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No More Bad Hair Days

Our team of experts share their best tips for making it through the steamy months in style

Wavy Hair, Tamed

Your hair is ... wavy

The Challenge
Although you have the tousled, beachy texture everyone covets, you also experience the summer gripes of both curly and straight types: frizz and flatness. Luckily, neither tends to be extreme, but you have to play to both sides.

The Plan
In the shower:
Think of wavy hair as curly hair light: You get the same fuzzy flyaways, so you need moisture, but you want less of it so you don't weigh down your tresses. Use a conditioning shampoo specifically for wavy hair — no more than three times a week. Try Sally Hershberger Supreme Head Shampoo for Wavy Hair ($9.50, Walgreens). Follow up with a light conditioner like Charles Worthington Big Waves Conditioner ($6, drugstores).

Styling secrets: Gently dab-dry hair with a towel (rubbing encourages frizz), then coat damp strands evenly with a light gel cream like Sunsilk Waves of Envy Gel & Cream Twist ($3.69, drugstores) or a texturizing spray like Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray ($21, for salons). To finish off, twirl small sections around your fingers to perfect the waves, then just let your hair air-dry.

In the salon: You can't go wrong with a shoulder-length, long-layered cut, but if you want to try something shorter for summer, consider a layered bob like Katie Holmes's. Worn naturally wavy in summer, it's low-key and easy to maintain; come fall, you can blow it straight for a sleek, smooth look on special occasions. But whatever your length, Pohl suggests, start the season off with a trim so you'll be less prone to breakage and split ends.

Emergency fix-it: Anytime your waves look flat, revive them by dampening and then braiding your hair. Blow-dry on a low setting or air-dry, then undo the braids.

Giving Life to Straight, Fine Hair

Your hair is ... straight and fine

The Challenge
Your issue is the opposite of frizz: "The minute you walk into humidity or start to sweat, your straight, fine hair goes limp," says Hanousek. And while body and curl may be lost, all hope is not. Good technique and the right lightweight products can really pump up the volume.

The Plan
In the shower:
Look for clarifying or volumizing shampoos, and avoid those with silicone or deep conditioners, which can weigh hair down. Try Joico Re:Nu Age Defy Fullness & Body Shampoo ($22, for salons). But don’t skip conditioner: Too-dry hair leads to flyaways. Choose a volumizing version that’s light enough to use after every wash. Try VO5 Extra Body Conditioner ($1, drugstores).

Styling secrets: After washing, lift top sections of your hair and apply two or three pumps of mousse directly to the damp roots. Massage it in like shampoo, then run it down the length of your hair. Try John Frieda Luxurious Volume Bountiful Body Mousse ($6.49, drugstores). Blow-dry immediately — hair can go flat if it air-dries. Lift strands with a natural-bristle brush so you can aim nozzle at the roots and create more height. While hair is still warm, lock in the style with a fine mist of aerosol hairspray. For extra sheen, finish up with a touch of shine spray: Spritz into the air and walk through the mist, says Hanousek. Try Suave Professionals Vibrant Shine Mist ($2.50, drugstores).

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