By Jenna Mahoney, REDBOOK
Crisis #1: The Forecast is 100% Humidity
Avoid crazy-expansive curls with a cocktail of equal parts leave-in conditioner and frizz-fighting cream, says New York City-based stylist Danielle Irene. Try Redken Smooth Down Detangling Cream, $15, and L'Oréal Paris EverSleek Sulfate-Free Smoothing System Humidity Defying Leave-In Crème, $8.99. "While hair is still damp, section it into four pieces and apply the mixture from roots to tips, raking your hands through to coat each strand," she says. Got straight hair? Avoid flyaways by coating it (while it's dry) with John Frieda Frizz-Ease Hair Serum, Original Formula, $8.99.
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Crisis #2: You Got an Awful (Sob!) Haircut
After pin-poking a voodoo doll that vaguely resembles your stylist, do this: "Whatever length the bad cut, wear your hair wavy, which obscures all sorts of flaws, from choppy layers to unevenness," Sebbag says. Using a one-inch-barrel curling iron, wrap hair away from your face, spritz the resulting waves with a light- to medium-hold hairspray (try Paul Mitchell Super Clean Light, $13.95), then muss it up. Or, if your cut's really short, part it on the side and sweep it over with a bit of pomade and a cute pin (we like the Goody Freshly Picked Bobby Slide, $6). The gamine-y style will look totally intentional, and soon enough, you'll have a cute bob.
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Crisis #3: Your Hair is REALLY Dirty
Barring a trendy turban (which would look a bit loco at a staff meeting), dry shampoo is the quickest fix for greasiness, says Los Angeles celeb stylist Eric Sebbag, who likes René Furterer Naturia Dry Shampoo To Go, $12, for its fast-absorbing formulation and light, floral scent (a de facto deodorizer). "Part your hair down the middle, then into two or three sections on each side," he suggests. "Lifting each section, spray lightly at the roots." Then flip your head and spritz the oft-forgotten nape of the neck for a bonus body boost. Do the same thing if you're using a powder formulation, or even - in a pinch - cornstarch.
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