Let’s be real – shiny, healthy hair will never go out of style. Stay on trend this season (and every season) by enhancing your hair’s natural shine. With just a few easy lifestyle changes, you can completely transform the look and feel of your hair. Have your hair shine bright like a diamond all year round by incorporating these quick and easy tips into your haircare routine.
1. TAKE A COLD SHOWER
Once your hair has been lathered, scrubbed, and conditioned, rinse out any remaining product with cold water. The icy temperature helps to close the hair’s cuticle, which allows your haircolor to reflect more light. It’s an instant shine boost that helps your hair to stay looking glossy without using extra styling product.
2. USE A HAIR SERUM
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No matter what you’ve heard, nourished hair is shiny hair. Give your hair some TLC by applying a hair serum to your ends. These powerful oils work by strengthening and restoring your hair from the inside out in order to reduce frizz, replenish moisture and give the hair a layer of shine. Worried about weighing your hair down? Don’t be! A little goes a long way with these moisturizing oils, so remember that less is more when applying it to your ends. If applied correctly, the oil will leave your hair shimmering all day long.
3. GET GLOSSY
Looking for a dramatic shine-boost in under 20 minutes? Head to your local Redken salon and ask for a Shades EQ Gloss. This quick service instantly adds a glow to your strands, while toning and refreshing your current haircolor. It’s a totally transformative service that will leave your hair gleaming in just 20 minutes. What else could you ask for in a haircolor service?
4. MUNCH ON LEAFY GREENS
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What you put in your body is just as important as what you put on it. To help give your hair more natural radiance consider adding leafy greens to your diet. These vegetables are filled to the brim with a variety of minerals and amino acids that help to promote healthy hair. So, go ahead and chow down on your favorite leafy greens. It’s the tastiest way to get silky strands.
5. SLEEP ON SATIN
Twisting and turning all night long can definitely take a toll on your hair. All the movement and friction crumple the hair follicle causing it to become textured and dull. Give your hair a smoother surface to lie on by switching out your cotton pillowcases for satin ones. This small change prevents additional friction that could be dulling your shine.
6. HEAT STYLE CORRECTLY
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Over time, heat styling can damage and fade your hair’s vibrancy. Get your glitz on by using a heat styling primer like Satinwear 04 Prepping Blow-Dry Lotion to prep your strands before using heat.
7. BRUSH YOUR HAIR DIFFERENTLY
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Brushing your strands 100x in a row to get a shiny result is an old wives’ tale. If you are brushing too hard, it can actually harm your hair and cause the most delicate strands to snap. Instead be gentle to your locks. Gently brushing your hair not only loosens tangles and knots, but it also helps to evenly distribute your hair’s natural oils. As these oils move from root to tip, your hair instantly gets brighter and shinier as a result.
8. FLAT IRON IT
Take your shine to the next level by using a straightening iron over your ends. Hair that lies flat gives off more shine, as the hair’s cuticle is lying flat. This means that there is no bend or curl to the hair to refract light from. The smoother the hair’s surface, the more likely it is to reflect light and shine brighter.
9. ADD AN OIL TO YOUR BLOW DRY
Boost your shine while you blow dry by using the Diamond Oil Glow Dry Oil to improve your hair’s natural glow. The oil works by reacting to the heat of your blow dryer to give you glossy, gorgeous hair from root to tip.
10. COMB OUT TANGLES
If a wide-tooth comb isn’t already a staple in your haircare routine, it should be. This must-have tool is perfect for combing out tangles and knots while preserving the shine of your hair.
11. DON'T OVER WASH IT
Constant washing can strip the natural oils from your hair causing your strands to become dull and lackluster. Give them a boost by skipping a wash and using Pillow Proof Blow Dry Two Day Extender to salvage your style for another day.