After all the washing, blow-drying and heat styling that your hair has gone through over the week, it's time to give it a timeout and restore it with its natural health and shine. Here's the ultimate guide to your weekend hair recharge and how to make your strands shine with good health:
Wash your hair properly. The key to having shiny hair is smooth strands that bounce off light. The first essential step to getting a lustrous sheen on your mane is to be very gentle while shampooing your hair (think of your hair cuticles as shingles on a roof!).
Apply the product on the roots of your wet hair, mildly work up some lather and let it run down your hair shafts. This simple technique will clean your hair without causing damage to your strands. Rubbing your hair, on the other hand, will rough up the outer cuticles of your hair and cause them to break. Damaged hair will diffuse light instead of bouncing it off, and make your tresses look dull and lack-luster.
Use a good quality shampoo and conditioner. It goes without saying that a good quality shine enhancing shampoo and conditioner will enhance the quality and shine of your tresses. Choose products that suit your particular hair type and texture. While the shampoo will rid your strands of the dirt and debris causing dullness, the conditioner will help to make your strands soft and lock in the shine for longer duration.
However, do not shampoo your hair very often, as doing so will strip your strands of their natural moisture and shine.
Avoid heat styling. Blow dryers, flat irons and curling irons may enable you to experiment with attractive hairstyles at home, but they wreak havoc on your hair. However, if you really must blow dry your hair or are tempted to try out a DIY wavy blowout, remember to spritz your hair generously with a heat protectant hairspray so that excessive heat does not dry out and/or damage your strands.
Use shine enhancing serums and hair oils. There is a fine line between shiny and greasy. However, using light shine inducing hair products such as a strand smoother serum spray or a restorative hair oil will not only improve the quality and texture of your tresses but will also lend them a soft sheen.
Remember, shiny hair is healthy hair. When you keep hair problems at bay, your strands will shine effortlessly!