Boar bristles are gentle on delicate hair, and a round shape helps you attain maximum volume. Use the brush to pull sections of hair upward as you blow-dry. RSpick: Goody So Natural round brush, $9 at drugstores.
Hot rollers (not the Velcro kind, which pull and tear fine hair) are the secret to volume and bounce for fine hair. Velvet-covered rollers are best. Use on dry hair, and remove after eight minutes. RSpick: Conair Instant Heat Ion Shine Rollers, $30 at drugstores.
When hair is dry, use a fine-tooth comb to tease sections at the crown to get lift. Start two inches from the scalp, and comb hair toward the roots. RSpick: Speert comb, $7 at drugstores.
"It's the antidote to drooping hair," says stylist Kevin Mancuso of the Rita Hazan Salon in New York City. Spritz at the roots, then blow-dry. RSpick: Ojon Volume Advance Volumizing Styling Spray, $23.50, ulta.com.
Use one containing body-building wheat protein before applying other styling products. RSpick: Rene Furterer Tonucia No Rinse Fortifying and Densifying Treatment, $20.50, amazon.com.
"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. RSpick: 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. RSpick: 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. RSpick: 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. RSpick: 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. RSpick: Nexxus Phyto Organics Maxify Volumizing Mousse, $10.50, sleekhair.com.
"Boar bristles mixed with nylon ones help grip and move through thick hair," says stylist Dennis Bartolomei, the owner of Chicago’s Dennis Bartolomei salon. RSpick: Denman Grooming Brush, $20, denmanbrush.com.
When you're in a hurry, skip washing and blowing out your hair and go for a flat iron. A ceramic one is gentle and adds polish and smoothness. RSpick: TStudio Pink Tourmaline Ceramic Straightener, $40 at drugstores.
"This product keeps hair smooth but not greasy," says stylist Morgan Blackburn. RSpick: Redken Urban Experiment 7 Velvet Gelatine, $22, redken.com for store locations.
Silicone Shine Spray
Hold at arm's length and spray a fine mist over your entire head before flat-ironing to provide a protective barrier to the direct heat and to amp up glossiness. RSpick: Alterna Hemp Spray Shine, $20, beauty.com.
Give thick strands body: Wind sections around the rollers, spritz with hair spray, blast with a dryer, then remove. RSpick: Velcro Brand Stylers, $4, Sally Beauty Supply.
If flyaways prove to be a problem, you can tame them with a hair smoother.
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Air-drying thick hair can take a long time; blow-dry using a diffuser (which keeps curls intact) to cut down on styling minutes. RSpick: Diffuser included with the Conair Lightweight Ionic Styler, $30 at drugstores.
Boar-and-Rubber-Bristle Round Brush
To wear your hair straight, blow-dry with a round brush. Mixed bristles grip hair well. RSpick: Warren-Tricomi vented-thermal brush, $30, folica.com.
When thick, curly hair is well moisturized, it's less likely to frizz. RSpick: Fekkai Luscious Curls Conditioner, $25, fekkai.com.
Conical Curling Iron
Enhance your natural assets: A curling iron can help define unruly curls no matter how tight or loose they are. RSpick: Rusk Professional Thermal Curling Wand, $68, beauty-mart.com.
It’s crucial to shield your hair from the direct heat of a flat iron. Use an ultralight liquid strengthening heat protectant that contains silicone to add shine. RSpick: Biosilk Silk Therapy, $11, drugstore.com.
To avoid having to blow-dry and iron too often, don't wet hair every day (too much heat styling can make hair prone to breaking). Use a shower cap on days you don't shampoo.
Touch up sections of dry hair around the face or at the roots with a flat iron.
Sleep with your hair covered in a kerchief made of satin or silk to protect from breakage and keep it smooth.
"Choose a leave-in that is as light as water so that the hair retains its body," says stylist Shirlena Allen, who owns the 50 North Salon in Beverly Hills. Apply it to towel-dried hair every time you rinse or wash in the shower. A heavy, creamy conditioner will weigh down relaxed hair. RSpick: Elasta QP H-Two Leave-in Moisture Sealing Conditioner, $4, texasbeautysupplies.com.
For more conditioner choices, check out the nine we road-tested at Real Simple.
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When you blow-dry your hair straight, "hair spray controls flyaways and keeps hair in place without a sticky, tacky feeling," says Allen. RSpick: Paul Mitchell Extra-Body Finishing Spray, $17, drugstore.com.
Make this hair type wash-and-go: On damp hair, with your fingers, rake through a quarter-size amount of leave-in conditioner, which will activate and define the curl pattern. RSpick: Redken All Soft Velvet Whip, $15, redken.com for store locations.
On days when you blow your hair straight, use a flat paddle brush, which keeps it smooth as you dry. RSpick: Creative Products Birchwood Paddle Brush, $16, amazon.com.
To help tame frizz and bring out natural curl, apply a setting lotion to wet hair. You can dilute it with water depending on how much hold your hair needs. RSpick: Mizani Masters Line Setting Lotion, $16, mizani-usa.com for store locations.
Following a blowout, Allen uses a flat iron "to smooth frizz and make the hair shine." RSpick: Hot Tools Ceramic Titanium 1-Inch Flat Iron, $51, hottools.com for locations.
You could also try one of the hair sprays we chose as our top-rated.