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Surviving a Bad Hair Day

Experts share their tips for taming hair that's out of control.

Hair Styling: Quick Tips

If your hair is truly stubborn about holding a curl or even a wave, a few quick product switches may be all you need. Boston salon owner Marc Harris says start by using a styling creamfor a styling gel.

"This will add moisture to your hair, make it more pliable, and increase elasticity," says Harris.

If your hair is dry or damaged, avoid styling products with a high alcohol content, he says, and never spray fragrance on your locks.

"The alcohol content can make hair brittle and much harder to style," says Harris, owner of Salon Marc Harris on Newbury Street.

Most importantly: Limit time under the blow dryer. Harris says towel-dry hair first to remove at least 20% of the moisture, then hit with the dryer on low heat. And, he says, "Stop the minute your hair is dry. Don't use the dryer to style it."

If there's no time for your normal shampoo/blow-dry routine, experts suggest a dry shampoo -- products that use dry, oil-absorbing ingredients like cornstarch to clean hair without water. You simply spray in the dry shampoo, fluff with your fingers, and brush it out. You'll get a root lift and your style will look refreshed.

Moreover, dry shampoos are the secret weapon for many women with fine or limp hair. Even if your tresses are clean, a quick spray at the roots with dry shampoo and you've got instant lift and volume.

Hair Extensions: What You Should Know

If, no matter how you try, bad hair days just seem to multiply, then you might be the perfect candidate for the newest generation of hair helpers: extensions, clip-on pony tails, and even full wigs. No longer just the props of Vegas show girls or little old ladies, today everyone from pop stars to supermodels are turning bad hair days good with synthetic hair pieces.

Hair extensions can give you that "Hollywood look," says specialist Dayna Gamba of Shag Salon in South Boston

There are two different types of hair extensions, permanent and clip-on. The permanent are either sewn or bonded to your natural hair and last up to five months.

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