For Straight Styles:
- Start with a heat-protecting product, avoiding roots so they don’t look oily, says Alina Friesen, a Vancouver-based stylist recently crowned Canadian hairstylist of the Year at the 2013 Contessa Awards.
- Blow-dry hair upside down to add volume, using low-level heat to smooth (not singe!) the surface.
- “Fine, straight hair can look fly- away, so rub pomade on the ends for added polish,” says the pro.
FLARE pick: Tresemmé Platinum Strength Heat Protect Spray, $22.
For Natural Waves:
- Rake styling cream through wet hair and then flip it upside down to “rough-dry,” says Friesen.
- Once it’s 60 to 70 percent dry, return upright and gently scrunch to coax waves.
- Twirl a few face-framing bends with your fingers and lock in the shape with hairspray.
FLARE pick: Redken Curvaceous Full Swirl Cream Serum, $22.
For Curly Styles:
- Towel-blot moisture from hair before combing in a silky, crunch- free mousse (shake the can well so it doesn’t come out soupy).
- Use a diffuser to build fullness and natural curl.
- Finesse with a curling iron for debutante-like definition.
FLARE pick: Pantene Pro-V Daily Moisture Renewal Silky Moisture Whip, $6.