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How to have shiny hair.

April 14, 2007

I had lunch with a good friend the other day, and I was asked “How can we get shiny hair?”. I assure you that there was a tinge of desperation in her voice. So I decided to just write a little something to help those who have always wanted shiny hair.

1. Blow dry with a better brush
Mason Pearson boar-bristle brushes are the best. Ask any top hair stylist, and I can almost guarantee that this boar-bristle brush is in his/her styling kit. It grips the hair properly but does not pull on the hair. It also helps redistribute the natural oils in the hair evenly all over your hair shaft and makes it look really glossy.

2. Hair masques are not a luxury, but a necessity.
Kerastase’s nutritive range of hair masques are fantastic. They come in formulations for thick and fine hair. This deeply hydrates the hair so replenish the lost moisture and helps restore the bounciness and the glossy finish of the hair. For those who have coloured hair, I recommend using the Kerastase Mirror range that imparts this salon-glossy finish to the hair. I use it even though my hair’s black now.

3. Hair serums should be glossy, not oily.
Bumble and Bumble’s Gloss does just that. My mum used this on her clearly parched ends (she colours every 6 weeks) and was so impressed by how her hair looked – healthy and glossy. Make sure you don’t apply it on the roots as it’ll just gunk up your roots- not a good look.

4. Shampoo, shampoo, condition.
The first shampoo is to remove dirt, grime and excess oils, and the second shampoo is for the shampoo to do what it’s supposed to do. If you’re using a hydrating shampoo the second time round, allow it to sit in the hair for a little longer so that it can hydrate the hair and do what it’s supposed to do. Conditioner shouldn’t be applied to the roots as it’ll clog up the scalp and may cause breakouts.

5. Cold rinses do work.
Remember that old tip? Yes, cold rinses do work. When you’re done with your shower, turn the hot water down to zero and stay in the cold water for about 30seconds. The cold water seals the cuticles and makes it look glossy. Also, as an added bonus, it tightens your skin and makes it really toned too.

6. Heard of hair foundations?
I spray on Bumble and Bumble Tonic Spray after I’m done to hydrate my hair. It’s got tea tree oils in it and vitamins. On dressed down days, I just use this spray and use it as a styling option as well as it does have the slightest hold in it – very very light. With the tea tree oils, it makes your scalp tingle too!

Let me know what other tips you have too!

P.S Feel free to leave comments!

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