healthy glossy hair is no longer the exclusive right of red-carpet beauties, it’s easy to achieve at home with just a few simple steps.
1) Cleanse and clarify
Use a clarifying shampoo to deeply cleanse your hair, getting rid of any product build-up and giving it the clean, healthy shine that you crave. Quick tip: If you have colored hair, then hold off from using clarifiers until the color has really taken hold, as it could cause fading.
2) Oils and serums
The right hair oil or serum can not only make your hair shine, but also nourish it so that you can have healthy hair for longer. Quick tip: You only need a little, but make sure you apply it evenly to reap the benefits.
3) Brave the cold
More and more people are praising the benefits of cold water on hair. It helps lock conditioner into your hair by closing the cuticles in your hair. Try a blast of cold water at the end of your shower and enjoy the results of healthy glossy hair.
4) Anti-frizz sprays
These sprays contain silicone that can give your hair that gorgeous healthy sheen, perfect for just before a night out, especially when your hair is looking a little limp from the day. Quick tip: Use sparingly as it can weigh more delicate hair down, and rinse-out thoroughly the next time you wash.
5) Eat and drink to feed your hair
It’s no secret that what we eat and drink affects how our hair looks. Staying well hydrated all day long can keep your hair looking healthy and glossy. Eat well to bring out the beautiful shine and add foots that are known to be good sources of protein that can help build strong keratin- like avocado and egg yolks.
6) Find a supportive colorist.
Your colorist should take your hair health into consideration, and that’s tough if you’re going to someone new month after month. When you’re working with the same colorist, “they know where they’re laying down your color and can be more cautious about not overlapping,” Dawes says. Her appointments now run longer to account for a lower concentration of bleach, longer processing time, and not overlapping highlights, but it’s worth it.
7) Use products for color-treated hair.
If you color your hair, you should be using products that are made to protect it. Dawes now swears by the entire Olaplex line, a favorite of celebrities and their hairstylists alike. “The vegan, cruelty-free formula actually strengthens the bonds in your hair,” she says. “I’m not sponsored by them—I truly see the impact they’ve had.”
8) Avoid heat tools.
Unplug, but in a different way than you might think. “The best thing I did to help repair and grow my hair was to use leave-in hair conditioners and treatments while doing heatless hair styles,” says Villa. “I would skip the hair-dryer and try to let my hair air-dry as much as possible.” Since air-drying can take some time, she would work in a leave-in conditioner like Garnier Fructis Damage Eraser Liquid Strength Treatment with Protein and either braid her hair or pull it into a bun.
9) Invest in a bond-fortifying treatment.
Villa’s since eased back into her styling routine, but now she plans ahead. “I’m able to dye it again while taking precaution not to do it as often and treat my hair at the same time—something I wasn’t doing before,” she says. Now she protects her hair before using styling tools with Kenra Platinum Blow Dry Heat Tamer Spray, and often follows it with Bumble and Bumble Glow Bond-Building Styler.
10) Keep hydrated.
Staying hydrated was key for Washington’s hair health. “I can see and feel the difference in the health of my scalp and my hair when I’m really hydrated,” she says. “If I’m not hydrated, I’ll deal with issues like dry scalp and frizz.” Hydration, of course, works two ways. One, internally: meaning drinking enough water. But investing in a good mask for your hair and scalp will go a long way too.