By: Aliya Faust
Shiny hair isn’t hard to get. It comes with the pampering process we already take on daily. The difference just lies in how we take those steps. Every hair product and tool isn’t made for everybody. And some shouldn’t be for anybody. Sometimes we don’t realize it, but what we eat and drink effects our hair, too. So does stress and a lack of sleep. Simply put, your habits control your shine . Here’s a healthy breakdown on how to add luster to your hair.
The first step in achieving shiny hair requires a good wash. Washing your hair thoroughly removes the oil, dirt and everything else unkind to your mane. Be rough! With warm water and shampoo in hand, scrub your roots and continue all the way down to your ends. Take your time. Massage your scalp and thoroughly rinse your hair. You’ll want to repeat this about 2-3 times. Next, is conditioning, which will lock in moisture and assist in untangling your hair. Comb the conditioner through your hair, let sit for about 10 minutes, then rinse thoroughly with cold water. Cold water will smooth your strands and keep your hair shiny.
Dull, dry hair is often the result of a lack of moisture.To maintain shiny hair, you’ll want to keep it hydrated. Hair is sensitive to chemicals, humid weather and dry air, so you’ll want to use oils, spritz and light creams as needed. These product types will give you that extra boost of shine you’re looking for and even soften your hair, making it more manageable over time.
Use heated styling methods sparingly and carefully. Heat damage can take away from healthy, shiny hair. When blow drying your hair, first comb out the tangles. Start blow drying at your roots and use a boar bristle brush. It’s easy on the hair and scalp, and actually redistributes the scalp’s natural oils unlike plastic brushes. If straightening or curling your hair, monitor the heat temperature and length of each stroke. Too much heat is never good, but ceramic irons lessen the stress. It doesn’t strip the hair of its natural oils; instead, it smooths the hair, which ultimately leads to shine. (Note: Cleaning your irons after each use help secure the life and quality of the tool.)
Be careful of what you consume. Sugar, for example, is something you probably want to watch. Overbearing amounts of the substance can lower your vitamin E, which is vital for healthy hair growth. Water, on the other hand, is something you do wants lots of (6-8 oz. daily) and does more than just quench your thirst. It helps keep your body functioning, but is also great for your hair! If your body is hydrated, so are your tresses. If you find yourself with any nutritional deficiency, try a vitamin supplement, but consult with your doctor or local pharmacist first to explore some of your options.