Rain or Shine: How to Get Shiny Hair

All shampoo no condition makes Jack a dull boy. In all serious-ness, dull hair can be frustrating. That distinct glossy mane that has you flicking your hair on the morning commute is hard to come by, and even harder to maintain. Fading color, too much product, heat styling, hard water— the list of shine stripping culprits is almost endless. So how do you get, and keep, face-shielding shiny locks? Here’s everything you need to know about how to get shiny hair.

Why do I have Dull Hair?

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Let’s start at the beginning. Why is your hair dull in the first place, Jack? Dull hair is often perpetuated by damage and brittleness, an all too familiar phenomenon for anyone who color treats or heat styles their precious locks (so… all of us then?) Short-term quick fixes, like further chemical treatments, only fuel this dry, damaged, and dull hair cycle. The fool-proof approach to how to get shiny hair is to foster good hair health via long-term methods. Check out our exhaustive list of glossy hair hacks below. 

Use a Boar Bristle Hairbrush (Or Vegan Equivalent)

Boar bristle brushes have the magical ability to redistribute the natural, healthy oils in the scalp to enhance hair health and promote smooth, shiny locks. Also make sure to brush carefully to prevent breakage. Check the best brush for your hair type in our Brush Hour Guide, to ensure super shiny and effortlessly healthy hair every time

It’s Time for Hair Extensions

Is your hair lacking volume and length? Easy to clip in and extra shiny, invest in a set of Cliphair hair extensions - For an extra boost of gloss (and drama), instantly.

Remy Royale Seamless Clip ins - Darkest Brown (#2) Remy Royale Seamless Clip ins Cliphair
Remy Royale Seamless Clip ins - Darkest Brown (#2) Remy Royale Seamless Clip ins Cliphair
Remy Royale Seamless Clip ins - Darkest Brown (#2) Remy Royale Seamless Clip ins Cliphair
Remy Royale Seamless Clip ins - Darkest Brown (#2) Remy Royale Seamless Clip ins Trade Cliphair
Remy Royale Seamless Clip ins - Darkest Brown (#2) Remy Royale Seamless Clip ins Cliphair
Remy Royale Seamless Clip ins - Darkest Brown (#2) Remy Royale Seamless Clip ins Cliphair
Remy Royale Seamless Clip ins - Darkest Brown (#2) Remy Royale Seamless Clip ins Cliphair
Remy Royale Seamless Clip ins - Darkest Brown (#2) Remy Royale Seamless Clip ins Trade Cliphair

Remy Royale Seamless Clip ins - Darkest Brown (#2)

$175 USD
Double Wefted Full Head Remy Clip in Human Hair Extensions - Blonde Me (60/SS)
Double Wefted Full Head Remy Clip in Human Hair Extensions - BlondeMe (60/SS)
Double Wefted Full Head Remy Clip in Human Hair Extensions - BlondeMe (60/SS)
Double Wefted Full Head Remy Clip in Human Hair Extensions - BlondeMe (60/SS)
Double Wefted Full Head Remy Clip in Human Hair Extensions - Blonde Me (60/SS)
Double Wefted Full Head Remy Clip in Human Hair Extensions - BlondeMe (60/SS)
Double Wefted Full Head Remy Clip in Human Hair Extensions - BlondeMe (60/SS)
Double Wefted Full Head Remy Clip in Human Hair Extensions - BlondeMe (60/SS)

Double Wefted Full Head Remy Clip in Human Hair Extensions - BlondeMe (60/SS)

$150 USD
Light Auburn hair extensions shade 30
Full Head Remy Clip in Human Hair Extensions - Light Auburn (#30)
Light Auburn hair extensions shade 30
Full Head Remy Clip in Human Hair Extensions - Light Auburn (#30)

Full Head Remy Clip in Human Hair Extensions - Light Auburn (#30)

$110 USD

Stop Using Shimmering Sprays, Use Hair Oil Instead

Many conventional shine serums and sprays are filled with alcohols, parabens, sulfates, and other toxic ingredients compromise your hair health. Shimmering sprays, while great for the short term, can actually coarsen the cuticles of your hair, resulting in breakage and dryness over time. Instead of reaching for this quick fix, try applying a nourishing hair oil, like Argan oil. This will add natural shine while maintaining hair health for the long term. 

Learn How To Salon Blow Dry

Learn How To Salon Blow Dry

A salon-quality blow-out can do wonders for shiny hair. Learning salon techniques will not only feel lighter on the pocket, but your hair will thank you for it as well. Be sure to use a heat protectant spray and towel dry hair evenly before applying any heat to your hair. 

Divide your hair into sections and pin up the top layers. Use a paddle brush to comb through the individual sections of hair while blow-drying. Start with the bottom layers and finishing with the top.

It’s not just the attachments that can be visible if the extensions are placed incorrectly, it’s also the ends. If using clip in extensions, make sure to evenly spread out the larger pieces at the back so they are not all in one area. Doing this also created a layered effect in hair which looks far more natural. 

Be sure to point the dryer downwards, blowing air in the direction of the cuticle and moving from root to tip. This will flatten and smooth the cuticle resulting in shiny hair.

Apply a Hair Mask

Apply a Hair Mask

A nourishing hair mask is the gold standard of any winning hair care routine. The right mask will help to control frizz, nourish dry ends, and even prolong your hair color, allowing it to look glossy and healthy for longer.

Shiny Hair Mask?
Try Moroccanoil: Intense Hydrating Mask.
We love this argan oil-based hair mask. Argan oil is known to be full of antioxidants, vitamin E, minerals, and fatty acids, that help restore shine and smoothness to hair. It’s meant for medium to thick hair.

Use a Deep Cleansing Shampoo

After a few days of styling, product buildup can transform your locks from luscious to lackluster. Try using a deep cleansing shampoo at least once a week to regenerate your tresses and boost shine.

Shampoo for Shiny Hair?

Shampoo for Shiny Hair?

Try George Norwood: Undone Undamaged Shampoo
This sulphate free shampoo contains nourishing vegetable proteins to reduce breakage and promote hair follicle strength, and creatine to repair damaged bonds.

Give Your Body the Nutrients it Needs

The surest-fire way to ensure glossy, shiny hair is, yes, you’ve guessed it, healthy eating! Be sure to eat plenty of vitamin-rich fruits and vegetables or consider taking multivitamins if you can’t get on board with a balanced diet. Staying hydrated will also help promote shiny hair. An apple a day keeps dull hair at bay!

Do an Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse

Apple cider vinegar is chock-full of properties that can be nourishing and healing for the hair. While apple cider vinegar—like a clarifying shampoo—removes product build-up, it has the also has healing properties for the scalp. Most importantly for this blog, it can seal in hair color as well as add shine and control frizz.

dpHUE: Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse Lite

dpHUE: Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse Lite

Apple cider vinegar is chock-full of properties that can be nourishing and healing for the hair. While apple cider vinegar—like a clarifying shampoo—removes product build-up, it has the also has healing properties for the scalp. Most importantly for this blog, it can seal in hair color as well as add shine and control frizz.

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