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"My hair soaks up moisture/oils and is getting finer and drier as I age. My hair is untreated. What would you recommend?" – Linda

MarulaOil Rare Oil Replenishing Shampoo has time-release MarulaSpheres that deliver nourishment and hydration every time you touch or brush your hair. It's also packed with powerful antioxidants. Follow with MarulaOil Rare Oil Replenishing Conditioner and/or Marula Rare Oil Treatment to strengthen your routine. For added benefit, I highly recommend one to two drops of MarulaOil Rare Oil Treatment Light for fine hair types. Blow dry into your hair and use again to finish as a polish. Enjoy!

Lauran O'Brien, Paul Mitchell Educator

Lauran O’Brien, International Trainer

"I have frizzy, dull hair that I flat iron. Which shampoo, conditioner and heat protecting spray is good for my hair?" – Nav

Try Awapuhi Wild Ginger® MirrorSmooth™. This amazing new collection will help reduce frizz, add shine, and protect hair from thermal damage. The exclusive KeraReflect™ blend works from the outside in smoothing down the outer layer of hair with Abyssinian oil and Awapuhi extract. The three-part system includes a shampoo, conditioner and high gloss primer, giving you a "mirror smooth" end result.

Lauran O'Brien, Paul Mitchell Educator

Lauran O’Brien, International Trainer

"What products do I need for bouncy curls?" – Lourdes

Paul Mitchell® Spring Loaded® Frizz-Fighting Shampoo, Spring Loaded® Frizz-Fighting Conditioner, and Full Circle Leave In-Treatment® provide the best foundation to return moisture to curly hair. Once moisture is back in the hair, Twirl Around® (a crunch-free curl definer) is the best styling product to ensure bouncy, fun curls. 

Lauran O'Brien, Paul Mitchell Educator

Lauran O’Brien, International Trainer

"I have very fine, limp hair that I have professionally highlighted about every 3-4 months. When my hair is dry, it's very soft but lacks shine. When it's wet, it's a whole other story! It gets extremely tangled and as soon as I'm out of the shower, my hair sticks to itself and is impossible to brush! Do you have any vegan product suggestions to help my hair?" - Hannah

It's natural for fine hair to tangle more easily. Ultimate Color Repair™, our new system for color treated hair, would be a great fit for your hair type. Ultimate Color Repair™ Shampoo is a gentle, sulfate-free cleanser that locks in color and repairs strands from the inside out. Add Ultimate Color Repair™ Conditioner and Ultimate Color Repair™ Triple Rescue® for added shine, manageability and moisture. All of the products in the Ultimate Color Repair category are 100% vegan. If you ever have questions about whether or not a Paul Mitchell product is vegan, you can always check our website. The info is listed on the product detail pages. 

Lucas Doney, Paul Mitchell Educator

Lucas Doney, National Educator

"My hair is curly and medium length. It’s greasy and a bit hard to maneuver. I'm looking for products that will fix the greasiness and give me a messy-combed look that’s touchable." – Anthony

I recommend MITCH® Heavy Hitter®.  Heavy Hitter is a deep cleansing shampoo that washes away dirt and product buildup without stripping away natural oils.  To get that look, I recommend Clean Cut®.  Its pliable hold lets you shape and reshape your style with lasting control.  A little goes a long way; start with a dime size of the product, warm it up in your palms and work it into your hair evenly.

Jennifer Hazen, Global Education Manager, Asia

"I just had my grey hair colored blonde. The stylist suggested Awapuhi Wild Ginger® products, but I see that you have Blonde products as well. Which would be better for my hair?" – Gaye

Awapuhi Wild Ginger® products are my go-to recommendation for the luxurious care of dry, damaged and chemically treated hair. Our Blonde products brighten, repair and rebuild blonde hair. I would recommend you use Platinum Blonde Shampoo™ and Forever Blonde® Conditioner for intense hydration and KerActive repair.  In between color services, I recommend an Awapuhi Wild Ginger KeraTriplex® Treatment from your salon to reduce breakage, improve shine and prevent color fade. For styling, use the Awapuhi Wild Ginger® styling products to protect your hair.

Jennifer Hazen, Global Education Manager, Asia

"I have very fine, straight hair and have had the same hair style forever. What products or hair style can add volume?" - Brin

In order to get maximum movement from your fine, straight hair, long bobs (AKA lobs) are on trend, and a great option for making your hair seem thick and voluminous.

After shampooing, towel dry hair and apply Extra-Body Sculpting Foam® from base to halfway down, then apply Thicken Up® from halfway down through your ends.

Paula Peralta, International Trainer

"I just got a bob. How do I keep it smooth and defined?" - Gigi

Keep it smooth with our Awapuhi Wild Ginger® MirrorSmooth™ Shampoo, Conditioner and High Gloss Primer. These three products, when used together, will give you smoother hair and less frizz.

Paula Peralta, International Trainer

"What can I use to manage my dry, brittle, natural hair?" - Ashubiojo

We recommend MarulaOil Rare Oil Replenishing Shampoo, MarulaOil Rare Oil Intensive Masque and MarulaOil Rare Oil Treatment. When used together, you will see a reduction in split ends, improved condition of hair and more shine.

  1. Start at your ends and work your way up, applying 3 drops of MarulaOil Rare Oil Treatment.
  2. Apply MarulaOil Rare Oil Intensive Masque on hair and let sit for 10-15 minutes.
  3. After rinsing your hair, towel dry and apply 3 drops of the MarulaOil Rare Oil Treatment.
  4. Style as usual.

Paula Peralta, International Trainer

"I have dry, dull, frizzy, semi-thick, wavy hair. Which products I should use?" - Payal

It sounds like you need MarulaOil Rare Oil Replenishing Shampoo and Conditioner. This dynamic duo is infused with cold-pressed marula and oleic acids for instant hydration, taming and softness. To finish, try Awapuhi Wild Ginger® Styling Treatment Oil. For shoulder-length hair, start out with 4-5 pumps and apply on damp, towel-dried hair starting at your ends and working the product midway up. Feel free to use in between washes to tame flyaways or frizz.

Jamie Anderbery-Stout, Regional Color Coordinator

"I always have my hair permed because I’ve had hair loss. What products would you recommend?" - Kim

Try Spring Loaded® Frizz-Fighting Shampoo and Conditioner. To top it off, use a few spritzes of Tea Tree Lemon Sage Thickening Spray® at the base of your hair and through the length. This will pump up your skinny strands, add volume, and offer some grip to fine hair without leaving a product feel.

Jamie Anderbery-Stout, Regional Color Coordinator

"I have short straight, fine hair cut into a bob with long layers in the back for stacking and cheekbone length bangs in front. What could I be using to get a little volume?" - Deb

Start with some pumps of Extra-Body Daily Boost® at your crown and along the sides of your head, right where the top rounds into the sides. Blow dry this in and plug in your flat iron. Be sure to do slim sections and the plates will do the rest of the work for you. Finish with some Extra-Body Finishing Spray® and you’re set!

Jamie Anderbery-Stout, Regional Color Coordinator

"I got a perm recently and I have no idea how to maintain and style it. What products should I use?" – Farah

The Spring Loaded® Frizz Fighting Shampoo not only adds moisture but is also sulphate-free which is great for your newly permed hair.  Use the Spring Loaded® Frizz Fighting Conditioner as well.  If your hair feels like it still needs a little moisture, the Full Circle Leave In Treatment® is a great follow-up after you shower. 

For styling, Ultimate Wave® will give you a relaxed, beachy textured wave or try Twirl Around® for a more well-defined conditioned curl.

Lauran O'Brien, Paul Mitchell Educator

Lauran O’Brien, International Trainer

"I live in the desert and swim a lot. I have fine hair with a slight curl that falls to my mid-back. I wash my hair approximately three times a week, but it’s starting to feel dry." – Cal

Use Awapuhi Wild Ginger® Moisturizing Lather Shampoo® and Keratin Cream Rinse® daily and use Awapuhi Wild Ginger® Keratin Intensive Treatment® once a week (on non-swim days).  These products are full of moisture, but light enough to not weigh fine hair down. 

Use Paul Mitchell® Shampoo Three® immediately following your swim, to remove the chlorine from your hair.  Follow up with a full tablespoon of Super-Charged Moisturizer® for five minutes.  This will restore the moisture lost from chlorine exposure.

Lauran O'Brien, Paul Mitchell Educator

Lauran O’Brien, International Trainer

"I have very fine, straight, thin hair. My hair is full of static in the winter and my bangs get greasy in the summer. Which products will leave my hair soft & natural throughout the year?" – MaryLou

Tea Tree Lemon Sage Thickening Shampoo® and Conditioner® are lightweight and work to plump up fine strands so that hair looks and feels clean, thick and healthy.  The conditioner will also help to reduce static.  Tea Tree Lemon Sage Thickening Spray® will add volume and offer humidity resistance and UV protection during the summer.  Use the spray towards the base of your hair to create volume away from the head.  Another great product to have in your bag would be a travel size of Dry Wash®.  Dry Wash is a waterless shampoo that will help to refresh hair between washes.

Lucas Doney, Paul Mitchell Educator

Lucas Doney, National Educator

"I have wavy hair and sideswept bangs. What products do you recommend? My wavy hair needs some soft control and a product that helps bring out the wave without stiffness. Could I use your new MarulaOil after my hair has dried?" – Stephanie

If you are looking to let your hair dry naturally, Fast Form® would work well with your texture.  It tames and secures any texture with long-lasting hold. 

I also think that your hair would love MarulaOil. Start with one drop and see how that works with your texture.  Rare Oil Treatment can be used two ways on dry hair: as a hydrating pre-shampoo treatment or for added control and shine with styled hair. 

Lucas Doney, Paul Mitchell Educator

Lucas Doney, National Educator

"I have my hair texturized. I usually get a wash and set either every week or every other week. Which product would do you recommend for my hair?" - Ashley

I love that you are so regular with your hair! I recommend Sculpting Foam™ for its flexible style and conditioning properties. Sculpting Foam will give your hair soft memory for a style that will last until your next wash and set. I also recommend using a dry shampoo such as Dry Wash® to bring the bounce back to your blow dry in between salon visits. 

Lucas Doney, Paul Mitchell Educator

Lucas Doney, National Educator

"I want a really messy look with texture. I have fine hair with a slight wave, but I'd like this look to be worn straight. What products and techniques do you suggest to get the look?" - Heather

A messy, textured look can be achieved on nearly any hair type. Begin with wet hair and apply Fast Form®—a cream gel that will help control texture.  Then use a blow dryer and round brush to create a smooth foundation.  Once your hair is dry, use a small amount of Spray Wax™ to add texture and separation. You can spray the product directly onto your hair or spray it into your hand and apply with your fingers. After applying the product, use your fingers to create additional texture and separation. 

Lucas Doney, Paul Mitchell Educator

Lucas Doney, National Educator

"I have extremely curly and frizzy hair. What products should I use when I wear it curly? And what should I use to straighten it?" – Christie

Because curly hair is generally dry, I recommend any products with key words like "hydrate" or "moisture." Awapuhi Wild Ginger® Moisturizing Lather Shampoo® and Keratin Intensive Treatment® will not only repair dry, brittle strands but also deliver intense hydration and shine. After washing and conditioning, gently towel-dry your curls and scrunch Awapuhi Wild Ginger HydroCream Whip® throughout your hair to create frizz-free curls with touchable hold. Finally, apply Awapuhi Wild Ginger Styling Treatment Oil®.

For smoothing your hair, I recommend Super Skinny® Relaxing Balm™ as part of your blow dry regimen. It not only fights frizz but it also combats humidity, which will help to keep your hair smooth in any weather! 

Paula Peralta, International Trainer

"I have short, thick grey hair. What conditioner should I use for everyday use?" - Stewart

One of my favorite conditioners for my male guests is the MITCH® 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner Double Hitter®. It washes and conditions in one step, leaving hair clean, soft and healthy looking. If you're looking for a deeper condition, I recommend The Conditioner™. Hawaiian Awapuhi extract smoothes hair and balances moisture, while conditioners improve texture.

If you're looking for additional manageability, I suggest Straight Works®. Lightweight conditioners leave hair soft and manageable, which would be perfect for coarse, thick hair that needs a little push in the right direction!

Paula Peralta, International Trainer

"I am looking for someone who does cold waves/jheri curls for African American hair. What kind of process does Paul Mitchell® have? I would also love to color my hair dark blue. Does Paul Mitchell have a permanent or semi-permanent color I could use to achieve this color?" – Valaria

Paul Mitchell Permanent Wave has three incredible options to ensure the right wave for the right hair type! Additionally, Paul Mitchell INKWORKS® is a semi-permanent color that provides pure, vibrant color. INKWORKS is available in six intermixable shades: red, hot pink, yellow, blue, purple and white. I recommend scheduling a consultation with a Paul Mitchell salon professional near you to get the color you desire!

Paula Peralta, International Trainer

"I have soft, coarse, curly hair and I wear it short and natural. What's a good styling lotion or styling gel that will give my hair shine without drying it?" – Jenine

My recommendation is Twirl Around®. It’s a crunch-free curl definer that replenishes, separates and tames curls while retaining their bounce all day long. This two part formula—a hydrating cream coupled with a smoothing gel—will give you soft, shiny, frizz-free curls!

Jamie Anderbery-Stout, Regional Color Coordinator

"I use heat on my hair for styling a lot. In addition to a heat protection product such as Seal and Shine®, what product can I use to deep condition my hair (mainly my ends) that will not make my hair greasy?" - Catherine

I think you’ll love Hair Repair Treatment®. This deep conditioning treatment replenishes vital carbohydrates, lipids, and minerals that rebuild your hair’s elasticity, strength, and shine. You can focus this treatment on your ends once a week or all over for a great pick-me-up for your locks! The best part is that it will not weigh down your hair or leave it looking or feeling greasy. 

Jamie Anderbery-Stout, Regional Color Coordinator

"I am a 60-year-old female with natural, level four brown hair color and now it is about 20% gray. I have short, wavy/curly hair with lots of layers and I do not color or otherwise process my hair. I do, however, wash my hair twice a day, each time I shower. Which shampoo, conditioner and styling products are right for me?" - Lynn

Awapuhi Moisturizing Lather Shampoo® and Keratin Cream Rinse® are brilliant for softening the gray areas and cleansing your natural hair. The sulfate-free formula will protect your scalp from drying out with frequent shampooing.

As for a styling regimen, I suggest Awapuhi HydroCream Whip® to define your curls and control your flyaway grays. Plus, the formula won't become sticky or hard if you air dry your hair.

Happy styling!

Lauran O'Brien, Paul Mitchell Educator

Lauran O'Brien, International Trainer

"In June, I got fairly dark brown, semi-permanent hair color over my naturally dirty blonde, highlighted hair. It has not faded yet, but I wish it would. What can I do to fix this?" - Laura

I love when guests explore hair color options. Semi-permanent hair color will fade with time, and your best option is to let it fade naturally. Sunlight is one element that can speed up the process of color fading, however be sure to use products that protect your hair from sun damage and other permanent changes to hair's integrity. For a quicker fix, visit your local salon for a professional service that will help get you back to the color you want. You can find a Paul Mitchell pro in your area by visiting the salon locator.

Lucas Doney, Paul Mitchell Educator

Lucas Doney, National Educator

"I have thick, medium-length curly hair and I have no idea how to style it. I have a seven month old, which makes pulling it back a necessity, but I hate the damage it can do to my hair. Any suggestions for a style that can work for a mom but also be appropriate for date night with my husband?" - Kathy

With thick, wavy hair and a new baby, it may be time for a fresh haircut! I suggest a cut with long layers to give your style more movement and to remove some of the weight.

Style your fresh cut with Ultimate Wave®, a cream-gel that adds texture and definition. Simply apply the product to your damp hair and scrunch hair upward to enhance your natural texture. You can choose to diffuse your hair or air dry. If you air dry, try not to touch or tousle your hair while it's still drying.

For date nights, touch up random strands with the Pro Tools™ Express Ion Curl® to change up the curl pattern. Enjoy!

Heather Kaanoi, International Trainer

"I have long wavy hair that tends get dry. My biggest problem has been dealing with hair loss and split ends. I'm looking for a system that will care for my curls while adding strength. What do you recommend?" – Shruti

Lucie Doughty, Editorial Director

Great question! Paul Mitchell Curls products are great for adding strength while also enhancing your curls. Spring Loaded™ Frizz-Fighting Shampoo and Conditioner will help to replenish moisture and leave your curls frizz-free. I’d also recommend Full Circle Leave-In Treatment™. It’s lightweight, so it won’t weigh your hair down, yet it provides serious hydration for parched hair. As a bonus, it helps to protect hair from further damage!

Lucie Doughty, Editorial Director

Lucie Doughty, Editorial Director

"I have curly, dry hair. I'm looking for some products that will moisturize my hair and keep the curls intact without causing any hair fall. What would you suggest?" - Sneha

Our Curls collection is a curly girl's best friend! Spring Loaded® Frizz-Fighting Shampoo and Conditioner gently cleanse and hydrate hair. I'd also suggest applying a leave-in treatment like Full Circle Leave-In Treatment® to towel-dried hair to hydrate particularly dry strands.

As for styling, I suggest Twirl Around® to keep curls intact and structured. Apply the product to the length of your hair and then set curls by twisting your hair around your index finger.

Heather Kaanoi, International Trainer

"I have black, coarse hair with natural waves (which really bother me!). My goal is to have smooth, straight hair. Which products would work best for me?" – Christine

Stephanie Kocielski, VP of Education and Artistic Director

I recommend Super Skinny® Daily Shampoo and Daily Treatment to help smooth hair, while leaving your locks softer and more manageable. Add a mixture of Super Skinny® Serum and Super Skinny® Relaxing Balm™ to damp hair before styling for an ultra-smooth end result. These products are lightweight, yet powerful enough to fight frizz (plus, they help reduce drying time!). If you’re going to use a smoothing iron, I’d recommend Hot Off The Press® for heat protection.

Stephanie Kocielski, VP of Education and Artistic Director

Stephanie Kocielski, VP of Education and Artistic Director

"I have curly hair and a high forehead that I want to hide. When I look for images of bangs, I see a lot of women with straight or wavy hair. I have naturally curly hair with medium texture. What haircut would you recommend?" - Leanne

First, I'd recommend seeing a Paul Mitchell professional to determine the right haircut for your hair. You can find a Paul Mitchell salon by using the salon locator.

As for styling, from one curl-friend to another, I recommend the Paul Mitchell Curls line. These moisturizing products nourish curls and fight frizz. I love using Ultimate Wave® to create beachy texture (it’s my favorite product for curly girls). Also, invest in a diffuser for your blow dryer! This tool helps to keep curls intact while drying and reduces frizz. Try not to rough up your curls until they are completely dry. Instead, use a tail comb to move your hair while drying.

Jennifer Hazen, Global Education Manager, Asia

"What product would you recommend for very short, fine hair?" - Pamila

Fine hair can sometimes be tricky to style. Working behind the chair, I have come to love Awapuhi Texturizing Sea Spray® for creating great texture that doesn't leave hair feeling heavy. Plus, it's easy to use and apply! Simply spray Awapuhi Texturizing Sea Spray on damp hair and air dry for natural, effortless texture. You can also use a blow dryer to activate the product for more defined texture.

Lucas Doney, Paul Mitchell Educator

Lucas Doney, National Educator

"I have been happily using your Modern Elixirs Texturizing Balm for many years, but can't find it anymore. What do you suggest as a substitute?" - Myles

Two products come to mind when thinking of a substitute for Modern Elixers Texturizing Balm. One option is Fast Form®, a cream gel that smoothes and controls texture while also adding definition and separation. A second recommendation is Twirl Around®, a crunch-free curl definer that provides great control and styling capabilities for natural texture. The formula combines a hydrating cream and a smoothing gel to give curls touchable definition. Experiment with mixing and matching products to create a product cocktail that works for your hair. Sometimes it's a combination of products that creates the perfect look.

Lucas Doney, Paul Mitchell Educator

Lucas Doney, National Educator

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