How to Choose the Right Hair Products for Thick & Thin Hair

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Volumizing? Moisturizing? Heat-resistant? Choosing hair styling products can be tough. With the amount of products and styling tools available, figuring out which products to use for your hair type can be downright confusing.

Zano Salons offers haircuts and hairstyling services to give you the look you’re seeking. Whether you have thin or thick hair, we’re here to show you the tools and hair products you need to bring out the best in your locks:


Recommended Hair Products for Thin Hair

Volume Enhancing Hair Products

If you have thin hair, what you’re in most need of is volume. Look for hair products such as shampoo and conditioner that offer volumizing properties. These products will help add body to your hair as you style.

Give Your Hair a Boost & Volume with Mousse

Mousse is a thin-haired girls best friend. Although mousse used to dry out hair, formulas today are made to moisturize. Look for volume enhancing types to help give your hair a boost. Just be sure to use a small amount, and run through your hair to avoid getting that helmet head look often found with overuse. If you need assistance finding a new hairstyle, visit a Zano Salons location in Naperville, Lisle, or Batavia, Illinois. We offer haircuts and hairstyling services to meet your preferences.

Enhance the Body of Your Hair with Velcro Rollers

After you’re done blow drying, don’t reach for the curling iron, reach for velcro rollers instead. Section off pieces of hair and curl them up in velcro rollers to add extra lift to your roots. Hit the rollers with a blast of cool air from your blow dryer to set, and viola: instant lift.

Finish Styling with a Dry Shampoo Hair Product

Still using hairspray to set your look? To enhance your hairstyle, we recommend a dry shampoo hair product. Instead of stiffening your hair, dry shampoo will absorb into your hair, offering a better hold and extended volume. Bonus tip: Don’t brush your hair after applying dry shampoo. Let the hair product work its way into your hair on its own, increasing hold and decreasing fizz.

Recommended Hair Products for Thick Hair

Moisturizing Hair Products

Thick hair has a tendency to dry out. When looking for hair products, be sure to reach for ones that offer moisture. Moisturizing shampoos and conditioners are a great base for ensuring thick hair gets the care it needs to stay healthy and strong.

Frizz Controller

Always dealing with frizz and flyaways? Reach for an oil-based hair product to help tame them. Oils such as aragon help tame frizz in thick, dry hair creating a sleek look. Remember, when using oils a little goes a long way. Depending on hair length, use around a dime size amount of hair product, working it through your hair to decrease frizz.

Primer Spray

Love your thick hair but hate how long it takes to dry? Decrease blow drying time by investing in a primer spray. Priming the hair pre-blow dry will help lessen the time you’ll have to stand in front of the mirror with a dryer blasting in your ear.

Right Blow Dryer

Speaking of blow drying, be sure to use the right blow dryer for the job. Thick hair can take a long time to dry, so knowing which dryer is best can help speed up the process. Look for an ion dryer with at least 1800 watts of power. This will help your hair dry faster, with less damage and frizz when compared to traditional dryers.

Want to learn how to manage your hairstyle? Our stylists know how to handle your hair, regardless of hair type, and will help you create the look you’ve been dreaming of. Schedule your appointment today!

10 Hairstyling Hacks Every Woman Should Know

Those first few days after a visit to the hair salon can feel like pure bliss. Your hair is looking fabulous and feeling fresh and you’re reveling in the feeling. Yet, we know all too well that good hair days don’t happen every day. We’re here to help you with ten hairstyling hacks to tame your locks and keep you feeling good even when your hair is unruly. Master these hairstyling tips, and you’ll say goodbye to bad hair days.

Are you looking to sharpen your look? Book an appointment. Our hair stylists will work with you to find a hairstyle that matches your personality. Visit our beauty salons in Naperville, Lisle, or Batavia to receive a haircut from our trained stylists.

1. Dry shampoo before bed

Dry shampoo is a tool every woman should have in her arsenal. For days where time is of the essence, or alarms have been slept through, dry shampoo can save the day. But, did you know it works best when used before going to bed? If you know you’re going to be short on time, spray dry shampoo in your hair before you go to bed so it has time to naturally work itself through your hair as you sleep. Wake up with fresh locks and with a few extra minutes of solitude.

2. Spray bobby pins with hairspray

Bobby pins keep falling out? Spray them with hairspray before using them. Spraying a light coat of hairspray on them will give them a rougher texture, making it easier for your hair to cling to them. The hairspray will act as a kind of glue, keeping them in place.

Are you ready to try a new hairstyle? Schedule a haircut or hair styling appointment at one of our beauty salons.

3. Use your hands to apply hairspray

To enhance your hairstyle and to avoid the helmet head look, lightly spray a coat of hairspray on your hands, then apply it to your hair. This will tame the frizz and add volume without causing the crunchy look we all would rather avoid.

4. Want wavy curls? Start in the middle

Are you looking to improve your hairstyle with waves? Start curling your hair in the middle of it, rather than at the top. This way of curling gives you long, bouncy waves that last longer and look great.

5. Fake a fuller ponytail by using the double ponytail trick

Want your ponytail to look long and full? Hack it. Start by pulling half of your hair into a ponytail at the top. Then, gather the rest of your hair into a lower ponytail, right below the first. The higher ponytail will hide the lower one, creating a full, long ponytail effect.

6. Set your style using the cool setting on your blow dryer

Once you’re finished styling your hair, blast it with the cold air setting on your blow dryer. The cool air will work to set your style, making it last longer.

7. Don’t rub your hair dry, press it

When drying your hair, avoid frizz by pressing the water out of your hair, not rubbing a towel through it. Rubbing creates friction that causes frizz, pressing minimizes this friction. If you want even better results, use a t-shirt to dry your hair. The material used in t-shirts is less likely to cause the friction that promotes frizz.

8. Want a quick curl? Place hair in a ponytail and curl the ends

Spend half the time curling your hair by curling only half your hair. Pulling your hair into a ponytail and curling those pieces will give you the curls you desire in less time.

9. Add shine to your hair by rinsing with cold water

Rinsing with cold water adds instant shine to your hair by closing your hair’s cuticles, sealing them and making them lay flat against each other. When this happens, your hair becomes smooth and less frizzy, increasing shine.

10. Use eyeshadow to make your hair look fuller

Have thin hair? Make it look fuller by applying a shade of eyeshadow that matches your hair color to your part or in other places that look light, like near your hairline. Filling in these spaces with a color that matches your hair will give the illusion of thicker, fuller hair.

We hope you learned a thing or two about keeping your hair healthy and on point between stylings. These hacks will help you tame your hair and add style and shine to it each day.

Ready for a new look? Schedule your appointment at Zano Salons today!


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As the seasons change, many people find themselves wanting a fresh new look. With the time and money invested in a visit to the hair salon, finding ways to maintain that blowout and style between visits is key. If you plan to visit the hair salon for an upgraded look, you’ll want to read these five tips for keeping that hairstyle looking good in the weeks after your visit.

Need a new hairstyle for the Fall? Schedule an appointment at Zano Salons with our hair stylists. We have hair salon locations in Batavia, Naperville-Ogden, Lisle, and Downtown Naperville, Illinois. The specialists at our hair salons follow the latest hair styling trends and are able to give you a custom haircut.

Read our five tips below to learn more about maintaining your hairstyle after your visit to one of our hair salons.

Don’t Wash Hair Too Often

Shampooing too often will strip your hair of natural oils that are meant to keep hair from drying out. While washing is necessary to maintain proper balance of these oils, over-washing can cause hair to dry out and increase the chances for frizz and breakage. Taking breaks between washing your hair is important in maintaining a good balance of these oils. When you are washing, be sure you’re using the right shampoo for your haircut. If you’ve had highlights or other color treatments, find a shampoo specifically designed for color treated hair to help maintain your color between visits to the salon.

Use Conditioner

While everyone should include conditioner in their hair care routine, conditioner can especially be a lifesaver for color-treated hairstyles. The process of coloring hair tends to dry it out, even if your hair stylist is using a moisture-infused color system. Be sure to use conditioner when washing your hair to prevent it from drying out. Conditioner will also bring back any moisture that may have been lost due to coloring or over-washing. Looking to switch up your conditioning routine? Our hair stylists love the Masque Intense from Kerastase!

Looking for a new hairstyle or hair care assistance? Schedule an appointment at Zano Salons in Naperville, Lisle, and Batavia, Illinois. Our hair stylists are able to provide custom hair cuts for men and women.

Sleep on Silk Pillowcases

Silk pillowcases let our hair flow freely as we sleep, helping to prevent tangles. Silk or satin fabrics also decrease frizz. Standard cotton pillowcase fabrics have a tendency to cause friction, rubbing against our hair and causing hair to become frizzy or kinked – the definition of bed head. Although silk pillowcases can be a bit more expensive compared to their cotton counterparts, it’s a small price to pay to avoid waking up with matted, frizzy hair.

Give Hot Tools a Break

If you think about it, we put our hair through a lot. We brush and blow-dry hair, load it up with product, and pull and style our hair into place each day. Blow-drying causes hair to dry quickly, but potentially damages strands in the process. Using too many hair products can weigh hair down, and many heavy products don’t allow hair to breathe. Give your hair a rest by taking a day off from blow-drying and using products like dry shampoo, hairspray, and mousse. This will help your hair grow longer and stronger between cuts.

Are you due for a haircut? Schedule a visit at one of our hair salons in  Naperville, Lisle, and Batavia, Illinois.

Ask Your Hair Stylist for Tips

While you’re still in the chair at the salon is the perfect time to get some pointers from your hair stylist on how to maintain your new style! Don’t be afraid to ask for direction from your stylist. Our hair stylists specialize in crafting custom haircuts for our clients. They have years of training and experience and have usually figured out a few of their own best practices for keeping their hairstyle looking fresh. They might recommend a certain product that will do the trick, or a washing method that can help maintain hair color and texture. In may cases, a good hair stylist will be happy to share their tips and tricks for maintaining your specific hairstyle between visits.

Whatever your style, learning the ins and outs of keeping it up will help you feel your best between trips to the hair salon. Need a fresh new look for Fall? Schedule your appointment Zano Salons today! We also offer other beauty treatments such as manicures or pedicures, waxing, massages, professional hairstyling, and hair coloring.

Summer Ready Long Thick Hair

Long hair, don’t care – except when those hot, sticky summer days come around. Cascading locks are, and always will be, a favorite hairstyle for women. It goes great with nearly every outfit and flatters most face shapes. However, the battle begins when hot, humid temperatures turn your thick hair into a frizzy mess that incubates your neck like a scarf.

You shouldn’t have to sacrifice your favorite look because of the heat. An extreme cut doesn’t have to be the answer. Here are some techniques our salon stylists will do to help de-bulk your thick hair so you’re cool for summer.


Adding layers is often a first step in freeing up space at the base of your hair. Taking smaller sections of hair and cutting them at an angle (however dramatic the client wants) will thin out your hair in selected spots and create more movement. The layers will decrease the thickness just enough and more evenly distribute face-framing volume throughout your style.


This is a more dramatic technique that favors the bold. Undercutting involves a stark contrast between very short or shaved sides and longer on top, giving off a little bit of edge. Its functional purpose is to remove the most at the base of your neck by buzzing sections at the nape. This nice breezy patch will be unseen when your hair is down and show a fashionable detail if you throw it up in a bun or ponytail.


If you want to keep your hair length but don’t want defined layers, slithering is probably the method for you. It is done by dragging scissors along the hair shaft (the part of hair seen above the skin) and closing gently to create more inconspicuous layering.


For the “woke up like this,” bedhead-on-purpose look, texturizing your hair is the way to go. It also happens to lighten up your hair by making consistent, strategic cuts that give movement. The dictionary definition of texture is how something feels; in terms of hair, it means your hair has some kind of pattern to it. Hair stylists add texture by using a razor or thinning shears to cut layers in an S or Z  where your hair has natural shape. The extra dimension will maintain your original volume without the weight, which is great for naturally curly or wavy long hair.  

Internal Cutting

Internal cuts call for a more random disbursement of layers. The stylist will trim small sections of the hair from somewhere in the middle of the shaft, hidden beneath a few layers. It might feel like a drastic change at first, especially if you have a large amount of hair to begin with, but once your hair is styled it will go unnoticed and provide relief in the hot summer sun.

Looking to lighten up for summer? Schedule an appointment with one of our salon professionals today!