Best Salon Hair Products Staring at the mountain of salon hair products can be really intimidating! Unless you're considering one of the updos for your prom, the formal hairstyles for a wedding or hairstyles celebrity hairdressers have conceived, the post-haircut styling is usually fairly rushed. Yet how do you choose the best products for you from the endless offering of gels, pomades, hairsprays, mousses, blow dryers, flat irons and brushes? Hair expert Mark Garrison wrote a great article in Ladies Home Journal to help demystify some of the various salon hair styling products out there. If you have straight or slightly wavy hair and desire sexy curly hairstyles, then you'll need these salon hair products: curlers, hair spray and a volumizing mousse. Section your slightly damp hair into small tendrils around curlers, keeping in mind that the more sections you create, the more volume you'll have. Allow your hair to dry, then hairspray each curl and add mousse to the roots for added lift. As you blow dry, hit the roots first to get the height you need. Try Big Sexy hairspray, Aveda Air Control or Paul Mitchell's Worked Up. If you have a more extreme style and don't want your hair to move even an inch, then try Rave, which is the hairspray brand of Mohawk-wearers, or Aussie Instant-Freeze. If you have perpetually dry, damaged looking hair, then you'll need the following salon quality hair products: moisturizing shampoo, deep conditioner, silicone spray or gel sheen. After shampooing, use a deep conditioner for additional moisture, leaving it on for 3-5 minutes before rinsing. Add a silicone spray evenly on dry hair, steering clear of the roots, which will avoid build up on the scalp. A gel sheen can be used if the silicone spray isn't efficient enough. For shampoo/conditioners try Aveda Smooth Infusion, Kenra Deep Conditioner, Redken All Soft Conditioner, Redken Extreme Deep Fuel, Redken Chemistry System, BioSilk Therapy Conditioner, K-PAK shampoo and conditioner, K-PAK Deep Penetrating Reconstructor, Bedhead Superstar shampoo/conditioner, or Aveda Damage Remedy, all of which won 2007-2008 salon awards for their excellence. For your spray, try John Frieda Frizz Ease Corrective Styling Gel with Encapsulated Silicone. If you are a professional salon hair stylist, then you should be recommending your salon hair products. According to the latest statistics, 68% of clients say they have never been asked to purchase salon hair styling products, but $2.6 billion is spent each year on hair care products sold through salons. First, you can keep your clients happier by offering them a product you know is simply better than the store brand products they're using. The biggest complaint in one hair survey was that clients felt they could achieve the same look at home, so using high-end products to style their hair and offering them your secrets will cement them as your client. You'll be building your credibility as a knowledgeable stylist, and clients respect that. Additionally, you will retain over 90% of your clients if they are purchasing three or more hair products from you. Studies show clients who are not buying are 60% more likely to try somewhere else. Lastly, offering the products is virtually effortless on your part, yet retail sales may yield as much as 15-35% of your salon's overall volume.