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3. Stylist - Speaking of your stylist, if you're paying the extra money to have someone else treat your hair, put that money to good use! Make sure you really trust them, then ask as many questions as you can. Style tricks, brand suggestions, color advice. This is what they do for a living, after all, so look to them for guidance on how to best treat your unique hair.
4. Sulfate free - When I was talking to my stylist to figure out the best way to keep my color she said the biggest rule is to avoid sulfates. These aren't great for you anyway so even if you don't color treat your hair I'd say go for it. But when I went to the store to get some new shampoo you'd be amazed at how many have sulfates in them, including the salon brands. Pretty much every single one!!! In all of Target I found only two sulfate-free conditioners - L' Oreal EverPure and Alba Hawaiian. The L' Oreal was out of stock (go figure) and I didn't really enjoy the mango smell of the Alba version, so I decided to use this opportunity as an excuse to buy some Living Proof products I've had my eye on recently. Once I get it and try it out I'll give a review of it here for all you other curly thin girls out there (pretty please tell me I'm not alone with this hair woe).
5. TLC - I know it seems impossible, but avoid heat styling as much as possible. I try to wear my hair in its' naturally curly state as much as possible, which of course has the added bonus of only taking about 1 minute to style. If you have to use a blow dryer or flat iron, use a heat protectant before to safeguard your locks. I know for me and my very fine hair it's not really an option, but if you can avoid washing everyday that can also boosts your hair health. You want to keep as much of your natural oil as possible since your body makes it for a reason! Cleaning, moisturizing, and safe styling will keep your hair healthier and looking beautiful longer.