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We've all had a bad hair, and it doesn't matter how fresh your skin is, or how good your makeup looks, if your hair isn't co-operating then your look just isn't going to come together.

Keeping your hair looking its best doesn't have to be a chore. As long as you keep up basic maintenance, gorgeous hair can be easy. I've put together my list of:

Carmen's Tips for Great Hair

  • Know your hair type; fine, coarse, straight, wavy, fine.
  • Always get a good cut, which will make it easy to style once you get home.
    • The best thing to do is to go with what your hair wants to do naturally.
    • Don't go against your hair's natural waves and cowlicks.
  • Make sure you use a shampoo that is gentle when it cleanses and a conditioner that is formulated for your hair type. Oily hair normally doesn't need the same intense moisturizing that dry hair does.
  • If you have black, dry or curly hair, you may want to shampoo only every second or third day, but you should always condition your hair every time it's wet.
  • If you continually get bad cuts, you may need to change stylists. If you see someone with roughly the same hair type and a cool style, ask where she got it done.
  • Use a rounded, wide-tooth comb and never ever use a brush on your hair when it's wet, as it causes breakage.
  • After washing, press the excess water from your hair, don't rub. Always detangle knots from the ends up.
  • When blow-drying, stop when your hair is still slightly damp. It will be easier and faster to style, and will minimize damage.
  • If you have thick, coarse or black hair and you find that it knots and mattes while you sleep, try using a satin pillowcase. It's also good for the face if you sleep on your stomach.

Remember, healthy hair also comes from the inside so eating a balanced diet including the recommended protein will make hair strong and shiny. As long as you take care of your hair and treat it gently, then it should cooperate most of the time.

And hey, the occasional bad hair day is a good reason to wear a new hat!