1. Don’t brush your hair excessively. Despite the famous advice we’ve all heard about the benefits of brushing your hair a hundred times a day, excessive brushing can actually cause breakage, split ends, and reduce shine. Never brush wet hair – simply use a wide tooth comb a couple times. This will help fight split ends, which also contribute to a loss of shine.
2. Don’t over wash your hair. Vidal Sassoon was able to change our outlook on shampoo and haircare by creating a brand new formula that allows us to “wash as often as desired.” However, most experts tend to agree it’s best not to wash your hair every day. Every other day is usually optimal. Daily washes are only necessary for either very short, or very oily hair. Still, use as little shampoo as possible.
3. Cold rinse. When washing your hair, finish off by rinsing it with cold water. This will help “seal” the cuticles and make your hair shinier and smoother.
4. Hair conditioner – only use the kind that is designed specifically for your hair type. That way it won’t cause excess oil or loss of volume.
5. Use hair dryer as little as possible. Hair dryers and irons, though helpful, can cause hair to become less shiny, making it brittle and dull. Perhaps, you don’t have to wash your hair shortly before leaving the house. Instead, try washing it earlier and let it air dry.
6. Trim the tips regularly. Sometimes, all you have to do is get rid of split ends to bring back shine. Even if you’re growing it out, you should still trim!
7. Go for a darker shade. First of all, light hair absorbs light, reflecting less, therefore appearing visually less shiny. Second, using quality hair dye will add an extra layer of protection to your hair, making it smooth, even, and glossy. Third, dyes, especially red tones, tend to do a better job reflecting light.
8. Try a line of products specifically targeted at adding extra shine to your hair, including shampoo, conditioner, and a leave-in conditioner, mask, or balm.
9. Avoid product overkill. Even if you’ve found a great product, don’t think that more equals better. It’s the opposite – less is more.
10. Try a hot oil mask. You can purchase a ready-to-use one that combines several oils, or simply make one yourself. Use olive oil, avocado oil, or other popular vegetable oils. You can perform the treatments once a week.