The majority of my clients request low-maintenance cuts and color. While I strive to achieve this, people need to understand a cut and color that is considered low-maintenance still needs some product and TLC by the client.

I’m sure everyone has heard the saying that we are “beauticians not magicians.” I will definitely show you how to maintain your color and cut between visits, but you will need to put forth a little effort.

Now, a quick lesson on products. Rule No. 1: Less is best. Rule No. 2: You get what you pay for.

All products range in price based on the quality of the ingredients in the product. Less expensive products are less expensive because they scrimp on the quality ingredients and use waxes and oils as fillers.

These waxes and oils will build up on the hair and weigh it down, especially shampoo and conditioner. Just because the label says “for color treated or damaged hair,” it doesn’t mean it will miraculously fix your dry damaged hair  or that it won’t eventually strip your color. The product might have an ingredient or two that will help but not when the majority of what’s in the bottle are useless additives.

It is counterproductive to spend money for a professional cut and color and then use drug store products. Spring for the better stuff and just use less of it. Your color and style will last longer and look better.

The function of mousse or root volumizer is for “volume.” It is to be applied on the roots in wet hair and then dried, pushing the hair in the opposite direction of the way it falls, to set the roots in a lifted manner.

Styling gel is for hold. Apply sparingly to wet hair and dry. It will help keep the style in place. It might leave the hair crunchy when too much is used.

Styling cream or pomade are both used on hair that tends to get fuzzy when drying. The cream will make hair softer and shiny while drying. It can be used both wet and dry hair. Pomade is greasier and should only be used in dry, thick, coarse hair to prevent frizzies by putting a barrier on the hair protecting it from the moisture in the air.

Salt spray, when sprayed on curly or wavy hair when wet or dry, will help curl to tighten. It should be combed through and left alone. Wax and putty can be used on dry hair sparingly to piece out texture.

Texture powder can be sprinkled on the roots of totally dry hair to give hair texture and lift. Dry shampoo can be used for this outcome as well, but both will feel tacky and hard to shampoo out of the hair.

Oils, like Moroccan and argon, are wonderful in this climate for naturally curly, wavy or frizzy hair to tame the halo of fuzz and contain curl pattern. These also should be used sparingly.

I hope this brief list will help in your decision in what products to choose and use. Proper use can make your great cut and color stay better and look amazing!

Joy Ross is owner of Style It Salon in Old Town Bluffton.