Everyone dreams of having gorgeous glistening or shiny hair like celebrities. No matter the texture of your hair, this is absolutely possible. In other words, yes! it’s absolutely possible to have beautiful, healthy and shiny mane by simply adopting a couple of care routines.
Shiny hair completely depends on its general health starting from your care routine to the products you apply for nourishing, protecting and conditioning your mane.
Also, getting healthy, shiny hair does not necessarily mean that you have to spend tons and tons of money on care products that may or may not give you the results you are hoping for.
Instead, it’s as simple as using one of the natural ingredients (mostly found in your kitchen) that have been utilized for generations and have proven to work wonders.
What you should be doing
Unhealthy hair is easily noticeable, for one, it normally appears dull. Moreover, when it comes to its appearance, the cuticles are raised, constantly break, frizz and develop split ends.
However, a healthy mane is usually nourished and well moisturized, meaning that the cuticles lay flat along its shaft, therefore when the light hits the strands, the smooth surface allows the light to bounce off it making it appear shiny. And the good thing is you can use the tips below to ensure your hair gets back on the right track.
Use Hair masks or packs
1. Egg mask
Eggs are famous for their high protein quantity which is exactly what your hair is made of. Using this mask nourishes, promotes tensile strength as well as adds instant shines.
2. Banana hair pack
Bananas are rich sources of vitamin A, B, C, and E, hence are perfect for fixing damaged hair. basically, a banana mask will restore shine, softness, manageability while also nourishing it.
All you need for this mask is a ripe, mashed banana applied directly. additionally, you can add an essential oil such as coconut, olive or almond oil to the mixture for extra conditioning.
Other than being rich in natural fatty oils, avocados are also rich in vitamin A, B, and E, making it a perfect ingredient for nourishing, repairing and eliminating split ends. Additionally, the fatty oils present in avocado are responsible for increasing collagen levels which is vital for the growth of healthy hair.
Technically, an avocado hair pack can be considered as a damage-reversal mask meaning that it improves the overall health and adds shine.
All you need for this mask is enough mashed avocado, capable to cover the whole length of your hair shaft.
Papaya is famous for their ability to repair damaged hair by making it smooth, shiny and manageable. Numerous commercial products are labeled as containing this ingredient due to its tested and proved able to fix damaged as well as promote the growth of healthy hair.
To make it pack, all you need is peeled, seeded, blended papaya, enough to fill one cup, which should be mixed with ½ cup of yogurt. Apply the mixture and let it stay for 30 minutes before rinsing it off.
Yogurt is famous for adding instant shine, cleansing the scalp and eliminating problems such as dandruff. This is possible due to the yogurt’s richness in vitamin B5, D, proteins as well as lactic acid.
All you need for this mask is a mixture 1tbsp of honey,1tbsp lemon juice and one cup of yogurt, apply it and let it stay for half an hour or more before rinsing it off.
Reduce heat styling
Excessive heat styling eventually wears out your hair cuticles causing them to become dry, frizzy and prone to split ends. Once in a while opt for air drying hair instead of constantly blow drying or flat ironing.
Allowing it to air dry ensures that you eliminate damage and the results will be noticeable after some weeks or months making it feel softer and definitely shinier.
While air drying it, loosely twist it into a bun or braid to prevent frizzing as it dries and if you have curly hair, squeeze and sculpt it into the desired shape.
Rinse using cold water
Ever heard that cold water constricts pores, it actually has the same effects on your hair. Rinsing it with cold water helps to ensure that moisture is locked within your hair shaft making it appear shiny.
This step should follow after you have shampooed and conditioned, rinse it with cold water to ensure that your hair cuticles align perfectly along its shaft thus keeping it is properly hydrated, moisturized and protected.
Apply a finishing oil
After air drying, you could slather on some essential oil for extra, instant shine and protection from damage. However, for the best results, it’s important to wait until it is completely dry.
You can buy a commercial finishing oil or you can use essential oils such as olive oil, argan oil, almond oil, castor oil, coconut oil or jojoba oil.
Use protective hair products
Heat styling is already as bad as you are aware of by now, hence the need to use a protective product. However, most of us fail to consider other agents capable of damaging it such as pollution and direct exposure to UV rays.
But applying the right kind of formula can help protect your hair against thermal stress, color fading, UV and environmental damage.
Don’t over shampoo
Do NOT shampoo your hair on a daily basis. Reducing your shampoo washes ensures it preserves shine from the natural oils produced by your body.
Its advisable to shampoo at least two to three times a week using a shampoo that is sure to complement your hair type.
But if you do feel the need to shampoo it daily, you can alternatively use dry shampoo which offers the same cleansing properties of the normal shampoos but does not strip your hair off the natural oils.
Use a clarifying shampoo once in a while
Clarifying shampoos are totally important for getting rid of product build-up but at the same, they can diminish hair shine.
Use a clarifying shampoo at least once a month to avoid drying it out. however, when choosing the best formula avoid the ones that contain chemicals and sulfates-which also strip essential oils from your hair and expose the inner part of its shaft.
In-shower DIY hair rinses
The main ingredients in beer are rich sources of protein which nourish your hair making it soft and shiny.
To use beer as a rinse, put two cups of beer in a jug and let it decarbonate overnight. After shampooing it, pour the beer through it while massaging it and finally rinse.
Honey is an anti-oxidant, humectant and emollient, therefore, it seals moisture within the hair cuticle ensuring it stays hydrated and keeps it damage free.
Mix 1tbsp of raw honey to 2 cups of water and pour onto your hair as the last stage, that is after shampooing and conditioning it.
- Other rinses include; vodka, apple cider vinegar, coffee and rose water to mention a few.