Photography Raymond Lee Styling Bryan Goh Hair Zeevy Tee, using Kevin.Murphy Makeup Kenneth Lee, using Cle de Peau Beaute Model Olivia/Looque 

We’re all for do-it-all products as long as they do it all well. A hair primer, which works like a makeup base for hair, does do it all well. Here are five ways it’s good.

  1. It’s a lightweight leave-in conditioner. It doesn’t weigh down fine hair, and works just as well on normal hair. But if you have very dry or damaged hair, you’ll need to apply a separate leave-in conditioner. 
  2. It’s a pre-styler. A hair primer works like a “base coat”, smoothing hair and helping styling products to stay on until the end of the day. 
  3. It’s a styling product. It detangles, gives shine to any type of hair, and provides a light hold for low-maintenance styles like loose or natural waves
  4. It acts as a moisture barrier, keeping humidity out and preventing midday frizz.
  5. It protects hair. The coating of primer on your hair is a shield against UV damage, as well as heat from styling tools like your blow dryer, straightening iron or curler.

And here are five hair primers to try:

 

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This story was originally published in the August 2018 issue of Her World magazine.