Do you have a cabinet full of face lotions & moisturizers that you don’t use anymore? They can be used in lieu of styling products. Simply work moisturizer into the body and ends of your hair, avoiding the roots. Oil-free lotions give a naturally textured, piece-y look that looks sexy and tousled (work extra lotion into separate strands). More emollient moisturizers will provide smoothness, shine and soft control. Both types of moisturizers will help zap frizz and prevent fly-away without that crunchy, sticky texture you often get with hair gels and hairsprays. This is also a great tip for those who don’t use any styling products but would like to try something that naturally styles hair. It’s hard to mess up because you can put a good amount of moisturizer on your hair without feeling any residue. It also washes away easily leaving no build-up!
Why do this? If you breakout easily, avoiding extra hair products is something you want to seriously consider. Styling products are made with harsh, often pore-clogging ingredients and having our hair so close to our face leads to breakouts associated with hair products. You often see this as breakouts along the hairline and on the sides of the face. Another reason to avoid styling products is that these products leave a lot of residue in the hair that is difficult to wash away (even with clarifying shampoos!). Overtime, it dulls the surface of the hair, leaving lackluster locks. Using easy-to-rinse moisturizers will leave your natural hair much cleaner and shinier.
Bonus: it feels good to know you’re finally going to use up that cabinet-full of useless potions and forgettable sample packets!