Samantha Ruggiero, Model
Hair story: When I was very young, I wouldn't let anyone near my hair. I only allowed it to be washed twice a week, and it was constantly in knots. My mom got fed up when I was 4 and took me to have it all cut off into a bob. I don't think I'll ever get over it -- ever since then, I've kept my hair as long as possible.
Then: I used to spend a half hour every other day straightening my waves.
Now: I'm no muss, no fuss. I wash my hair, add a little product, and I'm done.
Care: When combing, make sure to use plenty of conditioner so fragile hair doesn't break. Otherwise, tight curls are usually best refreshed with moisturizing products alone.
Styling: Dryness is the big issue because the cuticles tend to be rough and lose moisture easily. Tight curls need hydration -- and lots of it. Choose moisturizing shampoos, conditioners, and styling products.
Care: Combing loose curls keeps them from matting and knotting together. It's best to comb when hair is wet and conditioner is still in.
Styling: Loose curls can become puffy and frizzy when humidity enters the cuticle, so the challenge is to seal it and prevent water from swelling the strand. Ingredients like natural fruit waxes help.
Care: A wide-tooth comb detangles hair gently, so fine strands -- which are prone to breakage -- don't snap.
Styling: Most products weigh down fine hair. Avoid heavy gels or creams with ingredients like petroleum or mineral oil, which coat hair. Look for light textures that boost volume.