Your hair is the accessory you wear every day. So instead of throwing on that tried-and-true baseball cap or pulling it back in yet another pony, try a few of these chic new trends for your tired-out tresses.
Don't ya just love "day-2 hair"? That second day after washing when your mane's got a little more grit and gumption that makes styling a snap? If only we could ditch the added oil. Enter Oscar Blandi's new Dry Teasing Dust ($23, Sephora.com). A little sprinkle at the roots and your hair takes on a just teased and volumized "day-2" look-without appearing greasy and grimy.
One of the hottest trends in hair salons is the "blowout bar." For the price of a manicure and about the same time commitment, a professional stylist takes you from boring to Boom! I recently checked out Blowtique on State and Huron for a test run, and well, I'm now obsessed. Basic blowout and style will run you $35.
You can't always see the effects of aging on your hair like you can on your face, but new studies show that as women approach 40, their hair appears thinner through loss of the three D's-diameter, density and damage. This was the catalyst for Pantene's new Pro-V Age Defying line of products. Working together, the line is proven to thicken hair diameter, causing it to look 10 years younger. Sign me up.
I'm a fan of starter kits. Check out Pantene Pro-V Expert AgeDefy Starter Kit, about $9, at any drugstore
If you routinely put a beating on your hair, then it's time you showed it some unconditional love. A great way to prepare your hair for the new season is with a reparative mask. Frederic Fekkai is known for his luxurious products that actually do what they promise. His new fortifying hair mask is a bit of a splurge, but your hair will be shinier and stronger than ever. PrX Reparatives Intensive Fortifying Mask costs $49.
Meredith Sinclair is a freelance writer and blogger living with three quirky guys on Chicago's North Shore.
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