5 Types Of Troubled Hair, 5 Easy Solutions

When you and your hair have a domestic dispute and you're stuck leaving the house looking less than your best, it can be a mega confidence killer. Sure, we all have to accept certain beauty woes, but when it comes to the head, the right product and some hot tips should really be able to cure whatever ails you.
Enter Shin An and her new Santa Monica salon, Shin, a zen space that's the equivalent to a whiskey on the rocks after a long week (she actually might even offer you one!). Thanks to a cult following so hard core they've been dubbed "Shinheads," you know this stylist is the real deal. We recently visited Shin, chopped off six inches, and just when we thought we'd cry (as per usual), ended up over the moon! So, we've asked the coiff queen to offer her insights on every plait predicament from the frizzies to uncontrollable curls, and we swear, she really gets to the root of every problem.
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Shin, 1025 Montana Avenue (Between 10th and 11th Streets); 310-310-3128.
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Fine And Thin Hair
"I recommend women with fine and thin hair use Sachajuan Volume Powder. Apply it directly to the roots, and this will give your hair volume and body without having to wash it everyday.

I would recommend some color, too, like subtle highlights, to add some volume and texture. Be sure to not over-process the hair though, because it will break easily. I would recommend this hair type either go shorter (above the shoulders), or if you want to have it long, do some bangs or a v-shaped fringe. The worst thing to do is to have it long, and have it look like you have five pieces of string hanging on your back or shoulders! Accept what you have, and make the most of it (or consider getting extensions)."

Quick tip: "Don't overheat or over-dry the hair as it really causes your locks to become limp and lifeless."

Sachajuan Volume Powder, $32, available at Woodley and Bunny.

Photos: Product via Woodley and Bunney; Runway Courtesy of Maria Valentino/MCV Photo
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Flat And Dull Hair
"Honestly, getting a body wave with larger sized rollers, or coloring your hair would add a lot of body and shine. Giving it some texture would give the hair some 'life.' If that's not an option, start with Liqwid's Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner. This will guarantee shine and softness.

Then, apply the same brand's Catalyst evenly to wet hair from roots to the ends — either use a flat iron to seal the cuticle or use a big barrel curing iron (Hot Tools 1 - 1 1/4 inch barrel curler) to add bend to the hair for texture and shine. Complete the look with a matte finish, like the water-based Pomade by Sachajuan."

Liqwd Professional Volumizing Catalyst, $26, available at Liqwd; Hot Tools Curling Iron 1 1/4 inch, $24.99, available at Discount Beauty Center; Sachajuan Hair Paste, $28, available at Woodley and Bunny.

Runway Photo Courtesy of Maria Valentino/MCV; Product Shot Via Woodley and Bunny.
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Curly, Frizzy Hair
"All hair styling begins in the shower! After you shampoo, condition, then comb (all while you're under the shower head), rinse and then towel dry the hair lightly. Make sure there is enough moisture left, but that strands are not dripping.

Use a cream first like the Dove Style & Care Cream Serum, and then Dove Refining Gel. If you still have frizz, use a little more cream. Take one inch sections, and wrap the hair around your fingers to define individual curls around the face and the very top section (you'll achieve more root lift this way). Then, either diffuse until the hair is about 75% dry, or air dry to finish. When the hair is dry, flip your head upside down, and fluff the roots with the pads of your fingers in small circles. Sexy, loose, and defined curls, achieved!"

On a side note: "My favorite hair length for curly or frizzy hair is below the shoulders, or long layers, and even some v-shaped bangs! Never keep all of your hair at one length, if you have curly hair unless you like looking like you have a triangle on your head!"

Dove Style and Care Nourishing Dry Ends Serum, $4.89, available at Soap.

Runway Photo: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo; Product Shot Via Soap.
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Dry And Damaged
"First of all, let's figure out what the problem is — why is your hair in this condition? You can always cut it shorter and start over, or fire the hairdresser who got you there in the first place. But the real question is...is it more important to have longer, damaged hair that's in a ponytail five days a week, or have it a bit shorter and healthier-looking?

Begin using Liqwd's Silk Professional Deep Conditioning Treatment — apply generously after shampooing, leave on for 5-10 minutes, or as long as you can. Rinse well, and this will leave the hair super smooth and shiny. As a sealant, use JASON's 5,000 IU Vitamin E Pure Beauty Oil ; it's meant to be for the skin, but I use it for the ends. The vitamin oil helps improve elasticity, and helps promote healing of damaged skin, so just imagine what it can do for your hair!"

Liqwd Silk Professional Deep Conditioning Treatment, $24, available at Liqwd; Jason Vitamin E Oil 5,000 I.U., $6.39, available at Jason.

Runway Photo: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo; Product Shots Via Liqwd.
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Coarse And Thick Hair
"I recommend not washing every day.Your natural oils will work their way down to your ends (Really! Once or twice a week is fine.). When you do shampoo, wash twice. It's harder to get through, and really get a good scalp cleansing when there is a lot of thick hair.

Sojourn's Thermal Protection Straightener is great — apply from roots to ends on wet hair. It's lightweight, and protects the hair from the heat. Try it after air drying if you want to achieve less volume and body. A great keratin treatment would do wonders for people with coarse hair. And now Liqwid carries the non-formaldehyde Keratin that's not bad for your health."

Sojourn Thermal Protection Straightener, $24, available at Shin.

Photo: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo; Product Shot Via Sojourn Beauty.
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