The Hair Guide

Get the best hair ever with more miracle-working tips and techniques than you’ll even know what to do with.

WEIRDEST MOST EFFECTIVE WAVY-HAIR TRICK TO DATE!
Spritz styling spray onto almost-dry hair, generously focusing on roots. Clamp a wide butterfly clip close to your scalp (it should be horizontal); clamp another one about three inches down the hair shaft; and so on, all the way around your head (think of the clips as makeshift hot rollers). Blast hair with a dryer for a few minutes; take the clips out, flip your head over, and give everything a vigorous shake.

Try:
- Kevin Murphy Full-On Protection Heat Protecting Texture Spray, $25, kevinmurphy.com.au
- Goody Easy Style Claw Clip, $4, drugstores

YOUR TOP 3 HAIR PROBLEMS AND HOW TO FIX THEM…

Frizz – Rich conditioner makes great styling cream – the thicker, the better.
Try: Dove Intensive Repair Daily Treatment Conditioner, $5, drugstores

Damage – Hair oil (leave it on dry hair for 20 minutes or so before washing out) is healthy shine in a bottle.
Try: Shue Uemura Art of Hair Essence Absolute Nourishing Protective Oil, $65, shuuemuraartofhair-usa.com

Lack of Volume – A good spritz of hairspray is more powerful than volumizer. A touchable formula means you can use more.
Try: Phyto Professional Workable Holding Spray, $24, sephora.com

4 NEW FAVORITES

1. The Ultimate Iron
Along with having digital temperature controls and ceramic plates, this flat iron subtly vibrates so heat penetrates faster, making it much less damaging than other models. The iron doubles as a curler if you twirl pieces around it.


Gary Manuel Vibrastrait Flat Iron, $200, 206-728-1234

2. Beachiest Hair Ever
This mineral Spray from Sally Hershberger creates the sexiest, easiest texture – in seconds. No product has succeeded nearly as well at approximating a day spent seaside.


Salon by Sally Hershberger Mineral Spray, $24, hsn.com

3. The Über Hairpin
Hairstylists live for this obscure, near-impossible-to-find German apparatus. It looks deceptively bare-bones – just a piece of wire, really – but the dimensions and proportions make it the Platonic hairpin ideal.


Gloria Haarfeil Hairpin, $3 for 10, naimies.com

4. Dry Shampoo – For $5
This wildly affordable formula is next-level-incredible at fluffing, texturizing and seriously extending the life of your blowout. It also smells fantastic.


Tresemme Fresh Start Dry Shampoo, $5, drugstores

THE END OF TANGLES IS IN SIGHT: 5 Solutions that work

  • Braid your hair before going to bed.
  • A heavy spritzing of Redken Detangling Lotion [$11, redken.com for salons], right out of the shower is amazing.
  • Saturate dry hair with Ojon Restorative Hair Treatment [$55, sephora.com] and leave it on as long as you can.
  • I don’t have even remotely curly hair, but Deva Curl No-Poo Cleansing Conditioner [$18, devachansalon.com] makes it so super-duper soft. It really works.
  • Brush before you wet your hair. And use a big paddle brush – I never believed the Mason Pearson hype, but now… I have no more tangles. [Mason Pearson Paddle Brush, $126, bigelowchemist.com]

COUNTERINTUITIVE BUT TRUE: HAIR OIL FOR VOLUME!
You’d think that rubbing oil into fine hair would be the kiss of death. But no: Just one drop, blended between your hands and smoothed over damp ends before a blowout, honestly bulks up hair like nothing else.
Try: Model Cosmetics Rose Veil Hair Serum, $45, amazon.com

FIRST TIME EVER: PERMANENT HAIRCOLOR WITH NO AMMONIA
A brand-new technology now gives you endless, lasts-forever color with none of the ammonia smell. It’s also much, much gentler on hair and incredibly moisturizing.
L’Oreal Professionnel Inoa Haircolor, price varies (approx $70), inoa-us.com for salons

HAIRSPRAY! IN A PEN!
Style fixative disguised as a Sharpie is, we think, an inherently awesome (not to mention practical) concept. On top of that, the formula is truly fantastic – enough hold to seriously keep things in place but totally brush-out-able.
Mega Aero Hairspray Pen, $9, boydsnyc.com

TRIUMPH OVER HUMIDITY
Whether your hair tends to go flat, frizzy, or suddenly gigantic when it gets hot and sticky outside, we’ve got the antidote.

Thick & Curly
*Wash your hair less – every two to three days at most
*Use shampoo designed for unruly hair.
*Rinse out only half your conditioner – what’s left leaves shine and weight.
*Smoothing creams and serums make an enormous difference when worked into wet hair before styling.

Try:
- Samy Ultra-Lightweight Conditioning Serum, $5, drugstores
- Aveeno Nourish + Style Soft-Hold Gel-Crème, $7, drugstores
- Ouidad Curl Quencher Moisturizing Shampoo, $15, sephora.com

Wavy
*Layers avoid puffiness at the ends.
*Lock out frizz when leave-in conditioner and/or smoothing cream.
*Air-drying is essential: The blow dryer encourages too much fullness, not to mention flyaways.

Try:
- Logics Polisheen Gloss Balm Medium Hold, $22, logicshair.com
- Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Nutrient Spray, $6, drugstores
- Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly Finishing Touch Cream, $5, drugstores

Fine & Straight
*Get a blunt, angled cut. Over-layering removes too much volume from limp hair.
*Color your hair; dye ruffles the cuticles slightly to create fullness.
*Try clear gloss treatments; they bulk up roots.
*Thickeners do help – work throughout your hair.
*A light – and this is important – anti-humectant hairspray keeps moisture in the air from weighing your hair down.

Try:
- Revlon Colorsilk, $4, drugstores
- Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Lemon Sage Thickening Spray, $13, paulmitchell.com for salons
- Fekkai Salon Glaze Clear Shine Rinse, $28, beauty.com
- Aveda Air Control Hair Spray, $24, aveda.com
- Tigi S-Factor Spun Satin Feather-Light Styling Soufflé, $28, tigihair.com for salons

BEST IDEA YET
Why nobody thought of this sooner, we don’t know: Each of these high-tech formulas works to enhance a particular style of haircut. The Shag Catalyst, for instance, gives great piecey separation, and the Long Layers version maximizes soft, bouncy waves. Plus, we love the groovy illustrations.
Hercut Catalyst In The Shag And Long Layers, $28 each, sephora.com

IT’S TRUE! YOU CAN BLOW-DRY REALLY CURLY HAIR YOURSELF
1. Condition – Nothing more important. The thicker and richer, we say, the better.
Try:  Hair Rules Quench Ultra Rich Conditioner, $24, beauty.com
Miss Jessie’s Crème de La Curl, $26, missjessies.com

2. The tighter the curl, the heavier your styler should be. Work it into the ends moving upward, but stop before you get to the scalp.
Try: Redken Curl Wise 14 Curl Defining Cream, $16, redken.com for salons

3. Air-Dry for about 15 minutes, then flip your hair way forward and, with one hand, hold your hair slightly above the ends. (They dry faster.)
Try: Sultra Sophisticated Power Dryer, $380, sephora.com

4. Blow-dry from roots to where you’re holding your hair, using a nozzle attachment with a narrow opening. Hold your hair lightly so the curls stay intact. Make sure you don’t use the dryer near your ends: If you do you’ll mess up what stylist nobly label “the integrity of the curl.”

5. Once you’ve loosened the curl as much as you want, eradicate extra frizz with shine serum.

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