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If there’s one word most women hate when it comes to their hair, it’s the definitely the “D” word. Damage! And as luxurious lives that celebrities seem to lead, they too aren’t granted immunity from being plagued with dry, dull, split-end-laden tresses either.

Recently, CoverGirl’s new face and CHI spokeswoman, 19-year-old starlet Zendaya, spoke on how her own head of hair that many envy had been damaged for years. “I’ve experienced hair nightmares,” she told PeopleStyle. “On the first season of the Disney Channel’s Shake It Up, heat-styling destroyed my hair. I was only 14 years old, and I didn’t know how to protect my hair, so it took over two years to grow it back, which really sucked!”

These days however, the triple threat who has become a red carpet staple due to her daring and eye catching hairstyles and wardrobe choices, has learned through trial and error — as most of us have — about how taking care the utmost care for her hair. “Over time, I learned how to properly care for my hair, and I partnered with Chi because the brand has so many products that protect it. I use the Argan Oil line because it’s really moisturizing. I condition my hair every day, and I shampoo it every other day.”

Zendaya also shared that when she’s not doing press work or hitting a red carpet, she avoids heat-styling at all costs. “Day-to-day, I wear my hair as natural as possible to minimize damage,” she explains. “To define my curls, I use a blow dryer with a diffuser attachment and Chi Styling Cream Gel, which helps me crunch my curls up.”

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