The Ultimate Healthy Hair Handbook

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"My hair always falls flat on top!"

The hair sins responsible: It starts out lush but by midmorning it's flatter than a pancake. Sound familiar? The key problems here: over-conditioning, shampoo buildup, concentrating the blow-dryer down on the roots instead of up (for height), and bypassing any styling products.

Hair Healers

Techniques Rest assured, fixing this problem is a matter of balancing the right products with the right styling moves. It all starts in the shower, when you're shampooing. Instead of plopping a glob of shampoo on your head, rub it into your palms first and work it through all parts of your hair evenly. Also, make sure to rinse thoroughly, as any residue will weigh it down later. Concentrate conditioner mostly on your ends and use a wide-tooth comb in the shower to distribute the rest through your hair before rinsing out. As for styling, spritz a volumizing spray or mousse into your roots and concentrate the heat right on the roots before moving to the rest of your strands.

Products Since product build-up contributes to flatness, it's helpful to use a clarifying shampoo at least once a month. Also, consider using mousse, which has made a huge comeback due to many of today's formulas that provide great hold without stickiness. Concentrate that on your roots and set it with the blow-dryer.

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