends. Of course, if your scalp happens to be dry too, then this definitely won’t help with the dryness of your hair!
If you regularly heat style your curly hair, make sure that you pick styling tools that aren’t going to exacerbate your dryness. One product that you can rely on is the Nubi Soft N’ Straight 1.25” Ceramic Purple Styler. The ceramic plates will cause minimal damage while the negative ion technology will help to counter the look of frizz.
Picking Hair Products For Fine, Thin, and Oily Hair
Fine and thin hair tends to be oily, particularly if it’s straight. Unlike curls, which slow down how quickly the sebum from the scalp is able to travel down each strand, straight hair allows that sebum to make its way from root to tip with ease.
Many people assume that washing their hair more frequently is the best way to deal with this. However, over-washing your locks could stimulate your scalp to produce even more sebum. In the long run, this will only leave your hair looking even greasier.
Instead, what you need are hair products that will help to regulate the amount of sebum produced by your scalp. Certain herbs are great for this – look for shampoos formulated with ingredients such as rosemary, sage, and nettle.
When it comes to heat styling your locks, be careful. Using too high a heat can cause the oil on your hair to soften, meaning that it will spread through your mane even faster. Avoid heat styling too often but, when you do need to, use tools that offer an adjustable temperature, just like the Nubi Simply Sleek Brush. This way, you can pick a heat that will style your hair without causing havoc to your hair’s natural oils.
Picking Hair Products For Damaged Hair
All hair types can end up damaged due to a variety of different factors, from UV exposure to heat to over-processing. This results in weak and brittle strands.
What can you do about this? Seek out hair products that have been designed to strengthen and restore the feel of your locks. Hair masks are fantastic for this. They contain a high volume of moisturizing ingredients, making them great for giving your strands a dose of TLC. Look for a hair mask that has been formulated with rich plant oils to leave your hair feeling fortified.
With that said, don’t overdo it with your hair products either. If your hair is damaged, then this means that it’s likely to be highly porous. It will soak up a large percentage of whatever you apply. This may sound good at first but if your hair absorbs too much product, this can actually make any existing damage even worse.
It goes without saying that you should also try to avoid further damaging your hair while you’re attempting to repair it. One way to keep visible damage to a minimum is by blow-drying your hair when it’s damp, rather than allowing it to air dry naturally. This may seem counter-intuitive since heat is often one of the culprits behind hair damage. However, studies confirm that the hair is at its weakest when it’s wet or damp. Using a blow dryer to finish off the drying process reduces the amount of time that it spends being damp, which then minimizes the amount of damage that it experiences.
If you don’t yet have a go-to blow dryer, check out Nubi’s Blow Me Away hairdryer. It boasts a number of customizable settings that make it ideal for dealing with damaged locks!
Picking Hair Products For Normal Hair
If your hair is just right when it comes to oiliness and porosity, then this gives you the freedom to experiment with the many wonderful hair products out there. Ideally, you should still pick formulas that focus on hydrating and moisturizing your strands since this is something that everyone would benefit from.
With that said, avoid using any hair products that have been designed specifically for dry or oily hair. If you use formulas for dry hair on your normal hair, you could end up with overly greasy locks. On the other hand, hair products designed for oily hair will often work to reduce how greasy the hair feels. Again, this isn’t something that you need since your scalp is currently managing to regulate oil production just fine on its own.
When it comes to picking styling tools, go with products that prioritize hair health. The Sleek Control hair straighteners from Nubi, for example, will leave your locks looking silky and straight without causing them to feel burnt or dried out.
Hopefully, after reading our guide, you now know exactly what your hair needs, which should make shopping for hair products so much easier. Whether your hair is dry and curly or straight and oily, matching the right products to your hair’s unique requirements will not only make your locks so much easier to manage and style but will also leave them looking healthier.