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How To: Mix and Match Your Hair Styling Products

Mixology isn’t just for happy hour — knowing how to craft the perfect cocktail is equally invaluable when it comes to styling surfer-worthy beach waves or a polished, bouncy blow dry. Not sure how to combine shine sprays, volumising mousses, moisturising creams, and sculpting pomades to create a customised effect? Master the art of mixing and matching — aka “cocktailing” — your hair products with this easy to use guide.

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To Activate Your Natural Waves

Sea salt spray + styling cream

Run a lightweight styling cream like Bumble and bumble. Don’t Blow It Hair Styler through damp hair to prevent hair from frizzing as it air dries. Spritz on a sea salt spray — we love texture-boosting Bumble and bumble. Surf Spray — and scrunch to bring out your natural waves. Once your hair is dry, add a few more pumps of salt spray for mermaid-worthy ripples that last all day.

To Boost Your Blowout’s Volume

Mousse + volumising spray

Supersize your hair with this recipe for serious volume. Mist your damp hair with Bumble and bumble. Thickening Spray, which helps plump strands and creates a foundation for your style. Add Bumble’s Thickening Full Form Mousse to the roots for lift and through the lengths for hold, then blow dry with a round brush.

To Resuscitate Dirty Hair

Dry shampoo + gloss

If your second day hair has a split personality, two products are better than one. Degrease your roots with a few shakes of dry shampoo (we’re addicted to Bumble and bumble. Pret-a-Powder), then polish frizzed out ends with a gloss-boosting oil. Bumble and bumble. Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil smooths flyaways and seals hair’s cuticle with shine to spare.

To Defuzz and Define Curls

Leave-in conditioner + primer

Curl patterns are like fingerprints: no two are the same. That’s why curly girls are pros at creating custom product cocktails. One combo that works well for a wide range of textures? Leave-in conditioner for moisture, combined with gel to help ringlets hold their shape. Bumble and bumble. Curl Conditioner hydrates curls for softness and shine, while Bumble and bumble. Curl Pre-Style/ Re-Style Primer shapes droop-proof spirals and keeps frizz at bay.

To Go Sleek, Straight, and Shiny

Heat protectant + balm

If you’re heat styling your hair into submission, you need a duo that protects against damage and adds major shine. Prep damp hair with a heat protectant like Bumble and bumble. Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Primer, which adds lustre and volume as it defends against your dryer’s heat. Before you fire up your straighteners, smooth a coin-sized dollop of Bumble and bumble. Straight Blow Dry through your ends for strands that gleam.

For Perfectly Piece-y Short Hair

Creme + hairspray

Short-haired girls can benefit from layering products, too. Use your fingertips to apply a styler styler like Bumble and bumble. All-Style Blowdry to tousle your ends before blow-drying. Finish off with a non-crunchy setting spray like Bumble and bumble. Thickening Dryspun Finish to keep your pieces in place and to protect from pouf-inducing humidity.