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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

Giving Life to Straight, Fine Hair continued...

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, joico.com 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).

In the salon: Short styles are made for fine textures. Blunt bobs or supershort pixie cuts are great choices; the flatter they get, the more they shine. If you crave a lot of volume, ask your stylist for a short cut with spiky layers. When it comes to color, try highlighting only your top layer. The darkness underneath gives fine hair depth and creates the illusion of fullness, says Ceron, a hairstylist at Jose Eber Salon in Houston.

Emergency fix-it: Apply dry shampoo (keep a purse-size one in your bag) to your roots at the crown, then tease for instant volume. Try Buttercream Cosmetics Shampowder ($16, buttercreamcosmetics.com).

Protection for All Hair Types

Sunscreen for hair?
That's right — ultraviolet light can damage hair, says Andre M. Puleo, senior project scientist for Unilever, leading to split ends and breakage; it can also affect hair color. To protect your tresses, try Fekkai Summer Hair SunShine Shield Spray ($22, Sephora) or Citré Shine Shine Miracle Aerosol Shine Serum ($6, drug­stores). More critically, "scalp skin is vulnerable to cancer, especially along your part and anywhere hair is thin," says Ranella Hirsch, M.D., president of the American Society of Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetic Surgery. If wearing a hat isn't an option, spray your exposed scalp with a nongreasy sunblock like Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch Continuous Spray SPF 30 ($9.79, drugstores) before a day at the beach or poolside.

Originally published on July 9, 2008

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