Tips for Shiny, Healthy Hair

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Nobody likes skipping around with dull, dark hair flowing out behind them; it just doesn't suit the image of easy, breezy that we're all looking for when the weather starts to warm up. I find, especially with my super curly, dehydrated hair, I'm always looking for ways to make my hair more shiny, bouncy, and healthy. Here are some of my top tips for achieving the same thing with your hair.

1. Hair Oil

This is an extra step I've only recently added to my haircare routine but I recognise that it's an important one. When used on wet hair, this adds moisture and hydration to help fight broken ends and general dryness. Just run a coin-sized amount from mid-lengths to the tips of your hair before your styling products and love your de-frizzed hydrated hair. For use with dry hair, run the same amount through for added shine to leave your hair looking healthier instantly.

2. Deep Conditioning

If you had dry, unhealthy skin, you wouldn't neglect a weekly or bi-weekly treatment to liven and brighten things up so why wouldn't you do the same for your hair? A deep repair mask is like a facial for your hair to add a surge of moisture and maintain dry frizziness. I love using the Macadamia Deep Repair Masque to keep my hair smooth and shiny. Sometimes I use this to replace my daily conditioner for a good hair week.

3. Added Keratin

Keratin is a protein naturally found in your hair, skin, and nails that keeps the cells bonded together. If you have dry hair prone to breakage, using products with added keratin creates a layer around the strands to prevent breaking. Added protein also adds shine so it's an all-round great product for shiny, healthy hair! I will warn you, though, too much added keratin can actually have the opposite effect and cause your hair to turn brittle. Just be sure to use small doses and you'll be left with silky, soft, strong hair.

4. Home Remedies

There are simple at-home remedies for adding shine and strength to your hair. For blonde hair, try squeezing a lemon worth of juice into some warm water and pour it over freshly washed hair. The acid in the juice will add shine and lighten the blonde in your hair. For darker hair colours, try the same thing but with a quarter of a cup of white vinegar to add luscious shine.

5. Protect your hair from heat damage

One of the easiest ways to damage your hair is over-using heat styling tools like hair dryers, curlers, and flat irons. Good news is there are heaps of heat protecters available to prevent damage from these tools and even UV damage from the sun. Heat damage can dry out your hair and make it dull so if you're someone that uses heat regularly to style your hair, it's definitely worth investing in a heat protecter to keep it shiny and healthy.

Do you have any tips for shiny, healthy hair? Are there any products that you particularly love?

xx Julia

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