Shiny hair adds a luxurious frame to your look. It screams healthy and gives you a sexy appearance without you even trying! But with so much styling with hot tools and environment pollution, extreme climate exposure like sun and freezing cold, bleaching, swimming pools and the list goes on and on …, our locks can loose luster.
I feel that genetics also play a huge role in that, unfortunately. I am someone that struggles to get shine in my hair. I have tried every product for shine in the past. From drugstore to high end. Some of them didn’t do much others worked for a moment. But one thing was for sure they complicated my shower routine without a dramatic result.
But whatever the cause for your dull hair is, I highly suggest once in a while to put the fancy products away and use some home remedies to ‘feed’ your locks. Not only you will get a quick fix but they all work deep down to heal the hair from within.
I have few tips and tricks to get your mane from blah to beautiful without breaking the bank.
As most home remedies they can get a bit messy and don’t have the best smell, but at least they are natural, clean ingredients that won’t do any harm to you or your hair.
Here are my favorite ones that I have used multiple times and they do wonders for my mane.
Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse
Many shampoos contain sulfates and other harsh chemicals that irritate the scalp and leave residue that makes hair looking drab . Apple cider vinegar rinse acts like clarifying treatment to remove product build up, seals the cuticle and gives a mirror shine. It also balances scalps natural oils and pH levels and it promotes hair growth. I love incorporating this simple ingredient into my shower routine since it really soothes my scalp and makes my hair soft and gives it a very healthy look.
I know this sounds a bit weird and you would probably prefer using it internally to nourish your body from within 🙂 . But trust me it has great properties for the hair as a rinse. The main ingredients in beer malt and hops are really high in proteins that nourish and strengthen the hair. Beer is also rich in B vitamins and natural sugars that help repair damage. I used to do it a lot in the past and believe me it works. I didn’t have hope when I gave it a try but it is a magic. Makes hair super shiny, manageable and voluminous. All you need to do is pour a beer over your head after shampooing and applying conditioner. I let it sit on my hair for a moment and gently rinse it out.
Rich in potassium, natural oils and vitamins it softens the hair, adds shine and it is very moisturizing. Nourishes your hair and saves it from future damage. Helps calm down itchy, flaky scalp, tames frizz and makes hair manageable. I usually mash or blend a very ripe banana, add melted coconut oil and a little bit apple cider vinegar. Apply the mask on dry hair and scalp, cover with a shower cap. Let it sit for 30+ minutes and shower as usual. I always get great results but this mask is a bit messy and sometimes it gets hard to rinse the banana out of the hair. But it leaves the tresses silky smooth and tangle free.
The natural oils in avocado give your hair long lasting and deep hydration. Rich in vitamin E and antioxidants it helps the hair retain moisture plus repairs damage. I mash a very ripe avocado and cover my hair and scalp. Let it sit for 20-30 minutes before I hop in the shower. I also like using avocado in homemade hair masks. A great ingredient for smooth ,shiny hair.
Towel dry your hair right after shower
Dripping wet strands are more vulnerable to breakage and this can lead to frizz and less shine. So wrapping your hair with preferably microfiber towel that is really absorbent and gentle to your hair is a key. Once the towel absorbs the initial moisture take it off. I have noticed that leaving a little bit water in the hair helps seal in moisture.
Microfiber towel – https://amzn.to/3uM47U7
Hope you try any of those for yourself!! xoxo Iva