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1.Rid your hair of split ends without having to get a full cut with a nourishing Dove serum. Its formula has broken ends in mind to both restore shine and softness — aka you can maintain your hair's health even if you REALLY don't want to snip it yet.
2.Hydrate your natural hair with some Shea Moisture curl and style milk so you can tell the ghosts of frizz past to bounce. Its main ingredients (silk protein, coconut, and hibiscus) smooth stressed curls to give your hair a soft and silky feel.
3.Set your diffuser on its lowest heat setting to avoid too much damage (heat tools = more frizz). And if you're saying, "Do I need a diffuser?" then let me just tell you — YES. It's a one-way ticket to smoother, glossier 'dos.
4.And! Be sure to wait for your hair to dry 90 percent of the way before you blow-dry. Not only does this keep your hair healthy, but you'll always be more successful styling damp — not wet — hair.
5.Hit rewind when it comes to years of coloring with an astoundingly nourishing Coco & Eve coconut and fig mask. This'll do such a good job at restoring shine and health you'll wonder if you've ever SEEN bleach.
6.Give your hair a break from curlers from time to time — we all need days off, your mane included. Instead, style it with a headwrap to win the best of both worlds: style and recovering hair.
7.Don't let stormy weather *rain* on your parade — literally. Replace fruitless straightener battles with a few drops of a John Frieda anti-frizz serum. It'll protect your precious locks all day from rain, humidity, and wind (oh, my!) without the need for sizzling strands.
8.Opt for a cotton T-shirt for a gentle way to dry your hair. It prevents breakage and any more split ends from magically appearing. Some news: towels can actually be pretty damaging to fragile (especially curly) hair!
10.Feed your scalp some greens — yup the very same we're...supposed to be eating! This Biogeo superfood conditioner is chock-full of nutrient-rich kale (to hydrate and restore health to dry hair) and apple (to brighten). Heat damage does not stand a CHANCE against this boost of vitamins.
11.Limit the amount of product you use per wash. I know it's tempting to use a truck-load of conditioner, but all that residue weighs down your hair. So it's actually doing more harm than good. Sad face.
12.Give stubborn hair the *run down* by smoothing it out with some Garnier anti-frizz serum. Its argan oil formula works on both damp and dry hair to add shine and keep everything in place so you two can smooth everything over — sans harmful chemical treatments.
13.Don't blow-dry your hair every day after working out (or even just showering). Instead, quickly style it into a braided bun that'll stay in place if your hair is still wet (but you can use a styling serum just in case).
14.Keep your hair fresh and oil-free with Verb's dry oil instead of a traditional dry shampoo. It actually works as a dry ~conditioner~, meaning it moisturizes, detangles, and nourishes day-old (maybe week-old?) hair with vitamin B5 and moringa seed oil. Basically, this hydrates and smooths dry strands, instead of just covering them up.
15.Opt for a curl styling cream that doesn't have any of that icky *crunch* (which is always a sign your hair so does not like it). Miss Jessie's Jelly Soft Curls gives just enough texture and never, ever dries your locks out. But the limit to how soft it makes your hair does not exist.
16.~Sleep~ on your quarreling if you and your hair are on the fritz. Sephora's overnight masks work on all hair types and come in four formulas that each target a specific concern, so no matter the argument between you two it's resolved come morning.
17.Comb a treatment mask through your hair from root to tip to a) prevent waste and b) fully treat your overly bleached/frizzy tresses with the repairing product. It's actually a lot more effective than just trying to massage it with your fingers, meaning you'll see results STAT.
18.Drop the curling iron in favor of flexible curling rods. Your waves will have a chance to come back to life thanks to the lack of consistent heat damage, not to mention you can better customize the kind of curl you want with these anyway.
19.Embrace the magic of the messy bun — it's easy, quick, and allows fried hair a much-needed day off. The trick to getting the "put-together messy bun" is simple: all it takes is some bobby pins, hair ties, and good ol' hairspray.
20.Enlist the help of a leave-in argan oil treatment — a well-loved and simple solution for many a frizz and damage fighter. Why? It starts at the the scalp to restore shine to even the most over-processed, burnt hair.
21.Streamline your journey back to shiny hair with an intensely moisturizing R+Co hair lotion. Its finish *feels* super lightweight, but don't be fooled. Its super hydrating formula tames flyaways, fights frizz, and cancels dullness faster than you can say split ends (which will also be hidden).
22.Confront bleach and coloring damage ~head on~ with a cult-favorite at-home hair repair treatment. It quickly gets to work on strengthening each and every strand with bond-building technology to bring your mane back to shiny and new, no matter how many dang times you've dyed it.
23.Update your look while also leaving your curls free of sizzling heat products with a surprisingly simple faux hawk. The best part: you can even rock this when faced with humidity (especially when you wear a little hairspray). WIN.
24.Wear a silk sleeping cap to bed to avoid frizz-inducing breakage in the middle of the night (scarier than the boogeyman IMO). If you curl your hair this will keep it looking ~fresh~ come morning so you don't have to add even more heat to your head all over again.
25.Take your vitamins! A subscription to Ritual (the vitamin subscription you've been seeing all over Instagram) makes strengthening your hair a totally thoughtless process, thanks to its blend of shine-inducing supplements like omega-3 and vitamin B-12.
26.*Define* a new relationship with your ringlets: a dollop of the popular de-frizzing DevaCurl curl styler (that's rich with coconut oil) will quickly reunite you with the shiny locks you've been missing. All this time, and this is all it took.
27.Sweep your hair to the side and twist multiple strands together for a simple yet controlling 'do (humidity you will not win this time) — and all it takes is one strong hairband. The only thing that'll feel the ~heat~ is the weather when it suddenly can't ruin your day.
28.Pack on a collagen-infused Elizavecca protein treatment to turn back the hands of time and bring back the shine you DESERVE. Five minutes of wearing this mask, and your mane will be ready for its shampoo commercial debut. Commence slow-mo hair toss.
29.Use strictly a ceramic straightener or hair curler when using heat tools. They reduce the amount of damage and are far gentler on hair — think of the ceramic plating as a barrier between the hot AF tool and your delicate strands.
30.Try using hair powder to prolong your hair's body throughout the week. It's gentle, absorbent, and doesn't leave as much residue behind as most products. This formula even *strengthens* your roots!
31.Remove dulling components that you probably didn't even know impact your shine (looking at you, built-up dry shampoo, conditioner, and coloring) by using Neutrogena's anti-residue shampoo. If you hair is feeling weirdly thick and heavy this is here to help.
32.Go straight to the source — your scalp — with some Carol's Daughter clarifying scalp treatment. It removes oil and buildup and soothes your head to leave your hair free of dulling components. It's also great for cancelling flaking and itchiness!
33.Bring haircare to a whole new level with an innovative Meg steam hair mask. This cap fits around your head to totally envelop your tired tresses with vitamins and amino acids from chameleon plant, green tea extract, and mint. Your hair will *literally* feel like silk afterward — bleaching and straightening be damned.
34.Scrub away dandruff and dullness with a shampoo brush — it'll gently deep-clean, exfoliate, and stimulate blood flow to your scalp to make sure every strand of hair gets the ultimate level of restoring treatment.
35.Find a hairdresser who specializes in curly hair — they'll know the proper ways to layer your tresses so that your ringlets embrace their natural bounce and work together, instead of fight each other and cause frizz.
When is it time for a haircut, you say? When your curls are knotted at the end together (you know the feeling). For straight-haired folks, it's when your split ends are practically calling your name. It is TIME.
Coming out of a 10-year bleaching phase with now glossy hair like: