Movie-Star Hair at Home: 15 Hairstyle Tips
Thin and Fine
Look for thickening formulas that plump the hair shaft, like Neutrogena Triple Renewal Volume-Boosting Shampoo, $6.
Look for hydrating products infused with thermal-protective serums, like Dove Heat Defense Conditioner, $4.
Dry and Frizzy
Look for formulas with extra conditioners and silicones that moisturize and fight frizz, like Pantene Nature Fusion Moisture Balance Shampoo, $4.
Look for color-protecting and moisture-boosting products, like L'Oreal Paris EverPure Color Care Smooth Conditioner, $7.
How to Fight Frizz
Don't let the weather leave your sleek, glossy 'do with a halo of flyaways. Before you blow out curls or waves, coat your hair evenly with styling cream and silicone serum — this magic combination keeps strands hydrated and seals cuticles. Make the smoothness last by setting each section with a blast of cool air once your hair is completely dry, says Pelusi. What about naturally straight hair? Spritz on a little antihumidity hairspray to keep frizz at bay.
Use the Right Hairbrush
If you haven't bought yourself a new hairbrush in a while, now is the time. "Many women don't realize that those broken bristles have sharp edges that can shred hair and scratch the scalp," says Gretta Monahan, Dove celebrity hair stylist. You'll probably want to have a comb and more than one brush to handle various styling jobs. Here, a wide-tooth comb — use it to detangle wet hair after you apply conditioner. Start at the bottom and work your way up the hair strands. Shown: Earth Therapeutics Treatment Comb, $5.
Cushion Brush with Rounded-Tip Bristles
Use it to brush dry hair or to style wet hair with a blow dryer. Here, Nexxus Style Effexx Ceramic Vent Brush, $13.
Round Wooden Brush with Natural Bristles
Use it to smooth and straighten coarse, curly hair. Here, Olivia Garden Healthy Bamboo Brush, $15.
Round Ceramic Brush
Use it to quickly lock in volume around your crown if you have fine to medium hair. Here, Goody Ouchless Ceramic Hot Round Brush, $10.
A Better Blow-Dry
Tip: Before you bring on the hot tools, coat your hair with a thermal-protecting spray, serum, or cream.
— Wait until your hair is 80 percent dry before heat-styling. Start any sooner and you'll just waste time removing excess moisture.
— Use your dryer's nozzle attachment. It helps concentrate the heat right where you need it.
— Use high heat when drying the bottom half of your hair, medium for the top half. "Because it's thicker, the bottom portion can handle the heat better than the thinner hair closer to your head," says Pelusi.
Try the Infiniti by Conair Nano Silver Styler, $50.
Curl with Caution
— Your hair should be completely dry before you use a curling iron. Irons easily reach temperatures hot enough to boil the water in still-wet hair, which can cause breakage, says Jeni Thomas, PhD, senior scientist with Pantene.
— Hold the iron to your hair for no more than three seconds. For long-lasting curls, immediately rewind and clip sections to yourhead with long, metal clips. Let them cool for about 15 minutes, then release.
Try Vidal Sassoon's Answers 1-Inch Styling Iron for Fine Hair, $33.
— As with a curling iron, use a straightening iron only on completely dry hair.
— If you have straight to wavy hair, you should pass the iron over each section just once. "Never press it like an iron on a shirt. You've got to keep it moving," says Monahan. Coarse and curly hair can withstand more than one pass.
— The curlier your hair, the higher the heat setting should be. Use a lower setting if you have straighter locks.
Try Revlon's Nano-Silver Tourmaline Ceramic 1-Inch Straightener, $40.
Desperately Seeking Volume
Men aren't the only ones worried about receding hairlines; according to the American Academy of Dermatology, 40 percent of American women have visible hair loss by the age of 40. And while men can blame genetics (it's the cause at least 90 percent of the time, say the experts), women's hair loss is triggered by a range of factors, including stress, illness, and hormonal changes. Your doctor can determine the reason you're losing hair and, most important, prescribe the right treatment. But thinning hair can also be a problem. As we get older, the diameter of individual strands decreases, which makes hair lose volume, says Philip Kingsley, a London-based hair expert. What helps: Massage your scalp regularly to stimulate your hair to grow faster and use products that strengthen and plump hair without weighing it down.
Try Kiehl's Ultimate Thickening Shampoo, $18; Angela Cosmai European Treatment for Thinning Hair, $50; and Nioxin Volumizing Reflectives Thickening Spray, $14.
Pump It Up
Tricks to get body and lift:
— Mist the top of your hair with a volumizing spray, then pin upright at the roots with five or six clips. Let your hair dry completely before taking the clips out.
— Use a few Velcro rollers on dry hair around the crown and leave them in for at least 15 minutes.
— Blow-dry hair upside down tohelp your roots dry naturally in an upright position.
— Get a haircut with layers to make hair appear thicker and fuller.
Originally published in Ladies' Home Journal, April 2009.