4. Feed your locks
Quit starving your dry locks and stock up that fridge. Even though hair is technically dead, you can make new hair growth glow from the inside out. Foods rich in protein (meat, tofu, dairy) and fatty acids (fish, canola oil, flaxseed), in conjunction with a healthy diet packed with vitamins and minerals, will help build your hair’s lustre. Looking to supplement your diet? Pop an omega-3 fatty-acid supplement daily for similar results. It will take time to notice the improvement, but be patient; your locks will grow in healthier and stronger over time.
5. Gloss and go
Worth getting into a lather, silicone-based shine-boosting serums will cheat the look of illuminated hair. Use it sparingly; work it into the top layer and ends of your hair for maximum impact. Canadian top model Marla Boehr, whose hair gets dried and fried from one runway show to the next, swears by her nourishing hairstyling cream. “I have coloured hair, which gets dry easily,” she says, “and this [product] gives it great shine and protects the colour.”
6. Don’t be a hothead
Avoid scorching your mane by keeping your blow-dryer about 1–2 inches away from your hair, says German. “You can dry your hair, but always finish by smoothing down the cuticle.” Translation: For a healthy look with lots of natural movement, keep the blow-dryer pointing downward while you style. Try a few blasts of cool air once your hair is completely dry to lock in your look.
7. Join the roller derby
Rev up your limp locks with body-building waves. Use the big-as-a-pop-can Velcro rollers and set them at the roots, securing each with a pin. Do this when your hair is slightly damp, suggests German, rolling them toward your head and removing them once your hair is completely dry. Tousle with your fingers and spray a light finishing spritz for hold. Attention, straight-haired girls: want to cheat Kidman curls? Use smaller Velcro rollers and more of them. NB: Gently brush out waves to achieve instant pin-up status.
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