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Have you ever experienced great results from a styling product when your stylist applied it but had less than stellar results on your own? You may have perfected your product arsenal, but even if you have the perfect menagerie of styling aides you may struggle to achieve consistent results. When it comes to styling products, the amount you use, the order in which you layer, and the part of the strand you focus on can all have a big impact on the end result. Learn more about how to use your favorite products in the notes. –– Laura Martin
Dry shampoo is designed to absorb excess oil from the hair to lengthen the time between shampoos. For best results try using it before you need it. Misted into roots on the first day and the product will absorb oil before it accumulates and help hair retain volume. After you apply, massage the product into your scalp for extra root lift and maximum oil absorption.
Hairspray helps your style stay in place and fights off humidity, but it often gets a bad wrap for being hard or sticky. Usually these results aren’t the fault of the spray, but of the person applying it. Hairspray is designed to be applied 12”, a full foot, from the head. If sprayed from this distance, even the firmest hold sprays should leave hair pliable and brushable.
Mousse can produce impressive amounts of volume when applied to roots only, but too much of the product, especially on ends will weigh hair down, leaving it stiff and sticky. Over use can also reduce shine. Massage a quarter directly into roots for maximum benefits.
Hair Cream is great for smoothing and adding definition while retaining softness, but it’s easy to overuse. Keep application to the size of nickel and work in from the ends, staying at least  few inches from the roots.
Salt Spray works best when hair is already at least 80% dry. Don’t spray it on soaking wet hair, and don’t spray on before styling with a brush. Add this product before finishing a finger dry, or after drying with a brush and keep spray to a light, even mist. Overdoing it will leave hair tangly and rough.
Special thanks to Laura Martin for this post. Laura is a professional hair stylist, former senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, and a creative non-fiction MFA student at Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA. Follow her inspirations on twitter  
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