We have all seen the ‘beautiful people’ dressed to kill, with immaculate make-up and unbelievably shiny hair. Just how do they do it? Well I suppose having the services of a 20 strong team of professional coiffures and make-up artists helps. So how do we achieve the same spectacular look? Try some – or all! – of the following tips to make your locks more shiny than you could ever imagine.
You should consider which products you use. Anything – be it shampoo, conditioners or serums – that contain alcohol are strictly off limits. The alcohol will only serve to dry your hair which will pretty much annihilate any chance of shine. Read the labels to make the right choice.
You should also change your products periodically. Some believe that if you use the same product regularly, the product builds up on your hair, leaving it dull and lifeless. Using a different product apparently removes this build up, leaving your hair shiny and healthy-looking.
Talking of build up, a regular vinegar rinse is said to combat just that problem. It’s also said to thicken hair and remove dead skin cells on the scalp, prevent scalp itch, and help de-tangle hair. All of this for about £1.50 a bottle! You can undertake a vinegar rinse to two or three times a week if you want to and no, you won’t be able to smell it! Try to avoid doing it any more than that as it can have a drying effect on the hair. Also, don’t use white distilled vinegar; apple cider vinegar seems to be the favourite. Simply mix half a tablespoon of vinegar in a cup of water. Wash and shampoo your hair as normal, rinse off shampoo with water, then apply the vinegar mixture to your hair. You can rinse it all out, or leave the vinegar mixture in your hair.
Having just said that alcohol is bad for your hair, an occasional beer rinse actually encourages shine! You should aim to have a beer rinse at least once a month. The next time you are having a beer, try (and this may be hard!) to keep some aside. Shampoo and rinse your hair as normal, then pour the beer onto your hair and massage through from scalp to hair ends. Then rinse your hair with warm water – or cold, if you can bare it (a cold water final rinse will definitely boost shine levels). Apparently, it’s the protein from the malt and hops that help repair damaged hair.
Mayonnaise is also a bit of a beauty secret that’s not only good for increasing shine, but for conditioning too. Simply work a handful of mayonnaise through your hair – again, from scalp to hair ends – and wrap your hair in cling film. For best results, then wrap your head in a warm towel (2 minutes in a tumble dryer usually does the trick) and leave for at least 30 minutes. You may want to replace the cooled towel half way through with another warm one – this helps the conditioning action of the mayonnaise. Then wash and dry your hair as normal. And no, your hair won’t smell of mayo!
Your choice of hairdryer, straighteners and brushes are very important, too. There are hairdryers now that have tourmaline which generates negative charged ions, resulting in less drying time (good news for hair!), and sleeker, shinier locks. Tourmaline has superceded ceramic as the element of choice for hairdryers.
In terms of straighteners,you should perhaps also look for models with tourmaline ceramic plates. The plates again generate negative ions which apparently maintains or improves the condition of your hair by sealing in moisture, and reducing static (which results in frizzy hair). The subtle infra-red heat that the plates produce also results in a very high shine finish.
Consider too what kind of brush you want to use; although more expensive, you should invest in one with natural bristles. The bristles will smooth the natural oils throughout your hair as you use it, encouraging natural shine.
Finally, a few obvious suggestions. Have your hair trimmed regularly. Brittle hair with split ends will look dull and lifeless – a regular cut will help alleviate those symptoms.
And if you can, let your hair air dry at least once a week. This will give your hair a well deserved break!
Here’s to looking gorgeous!
Jacqueline Leith is a regular writer and blogger on a number of sites, including a price comparison site.