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    Smooth Your Strands

    You miss the train by one minute, get on the next one only to have it malfunction, then finally get to work an hour late — and realize you left your presentation at home.

    Sometimes life isn’t so smooth. But with these five easy tips, you can always be sure that at least your hair will be.

    1. Don’t Lye to Yourself

    It’s true — a no-lye relaxer is the first step to smooth and healthy hair. Your best bet? Dark & Lovely’s Healthy Gloss 5. Filled with goodies like shea butter and the exclusive Silk Keratin Serum, these no-lye relaxers promise moisture, shine, strength, softness and body — and actually come through. Just be careful not to leave it on longer than directed. Over-processing isn’t such a good look.

    2. Get Low

    Hate those little broken hairs all over your bathroom floor? Choosing low or completely cutting out heat styling is the biggest favor you can ever do for your strands. When you do get the urge to heat it up, make sure to use a good protectant, keep tool settings low and avoid daily styling to stop breakage from finding its way to your floor. Follow these steps and you’ll spend less time sweeping (and weeping) and more time getting compliments — and smiling.

    3. Keep It Under Wraps

    Satin is your mane man, and in this relationship, there’s never any friction. Literally. Keeping hair tied up at night keeps it safe and protected from rubbing against harsher fabrics that may cause damage. No scarf? A satin pillowcase is a great alternative.

    4. Start With a Clean Slate

    Cleansing and deep conditioning 2–4 times per month is crucial in keeping hair healthy, happy and smooth. It’s a good way to replenish moisture and fortify strands. Plus, caring for your tresses can also double as a little “me time.” Pick a day that works best for your schedule and make it a fresh start for the week — and your hair.

    5. Don’t Manipulate

    Getting wrapped around your finger isn’t good for strands. Wearing protective styles? That’s much nicer. Buns, braids and other smooth up-dos that keep hair tucked away allow hair to retain length and moisture. While conditioning gel brands like Let’s Jam Regular and Extra Hold can add a little holding power. (Pssst … don’t forget to also trim those ends for optimal results!)

    For more tips, tricks and style inspiration, follow @official_darkandlovely on Instagram #wearedarkandlovely

    Article provided by Dark and Lovely®

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