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Break out of your mommy rut

Do you wake up every morning to get the kids ready for school and just pull your hair into a ponytail? Is your hair sometimes so ratty that you just put on a hat? It's time to get out of your mommy style rut and get a fresh look for spring.

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How to get rid of frizzy hair

One of the biggest beauty dilemmas is dry, frizzy hair. Sometimes it's easier to just pull your hair back and not deal with it, but it's a better idea to actually do something about it.

  • Condition it — Even if you don't shampoo every day, your hair needs daily conditioner — especially in dry weather. If you like a leave-in rather than an in-shower conditioner, try Living Proof No Frizz Leave-in Conditioner (Sephora, $29).
  • Stop rubbing it — Don't rub your hair vigorously with a towel when you step out of the shower. Instead blot it dry with a thick towel. Skip the blow dryer if you can, but if you don't have time to let it dry naturally, use a diffuser on your hair dryer to reduce heat damage.
  • Get it cut — To reduce split ends and frizzy hair, get a haircut often. A trim every six to eight weeks works best for most women.

"If your hair is looking dry and frizzy because of the weather (or all that static coming from your favorite sweater), there are good products to help smooth it down," says Chris Padula, co-owner of The Beauty Parlour. "For a quick fix, use a weightless styling creme like L'Oreal Texture Expert Smooth Essence. This product should be every girl's best friend."

Spring into a new hair color

Take your look from drab to fab with new hair color for spring. This season, it is all about showing off gorgeous hairstyles with a bright and noticeable color.

"Bold and rich hair is going to be a bigger hit this spring than natural and subtle colors, so it is a great time to have some fun and try something new and exotic," explains Maira Padula, also co-owner of The Beauty Parlour. "Nature seldom gives us better rich color than a bottle, so for those looking to experiment with hair color, now is a good time to get started. Also, move away from abrupt heavy styles and move toward something a bit lighter, looser... and more carefree."

Make waves

You don't have to spend all day in the bathroom with a flat iron and a blow dryer. What mom has time for that? What you should do is make the most of what you have. If you have naturally curly hair, embrace it, and if you have stick-straight locks, learn to love your style too. Talk to your stylist about a haircut that works with your natural waves (or lack thereof).

For special occasions — like date night with your hubby — you can spend a little extra time on your hair. If you want gorgeous wavy locks, Chris Padula offers these tips.

"Invest in some medium sized Velcro rollers, some long metal rollers and a great volumizer. After you get out of the shower, towel dry your hair as much as possible so you do not dilute the product. Spray a few sections of your crown at the root with the volumizer for body and then just dust the ends with the same product to attain some control.

Then, with a blow dryer, roughly dry all of your hair, concentrating on the roots. When your hair is about 95-98 percent dry, put in the rollers. You don't have to get too precise with how you place them... if you have a good cut, the shape will do the hard work for you. Once the rollers are in place, dry your hair that last little bit while it is on the rollers. It is very important to let your hair cool on the rollers (This is a great time to do your makeup!). With minimum fuss, your hair should have some nice bouncy, flirty waves when you take it down. Give it a shake and you're ready to go!"

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