How to Add Shine to Your Hair

How to Add Shine to Your Hair
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We'll spare you the hair that "shines bright like a diamond" references.Whether your hair is long, short, straight, or curly having shiny tresses is something every woman wants. While the real source for glossy hair starts with a great diet (more on that below!), the products you use and the ways you care for it play a big part, too. Use a few—or all—of the tips and tricks from the pros to achieve shiny hair status.

Embrace Oil

Coconut oil is probably the most popular ingredient in any hair care product, and that is for a good reason.

It is vibrant and has properties in it that make it excellent for moisturizing the scalp, thus adding sheen to your locks. Scientist says that it is one of the most penetrative oil’s, making it able to seep deep down into the hair shaft.

Using the right oil on your tresses will help smooth down the hair cuticle. A soft follicle will prevent moisture and protein loss by creating a protective barrier around your follicles.

Know Your Wash Days

Of course, it comes to no surprise that to maintain the healthy hair you must wash and keep it clean. But not mean you have to wash your hair every day, because you could lose shine that way. It just says the cleaner you keep your curls the glossier it will appear.

Now, for my darker hair ladies that implies any shade from jet black to brunette your strands are the most lustrous with third day washed hair. You can still opt for a dry Shampoo or a nice deep conditioning routine to keep your curls feeling clean. It’s quite astonishing to think that depending on the color of your strands and the time that you wash them will determine their shine factor.

Find the Right Brush

For best results, you’ll need a 100% wild boar-hair brush (sourced humanely, of course). These stiff, rough-feeling brushes will draw natural oils from your roots to the ends of your hair, promoting natural gloss and shine. Plus, they help to increase volume in fine hair—double score!

Watch Your Diet

Healthy, shiny hair starts from the inside out, so give yourself a head start by loading up on the nutrients that will get your strands glossy. To help repair hair damage, dig into healthy fats like eggs (yolks included), avocados, coconut oil, and olive oil, says Wolfer. To strengthen strands, it's key to get enough protein and minerals like iron and B12.

Do a Vinegar Rinse

In spite of its icky smell, vinegar can do wonders for your hair. The super-acidic liquid helps balance natural pH levels, break down any residue or buildup, smooth tangles, and close your hair's cuticle (making it more light-reflective). It is, in Thomas's words, the most shared secret among her French friends for getting shiny hair. "The smell doesn't linger and it costs pennies," she says. Try mixing one part apple cider vinegar to one part water, rinsing your hair with the mixture after shampooing. Let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing with water—no conditioner needed!

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