Hair Secrets
Revealed

The only thing that baffles us more than boys is our hair. We receive tons of email from readers with troubling tress questions. Read on for the answers to some of the most common (and bizarre) ones.

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Q. My hair gets so staticky this time of year. What can I do to tame it?

A. Static strikes your strands when they become electromagnetically charged due to a lack of moisture in the air. Vigorous brushing and wool hats make it worse. Try switching to a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner during the winter, and follow up with a leave-in conditioner, says Dianna Sandonato, director of product testing at Matrix. Try Biolage Ultra-Hydrating Shampoo, $11.99, and Balm, $15.99. Another flyaway fighter: Spritz Static Guard onto your brush, let dry, then give strands a few swipes. Also spray some on the inside of your hat before you wear it to prevent a static attack.

Q. Can taking vitamins make my hair healthier?

A. Getting enough of certain vitamins, especially B vitamins such as biotin and folic acid, is essential for having strong, healthy hair. You should be able to get plenty of these nutrients from a balanced diet that includes such B-rich foods as salmon, eggs and dark, leafy greens. But if you're not certain you're getting enough nutrients from your diet, you may want to take a daily vitamin pill to ensure that your strands stay in shape, says Audrey Kunin, M.D., president of Dermadoctor.com. Look for multivitamins that contain at least 100 percent of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin B. Try Olay Vitamins Complete Woman's Multivitamin, $9.

Q. Is it possible to heal damaged hair? If your strands are already dead, how can you feed them nutrients?

A. Since your locks don't have a digestive system, it's impossible to feed them nutrients from a bottle. What shampoos and conditioners can do is help stressed-out tresses look healthier by coating the cuticle and even filling in holes with ingredients like fatty acids, proteins and silicone. This will make each strand look shinier and feel softer, says Mackin. The best way to repair dry, damaged hair and prevent future breakage (other than cutting it off) is by using an intensive deep conditioner once a week. Look for one that contains proteins or acids to help strengthen weak strands and moisturizers to hydrate and soften. We like Frédéric Fekkai Protein Rx Reparative Treatment Mask, $52.00, and Garnier Fructis Fortifying Deep Conditioner, $3.99.

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ELIZABETH GAINEY April 01, 2009 | 10:35 AM

PLEASE UNPOST THIS COMMENT OFF OF THE WEB TODAY!!!!!

@bby! December 20, 2008 | 2:19 PM

ok elizabeth, if you like your hair to stay put i use this fantastic hair spray. its not expensive, it keeps a hold in your hair and it dosent make it crunchy or sticky. sunsilk, fine mist. awsome stuff. and if you like a soft bouncy look, use some nice leave in conditioner lightly and evenly spread through your hair, blow dry it, and then use hair spray. i do it all the time, and i get many compliments. the leave in and the spray are about 3 bucks each.

elizabeth gainey August 08, 2008 | 8:43 AM

I am under alot of stress right now, and i baby sit every day. I recently got a new hair cut with layers in it. My hair is only about shoulder lenght and i hate it . I feel the need to over process my hair with ahair dryer and a fat curling iron. I also have thinning hair at the age of 34 and so use ion gel for thickening and most of the the time it doesent work. I really love volumne in my hair and love the messy look too. The problem is getting it to stay that way all day. i reallystress way too much over my hair and i am never satisfied. Sometimes i think it would be easier to just go back to a simple a line cut but then id want it to be long again. I know that im a mess in the hair department. I cannot pay high prices for great hair care and products because i now have 4 chidren and our house has burned 3 times and yes i have proof and i am not making up this sob story. My husband lost his great job after 10 years , right before we went on our mission out of the country . Long story short, can you help me ? Elizabeth Gainey

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