Towel-dry 85% of the way with a super-absorbent towel before styling to cut down on primping time.
Handle your hair with care. The cuticle surrounding each strand grows downward; you'll avoid breakage by towel drying, combing and blow-drying from roots to end.
Use the right brush for the desired effect - a large round brush to straighten hair, a small round brush for body and curl, and a flat-backed (paddle) brush to achieve a super-sleek flat surface.
Wash you hair daily (unless it's extra oily). Doing so removes all of your scalp's natural sebum (oil), the very stuff that coats your hair and keeps it from frizzing. Instead, wash every other day with a product designed for your hair type.
Allow a hot blow dryer to touch your hair. Most contain metal grids that may burn any strands they come in contact with.
Allow your hair to air dry halfway on its own. This makes it more difficult to "set" your style.
Use heavy doses of silicone-based shine serum to get sheen. These products can actually dull hair's luster by forming a coating through which moisture and conditioners can't penetrate. For best results, use only pea-sized amounts.
Use too many styling products at the same time. If you need to employ more than four styling aids, you may have the wrong cut or the wrong products.