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April 12, 2010

Quick Style Fixes for Every Hair Type

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CURLY

THE WASH: Curly hair tends to be drier than straight hair because oil doesn't slip down the strands as easily. This translates to fewer weekly washings (think once every three or four days) and more protein-packed products. Weekly conditioning masks will also help soothe flaky scalps.

THE STYLERS: "The curlier the hair is, the more it meshes together to catch ingredients," says Thomas, "so application is key." Light gels and serums work well combed through damp coils, while curl-defining sprays spritzed on the underside of hair offer a crunch-free finish.

THE TOOLS: "A detangling comb is your best friend," says Danilo. "I prefer to style hair with a lot of volume, and then tone down the look with a cuticle-smoothing tourmaline hot tool. I also apply finishing creams with my fingers to avoid brush-induced breakage."

THE CUT: "Don't choose a haircut that only works with straight hair," says Pipino. Ask your stylist to cut your strands in their natural coiled state or look for a salon that specializes in textured hair.

COARSE & CURLY

THE WASH: Hydration is key for these thirsty locks. Skip regular conditioners in favor of leave-ins, and use a hydrating mask with ingredients like shea or cocoa butter at least once a week.

THE STYLERS: "I tell clients with straightened hair to sleep on a silk pillowcase to reduce breakage," says Ursula Stephen, who gets Paula Patton red-carpet-ready. Women with salon-created styles can use repairing wrap lotions, while those with natural hair should treat themselves to monthly at-home scalp conditioners and opt for snag-free seamless combs.

THE TOOLS: "You don't need intense heat every day, so choose an iron with a gauge on it," says Stephen. Thinner, rounded flatirons are best to smooth hair at the root.

THE CUT: "Regardless of your length, volume, or texture, try a feature-enhancing architectural cut for summer," says Stephen, who also creates Rihanna's iconic styles.


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