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Make peace with your hair! We are declaring a truce between you and your 'do. Here's how to solve whatever devilish hair dilemma is keeping you from loving your locks.

TAME MY FRIZZ

THE PROBLEM OUT-OF-CONTROL FUZZY HAIR

THE SOLUTIONS

Frizz happens when your hair is thirsty for moisture. First, restore your 'do by using a deep-conditioning treatment (we like Nature's Gate Jojoba Revitalizing Hair Masque for damaged hair, $9, naturesgate.com). "Don't use a masque too often or keep it on too long. Protein build-up actually causes hair to break off," says Maria Cunningham, senior stylist at About Faces Day Spa in Baltimore. For daily frizz-fighting, use anti-frizz serum (try Bumble and bumble Defrizz, $13, select salons) before drying. The silicone in these serums coats the hair shaft and seals in moisture, preventing hair from shrinking up into all-over-the-place curls. Finish with a shine-enhancing spray like Halo Shine Therapy Polish ($18, select salons) to keep static away.

HELP MY WAVES

THE PROBLEM

DULL-LOOKING, LACKLUSTER CURLS

THE SOLUTION

"A perfect curl begins at the root," explains Tim Rogers, editorial stylist, Charles Worthington London. Shampoo and condition hair with curl-friendly products (Suave Professionals Healthy Curls Shampoo and Conditioner, $2.50 each, drugstores). Use a microfiber towel or even a T-shirt to dry hair (terry cloth towels can frizz hair--who knew?). Before blow-drying, work in a wave-enhancing product--one GL editor swears by Pantene Curl Shaper Anti-Frizz Creme ($8, drugstores). "Tip head to one side, and gently lift hairdryer up and down into hair," suggests Jarrod Harms, senior manager, Graham Webb. Once hair is dry, lean forward and gently massage roots to break up the curl. Finish with a styling cream (VO5 Smoothing Souffle Frizz Defense Creme, $3.50, drugstores) to prevent curls from going fluffy. And don't shampoo every day. "Washing hair two to three times a week will keep waves looking their best and keeps frizz at bay," advise experts Michelle Breyer and Gretchen Heber

GET IT STRAIGHT

THE PROBLEM

BUMPS, FRIZZ AND FLYAWAYS

THE SOLUTION

Your hair just won't stay on the straight and narrow? Begin by applying an anti-frizz product (Neutrogena Triple Moisture Smooth Shine Anti-Frizz Cream, $7, drugstores) to damp hair. Clip sections of hair away, and blow-dry one section at a time. Starting at roots, use a boar-bristle paddle brush (Olivia Garden Supreme Brush, $15, Trade Secret) to smooth down waves. Dry each section in a downward motion. Rogers explains, "The nozzle should be pointed down, following the brush, to avoid frizz." Make sure hair is bone-dry before moving on to another section. Once done, add invisible control with gloss polish, pomade or wax (these products also add shine and tame flyaways). Put a dab on hands and pull hair back as if making a ponytail. "It absorbs nicely and doesn't weigh down hair," says Rogers. You also can use an ionic ceramic hair straightener (FHI Heat Technique, starting at $60, fhiheat.com) to finish your look. Just be sure to protect your hair from the intense heat by first applying a protective spray designed for blowdrying (we like Philosophy's The Big Blow Off, $14, sephora.com).

PUMP UP MY VOLUME

THE PROBLEM

STRAIGHT HAIR THAT ONLY PLAYS DEAD

THE SOLUTION

Limp hair contains too much moisture, so volumize the roots. "You want a product that swells the hair cuticle while keeping it moisturized," explains Cunningham. Bumble and bumble Thickening Spray ($8, select salons) has silk fibers that lay on the hair cuticle, making it thicker. Mousse is also great because it's light and has a fine texture--we like Paul Mitchell Extra Body Sculpting Foam ($5, professional salons). Stay away from gel--it's too heavy. Using a boar-bristle round brush (Marilyn Hairbrushes NinYos Collection, starting at $6, themarilynbrush.com), blow-dry hair upside down, in the same direction as the hair shaft. While hair is still a bit damp, set on medium-to-large Velcro rollers (try Jet Set EZ Grip Curlers by Olivia Garden, $4 per pack, beauty supply stores). Use a dryer and diffuser to heat up curlers. Once dry, remove curlers and touch up ends with a curling iron. For even more fullness, try back-combing around the crown: Hold a section of hair away from your head, and use a comb to gently push hair down, from end to root. Incredible lift!

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