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4 Professional Hairstyling Hacks Every Woman Should Know

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In between salon visits, it can prove challenging to maintain the perfect mane at home without the right expertise and products by your side, particularly as an array of unfavorable hair conditions set in.

Don’t worry: From detangling to volumizing and curling, we’re here to let you in on our top hairstyling hacks to know for a myriad of hair headaches. At home and on the go, live like you’ve got your stylist on speed dial until your next appointment.

Detangle without damaging.

Ever get so frustrated with knots and tangles that you end up literally pulling your hair out? While combing your hair when wet is not generally recommended, sometimes it's the only course of action for really tangled locks. To minimize damage (and reduce further knots), try using a wide-toothed comb and brushing your hair starting from the ends instead of the roots.

Top tip:

Detangling spray can also help you sidestep many a tricky situation if you have curly or naturally fine hair that tends to tie itself in knots.

Spray it onto the lengths and tips, using a soft bristle brush to gently smooth your strands, holding the midsection of the hair with your hand to prevent tugging on the scalp. It will help hydrate and detangle your locks, as well as add shine.

Unwashed hair, no time to shampoo?

It’s 8:30 a.m., you’ve just woken up and have to leave for work in 15 minutes but you were supposed to wash your hair! Dry shampoo can undoubtedly help you weasel out of this hair predicament, simply by spraying it over roots and brushing it out until it’s invisible.

Top tip:

Delphine Courteille, L’Oréal Professionnel expert stylist and brand ambassador, recommends using Techni.Art Morning After Dust from L'Oréal Professionnel for injecting style as well as refreshing the look of hair.

Instant volume, wherever you are!

Hair looking a little lackluster? If you're at home, use your hair dryer and give your hair a quick burst of air while holding your head upside down. Flick your head back and voil�! Instant volume. You can even take this technique with you to hand-dryers in public restrooms, in case of utter emergency.

Top tip:

If you're not at home, use the same head-flicking technique, but use your fingers to tousle your hair and spray some Matrix Biolage Finishing Spritz Non-Aerosol Hairspray while your head is upside down.

Get curls without a curling iron.

We all know the unfavorable effects that intense heat can have on our strands. However, laying off the iron doesn’t mean you must abstain from curls. You can still enjoy natural-looking waves by tying your damp hair into a loose braid before going to bed. In the morning, run your fingers through your hair and witness the curly-haired goddess you have become!

Top tip:

For more defined curls, smooth Kérastase Discipline Mousse Curl Idéal onto your strands and blow dry, "cupping" sections of the hair to encourage a gentle curl. Or, if you crave waves ready for Hollywood, wrap small sections of your hair around the handle of a brush and blow dry them.

Swiftly resolve your pesky hair predicaments by following these quick tips. Practice these techniques in combination with personalized advice from your stylist and you’ll never have to trudge through a bad hair day again!