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Classic Conditioning: How to break up with your conditioner for good

Shampoo and conditioner are like peanut butter and jelly, like Barbie and Ken before 2004, together forever, a tale as old as time, an inseparable pair.

But what if your good friend conditioner is actually a sabotaging frenemy? For many women with fine, limp, or aging hair, traditional conditioner can make hair heavy, flat, or even greasy.

How to kick the habit and live happily ever after?

1. Game, set, unmatch

If you like your shampoo, you can keep it! Don't feel like you have to use the conditioner that goes along with it, especially if the effect you want is bombshell volume. If the culprit behind your flat hair is residue and product build-up, switch to a clarifying shampoo, like Neutrogena's Anti-Residue Shampoo, a gentle baby shampoo like Johnson & Johnson, or follow Michelle Phan's tutorial below for a DIY clarifying rinse.

2. Use a lightweight spray

If the shower leaves your hair all tied up in knots, try a kid's detangling spray like Johnson's No More Tangles before combing hair out gently. For winter or any time when your hair feels like it needs additional moisture and taming, use a hydrating mist, like It's a 10 Miracle Leave-In Spray, for silky hair without the extra weight.

3. Save the brush for last

Roughly yanking a brush through wet hair causes fragile hair follicles to break and split. Use a wide-tooth comb to gently untangle any knots and set a deep side part, which is more conducive to a full look than down the middle. Hold off on the brush until you're blow-drying or hair has air dried.

4. Finish with dry shampoo

It's not just for morning after hair! A good dry shampoo like Naturia by Renee Furterer not only extends the life of your blowout, but also adds oomph to freshly washed hair. Flip your head upside down and spritz directly into your roots before working it in with your fingers. Finish with a good flexible hold hairspray like L'Oréal Elnett for all day hold minus the dreaded helmet-head, also targeted at the roots, then flip your hair back over and shake it out. Keep a small bottle of dry shampoo or hairspray in your bag for a quick refresh throughout the day, or just wet fingers and run them through hair; the water will reactivate the products you already applied.

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