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Here's some great hair care tips straight out the newest issue of Seventeen Magazine. I only put the good ones, so yes, they're not in order.

1. Get soft hair!
Make your own natural deep conditioner; Mash two avocados in a bowl, and slather onto hair from roots to ends. Leave on for 10 minutes then wash out completely.

2. Create volume
...with duckbill clips. In damp loose hair, use the clips to lift your hair at the roots, then leave them in for 15 minutes. This trick is great for curly hair, which tends to weigh down roots.

3. Brighten dullness!
It's so easy: Just take a break from your hot tools--and wash your hair no more than every third day. It will look glossier in a week!

4. Loosen tight curls first blow drying them on the cool setting, then wrapping hair in hot rollers all over. Alternate between medium-size and larger-size rollers for a natural look.

5. Get crazy shine.
Mix two tablespoons apple cider vinegar with 1 cup warm water. Pour over clean wet hair, then rinse with cool water.

6. Soften your hair using shine serum the right way. Coat ends with a dime-size amount, then use what's left on your hands to work your way up the strands (so you put only bit near the roots). Then brush your hair to distribute the product a little more evenly.

8. Prevent breakage picking a brush (or a comb) with smooth wide-set teeth. Always use gentle strokes!

9. Remove knots.
Apply detangler to your hair while it's wet. Then, comb out the knot by starting at the ends and slowly working your way up the strands.

10. Mix it up!
If you have curly hair, add a drop of shine serum to a quarter-size amount of gel--you get hold and shine. If you have straight hair, combine a squirt of mousse with a dime-size amount of a lightweight gel for volume and lift.

14. Make your hair thicker.
If your texture is fine and thin, getting highlights will puff up the hair cuticle, making every strand thicker.

15. Add body!
If you wash your hair every other day, your scalp's natural oils will give your hair a bit of fullness.

18. Create the prettiest curls.
Spritz curl-enhancing spray on a 1"-wide section of hair, then wrap hair around a 1"-barrel curling iron. Repeat this all over, alternating the direction of the curling iron to make the curls look natural.

22. Grow out your relaxer
...the best way! No need to chop off your hair--just deep condition it twice a week. This treatment will strengthen your hair so it won't break off. Use one with natural ingredients, like shea butter.

31. Protect your hair!
You should always use a good leave-in heat protectant before you style with heat--whether your hair is wet or dry!

32. Make waves.
Create four ponytails around your head while your hair is damp, braid them, then twist into loose knots. Wait until your hair dries, then let down the knots and unravel the braids.

34. Avoid frizz blow drying your hair thoroughly--even a tiny bit of dampness can cause frizz, so you have to get out all the water.

35. Get touchable locks!
Apply a deep conditioner after washing then cover your hair with a plastic shower cap. Blast it with warm heat from a blow dryer for five minutes so the conditioner really penetrates, then rinse.

36. Be gentle
...with relaxed hair! Sleep on a satin or silk pillowcase--cotton ones absorb moisture and oil from your hair, making it dry, dull, and delicate.

37. Watch out for sunburn!
Your hair, like your skin, can be damaged by exposure to the sun. Keep sunlight from drying out your strands and burning your scalp by using an SPF 30 body spray. Apply directly to your scalp and lightly all over hair.

46. Fight humidity!
When it's sticky outside, make sure to coat your hair entire head of hair with an anti-frizz serum. Missing even one piece of hair will cause your style to expand.

48. Go straight and sleek aiming the nozzle of your blow dryer in the same direction that you're pulling your hair. This allows you to direct the heat from the roots to ends for a more polished blowout.

49. Wash your brushes
...once a month with shampoo and water. This trick will keep your brushes from redepositing dirt and oil back onto your hair.

50. Prevent splits using snag-free elastic bands--these glide onto your ponytail without tugging or breaking your hair.

Source: Seventeen Magazine


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