Are You Buying Too Many Hair Products?
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"This seals water into damp hair," says hairstylist Ouidad, the owner of the Ouidad Salon in New York City. Use a superlight hydrator on towel-dried hair before applying other styling products.
RS pick: Pureology Instant Repair Leave-in Condition, $24, pureology.com for store locations.
To give your hair lift, slip a clip into damp hair at the roots, twist it slightly, then anchor. Repeat all along the hairline. Remove clips when hair is dry.
RS pick: Goody So Secure Sectioning Clips, $3, Target.
Round Boar-Bristle Brush
When you want to blow your hair straight, use a gentle boar-bristle brush, which won't snag hair.
RS pick: Creative Products Boar Bristle Round Brush, $14, amazon.com.
Don't have time to air-dry? Attach a diffuser to your dryer and blow-dry on low to speed things up.
RS pick: Diffuser included with the Conair Lightweight Ionic Styler, $25 at drugstores.
"Mousse is versatile," says Mancuso. "It creates thickness and shine and lifts fine curls without weighing them down." Too much styling cream and defrizzing serum can cause fine curls to collapse.
RS pick: Nexxus Phyto Organics Maxify Volumizing Mousse, $10.50, sleekhair.com.
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