It is not news that beautiful and shiny hair is healthy hair. Unfortunately, it suffers from everyday exposure to numerous harmful influences. This is not news either. While it’s easy to look fascinating after a visit to the hair stylist, caring for it at home may be a bit trickier. Still, it’s not rocket science. Here are some tips for shiny hair that will come in handy.
#1: Keep a Healthy Diet
Girls often follow restrictive diets because they are trying to achieve the desired body shape and get rid of some excess pounds. As a result, they get dry and dull hair. No wonder. We need to nourish hair just like the rest of our body. Most diets are aimed at limiting fat consumption, which has a negative effect on our hair.
Fats are in charge of shiny hair in the first place by moisturizing it and providing nutrients throughout its length. So, a deficit of fats deprives the hair of the right nutrients, which leads to hair breakage or even hair loss.
Instead of abstaining from eating fats, it is better to pay attention and include lean fats in your daily meals. Good choices include avocado, salmon, salad oils, and other products that contain omega-3 and vitamin E. In spring, it is also a good practice to take supplements containing the above vitamins and minerals. For example, the OLLY Multi-Benefit mix.
#2: Embrace Hair Oils
Natural scalp oils make the hair look greasy and messy. On the other hand, they perform a protective function, so there’s no need to get rid of it too thoroughly. Besides, some hairstyles are easier to make with greasy hair.
Natural oils work like a protective layer, smoothing the hair cuticle and boost shine. So, if you want glossy hair with a sleek hairstyle, you may not need any additional hair styling products. Otherwise, you may use any hair oil for adding shine. This will not only ensure you shinier hair but also improve your hair’s health. Do not forget to use clarifying shampoo to remove natural oils along with hair oil as the excess product buildup might bridge the pores and cause discomfort. As an alternative, you can also use apple cider vinegar rinse as it gently removes the remains of oils while taking care of your shiny locks.
#3: Care for the Scalp
Skin cells are constantly renewing themselves. The scalp is no exception. For this reason, it is important to remove keratinized cells in a timely manner. Their excess can block the supply of nutrients to the hair cuticles and lead to excessive oiliness, dandruff, dryness and hair loss. Along with keratinized cells, our skin tends to pile up the excess product buildup. This also hinders healthy growth, while a person gets dull and dry hair.
Simply washing the head with a shampoo may not be enough for scalp exfoliation. A clarifying shampoo and a special skin scrub will help peel off keratinized cells. It’s better to choose a solution that matches your daily care system. In a perfect world, all products should belong to the same product line. In this way, you can avoid possible complications such as intolerances or allergic reactions.
Currently, most well-known brands offer specialized product lines that perfectly match each other. For example, L’Oreal Paris offers an EverPure line that includes a sulfate-free shampoo and a scalp care scrub. Also, you can make a simple scrub with sea salt and water or your regular conditioner (for dry hair). Simply mix equal parts of salt and water (conditioner) and apply the mixture to your wet hair. Massage it gently into the skin and then wash it off thoroughly. Apply it once a week (not more!), and your glossy hair will give you pleasure every day.
#4: Choose the Right Hair Care Products
Daily care is essential if you want to have shiny and glossy hair. First of all, you should choose products according to your hair type and structure. A shampoo for dry hair will not do you any good if your locks are prone to greasiness. Likewise, a highly moisturizing conditioner for colored hair will have little use for natural hair. Do not fool yourself into thinking it cannot be too much moisturizer. Over moisturizing can backfire.
The market today is rich with different hair care products. It’s easy to get lost in the abundance. It may make more sense to consult a hair stylist to avoid buying the wrong products and damaging your hair instead of nourishing it. Otherwise, you should research thoroughly to choose the care that perfectly suits your hair. On the other hand, making a mistake is not a problem either. Just make sure that you replace a product when you realize that it is no longer of any use.
#5: Stay in the Shadows
Just a few centuries ago, it was unthinkable for women to go outside without covering their skin and hair. There was a good reason for this. Ultraviolet sunlight causes skin pigmentation and also affects hair. It can become dry and its color fades. It was not for nothing that fashion designers of the XVII century in Florence and Venice applied citric acid to their hair and stayed in the sun to have it bleached. In this case, shiny and glossy hair was out of the question.
Nowadays, it is not necessary to cover the hair to stay in the sun, but the hair care industry offers a variety of products with SPF. A maximum shine can be achieved with the help of a leave in conditioner such as L’Oreal Professionnel Tecni.Art Liss Control. Apply it before going outside and your hair will reflect light without suffering from ultraviolet radiation.
#6: Fix Your Washing Routine
Washing your hair with hot water can make it dry and dull. Moreover, the structure of your curls can be damaged by intense heat. Therefore, it is better to rinse your hair with cold water. This will help reduce greasiness, close the hair’s cuticles and add shine. Also, make sure that you do not use too much shampoo and wash it out thoroughly. Otherwise, the excess substance may cause itching, greasiness, dandruff, etc. A modest amount of shampoo is usually sufficient, no frills are fine.
Scalp massage while bathing improves blood circulation and strengthens hair cuticles. Just a few minutes of regular massage will produce remarkable results in the long run. It is also not good to keep the hair tightly wrapped in a towel for too long. A few minutes is enough for the towel to absorb extra water. If you wash your hair in the evening, you should use a hair dryer to do heat styling before going to bed. Otherwise, your shiny locks will look messy in the morning. Spray them with your favorite heat protectant, bend your head down and start drying using medium heat. This will speed up the procedure and add some volume. Finally, blow dry your hair with cool air. This will really make it shine.
The modern beauty industry offers a wealth of products for the care of your hair. Every woman can choose a whole range of means that perfectly fit her hair type and structure. A good selection of shine enhancers will add more shine to your glossy hair. However, if you follow a few simple rules when washing and caring for your shiny locks, you will complement professional care and ensure your hair health every day.