If you've ever gotten a fabulous cut and watched it deflate the next day, you'll know what we mean when we say it's the hair products—not the scissors—that can make or break your look. So we asked Harry Josh, a celebrity stylist with John Frieda in New York City, to demystify pastes, sprays, and more and give us the bottom line on what hair products really work for you.
|Hair Product: Mousse|
Hair mousse helps define curls or straighten hair (when used with a hair dryer).
Who should use hair mousse: All hair types.
How much to use: A tennis ball–size puff of hair mousse is best for short hair; use a softball-size one for long strands.
How to use mousse: To straighten your locks, use your fingers to rake this through dry hair from roots to tips. Then flatten out the curl with a big, round brush and high heat. To create soft waves, comb it through wet hair and then diffuse—or simply let your strands air-dry.
Best hair product: Dove Curl and Sculpt Defining Mousse ($3; at drugstores)
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|Hair Product: Wax|
Wax is the best hair product to create rocker-girl texture and pieciness.
Who should use hair wax: Those with choppy cuts, like a pixie or shag.
How much to use: Lightly coat your fingertips with a thin layer of product.
How to use wax: Twist the wax into your ends—and go. (Applying it anywhere else, like your mid-shaft or roots, can make locks turn limp, greasy, and dull.)
Best hair product: Redken Wax Blast 10 High Impact Finishing Spray ($17; redken.com)