Styling product tips for new hair
With some fresh ideas you will discover the steps to take whilst your hair is in a transition from new hair growth into a style you would like. We hope that the ideas below will help your creativity to flow into new ideas for your hair.
- Planning your desired hair style
- A helpful hairdresser can make all the difference
- Styling tips for new hair
Planning your desired hair style
One good way to plan your desired style is to create a ‘Visual Style Board’. This is where you create a visual plan of what style you may like to work towards. It is an ideal visual aid for a hairdresser to understand how to guide you in your choice of types of cut and colour.
Visual Style Board - to do this you will need:
Magazines to select styles or if online look for relevant websites
Some pictures of your style before hair loss
A picture of you in your wig/scarf/bare head
Two pieces of A4 card (standard letter size) stuck together or large piece of card
A cuppa and a friend are good extras!
1. Start by sticking pictures of your old hairstyle (before hair loss) in the top left corner
2. Next to and below this stick pictures of you in your wig, scarf etc.
3. Now fill the bottom right corner with images of your desired style e.g. long bob
4. In-between styles you like - find pictures of styles that start short and gradually get longer until you have made some picture steps from your current hair length, through styles you like until you reach your desired look
Have some fun with this idea and take it along to a helpful hairdresser to discuss your ideas.
A helpful hairdresser can make all the difference
It is normal to have some concerns about having your first hair cut. Even if your current hair is very short it can be really worthwhile to have a chat with a hairdresser.
Many hairdressers are used to helping people to plan their new style and all good hairdressers will offer you a free consultation to discuss your ideas. If you are still wearing a wig or scarf you can always ask to discuss your needs in a private room where you feel comfortable. Take a look in our section Cutting new hair for more tips.
Styling tips for new hair
You will be amazed at how a little bit of product can create texture and calm unruly hair – even if it is very short. Here are some tips:
An ideal light weight conditioner is a good option for new hair and especially curls, dry and afro hair as it provides a great extra protective layer for new hair and light weight moisture. Most formulas are light enough that you can layer additional styling products on top if required.
Look for oils rather than serums. The difference is that hair will absorb essential and natural oils. Whereas some serum base products can sit onto the hair making it feel sticky and gooey, whereas a natural oil will be absorbed.
Soft mousse is ideal for fine hair that is static. A stronger mousse may have a higher alcohol content or feel sticky and tacky which can make your hair feel dry. Mousse is great for adding texture. Apply a little on wet hair, style as required. Mousse can also be used when the hair is dry to scrunch in a more defined curl or de-fluff flyaway hairs. Unlike some gels and waxes, mousse should not be too oily or overload the hair.
A pomade is lighter than a wax. It is ideal to add into hair when dry and will help to define and add light texture your style. Great for taming frizz and dry ends. Ideal for new hair growth and finer hair types to get rid of static and add a gentle shine.
Wax is good for really unruly hair as it is strong and can help mould and manipulate your style, holding it in place. It is good for controlling frizz and curls.
If you need a gel, look for an Aloe Vera base because this will be much more moisturising. Good to help encourage spiky textures.
A shine spray will give your style a lovely glossy finish without weighing down your hair.
Next planned review: February 2020