Everyone wants shiny hair as having natural shine in your hair is the epitome of healthy hair.
Unfortunately, it is difficult to have shiny hair due to constant exposure to pollution, hair styling products, and heat tools.
Our natural texture and color can also have an effect on how shiny our hair looks, and thankfully, for each hair type, there are haircare and hairstyling products that can help every hair type achieve shiny hair.
Below are some tips on how you can increase your hair shine:
1) Washing hair according to your scalp type
In order to get shiny hair, it is important to be mindful of how often you are washing your hair.
Curly or textured hair can benefit from washing hair less but fine flat hair requires the opposite as the scalp produces more oils on straight hair.
Once you are in the shower, make sure to shampoo your hair twice.
The shampoo you choose also makes a difference as you should choose one that suits your scalp rather than your hair type.
Dry scalps can benefit from hydrating and moisturizing formulations whilst oilier scalps can use shampoos that focus on reducing oil.
When washing your hair, the first shampoo is for cleansing the scalp and hair of buildup, and the second works as more of a treatment.
Additionally, you should give yourself a gentle scalp massage as the movement stimulates blood flow to the scalp, which brings new blood cells to the area and helps rejuvenate the hair’s roots and hair follicles.
2) Incorporate a clarifying shampoo
Clarifying hair is important to avoid build-up, which stifles hair growth and reduces hair shine.
Consider adding a clarifying shampoo into your rotation once a month.
If you have an oilier scalp, you can use it more often.
When it comes to picking the right formula, it is important to steer clear of chemicals and sulfates, which can strip the hair as well as open the hair cuticle.
It is also good to rinse off the shampoo with lukewarm water instead of cold water to remove any grime from the scalp and hair.
3) Avoid chemically-laden hair products
Chemicals in your hair products can cause hair shaft damage which causes dull hair.
Between the products we apply, oil-releasing glands, and the grime we pick up in our everyday lives, our hair could definitely use a little extra help in the cleansing department.
However, sulfates can strip your hair of its natural oils, which then leaves it looking dull, especially if you have dyed or chemically treated hair.
4) Use an apple cider vinegar rinse
You can also get shinier hair by incorporating an apple cider vinegar rinse.
Apple cider vinegar helps balance the scalp’s natural PH level which causes the hair to look shinier and healthier over time.
5) Massage your scalp with oils
Argan oil, coconut oil, olive oil and even vitamin E oils are great to keep your scalp and hair healthy.
You can use it on dry hair to act as a leave in conditioner or a hair mask to get shiny hair.
To encourage the oils to work better, you can heat them up and wait for them to cool to a comfortably warm temperature before you start massaging them on the scalp.
By applying them topically to our hair, it can also make it stronger, healthier, and shinier over time.
6) Do a hair gloss treatment at the salon
At your next salon appointment, you can ask your stylist for a gloss treatment.
A clear gloss with a little gold color in it will help deliver the ultimate shine to your hair.
The way the light reflects off hair post-gloss makes it look super lustrous.
7) Minimize heat styling
Excessive heat can strip hair of extra moisture.
This will reduce hair’s shine as the hair cuticle becomes dry, frizzy, and breakage-prone.
Try allowing your hair to air dry and if heat styling is necessary, remember to apply a heat protectant beforehand to ensure hair strands remain protected.
8) Invest in an ionic blow-dryer
Not all hair dryers are created equal as many brands come with new technology that can create shiny hair.
An ionic blow dryer is an example of this as it can dry hair faster whilst reducing hair static.
Nozzle attachments are also important as using the right one can smooth stands whilst enhancing shine.
To get the best blow dry, you need to hold the blow dryer a few inches away from your head to moderate heat damage.
Always blow dry from root to end—in the direction of the hair cuticle and remember to keep the brush moving while doing so.
The continuous, fluid motion smooths and flattens the cuticle, resulting in shiny hair.
9) Use protective products
Just like our skin, our hair also needs to be hydrated, nourished, and protected.
External pollution and UV rays also damage hair but using the right formula can shield against heat and environmental damage.
Examples of products that can moisturize and protect hair include:
- aloe vera gel
- essential oils
- deep conditioners
- keratin treatments
- hair masks
- hair sprays
10) Up your omega intake
Certain nutrients are shown to improve hair health and this includes fatty acid such as omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.
You can load up on fish, like mackerel and sardines, or consider a fish oil capsule supplement into your daily intake.
Other plant-based omega-rich foods include walnuts, flaxseeds, avocado, and tofu.
11) Use a boar bristle brush
Boar bristle brushes seal the cuticle, enabling maximum shine by creating a completely two-dimensional surface for maximum light reflection.
For best results, you’ll need a 100% wild boar hair brush.
These stiff, rough-feeling brushes will draw natural oils from your roots to the ends of your hair, promoting natural gloss and shine.
Plus, they also help to increase the volume of fine hair.
12) Sleep on a silk pillowcase.
Some fabrics, such as cotton, are extremely absorbent and will pull moisture from your hair.
This will cause hair to dry out and reduce its shine.
Plus, the friction on traditional pillowcases can break hair over time, so treat yourself to a silk one instead.