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 curly hair that you want straight, then you'll need the following salon hair products: a straightening balm, a blow-dryer and a flat iron. When your hair is damp, apply the straightening balm from the tips to an inch before the roots, combing through evenly to distribute. Then blow dry your hair using a large, round brush and flat iron the rest for that super sleek look. Some of the best straight looks, like Jennifer Aniston's signature look, are called "Sedu hairstyles" and are done with a Sedu flat iron. To straighten, you can also use BioSilk Silk Therapy Smoothing Solution, TIGI Bed Head Control Freak Extra Extra Straight Hair Straightener or Redken Straight Hair Straightening Balm. If you already have curly hair but desire more defined tresses, then try mixing a leave- in conditioner with styling gel, then finger-combing it through your damp hair, section by section, but avoiding the roots, and allow your hair to dry naturally. Pomades also work but are a bit greasier than other professional salon hair styling products. 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. While we're pressed for time more often than not, we all lust for professional salon hair all the time. Ideally, we'll reserve at least 20 minutes to style and manipulate our hair before we leave the house or we'll find new hairstyles that allow us to have "wash and wear hair," requiring little to no maintenance. Salon hair products deliver the premium ingredients and the proven technology to hold our hair perfectly all day long. We'll also encounter less breakage and purchase less often, which makes professional salon hair styling products an all-around better deal.