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How to get Shiny Hair - even if it's CURLY!

23 February, 2017 - 11:46pm by - First Lady | 23 Comments

Article by BR Natalie

You know what it's like.  Every magazine you open, every movie you watch - the leading ladies all have shiny hair, no matter the colour, style or texture.  So how attainable is it?  Well with these tips and tricks you can maximise shine, whatever your hair type.

Straight Hair


  • Factors that dull straight hair include - split ends, residue from products and the environment and grease.
  • Celebrity hair stylist Tommy Buckett recommends conditioning your hair first before using a deep cleansing shampoo.  Applying conditioner first from ear level to the ends will protect the strands and prevent tears and split ends from forming.  He also recommends applying the shampoo from ear level to tips too, to prevent stripping your roots of vital natural sebum.
  • A cold rinse will lock in shine.
  • When drying your hair you'll want to towel dry it to almost-dry before blow drying using a nozzle.  Blow dry you hair from above aiming the blast down your strands to smooth the cuticles.  Again finish with a cold blast.
  • Great products for maximising shine in straight hair include creams and milks that will work to seal the cuticles.  Use these before styling and finish with either a hair spray that maximises shine or run a small amount of gloss through your locks.


Coloured Hair


  • There's nothing like walking out of the salon with freshly coloured locks.  The smoothness, the shine - you really do feel like a superstar.
  • Fast-forward to a month later - your colour is dull, your hair is starting to feel dry.  So how can you extend that freshly-dyed sheen?
  • There are shampoos specifically for coloured hair that actually contain a tiny amount of colouring particles.  These will give your colour a boost and add shine.  The less you wash your coloured hair the longer the colour will last - even permanent colours lose pigment with washing. 
  • Lifestyle affects coloured hair and as much as we love the sun, just as it's not good for our skin, it's also not good for coloured locks.  You can buy leave-in conditioners with SPF in them, or rock the JLo wide brimmed hat!


Curly Hair

Curly hair is notoriously hard to make shine.  Why?  Here's the science bit - concentrate.  The cuticles on curly hair are naturally more rough than those on straight hair, they (obviously) don't flatten as easily.  Couple this with the fact that curlier hair is also naturally drier than straight hair and you'll realise why so many curly haired lasses believe the grass is greener. 

So how can you get curl hair to shine?


  • Always use a moisturising shampoo and conditioner - hydrated hair shines more and moisture will give your curly hair extra weight, making it more difficult for it to frizz.  Frizz dulls hair by creating a fuzzy cloud around the strands.
  • If you have curly hair do not fall in to the washing daily trap.  BUT if you do get your hair wet and it's a non-wash day, slap on some conditioner to prevent it drying out.
  • Serums and wide tooth combs are a curly girly's best friends.  They smooth and add shine and make de-tangling less brutal.  Pulling and snapping your hair isn't the way to shine!
  • If you can get away without using heat to dry your hair, you'll minimise the drying out factor.  Style hair when it's almost dry using a curl cream and finish with a shine spray.


For All Hair Types


  • Split ends, 'dead weight' and frizz are all shine killers.  So be sure to trim and if necessary thin your hair often.  Combat frizz with a light serum or regular use of a hair oil such as Argan oil.
  • Use brushes with natural bristles - these will redistribute your natural oils as you brush.  Natural + Natural = Shine!
  • Always use a heat protecting spray whenever you style your hair with your tongs, straighteners or hair dryer.  Damaged hair does not shine!
  • Drink lots of water!  Water improves your shiny hair.  Why not take a 4 Week Water Challenge and see if you notice the difference?


DIY tricks for shiny hair

  • Mix 2 tablespoons apple-cider vinegar or a dash of baking soda with a dollar sized dollop of  regular shampoo.
  • Give you hair a beer rinse.  Catherine Zeta-Jones swears by it!
  • Mix 4 egg yolks with a dash of olive oil together.  Shampoo your hair as usual, apply the mixture to your hair and leave it for 5 - 10 minutes.  Rinse.

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I have always wanted lovely, shiny hair. But having oily plus limp, straight hair, it seems like an impossible goal. So having a product which would make that dream come true, would be nothing short of a miracle.

I remember rinsing my hair with warm water and vinegar and this worked really well -before the days of colour I might add. I do notice you don't see many lovely shiny heads these days but I put it down to so many people colouring and straightening their hair

I have very curly hair and have found the BEST way to make my hair super glossy and shiny is the OGX Ever Straight Brazilian Keratin Therapy Anti-Breakage Serum. I SO recommend this for your curly girls out there. I use a small amount on wet hair, and then when it dries my curls are always smooth and shiny.

I'm lucky that my hair does have a fair amount of sheen, although sometimes that's probably because my hair is oily because I wash it like twice a week. Oh and herbal henna, there is one that doesn't color your hair, is supposed to help make your hair glossy.

I didn't know about that condition before shampoo trick. I'm going to try it tomorrow (hurrah for hairwashing day!)

Wow how odd, I'd heard of using egg whites instead of egg yolks! May as well just smash a whole egg on your head lol

When I was young I read about girls using mayonnaise to condition their hair, and it's mainly egg yolk I suppose - I've always been too chicken to try it!

24th February, 2017 at 11:06 pm

Yay I'm using the right shampoo for my thick curly hair.

I hate how my hair gets so dry at the ends. I use a coloured shampoo and have just started using argan oil. So we'll see how that goes.

I haven't tried baking soda, but I have a spray bottle of vinegar in the shower and it spray it directly onto my scalp (all over) before I get out of the shower. And I haven't tried yolks, but I use an egg white mask occasionally, and it's great for soft fresh hair. Also my hair has benefited greatly from the "It's All About Hair" box!!

Oh and I'm not sure it's the best use of beer (teeheehee)

25th February, 2017 at 7:48 pm

I have black hair so love it looking healthy and shiny :-) I do apple cider vinegar rinses regularly it is amazing.

Im going to try the apple cider trick <3

28th February, 2017 at 2:13 pm

Speaking of split ends thats been on my to do list for a few weeks now, Im going to try the apple cider trick :)

argh after bleaching to back blonde and post baby my hair is in terrible condition

My hair is drier now that I am colouring it blonde (due to greys!). I use a serum before blow-drying and straightening which makes a difference. I will try some of the tricks above though!!

For dark hair pour boiling water over Rosemary then leave till it cools then pour through a sieve then rinse, if you add a bit if vodka it can last for a few weeks, it gives the most shiny beautiful hair

Wow this sounds really nice and the scent would be awesome

24th March, 2017 at 7:52 am

I have reasonable shine, but I get super envious when I see the odd lady who has that super glossy shine that makes her hair look like silk basically. Now that's something I've never been able to achieve, but maybe if I give some of these ideas a crack..


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