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Unfortunately, I can’t help you easily copy Naya Rivera’s amazing abs (those require hours of gym time and probably some diet changes). I can, however, give you the steps to recreating her beautiful, long, loose curls. John Frieda stylist, Clyde Haygood, gave the full scoop on how he got Naya’s hair to look that good.

Step 1 - Prep 

Clyde applied Frizz-Ease Hair Serum Original Formula ($9.99 at folica.com) to Naya’s wet hair before blow-drying. “We wanted sleek, defined waves. We knew this serum would help give us the sleek, controlled style we were aiming to achieve and keep her hair frizz-free all night long.” 

Step 2 - Style

Next, Clyde used a curling iron with a 1 ½ inch barrel. After wrapping each section around the iron, he pinned each curl with a duckbill clip and sprayed Frizz-Ease Moisture Barrier Firm Hold Hairspray ($5.95 at folica.com) to set.  

Step 3 - Perfect

Once the curls cooled, Clyde carefully brushed hair out and spritzed Frizz-Ease 100% Shine Glossing Mist ($5.99 at ulta.com) throughout for definition and added shine. “To replicate the look and feel of the leather outfit, we saturated Naya’s hair with as much of the shine spray as possible for that silky and smooth finish.”

Luckily, I have a little bit of time before I have to worry about greys popping in and covering up roots, but I do know plenty of women who are currently having that problem, so I thought I’d do a little bit of research and find the best products out there to help cover up those annoying grey hairs. My biggest pet peeve when coloring hair is the dry time. Waiting 30 to 40 minutes with a cap on your head and that smell lingering is something unbearable, so on top of finding the best of the best in root cover-ups it was also a goal of mine to find products that would eliminate, or at least minimize, these issues. I uncovered three products that are a little pricey, but are definitely worth having on hand in between salon visits!

The Spray

Women use hairspray pretty much every day so it was only a matter of time before hair color was put into an aerosol can. The Rita Hazan Root Concealer comes in five different colors (blonde, dark blonde. light brown, dark brown/black, and red) and will cover your roots in just one quick spray. Although the light stream helps control where the dye goes, it is very easy to press a little too hard and it is even easier to get a little too much in one spot, so my advice is to try it out a little by spraying some on a napkin to make sure you get the pressure of your finger down before trying to put in on your roots. The best thing about the spray is it won’t get all over your hands or anywhere else—like eyeglasses.

The Marker

When I first came across this one I wasn’t sure it was going to be any good because my experience has taught me that any product that comes in pen or marker form, like the nail art pens, don’t work too well. But it seemed like a good product to at least investigate, and when I did, I really found nothing bad about it. The ColorMark Touchback looks exactly like a flat point permanent marker and it’s used pretty much the same way: you simply color over your roots. Be sure to pull your hair away from your scalp otherwise you will end up with spots on your head (if this happens it’s pretty easy to smudge away with a finger). It dries in minutes and will not flake off when you brush your hair or sweat like some other dye pens.

The Shadow

When I saw this next product I didn’t get how this could work and how they were able to put such a price tag on it, but then I dug a little deeper. The Color Wow Root Cover Up looks like an eye shadow at first glance so the natural reaction is to think, ‘My eye shadow doesn’t always stay on so how will this?’ But to be 100 percent honest, I didn’t read one review that was negative. Although it is not the most cost-efficient option for root touch-ups, it definitely seems to be worth a try at least once. The powder will adhere to your hair, not your skin, so you won’t have to worry about it looking dry or being obvious, it becomes completely camouflaged. The best part about this product is there is no dry time like the other two and no smell.


I was blessed with a stepmother who is a hair dresser, so fighting split ends and damaged hair has never really been a problem for me. Since I know not everyone has the same advantage, I wanted to share three of the best products to fight the damage that heat, pollution and daily blow-drying can cause your hair. Truthfully, the only way to fix split ends once they occur is to cut them off, but there are ways to prevent the damage from occurring and here are the products that do that!

Hair Oil
As annoying as your oily hair can be, it is what keeps your hair looking fresh and rejuvenated. Unfortunately, due to environmental stress, blow-dryers and flat irons, these oils are extracted from you hair so reapplying them is essential. The Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque combines tea tree and chamomile oils to add those essential oils right back into your hair, preventing the ends from splitting. 

Erasing Balm
Let’s be honest, most women color their hair or blow dry it every day, which means damage is expected, so what can we do to reverse this once it’s already happened? The L’Oreal Total Repair 5 Damage Erasing Balm is the answer. This reconstructing balm once applied instantly repairs the five signs of damage, split ends, weak, rough, dull and dehydrated, leaving the hair shiny and healthy. It is specifically designed to treat hair that has been over-processed and chemically treated.

Correction Conditioner
Conditioning your hair properly is probably the most important step in fighting split ends and damage. Nexxus Pro Mend Split End Treatment Daily Shampoo is proven to bind 86% of split ends in just three washes. In order to keep your hair looking healthy, it is essential to use this product every day, on top of your other shampoo and conditioner. The most important step in applying this product is to make sure you mainly apply it to the ends of your hair and leave on for three minutes, that way it has time to bind the existing damage. 

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Many of us have tried to curl our hair perfectly in the summer months only to sadly watch it lose all its oomph as humidity got to it. Thanks to Moroccanoil Treatment Light and Moroccanoil Curl Control Mousse, Olivia’s hairstylist, Mara Roszak, was able to ensure her curls would hold up in just about any condition. Mara told InStyle how she achieved the wavy curls: “I then used a curling iron to touch up her waves and define the texture, wrapping each section loosely around the barrel before letting it fall freely. After shaking the waves out with my fingers, I tucked her hair behind her ear on one side.” She finished the look with Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray to provide some sheen and to help set the style.

You can buy Moroccanoil Treatment Light ($43), Curl Control Mousse ($23.20) and Luminous Hairspray ($22.20) at moroccanoil.com

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Lucky for me, I missed the gene that gave me the curly hair both of my parents have. When my father was younger, he had a mini afro and my mother, well, even with the smallest amount of moisture in the air, her hair instantly begins to frizz and get curly. Thankfully, I’ve never had to worry about doing anything other than blow-drying quickly and running a flat iron over the ends of my hair a few times, but I know a large majority of women aren’t that lucky. Taming wild curls doesn’t just start when you are styling your hair, you have to have a routine that includes shampoo and conditioner, products and even combs. With this season being extremely hot and humid, I thought it would be a good idea to share some of the best products for all of these categories.

Shampoo and Conditioner

Keeping your curls and waves under control begins the moment you step foot in the shower. Simply using good products after the fact is not going to do anything, at least not for an extended amount of time. You need to make sure your shampoo and conditioner will bring out the best in your curls and waves. The Herbal Essence Totally Twisted Curls and Waves duo will work to replenish your hair and leave your curls smooth and soft.  

The Perfect Comb

Usually you don’t think that a comb could play a crucial part in preventing frizz, but not detangling your hair properly can leave knots causing your curls to become a mess. Also, regular brushes can do harsh things to wavy hair, for example causing split ends and breakage. Using a wide toothed wooden comb, such as the Body Shop Detangling Comb, will separate the hair properly allowing you to comb through every curl.

Finishing Products

Whether you decide to let your wild curls fly free and use a gel or like to pull them back and spray a little hairspray, every hairstyle needs the perfect finisher. Unfortunately, most curl gels leave a hard, crunchy finish that makes them stiff, however, a hair company finally smartened up and created a gel that does not have that effect on curls and waves. The Matrix Total Results Curl Super Defrizzer is lightweight, fights frizz and maintains any hairstyle without causing your waves to become a huge tangled mess. There is nothing better than achieving your desired look and style, but there is nothing worse than spraying hairspray and stepping outside to have it instantly frizz out. Now, thanks to the Tresemme Climate Control Protection Finishing Spray, this won’t be a problem. The spray will create a force field around your hair so the frizz won’t even have the chance to start. 

A Little Extra Love

Curly hair needs a little extra TLC every now and then, so using a leave-in conditioner is an essential component of making sure your curls look great at all times. L’Oreal EverCurl Hydracharge Leave-In Cream will pump in that extra amount of moisture and nutrients that may be lost with all the blow-drying, curling, and flat ironing. Your waves will be left healthy, shiny and perfectly defined.  

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