Luscious locks: Three tips for shiny hair

Published On: August 24, 2018 09:58 AM NPT By: The Week Bureau

Everyone wants locks that glisten because when your hair is voluminous, clean and radiant, you really do feel like you can take on the world. No matter what your hair texture is, you can have healthy-looking hair by following these simple tips.  

Basic care
Improving its condition is the only way to make your hair look shinier. First, stop shampooing your hair every day. Washing less actually preserves shine by allowing natural oils to do their job. Then, when your hair is damp, apply leave-in conditioner to damaged areas. Invest in a quality deep-conditioning treatment and use it once a week. Blow dryers and straightening irons will only make your hair look sleeker temporarily. To get maximum shine, wash and condition your hair, then blast it with a cold-water rinse for about three seconds. This helps seal in conditioner, making hair easier to style and adds a ton of shine. If you have to blow-dry, then do so while brushing with a natural boar-bristle paddle brush. Apply a bit of light finishing serum to frizzy areas and finish with a shine-enhancing hairspray.

Topical treatment and diet
Restore radiance with a nourishing oil. Use it as a weekly treatment and massage into scalp and strands or smooth a few drops daily on the ends to enhance hydration and sheen. Opt for lightweight oils instead of heavier ones and you can even break open a Vitamin E capsule on it before application. You can get good results with this homemade recipe too. Mix two eggs and a whole, mashed avocado, and apply to wet hair. Cover hair with a shower cap and wrap in a hot, wet towel. Leave in for two to three hours, then rinse and shampoo as you normally would. Also, certain nutrients are shown to improve hair health and omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are two of the most important ones. Your body needs these to produce lustrous locks, from inside out, so load up on fish, like mackerel and sardines, walnuts, flaxseeds, avocado, and tofu. 

The right rituals
A head massage can help increase blood flow to the scalp, which in turn promotes healthy hair growth and improved luminosity. Plus, it also helps to relieve tension and stress, which are some of the key factors towards problems such as hair loss, weakness and dullness. A haircut can bring life back to hair by removing the very driest and most damaged area – the ends. This gives it more lift and bounce, and will usually make the hair feel thicker. Also, remember that old adage about giving your hair 100 strokes with a brush to keep it beautiful? There’s some truth to that. Brushing brings hair’s natural oils from the roots to the ends, acting as a natural moisturizer, and it’s also a great massage for the scalp.

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