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I Trim My Own Curly Hair, and I'm Never Going Back to the Salon

Living with a mane of spirals and waves has taught me to be quite creative when caring for my hair. While many say, "I wish I had your hair," or "You have the most perfect curls," treating my tresses comes at a cost. No, I can't just wake up and go every day (though I do three days out of the week in between wash sessions), and I find it quite challenging to copy hairstyles I see on social media.

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If You're Addicted to Hot Tools, This Might Convince You to Finally Ditch the Heat For Healthy Hair

I have put my hair through a lot. When I was in middle school, I discovered Sharpies and would spend hours upon hours coloring in the bottom few inches of my hair bright colors, something my family was not happy about.

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Switching to a Cream-Based Shampoo Transformed My Curly Hair

Do you have cherished moments in your life you can so vividly remember where you were and what you were wearing that it feels like yesterday? Yeah, me too! I have many, but oddly enough, this memory revolves around a shampoo. A total mane changer guaranteed to give good hair day every day. Little vain are we? I'm a woman, sue me!

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I Only Wash My Hair Once a Week, but Hear Me Out Before You Knock It

My ultimate hair hack is simple and a lazy girl's dream come true: wash your hair once a week. Period. It isn't exactly an overnight fix, but through some hair training and strategic scheduling, I have extended my good hair days into good hair weeks, and it has changed my hair for the better.

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How Ignoring Tried and True Hair Wisdom Gave Me My Best Hair Ever

Despite the evidence to support the theory that washing your hair every day will not lead to healthy or happy hair, I have found that skipping shampoos isn't right for my mane. It's only when I ignored the advice to skip sudsing-up in the shower that I achieved my best hair ever.

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I Finally Found a Product That Gives Me Great Hair in the Summer Humidity

I live in sunny Florida, and the one thing you can always count on here is Summer being hot, humid, and totally ruining your hair for the day. No matter what type of hair you have, the sun and humidity can have some pretty unfriendly effects on it. As for me, I have thick, long hair.

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I Simplified My Hair Routine and Got the Beach Waves I've Always Wanted

Ever since middle school, when my previously straight hair started to twist, I have been accosting it with heat. Combined with some harsh coloring, my hair often feels brittle at the ends and needs a steady dose of extreme conditioning.

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I Changed the Temperature of My Shower Water and My Hair Looks Better Than Ever

Figuring out how to properly manage and care for my specific hair type has been a process, especially when it comes to dealing with frizz. Years ago, a hairstylist told me a trick that helps not only with tackling frizz, but also other hair issues like brittleness and dryness.

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The Secret to My Summer Hair? I Don't Brush It!

Since having kids, my hair has changed. It feels more coarse, and it looks wavier and frizzier. Overall, it's much more untamable — especially during the Summer months. I used to think that the change in my post-baby hair wasn't pretty, and I'd always reach for my ponytail holder so I could put that mom-bun on the top of my head.

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Roller Derby Ruined My Hair . . . Until I Learned These Tricks

Once upon a time — give or take two years — I had long hair. I mean really long hair. Then, as luck would have it, I discovered the rough and tumble world of women's flat track roller derby. Between those demonic workouts and the inevitable helmet hair, my locks didn't stand a chance.

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How I Got My Over-Processed, Damaged Hair Back to Its Healthy Roots

I am a natural brunette, but I've been through my share of boxed dyes and foils between high school, college, and my early 20s. The first of my hair mistake downfalls was box dying my hair "Egyptian Plum," which made me look like a human eggplant.

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I Bleached My Own Hair, and I'll Never Make That Mistake Again

When Halloween rolled around, I had no doubt about who I wanted to be. I could have bought a wig. I thought about buying some platinum color spray that would wash out the next day. But when I was perusing the aisles of the drugstore, I decided that I wanted to fully commit: I would bleach my dirty blond hair Khaleesi white.

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Keep These Summer Hair Care Tips in Mind If You Have Chemically Straightened Hair

I've been chemically straightening my hair for about five years now. I absolutely love doing it, it makes my hair so smooth and easy to care for, and when you feel good about your hair, your confidence skyrockets. It is a real lifesaver — I can hop out the shower and go to work with wet hair knowing it will dry smooth and straight.

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5 Summer Hair Care Tips For Curly Hair, According to a Pro

Summer is the perfect time for kicking back, letting your curls flow, and having some much-needed fun. That might involve hitting a rooftop with friends on a sunny Saturday afternoon or enjoying a nice drive up the coast with the top back, wind in your hair, and music blasting. Regardless of how you choose to indulge this Summer, hair protection is an absolute must.

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4 Simple Steps to Keep Your Color-Treated Hair Healthy All Summer Long

After years of coloring and trying out different hair care routines, this is the one that continues to give me the best and healthiest results. My Summer routine embodies five simple changes that are accessible enough for anyone to incorporate during the warmer season.

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I Have 1 Hair Goal For This Summer, and It Has Nothing to Do With Trendy Colors or Styles

My relationship with my hair has always been love/hate. Ever since I can remember, I have wanted long glossy tresses that look perfect the second I jump out of bed — a far cry from the superwavy, predominantly frizzy locks I was born with. As I grew up, I realized that the women I saw on the shiny television advertisements for hair conditioner were a) almost certainly wearing some sort of extensions and b) definitely had a whole team of stylists behind their perfect blowouts.

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4 Trends on My Summer To-(Hair)Do List

I've always struggled with my hair identity (a hairdentity crisis — is that a thing?). Over the past 10 years, my hair has taken on every pigment in the naturally occurring hair color wheel, from chestnut brown to a disastrous bleach blond that looked nothing like picture on the box I'd purchased for $5 from a drugstore.

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5 Tips For Growing Out Your Hair That Worked For Me

Ever instantly regret having your stylist go a little scissor-happy? Or perhaps you dream of having luxurious mermaid hair. Or maybe you just want to make those locks get past your shoulders. Whatever it may be, when you want to grow out your hair, getting the patience for the results can be somewhat painful, especially in a world where we have instant gratification in so many other areas at our fingertips.

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I'm Known For My Hair, and That's Not a Bad Thing

I've always been fascinated by how we describe people to one another. I've caught myself instantly starting off descriptions of others by mentioning someone's height before stating their other distinguishing characteristics, but when it comes to others describing me, my head full of curly, dark hair is the first thing most people think of when they think of me.

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After Having a Baby, Losing My Hair Felt Like Losing My Pre-Mom Identity

When I had my son, I knew my life would change. I just didn't realize my hair would change along with it. The full locks that had remained a last reminder of who I'd been pre-baby, nourished as they'd been by all that extra blood flow and the prenatal vitamins, were literally going down the drain. For the first time ever, my hair felt thin. I'd dealt with the expanded rib cage and foot width, but I couldn't handle losing my hair.

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How Changing Your Hair Affects Your Confidence

Who am I? Versatile, strong, playful, ever-changing, sexy, fruitful, and boundless. This is who I am — this is me. My mane and my personality. We are one in the same. I am everything I believe my hair means.

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7 Hair Hacks For Wrangling Rapunzel Locks During the Long, Hot Days of Summer

Even though summertime is my favorite season, that doesn't mean that I don't recognize its downfalls — namely humidity and heat, two details that don't get along so well with long hair.

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I Found My Signature Haircut at Age 3, and I've Never Looked Back

There are certain places I get anxious about visiting, where an expert is going to tell me what I'm doing wrong or point me in some informed direction. As in, I avoid the dentist because I fear what they are going to say about my teeth (don't do this, but I understand).

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A Love Letter to My Hair — My Favorite Thing About Myself

Last year, I was at a Harry Styles concert alone in a city I'd never been to, looking to meet up with friends I had only met on Twitter. While searching for them inside the venue, I got a message on my phone from one of them saying, "I see your hair – I'm on my way to you," and sure enough, she had spotted me simply by seeing my space buns in a sea of people.

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8 Styling Tips Everyone With Curly Hair Should Know

You can't cut corners when it comes to styling and caring for curly hair. No matter what you do, when you rush to style and maintain your waves, kinks, curls, or coils, the result can often be a look that will make you want to wash your hair and start over from scratch.

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7 Things I Wish I Had Known Before Cutting Bangs

All it took was one photo of Dakota Johnson to make me ask the question that has plagued every woman at some point: "Should I get bangs?" I pulled up images on my phone and hounded nearly everyone I came into contact with to get their opinion. And then, at my next hair appointment, what was supposed to be a routine trim turned into a shag haircut with bangs.

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Ditch the Hot Tools! 3 Steps to Cute Short Hair This Summer

Long hair may be a pain in the Summer, but anyone who has been through three months of sticky, sky-high temperatures without the ability to tie their hair up in a ponytail knows short hair can be infinitely more challenging.

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Finesse Your Fine Hair This Summer With This Easy, Heat-Free Routine

I hate blow-drying my hair. It is the bane of my beauty existence. I would rather subsist solely on kale for the rest of my life than take a round brush to my head every morning. (I've been told I'm melodramatic, but this feels like a reasonable statement.) These feelings are intensified in the Summer months, when it's hot and sticky.

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I'm a Busy Mom of 2, and Here's How I Tame My Wavy Hair in the Summer

The sun, the beach, and the ease of Summer breezes through our hair give us the feeling of rejuvenation. But as the humidity hovers in the air, my wavy hair always seems to get frizzier and frizzier. In the past, my hair grew bigger and bigger, and I'd always wave my white flag and surrender to the ponytail.

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My Easy Heat-Free Hair Tips For Managing My Curly Hair in the Summer

Whenever Summer rolls around, I have been compared to Hermione Granger, Ms. Frizzle, and, of course, Monica Geller (while ping-ponging and vacationing in Barbados). In other words, my curly hair goes wild. Thanks to the humidity, my usually flat-ironed locks in the colder months are allowed to run rampant in the Summer.

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5 Rules to Follow If You Have Color-Treated Hair

There's something incredibly powerful about walking into a salon and knowing your life's about to change. A new look, a new feel, a new me? At least, that's what I'd hope for whenever I went in to dye my hair. I started dyeing my hair in college and became pretty darn passionate about going every couple months for touch-ups, but more likely, something completely different.

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How I Style My Curly Hair in the Summer After Straightening It Over the Winter

My hair is probably my favorite part of my body (besides my eyebrows — I'm obsessed with them), but it's not the easiest to take care of. Naturally, it's curly, but a strange mix of beach waves and spiral curls. It's a bit Carrie Bradshaw-esque, but not as voluminous. Also, it is thick AF. And while some people tell me they would "die" for my hair (hey, I would too!), they just don't get what a pain it can be to take care of.

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5 Ways I Transition Into My Summer Hair Routine, Starting Now

As the temps start to do a happy upward dance (ever so slowly), I'm naturally dreaming of updates to my beauty routine for the warmer months. I mean, from sunny brunches to outdoor music festivals to long days spent poolside, rosé in hand (and yes, maybe a few days a week in an overly air-conditioned office), there are so many occasions for which to prep and take preventative action.

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I Went Back to My Natural Hair Color, and It Was a Massive Mistake

Every woman in my family dyes her brunette hair blond. My mom, my sister, and for more than two decades, me. Having blond hair has become part of my identity. In fact, if you were to ask most of the people who know me, they'd say I was a natural blonde, because they have never seen my natural hair color. My kids are even (naturally) blonde, so no one questions my lightened hair hue.

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My at-Home Hair Color Horror Story Taught Me an Invaluable Lesson

Thanks to a Summer where I basically lived at the pool and my blond hair turned a not-so-lovely shade of green, I've been coloring my hair consistently since I was 12. While mostly this has been some version of bottle blond, since that's what my natural has been closest to, in the last 20 years I've colored my hair every natural shade imaginable. All this is to say that I should have known better than to try and take my hair from brown to blond in one destructive box-color sitting.

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What My Constantly Changing Haircuts Taught Me About Being My Most Authentic Self

As I child of the 1990s, I experimented with some pretty cringe-worthy fashion trends, especially when it came to my hair. I overcrimped, oversprayed, and yes, overscrunch-ied. Overweight and insecure, I hoped if I dressed or did my makeup or styled my hair like the popular girls, I would miraculously bust out of my self-imposed cocoon and find myself transformed.

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How I Learned to Love My Thick, Coarse Hair By Working With It Instead of Against It

For as long as I can remember, I have wanted sleek, shiny hair. I used to watch Jennifer Aniston on Friends with her amazingly shiny, voluminous hair and was completely obsessed. I even dyed my hair brunette in hopes that the color would make it shine like the top of the Chrysler Building. All it did was make me cry and send me back to the hairdresser two days later to make me a blonde again.

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Loving My Natural Hair Has Been 10 Years in the Making

If you were to go on YouTube right now and search for videos related to "natural hair," you'd be met with more than 2.5 million clips covering everything from how to do a blowout on coarse curls to countless tutorials, tips, hacks, and product hauls dedicated to the care and maintenance of hair that is free of any chemical straightening treatments.

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How I Learned to Love My Curly Hair — and Stop Straightening It

I'll admit, it took me a lot of years to learn to love my natural hair. By a lot of years, I mean 24 of those to be exact. Having curly hair as a child wasn't a pleasant experience, and I had to deal with a ton of trials and tribulations just to get ready every day. To keep coarse, curly hair in a healthy and manageable state, you must be willing to put in the time and effort. I initially chose to go the easy route, getting my hair relaxed to no longer have to deal with my curls.

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It All Started With a Prom Haircut — How I Learned to Love My Kinky, Curly, Frizzy Hair

It was the day of senior prom. We got to leave school early so we could head to the barbershops, beauty salons, and makeup counters to prepare for the evening. We had to look perfect for the hundreds of photos we'd be taking throughout the night (that is not an exaggeration, by the way).

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I Finally Learned How to Accept and Appreciate My Fine, "Lifeless" Hair

Over the years, I have struggled with liking the texture of my fine hair. In my 30s, I'm finally at a place where my thinner hair and I are pretty content, but it hasn't always been this way. In high school, my hair was long, blond, and straight and just laid there flat and lifeless. It was never voluminous even with all the products I scoured the pharmacy shelves for that said it would be.

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Here's How I'm Able to Make Every Day a "Good Hair Day"

As a little girl growing up in New York City, I was incredibly, painfully self-conscious. In elementary school, I would frequently hide behind my father's legs or be sure to sit in the very back of the classroom as to not draw any attention to myself, a trademark move of my social anxiety. I could not understand why I just could not break out of my shell — I would always look at the other students, with their impenetrable self-confidence, perfect haircuts, and MySpace-worthy outfits (it was the early 2000s, after all), and think, "Why can't that be me?"

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4 Easy Steps to Having a Good Hair Day, Every Day

Allotting time styling my hair in the morning sounds just as unappealing as running a 10k on a treadmill or working extra hours on the weekend — I'll pass, thanks! Plus, I'm a curly girl, which means my hair is supremely unpredictable, so trying to tame this mane before I've had my cup of joe is not an option. I'll be honest: I've flaunted that "I didn't try" messy hairstyle a time or two, and I will not argue the fact that it looks just as bad as a month-old manicure. But hey, I'm human.

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The Lazy Girl's Guide to Mega Volume Hair

I've always been pretty laid-back about spending time on my hair because I've been blessed with gorgeous and healthy tresses thanks to my South-Asian genes. But that changed dramatically after I had children and noticed that my hair no longer looked thick and voluminous but more limp and brittle. With less time than I ever had before, I knew I needed to get serious about my hair care but with minimal time and effort. It turns out, you don't need to make a huge investment of money or time to bring bounce and volume to your hair.

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5 Realities of Having Curly Hair You'll Only Get If You Have It, Too

I'll be completely honest when I say that having curly hair as a kid was anything but fun. The tangles, the dryness, and the lack of product options back in the '90s made it one bitter experience. After years of chemically relaxing my hair, I've gone the curly route for the past two years, and it's taught me a lot. So I've decided to share five lessons that I've learned from having curly hair.

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