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"No Matter What I Do, My Hair Goes Limp!!"


Dozens of you swore to us that your flat, lifeless hair could never hold a style. We empathize, but we know that with the right routine and products, it can. Here's how.

» Oil makes hair limp, so it's important to minimize the sebum on your scalp, says hairstylist Rodney Cutler, owner of the Cutler salons. Use a shampoo that contains astringents like rosemary and orange extracts or tea tree oil, wash your hair daily, and skip conditioner. If the ends of your hair are dry, use a little bit of volumizing conditioner on them.

» While hair is still damp, spritz a volumizing spray at your roots, then flip your hair upside down and blow-dry. (We like Matrix Total Results Amplify Wonder Boost Root Lifter, $15; matrix.com for salons.)

» Want some wave or curl? Apply a spray gel (like Redken Spray Starch 15 Versatile Ironing Spray, $14; redken.com for salons) on dry hair from midlength to ends, comb it through, then use a one-and-a-half-inch curling iron to create waves in two-inch sections; the gel gives your hair the grip it needs to hold the curls. Finish with a strong-hold aerosol hairspray. Use it liberally—the latest formulas (like Tigi Catwalk Session Series Finishing Hairspray, $21; catwalkbytigi.com) don't get sticky or crunchy.

» To maintain your style all day, spray a dry shampoo on your roots to absorb oil and create volume; keep a travel-sized bottle (like Oscar Blandi Pronto Invisible Volumizing Dry Shampoo To Go, $11; sephora.com) in your bag.

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