"Um... Hair, What?"
Certain words do not go together. Like, soggy and cereal or melted and ice cream. You may be thinking that words like wax and hair belong in this group of oxymorons but much to our surprise, this product is sweeping through the hair care industry and taking it by storm!
Until recently, hair wax's reputation was primarily for pixie cuts and men's styling.
Now, you can find a hair wax product for women's styling in hair care lines such as Redken, Paul Mitchell, and Kenra. It doesn't matter if you are rocking a TWA or 28" of Wavy Virgin Indian Hair from Private Label Extensions, anyone can benefit from using hair wax to maintain their style.
"So, What is Hair Wax?"
When you hear the word wax, you may be thinking about a stubborn-sticky substance used for hair removal. Or you're thinking of a scented wax melt that fills your home with fragrance. Either way, it might be difficult to understand why anyone would want to put wax in their hair.
Let me break it down: Hair wax is a versatile styling product that gives your style hold without compromising movement. Hair waxes have multiple benefits to your hair's health and your styling needs.
"Can't I Just Use Hairspray?"
There are many products on the market that mold and hold your hairstyle, but hair wax is the most versatile of them all.
Unlike hair spray, hair wax is suitable for both wet and dry hair and, when used correctly, does not leave a sticky residue on your hair or hands. Much like hair gels; hair waxes come in a variety of holds but never compromise body and flexibility.
You may be surprised to learn that many of the styles we see on the red carpet are styles done with hair wax. Hair waxes are ideal for long-term hold because the hair like with a hairspray does not quickly absorb the product.
Long and Smooth
When I first learned about hair wax, I never thought about using the product on long hair. After a little research, I discovered that many of the long sleek looks that I love are styles that used hair wax. Styles like Khloe Kardashian and Zendaya are known for wearing a middle part with long straight hair hanging on both sides.
The issue with wearing long hair is that over time, as gravity takes its toll, the hair loses its style. Because hair wax sits on top of the hair shaft, it works as a barrier that holds its form for hours – or even days! What key to getting this super smooth look is to use hair wax to eliminate flyaways.
Two Easy Steps:
Step 1: Start with a hair wax that offers shine. Try Carol's Daughter Mimosa Hair Honey Shine Pomade. Put a nickel-sized amount in your hand and rub it together until the wax begins to liquify.
Step 2: Start at the roots of your hair and rub the wax halfway down the hair shaft.
Tip: Set your style by loosely wrapping a silk or satin scarf around your head for five minutes. Make sure that you do not wrap it too tight or you will end up with creases in your hair. Once you remove the wrap, your flyaway hairs will lay down against your head leaving it shiny and uninformed.
A slicked-back ponytail is a style that effortlessly transitions from spinning class to the red carpet. Stars like Gabrielle Union and Beyoncé know how to rock a tight ponytail. Unlike the messy bun, a slicked-back ponytail is all about sophistication.
When you are styling your ponytail, make sure that all your hair is going in the same direction. Aveda Light Elements Defining Whip has a medium hold that won't build up on your hair, but just enough structure to provide the put-together look you desire.
Tip: Spice up your style by laying your edges. Apply a small amount of Private Label Edge Control to your edges. Use a soft boar bristle brush or the tail end of a fine-toothed comb to work the product into your edges to help keep your hair looking neat all night.
Hair Wax for Curly Styles
Hair wax is not only good for straight styles, but it also works great on curly styles as well! Celebs like Chrissy Teigen and Zoe Saldana are notorious for slaying loose beachy waves.
The duality between a hair waxes hold and its flexibility makes it the perfect product for tousled, casual styles. Use hair wax to perfect your messy-haired look with these simple steps:
Step 1: After curling your hair, scoop a small amount of wax onto your fingertips. Try Redken Water Wax 03 Texturizing Pomade. The water-based formula does not leave any residue, and the product is flexible to wear in your hair for days without drying your hair out or making your hair sticky.
Step 2: Twist the ends of your hair around your fingers in the direction of your curl.
Step 3: Take the remaining wax and tousle your roots to add volume and texture throughout your style.
Tip: Add volume to your hair by using a touch of hair wax on your roots. Then, use a dryer with a diffuser attachment to set it.
Hair Wax for Textured Hair
It's pretty apparent that hair wax is a jack of all trades. The conditioning elements of hair wax make it an excellent product for kinky hair textures. Unlike gels, hair wax does not leave the hair hard, so it's ideal for those who wish to style and restyle their hair without shampooing out the hardness.
Hair waxes are perfect for styling natural hair into styles like kinky puffs or protective buns and, it can also be used to tame those stray hairs on braids keeping them looking neat and fresh for weeks.
Follow these simple steps to refresh your braids after a wash:
Step 1: Towel dry your braids by leaning to one side and allowing your braids to hang downward.
Step 2: Wrap the towel around your braids and gently squeeze any excess water out.
Step 3: Once you have dried your braids to the point where they are no longer dripping water, rub together a generous amount of hair wax in your hands.
Step 4: In a downward motion, apply the wax down the strand of each braid, lightly coating them. Make sure you do not use too much wax.
Tip: Use a little extra wax on the ends of your braids to seal them from unraveling.
Don't Knock It ‘til You Try it!
You may still be a little unsure about exploring the world of hair waxes but write off this product just yet! Hair waxes provide more than hold to your style.
Many also have conditioning properties, add volume, and offer tons of shine. With so many benefits in one product, it's worth giving it a shot!
Have you tried hair wax on your long extensions? Leave a comment below and tell me what's your favorite way to use hair wax!
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