Usually it takes a concoction of three or four products to convert my kinky Afro into manageable curls: a leave-in conditioner for moisture, a gel for hold and definition, a butter for sealing, and an oil to combat frizz. The Andre Walker Beautiful Kinks Styling Creme Gelee ($22) took care of all those things. Yes, the power of four products in one. I discovered curls I never knew I had! Whereas other products leave my hair puffy, this styling gel had every strand falling into place. Plus, I only had to use a golf ball-sized dollop of product, when usually it takes at least two handfuls. This tacky white cream dries completely clear with no mysterious white flakes left behind. In the end curls are left soft, springy, and crunch-free. Now we know why Oprah kept Andre around for over two decades . . .
Some of us may be a little too old to have Justin Bieber fever, but I think we can all appreciate good old-fashioned school girl-style crushes. Perhaps it was New Kids on the Block, Nsync, or David Cassidy that got your heart all aflutter back in the day. Whatever the case, I think we can also all appreciate a good haircut phenomenon when we see one. Justin's side-swept style has been sweeping the nation (well, the world) for some time now, so to see the secrets of his signature look revealed, just read on.
Tips: If you have particularly oily hair, apply to the ends first, working up to the roots. If you're lacking volume, use your round brush to overdirect the hair in the opposite direction while blow-drying. As far as product goes, for two great suggestions, just read more.
Try Enjoy Texture Spray ($16) or Sally Hershberger's Genius Spray Wax ($12.50), both of which provide hold and texture to all hair types and lengths. Of her product, Sally says, "It's really about having the next-day sexy/messy look, with out looking all dry and greasy." To find out six different ways you can use this multifunctional product, just read more.
Most of the time, when I think mousse, I think foam in a can that gives my hair lots of volume. But a little while back, I found Redken Aerate 08 Bodifying Cream Mousse ($13.59) and thought, "Hmm . . . mousse in a jar? Really?" If such a wild invention were to work, it would make the product more portable (take that, TSA), rid us of the need for aerosol cans (yay!), and make application a lot more precise.
So is this cream the beginning of a mousse revolution? Well, yes and no. To find out what the pros and cons are, just read more.
My pals with choppy layers often sing the praises of dense styling products in creating their piecey looks, but don't have as many kind words for the wax itself. When one recently complained that, no matter how vigorously she rubbed her hands ("like I was trying to start a fire between them"), it still clumped when she went to put it on her head. Not so pretty.
If this sticky situation sounds familiar to you, simply hold your blow dryer up to the mouth of the jar a couple inches away and skim the top layer with circular motions for about 10 seconds. This softens the product so you can scoop and smooth easier than ever. Simple!