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That’s why her hair is so big—it’s full of secrets!

Whether she was telling you to keep your strands out of your face (sweetie, those cheekbones aren’t meant to be covered up!) or explaining the proper way to use hot-rollers during your first attempt, Mama is always the voice of reason—and wisdom—when it comes to fixing your do. After all, she is the woman whose church hair is on point every Sunday and says that there’s nothing you can’t fix with touch of hairspray and a swipe of red lipstick. These types of motherly beauty lessons stick with you for the rest of your life, which is why we asked you to share the tried and true tips you’ve learned. Read on for our favorites:

“I come from a family of very thin, straight hair. My great-grandmother used to make everyone eat the crust of their toast because she said it would make your hair curly and give it body.” — Katelyn

“She always told me to curl my hair the night before, so in the morning it’s easier to style. All you have to do is touch it up and you’re good to go!” — Sarah

“The only two things about hair that I was ever told by the hilariously eclectic women in my family were: If you don't brush your hair and keep it nicely, I'm going to have it all cut off! and If your hair hangs over your eye you'll wind up blind in it like Veronica Lake!" — Mimi

“My mom always looks put together, and one of her main tricks is to always keep her hair styled. I have seen her blow dry and style her hair before going to the gym, before going to sleep, and before putting on a helmet to ski. It only takes her a few minutes at a time, but makes a world of an impact.” — Micha

“Start brushing your hair at the bottom and work your way up to avoid damage.” — Kate

“My Grandma always used to rinse her hair in cold water before she got out of the bath or shower— she said it made your hair shine!”  — Alice

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“My grandmother taught me that you should never let your grey hairs get out of control. Touch them up frequently to increase the chances that everyone thinks that's your actual hair color —I'm embarrassed to say I was in my late teens when I realized she didn't naturally have brown hair in her 60's!” — Michelle

“Sorry to say, I learned very little about my hair from my Mom. She gave me a hideous perm in the 4th grade and that ended anymore hair discussions with her!” — Sandra

“The Southern women in my family instilled in me a great appreciation for big hair! My grandmother Joyce always said, "The bigger your hair, the closer you are to Jesus." She also went to the beauty parlor every Saturday morning to get her hair done no matter what! She went through chemo when she was in her late eighties and eventually had to get a wig. True to her routine, she took her wig to the beauty parlor to get puffed up every Saturday. I was always embarrassed to go to her house when my hair needed highlights!” — Erica

“Baby powder as dry shampoo! Also, don't use conditioner every wash. So now as an adult, I'll use conditioner every two or three washes, but I'll use a spray de-tangler after my shower almost every time.” — Kristin

“When I was younger, I struggled taming my naturally frizzy and wavy mane, so my mom taught me how to blow out my hair with a boar bristle round brush. She showed me the proper technique for sectioning off my hair, drying it from the root down, and using the cool setting to set the hair in place.” — Liz