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Five-Minute Hairstyles

People always ask what they can do with 'second-day hair' -- especially when they are running late in the morning. Hair Stylist Christina Belden says it's all about day one and building a foundation for healthy and versatile styling.

Follow these easy steps for common hair types:

Straight, Fine, Oily & Chin-length Hair

Day 1: Start with a volumizing shampoo & conditioner. Then, gently dry the hair using a microfiber extra absorbent towel. If you're running short on time, simply wrap your hair up in the microfiber towel and let it dry while you do your makeup. Once excess moisture is gone, add a volumizing mousse and work through the hair from root to end.

Loosely clip the hair into at least three sections. Using a Boar Bristle Round Brush, blow dry the hair straight & smooth section by section. The combination of the three products used on Day One will give the hair amazing shine, movement and volume.

Day 2: This hair type has a tendency to appear oily and flat on day two, but the right tools and products will solve that problem easily!

"Cleanse" the hair using a dry shampoo. Lightly apply the product near the scalp underneath the top layer of hair. The dry shampoo will absorb excess oils and unwanted odors while adding lots of fun texture.

Lightly spray a thermal protection styling product such as Shu Uemura's Iron Design and gently work through the hair with a detangling brush. Add pieces of texture using a triple barrel curling iron. Finish with a medium hold hairspray.

Fine, Wispy, Chemically Processed, Straight & Medium Length

Day 1: Start with a replenishing shampoo to restore and maintain the health of the hair. Gently dry the hair using a microfiber extra absorbent towel. Once excess moisture is gone, add a nourishing mousse for color treated hair such as Goldwell's Brilliance Glamour Whip and work through the hair from root to end.

Loosely clip the hair into at least 3 sections. Using a Boar Bristle Round Brush, blow dry the hair section by section. Without brushing the bend out of the hair, immediately spray with a strong hold hairspray such as L'Oreal's Infinium 4. The combination of these four products used on Day One will give the hair shine, movement, volume and staying power.

Day 2: This hair type has a tendency to appear flat and dull on day two but it isn't anything that hair powder and a couple of bobby pins can't fix!

Using a boar bristle detangling brush, gently smooth the hair through to the ends distributing the hair's natural oils throughout. Completing this simple step before applying dry shampoo will keep the hair from looking dull and lackluster. Next, "cleanse" the hair with a dry shampoo such as KMS's Hairplay Makeover Spray by lightly applying the product near the scalp underneath the top layer of hair. The dry shampoo will absorb the excess oil left on the scalp and provide instant volume and texture.

Gently tease a small section of hair at the crown. Take front sections on both sides of the part and twist together in the back. Secure with bobby pins placed in a crisscrossed pattern. Finish with a quick spray of your strong hold hair spray.

Thick, Coarse, Wavy & Long

Day 1: Start with a curl enhancing shampoo & conditioner. This will give the hair an evenly nourished healthy curl while controlling frizz and providing moisture.

Gently dry the hair using a microfiber extra absorbent towel. A microfiber towel is especially important for thick hair that is to be worn curly or wavy because diffusing the hair will take too long if there is excessive moisture left in the hair. Once excess moisture is gone, add a curl enhancing crème such as Kerastase's Oleo Curl Crème and work through the hair from root to end.

Using a salon grade blow dryer with an attached diffuser, gently dry the hair in an upward motion to encourage and support curls.

Day 2: This hair type will hold volume and style very well, but can appear uneven and flat in spots on Day two. Troubleshoot this easy style with a curling tong!

If the scalp feels oily, "cleanse" using a dry shampoo. Dry shampoo should be used sparingly with thick coarse hair to avoid adding too much additional texture. Lightly spray a thermal protection styling product such as Shu Uemura's Iron Design and work through the hair with fingers only. Refresh curl with tongs where needed.

For more information:
Rachel Gower
Owner
The Upper Hand Salon
713-520-0772
www.theupperhand.com

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