The Magic of Hair Primers
Here at Garnish you know we LOVE to give you our favorite tips and tricks to make your hair look as amazing as it possibly can. While brainstorming fave tips to tell you about next, it hit us that there is a best kept secret in the beauty industry: PRIMERS.
What are Hair Primers?
If you’re into makeup at all you probably know all about face primer. There are tons of different face primers that all offer different benefits, but their underlying purpose is still the same.
They improve your makeup application, and how your makeup works. Hair primers are the exact same. They can come in the form of shampoo and conditioner, masks, prep sprays, and heat protectants, but they all have the same purpose. Ensuring your hair is in the best possible condition to improve the efficacy of your other products. If this concept is new to you, then allow us to tell you all about how adding just one priming product into your hair care routine can completely change the game.
Hair Primer: The WASH
Prep shampoos and conditioners can come in different forms. Having a quality shampoo and conditioner that provides what your hair needs is a great foundation in general, however, there are certain ones designed specifically to prep your hair for styling. Davines’ Your Hair Assistant Prep Shampoo’s main purpose is gently removing residue from styling products and natural elements to provide a clean slate.
The Prep Conditioners that go along with it hydrate and detangle, to leave the hair in great condition for however you plan to style it. We also include co-washes in this category. Co-wash is a gentle cleanser that conditions while washing. It’s perfect in-between full shampoos and gets the hair to a great balance of clean and conditioned without having to do a full shampoo/conditioner process.
Some of our fave co-washes are Kevin Murphy’s Re.Store, Davines’ LOVE Curl Cleansing Cream, and R+Co’s Analog Foaming Cleanser. The final product we’ll mention in this section is R+Co’s Palm Springs Pre-Shampoo Treatment Mask.
It’s a super versatile product that provides a burst of nourishment and hydration for damaged, colored, or dry hair. It can be used on dry hair before shampooing, as a traditional mask between shampoo and conditioner, and as a super-hydrating co-wash. For hair that needs a little extra nourishment, this can be just what it needs to be properly “prepped” for styling.
Hair Primer: The SPRAYS
The great thing about prep sprays and primers is that they are lightweight enough to be used on every hair type and texture, and still provide amazing benefits. They add hydration (all hair can use a little bit of hydrating), even out porosity (which smooths the hair strands and allows a more even application of other products), reduce frizz, and add shine.
We love Davines’ DEDE Hair Mist because it’s such a delicate leave-in that it’s great for damaged or fine hair. R+Co’s One Prep spray is bomb because it can literally benefit every hair type and texture in some way because one of it’s main focuses is balancing out the hair’s moisture and porosity.
And Davines’ Your Hair Assistant Blowdry Primer works to smooth, add body, and speed up drying time. All three of these sprays help provide a great base for any other products you choose to use to style your hair whether you let it dry naturally or blow it out.
Also in the spray category is Davines’ Melu Heat Protectant. Melu is great because it pairs really well with another prep product. It is designed specifically to protect your hair from the heat of a blow dryer or hot tools, so added to one of the aforementioned prep sprays creates the perfect base for heat styling.
If you’re interested in knowing which primer will best assist your hair and the efficacy of your other hair products talk to your stylist next time you’re in the studio or give us a call. We love helping you find the perfect solution to your hair needs!