Haircuts That Help: See One Real Woman's Dramatic Makeover
TotalBeauty.com reader Brandi chops off her hair for Locks of Love -- see her extraordinary transformation and what she gained from giving
Step 1: "First, I always advise my clients to start their styles in the shower with a shampoo and conditioner thatís right for their hair type. Women with thick, coarse hair should use moisturizing products -- to smooth and tame locks. Those with fine hair should use volumizing products -- to help build lift and body," says Mancuso.
Step 2: "Apply a heat protecting product to damp hair to prevent damage caused by heat styling Ö then use a flat brush (try Denman D4 Large Classic Styling Brush, $15.99) while blow drying to control the hair and help it fall into place," he says.
Step 3: "When hair is almost dry, switch to a round brush to polish hair and ends. I suggest using a brush big enough to grab the hair, but not so small that it turns the ends under and creates that Mary Tyler Moore look, instead of a sleek Katie Holmes style. The perfect size brush should allow [you] to control [your] hair and just slightly curve the ends into place," says Mancuso.
Step 4: Finish the look with a light-hold hairspray, which will help set and hold the style throughout the day, while still allowing for movement.
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