Deanne Hess, Director of RealBeauty.com
Deanne's beauty stats: Mid-30s; fine, wavy hair; highlighted, but naturally dark blonde; blue eyes; minor acne issues; allergic to everything
"Like everyone else who might be unhappy with their given beauty genes, I wish I had been born with perfectly straight hair. Sigh. Since I wasn't, I have learned to trick onlookers into believing that my DNA gives me my super-sleek, runway-ready hairstyle."
Pantene Pro-V Always Smooth Shampoo and Conditioner
"It all starts in the shower. I'm allergic to so many cosmetic ingredients, but I've found that Pantene Pro-V Always Smooth Shampoo and Conditioner work great on my hair and keep me itch-free. I keep the conditioner on my hair for about three minutes, and then rinse out."
$7.99 for 25.4 oz each; drugstore.com
John Frieda Frizz Ease
"Once I'm out of the shower, I towel-dry my hair and immediately add a quarter-size amount of John Frieda Frizz Ease all over, beginning with the ends and working upward to the roots. I do not brush out my wet hair, instead I let it air dry for about 15 mintues."
$9.99 for 1.69 oz; cvs.com
Revlon Tourmaline Hair Dryer
"Next, I blow-dry my hair, making sure the air never blows upward. I spend most of my blow-drying time on the bottom half of my hair, being sure to move the hair dryer around so nothing burns. I also never use a brush or comb at this stage. I just use my fingers to move sections of my hair around until it is thoroughly dry. One thing to remember: My hair dryer has a "hot" and "warm" setting. I usually start on the "hot" setting for the first two minutes and then finish the rest of my hair using the "warm" option so the blow-drying causes less damage. Only after my hair is totally dry, do I take a comb and work through any tangles beginning at the ends and combing upward, one-inch sections at a time."
Chi Ceramic 1" Flat Iron
"Once my hair is completely dry, I use my Chi ceramic flatiron. Once my flatiron died on me in the middle of a blowout, so when I bought another, I also bought a spare this has been the absolute favorite flatiron I've ever used. I section off my hair, leaving out the underneath part. Then, I take about a 1-inch section of hair at a time, comb it out, and then run the flatiron over it from root to end, making sure to continually move the iron slowly so it doesn't leave a crease."
John Frieda Secret Weapon Finishing Creme
"After I've straightened every inch of my hair, I finish by taking a dime-sized amount of finishing crème, rubbing my hands together, and then, starting from about 3 inches past my roots, I work it into the ends of my hair. You want to smooth down the hair, so don't scrunch it to work it in."
$6.49 for 4 oz; drugstore.com