What products to use to create smooth textured hair styles?

Updated: Aug 1, 2019

This is one of the most popular questions I am asked on my Instagram. Hence, I have decided to write series of posts about hair styling products I use in my work to share my experience with you.

It was hard to decide what to start with – I love trying new things and there are quite a few bottles and cans in my workspace. Then I thought, I will tell you about essentials first. Say, what I would pick if I had to choose only three products to use until the end of my career. Here they are – the heroes of my today post.


What are the most essential products to have in your wedding hair stylist’s case?

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Schwarzkopf Professional Osis Tame Wild Smoothing Anti-Frizz Cream


It would be an understatement to say that this product is a complete game-changer when working with flyaways. Definite must-have to create modern smooth but textured wedding hair styles.

How it works? The cream moisturises hair and helps to smooth out baby hair and flyaways. Great for neat, polished glamorous hair styles.


How to use it?

  • Apply a small amount and spread between your fingers before applying

  • Work it in hair to smooth the texture on the crown

  • For braiding

  • To define separate strands for curly/wavy styles

  • To tame coarse hair/dry ends


Be careful. Don't use too much of it, go for a small amount and add more if necessary. Too much product can overload hair and make it look greasy.



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Schwarzkopf Professional Silhouette Pump Hairspray


This guy is a real celebrity in hair styling products’ world. You have probably noticed its black plastic bottle before if you love watching hair videos on Instagram and youtube (I have to confess, I am totally addicted.) Don’t worry if not yet - here it is. So, why this spray is so special?


First, what is the difference between a pump spray and a can spray?

  • Can spray is drying straight away after getting onto the strand, making it nearly impossible to change anything in the area where you have applied it. On the contrary, pump spray is quite wet - and this is what you need when you want to manipulate hair, smooth it out and to fight frizz.

  • Can spray can be generally used as a finish, while pump spray is buildable layer by layer whilst creating your style.

  • Pump spray can be used before curling hair for hold and volume.


How to use it?

  • Spray on each strand before curling hair - it helps to add body to the hair, make it more manageable and thicker. It also makes curls last longer and removes fluff.

  • For smooth texture: use it as you work, each spray should be followed by your hands or comb - this is how you achieve neatness and clean style.


Finally, what else do I love about it? It is healthier as it doesn't stay in the air for too long and you don’t breathe it in as much as can sprays. Also, it is safer for environment due to its packaging.


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Schwarzkopf OSiS+ Session Extreme Hold Hairspray


The days when a hairspray was the only product in hair stylists’ arsenal are gone. However, a firm finishing product is still a must. Thanks the beauty industry, there is a considerable choice of sprays to choose from. Schwarzkopf OSiS+ Session Extreme Hold Hairspray is one of my favourites as it is quite dry and has a grip-like hold.


How to use it?

  • Spray close to the roots before teasing for firmer results.

  • Use a finishing touch on hair up and short blow-dried hair.

  • Apply a small amount on curls.

Be careful: don’t spray too close to hair to avoid helmet-like results (we all have been there once). Use a reasonable amount on darker hair – it can reduce shine.


Hopefully, this information will help you. There is more to follow. Please feel free to ask any questions in comments.


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