Curled up, pinned up, or down — your mane may just be your best accessory. Keep frizz and flatness at bay with this hair care and styling guide to healthy, silky, voluminous locks.
Back to Your Roots
Your scalp’s health is the key to stronger, luscious hair. Use a shampoo and conditioner that contains eucalyptus, peppermint oil, and menthol to stimulate blood flow to your roots. Combined with massaging your scalp, this will reduce excessive buildup of sebum that can strip away natural shine and lead to irritation and dryness.
Taking your vitamins helps keep hair strong from the inside out. Look for daily vitamins that contain biotin (vitamin B7) which not only promotes hair growth, but nail strength as well.
Keep both natural and styled waves bouncy by sleeping on a satin pillowcase. Cotton cases are coarser in texture and can lead to frizzy, tangled, and matted hair when you toss and turn at night.
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Pile it Up
For all you lazy girls, the best way to hide unwashed hair is to pile it into an updo. Updos actually work better with dirty hair because the oils hold a style better than newly washed strands, especially if they're curled.
Lift Limp Locks
Voluminous hair can be yours when you coat your hair with products infused with collagen, which plumps up your locks. Apply mousse to your roots, and lift them up with your hands while diffusing section by section. Turn your head upside down while drying to get more body.
Find Your Center
Middle parts draw attention to your smile and frame the face. They also emphasize the nose, so if that's not one of your favorite assets, a side part is flattering and flirty on everyone.
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Beat the Heat
When using heat styling tools, protect your locks by spritzing a heat protectant spray all over, like one that contains dimethicone, which melts when heat is applied to create a barrier between your strands and the damaging temperature of the appliance.
Aloe is the Answer
Consider using aloe vera on your hair. Its natural rejuvenating properties, like restoring pH balance in the scalp and soothing irritated skin, can fight dandruff and garner more sheen on your strands. Make sure to use the cream version, because the gel version leaves the scalp flaky.
Restrain yourself from plucking that single gray hair. While it's a myth that three pop up in it's place, making a habit out of pulling out strands leads to a damaged scalp, infections, or scars.
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Lather on the Lager
Believe it or not, washing your hair with beer is actually good for your mane. Proteins from the malt coats the hair and repairs damage, giving it body. Make a beer rinse by boiling 3/4 cup of it until it reduces to 1/4 cup, letting it cool, and adding one cup of regular shampoo.
If you're born with natural curls, it's best to style them while they're wet because that's when they're less frizz-prone. Apply styling product as if you were pulling hair back into a pony to spread it evenly.
Albeit messy, avocado is a great at-home mask for hair. Squash a full avocado and mix it with an egg yolk and teaspoon of olive oil. Apply the mixture to sections of your hair and pull hair back into a bun after each part is coated for half an hour. Wash it out and then use conditioner. The fruit's emollient ingredients will soothe dry hair.
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Beach hair isn’t just for summer! Get seaside-worthy waves like Whitney Port’s by towel drying hair and applying styling cream at the ends of your tresses evenly. Then, separate your strands into small sections and twirl them downward. Scrunch your hair while diffusing to achieve optimal volume and texture.
Save Your Strands
Dryness is more apparent in longer hair than shorter styles, so be sure to maintain your locks by using a deep conditioning treatment once a week and getting regular trims every three months to avoid split ends.
Tame the Fringe
Save an unnecessary trip to your hair dresser by trimming your own bangs. Divide your fringe into sections and use tiny cuticle scissors to avoid mistakes. Don't cut straight across and cut only a quarter inch at a time. Start from the middle and move toward either brow, then repeat on the other side.
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Rescue from the Rays
Treat hair color faded by sun exposure by using a gloss treatment that closes the cuticle while depositing shine and tone once a month. Consider using a styling product with UVA/UVB filters as well.
Fight dandruff naturally by mixing a half cup of apple cider vinegar with one quart of water and applying to hair after shampooing twice every week. The solution is full of acids that fight yeast that causes the dreaded flakes.
Always in Style
Ponytails are an easy and classy look that works on any kind of hair. The best spot to wear them for a playful look is high up at the occipital bone. Find your occipital bone by tracing a line from your nose to the back of your head.
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For shinier hair, use conditioner every time you wash and apply it midway up from the ends to preserve volume. Conditioner helps reduce friction that causes breakage and tangles.
Fake the 'Do
Rock a bob without committing to a new cut by starting off with a low, loose ponytail and tucking the tail back into itself. Secure the style with bobby pins and leave some pieces out to frame your face like Amy Adams did.
Oily hair is caused by an excessive production of sebum, a natural oil that keeps hair shiny and strong, and can be tempered internally by consuming foods with herbs like rosemary, eucalyptus, and sage that build body in your hair. Increased volume keeps hair from sticking to the scalp and appearing even greasier. Adding baking soda to shampoo once every two to four weeks also cleanses extra oil.
Stuck in Between
If you’ve decided to grow out your bangs, part your hair in the middle and loosely twist each half back behind your ears to hide the awkward in-between lengths.