Tips for Shiny, Silky, Healthy Hair

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 For most of us, hair care can be frustrating and complicated. How can you have shiny, silky hair when your haircare routine just isn’t working? Did you know that with a few simple tips you can have your hair looking and feeling the way you’ve always dreamed about?

Here are some easy tricks to help you get healthy, shiny, luxurious hair.


Use a Clarifying Shampoo Once a Week.

Clarifying shampoos are designed to clear product buildup. Simply put, you can fix dull hair with the help of clarifying treatments. Clarifying treatments, with specialty shampoos, help to unclog the hair follicles. One of the main culprits could be environmental, exposure to hard water residue, sun exposure, pollution, product buildup, even hormonal changes can be a factor.


Use a Sulfate-Free Shampoo.

Sulfates don’t necessarily damage your hair, but they can strip it of your hair’s natural oils, leaving it dull. Choose sulfate-free shampoos that can restore moisture while they cleanse.


Wash Your Hair with Lukewarm Water BUT Rinse with Cold Water.

A cold rinse of your hair in the shower shuts all the cuticles down, making them lay flat. Use lukewarm water on your hair when washing and conditioning. This will open up the cuticle and allow the nutrients from the conditioner to soak into the cuticle. Then, use cold water to rinse out the conditioner to close the cuticle, sealing the nutrients in and allowing it to lie flat for a smoother, shinier surface. Remember, warm water opens the cuticles and washes away the dirt. Cool water closes the cuticles, seals hair moisture, and prevents frizz.


Use a Satin Pillowcase.

Want an easy way to silky smooth, shiny hair? Switch to a satin pillowcase. They are recommended by hairstylists and dermatologists all over the world. Satin won’t absorb the natural oils in your hair and skin like cotton does. They are smooth on your hair follicles, allowing your hair to gently glide across the pillowcase. This means less friction so less stress, frizz, and hair breakage. Satin pillowcases also help prevent wrinkles, sleep lines and creases on your face and neck. They are also great for your eyebrows and eye lashes.


Eat Hair-Healthy Foods.

Up your omega 3 fatty acids intake with fish like salmon and tuna. Walnuts, sweet potatoes, avocados, and flax seeds are also very good for healthy hair.


 Use a Boar Bristle Brush.

Most brushes are unhealthy for hair, but boar bristle brushes are specially designed to make your hair shiny and smooth. The bristles are the same texture as human hair, and they pull your hair's natural oil from the roots to the tips for a nourishing conditioning treatment. These brushes also stimulate the scalp, which promotes hair growth. Run a boar bristle brush through your hair daily to evenly distribute oil from the scalp to the ends.


 Which Shampoo is Best for Shiny Hair?

There are many on the market but here a few that are often recommended:

Herbal Essences Moroccan My Shine Nourishing Shampoo.

Kerastase Elixir Ultime Sublime Cleansing Oil Shampoo.

Suave Professionals Moroccan Infusion Shine Shampoo.


 Shampoo Your Hair Correctly.

When shampooing your hair, don't do it too aggressively. Massage the shampoo into your hair and distribute it with your fingers. Don’t forget to show some love to your eyebrows and eyelashes. Gently shampooing them and adding a hint of conditioner helps them stay healthy and shiny as well.

Massage your scalp to promote hair growth. Besides feeling great, massage promotes good circulation in the scalp, which helps your hair grow faster and stronger. If you can, do a scalp massage every day or better yet, get your honey to massage your scalp. It’s like being at a spa while sharing some true one on one time.


Do Not Use Heavy Conditioners.

If you have fine hair, a heavy conditioner can weigh it down and deposit grease.


Use Hair Gloss.

It can give you quick results. It is a hair shine-enhancer that is color-safe as well. It seals moisture, closes the hair cuticles, and improves hair softness, making them shinier.


A Gentler Way to De-tangle Your Hair.

Using a wide tooth comb when your hair is wet (or a brush designed for use on wet hair), and only using a brush when your hair is dry. Work through the knots and tangles by starting at the ends before moving to the middle and roots, rather than working from roots to ends, which could worsen the problem.

Do not roughly scrub your hair as your hair may be prone to breakage. De-tangle from the bottom and just work your way to the top. Use a wide-tooth comb when removing tangles in your hair. Comb gently to prevent damage and to avoid frizz.


Be Careful with the Heat.

Blasting your hair with a hot air dryer might help it dry more quickly but it also dries your hair out, including your scalp. Always use a heat protection spray before using a hair dryer, a curling iron, or a flat iron.

If you must use a blow dryer, try turning the heat down a notch or two. Better yet, if you can, try to air dry your hair for healthy, shining, silky-smooth hair.


Towel Drying.

Rubbing wet hair with a towel can cause hair damage, frizz, and breakage. Wet hair is more prone to breaking than dry hair.

Instead of rubbing the hair, wrap it in a towel to absorb moisture or let it dry naturally in the air.


Now it’s Up to You. Let’s Get Started.

I really hope this helps put you on your way to luxuriously shiny hair and softer, smoother skin. If, after trying some of the suggestions and recommendations I have mentioned, your hair is still feeling dull and lifeless, see a hairstylist for an individual professional evaluation.


Here’s a look at some gorgeous print satin pillowcases.




Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is the most common and popular solution recommended by every hair expert. It contains vitamins and fatty acids that promote hair growth, making it longer, thicker, and faster. Coconut oil also aids in moisture retention, giving your hair a beautiful glow and shine.

How to use it:

Heat three to four tablespoons of coconut oil in a bowl for a few seconds. The oil should be warm but not hot.

Massage the oil into your scalp for 15 minutes with your fingertips.

Cover your hair with a shower cap for 20 minutes.

Then, rinse with cold water and a mild sulfate-free shampoo.


Apple Cider Vinegar

Vinegar as a rinse is totally safe for color-treated, dry and normal hair, so pretty much every hair type can benefit.

Be sure to get the good stuff. Choose an organic brand of raw apple cider vinegar for the most beauty benefits.

Using white or apple cider vinegar after shampooing your hair is an excellent way to revitalize its texture.

Wait five to ten minutes. This allows the rinse to fully soak into your hair.

Vinegar can dry out your hair so try using it once a week.

It can work as a potential solution for hair thinning by keeping a balanced pH level.  

If you’re a little nervous about trying to make the rinse yourself, apple cider vinegar infused products are readily available. They can help make your hair super shiny!

Given all the benefits of apple cider vinegar (ACV for short), it's no wonder beauty brands are adding this miracle liquid to their hair treatments,


Olive Oil Treatment

Olive oil is a great moisturizer. It contains vitamin A and E which aids in bringing back shine, smoothness, and moisture to your hair.

How to use it:

Heat half a cup of olive oil in a microwave just enough to make it warm, not hot. Set it aside for a while to let it cool down. Massage the oil into your hair and scalp. Cover hair with a shower cap. Leave it for 30 minutes. Wash off with your favorite sulfate-free shampoo.


Argan Oil.

Argan oil is well-known as a skin conditioner, but it's great for hair as well. It is a wonderful hair moisturizer because it can penetrate the hair shaft and seal the strands, which creates a glossy look.

For shinier hair, use argan oil as a finishing serum after you are done drying and styling your hair.

How to use it:

Simply place 2-6 drops of argan oil in your palm (use less for shorter hair and more for longer or thicker hair) and rub your hands together to warm up the oil. Then, run your hands over your hair, including underneath, the sides, and the top. Finger-comb to distribute the oil throughout your hair or use a brush or comb. You should notice immediate shine.

Loaded with antioxidants, vitamin E and essential fatty acids, pure organic argan oil for hair can repair damaged hair, improve overall hair, and scalp health, and stimulate hair growth.

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