Shiny hair is a mark of younger hair – so it makes perfect sense that it’s a top hair styling request. Luckily, there’s no big magic secret behind that shining mane you see on models or actresses. The plain truth is that shiny hair is a result of healthy hair. So following these simple steps for healthy hair-care will send you well on your way to dazzling shine.
- First of all, start off with a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. This is very important because the moisture in your hair makes it reflect light, and therefore look shiny. This moisturizing rule applies to all kinds of hair, from curly to straight.
- Frizzy hair won’t get the kind of shine that turns heads, so an important step is fighting off your frizz by keeping hair well-conditioned.
- Try not to wash your hair as frequently, since the natural oils on your scalp condition the strands and produce shine.
- When you’re done in the shower, rinse your hair with cold water. This will smooth down the cuticle and lock in the moisture – which will help protect you from dry, frizzy hair.
- Don’t over-brush your hair, since brushing breaks the cuticle and can cause damage – which will work against all your efforts to get shine. When you do brush, don’t use a plastic brush that will tear at the hair. Instead, use a boar bristle brush or wide-tooth comb to gently detangle it.
- If you need to blow dry your hair, wait as long as possible so it’s not dripping wet. The best technique is to wrap it in a towel for five minutes, then let it air dry for another five minutes before finally submitting it to the heat. Whenever you use heated styling tools, remember to first apply a heat-protecting product to prevent damage.
- If your hair is damaged, a leave-in conditioner, weekly deep conditioning treatment or hair mask will help smooth down the cuticle so it reflects light and gives you shine.
- Avoid hair styling products that contain alcohol, because this will dry out your hair and make it look dull. Instead, look for a shine-enhancing serum or cream that will maintain your hair’s moisture.
- If you have curly hair, make sure to use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner to lock in extra moisture (curly hair tends to be dry and therefore dull). Then follow with a straightening gel and detangle it with a wide-tooth comb or your fingers. Avoid using a brush because that will cause frizz and decrease shine. Also, hair will reflect more light if the strands are aligned, so if you make large, structured curls with an iron you’ll get more shine than with small ringlets.