Complete Guide to Hair Styling Products

By Rebecca Jenkinson, Beauty Writer

With our styling products guide, you can find out everything you need to know before buying or using the product including are styling products bad for hair and what are the best hair styling products. If you're ready to buy or want to see our selection, visit our hair styling products page.

Top Hair Styling Products Brands

  • Harry's
  • House 99
  • Paul Mitchell
  • Bumble and bumble
  • Color Wow
  • Amika

Hair Styling Products FAQs

Are styling products bad for hair?

Not necessarily. A lot of hair styling products are incredibly nourishing for your locks keeping your strands feeling strong and healthy. However, when not washed out properly some styling products can build up and could cause irritation to your scalp. If this does occur, it can be easily rectified with a scalp treatment or by regularly washing your hair.

Avoid nasty ingredients in hair styling products by using our ingredient preference search filters. You can choose styling products that are free from the likes of sulphates, parabens and mineral oils. And instead, you can easily find products that include nurturing components, such as shea butter, grapeseed oil and jojoba oil.

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What are the best hair styling products?

At Cosmetify, we have a collection of the best hair styling products in the business. Choose both luxury and affordable options from some of the best leading hair care brands, such as Bumble and bumble, Kérastase, John Frieda and Amika.

Finding your favourite styling product all depends on what hair style you want to create. Big, voluptuous curls? Take a look at our range of mousses, styling creams and lotions. Up-dos without a hair out of place? We recommend using strong hold hair sprays, gels and waxes. No matter your style, there's a product to suit every kind of hair type.

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What should I put on my hair before styling?

If you're styling your hair using heat styling tools, we recommend using the best heat protection products, whether it's in the form of a cream, gel, foam or spray. This not only helps protect your hair from damage caused by excessive heat, such as dryness and split ends, but it also helps provide a smooth and shiny finish. Protective styling products can also ensure your style lasts longer between washes.

If you're washing your hair you can also add nourishing oils and serums to your routine before styling. This ensures your strands are in tip top condition before applying any heat.

What products do hair stylists use?

Hair stylists use a range of products depending on their clients' hair type and the style they want to create. Popular products among hair stylist and hairdressers, include (but are certainly not limited to) OUAI, ghd, Living Proof and Paul Mitchell. Think volumizing sprays, nourishing protective foams, curl-enhancing creams and shine-boosting serums.

At Cosmetify you can find a wide variety of popular and hardworking hair styling products loved by beauty editors, influencers, stylists and A-listers alike. Use our handy price filter to find budget-friendly options that can help you achieve professional looking hair styles without breaking the bank or leaving the house.

Rebecca is a content writer with over three years’ experience and a keen interest in cosmetics. Cosmetify allows her to combine her blogging skills with her passion for beauty.