When people ask me my favorite hair care products I think of one word: Kenra! There are not enough good things I can say about this hair care product line. Not only do the products work great, but they also smell marvelous.
With so many product lines out there used by professionals and available in stores, it’s hard to figure out which is the best and which is garbage. Lucky for you I am a Cosmetologist who has been around the block once or twice, or should I say have been around heads of hair once or twice.
I know which products work and which products are just full of S*!t. Literally, some products are full of wax, fillers and other ingredients useless to your hair and the style you are trying to achieve. In most cases, the ingredients used in products you find in stores actually weigh your hair down and destroy the integrity of your hair. Not with Kenra though!
What is Kenra?
Believe it or not, the Kenra product line goes all the way back to 1926. Kenra is a professional hair care company that is composed of three different product lines. Each line is forever growing, changing and expanding to stay up to date with the stylist and their client’s needs.
What are the three product lines that make up Kenra?
- Kenra Platinum
- Kenra Color
Why does Kenra sound familiar?
Besides your stylist using Kenra on you, I’m sure you’ve seen the name before. This would be thanks to Instagram, Pinterest, and the innovative stylist Guy Tang. He is famously known as the hair color guru and partnered with Kenra in 2015 for a guy tang mash up hair color line. Guy uses Knera products on his clients, reassuring you that Kenra is the real deal.
Why should you listen to me?
Like I said I have had my cosmetology license since 2008 and travel around the country working on high profile clientele. If I didn’t know what I was talking about I wouldn’t be employed and I would be writing to you about how to find a sugar daddy because that would be my next step after losing my cosmetology license.
Absorbs Oil and Impurities + Matte Finish + Increases Texture and Fullness + Provides Flexible Hold
I use this in place of hairspray sometimes. It gives me hold for days at a time and works great with curly, wavy or textured hairstyles.
My hair is drier and I can use this dry texture spray once every three days. Kenra dry texture spray lets me wake up with a style I can walk out the door with.
If you have thin hair the matte finish won’t weigh your hair down and it will make your hair appear to be more full of life. It helps my short hair have volume and movement without being crunchy. Because of its lightweight formula, my hair is still touchable and feels soft.
Update: My hair is long again and it works great no matter what length to keep a style. Short, medium or long hair it doesn’t matter, this product works! When I have freshly curled hair I use the texture spray and brush through the curls with my hands. The end result gives me a natural beachy look that will last even through the next day! If you want to spruse the style up, turn your head upside down use a few more sprays and mess it up a bit with your hands. It will reshape your hair into the put together messy look often seen on models like Gigi Hadid.
When I am on the road doing hair for musicians this is my go-to product. It works on all hair types including dry, oily or combination of both. Because musicians are on stage moving and sweating I need a product that will keep a style and will also work well with activity. Kenra texture spray covers both areas.
Using Kenra dry texture spray on the road
If you need any more proof go to youtube and type in Misterwives. I tour with them and use this product on the singer Mandy. You won’t see a singer move more than her! The term firecracker was actually made after someone saw her perform at a show. If Kenra texture spray can keep her hair in place looking fire the whole time, it will work wonders for the everyday human who moves half a much as her! I typically spray this on her hair before I style it and after!
Shake the can before use. Hold it a few inches away. After you spray onto curls/wavy hair make an upward scrunching motion with your hands to give your strands movement. You can spray it onto straight hair to give it a windblown, sultry look. Great for holding hair that wants movement in the style! Should be used on dry hair.
In this photo, I used Kenra Dry Texture Spray and nothing else! This was taken at a wedding after being outside in the humidity, dancing for a few hours! Looks like I just got there.
I keep this dry texture spray with me at all times, including a second permanent one in my gym bag. Twirl your hair in a top-knot bun during your shower and take it down afterward while you are getting dressed. Use the texture spray throughout your hair to give yourself a beach wave look like I have pictured below. If this is something that peaks your interest but you don’t currently take a gym bag to the gym, take a look at all my favorite gym bags here!
This was taken after the gym, lived in for a full day, slept on and then woke up! I used ZERO HOT TOOLS! All I did was the top-knot shower trick. Tip your head upside down and spray the texture spray all around to get all areas of your hair! The more hair sprayed the better the syle will turn out.
Matte Finish + Instantly Dries On Contact + Great Hold
I use this after the Kenra HiDEF hairspray to give my hair its finishing hold. It has a matte finish so it wont leave your hair looking wet. HiDEF Hairspray comes out of the bottle in a fine mist so it won’t cake up on your hair or come out to wet and ruin your style. As it comes out, it has a wide range so one spray covers a wide area. I will also use this spray when I wear my hair up. It keeps my flyaways in place and I can spray it a few times and the spray doesn’t leave buildup on my hair.
If you don’t want to use a bunch of products at once I suggest this hairspray due to its lightweight formula making it workable with your hair. You can spray this hair spray before you style your hair and still be able to manipulate your locks into any style you want.
The can is a twist top, so you don’t need to keep track of a lid! It is clearly labeled with open and close so you don’t need to worry about spillage when you travel with this Kenra hair spray.
Shake can before use. Hold it 8-10 inches away from your hair. The nozzle allows you to do short bursts or one long continuous spray. Should be used on dry hair.
I love that this Kenra hairspray holds my hair all day but doesn’t leave a layer of yuck. Kenra hairspray makes your hair look like you just woke up with the style and didn’t spend time and effort doing it.
Here I paired the texture spray with the hairspray! When both are used togehter it is really a 1,2 punch like none other!
Protects Against Humidity + Shine Finish + Smoothes Flyaways + Detangles and Tames Frizz
Great product to use when you want to wear your hair straight. I use this product as my finishing touch to straight hair. Like all other Kenra products, it’s lightweight and doesn’t weigh the hair down. Gives shine to both dark and light hair. Silkening mist works great on all hair types and doesn’t leave your hair looking greasy.
Shake can before use. Hold 8-10 inches away. Can be sprayed in a short burst or in long continuous ones. Should be used on dry hair. I personally like to spray throughout different sections of my hair about a 1/2 inch at a time. To help me section and spray my hair I use hair sectioning clips, of few of which can be found with this link here!
Because most silking products are simply oil I recommended Kenra Silkening mist for people with thin hair because it has more ingredients in it than just oil. Even if you have dry hair, it is so easy to over saturate your hair and look like a grease ball.
The silkening mist comes out of a spray bottle you don’t have to worry about measuring liquid out onto your hand. Start with one spray and add more if needed. Make sure you brush between each spray to evenly distribute the product through your entire hair.
This product, like all Kenra products, work to fight against humidity. Great for those with wavy or curly hair that take hours to straighten it and want it to stay that way throughout the day.
Shine + Protects Against Humidity + Lightweight + Protectant
This product is more of a serum. It is lightweight, however, if you have very fine hair I would suggest you stick with the silkening mist.
My hair is dry and thick, so I absolutely love this product. I use a lot of this when my hair is wet, to quench my thirsty dry locks. While my hair is towel dried, I first apply the gloss to the midsection of my hair, go down to my ends and put the least amount by the top. Once I have applied it thoroughly, I will brush my hair to make sure it is evenly dispersed.
I like to use this product when I wear my hair straight and curly. It works as a nice buffer when I blow dry my hair and helps prevent damage from the blow dryer itself. If I can I typically try to let my hair air dry but for days when I can’t and have to dry it, I use this as a protectant.
You can use this on dry hair as well. I suggest you put this on dry hair right before you use any heat tools. The gloss on dry hair will not only make it even shiner, but it will also work as a protectant against your styling tools. Using a heat tool with the gloss will give you optimum shine.
It has a pump top, so to use this product start with 2-3 pumps, spread it around your hands and apply. I use about 12 pumps total when all is said and done. I have super dry hair so if you have naturally greasy hair I suggest using fewer pumps to start and than use more if needed.
Applying it on wet hair is tricky until you use the product more, so I suggest starting off on dry hair so you can see exactly how your hair will soak it up.
As I said, I will use this product no matter how I style my hair, but I prefer to use it more for times when I straighten it.
What I love about kenra is it works with any hair type! Even for the products made for those who typically wear their hair straight, it won’t weigh it down and the hair will still have a full look, allowing you to still have volume throughout. Store bought products will weight the hair down and make your hair stick down, pinned to your head.