Ever wondered why your hair looks and behaves like it’s been enchanted after being styled by a professional, when you can use the exact same products at home but be left with an entirely different result? No, it’s not a follicular version of witchcraft—it all comes down to how the products are used.
If you pay attention to your stylist (rather than cruising Byrdie Australia) during your appointment, you’ll notice something; they rarely apply products straight from the bottle or can. Instead, hairstylists often mix up a cocktail of products prior to applying them to your mop. Not only does this technique guarantee a more even application, it allows the stylist to tweak the end result.
This season we're preoccupied with preventing fluffy strands, so we reached out to celebrity stylist Kevin Murphy for three product cocktails specifically designed to nix the dreaded frizz.
Keep scrolling to see what they are!
This is a great blend for thin hair that can't tolerate heavy anti-frizz serums and oils. In fact, adding in a few pumps of a lightweight de-tangler actually ramps up the smoothing benefits. "A leave-in conditioner like Un.Tangled adds slip to the hair evening out the porosity, while an oil repairs dry hair by adding moisture. This is also an amazing combination for shine," advises Murphy.
"This is the perfect combination for adding volume and accentuating natural waves without the frizz," says Murphy. We couldn't agree more. A volumising spray adds oomph to the roots, while the curl lotion (in this case Murphy's own Motion.Lotion, $35) keeps the mid-lengths and ends soft and supple.
This one is less about styling and more about prep, because no matter how much styling trickery you have up your sleeves, fried hair will never truly behave. Murphy recommends a mixture of moisturising and strengthening masks to nourish strands. "This is the perfect treatment for dry, moisture depleted hair as you are adding the right amount of protein for strength and moisture for hydration," he says.
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