Hair Tips from Real Women with Gorgeous Hair

 Six readers share some simple hair-care habits that can score anyone an enviable mane

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Alison Cihra

TIP: “I have never colored my hair, but I know that day is coming. Because red can be hard to re-create, the colorist at the salon I visit has snipped off some of my strands so that when I do decide to start covering the gray, he has strands to color-match.”

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Rosemarie Sterling

TIP: “I go to the salon every five to six weeks to cover my gray. Because I get a simple single-process treatment, my colorist is able to use a dye from L’Oréal’s low-ammonia INOA line, which inflicts minimal damage on my hair.”

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Michaela Angela Davis

TIP: “I give my hair a ‘bed rest’ day once a week, usually on Sunday when I’m home. On that day, I apply a deep-conditioning treatment, pull my hair back in a ponytail and just let it rest and revive.”

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Zehra Zaidi

TIP: “I can’t blow-dry my own hair very well, so rather than try—and torture my hair in the process—I dry it just enough, then put it up into a bun. That way I look pulled together without having done anything all that damaging to my hair.”

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Deborah Marquardt

TIP: “Rotate your products. I have an ever-changing inventory in my shower that includes lines like Biolage Colorcarethérapie by Matrix, L’Oréal EverSleek, Kérastase Resistance and the new L’Oréal Advanced Haircare Power Moisture Rush Mask. My hair behaves best when I use exactly what it needs in a given week—moisture, protein or something to fight frizz.”

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Cindy Joseph

TIP: “I have discovered that the gentler I am on my hair, the kinder it is to me. So for 15 years I have used a simple nourishing line called Usana hair care [usana​.com]. I’ve tried a million other things, but nothing works as well for me.”


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