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"My hair has a mind of its own; it's Ms. Independent."
-- Eljon Wardally, 29
"When I was a kid, my mom kept my corkscrew hair cropped ultrashort. Nowadays I wear it loose. If it doesn't want to curl right, I try to reason with it using my favorite cocktail: a silver-dollar-size dollop of curl cream, a dime size of shine gloss, plus a quarter size of gel. I rarely straighten it with an iron. My hair in its natural state is fun and energetic -- a lot like me."
Celebrate It! Before working out, apply a few drops of coconut oil (find it at health food stores) to your ends to keep them smooth, says Kimberly Kimble, a celebrity hair stylist. Then wrap strands in a cotton scarf; the absorbent fabric will sop up sweat, which leads to pouf.
Style Secret: Emphasize the soft texture of your ringlets by wearing tops made of chiffonlike fabrics.