You want to either air- or towel-dry your hair slightly before applying styling products -- otherwise they'll slip right off. (Note: Pat hair dry; don't rub it or you'll create frizz.)
If you have curly or wavy hair that you're blowing straight, use a straightening serum like Enjoy Straightener, $15.99. Shoulder-length hair needs a quarter-sized dollop applied evenly through strands -- adjust amount accordingly by length. (Note: as with any styling product, if you have thin or fine hair, never apply to the roots. Focus product from mid-shaft through ends or hair will fall flat.)
If softness and shine is what your hair needs, use a dime-sized dollop of Moroccanoil Hydrating Styling Cream, $30. "It's super-trendy at the moment but for good reason," Ring says. "It conditions the hair, eliminates frizz and isn't tested on animals!"
If volume is what your hair lacks, apply a palm full of root-lift mousse like Goldwell Volume Double Boost Root Lift Spray, $18.
After applying product, rough-dry hair at the roots with the blow dryer. Using your fingers only, pull hair away from your scalp and position the dryer so it's shooting air from the crown of your head downward. Continue until hair is no more than 80 percent dry.
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