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Hair Lotion 101: How Use It, Product Picks, And What To Expect

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Hair lotion is the secret ingredient your hair has been wanting your entire life. Marina Shemanayeva, Russian L'Oréal Professionnel creative art partner, shares the details about what makes this product such a game-changer for styling results that can’t be beaten. 
Whatever your hair concern is, enjoy unrivaled hair TLC and styling help with your chosen hair lotion.  Got a specific hair concern you’re dying to find a hair lotion to help manage or wondering how to get rid of split ends with the help of smart formula? Here’s a complete guide to this savvy product. Read on to really learn your way around the hair lotion shelf.

What is hair lotion?

Like body lotion for the skin, hair lotion can help hydrate your strands. This is beneficial for those with dry hair or if you like to take preventative measures against dryness and breakage (which, let’s face it, everyone should be doing). On top of providing hair with an intense dose of moisture, some hair lotion formulas also provide a light hold sans the stiffness of gel—so hair lotion not only hydrates but also styles. You've got to love these hardworking, multitasking miracles.
“My favorite is L'Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil Crème Universelle,” Shemanayeva says. “All you need to do is control the amount used during styling. For dry hair, you’ll use more, but if your hair is normal to greasy, you just need a little.” 

How do you use hair lotion?

These products may all have different uses and purposes, but it turns out they’re all generally applied the same way. Easy days. 
“These products are leave-in and should be applied on damp hair before blow-drying," Shemanayeva says. “To find the best fit for your hair, I recommend going to the salon for a hair diagnosis!”

Product Picks

If you’re using heat: 

“Hair cream that contains thermo-protection is a must-have. It not only improves hairstyle quality but also helps protects hair from damage during styling,” Shemanayeva explains. 
Additionally, the artist believes hair creams and heat styling are a match made in heaven.
“Hair creams can help enhance blowdry results," she adds. 
Mythic Oil Crème Universelle smooths the look of the hair fiber and glides onto the hair to provide a nourishing feel. Talk about a reason to add hair lotion to your care routine! 

If your hair is colored: 

If you’ve recently changed up your hair color, some hair lotion formulas also help keep your hair quality in tip-top shape. 
"After coloring your hair, L'Oréal Professionnel Serie Expert Color 10-in-1 Spray helps keep your color radiant and fresh,” Shemanayeva says. 
We’re all about that prolonged hair color for longer!

If you have curly hair:

It’s important to replenish the moisture within your hair, which is what makes hair lotion such a handy product. If you have curly hair, it may be dry and prone to breakage, so hair lotion for curls is an absolute must. 
“For hair that is breakage-prone, go for L'Oréal Professionnel Serie Expert Inforcer Cream to help give hair detangling help it needs," the stylist recommends.

If you have a specific hair concern:

If your hair is dense and porous, our expert recommends L'Oréal Professionnel Liss Unlimited Cream (available in salons). This product helps to create a smoothing effect for hair that looks frizz-free for up to four days based on an instrumental test. 
Interested in learning more about how hair lotions can benefit your mane? Use our salon locator to book an appointment with a stylist near you.
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