Your hair is your crowning glory, and just like your skin, it always looks its best when it radiates a shine. When your hair is shiny, it shows that it is super healthy, being able to reflect light and create natural highlights that frame your face in the most flattering way. Dull hair, on the other hand, can make you look older, tired, and less engaging. There are a lot of things you can do to improve your hair’s gorgeous shine right now–which will enable it to send those rays of light bouncing back out, no matter what particular texture your hair might be. When your hair’s cuticles are soothed into lying flat (think silky, straight hair) they are best able to send out luxurious luster and radiant highlights from an interweaving of both reflected and refracted light.
Choose Your Treatment Products Wisely
There are some wonderful therapeutic shampoos for luxe, shiny hair. many of these are infused with natural oils, fatty acids, silicones and emollient ingredients that are able to actually penetrate the scalp, so they can get to where they really nourish the hair down at the follicle, where it really matters.
While it may feel like the hotter you can get the water temp for washing your hair–and even bathing–you should know that especially when it comes to your hair, heat can damage it by splintering it at the cuticle, thus ruining any possibility of a brilliance occurring. Your hair will get just as clean if you turn down the water temp for shampooing, and try rinsing with a bit of lukewarm water, followed by a few seconds of cold water at the finish. Then, when drying your hair, the best way is to go au naturel. However, you can use your blow dryer without guilt–just set it on the coolest setting that time will allow, and when using the hotter temps, give your hair frequent periodic blasts of the cool shot function throughout the session.
Keep it Clean
There’s a lot of advice trending out there about how frequent shampooing can rob your hair of its necessary oils and strip it of a naturally occurring shine. This is mere hype, perhaps perpetrated by the manufacturers of all the new dry shampoos out there. Now, you can certainly impair your hair’s ability to shine by relying on harsh, abrasive shampoos to clean it, but if you use a shampoo that is ideally formulated for your hair type, and it’s lightweight and gentle, feel free to wash it every day, without a shred of guilt.
Have you tried one of the highly effective radiance-remedies that are sold as shine boosters, and shine glazes? These products have no other purpose than to illuminate your hair on a game changing level, being lightweight and colorless. And they have lasting power, as some only need to be applied once a week to sustain their super shiny effects. There are also glossing conditioners you can buy. When it comes to inducing shine, go lightweight, as the weightier conditioners tend to dull your hair more than create shine. There are some super-shine oils you can apply. You just need to rub a few drops between your hands and apply lightly and evenly to get a brilliant shine that will keep on going, till your next shampoo.
Say Bye-Bye to Buildup
Product buildup is easy to occur and is one of the key influencers to destroy shine. There’s nothing like a clean slate to radiate your shine intentions. Clarifying treatments are the way to go, and one of the best is a solution of half water and half apple cider vinegar. Apply this pungent preparation to your hair right after shampooing. You can pour it through your hair in the shower or spritz it on with an atomizer bottle. Leave this on for 5-10 minutes, and then rinse with cool water. The odor will dissipate–so don’t worry. Now, there’s a caveat–if your hair is highly processed or dyed a brilliant color–especially red, ask a color specialist before popping the top of the vinegar bottle.