Healthy Hair: Ageless Treatment Secrets

Learn from the pros to keep your do looking like a dashing diva at any age.
ESSENCE.COM Oct, 29, 2008

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Victoria’s Secret Model Selita Ebanks hacked off her lovely locks this past year, but it’s not as drastic as it sounds. A friendly chop does the body good, ridding the hair shaft of damaged strands due to pollutants and chemicals. If your too scared to get the ax, a trim once every 12 weeks will suffice; in fact, it will prevent further breakage up the hair shaft.

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Our hair craves moisture. For sleek, high-shine hair like Actress Rosario Dawson’s, use a daily hair serum or gloss like BioSilk Silk Therapy, $21.99, at drugstore.com, to repair split ends, moisturize and smooth the hair cuticle. Just a dab will do. Avoid heavy hair oils that leave build up and drown the hair shaft.


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This lady has come a long way with her smooth and sexy locks. Get this look with a nourishing deep conditioner and a flat iron.

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The talk-show host can’t have a bad-hair day. Keep your locks lovely every day with constant attention. Tyra loves to try new looks, but gives her hair a rest when she isn’t in front of the camera.

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“I Think I Love My Wife” actress Gina Torres masters ultra sleek hair. Get the look with a ceramic flat iron, but play it safe. Use a heat-protecting serum or spray such as Nexxus Heat Protexx Protection Styling Spray, $13.99, at drugstore.com, to ensure your tresses look and feel healthy.


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Big, playful, natural hair is in this season. Actress Essence Atkins knows how to don her natural curls. Show them off using Miss Jessie’s Rapid Recovery Treatment, $48, at missjessies.com. This shea butter and avocado cream infusion will have your curls bouncing off the wall with healthy, tangle-free shine.

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Give your strands a break and opt for low maintenance by putting your hair in a ponytail like Halle Berry. Whether you add hair or not, make sure your ponytail is not secured too tightly to prevent stress and breakage on your hair.

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When adding luscious streaks like Stacey Dash’s, it is important to keep your hair moisturized, as dye tends to dry out the strands, which then leads to major breakage. Use a weekly deep conditioner treatment such as Neutrogena’s Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask to recover damaged hair and to add shine.

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Sporting a natural do like Janet Jackson may seem hassle-free, but it is vital to clip your ends to prevent unseen damage. If you’re combating dry, brittle hair, give your mane an easy at-home hot-oil treatment to get your tresses back on track.

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Some of us love straight tresses, but our hair may hate us for it. Heat can cause major damage, so avoid using it as much as possible. To get a look like Pam Grier’s, try wrapping your hair nightly or using rollers to keep some bend in your ends. If you can’t tear away from your flat iron just yet, make sure you use a heat protectant.


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Lightly pin your hair up to prevent your shoulder-length locks from brushing against your clothing, creating dreaded split ends. Try a sophisticated style like Angela Bassett’s to keep your hair glamorous and ends in tact.

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