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Styling Product Overdose

The Mistake: You got trigger-happy with hairspray or carried away with styling cream or serum. Now you have either stiff patches or greasy strands—and no time to de-gunk with shampoo.

The Solutions: For Too Much Hairspray.. Rake through oversaturated sections with a wide-tooth comb to break up stiffness. Work your way up from the ends to avoid breakage. Spritz on water, then blow-dry.
For Too Much Cream or Serum... Spray with dry shampoo and rub it in with fingertips to soak up the excess. Revive roots by using a cotton pad doused in astringent to dab your hairline. Or wrap your head in a towel and massage the scalp to absorb grease before gently finger combing. Finally, lock the style in place with another mist of hairspray.

The Pro Advice: Look for a hairspray labeled as "flexible hold"—it won't flake or leave hair crunchy. Apply it in layers: Spritz from 12 inches away to lightly cover your entire head, let dry, then repeat. You'll achieve a strong hold that is flexible enough for easy styling.

Go easy on oil-based products. One pump (a dime-size amount) is usually enough to smooth locks from midshaft down—which is all you need. Using product on the roots, where natural oils collect, can quickly cause product buildup.

The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

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