Women are obsessed with silky and shiny hair. Have you ever wished to trade your hair with women who have sleek and super glossy hair? If your hair is dry and brittle it can ruin the impression that you want to create. In fact, hair that is soft and bouncy can redefine the way you look. So, if you want shiny hair and just can’t seem to figure out how to get it, Instep brings five simple hacks to restore your natural hair shine, keep it healthy and tangle free.
Say no to hair products with sulfates
Using shampoo everyday strips your hair of natural oils leaving it dry, dull and tough to style. The goal is to shampoo your hair about three times a week. Make sure to use a shampoo and conditioner that do not contain sulfates. According to experts, sulfates are effective detergents that instantly lather up a lot, they are harsh and drying. Hence, not good for hair health or shine!
A blast of cold water
Hair experts suggest washing your hair with cold water. However, many people opt for slightly warm water which leaves your hair brittle. It might not be easy, but it is advised to finish your shower with a blast of cold water because it will close the hair follicles and reflect light better, adding shine and lustre to your tresses.
Wonders of vinegar
It may sound weird but vinegar can do wonders for your hair. The super-acidic liquid helps balance natural pH levels, break down any residue or buildup, smooth tangles and makes your hair more light-reflective. All you have to do is mix one part apple cider vinegar to one part water. Rinse your hair with the mixture after shampooing. Let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing with water—no conditioner needed.
Detangling your locks
Admit it or not but usually we are not delicate enough when brushing our hair, which can prevent it from looking its best. A gentle way to detangle hair is to use a comb when your hair is wet and use a brush when your hair is dry. Work through the knots and tangles by starting at the ends before moving to the middle and roots, rather than working from roots to ends, which could worsen the problem.
Add baking soda to a clarifying shampoo
Water with heavy metals or minerals can wreak havoc on your hair, drying out your strands and causing dullness. Here is simple trick; add a little baking soda to your clarifying shampoo once a week (or every other week for those with colour-treated hair). Baking soda increases the level of surfactants, opens the cuticle a little more and helps remove build-up.