So, which one of you wants shinier and healthier hair?
Everyone right? That’s what we thought.
It’s no surprise that dull, dehydrated, lifeless hair isn’t high on anyone’s priority list. Everyday hair routine, such as chemical treatments, hair colour (including bleaching), and heat styling can leave your hair in need of some TLC.
It is common for people to want shiny strands (because that’s why you’re here). But the real question is, why? Like most things, there is a scientific explanation behind why “shiny and healthy” is the new hair lingo.
Hair in good condition reflects light like a mirror, resulting in a brilliant shine. This is known as specular reflection. Diffuse reflection is produced by jagged, damaged hair, and it scatters light and causes hair to appear dull.
So, to achieve the glossy, shiny hair that we all desire, we must encourage more specular reflection rather than diffuse reflection – here are a few tried-and-true ways to make that happen:
1. Use A Deep Cleansing Shampoo
Styling products are fantastic for helping you achieve the perfect look. However, after a few days of styling, product buildup can turn your ‘do from fabulous to unappealing.
A gentle clarifying shampoo will help break down the deposition without stripping your hair of essential oils.
Thus, to regenerate your locks and boost shine, use a detoxifying shampoo at least once a week and prioritize organic hair care products free from synthetics and irritants.
2. Condition – The Right Way
Unless your hair is exceptionally long (read: Rapunzel-like), a nickel-sized drop of conditioner is sufficient for most lengths and textures. Apart from having a conditioner, it is essential to learn how to apply one, so here’s how it’s done:
Apply conditioner to the mid-shaft and ends of your hair first, then work your way up to the scalp.
It’s critical to keep your scalp hydrated and allow it to sit for a minute before removing it. This is particularly important if you are a dry shampoo addict (no judgment!).
3. Minimize Heat Styling
Heat styling can damage the hair’s cuticles, causing it to become dry and prone to breakage. So give your blow dryer a break at least once a week in favour of air-drying.
Air-drying is good because it eliminates the threat of heat sapping out moisture from your hair. It also helps your hair retain its natural smoothness rather than making all hair types straight.
4. Get Personal With Your Scalp
Here’s a shocker: your scalp is also skin. Furthermore, dead skin cells, product buildup, and environmental impurities can sabotage your shiny hair goals.
Remove any gunk gently with a foaming sugar scrub, as these are designed to help restore your scalp and maintain an environment in which your hair can thrive.
Plus, most of them are formulated with Hyaluronic Acid to help absorb up to 1,000 times their own weight and lock in moisture, adding volume to your hair.
5. Watch What You Eat
Healthy, lustrous hair begins with a long-term commitment to a well-balanced diet.
Consider a diet full of vitamin A, C, silica, and whether you take a multivitamin or get them from food (iron-rich foods include fish, beans, meat, and leafy greens), omega-3 fatty acids to support shiny hair growth is essential.
So, try to fix your diet before fixing your hair.
6. Use A Silk Pillowcase Instead
Despite the term “beauty sleep,” we typically roll out of bed with strange grooves engraved across our faces and hair noticeably less shiny than the night before.
Silk pillowcases are not only what you’d expect Disney princesses to sleep on, but they also help to maintain gloss levels.
Thus, you can wake up looking more like a princess. How does that happen? Well, because silk causes less friction to your hair, sleeping on it will leave it looking smoother and healthier in the morning.
7. Never Neglect Hair Oil
If there’s been a significant breakthrough in recent years, it’s debunked the myth that oils are harmful. We’ve finally realized that oils are liquid gold for refining texture and bringing shine to both skin and hair.
A few drops of oil evened over the surface of your hair will nourish the cuticle and add glow to the surface. Moreover, Argan and Marula oils are excellent choices for adding lustre without looking like you’ve returned from a three-day camping trip.
8. Layer Up Your Products
Layering hair products is similar to creating a skincare routine—they all work together to create a healthy shine.
Most importantly, developing a hair regimen can assist you in assessing your specific hair needs and tailoring the products you use accordingly.
Lots of products with nourishing ingredients are available to help you boost hair health, and layering them up will never hurt anyone.
This is especially beneficial for colour-treated hair, fading quickly if not protected. Moreover, look for UVA/UVB protection products to keep your colours looking like you just left the salon.
9. Wear Caps/Hats
In the same way that sunlight is harmful to your skin, it is also detrimental to your hair. Sun rays can strip hydration from your hair, leaving it dry, breakable, and damaged over time.
Wear a hat to protect your hair from the elements when you go out. Cover your hair with a cap when swimming in a pool, as chlorinated water damages your hair.
So there you have it, a couple of sure-fire ways to achieve healthier and glossier hair. Like everything, shiny, healthy hair can be worn like an ornament.
These tips can help restore your hair’s softness and shine. If you continue to take care of your hair by following all the necessary steps, you will never have to rely on expensive hair treatments to achieve that wonderful glow again.