- Get regular trims every four to six weeks—even if you're growing your hair. It's the only way to get rid of split ends.
- Invest in a good hair dryer. Choose one with nozzle and diffuser attachments. If you have straight hair, use the nozzle attachment, If you have curly hair, use the diffuser.
- Get colorful. Bored with your hair? The quickest way to update you look is to color your hair. Go all out, or subtle. Just make sure to choose a shade that suits you.
- Brush or comb hair before shampooing. Doing this loosens dirt and saves you to task when it's wet (and more prone to breakage).
- Wash hair every other day. Let you hair's natural oils work their magic. However, if you sweat profusely every day, then don't skip the suds. Use a light, gentle everyday shampoo.
- Brush long hair often. Oil tends to accumulate in the scalp, leaving the ends parched for moisture. Brushing spreads these oils, thus leaving your hair shinier and healthier.
- Use boar-bristle brushes. They're easier on the hair, and are great for smoothing away frizzies.
- Use the proper accessories. Snag-free elastics and hair claws are still the most hair-friendly!
- Get a hot oil treatment. It's inexpensive, and very effective in adding shine. Better yet, do it yourself!
- Tired of bangs? Hide them stylishly. Clip them to the side with a bobby pin, or use a thin elastic headband that's the same color as your hair.
- Use a clarifying treatment at least once a week. Give your hair a wake-up call and rid it of buildup—products, pollution—that can weigh it down.
- Go ceramic. When straightening hair, make sure the plates of your iron are ceramic—they make for a smoother finish. Also, don't forget to apply product before flattening your hair. Doing this protects your strands from damage.
- Let curly hair air-dry. Curly hair tends to be dry and heat styling can further dehydrate locks. If you need your tresses moisture-free right away, blot excess water with a towel, and use a hair dryer with a cool setting.
- Rinse conditioner off completely. Any leftover conditioner can make your hair seem heavy, dull, and lifeless. So be sure to wash it off thoroughly.
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