Hollywood starlets like Glee‘s Dianna Agron can leave us with hair envy (like this super shiny, half up/half-down ’do that she sported recently on the red carpet). And chances are, you envy the type of style that you can hardly ever master on your own (ie, those big bouncy curls you love to wear slip out of your fine hair moments after you curl ’em). No matter what type of hair you have curly/wavy/bone straight/super fine, chances are you have a recurring hair woe that plagues you. Here are a few remedies for those recurring hairy situations.
How can I minimize frizz?
The most common complaint among every hair type is the evil frizz. It is often caused by moisture infiltrating dehydrated hair. To stop frizz, you need to boost moisture in your hair and that starts in the shower by using a shampoo and conditioning duo like Living Proof No Frizz Shampoo and Conditioner. This will moisturize strands and help block humidity. Split ends are another common culprit so make sure to get a touch up haircut at least every six weeks. And of course you can use products to fight the fuzz. When you’ve completed your style for the day apply a small amount of a silicone-based serum – it will coat the hair shaft and prevent flyaways. Just make sure to use it sparingly so you don’t flatten your locks.
Try: Avon Advance Techniques Frizz Control Lotus Shield, $13
Why won’t my hair hold curls?
Super clean hair can be tough to style so start with second day hair and don’t use any heavy conditioners. If you haven’t washed since you last flat ironed your hair then don’t attempt this style until you’ve wet the hair. A straightener flattens the strand’s cuticle and no matter how many rollers or curling irons you use, your hair likely won’t hold much volume. Another tip: What sets the hair is the cooling process after heat so make sure to spritz hair with a heavy duty hairspray while it’s still in the shape you want and don’t separate the curls until completely cool.
Try: L’Oréal Professionnel Infinium Queen Construction and Finishing Spray, $22.
What’s the best way to condition without weighing my hair down?
Don’t deep condition on your way out the door on a Saturday night. Save it for a night in and try a treatment with rich oils that will repair the hair and gives it a good gloss. Leave the treatment on for at least 10 minutes or for a more intense treatment, sleep with the product in your hair, wrapping your locks in a towel and rinse it out in the a.m. After a full treatment let hair air dry or put it in a side braid.
Try: Ojon Restorative Hair Treatment, $65.
How can I make my style last for more than a day?
If you wake up after the second day and your locks look greasy start with a dry shampoo. Spritz your roots with this powdery substance and let it sit for a few minutes to absorb any oil before combing through and doing a quick upside down blow dry. Once your hair is set for the day try not to run your fingers through it – oil from your hands will dampen your style. If you want your look to last a second day, sleep on a silk pillowcase. It prevents breakage of your hair and lets you wake up and go.
Try: Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Extract, $16.
Why does my hair colour fade so fast?
A number of things can lead to lackluster colour (sun exposure, swimming, water damage). After dyeing, wait at least 24 hours before washing your hair. Experts say that your cuticle needs this time to fully absorb the colour. You also need to deep condition on a regular basis to help seal the colour in place. Try to avoid washing your hair with hot water, which opens the cuticle and lets the colour molecule escape, keep your heat appliances to a minimum and apply a conditioning mask before swimming. When you’re out in the sun protect your colour with a UV spray – yes even your hair needs sunscreen to prevent fading.
Try: Redken Color Extend Total Recharge, $21.