Hair Product Cocktails: 7 Pairings We Use Every Day
Like ingredients in a mixed drink, each product layered in our hair serves a different purpose. There's smoothing, hydrating, texturising—you name it, we've mixed it between our palms and run it through our strands. The fact is, some products work better together (like lime and tequila) than on their own. Below, each editor discusses the personalised hair cocktail they mix up every morning and why those offerings mesh well. Keep scrolling for all the deets.
Victoria Hoff, wellness editor
Hair Type: thick, curly
"While I currently take a low-maintenance approach to my hair, it took awhile (years, maybe?) to figure out the exact combination of products that allows my thick waves to air-dry the right way. Now it's simple: After towel-drying my hair (with a microfibre towel), I put equal parts Verb Curl Cream and La Tierra Sagrada Jojoba Oil ($53) in my hands, mix 'em together, and then coat *all* my hair with it. Then, rather than scrunching, I pick up the ends of my hair and shake them. It sounds weird, but scrunching can mess with the curl while shaking it lets it fall to its natural state. That's it—that's my entire hair routine. The curl cream helps coax out my natural bend, while the oil keeps it hydrated, glossy, and frizz-free. That jojoba oil also smells like palo santo, aka one of my favourite scents in the world, so that's a plus."
Dacy Knight, weekend editor
Hair Type: thick, wavy
"My daily hair routine is pretty straightforward and typically relies on just two products. Right after towel-drying my hair, I'll work in a bit of Oribe Supershine Moisturizing Cream while it's still damp. I almost always air-dry my hair—and typically refrain from using any tools like a straightener—so this cream makes my hair look more intentional and polished once it dries. I used to have a slight wave to my hair, but since chopping it off (I went from super-long hair to a bob), I feel like I've lost a lot of that texture and dimension. Now I'll use a few spritzes of Ouai Wave Spray ($40) to reclaim some of that beachy wave and add body to keep my shorter hair from falling flat."
Erin Jahns, assistant editor
Hair Type: fine, straight, dry
"Finding a manageable product regimen that plays nicely with my super-fine and extremely blonde hair is a constant uphill battle. Monthly colour sessions at the salon leave my strands parched, brittle, and craving hydration, and yet products labeled 'moisturising' or 'nourishing' quickly veer into 'drowned rat,' thanks to my thin texture—Blake Lively, I am not. Therefore, super-lightweight oils and leave-ins have been my saving grace for the past couple years. Regardless of whether I'm air- or blowdrying, the first product I apply to my towel-dried hair is Verb Ghost Oil. Made with blissfully lightweight moringa oil, it never over-saturates my hair, and the clear consistency is great for blondes looking to preserve a bright, fresh tone. Then, before gently combing out my damp strands, I'll apply a few healthy spritzes of a multitasking leave-in conditioner like Unite 7 Second Detangler ($30). More often than not, these are the only two products I'll use—ever. However, there is a time and place for some extra oomph, and on those days, I'll throw a volume spray into the mix pre-blowdry. If you hate the feeling of product in your hair but have high expectations when it comes to lasting volume, Tigi Catwalk Bodifying Spray ($24) is everything."
Audrey Noble, associate editor
Hair Type: long, thick, and dry
"When summer rolls around, my hair is a mess: I have oily roots and dry tumbleweeds for tips. After I shower, I wrap my hair in an Aquis towel for about 15 minutes; it sucks up the excess water and quickens the drying time without me having to rub a towel against my strands (which always causes breakage). When I unwrap it, and my hair is damp, I spritz on Christophe Robin Regenerating Hair Finish Lotion ($38) as a heat protectant from my hairdryer and to lock in moisture. After I blowdry it, I use Oribe Gold Lust Nourishing Oil at my ends since that's where my hair is the driest. I finish off with Oribe Impermeable Anti-Humidity Spray to make sure my at-home blowout stays intact, even on the most humid days."
Faith Xue, editorial director
Hair Type: thick, coarse, wavy
"As someone extremely blowdryer-averse, I count on a potent product cocktail to help me perfect the art of blowdrying: a leave-in cream and a super-light oil. Right now, I'm obsessed with R+Co High Dive Moisture Moisture + Shine Creme—I mix a dollop of it with a tiny drop of Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil ($58) and apply it through my damp strands after showering. When my hair is about 75% dry, I put it in a low braid, wait 10 minutes, and then I undo it and tousle my hair with my fingers. The result (when my hair doesn't hate me) is loose, shiny, bendy waves—no hot tools required."
Maya Allen, assistant editor
Hair Type: natural, curly, oily
"I wish I could have fun and cocktail a bunch of products on my natural hair, but my super-soft texture will turn into a greasy mess if I go overboard. My hairstyles switch up on the regular, but when I'm rocking natural curls, I'm obsessed with Pantene Gold Curl Defining Pudding. I apply a dime-size amount on my hands and massage it onto my curls from root to tip. It adds so much definition to the shape of my ringlets and also makes them smell heavenly. Next, I pump out one drop of Living Proof Satin Hair Serum and massage it onto the mid-shaft of my strands down to the ends. It leaves behind a pretty sheen without weighing down my curls. My hair gets dry quickly, so for extra hydration, I'll finish off with a spritz of Carol's Daughter Black Vanilla Moisture and Shine Leave-In Conditioner."
Hallie Gould, senior editor
Hair Type: fine, curly, prone to breakage
"I've tried so many different haircare combinations, searching for the perfect mixture to make my fine, dry curls look and feel healthy (and, fingers crossed, long). Recently, I've been using three pumps of Ouai Rose Hair & Body Oil ($50) throughout my hair from mid-shaft to ends. It's super silky and hydrating, but it doesn't weigh down my hair. Then, I've gotten into the habit of following up with Kevin Murphy Shimmer Me Blonde Spray, a colour-enhancing repairing treatment that nixes any lingering brassiness while also conditioning my curls. Together, they're like the gin and tonic of hair products."