Get GREAT HAIR

Ex­perts re­veal the tips and tricks to achiev­ing gor­geous thick, shiny tresses. By Jessica Prince.

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smoother styles, try Red­ken Guts 10 Vol­ume Spray Foam and Style Con­nec­tion Quick Tease (RM60).

To en­hance vol­ume, rough-dry your hair up­side down, McMil­lan says. But don’t use an ionic dryer, ad­vises Man­cuso, since it can make the hair too soft and flat. Once your hair is about 50 per­cent dry, blow it out with a round brush to fin­ish the ends. “I like us­ing two round brushes,” says Murenu, who, af­ter dry­ing a sec­tion, leaves the hair wrapped around the brush as a roller to add vol­ume. For more oomph at the crown, try back-comb­ing L’Oréal Pro­fes­sion­nel Tecni Art Su­per Dust, (RM35) into roots with a teas­ing brush.

DON’T FEAR A CHOP

Fact: The longer your hair, the flat­ter it will be to your face. “It’s the law of grav­ity,” says Touroul. Hav­ing your stylist cut long lay­ers will pro­duce more bounce, he says, but the best way to cre­ate the il­lu­sion of thicker hair is with a shorter ’do. “Blunt bobs are fan­tas­tic for fine hair be­cause they add thick­ness and full­ness at the bot­tom,” ex­plains McMil­lan. Note: If you have curly or coarse hair, con­sider a salon ker­atin smooth­ing treat­ment be­fore mak­ing a dras­tic cut, says Man­cuso.

FAKE IT

The five-minute so­lu­tion when fight­ing thin strands is sim­ple: Add more hair. Stylists agree that clip-in ex­ten­sions work won­ders for in­creas­ing full­ness when and where you need it, and they’re vir­tu­ally fool­proof. For the most nat­u­ral look, go for hu­man hair ver­sions in a colour and tex­ture that mimic your own. Best buys: Bal­main Hair Cou­ture Clip-Ins ( www.bal­main­hair.com) and She by So.Cap USA Hair Ex­ten­sions. Each of­fers in-salon con­sul­ta­tions and fit­tings to help you find the ideal length, colour, and tex­ture. If you’re not sat­is­fied with the hue, ask your colourist to darken the roots of your clip-ins, since hair is nat­u­rally darker on top and lighter on the ends. Place­ment is cru­cial. To keep long and loose styles look­ing real, dis­trib­ute them evenly in the back and on the sides and crown so thick­ness stays uni­form. Equally sexy: a vo­lu­mi­nous bun or twist. Se­cur­ing your hair with a metal­lic pin like one from Fic­care will do the trick.

Fic­care chrome bobby pins and gold hair p pins Kéras­tase Mousse Bouf­fante, RM55

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