Your 8 Biggest Hair Problems, Solved

September 7, 2016

Brushing, teasing, updo-ing, dyeing. Your mane has gone through the high-heat blow dryer and back. Treat your strands to R&R with these top fixes for hair troubles.

Problem #1: Lackluster Hair

Hair can lack shine for a number of reasons like over-cleansing, too-hot styling tools and overzealous towel-drying.

The Fix: Like skin, your hair just looks healthier when it glows. Up your shine game by using a heat-protectant like the Aveda Damage Control  and spritzing your finished look with a glossing mist such as Aveda Spray Shine. You can also promote shine from the inside out by eating beta-carotene-rich foods like sweet potatoes, carrots and spinach.

Problem #2: Fine Strands

Ask anyone who is living with limp locks and you’ll likely find she’s looking for any way to boost her blowout.

The Fix: To fake fullness, stop weighing down fine hair with heavy moisturizers and products. Keep your routine simple in three ways: Condition only the length of your hair (avoiding roots), find and stick with a favorite volume-boosting product (like a lightweight texturizer), and avoid over-styling.

Problem #3: Dry Scalp

A common issue, especially as temperatures begin to fall, dry scalp can lead to itchiness and flaky dandruff. What does this mean for your hair? Irritated skin could prevent you from using specific products and trying new hairstyles.

The Fix: Dial back the temperature on those extra-hot showers. Scalding water strips your hair and skin of natural oils. Boost nourishment by massaging Aveda Dry Scalp Oil into your scalp as a deep-conditioning treatment, and through your strands five to 10 minutes before you shower.

Problem #4: Brassy Color

If blond or highlighted strands are looking a little brassy from chlorine or exposure to color-damaging UV rays, try this revamper.

The Fix: Use a shade-reviving treatment such as Aveda Color Conserve Daily Color Protect to prevent color fading.

Problem #5: Frizzy Curls

Frizz happens when the cuticle, or outer layer of your hair, doesn’t lie flat. Psst: this is why you shouldn’t brush curly hair once it’s dry as that lifts the cuticle.

The Fix: Whether your hair is naturally wavy or you curl it yourself, you can use hydration to combat frizz. Go for Aveda sulfate-free Be Curly shampoos and conditioners . Then, use an anti-frizz serum such as Be Curly designed to create a barrier between your strands and the elements. Aveda has several products in the Be Curly line to choose from.

Problem #6: Greasy Strands

Excess washing strips hair oils and kicks your body into overdrive to replenish them. Oily locks can also be due to build-up from heavy conditioners.

The Fix: Treat yourself to a head massage to remove excess product buildup near your scalp. And wash your hair every other day at most. You may not see results at first, but over time, you should notice your locks feel less greasy between showers.

Problem #7: Split Ends

Split ends make your hair feel coarse and look shapeless. Try this remedy.

The Fix: Trimming tresses every few months is the easiest way to banish split ends. But when you can’t get to a salon: a rich, moisture-boosting hair mask is the next best thing. Aveda has many to choose from for every type of hair. You can also take some of the heat off your hair (literally) by letting it air-dry as often as you can. Lastly, pat hair dry rather than tousling with a towel, which is rough on already-brittle strands.

Problem #8: Superthick Locks

Lots of us crave volume, but thick tresses can be especially frustrating to handle in humidity.

The Fix: Rinse and repeat with Aveda Smooth Infusion Shampoo that keeps strands in place. You’ll also want to invest in a humidity-blocking serum, Aveda Smooth Infusion Style-Prep Smoother. This helps prevent puffy hair so you can strut out the door in style.

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