10 EASY WAYS TO KEEP YOUR HAIR SHINY & HEALTY
Don't you love it when you feel as if your hair looks so good, you might've just stepped out of a shampoo commercial? You imagine yourself stopping traffic as you strut your stuff down the street - wind whipping through your long, glistening tresses. Bad hair days? Never!
Okay, so maybe that scenario is only the stuff of dreams - but shiny, healthy hair can be reality. Learn how to shine with these 10 simple tips from one of Daily Glow's resident hair experts, Tippi Shorter. The best part? None of them require a trip to the salon!
1. Say yes to hair serum.Shine serums are available that have been specially formulated to give frizzy or unruly hair a sleek sheen. Find some great options at your local drugstore, beauty supply store, or hair salon. These products moisturize your hair with a light concentration of oils or silicone, says Shorter. To apply, "use a pea-sized amount to start," she advises. "Start at the bottom of your hair and work your way up, rubbing it into wet hair with your hands." It's important not to use too much serum, because it can weigh hair down, but if you feel you need more moisture, go ahead and add a bit more.
2. Use a leave-in conditioner. Regular conditioners are great, but if you really want to pump up the shine, Shorter recommends adding a leave-in conditioner to your routine. These come in both spray-on and lotion forms. Apply them the same way you do shine serum (see tip No. 1).
3. Wash with cool water. Beware of hot water! It can dry out your hair and leave it dull. Instead, after shampooing and conditioning, rinse with cool water. "It closes the cuticle," explains Shorter. "And that allows light to reflect off the hair, producing lots of shine."
4. Be smart about blow-drying. As you're blow-drying your hair, direct the dryer's nozzle down the hair shafts as you hold each section of hair with a round brush. Finish by pressing the "cool" button on your hair dryer - the cool air produces a reflective effect similar to that of a cool-water rinse after shampooing.
5. Spray on the shine. When your hair is dry, finish your look with a spray-on shine product. Shorter recommends spray mists made by Ojon and Pantene. Whether it comes in a pump bottle or aerosol can, a shine spray can be misted onto dry hair - no matter what texture it is - to give it an extra glistening effect.
6. Switch to a silicone flatiron. A flatiron can help straighten hair, which usually looks shinier than wavy hair. But avoid overusing a flatiron - all that heat-styling can be drying! Shorter recommends a new type of flatiron made by Bio Ionic, with silicone built into the plates rather than the typical ceramic or metal. "The heated silicone glides right over the hair and straightens it in one pass," says Shorter. "I've found that silicone cuts the straightening time in half, which means less damage."
7. Get a glossing treatment. If you really want to get your shine on, consider having a professional glossing treatment. These are often performed after a hair-coloring treatment, but you can get one without the dye job. "It's designed to give you richer hair color with more depth, but it doesn't actually have any pigment to it," says Shorter. A glossing is usually temporary, lasting about four to six shampoos, and glossing kits are available at some drugstores, so you can even try it out without hitting the salon.
8. Hydrate your body. Drinking plenty of water will ensure that your hair is properly moisturized from the inside out. About eight glasses a day is ideal. Keep a bottle by your side and sip from it often!
9. Eat nutritious foods. Shorter recommends getting your daily recommended allowances of vitamins A and E for shiny, healthy hair. Also, be sure you're eating plenty of protein, which promotes hair growth. "Eggs and nuts are excellent sources of protein," Shorter says.
10. Avoid harsh chemicals. Shiny hair is healthy hair - so don't abuse it! Limit your hair's exposure to harsh chemicals, like the chlorine in pools, and lye-based hair-relaxing creams. Use heat-styling as infrequently as you can get away with, and avoid products that contain alcohol, which can dry out your hair and strip its shine.
SECRECT TO COLOR TREATED HAIR
There is nothing better than leaving the salon after spending 2 hours getting your hair colored. Not only do you look great but you feel confident also!
With ample color-extending shampoos, conditioners, and glosses making your at-home or salon color last is easier than ever. But there is no need to stop at hair care products! Your blow dryer and hair ties can make a big difference in keeping your color. The problem is, how do you decide which is the best color-extender products? There are some simple steps you can take to keep your color longer.
Always use color-formulated products. Normal shampoos and conditioners may have chemicals that will strip the color formula.
Avoid over-washing! Only wash your hair when your hair is dirty. Excess was hinging can cause your hair to dry out and loose its color faster.
Don't over think it. The average color treatment lasts 6-8 weeks before you start to see your original color. By using products like our list of color-treated essentials, your color will certainly keep its shine and longevity!
STYLE YOUR HAIR DAILY
If you’re planning on getting glam for any remaining holiday parties, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve combed through tons of our hair tutorials and selected 12 hairstyles that will keep you all aglow! Links to each are available below!
FAKING A BLOWOUT: This one is great for pretty much any hair type. If you want to wear your hair down and polished looking, this one’s for you!
BRAIDED CHIGNON: As long as you know how to do a dutch/inside-out french braid, this is easy. This hairstyle always gets lots of attention and you’ll likely be telling everyone how you did it all night.
SIMPLE FRENCH TWIST… WITH A TWIST: This is do-able on long or short hair. This tutorial was done on collar bone length hair so don’t fret! Click on the link to see how to secure shorter lengths in an updo.
SHORT HAIR HALF UP: I loooove this half updo for shorter hair. Mostly because you can add any gorgeous accessory to the back.
THE INFINITY BUN: This quickly became a favorite around here. I just made this up out of no where a while ago and have now used it so many times. It’s a great way to get a more voluminous bun.
THE BRAID-Y BUNCH: An oldie but a very goodie!
SHORT HAIR CHIGNON: This was done on very fine, short hair and it’s honestly easier on finer hair. It’s a bit difficult to do on short thick hair because you have to be able to tuck the ends into each other before pinning. The thicker it is, the harder it can be to conceal the ends and make them blend in.
ROPE BRAID BUN: So romantic, so chic. Perfect for a holiday date… a holi-date!
FRENCH FISHTAIL BRAID: Calling all cool girls. This braid has a casual vibe but also shows that you put a bit of effort into your look.
NATURAL TEXTURE CHIGNON: So much volume to work with when it comes to natural hair! This perfectly full twist/bun combo would look stunning with almost any dress, to be honest.
VOLUMINOUS PONYTAIL: Speaking of volume. Learn the trick to this big ol’ pony right here!
WILD WAVES: Get better, longer lasting waves for your holiday party and get them easily by adding this one little trick to your regimen!
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