Tips: If you have particularly oily hair, apply to the ends first, working up to the roots. If you're lacking volume, use your round brush to overdirect the hair in the opposite direction while blow-drying. As far as product goes, for two great suggestions, just read more.
- Twisted Sista Relaxing Straightening Creme — At less than $5 a pop, this cream, which smells like watermelons, won't bust your budget. But it will gently relax your curls and waves, all while protecting your strands from heat and UV damage. Available at Target, Rite Aid, and Duane Reade drugstores in NY and NJ.
- Rusk Deepshine Lustre Shine Enhancing Lusterizer: With an oceanic scent, this cream ($14) also protects the hair (especially necessary when heat's involved). Its light texture won't weigh fine- or medium-textured hair down either, and is perfect for detangling. Available at Rusk salons and Ulta stores.