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Hair Water: What To Know About The Cool-Girl Product That Can Make Your Hair Look Extra Shiny

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To succeed in beauty these days, you need to look like you didn’t even try. Your seemingly poreless, blemish-free skin requires minimal visual makeup, your clothes should be simple but well-made, and your hair—well, your hair should look like you just rolled out of bed. This should be no ordinary bed—instead of leaving you with frizz and that weird part down the back of your head, this one left your hair glossy and effortless tousled.

Behind every beautiful woman is an arsenal of quality products giving her a boost and this cool-girl hair is no different. There’s a new product category you’re going to want to know about: hair water. Inspired by the simplistic beauty trends of late, this liquid formula promises a wealth of benefits and ease of application.

What is hair water?

Let’s start with the basics. In the makeup world, it’s long been a trend for professionals and amateurs alike to add moisture to their makeup throughout the day with facial sprays. The products typically contain a mix of botanical additives and a thin base. While it may seem silly to hand over your cash for what’s mainly a spray bottle with a micro mist setting, hear us out. There’s something so refreshing about rehydrating your makeup instead of giving up on it.

Now, apply the same principle to the world of hair care. Today’s hair waters are designed to lightly dampen your ‘do, adding moisture throughout the day and helping you restyle hair without fully hopping in the shower and starting from scratch. Stash one in your work tote and another in your bathroom cabinet for convenience’s sake.

How does hair water work?

We can’t speak for every single hair water, but the general consensus is this: Apply hair water for quick styling fixes at the beginning, middle, and end of your day. Kristen Ess’s The One Signature Hair Water is specially designed for both and edge control. For a shiny, sleek look, spritzes the product all over your hair before brushing through your lengths. If beautifully controlled edges are your end goal, spritz the super-fine consistent mist onto your hairline and use your fingers or toothbrush to comb them into place.

If it’s damage you’re concerned about over styling, we recommend trying the Shiseido Tsubaki Damage Hair Care Water. Specially formulated for all hair types (including damaged, permed, and colored hair), count this as the newest addition to your vanity. The hair water, formulated with camellia oil and hyaluronic water, will leave your hair looking and feeling beautiful.

For the best results, we recommend starting with a salon quality care system like Shu Uemura’s Ultimate Reset Shampoo and Conditioner.

Is hair water right for you?

There’s only one person who can provide the ultimate personalized advice about what products are and are not a good idea for your hair and lifestyle: your stylist. A professional will help you get the most out of your hair care routine.

For personalized advice about styling your hair, use our salon locator to book an appointment with a stylist near you.