Most girls don’t have shiny, manageable hair. Add to that our fickle weather and you’ve got a bad hair day always lurking around the corner. For people who know how to take care of their hair, those who got the perfect treatment and products for their hair right the nth time, good for them. However, if you’ve read enough articles on how to keep your hair from frizz and how to give it just the right amount of comb-and-care, this article will cap off all that learning and will teach you EXACTLY how to have shiny, shiny hair.
And yes, I said shiny twice.
Fixing the Follicle
To have shiny, shiny hair, you have to make it easy for your hair to reflect light. That said, fix your follicles. Condition everyday and leave on for a few minutes using a shower cap. The heat will open your hair cuticles and will allow the treatment to penetrate. Rinse off with cold water. Rinse with the coldest water you can find. This is the best way to avoid frizz.
Know Your Products
We know a lot of advertisements can be overwhelming. They show you videos of your favourite celebrities flipping their long, shiny hair back and forth as if it was as important as breathing. What you need to know, though, is found at the back of your shampoo bottle. Read the ingredients and avoid products that contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or Ammonium Laureth Sulfate. These chemicals have been closely linked to hair loss, moisture loss and skin irritation. Instead, use organic shampoos/ conditioners that help restore your hair’s natural oils.
Know What Hurts Your Hair
In order to avoid hair damage, you have to know what hurts your hair. So here’s a quick run down: heat, tight styling, styling products that are designed to “harden” your hair, chlorine, salt water, excessive combing, excessive blow drying, shampooing everyday (YES), bleaching, hair dye, perming and relax treatments. Avoid all these as much as you can and boost your hair’s health and moisture by indulging in weekly intensive conditioning treatments. I recommend a powerdose treatment or hair spa. Both can be done at home. Make it like your “apology” or “penance” to all the times you’ve been guilty of the all the aforementioned damaging processes. And be religious. Weekly treatments should be WEEKLY. No excuses.
Lastly, I would recommend getting a trim at least once every 3 months to lessen split ends. Sometimes, no matter how much care you put in, your hair will develop split ends due to forces you can’t control. So fight these forces and slowly make way for your shiny shiny hair! Getting shiny hair will augment your social status faster than getting that new iPhone 6. Trust me.