Best Advice of 2003

Give Hair Body

"To give your hair natural and long-lasting 'lift,' use your fingers or a wide-tooth comb to gently pull roots of hair away from your scalp as you blow-dry." --cl-donnaldy59

"Make sure you don't weigh down your hair. Always use clear or 'see through' shampoos. Opaque shampoos contain conditioners that can weigh hair down and make it fall flat." --cl-donnaldy59

"You can 'steam' body into your hair in the shower! Roll your dry hair with a few large Velcro rollers and slip on a shower cap, then step into the hot shower." --cl-donnaldy59

"Hairsprays that contain water (usually found in pumps) can make hair flat. Always use hairspray that comes from an aerosol can!" --cl-donnaldy59


Make Hair Shine

"To make hair really shine, add one tablespoon of fresh pink grapefruit to a dollop of your favorite shampoo and wash your hair as normal. Thanks to grapefruit's high acidity, it lowers pH levels in your hair, allowing the cuticle to lay flat and reflect more light." --cl-donnaldy59


Make Your Own Hot Oil Treatment

"For a wonderful hot oil treatment for scalp and hair: Combine two tablespoons olive oil and one tablespoon honey in a plastic sandwich bag; warm bag by placing it in a mug of very hot water for 30 seconds. Apply to dry hair, working through. Cover hair with shower cap. Leave on 15 minutes; wash as usual." --cl-donnaldy59


Dry Your Hair Straight

"I blow-dry my curly hair straight, and L'Oreal Nature's Therapy Unfrizz Smoothing Shampoo has done wonders for me. I also use L'Oreal's Heat Control Leave-In Protection Cream before I start blow-drying." --ejc0931


Make Your Curly Hair Curlier

"If you love Aveda's Be Curly but don't want to pay the price, Sally Beauty has a line called Beyond the Zone and a product called Noodle Head that's a knockoff of Be Curly. It works just as well, and costs much less -- about $4." --lillodawg


Tame Your Frizzies

"A drop of olive oil finger-combed through hair helps tame the frizzies!" --Donna

"I just started using John Frieda Frizz Ease serum on my slightly wavy hair, and it's amazing at making it non-frizzy. You have to follow the directions, though, or it won't work." --Michelle

"To combat frizz, don't towel-dry your hair and do not mess with your hair any more than you have to. Don't touch your hair during the day." --Laura

"I LOVE the deep conditioner that comes in hair color boxes. It's great if you leave it on for a few minutes and wrap your hair in a warm towel. Then rinse it out with cold water. I do this every three to five days to keep frizzies away." --bekahlinwages

"Sometimes straightening gels and other products are great for taming frizzies. Try Straight from Redken or Smoothing Gel from Senscience. Both are great for calming curls." --Diane

"My long and curly hair can get frizzy and dry at the beach. I take a spray bottle with me containing a mixture of water and conditioner, and I spray my hair each time I get out of the water. This keeps my hair from getting too frizzy until I can get home to wash my hair!" --ddfpv

"Silicone can really help tame your frizzies. It's a clear liquid used to temporarily coat and smooth the cuticle and add shine. (Make sure you always use it in small quantities to prevent buildup.) Some shampoos, conditioners and styling aids contain silicone. Look for words that end in '-methicone,' like dimethicone and dimethicone copolyol." --Pat

"I like a new line from Matrix called Sleek.look. It's a four-step system that blocks out humidity, tames frizzies and defines curls." --Michelle

"Try using Smoothing Serum from ARTec. Apply it to damp hair, comb your hair and don't touch it again. If it dries a little crunchy, run a large-tooth comb through it to break it up, and it will be very soft." --Pat

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