by Jacquie Carter, beauty expert
Every time I open a magazine or turn on the television I am bombarded with images of shiny, silky, healthy looking hair. Wouldn’t it be nice to have someone on hand to style our hair every day just like models and TV personalities do? We’re not all that lucky, so let’s talk about how we can all achieve healthy, shiny hair.
Do you want hair that shines all day long? If you’re like me the answer is YES. Check out some of my hair care advice for a little shine boost – I promise my tips will help tame your mane whatever its texture and help you get silky, shiny hair every day.
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Hair care DO: Eat a nutritious diet that includes plenty of fresh fruits and veggies. Try to eat almonds, soybeans and tomatoes frequently too. Foods with L-Cysteine and Omega 3 fatty acids help promote hair health and shine. Fish and olive oil are excellent sources of fatty acids and egg yolks are a quick and easy source for L-Cysteine. What we eat definitely impacts the condition of our hair.
Hair care DON’T: Apply finishing products such as gel, mousse or serum too close to your scalp. You’ll end up with greasy hair, not shiny hair. And too much product build-up can leave your hair looking dull instead of shiny. Be careful to choose the right product for your hair type too. If you have fine hair then, whatever you do, don’t apply a serum designed for thick hair. You’ll just weigh your hair down and – worst case scenario – make your hair look lank. Avoid layering on product before you use heat-based styling tools as you could end up cooking your hair!
Hair care DO: Give yourself regular deep conditioning treatments that will keep your hair shaft shiny, strong and most importantly, healthy. A salon visit can always be a treat, and regular deep conditioning treatments may improve the condition of your hair. However, if you lack time, or regular salon visits are out of your budget, no need to worry because you have everything you need right at home! You can use oils such as olive, coconut, or almond to revive lifeless hair. Or try my favorite DIY hair mask.
My Jacquie Carter hair mask suggestion:
– Mix one ripe avocado with a tablespoon of honey and apply to hair, massaging from the roots to the ends. If your hair is thin you may wish to focus less on your roots and more on the rest of your hair
– Leave on for about 20 minutes before rinsing with cool water. (It may be a little messy so feel free to cover your head with a shower cap or plastic wrap.)
– Avocados are rich in vitamins and nutrients including protein and Vitamin E, which are important for soft, healthy hair. Honey is a natural antibacterial agent but also helps adhere your mask to your hair strands for a true deep conditioning treatment.
Hair care DON’T: Brush your hair while it’s wet. Hair is more prone to breakage if you brush while it’s wet. Instead, wait until your hair is damp to run that brush through it. If you must style it while it’s wet, always use a wide-tooth comb to lessen the chances of breakage. While we’re on the subject of wet hair, also be sure not to rub your hair when you towel dry. The back and forth motion of a towel causes friction, thereby leading to frizz. Instead, gently pat dry.
Hair care DO: Try leave-in conditioners. The key to silky, shiny hair is to keep it well moisturized! If you have dry hair, and showers leave your hair tangled, then a leave-in conditioner can help keep your hair silky and smooth. On the flip-side if you have fine hair, a regular conditioner may be too heavy for your locks, so you might want consider alternative conditioning methods. A leave-in conditioner is lighter than the typical conditioner you use in shower, and can leave your hair moisturized but not weighed down.
Hair care DO: Read product labels carefully! Many hair styling products are loaded with alcohol and applying them all over can dehydrate our hair and there goes the shine. Look for alcohol free products or those that only target your roots.
Hair care DON’T: Forget about hairspray or a shine serum – one that has minimal alcohol of course! Mist your hairbrush with a little hairspray to help set your hairstyle, tame the frizz and control static electricity. The smoother your hair, the shinier it will look.
Hair care DO: Protect your curls if you have them. When your hair is dry, only use your fingers to separate your curls. Using a brush will only cause your hair to frizz – reducing the shiny appearance. There are many products on the market that can help give your hair a glossy shine. Remember to read the labels to ensure you aren’t using an alcohol-based product or a serum that is just way too heavy for thinner hair.
I would love to hear your personal dos and don’ts for shiny hair. Let me know what works best for you in the comments section below.
Written by beauty expert, Jacquie Carter . Jacquie is Director of Outer Nutrition at Herbalife.
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