Our Editors Share Their Most Annoying #HairProblems—and What They Do to Fix Them

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Our Editors Share Their Most Annoying #HairProblems—and What They Do to Fix Them
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You have to have a certain sense of humility when it comes to your hair, because there will be times where it will not do a single thing you want it to—or worse, it’ll do exactly what you don’t want it to. And in our experience, everyone’s got something negative to say about her own hair … including us.

Our editors spilled the dirty details of their innermost hair insecurities and shared the very specific products and techniques they use to deal with ’em. See what the StyleCaster team has to say about their #hairproblems—and click through to see their products of choice!

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Wavy, frizzy, flat, or fine—we've all got #hairproblems. Click through to see our editors' follicular pain points—and the products they use to solve them.

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Jessica Teves, editor in chief

"I used to love my hair, but lately it’s been feeling so damaged from years of excessive coloring and heating tools. Because of this, I’ve gone a bit darker with the color—almost an ombré, if you will—but that’s led to some brassiness which, again, is not great."

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Photo: via Joe Fresh

"I’ve turned to two things to help me power on: blow-dry bars and Clairol Professional Shimmer Lights Shampoo ($8.79). The twice-weekly blowouts have kept me from furthering the damage, and the purple shampoo has been a game-changer in keeping things on the up-and-up.”

Perrie Samotin, site director

"I’ll spare you every little detail, but let’s just say I’ve been a slave to my hair for most of life. I grew up with frizzy, thick, unmanageably curly hair that I’d flatiron into oblivion until I discovered keratin treatments in 2009, which quite literally changed my life. Instead of spending over an hour wrangling my mop, I was able to air dry it for the first time in my life—and the result was effortless cool-girl waves that got me compliments wherever I went—a genuine first in my life.

"About a year and a half ago, I decided to stop getting these treatments thanks to the alarming reports about the hidden—and harmful—chemicals. I’m still on the lookout for better options (please help, anyone!), but without them, I do have to spend more time tending to my hair.

"My trick is to wash it at night before bed once or twice a week, sleep on it, then style it in the morning, all of which work together to give me the same loose, messy waves that my keratin treatments did."

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Photo: Tiffany Hagler-Geard

"Redken Frizz Dismiss Shampoo ($18.50) is the only shampoo I'll ever use—it's sulfate-free and makes my hair feel like silk after blow-drying. I still use Coppola Keratin Color Care Conditioner ($20) from my keratin days, and I adore it. I rake a dollar-size dab of Phyto Phytodéfrisant Botanical Straightening Balm ($28) through my wet hair before bed, and I love how it keeps my frizz at bay and makes straightening in the morning easier.

"A premium hairdryer is key, and I've been using the Solano SuperSolano Red Dryer ($159) since I was a teenager. Amika Tourmaline Curler 4P ($200) is my number-one game changer—this is my secret weapon for 'I woke up like this' hair. I blow-dry my hair straight first, then wrap sections around this wand for bend. I finish my style with a hair oil, and Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Nourishing Protective Oil ($69) is the absolute best. I run it through my hair almost every day, and it keeps it shiny, flat, and hydrated."

Rachel Krause, associate beauty editor

"My hair is so very problematic, and it's mostly my fault. I have a long history of messing with my hair in extreme, frequently ill-fated ways, including but certainly not limited to impulsive DIY haircuts that end in tears and even one terrible, terrible incident involving bleach and a blow-dryer. A couple of years ago, I proclaimed myself 'done' with all of the experiments and grew my hair out into its natural state—very dark, very fine, fairly wavy, and very easy to manage. It got really long and looked great, but I quickly grew bored and bleached the shit out of it, which set off an unfortunate chain of events that went from me having long platinum hair to a still-damaged, breakage-plagued brown lob that I'm in the process of growing out. I hate it."

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Photo: Sunny Shokrae

"In the meantime, to soothe my short-hair woes (yes, I dabbled in hardcore extensions for a time), I've been using a cadre of products that I'm loving. I alternate between Davines OI/ Shampoo ($28) and the brand's Naturaltech Energizing Shampoo ($26.50) and always finish off with Terax Crema Original Moisturizing Daily Conditioner ($22).

"I then load up on whatever leave-in conditioning and volumizing products I'm feeling at the moment and air-dry. When that's finished, I spray Living Proof Restore Instant Protection ($26) and go in with a ghd Platinum Styler ($249) to smooth out the Gidget-like flip that occurs at the bottom (what did I do to deserve that?) and add some bend. The finishing touch is when I proceed to worry about it all day long."

Victoria Moorhouse, associate editor

"For the most part, I’m pretty satisfied with the health of my hair. I’m careful about how much I subject it to highlights, how often I wash it, and I air-dry religiously. What I don’t like? It's waaaaay too straight."

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"I feel like I have to use my T3 Twirl Convertible 1.25" Curling Iron ($185) every single day in order to give my hair lift at the root … or any sort of movement. I know it’s not the best—I even went on a month-long hiatus without using it for a story, but it’s a habit I can’t seem to break."

Jasmine Garnsworthy, editor

"My hair is long, and although I have lots of it, it’s very fine. My scalp also seems to produce more oil each day than the entire olive oil industry in Italy, but regardless, I’m hardly the kind of girl who’s going to wash and blow-dry daily. The only thing that works for me is talcum powder. There’s no point in even trying to mess around with spray cans of dry shampoo; I need the heavy duty stuff. I pour a small amount of talcum powder directly onto my scalp between washes, flip my hair upside down, and shake out my roots with my fingers before brushing my hair. It’s way cheaper than dry shampoo and much more effective."

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Photo: Crystal Nicodemus

"Although I don’t color my hair, for some reason my very light brown color constantly turns brassy—and in the sun, can sometimes throw an orangey undertone, which I hate. I’ve tried multiple brunette shampoos, but the only product that helps eliminate the brassiness is ALTERNA Caviar Anti-Aging Brightening Blonde Shampoo ($36). A hairdresser recommended I try it last year as my hair is definitely on the lighter side of brunette—and I’ve been hooked ever since."

Cady Lang, social media editor

"As someone who recently started bleaching her hair, I encounter new hair problems every damn day—I went from having wash-and-wear (read: very low-maintenance) hair to a head full of straw-like strands that needs lots of TLC daily. In all honesty, though, I love my hair’s new texture because it gives me a chance to use all the products I never needed before."

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Photo: Tiffany Hagler-Geard

"To prevent breakage, I apply L'Oréal Total Repair 5 Damage-Erasing Balm ($6.99) and leave it on for a couple hours before I wash my hair. After I wash and condition, I comb Pureology Colour Fanatic ($25) through my hair and then apply some Bumble and Bumble Quenching Complex ($35) to my ends so that they stay soft, not brittle. I’ll also run some Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil ($39) through my hair to give it some shine and moisture.

"Finally, I’m trying to stave off further damage by not washing my hair as frequently, so I rely on lots of dry shampoo. My current favorites are Redken Pillow Proof Blow Dry Two Day Extender Dry Shampoo ($18), which zaps greasy hair like nobody’s business, and Bumble and Bumble Prêt-à-Powder ($27), which adds tons of volume to flat hair."

Cristina Velocci, managing editor

"At the risk of contradicting myself in this curl-empowering story, my biggest issue with my hair is its texture. Sure, it’s nice to have options—I can make my hair curly or, with a decent amount of effort, straight—and I’ve been told by hairstylists it’s 'obedient.' But let me tell you, I can never, ever say #IWokeUpLikeThis. Curls are incredibly high-maintenance, and in my three decades on this planet, I have yet to figure out exactly how to style them aside from clipping them half-up and rolling with it."

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Photo: Joe Leonard

"One product that helps immensely: Oribe Curl Gloss ($36). It provides just the right amount of hold and definition without being crunchy, so at least I feel like I know what I’m doing."

Melissa Medvedich, creative director

"My hair is confused in texture! It's coarse since I'm half Chinese, yet fine and wavy since the other half is Irish."

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Photo: Melissa Medvedich

"My hair is dry and frizzy left to its own devices, so I use DevaCurl No-Poo ($20) and do a hair mask like Philip Kingsley Geranium and Neroli Elasticizer Pre-Shampoo Treatment ($52) once a week."

Beth Stebner, lifestyle editor

"I was blessed/cursed with extremely coarse, thick, naturally curly hair, and, because I’m something of a beauty masochist, have spent years highlighting, bleaching, and balayage-ing my hair within an inch of its life, so it’s even coarser and drier than it was originally. But! There is hope for my uncontrollable frizz and dryness (and it’s not to embrace Grace Coddington–esque hair, though her look is fierce)."

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Photo: Tom Medvedich

"I use several trusty products like Ouidad Curl Recovery Whipped Curls Daily Conditioner ($26) and whatever hair oil I’m feeling that day—I'm currently obsessing over Number 4 Fluoro5 Elixir Restore & Repair Oil ($26). I also treat my hair to Rita Hazan Weekly Remedy ($42) to make sure whatever damage I did to my hair this week was remedied. Just don’t ask me what I do on rainy or humid days. No amount of product will keep the frizz away then."

Candace Napier, editorial designer

"I have naturally frizzy hair with waves that are totally uneven, which means I absolutely cannot air-dry, no matter what product I use."

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Photo: Candace Napier

"I bought Caudalie Divine Oil ($49) primarily for my face, but you can use it on pretty much everything. I've been putting it on the ends of my damp hair and smoothing it over the top layers for a healthy, shiny effect. It's my default since I'm lazy and it's multipurpose, but if I'm feeling up to it, I also whip out my Redken Diamond Oil Shatterproof Shine ($40). These oils seem pretty nourishing and manage to tame my frizz on most days."

Alle Connell, senior beauty editor, Daily Makeover

"My hair is thick, coarse, and wavy. When left to its own devices, it looks and feels like horse hair. Up until a few years ago, it was almost impossible for me to get it as sleek and smooth as I wanted it."

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Photo: Alle Connell

"My hair game changed when I got a better straightener—CHI Ultra CHI Red 1" Ceramic Flat Iron ($89.95) is actually life-altering—and discovered the wonder that is Redken Smooth Lock Heat Glide ($17.49). This combination makes my hair so unbelievably smooth and gorgeous that after a lifetime of uncontrollable hair issues, I kind of can't believe it's growing out of my head."

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