The Secret of Shiny Hair

Shiny hair means beautiful, healthy hair. To many people, however, achieving shiny, glossy locks can sometimes be a Herculean feat. But, if you are one of those people, you are fortunately in luck. The secrets to shiny hair aren’t expensive, aren’t time-consuming, and they’re all natural.

What are these secrets? The first that I will divulge is the softness of the water. If your water does not run through a water softener, chances are, you are washing your hair with water that is full of minerals and perhaps even sediment. Now, you may be thinking that this is not the case because your water feels like water, but these minerals and sediment can be microscopic, and they can be costing you your beautiful crowning glory. So, check your water before you go on to the following tips.

You will have to make your own shampoo and conditioner, or purchase those which have decyl glucose or decyl glucoside in them instead of sodium laureth sulfate. The sulfate is very harsh, and shampoos with the decyl glucose are generally gentler. There is a variety of homemade shampoo and rinse recipes out there, but here are a few to start you off. Buy some cheap beer or champagne, and rinse your hair out with these. Follow the washing with some cold water. Or, you can make a baking soda rinse or paste. To make the paste, just add a little bit of water to the baking soda; for a rinse, add more (perhaps a gallon). Treat it like a shampoo, and wash thoroughly. For conditioners, you can use eggs, egg yolks, mayonnaise, or avocadoes. Just use the conditioner on the tips of your hair though, and not the roots. Wash thoroughly with cold water.

Why do I say to wash your hair with cold water? If you use warm or too-hot water, you will end up drying up your hair, which will cause brittleness and dullness. To prevent this, wash your hair always with moderately cool or cold water. Also, washing with cold water cleans your hair better than with warm water.

When you are done washing your hair, allow it to air-dry. Blow-drying the hair will also make it dry, brittle, and dull. Do not comb your hair when it is wet. Towel-dry the hair by gently patting it, instead of vigorously rubbing it.

At night, right before you go to bed, comb your hair thoroughly and massage your scalp. Massaging will ensure that your scalp’s natural oils are distributed all along the hair shaft, and that will make your hair shine. When you do this, you will be able to use less and less conditioner, thus making your hair less dependent on chemicals (if you use store-bought conditioners).

Follow through with these “common-sense secrets,” and you’ll have a head of shiny, beautiful, healthy hair in no time.