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Problem: Flat hair

Solution: Your best choice is a root lifter. This product has an ingredient that coats hair, making roots firm so they stand up on end. And root lifters usually have a special nozzle to spritz the formula right on your roots. Apply while hair is damp and then massage it in with your fingertips before blow-drying.

If you’re looking for all-over fullness, use a mousse; it’s light, so it won’t weigh down limp locks. Use a palm-size amount; work through damp hair, then comb through with a fine-tooth comb to distribute throughout hair. Blow out with a round brush to create lift.

Quick trick Flip your head upside down while blow-drying. The heat will set the root in that “upside down” position so once you flip your head back up, your hair will stay lifted.

Problem: The weather

Solution: If you go on the offensive, you can minimize the effects of barometric fluctuations. Try these tricks for:

Humidity Silicone-based products are better at locking out moisture than wax- or mineral-based formulas. Check the label to see if the first ingredients listed are words ending in “-one.” If humidity is actually your friend (your hair lies flat otherwise), make the most of its plumping effects, but keep strands under control by spraying a volumizer at the roots of wet hair, then applying a dollop of mousse the size of a golf ball from an inch above your roots all the way to the ends. Once hair is dry, mist it with a humidity-resistant hairspray.

Sun and salt damage A hat is imperative, but add a hair sunscreen to your arsenal, too. Hair sunscreens are formulated to protect your strands from the damaging, drying effects of UV radiation. If you’re going to the ocean or pool, tote along a conditioner and apply it often to keep hair hydrated.

Static Mist hairspray onto a brush, then run it over your hair to smooth the strands. When you’re on the go, rub a dab of hand cream into your hands and then run hands lightly through hair to tame flyaways.

Extreme cold or heat Periodically change your part so that the same section of your hair isn’t always exposed, says William George, owner of the James Joseph Salon in Boston. Otherwise you may end up seeing a lot of breakage.


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