A few strategic twists and you'll look like you're on a photo shoot at the mercy of a wind machine.
- Mist clean, damp hair with a salt-based texturizing spray to get that full, rumpled look and to keep strands from falling flat, says Jen Atkin, a stylist for Clear Hair in Los Angeles.
- Lift top sections, spritzing underneath at the roots. This gives hair "windblown" body without the help of actual wind.
- Secure hair in two low pigtails. Divide each in half and twist the two pieces around each other, tying ends. Wind; pin twists against head. (Check out this picture at the left -- this is how your mane should look.
Tip: Try securing strands with fabric hair bands, which won't leave weird ridges.) When hair's dry, unravel and run fingers through it.
Believe it: No curling irons were used to create these classic Old Hollywood finger waves.
- Rub a quarter-sized blob of medium-hold hair gel between your hands, then rake fingers through damp strands, starting an inch below roots and pulling to ends. Run a comb through hair to coat strands evenly, then use edge of comb to create a side part.
- Twist 3- to 4-inch sections of hair around your index finger, pinning coils to your head with duckbill clips until all of your hair is up, Atkin says -- use the pic at left as your guide. For more definition, coat hands with gel and press on each coil, like a flatiron.
- Let hair air-dry, then remove the clips and "brush" through the coils with your fingers, pulling gently to loosen the curls.
What's your damage?
Ninety-two percent of women have some, a Unilever study says. Pinpoint the problem; we'll solve it.
Permission to Plug In: A blast of blow-dryer heat opens hair cuticles, helping treatments to penetrate.
"It's actually breaking off."
The Deal: The cuticle layer becomes so thing, the hair breaks, mostly at weaker ends, crown and hairline. You need a hair mask that calls out repair, recovery or strengthening and has fortifiers like wheat protein and keratin.
Try This: At least once a week, slather strands with Alberto VO5 Salon Series Total Recovery Deep Conditioning Hair Mask, $6; wrap hair in a bun and rinse after 15 minuts.
"I have a head full of split ends."
The Deal: When the protective layer is damanged and dehydrated, hair cracks, just as skin does. A new kind of leave-in temporarily seals ends together. There's some science to it (+/- ion charges), but the bottom line is, it works.
Try This: Pureology Essential Repair Split End Treatment, $40, fixes and prevent splits with panthenol.
"My hair feels like straw."
The Deal: Refried hair is porous, so "it doesn't retain moisture on its own," says Ni'Kita Wilson, a cosmetic chemist in Englewood, New Jersey. Replace moisture with a hair oil mist, which won't weigh down even fine strands.
Try This: Spritz Ouidad Salon Series Mongongo Oil Multi-Use Hair Treatment, $58, on damp hair before style.
"Um...my hair stopped growing."
The Deal: Chances are, it hasn't. "But if the rate of growth and breakage are equal, it can seem that way," Wilson says. You can "feed" your scalp with a leave-on treatment spray to help the growth outpace the breakage.
Try This: Scalp food: Amino acids, in L'Oreal Paris Advanced Haircare Triple Resis Ultimate Strength Solution, $7.