In Defense of Using More Than One Hair Styling Product

Victoria Moorhouse
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My medicine cabinet shelves are loaded with hairstyling products. Dry shampoo, smoothing serum, hairspray, volumizing mousse, spray, paste—you name it. I used to feel bad about it and often wondered if I really needed all these tubs, tubes, and cans to master a look. Isn’t one enough? Well, according to pros, stocking up and (more importantly!) using multiple hair products could very well be the secret to a good hair day.

While we’d love to admit there’s one do-it-all, miracle product out there, a perfect hairstyle is often the compilation of many different formulas. The concept is called “hair cocktailing,” and there are a few very valid reasons for it.

For starters, many of your favorite products are made to do one thing. “Most products typically serve one or two specific purposes,” explains Suave Celebrity Hairstylist Jenny Cho. “Because most looks require several stylistic elements, using a multitude of different products is often necessary. You get different benefits from different types of products. For example, if you use a mousse, you’ll get body; but if you use an oil, you’ll get shine. Combining products will allow you to maximize your look.”

Hairstylist and Founder of Kennaland, Kenna, agrees. “Yes, it’s super important to make a hair cocktail,” he says. “I always use at least 2 products, sometimes up to 4!”

So if you wanted a textured, voluminous ponytail, only using dry shampoo might not cut it—or get you anywhere close to the look you desire.

Using multiple hair products will also allow you to control certain areas of the hair. “I often will use one product at the root, because it has better lift, and another through the mid lengths to ends that will have the hold I’m looking for without the weight. Plus, I always finish with a spray,” says Hairstylist Nate Rosenkranz.

According to Cho, sometimes you use multiple products to build a specific texture. She says that she’ll use one product from base-to-ends and then add in others, like creams and oils, to other areas of the hair except at the root. For example, when Cho creates textured waves, she’ll spray the entire head with Suave Professionals Sea Mineral Infusion Texturizing Sea Salt Spray ($5,, rough dry, and then apply Suave Professionals Refresh and Revive Dry Shampoo ($3, for even more texture.

While a magical hair care product that does everything isn’t realistic, that’s not to say there aren’t solid multitasking formulas out there. “Some [products] have a light gold with UV protection, conditioning, and moisturizing properties. I wouldn’t say there is a definitive “Do It All” product, but it would also depend on the style you’re going for,” notes Rosenkranz.

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