As a freelancer, I get the chance to try out new hair products all the time. Sometimes fashion shows I work on are sponsored by hair care companies who give us products to use on the show and take home at the end of the day (if/when there are leftovers). As you know, hair products can sometimes be pricey and as a hairstylist, you can go through it pretty quickly - not to mention how heavy lugging all these products around in my kit can be. Needless to say, sponsored fashion shows are mostly a plus and one of the best parts is that you end up using the products in ways you wouldn't have thought of before.
Backstage is how I first discovered Kerastase Mousse Bouffante and Bumble and Bumble Semi Sumo wax. Mousse is a classic volumizing product to be used on damp hair and waxes are typically used on shorter hair for shine and definition, and almost always on dry hair. I now use both products on damp hair to create a classic, smooth blowouts on straight, fine to medium hair. The way I use them is:
- I apply the Mousse Bouffante on damp hair from roots to ends. This gives you the right texture so you can create as much volume as you'd like while blowing it out and also adding thickness to finer hair so it can be shaped in whichever way you prefer.
- I take a small dab of Semi Sumo and rub it between my hands. I apply the wax directly after the mousse by gathering the hair as if I'm going to put it in a ponytail and then twist the ends together with the product in my hands. This distributes just the right amount of Semi Sumo on the hairline, along the surface of the hair, and into the ends.
- I then blowdry the hair with a Mason Pearson or my favorite round brush, this is great on its own or also gives a good base for curls, up-dos or braids. I don't use too many products because straight, fine hair doesn't really need a lot, and the results are always a smooth, shiny blow out with the perfect amount of volume.