Just channel this Jack Johnson song when you apply your haircare, and you'll notice a huge difference—in other words, certain products work much better together as opposed to just taking the solo approach. I've noticed this myself when applying both a dry shampoo and a texturizing spray—sometimes dry shampoo doesn't provide the level of lift that I like, so combining the two gives me the perfect texturized grit and faux-clean look (a must when running late in the morning).
Assuming that there must be a barrage of other products that work better as a pair, we asked a few top stylists for their favorite duos, and the consensus was that they're all big proponents of hair-product cocktailing too. Below, they've laid out their favorite styling pairings.
Dry Shampoo and Hair Spray
"This is a good combination for texture and hold," says Lauren Thompson of Nunzio Saviano salon in NYC. "The dry shampoo with make silky hair feel more gritty, which will help hold the volume and the hair spray will help hold the curl or style."
Dry Texture Foam and Sea Salt Spray
"These types of products are great when used together, as they create perfect, undone volume and texture," says celebrity stylist Nick Stenson. "Dry texture foam gives the hair body and definition, creating a base for the sea salt spray. Layering the spray then enhances the texture with lightweight grip and hold. This will give you texturized waves with pliable movement."
Leave-In Conditioner and Gel
"It's so important for you to be able to brush out your hair post-shower and conditioner only goes so far," says celebrity stylist Laura Polko. "Aussie's Hair Insurance Leave-In Conditioner Spray is great to get the tangles out. Then IGK Coconut Gel is known for stiffening up the hair, but a gelled look wouldn't look right on tangled hair."
Moisturizing Cream and Volumizing Spray
"I love to use the Oribe Supershine Moisturizing Cream on the ends of the hair before blow-drying, and then I spray the Oribe Volumista while blow-drying the hair in sections for extra volume and hold," says Thompson.
Mousse and Root-Lifter
Hydrating Cream and Oil
"For very dry or unruly curly, frizzy hair, after washing the hair, towel dry, and apply oil from the mid-length to ends," instructs Thompson. "Then apply a hydrating styling cream. I love using the Moroccanoil Treatment and then the Hydrating Styling Cream when the hair is air-dried. Curly, frizzy hair is dry by nature, so it can definitely benefit from the extra hydration."
Pomade and Texturizing Spray
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Next up, check out more beauty products that work better together as a duo.