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    31 Foolproof Ways To Take Care Of Your Hair Between Trims

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    1. Snip split-ends as soon as you see them rearing their ugly, ugly heads. These genius Shark Tank cutting clips are a foolproof way to do so before your next professional salon visit: secure the clip to your hair, slide into place, and cut. That's it. You're done. No lopsided at-home bangs.


    Promising review: "The clip is very easy to use and gives great layers. My hair is fairly long and very straight. I haven’t used it on hair of different lengths/textures. It’s so nice to be able to give myself a quick trim when I start seeing split ends. Keeps my hair healthier and longer while helping me save a bunch of money. Just try to avoid using it under the influence of wine or it can be tempting to do something drastic!" —Virginia

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    2. I beg of you: Please please please use a heat protectant spray every 👏 single 👏 time 👏 you begin a hot tool session. This coconut, and olive oil blend banishes frizz and prevents damage and breakage.

    Promising review: "It smells great and actually makes my hair straighter. I used this product two days ago on dry hair before straightening with a flat iron and today my hair is just as straight and shiny. I mean REALLY shiny." —Dallyce.

    Get it from Amazon for $3.97.

    3. You'll want to use this microfiber Aquis hair towel for several reasons: it's microfiber construction is super absorbent and can cut drying time in half, it promotes serious shine, and it's ultra gentle. Did you know that hair is most fragile when it's wet? Well, it is! And this useful tool will prevent hair breakage when you're fresh outta the shower.

    Natalie Brown / BuzzFeed, Aquis

    Promising review: "I bought my first Aquis microfiber towels decades ago for a trip to the Galapagos. I actually still have my two original towels but have since added to the collection. They remain as good today as they were back then, and I don’t wrap my wet hair up in anything but! My hair is less tangled and dries faster when I wrap it in my Aquis towel straight from the shower. The added bonus is that while it is wrapped, I can easily do makeup without stray hairs ending up in the mascara brush. Love my Aquis towels!" —Loves to Travel

    To learn more, check out $20.99 (available in two sizes and five colors).

    Check out my BuzzFeeder Shopping colleague's full review in "This Miracle Hair Towel Actually Cuts My Hair Drying Time In Half."

    4. You can *also* enlist the help of a cotton T-shirt, a gentle alternative to your blow-dryer that will reduce frizz and minimize damage.


    Get a cotton T-shirt from Amazon for $4.05+.

    To learn more tips, check out "Women With Curly Hair Perfect Their Curls."

    5. Switch up hairstyles to prevent consistent breakage at the same spots! Always swooping your tresses into a low bun = constant pulling and tugging at the *exact* same strands of hair.

    Victoria Vouloumanos / BuzzFeed

    6. Give your hair some serious TLC with Pantene treatment ampoules, dubbed as ~rescue shots~ that can bring dried, fried, dead hair back to life. Pro-vitamin B5 guarantees a deep condition, repairing split-ends and leaving a shiny, frizz-free 'do behind.

    two tubes of product labeled "intense rescue shots" / Via @pantene

    Promising review: "This is great for frizzy hair. I have coarse, frizzy, wavy hair that gets routinely box-dyed. This product is basically a miracle. It doesn’t fix my hair, but I notice improvement after I use it. Much softer and more tame. Definitely recommend it!" —TheReviewer

    Get a two packs of three from Amazon for $9.56.

    7. It's time we ditch the dollar store hair ties and look to greener pastures: Burlybands. These won't stretch out, won't break after that extra wrap, and genuinely stay in place, plus they feature a seamless design that won't damage your hair (...unlike the one you're currently sporting on your wrist).,

    Promising review: "They're worth every dollar! It's not quite like any other hair tie I've seen before. It's really thick, very expandable, and super durable. I have thick, coarse, nappy, natural, African American hair and these certainly do the job! I don't care what type of hair you have or how much of it you got because these will do the job. And they won't rip out your hair while doing it." —Gracey

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $10.99.

    8. Consider investing in a shower filter if hard water has made your hair especially dry and brittle. This filter can reduce the mineral count your hair is exposed to whilst shampooing, i.e. shiny and nourished tresses will be as easy as one, two, I-was-doing-this-anyway.

    reviewer with shiny brown hair

    Promising review: "Wow! This little shower filter changed the life of my hair as well as my daughter’s hair. I just thought I had horrible hair. I bought so many products over the years to tame the frizz and dryness. On a recent trip to Virginia I used my aunt's shower (she is on well water) and my hair was so soft and manageable. I couldn’t believe the difference in my hair. I started researching and learned that chlorine and other hard metals can wreck your hair. I decided to give this filter a try. After the first use, and not putting any smoothing product in my hair, my hair was so soft and manageable. What’s so great about it too is that it literally took less than one minute to install. You can even take this with you and use on trips, it’s that easy! I am thrilled that this product literally changed my hair from frizzy brittle hair to soft and manageable." —jennifer richardson

    Get it from Amazon for $34.86.

    9. Take this DIY hair treatment quiz to determine what ingredients would work best for your tresses. For example, my hair is prone to gross greasiness ergo I should use an apple cider vinegar rinse!

    the quiz options

    I'll just have to combined one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with one cup of warm water after shampooing and *before* conditioning.

    Get apple cider vinegar from Amazon for $8.70.

    Take the "What DIY Hair Treatment Should You Use?" quiz.

    10. Try to wait until your 'do is ~90% dry to reduce frizz and damage, plus be sure to evenly distribute heat! I know your arm is exhausted from holding up that heavy dryer, but don't dwell on individual patches of scalp.

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    Speaking of hair dryers....

    11. A solid dryer = a seriously worthy investment when it comes to maintaining hair health. Add this Tineco Moda One ionic hair dryer to your shopping cart: it measures hair moisture 20 times per second to adjust heat flow accordingly, ensuring your mane dries quickly while retaining the least amount of damage possible.

    the purple metallic dryer with a black diffuser and two attachments

    This lightweight dryer comes with three attachments (including a diffuser) that attach — get this — magnetically.

    Promising review: "I am now convinced that high-end hairdryers really can make a difference! My hair is healthier, shinier, and I have cut my drying time in half. The only thing I am doing differently with my hair care routine is using the MODA ONE hairdryer. It is quiet, smart and stylish; it adjusts heat and airflow automatically to avoid hair damage and it gives me a signal (a colored sensor) when my hair is dry. Great product!" —CG

    Get it from Amazon for $299.

    12. Run treatment masks from root to tip with a comb! This small switch prevents product waste, plus is *way* more effective at ensuring that every strand is drenched in moisturizing goodness.

    BuzzFeeder Nichole Perkins getting product combed through their hair
    Taylor Miller / Alice Yoo / BuzzFeed

    If you're looking for a treatment mask, look no further than this sulfate-free argan oil tub! It's got jojoba, aloe vera, collagen, and keratin to strengthen even the most overly-processed tresses.

    Promising review: "Skeptics, look no further. This stuff is the real deal! I’m so happy I took the risk and tried this hair mask. After sitting at the hair salon with bleach foils for five, yes FIVE hours, my hair was completed destroyed and breaking off all the way up to my eyebrows. I thought my only options were to either get a pixie cut, or opt for a wig. The damage was that severe. I applied this mask two days after the hair coloring fiasco and left it on for four hours while I did chores around my apartment. When I rinsed it out, I noticed an IMMEDIATE difference in the texture, smoothness, and flow of my hair. It completely transformed my hair!" —Olivia

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    To learn more, check out "15 Simple But Life-Changing Tips For Anyone With Curly Hair."

    13. 🗣️: PUT DOWN THE HOT TOOL. These flexible curling rods are pros at giving you the perfect waves without subjecting your mane to unnecessary heat damage — which have my burnt split-ends and weak upper arms crying tears of relief, honestly.,

    Just wrap individual sections of hair around each rod, spritz with some hairspray to ensure a longer hold, go to bed, and THAT'S IT! Remove the rollers after your morning coffee and your hair will be set for the day.

    Psst, do you have straight, thin hair and are assuming these won't work for you? Well you are WRONG, because even reviewers with straight and thin hair swear by these things!

    Promising review: "As someone who colors their hair, I am constantly on the lookout for ways to style my hair without further damaging it; I therefore try to stay away from heated methods of styling as much as possible. I prefer heat-less methods like this because the curls seem to set for longer and stay bouncy. I have pretty thick hair and was looking for a casual, wavy look...the fact that my hair took to curling in such a short period of time (I had just left them in for two hours) is AMAZING!!" —Kiana

    Get a pack of 42 from Amazon for $9.99.

    For more info, check out "Hundreds Of People Use These Twist Rods To Get Perfect Heat-Free Curls".

    14. If you don't have patience required for the above, then enlist the help of bobby pins and hairspray for equally effortless waves: twist two sections of hair, pin 'em at the crown of your head, and wake up ready for the day.

    The tutorial for twisting hair to get beach waves
    Song Of Style

    Check out the full tutorial from Song of Style for the full "No Heat Beach Waves Tutorial."

    15. Ditch the cotton pillowcase (they absorb moisture and increase knotting!) and give a whole new meaning to the phrase ~beauty sleep~ via this satin pillowcase. Snoozing on this will reduce bedhead, extend your blowout, and prevent hair breakage — all while you're catching up on some much-needed shut-eye.

    model holding pillow with light pink satin pillowcase

    Promising review: "LOVE THESE! They are a beautiful shade of gray, well-made, and a perfect price! I ordered these to help protect against hair-breakage and I've already noticed a huge difference!" —shawnellnewberry

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $9.99 (available in 16 colors and three sizes).

    16. Hey, you! Make sure your hair's getting enough moisture! Lack of moisture = excess breakage! This argan oil Garnier leave-in conditioning cream tames frizz, extends style, and promotes shine, plus it costs *less* than a cup of coffee. Affordable and effective? I must be dreaming.

    Promising review: "...I put about a dime-sized amount of the cream in my hair for daily maintenance of frizz and shine until it’s time to wash it again, which is about every five days depending on how much I work out. Please note that my hair is very dry, thick, and there is a lot of it, so you may have to adjust the amount of product you put in your own hair depending on your hair type and length." —queenofthehouse

    Get it from Amazon for $2.99.

    17. Add this Bestool Detangler Brush to your shopping cart ASAP if you have 3a to 4c hair: it's designed with eight flexible combs that turns detangling wet *or* dry hair into a pain-free process. So long, tearing out strands in the name of more defined curls!

    Reviewer's picture with frizzy curls and then defined curls

    Promising review: "This brush works wonders on my 4c hair. I also bought it to use on my biracial granddaughter's hair that is extremely thick, course, and extremely curly. It is very difficult to work through her hair. You cannot just comb straight through it, so this brush has been a huge help. She can tolerate it and so can I. I'm very happy that I found it. I love the way you can brush both vertically and horizontally. It is solid." —MsLynne

    Get it from Amazon for $9.66.

    18. Provide tresses with an extra layer of protection via this Hask shampoo + conditioner duo, which uses organic rose oil and peach extract to seal in hair color while also giving bounce, body, and shine. Want to be cast in a shampoo commercial? This is step one toward that royalty check.

    the light pink bottles with bright pink caps labeled "rose oil and peach" / Via @haskhair

    An FYI that this holy grail shampoo and conditioner duo is sulfate-, paraben-, and drying alcohol-free.

    Promising review: "This product made my fine, color-treated, and slightly damaged hair feel shiny, bouncy, and smelling fresh and clean (without being overpowering). I will honestly never use another shampoo/conditioner again after finding this product! I LOVE it!" —Joy Evans

    Get the set from Amazon for $14.20.

    19. Healthy hair starts at the root, i.e. your scalp. Try this no-rinse Head and Shoulders scalp treatment and hit the reset button on dryness and itching for up to 24 hours. The unsung heroes in this raved-about product? Coconut and peppermint oil.

    reviewer before and after photo of dandruff on the left and none on the right

    Promising review: "I saw an immediate difference from my first use of this product. For about two months, my scalp was abnormally and extremely dry and flaky. After one use, I noticed a visible difference. I don't normally write reviews, but this line of products is the real deal! I definitely will be purchasing again." —L. Btlr

    Get it from Amazon for $8.97.

    20. If you're open to exploring the world of at-home hair trims, those dull dollar store scissors just aren't going to ~cut~ it. These high-quality shears make maintenance between salon visits easy: Simply trim off split-ends when you see 'em.

    picture of comb and shears labeled "since my sister's home imma ask her to trim my hair"
    Victoria Vouloumanos / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "It is a breeze cutting my own hair with these scissors. I just trim off the tips to get the split ends off; nothing fancy. The scissors cleanly and easily cuts through my hair." —Ana

    Get the cutting shears from Amazon for $24.97.

    To learn more, check out "I Grew Out My Hair And Here Are The Popular Tips That Actually Worked."

    21. Vacuum up grease with Hair Dance powder dry shampoo, an easy way to extend style and increase the time between each hot tool session. Pro tip: Adding some to your roots before bed is way more effective, that way it has all night to really ~soak in~ and do its job.

    on the left, a person with bangs and on the right, the same person with bangs that look less oily

    This vegan and cruelty-free dry shampoo doesn't contain any talc, parabens, or baking soda (hooray).

    A personal note: As someone with thin, greasy, flat hair, I can confidently say that powder dry shampoos are so much better than aerosol ones. Like, they actually make your hair look freshly washed.

    Promising review: "My hair is ALWAYS oily at the roots and aerosol cans of dry shampoo make my hair stiff, but this stuff...this stuff is amazing! Adds volume, doesn't completely dry out my hair, and does not leave residue or build- up (I have black hair so this is very important). Also, my hair smells super fresh after using it. Would give more stars if I could!" —Gabriela

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    22. Evanescence the heck out of your hair — in other words, it'll bring it back to life (😉) — by using this Neutrogena mask once a week. It combines olive, meadowfoam, and sweet almond extracts to nourish over-processed tresses and give an immediate dose of healthy shine.

    hand holding a plastic orange and white jar with the text "Neutrogena triple moisture"

    Leave this weekly mask on for about five minutes, rinse it out, and style as usual. You'll need to use very little product each week, meaning one tub will last you about an entire century.

    This product doesn't explicitly add volume but it's a great conditioning treatment that also won't weigh thin hair *down*, either.

    Promising review: "I have very thin hair naturally and it's also pretty dry because I dye it quite a bit. This hair treatment really helped my dry locks! If you've got dry hair, this will do wonders." —Hannah Farrell

    Get it from Amazon for $15.98.

    23. This John Frieda brunette-enhancing glaze is a weekly treatment that maximizes shine for a mirror-like effect that enhances natural brown color *and* covers grays. (It's also ammonia- and peroxide-free, aka is less damaging than that box dye you're hoarding in your bathroom.),

    Promising review: "I have naturally dark, chestnut hair and I had gotten tired of the expense of coloring in the salon and the damage it was doing to my hair. I spent the last year growing out all the damage from highlights and color. My hair was healthy and shiny, but it started to getting gray! But this provided unbelievable results. Not only did this camouflage the gray hairs by tinting them blonde, but it gave my overall natural color a rich, lustrous shine. This is well worth the money." —Lisa Combs

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    24. Shampoo natural hair every seven to 10 days (you can also co-wash with conditioner in the interim). Over-washing will lead to the stripping of essential oils, which then leads to dryness *and* hair losing its shape.


    25. Give your hair some shine, shine, and more shine with a quick (but effective) L’Oreal lamellar treatment. It banishes dullness in eight seconds flat, giving your mane all that lustrous bounce but thankfully *none* of the weigh-down. / Via @lorealparis, / Via @lorealparis

    Apply this directly to wet hair avoiding the roots, massage it in for eight seconds, then rinse. Effort required = practically zero.

    Promising review: "i have very thin, dry, and damaged hair due constantly dyeing it blonde. I’ve tried so many hair products and different types of shampoo and conditioners, and nothing seems to really help my hair. BUT this stuff literally is magic. I’ve used it three times and I haven’t seen my hair look this good (shiny, healthy, hydrated)." —Nikki Minnis

    Get it from Amazon for $8.97.

    26. Nip brassiness in the bud with a cult-favorite Fanola purple shampoo. The violet pigment in this formula works to wash away unwanted yellow in your 'do, meaning you can extend the time between salon visits — and the benefits of that are two-fold. You'll save a ton of money on appointments, plus won't have to subject your hair to additional bleaches and dye that will (I'm sorry to tell you this) cause additional damage.

    three photos of reviewer hair showing the loss of brassiness from left to right

    Use this only once a week (for about three minutes at a time) to prevent your hair from turning a slightly lavender shade.

    Promising review: "Finally! A purple shampoo that actually does something to my brassy hair! I have silver-white hair that is exceptionally hard to maintain due to how easily my hair gains brassy tones and how stubborn they are to remove. I've tried a ton of other brands, and none of their toning shampoos will do a damn thing to my hair even if I leave them on for an hour. I normally have to dilute violet direct dyes to make a dent in my brass. It's nice to not have to schedule a chunk of time to mix a batch of custom toner, painstakingly apply it, and then sit around for an hour while it does its stuff. This shampoo actually works really well and can cut a lot of time out of my bi-weekly color maintenance." —Audrey

    Get it from Amazon for $13.21.

    27. Spritz some Amika blowout mist into your hair (it was definitely voted most likely to succeed in its high school yearbook). This affordable BB is truly a one-stop-shop for all your haircare concerns: it provides volume, adds texture, helps preserve style, and is even packed with Provitamin B5 to minimize breakage *and* provide heat protection.

    image of model split down the center; the left contains the text "before" while image on right is labeled "after" and shows the model with more voluminous hair

    Promising review: "Do you want just one product to spray in your fine hair to give it volume and the perfect blow out at home? Of course you do, and that is why you should buy this stuff. I can spray four to five pumps in my hair, blow-dry, and it looks great. It gives volume without being sticky and hold without being stiff." —Beth Bailey

    Get it from Amazon for $10.

    28. Those 10 pounds of dry shampoo you used two days ago is still trapped in your roots. Trust me. It didn't exactly run away. Use an anti-residue Neutrogena clarifying shampoo to deep clean the build-up that would otherwise lead to lack of body, excessive grease, and *gulp* stringiness.

    the white bottle with black cap labeled "anti-residue formula"

    This nonirritating shampoo should be used once a week (using it too much may make your hair overly dry) and is gentle enough to use on any hair type, including color-treated manes.

    Promising review: Getting all the residue left from other hair care products absolutely transforms my hair. I have a lot of fine/thin hair which can get weighed down pretty quick. This comes is a really crisp bottle that is the perfect size, not to mention that since you don't use it every day, it is lasting such a long time." —Dillon Okimosh

    Get it from Amazon for $4.74.

    29. Strengthen hair follicles (and make like an at-home head massage) by applying Coco & Eve's pre-shampoo scalp scrub. A caffeine, peppermint, and coconut oil trio does it all: treats split-ends, soothes agitated scalps, combats dandruff, and smells divine.

    model holding up pink tube with green cap
    Coco & Eve

    Promising review: "I’ve struggled with dandruff for a while and nothing seemed to work, but one use of this mask and I’m completely flake-free. My scalp feels so clean — like how it feels when I’ve been to the hairdresser. It’s amazing!" —Anna

    Get it from Coco & Eve for $36.90.

    30. Cover grays between salon visits with an ammonia- and peroxide-free L'Oreal Paris temporary spray. A spritz of this lightweight formula hides silver strands with no smudging or sticky residue, which basically makes it the concealer of your haircare routine. What do we love? Quick fixes to that require a very small amount of effort.

    Promising review: "This stuff is amazing! Like magic. I thought I’d give it a try as I usually use a powder with a brush to cover up my grays in between coloring, but this stuff...OMG! Sprays right on and looks so dang natural This takes care of covering up grays in between coloring in a cinch." —Lisa98

    Get it from Amazon for $7.42 (available in eight colors).

    31. Living Proof shampoo and conditioner has a favorite seven-letter word: H-E-A-L-T-H-Y. This combo gently cleanses and nourishes your hair back to health, protecting it from potential UV and hard water damage. Who dyes their hair every eight weeks? You! But with this stuff, it won't look like it.

    the purple shampoo bottles with white caps / Via @livingproodinc

    Promising review: "I don’t know if it’s the combo of both the shampoo and the conditioner or just one of the products, but this has left my mother-in-law's hair the softest it has ever been — and she has thick, coarse, processed hair since she dyes it regularly to cover up grays. Her hair has never been this healthy and she hasn’t even finished using one bottle yet!" —Elizabeth Luviano

    Get the shampoo and conditioner from Amazon for $29 each.

    Me, awaiting that royalty check from my latest shampoo commercial:

    Buena Vista Pictures

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