From Start to Finish: The Right Order of Applying Hair Products for Best Results

When it comes to hair care, we all know that shampoos come first and conditioners come second. But what about the rest – heat protectors, serums, oils, treatments? What comes third and what comes last? As much as we’d love to own a full and complete hair care product stash at home, the thought of it can be dizzying. I mean, what is the right order of applying hair products so that you can make the most out of your hair essentials? Keep reading to find out how you can correctly apply your favorite hair products!

Why Should You Apply Your Hair Products in The Right Order

Hair experts explain that applying hair care products in the correct order is just as important as applying skincare products in the correct order. Experimenting with different orders in your hair routine can only leave you wasting and not maximizing the benefits of your hair products. The wrong order will not make your products as effective as they should be, and the worst that could happen is you damaging your hair. 

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What Is The Right Order of Applying Hair Products?

Of course, here at HairMNL, we want what’s best for you and your strands. So, we’re telling you the order you should be applying your products onto your hair!

1: Shampoo

The first step to better hair days is by washing your hair with a shampoo that’s designed for your hair type or hair concern! It creates a clean foundation for your hair. But, for starters, sulfate-free shampoos are a great start! They offer delicate but effective care that’s kinder to strands. Here are our recommended sulfate-free shampoos:

Davines OI Shampoo (₱ 1,250)

Davines OI Shampoo

This ultra-hydrating milky-smooth shampoo is great for giving all kinds of hair extraordinary softness, shine, and body. Enriched with Roucou oil, it protects hair from harsh UV radiation and softens hair strands. 

You can also try out the Kérastase Discipline Fluidealiste Shampoo (₱ 1,750) – a smoothing shampoo that is perfect for those with frizzy locks! It provides discipline and fluidity to your unruly strands while delivering optimal nourishment at the same time.

Shop more of our sulfate-free shampoos here.

2: Conditioner

Rinse-out conditioners are what you need to hydrate and nourish your strands. It’s a must for every hair routine! But if you’re planning to use any type of hair mask, then simply replace this ‘Conditioner’ step with a ‘Mask’ step. Going back to conditioners, to achieve the best results, use the conditioner that goes with the brand of your shampoo! But if you’re looking to explore different brands, then go ahead and try out our recommendations:

L'Oréal Serie Expert Absolut Repair Gold Conditioner (₱ 950)

L'Oréal Serie Expert Absolut Repair Gold Conditioner

This repairing conditioner works wonders for damaged hair – it instantly nourishes fragile hair to make it visibly stronger, softer, and shinier! Now, your hair is easier to detangle, brush, and style for a great hair day.

If you have normal to dry hair, then try the Kérastase Nutritive Lait Vital Conditioner (₱ 2,050) instead! It restores the moisture, nutrition, and shine of your hair without weighing it down. Truly exceptional hair nutrition care!

Shop more of our conditioners here

3: Scalp Treatments

If this is your first time hearing about scalp treatments, then this is your sign to get into them… as soon as you can! Taking proper care of your scalp creates a better foundation for your hair, resulting in healthier locks. After your shower, these treatments can be applied to either towel-dried or dry hair, but it could depend on what product you’re using, so just be wary of that! Are you a newbie to scalp treatments? Then here’s what you could try:

Kérastase Spécifique Potentialiste Serum (₱ 2,950)

Kérastase Spécifique Potentialiste Serum

This is a universal serum, so no matter your scalp or hair type, you can definitely use this! It addresses challenges such as scalp sensitivity, itchiness, dandruff, hair loss, and oily roots, you can use it daily to leave your scalp feeling fresher and healthier!

If you’re experiencing hair fall or hair loss, then you can use the AVEDA Invati Advanced™ Scalp Revitalizer (₱ 3,900) to help keep the hair you have longer. This invigorating formula lifts the hair at the root and invigorates the scalp when massaged in.

Shop more of our hair treatments here.

4: Heat Protector

If you’re into heat styling, then this is a step you should not skip. Applying too much heat, whether from blow dryers or hair irons, onto your strands can fry them up and leave them extremely brittle and damaged. No one would want that for their hair, right? So one way to prevent your hair from getting damaged by these tools is to use a heat protector. We recommend these:

AVEDA Heat Relief™ Thermal Protector and Conditioning Mist (₱ 1,800)

AVEDA Heat Relief™ Thermal Protector and Conditioning Mist

This fine dry mist helps takes the heat for you and protects your hair from thermal damage while instantly conditioning the hair for a soft and shiny finish.

Although if you have colored hair, then use the L'Oréal Serie Expert Vitamino Color 10-in-1 Perfecting Spray (₱ 1,400) – it’s specifically designed to protect colored hair, which is more prone to damage than natural hair, from any heat styling tools. 

Shop more of our heat protectors here.

5: Styling Product

What’s a great way to end your hair routine? Using styling products to enhance your hair look! Once your hair is all washed up and dried up, it is about time you apply any styling and finishing products, if any. We’ve got some products that will help you maintain the integrity of your hairstyle until the end of the day:

Schwarzkopf Silhouette Super Hold Hairspray (₱ 1,175)

Schwarzkopf Silhouette Super Hold Hairspray

Finishing off your hairstyle with a couple of spritzes of hairspray all over your hair will smooth down any flyaway hairs, and keep your strands where you want them to be. This hairspray dries quickly, is not sticky, and keeps your hair looking the way you want it to be? It’s a must-have!

If you’re exploring styling products other than sprays, then try out the Davines This is a Strong Moulding Clay (₱ 1,350). It has a strong hold that gives texture to dry hair and defines hair in a strong way. 

Shop more of our styling products here.


Remember to follow this order of applying hair products, so that you can do what’s best for your hair! Got any hair concerns or questions? Send our HairMNL experts a message and ask them away! They will get back to you and give you a hair consultation for FREE.

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