5 Tips for Softer, Shinier Hair

5 Tips for Softer, Shinier Hair

Discover five fantastic ways to achieve softer, shinier hair.

By: Sarah James

Ah, the highly coveted, shiny mane. Some people are born with natural luster, but the overwhelming majority of us must work for it. Unfortunately, the things we do to our hair in an attempt to make it fabulous — coloring, highlighting, blow-drying, etc. — end up sucking out much of the shine right away. Although there isn’t an exact magic potion, there are definitely some tried-and-true ways to make those tresses more lustrous. Here are five.

1. Moisture, Moisture, Moisture!
The number one reason hair lacks shine is because it’s drier than the Sahara at high noon. Super dry air blasted from central heating in the winter and overzealous relationships with heated styling tools are two of the worst culprits. Give your stressed tresses a spa day by using a deep conditioning treatment or hair mask once a week to help quench your hair’s thirst. 


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2. Don’t Be Afraid of Oil
Hair oils made from argan are fantastic products to use on dry tresses. They help to remedy dry hair by replenishing moisture on a follicular level, as well as creating a smooth, shiny appearance by coating the hair shaft. Just rub a pea-to-dime size amount between your palms and start applying the product to the back of your hair, moving forward to the front (you want less product around your face). Avoid the scalp.

3. Clarify the Issue
Sure, a little bit of product is absolutely beneficial, but dousing your hair with all sorts of pomades, gels, mousses and sprays can cause major buildup. And major buildup equals major dullness. If you think you need a more extensive hair treatment program, consider using a clarifying shampoo once a week to rid yourself of the gunk and let your natural luster shine through.

4. Smooth It Out
I’ll be the first to admit that this option won’t help heal your hair, but take it from me: If you are looking for a quick way to add some shine to your hair, bust out your flat iron. Smoothing the hair cuticle creates a shiny appearance without much work at all. Just be sure to use a heat protectant beforehand and a little shine serum before heading out the door.

Sarah can be found contributing her musings on style, beauty and parenting at her personal blog, Whoorl, as well as the popular beauty website Hair Thursday. Her blogs have been featured on “The Rachael Ray Show,” ABC’s “Nightlineand in The New York Times.

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Thank you for sharing these tips. My sister is always concerned about her hair and beauty. These tips are going to be very helpful for her. Till date she is orders hair beauty supply online from http://www.ehairwig.com/index.php/hair-care.html. She also applies lemon juice that promotes smooth, shiny, dandruff-free hair.

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