We'll start, of course, with my number 5 favorite (gotta preserve the suspense, after all) It's a 10 Miracle Daily Conditioner/TIGI Superstar Spray Detangler. I hate to start with a tie, (yes, read it again, that was two products) but honestly, these product are my go to detangler and styling prep sprays, but for completely opposite hair types. It's a 10 is fabulous for smoothing and detangling course, thick, and frizzy/curly hair types. It adds a nice bit of softness, and helps smooth the cuticle to add shine. And as an added bonus, the same product is offered with Keratin added to help extend the life of your Keratin Smoothing Treatment! TIGI Superstar on the other hand, while a fabulous detangler as well, is designed for fine, thin, or limp hair, and it actually does add thickness without drying or damaging the hair in the process.
Number 4 on the list is Kenra Styling Creme. This product is used by me and my associate Kristin, almost every day, for lightweight texture and hold with a matte finish. It is great for detailing curly hair, adding texture to finer hair types, and is used on almost all of our male clients for simple, but long lasting style. As a matter of fact, I think it's our number one selling product in the salon. It's inevitably on our stations, however, because it seems to last forever! A little dab'll do ya for sure!
Coming in at number 3 is Aquage Uplifting Foam. If I could only have one styling product in the salon, it would most likely be this feather light mouse, with amazing lifting power. It's not stiff, and it's almost impossible to use too much! It can be used on just about any hair type, and even comes with a nifty applicator nozzle to put the product exactly where you need it...your roots!
Stylist's Tip: the roots are the only place a product can work to give you lift, think leverage.
Rounding out our list at number 2, is TIGI Afterparty. I use it on any client I need to control frizz, fight static, add shine, or help fight off humidity . It's almost never on my station unfortunately, because I use it up so amazingly fast! I use it to finish about %80 of my clients, and though you don't need much, and my clients' bottles last forever, I go through it like candy. It's a smooth, light, cream based shine product that absolutely disappears after a few minutes in your hair. I've never had it be greasy, but the added mica makes this product shine like a superstar.
And now, of course, your wondering about my favorite product, right? No question at all, my number 1personal favorite product is the product I use on my hair, my husband's hair, my son's hair, my mother's hair, and any of my dozens of clients who crave a strong, flexible hold that can be used for anything from a mohawk (that would be me), all the way to practically every bridal style I've ever done. Aquage Transforming Paste can be heavy and greasy in the wrong hands, but with the right knowhow, this is my personal choice for an amazing variety of jobs.
I'd like to add that these are my top 5 favorites, at the moment, but not by any means the products I would recommend to every, or even most clients. Products are so specialized these days that anybody who walks through the door may have the perfect product waiting for them that's not on this list, so don't be afraid to branch out, or come by and ask!
Owner, and Master Stylist
Cobalt Salon & Gallery