How to get shinier, stronger hair.
We all want hair that is shiny, healthy looking and strong, but for many of us, that seems like an impossible dream, but there are a few simple things that you can do to help your hair look fantastic.
Avoid the straighteners (Or curling irons!)
I know, so many of us love our straighteners, they make our hair look smooth and tamed, but they also burn our hair!
That’s right, they are burning it! And hair cannot heal itself, so once it is burned, then there is nothing you can do to rescue it! Also, if you have the tiniest bit of water on your hair, this water will boil when your straighteners touch it! You will have boiling water on your hair, now that’s not going to do your hair any good is it?
Blow drying your hair is not good for it, but it’s not as bad as straighteners.
When you blow dry your hair, make sure you use a heat protection serum, this will activate when the heat from the dryer reaches your hair and will help protect it. Always wait until your hair is at least 70% dry from towel or air drying before you blow dry it.
Use the lowest heat setting, you can use the highest speed, try to use a wide tooth comb whilst you are blow drying, but if you need to use a brush, make sure it is a soft, natural bristled brush.
Always point the dryer downwards onto your hair, this will help the cuticle to lie flat and make your hair look shinier.
When you are washing your hair, don’t have the water too hot, and when your hair is wet, apply the shampoo to wherever you need it, don’t rub the shampoo vigorously into your scalp, simply massage it gently into the hair.
Allow the shampoo to run down your hair as you rinse, try to avoid moving or disturbing your hair too much when it’s wet as it is very fragile when it is.
When conditioning your hair, try to dry it slightly first, remove the excess water and wrap your hair in a towel for a few minutes, then apply conditioner, leave for as long as possible before you rinse off. If you can stand it, when you have rinsed the conditioner, give your hair a final rinse in cold water, as cold as you can manage, this will help to seal the cuticle and make your hair look shinier.