Nutcracker Hair-apy

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Your biscuits aren't the only things that take a beating during Nutcracker season—your (constantly sprayed, straightened, curled, and gelled) hair does, too. And while using heat tools and products is inevitable, there are plenty of ways to maintain a healthy mane through December. Here are our top tips.


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Wearing a ballet bun every day can slowly weaken your hair and cause it to break, so make sure to take your hair down right after each performance is over. Carefully undo your bun, spray your hair with some water, and use your fingers to massage your scalp and roots in a circular motion, which will stimulate blood flow and loosen the hair.


A version of this story appeared in the December 2018 issue of Dance Spirit with the title "Going Pro (biotic)."

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Congratulations to Dance Spirit's 2019 Cover Model Search finalists: Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland! One of them will win a spot on Dance Spirit's Fall 2019 cover. Learn more about the dancers by clicking on their names here:

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And then vote for your favorite below. You can vote once a day now through July 15.

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