Stick With It: Products to Manage Your Mane

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Stick With It: Products to Manage Your Mane
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A bad hair day may seem a trivial matter, but when you don't look or feel your best, it can take a toll on your self-esteem. Fortunately, you can manage your mane with a few simple steps. To begin, don't shy away from products. After all, they were invented to help you. Secondly, take care of your body. A healthy body means healthy skin, nails and hair. It also means a happier you.

Deep Conditioner
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Deep Conditioner

Deep conditioners aren't the same as daily conditioners. They're more potent and shouldn't be used every time you wash. How often you deep condition depends on your hair type. It's especially important to deep condition your hair if you use heat styling products on a regular basis. Buy a deep conditioner at the store or try a DIY alternative, such as warmed-up olive oil.

Detangling Spray
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Detangling Spray

Combing out tangles post-shower is a major beauty faux pas. That's because wet hair is more fragile than dry hair, and tugging and yanking on it results in breakage. Detangle your tresses -- and ditch the pain -- by spritzing on some detangling spray after you've shampooed and conditioned.

Heat Protection Styler
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Heat Protection Styler

While heat styling tools help make hair look amazing, it's no secret they do their fair share of damage. To solve this beauty conundrum, always use a heat protection spray prior to blow-drying, curling or flat-ironing. It creates a protective layer between your hair shaft and the heating tool, helping you look fabulous without ruining your 'do.

Setting Lotion
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Setting Lotion

If you enjoy rocking a curly mane, keep a bottle of setting lotion on hand at all times. Setting lotion is essentially a heavy-duty gel or cream that helps define or create curls while keeping hair shiny, healthy and full of body. They work best on naturally wavy, curly or relaxed hair.

Anti-Frizz Serum
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Anti-Frizz Serum

Before you leave the house, apply a water-soluble anti-frizz serum throughout your hair. This product protects your hair from the elements and tames frizz. Keep a small bottle in your purse to manage flyaways throughout the day. Anti-frizz serums work on all types of hair.

Shine Spray
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Shine Spray

Follow up any blow-out, curling or styling session with a few spritzes of your favorite shine spray. Shine sprays often contain oils that give hair a healthy sheen. Don't overuse shine sprays, though, as too much may result in greasy-looking locks.

Clarifying Shampoo
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Clarifying Shampoo

Like a deep conditioner, clarifying shampoo is different than regular shampoo. Anyone who uses hair products often should use a clarifying shampoo once per week. Clarifying shampoos remove product buildup, making hair easier to manage and prettier to look at.

Boar Bristle Brush
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Boar Bristle Brush

Not all hair brushes are created equal. Use a boar-bristle brush, or alternatively a boar bristle and nylon brush, to help smooth hair and distribute its natural oils. Using plastic brushes may lead to hair damage.

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