Mixology: How to Cocktail Your Hair Products

When it comes to creating individual style, you may need to combine products to get the look you want, whether it’s beachy waves or sleek, shiny hair. You’ll have to experiment at first to find out which combinations work best for your hair type and style. 

Select your hair products based on their promised benefits. If you want lots of volume, look for “volume” or “volumizing” on the label.  Read the directions—even if you don’t plan to follow them. It’s a good idea to know how the product is intended to be used and if there are any warnings. You’ll also want to think about basic chemistry. An oil-based product won’t mix well with a water-based product. You could end up with a gloppy mess.

Armed with these basic rules, here are some recipes for achieving specific looks. Feel free to make adjustments as needed!

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For Sleek, Shiny Hair

Ingredients:
Paul Mitchell Round Trip and Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum

Recipe:
Mix a heat-styling protectant, like Paul Mitchell Round Trip with a hair gloss, such as Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum. The heat spray helps prevent damage and smooths hair, while the gloss delivers a shiny finish.

Pairing these two will create a frizz-free style with lots of healthy shine. We recommend starting with a dime-size amount of both products and combining them in your palm. You can always add more product if you need it, but you can’t take it away if you overdo it.

For Natural Volume

Ingredients:
It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-in Spray and It’s a 10 Miracle Blowdry Volumizer

Recipe:
Mix a detangling and volumizing spray. This duo delivers added volume and hair that moves without weighing it down.

Start by spraying your hair all over with the detangling spray. Next, apply volumizing spray to your roots only. Blow dry all the way through. Two products that work great together are It’s a 10 Leave-in Spray and It’s a 10 Miracle Blowdry Volumizer.

For Beachy Waves

Ingredients:
Redken Curvaceous Conditioner and Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Texturizing Sea Spray

Recipe:
If you have thick hair, the trick is creating those whimsical beach waves without too much volume. Our style experts recommend using a bit of Redken Curvaceous Conditioner as a leave-in styling conditioner. Mix it with some Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Texturizing Sea Spray to give your locks a slightly wavy textures and keep frizz away.

Ask your stylist for more recipes and recommendations to help create your unique look.

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