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Hairstyle Makeovers: From Fried to Fabulous

FITNESS recently sent five readers in various levels of hair distress to Edris Salon in New York City for complete makeovers. Here, Debbie Strong's fried, overprocessed locks are transformed into a sleek, sexy hairstyle that's oh-so-flattering and works with her natural hair texture.

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The Problem: Overstyled, Overworked Hair

"I use dozens of styling products, but nothing helps my fried hair."
-- Debbie Strong, 27, Online Health Editor

For 10 years, Debbie highlighted her hair every six weeks in an effort to re-create her childhood shade of blonde. The result: dry, lackluster locks and streaks that were too light for her fair skin. Regular styling with a flatiron further singed her strands. In order to fake a healthy look, Debbie rotated through more than 30 products, dulling her hair.

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A Healthy Cut

Stylist Erik Protasiewicz's first step: giving Debbie a blunt shoulder-length cut to lop off four inches of damaged, broken hair.

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Root Boost

Allover layers, starting above the nape of the neck and continuing up to the crown, gave Debbie loads more volume at the scalp.

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Color Saver

Colorist Josh Dieffenbacher added caramel lowlights to match Debbie's natural hue, letting her go a month between highlights.

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Debbie's Hair Transformation

Debbie says: "Instead of forcing things in my life -- like my blonde-bombshell hair -- I'm working on being more realistic."

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Get This Look at Home: Step 1

Use a deep conditioner with fast-absorbing apricot or avocado oil.

Matrix Sleek.look Miracle Reconstructor, $16, matrix.com

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Get This Look at Home: Step 2

Blow-dry sections with a round brush, directing air down the shaft until dry. Finish with a gloss.

L'Oreal Professionnel Liss Ultime Shine Perfecting Serum, $23, lorealprofessionnel.com

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Get This Look at Home: Step 3

For a night out, apply Velcro rollers, $3.49, sallybeauty.com, at temples and from crown to forehead. Unroll after five minutes and shake.

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, January 2009.

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