Having shiny, healthy hair is a desire shared by many. It's a sign of vitality and overall well-being. However, with the daily rigors of life, environmental factors, and sometimes improper hair care, achieving that coveted shine can be a challenge.
Let's look at ways you can achieve shiny locks:
1. Eat well
Hey, we are just a hair and beauty blog, so this certainly isn't advice. But word on the street is that making sure you get all your essential nutrients is key to healthy (thus shiny) hair.
2. Gentle Cleansing
Using harsh shampoos and over-washing can strip your hair of its natural oils, leaving it dull and lifeless. Opt for sulphate-free shampoos and conditioners that cater to your hair type. Make sure not to over wash your hair! Once or twice per week is plenty.
A few suggestions for your good self:
3. Avoid heat
Excessive use of heated styling tools like straighteners, curling irons, and blow dryers can cause damage to your hair's cuticle, leading to a lack of shine. Whenever possible, allow your hair to air dry or use heat protectant products before styling.
Get your hands on a good heat protectant:
4. Cold water rinse
After conditioning, rinse your hair with cold water. This seals the hair cuticle, making it smoother and more reflective, which contributes to its shine.
5. Natural oils
Incorporate natural oils like argan, coconut, or jojoba into your hair care routine. These oils are rich in essential fatty acids and antioxidants that nourish the hair, leaving it soft and shiny.
Some luxurious oils for your locks:
6. Regular trims
Split ends and damaged hair can hinder shine. Regular trims (every 6-8 weeks) remove these damaged ends, allowing the hair to grow healthier and shinier.
7. Don't go overboard with chemical processes
Excessive use of chemical treatments like perming, colouring, and relaxing can damage the hair. If possible, opt for natural alternatives or limit the frequency of these treatments.
8. Silk or satin pillow case
Cotton pillowcases can cause friction, leading to frizz and dullness. Silk pillowcases, on the other hand, reduce friction and help maintain your hair's smoothness and shine. Oh look! Here's one we sell at Hair Gang: