6 Tips to Shiny Hair

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Shiny hair can be tough to achieve if you have frizzy, dry or lifeless hair. My hair can be rather poofy and frizzy at times and I've tried one product after another but nothing seems to work. I recently found a few tips from the likes of elle.com to help me (and you!) get super gorgeous and shiny hair. Based on these tips, it seems we will have to put in a bit of time and effort, so don't think you'll just wake up with perfect hair. Oh the pains of beauty....

1. Know How Often You Need to Shampoo - "If you have thick hair that doesn’t get too oily, wash your hair every other day. If your hair is finer and gets oily more quickly, suds up your locks every day", says celebrity hairstylist Edward Tricomi. A blast of cool water at the end of your shower will help close off hair follicles to seal in the shine-makers from your shampoo.

2. Use Shine-Enhancing Hair Products - Just like your face loves a fantastic mask, your hair will love a mask of it's own. Using a moisturizing hair mask like Fekkai’s Hair Mask With Shea Butter once a week will help glossify your hair.

3. DIY Recipe's May Help - Using styling products like hairsprays, gels and hair creams can gunk up our hair. There are many people who recommend Clarifying shampoos as a solution, but along with the gunk in your hair you risk stripping away the healthy, natural oils it holds. Instead use this gentle (and simple) DIY recipe once a week to remove buildup: Add a few ounces of apple cider vinegar to your shampoo, then follow up with a moisturizing conditioner. The cider helps break down residue so natural luster can come back to the surface. If you have frizzy hair that needs taming, try this recipe as well: Mash 1 ripe banana into a paste with a fork or spoon, then add 1 tbsp. sunflower oil and 1/2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice. Mix well. Then Thirty minutes prior to showering, massage the mixture into dry hair and scalp. Comb through to distribute evenly. After thirty minutes, wash hair using a mild baby shampoo and rinse thoroughly.

4. Spend Time With Your Styling Products - This one will require quite a bit of work on your part and some fancy hair styling tools. “Use ionic flatirons and curling irons to defrizz strands. They also work better at sealing shine to the cuticle than non-ionic dryers,” says Marie Ferro of Marie’s Hair Studio. To up the gloss and cool down roots, blast your hair with cool air during the last two minutes of your blow dry.

5. Invest in a Quality Brush - The right kind of brush makes a huge difference, though you don't need to brush a million times a day. A paddle brush with a mix of natural boar and nylon bristles, like the classic Mason Pearson and Y.S. Park brushes, promotes shiny hair. So grab that brush and get going!

6. Get a Hair Cut - This is a necessity for healthy hair. And healthy, split end-free hair means soft and shiny hair. By keeping those split ends away, you’ll prevent breakage from reaching the roots. Go for a trim trip every six to eight weeks.


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