Every time I see my friend Rana I always comment on how amazing her hair is! Just look at it, healthy, shiny, thick and long. We may not be able to have hair exactly like Rana but we can sure try! Here are a few easy ways to get shiny healthy hair.
TRY A HAIR SERUM
Shine serums are formulated to give frizzy hair a sleek shine. You can find a variety of these at any local drugstore, beauty supply store, or hair salon. These products moisturize your hair with a light concentration of oils or silicone. Try The Body Shop Grapeseed Glossing Serum.
ADD IN A LEAVE IN-CONDITIONER
A good leave in conditioner will leave your hair feeling soft and moisturized. One of my favorites is Cantu Shea Butter Leave in. I also LOVE the AS I Am Coconut Co-Wash Conditioner. I never used this as a leave in, but I love it for a deep conditioning treating and it works amazing. My hair is always super shiny and soft.
AVOID HOT WATER
Be careful when using hot water! Really hot water can dry out your hair and leave it dull. Easier said than done but always try to rinse with cool water because it closes the cuticle. It's not fun to shower in cold water but your hair will love you afterwards.
When your hair looks dry, add a spray-on shine product to make it appear less dry. Ojon and Pantene both sell great spray and shine products that can help you to achieve this look.
USE A SILICONE FLATIRON
A flatiron can help straighten hair but it's important to avoid overusing a flatiron because all of that heat-styling can dry out your hair! The new Bio Ionic flatiron contains silicone built into the plates rather than the typical ceramic or metal. The heated silicone glides right over the hair and straightens it in one pass, and it's been proven that silicone cuts the straightening time in half, which means less damage.
TRY A GLOSSING TREATMENT
Have you ever considered getting a professional glossing treatment? It's meant to give your hair color more depth. A glossing is usually temporary, lasting about four to six shampoos, and glossing kits are available at some drugstores, so you can even try it out without hitting the salon. Check out the Fekkai Glossing Starter Kit.
Water is your friend! Remember I talked about it here? Drinking plenty of water will ensure that your hair is properly moisturized from the inside out. About eight glasses a day is ideal.
EAT HEALTHY FOODS
Make sure your diet contains good amounts of vitamins A and E for shiny, healthy hair. Also, make sure that you are eating lots of protein, which promotes hair growth. Eggs and nuts are great sources of protein.
AVOID HARSH CHEMICALS
I went natural a long time ago, I think it's been 6 years now? I lost track. I have not regretted that decision because I see a huge improvement in my hair. Shiny hair is healthy hair so limit exposure to harsh chemicals, like the chlorine in pools, and lye-based hair-relaxing creams. Use heat-styling as infrequently as you can, and avoid products that contain alcohol, which can dry out your hair and strip its shine. Each year I set a goal to do a "no heat challenge." I think the longest I've lasted was about 5 months and I noticed a HUGE difference with my hair. It looked so much more healthier.
How do you maintain shiny healthy hair? Comment below.