Add Texture and Shine to Healthy Hair

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Want healthy hair?  Of course you do!  While many of us want healthy hair that has great texture and shine, it doesn’t always seem like it’s all that easy to achieve.  Not sure how to add texture and shine to healthy hair?  You’re in the right place because we’ve uncovered some great tips to accomplishing that yourself.  No, you don’t have to be a hair professional to achieve your hair goals and they don’t have to be that difficult either.  Seriously!  So many women feel like having healthy, gorgeous hair is only for the celebs and professionals of the world but it’s just not the case.

Add More Moisture Into Your Hair
Here’s the deal, you know how your skin needs moisture to really be healthy and glowing?  Well, the same rule applies to your hair.  So often when we don’t have hair that’s shiny and full of great texture it’s because it’s lacking moisture.  That being said, we need to add moisture into our hair ourselves.  One of the best ways to do that is by utilizing conditioning treatments like leave-in conditioners, condition balms, and even through the use of hair masks.  Focus on adding more moisture into your hair, it’s likely craving it and you’ll notice that your hair will bring out its natural texture and shine as you start to give it more of the moisture it needs.

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Give Your Hair a Break Sometimes
We’re all about having fun with styling your hair and trying different hair styles through the use of styling tools and products.  However, to really keep our hair health and add that texture and shine we want we need to make sure we’re giving our hair a break every once in a while.  When we apply heat to our hair every single day it can cause our hair to be put under stress, taking away some of the texture and shine we’re working towards.  Make it a point to give your hair a break and allow it to just be at least one day a week.  Your hair will thank you and be more willing to give you that texture and shine you’re so eager to achieve.

Don’t Add Too Much Product
Listen, we’re all about utilizing hair care products to help you get healthy hair that shines and has great texture.  However, there is such a thing as applying too much product to our hair.  While we encourage you to make use of quality hair care products that are specifically formulated to work with your hair type, make sure you’re not adding too much of the products you’re using and don’t add every single product under the sun to your hair.  Having too much product in your hair can negatively affect your hair’s shine and texture.  Often times it can cause your hair to be too weighed down and create too much product build up on your scalp and hair – keeping the shine away.

Adding Olive Oil To Your Haircare Routine

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Any Rachel Ray fan will tell you that they’re very familiar with extra virgin olive oil – or EVOO as the superstar chef calls it – and are aware of its long list of benefits. Believe it or not, this super food (is it kosher to consider oil a food?) can be used as a cleaning agent, lash strengthener, digestive aid, shaving cream, appetite suppressant, furniture polish, and MORE! If you’re interested in using olive oil in any of the ways mentioned above, you should do a simple Google search, you’ll have all the information you need within seconds. However, if you’re interested in using olive oil in your tresses, then you need to look no further.

For centuries now, both men and women have turned to olive oil for hair care. In fact, there have been ancient artifacts which, when translated, document the oil’s ability to transform one’s hair. Today olive oil enthusiasts claim that when applied to the hair, the oil has the power not only to soften and add shine to locks but also enhance the hair’s body and resilience. For those of you unsure of the claims regarding the common kitchen staple, take ease in knowing that these claims can be scientifically backed. Olive oil is composed of three primary chemical elements: oleic acid, palmitic acid, and squalene. Each of the three elements are scientifically classified is emollients, which, in non-technical terms, means they contain softening qualities. Until recently, consumers were turned off to shampoos, conditioners, and other haircare products that contained olive oil. However, because beauty manufacturers are aware of the oils promising properties, they work with scientist to recreate the effects of olive oil. In doing so, hair care products are crafted with lab-made emollient imitators.

If you’re ready to ditch the chemicals, olive oil is a great option. That said, those of you who aren’t looking to rid your routine of chemicals, but do want to enhance the quality of your tresses, olive oil is a perfect choice. Below you will find a complete list of ways to add olive oil to your hair care routine. Prepare to be amazed… and moisturized!

women with frizzy hair

Put A Stop To Frizzy Hair
If you find solace in a bottle of frizz smoothing hair serum, you might be shocked to know that the product is composed almost entirely of those lab-made emollients discussed above. You can easily yield the same results for a fraction of the cost and sans chemicals by finger combing a small amount of olive oil though dry frizzy tresses. 

Resolve A Craft-Gone-Wrong
DIY anything is all the rage these days. There’s no shame in getting a little messy now and again, as long as you’re able to clean yourself up that it. Whether you pre-teen got into some non-washable paint, or you got a little silly while having a paint and wine night with the girls, don’t stress. Before getting into the shower and fussing with shampoo, grab a cotton ball and head to the pantry. All you need to do is dampen the cotton ball with olive oil and slide it along the painted hair. Soon enough the paint will start to lift into the oil. Once you’ve wiped up the majority of the paint you can jump in the shower to wash, condition and rinse. 

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Condition Hair
With shoppers searching for natural alternatives today, it’s likely that you can find an olive oil fortified conditioner at your local drug store. However, you don’t need to buy a fancy conditioner, instead, you can apply a small amount of olive oil to your hair while you’re in the shower just as you would with another conditioner.

Relieve A Dry Or Itchy Scalp
Those who’ve ever experienced a dry or itchy scalp know how awful and unbearable it can be. If you ever need to moisturize and calm your scalp, you’ll find relief in a bottle of olive oil. Along similar lines as the above tip, simply apply the oil throughout your hair, focusing on the roots. Let it sit for ten-or-so minutes before washing and rinsing. After just one “treatment” you’ll notice instant relief, but you can also do this on a regular basis to reap ongoing benefits.

Guide to Your Shiniest, Most Healthy Hair Ever

Woman with beautiful hair

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.

Chill Down
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.

Woman shampooing her hair.

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.

Gloss Appeal
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.