Photo: Glamour Italia August 2014 | Olga Maliouk by Signe Vilstrup

In this time of blow dry bars on every corner, rainbow hair, and some crazy perms, it’s more and more difficult to keep your hair healthy. But don’t fret, you don’t have to throw your iron out the window, even less than perfect hair can be revived with a few little adjustments to your regular haircare routine. Healthier, shinier, and gorgeous hair is just five tips and a few products away. Click through to style notes to get the details. –– Michelle Rotbart

Wash Less Often 

Avoid washing your hair more than you have to. Every time your hair gets wet it forces the cuticle up and if you do it too much, you’ll end up with frizz and breakage. To avoid this mess, make dry shampoo your new best friend. It absorbs excess oil without water and removes grease.

Get Smarter About Ingredients 

If you’re worried about sulfates make sure you read the ingredients list. Sulfates can strip hair of color and if your hair is on the drier side, it’s best to avoid. Opt for the gentle, shine luxe, or curl hydration formula if you want to avoid this compound.

Stock Your Shower

Cleansing and conditioning are important but do you have a great hair masque in your routine? When your hair needs additional tender, love, and care, use hair repair masque. It’s filled with Kertain and silk amino acids so it will add shine, softness and strength to your tendrils.

And On Paper Towels 

Don’t even think about drying your hair with a regular towel.  It’ll will be too rough on your tendrils. Use paper towels to blot and squeeze hair to remove excess water and avoid damage.

Air Dry While You Sleep 

If you opt to air-dry overnight, you’ll minimize damage while you sleep and free up time for more snoozing and breakfast in the AM. To do this try weaving your damp hair into two loose braids. In the AM unravel them for frizz-free, beachy waves.

Special Thanks to Michelle Rotbart for this post. Michelle is a professional trend forecaster for the NYC-based fashion and retail forecaster, Doneger Group

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