12 Tips for Fabulous Hair

Advice from local pros on how to get show-stopping locks

How often should you shampoo? “Wash your hair as little as possible,” advises Mark DeVincenzo of Continental 109, “especially if you have thick or curly hair.” Ashley Hackbarth of Static Salon cautions that fine hair may start to look flat or oily after a day or so, though.

What should I do about tell- tale roots? Hackbarth suggests zigzag parts and using Wow Root Cover Up in-between color appointments.

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What should I do about fly-aways? “Treat fly-aways by spraying a comb with hairspray and running it through your hair,” says Joseph Gecaj of Josef Mikel Salon. Or try John Frieda Full Repair Touch-Up Flyaway Tamer.

Jazz up your ponytail It’s easy! “Wrap hair around the base of a ponytail and pin it under,” says Mark Gagliardi of ECLIPSE Hair-Body-Nails. “Or tie your hair up, section it into three parts, braid it, and tie at the end.” Another option is to “part your hair down the middle and create a low pony. Take two pieces and then twist-tie them at the end.”

Are keratin treatments worth it? Keratin treatments can be pricey, but “They cut blow-dry time down and, if you have thick and frizzy hair, it can save hours a week,” says Debbie Kolley-Bartko of Static Salon. Beauty and wellness expert Jeannine Morris-Lombardi agrees. “Even though the treatment is still considered controversial, it saves people time, and that’s worth every penny,” she says.

Flatirons are not all created equal! Diane Cermele-Segel of Salon POSH and Joseph Gecaj suggest an iron with ceramic plates for even heating. Gecaj also recommends one with variable heat settings, because different types and textures of hair require different temps. Other good plate materials are tourmaline and titanium, which offers the fastest heat transfer and is great for thick, wavy hair.

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Avoid bed head. “Going to sleep with a bun and some bobby pins in your hair will help your blow-dry last longer,” says Hernan Prada of Hernan Prada Hair. Morris-Lombardi agrees. “I recommend wrapping your hair in a loose bun overnight. It doesn’t get tangled, and you are left with smooth, yet tousled, strands.”

Did you know that, according to www.makeup.com, if you apply hairspray to bobby pins  before you put them in, it prevents them from slipping out?

Minimize frizz by sleeping on a satin pillowcase, as it reduces friction, says The Huffington Post.

Watch out for chemicals in hair products. “Don’t wreck your hair by using products with sulfates or parabens,” says Cermele. “They can tear apart the cuticle covering the hair shaft and can cause skin irritation. Lisa DeMaria of Topaz Salon uses organic hair products in her salon “because synthetic chemicals like silicone, sulfates, and parabens are harmful to our skin, hair, and overall health,” she says.

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What’s the best shampoo for processed/colored hair?  Ashley Hackbarth of Static Salon recommends: Alterna Caviar Volume Shampoo, Goldwell Kerasilk Color Shampoo, L’Oréal Paris Ever Pure Sulfate-Free Color Care Moisture Shampoo, Eufora Volume Volumizing Shampoo, and label.m Honey & Oat Shampoo

African American hair requires products that moisturize and define. “I’d have to say that the market for African American hair has grown so large, it’s hard to pinpoint the best [products],” says Melanie Yvette, founder of the blog Beautifully Brown. “But I love Mizani, Dark and Lovely’s Au Naturale Protective Styles line, and TGIN. I like Dark and Lovely for hair color. I love Living Proof, too.”

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