My hair has undergone many transformations in its almost 36 years of life. Through bad haircuts, bad perms, and just bad styling decisions overall … there is one thing that has always been consistent … my hair lacks volume.

I actually have plenty of hair. Not too thick, but not too thin either. It’s pretty healthy too, in my opinion. But it is your typical stick straight, slippery, “asian” hair (we all have an asian friend who claims her hair is “so asian” that it cannot hold a curl – yes?!). No matter the layers, the fringe, or the amount of “scrunching”, mousse, and air-drying-without-combing I do, it always dries to a straight, smooth sheet of hair. Flat. Like a board.

Through plenty of trial and error, I have found ways to keep my hair from looking too flat: less conditioning, shampooing and cleaning the hair every few days instead of everyday, blow-drying with a swishy movement … but there are very few products that I can use to clean and style my hair with that will not weigh it down. Products that I do use must be used in sparse amounts.

My current hairstyle is a short pixie with an undercut. I have got plenty of layers and choppiness in there, but again, without proper products it can look a little too smooth. While most days I can wash and go, I find a good blowdry can give life and edge to my hair. As of late, I have been prepping my hair with Nexxus Hydra-Light Root Mist before I heat style. A little spritz or two into the root of my hair adds a bit of boost and oomph exactly where I need it. Normally, some gel and hairspray would be used to create some choppinness but I find that using Root Mist and a small dab of texturizer, I can skip those two products which are too heavy and too sticky for my styling needs.

In addition to trying out the Root Mist, I also test drove Nexxus’ Hydra-light Conditioning Foam. As mentioned, I only wash my hair every few days … I probably condition less than that. While its easy to distribute my scalps natural oils through my short hair, my hair can feel dry at times. When I do condition with a conditioner, I find my hair really resistant to holding a style. During my test drive, instead of shampooing and conditioning in the shower, I shampooed as normal and then applied this foam before styling. What a difference! Where a creamy conditioner would make my hair too soft and straight and other leave-in conditioners would feel heavy in my hair until the next wash, this foam distributed easily and felt like air. It provided the hydration and moisture my hair needed, but didn’t compromise my styling efforts afterwards.

As I experiment with hairstyles, lengths, and cuts, I’m curious to see how the Hydra-Light line helps me along the way. My first impression is that the two make for a great combination for any hair type from thick and long to fine and short. I also think that they could be an asian-haired girl’s best friend!