Hair Products That Work 10 Times Better Together

Updated 04/20/19
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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

hair spray and dry shampoo

Pictured above: Klorane Dry Shampoo ($20) and Verb Strong Hairspray ($14).

"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

dry texture foam and sea salt spray

Pictured above: Matrix Airy Builder ($18) and Bumble and bumble Surf Spray ($27).

"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

leave-in conditioner and gel

Pictured above: Aussie Hair Insurance Leave-In Conditioner ($4) and IGK Rich Kid Coconut Oil Gel ($15).

"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

moisturizing cream and volumizing spray

Pictured above: Oribe Supershine Moisturizing Cream ($52) and Oribe Volumista ($42).

"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

mousse and root lifting spray

Pictured above: Ouai Soft Mousse ($28) and Living Proof Full Root Lifting Hairspray ($20).

Glamsquad's creative director, Giovanni Vaccaro, swears by this duo for serious lift and volume from root to tip. A blowout with both of these would yield serious Brigitte Bardot vibes.

Hydrating Cream and Oil

oil and moisturizing cream

Pictured above: Moroccanoil Hydrating Styling Cream ($34) and Moroccanoil Treatment ($44).

"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

pomade and texturizing spray

Pictured above: Fatboy Perfect Putty ($21) and Amika Un.Done Texture Spray ($24).

Especially if you have soft, wavy texture, Vaccaro loves spritzing texturizing spray through roots and gently rubbing a bit of pomade into the ends of hair for a piece-y look.

Need a bit of a cheat sheet? Print this guide out, and keep it by your hair arsenal, or pin it and save for later to amplify your style.

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