Hair Product Duo’s



sea salt texture spray, leave-in conditioning spray, clarifying shampoo, smoothing product, hairspray, deep conditioner

If you love to use products like I do, you may find that overtime you’ll develop some less than ideal hair issues. This isn’t always the case, but it’s never a bad idea to try to counteract the potentially unpleasant actions of one product with another.

For my texture lovers, if you use a sea salt spray to add some bulk and texture to your otherwise lifeless hair, make sure you are conditioning generously with a good, nourishing conditioning product. Always use regular rinse-out conditioner on the daily, but add a leave-in into your routine as well. Most sea salt sprays are incredibly drying. And while they can give hair a really cool effect, if overused you may end up having to cut some length off due to irreparable ends. Avoid getting to that point by pairing a leave-in conditioning spray with your sea salt spray.

Are you beating humidity and flyways with a smoothing cream? Smoothing creams are fantastic for adding  a little bit of weight to the hair in order to help it lay down and stay straight. Unfortunately, build up of heavy products can lead to a waxy feeling on the hair shaft. It can also make hair a lot heavier than it needs to be. Use a clarifying shampoo once a week or so to clean off the hair shaft and avoid build up. If you color your hair, look for a clarifying shampoo that is safe for color!

Are you an avid hairspray user like I am? Good. But also bad because hairspray can be rather drying. Make sure you use a deep conditioner a couple times a month to keep your locks in tip-top shape. The way I look at it, I’ll never stop using hair spray, but I will attempt to counteract the dryness with a super nourishing deep conditioner.

These products are all great aids in helping your hair style beautifully, and as long as you are taking care of you hair simultaneously, you should be able to use them forever.

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Comments (48)

  1. Susan says
    Posted June 10, 2014

    Any suggestions for those who will be in the pool a lot this summer?

    • Kate says
      Posted June 10, 2014

      A clarifying shampoo will clean off residue, and make sure to use a great leave-in conditioner as well!

      • Susan says
        Posted June 10, 2014

        Thanks so much!

  2. Rachael says
    Posted June 10, 2014

    Great information about sea salt spray,I had no idea! What about frequent dry shampoo users?

    • Kate says
      Posted June 10, 2014

      A clarifying shampoo is a good idea every once in awhile!

  3. Angela says
    Posted June 10, 2014

    I use the Lush sea salt spray. I love the texture it gives but I find it is very drying on my already over-processed dry hair. I must try that treatment hair mask, it sounds great! It’s a ten is already on my list! Great tips.

    • Kate says
      Posted June 10, 2014

      It’s a 10 is perfect for that!

  4. Shannon says
    Posted June 10, 2014

    Can you recommend a clarifying shampoo for color treated hair? I love your blog!!

    • Kate says
      Posted June 10, 2014

      I did! It’s the one I talked about!

      • shannon says
        Posted June 11, 2014

        omg. i’m sure i was having a major loss of brain mommy moment here. LOL. yes… i did see what you had already recommended…i just didn’t know that i saw it! lol

  5. Chelsea says
    Posted June 10, 2014

    I am so glad you posted this! I’ve been looking for some new products to try. My hair tends to get used to the product and get greasy, YUCK! I love it’s a 10! and the Kenra products!

  6. Posted June 10, 2014

    This is really helpful, especially since I use hairspray practically every day! I need to look into a deep conditioner!

  7. Rebecca says
    Posted June 10, 2014

    I got some “it’s a 10” free with a shampoo purchase (bonus!!) and love it. I try to use it along with a smoothing serum every week or so, especially if I’ve been out in the sun or have used a sea salt spray in my hair. Works like a charm! Thanks for the tips.

  8. Posted June 10, 2014

    I have naturally curly hair, so I really like to use a sea salt spray to add some definition…I’ll have to pair it with It’s a 10! Thank you ma’am!

  9. Jamie says
    Posted June 10, 2014

    I have been looking for a really good clarifying shampoo that is safe for colored hair- thanks for the Pureology info.!

  10. Posted June 10, 2014

    So is it safe to use salt spray on colored hair? I recently added red to my hair and I love using salt spray during the summber but have been afraid of using it in fear it will fade my color faster. Do you have any other product recommendations for salt spray besides the one you listed? Thanks!

    • Kate says
      Posted June 10, 2014

      Yep, it’ll just dry it out a bit faster than usual!

  11. Emily says
    Posted June 10, 2014

    In anticipation of (hopefully) being pregnant soon, a post on hair dos and don’ts while pregnant would be much appreciated! Especially in regards to coloring/highlighting and products to avoid or to combat hair changes. Thanks!

    • Kate says
      Posted June 10, 2014

      That’s such a personal decision between you and your doctor. All of my do’s may be someone else’s don’ts so I probably won’t do a blog post about it because it’s really a personal decision. Talk to your doctor! 🙂

  12. Julie J says
    Posted June 10, 2014

    Hi Kate, does It’s a 10 compare at all to RedKen Anti-Snap?

    • Kate says
      Posted June 10, 2014

      Not really, they are pretty different!

  13. Kayla says
    Posted June 10, 2014

    Great suggestions! I’ve never considered how drying sea salt spray is, but duh!

  14. Janet says
    Posted June 10, 2014

    I just started using salt spray, and I did not realize that it would dry my hair out, though now it does seem obvious, and I’ll start doing more conditioning. Will the leave in conditioner affect the results of the salt spray if I use them at the same time? Seems like it might take away some of that rough texture, no?

  15. Bonnie says
    Posted June 10, 2014

    Kate, have you experienced It’s a 10 getting too thick in the bottle? Mine has gotten too thick to spray. I’m taking the lid off and using what is sticking on the “stem” in the bottle. Doesn’t seem like it should do that.

    • Kristine says
      Posted June 10, 2014

      I’ve used the It’s a 10 spray for years now and have never had that happen… Maybe you got a bad batch?? Or maybe it sat for a while and just clogged the sprayer?? Maybe try soaking the sprayer and straw in warm water to rinse it out.

  16. Allison says
    Posted June 10, 2014

    Thanks for the advice! I use hairspray regularly, so I’m going to need to invest in a deep conditioner. Thanks again!

    xoxo Allison over at Allison’s Eye

  17. Kaelyn says
    Posted June 10, 2014

    Love these words of advice, especially for the sea salt spray obsessive usage that I have! Have you ever used the LUSH sea salt spray and if you have do you like it or not?

  18. Kelly says
    Posted June 10, 2014

    Do you have a favorite website for ordering beauty supplies?

  19. Vicki Molnar says
    Posted June 10, 2014

    Good to know about all these products. I love sea salt spray and use hairspray everyday (some times more than once) I recently started using It’s a 10 and my hair already feels better. I deep conditioning treatment works well too. If anyone goes to a Redken salon, your stylist can apply one of there deep conditioning treatments after shampooing.
    Thanks for the great advice Kate!

  20. Lynda Day says
    Posted June 10, 2014

    Just out of curiosity but I can only pull up your hair tutorials on braided hair. Where are the others?

    • Ashton says
      Posted June 11, 2014

      I am having the same problem as well 🙁

  21. Heather says
    Posted June 11, 2014

    I’ve used it’s a 10 for about 3 years and love it! I don’t like to feel product in my hair and I don’t feel this but it definitely helps protect against heat styling

  22. Sarah says
    Posted June 11, 2014

    I use the No. 4 Super Comb Prep and Protect on a daily basis and I wonder if it would be enough conditioning to use with my sea salt spray or I should go with something stronger?

    I love your blog and you give the greatest advice! I’ve picked up so many tips!

  23. Mia says
    Posted June 11, 2014

    Do you recommend sea salt for wavy hair that sort of poofs up in the humidity? That’s my hair texture and all though a good blow out is ok I really like to just leave it be in the summer but then I get the wavy, not so wavy look. What do you recommend for just letting it air dry but being able to add a little more definition to the waves/curles?

  24. Caity S says
    Posted June 11, 2014

    Hello! I am a hairstylist who enjoys your blog. I love sharing your tutorials on doing your own hair at home with my guests!! I really like this product guide; great advice!! Keep up the amazing work; you are a wonderful inspiration as a new mom who still finds time for her passions.

    Best wishes!

  25. Jen says
    Posted June 14, 2014

    I remember watching your hair tutorials on YouTube a while ago! I am so glad things are going great for you! I love all of your tutorials and your blog. I just started blogging and you are such an inspiration. Thank you for all of your great insights and tips on pretty much everything! 🙂

    Best wishes to you and your family!

  26. Laurie says
    Posted June 14, 2014

    Definitely going to have to get its a 10! But I have a question for you about using gel though – I have curly hair and use Redken Full Swirl, Ringlet and their gel in differing combinations every couple a days when I wash and style my hair. Is there anything in particular like a leave-in treatment I should be using to counteract the gel? I’ve heard gel can be pretty drying. Thanks!

  27. Posted June 15, 2014

    Do you have any video of that? I’d care to find out some additional information.

  28. amanda says
    Posted June 17, 2014

    Duos. It’s duos. No apostrophe needed to make a word plural.

  29. Carolyn says
    Posted June 20, 2014

    I’m no hair professional, but I’m glad I already follow this!
    Carolyn | BLOG

  30. Sarah says
    Posted June 23, 2014

    “It’s a 10 Miracle Shampoo” is pretty much the only shampoo I trust nowadays. I have quite a dry scalp but my hair can be a little oily, I find this shampoo is the perfect middle way point between the two. It works great at preventing the itchiness that I get from my dry scalp, but doesn’t make my hair too greasy like some dry scalp shampoos. Highly recommended!

  31. Kayla says
    Posted August 6, 2014

    I used to have really thick hair, and really long and I had lots of volume! Now I have really long hair, almost to my butt and doesn’t have much volume anymore. I can’t find the aquage uplifting anywhere, and tease seems to fall out half way through. Do you have any suggestions to help gets lots of volume for me?!?! I miss not having that volume! Thanks.

  32. Shannon says
    Posted February 28, 2015

    I have been using Treseme hair spray for as long as I can remember, thinking it was the PERFECT product. I work in television and found that it never left my hair feeling sticky at the end of the day. However, after trying your recommended Kenra spray I was FLOORED. I never realized how much the other hairspray was weighing my hair down or how MUCH I was using! Thank you so much for introducing me to this product. I really hate the smell, but it’s a small con compared to all the pros. Your blog is fantastic!

  33. Posted August 14, 2015

    Amazing product for making classy hair! specially one the spray.

  34. Charlotte Henry says
    Posted November 9, 2015

    Tried Kenra hairspray but the smell is so icky. Alternatives?

  35. Posted December 12, 2016

    Hello, can you please recommend me the one clarifying shampoo for my dry hair? And how much should i use in a week?