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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...

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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