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You may think lathering with dandruff shampoo is all you need to rid your scalp of the white stuff, but conditioning also counts. Unless the formula contains a flake fighter such as zinc pyrithione, you'll decrease the effectiveness of your dandruff shampoo by 70 percent, according to new research by Procter & Gamble labs.
A good one: Head & Shoulders Ocean Lift and Restoring Shine Conditioner, $4.99, drugstores.Boost Limp Locks
We love winter for its low humidity (no frizz!). But that same perk can be a bounce kill for fine hair. "Humidity swells the cuticle, offering natural volume, while dry air leaves strands flat against the scalp," says Jill Guzzo, a stylist at Butterfly Studio Salon in New York City.
Massage volumizer into damp roots for instant lift. "The rubbing action is like teasing hair with a comb, only gentler," Guzzo explains.Stop Static
Winter air also sucks moisture from your locks, leading to a hair-raising situation. Rehydrate with a leave-in conditioner, not a hair mask. "Most of a mask's conditioning agents are washed away when you rinse," says Ouidad, a salon owner in New York City. Leave-ins contain polymers that bond to hair, grounding potential flyaways.
Originally published in FITNESS magazine, January 2009.