Ariana Finlayson, Associate Beauty Editor at RealBeauty.com
Ariana's beauty stats: Asian; early 20s; brown eyes, black wavy hair, medium complexion
"My hair is thick so I need to tame it with as much heat as possible, which in turn, can lead to damage. I shower at night and let my hair air dry, then run the iron though it in the morning. My tip to taming thick hair is to get a long, layered cut. This haircut will give you movement and let you keep your length while taking off weight. The stylist will smooth your hair in front into 1/2-inch "ribbons," then run the scissors lengthwise while slowly cutting into the piece. The bulk of your hair is cut regularly into layers. I get my hair cut at Bumble and bumble they specialize in this cut."
Aveda Smooth Infusion Shampoo and Conditioner
John Frieda Frizz-Ease Care Daily Nourishment Leave-In Conditioning Spray
Philip B Anti-Frizz Formula 57
"This vitamin-enhanced serum gives me the shine I need while taming frizz. The texture is thin enough to tame flyaways without making my hair look greasy."
Fekkai Coiff Defense Pre-Style Thermal/UV Protectant
"I didn't think using a heat protectorant would make such a difference until I noticed that I've been having fewer split ends as a result. This particular one doesn't leave buildup on my iron either."
Ted Gibson Professional Flat Iron Model 1089
"I can't stress how much a great flatiron will do for your hair! I crank this baby to 410 degrees and it gives me the sleek look that I love — and fast. The temperature in itself sounds horribly damaging, but by using the right protectorants and conditioning my hair, heat styling will do wonders."