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How to Get Shiny Hair

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How to Get Shiny Hair How to Get Shiny Hair How to Get Shiny Hair

Let’s be real, no one actually wants dull hair. Rather, what’s sought after is shine. No look is complete without a healthy, glowing shine—and the same certainly can’t be said for dullness. Shiny hair naturally lights up locks, adding dimension and life to any hair type. So, it’s only natural that if you could choose between dull hair and shiny, sleek hair, you’d pick shiny 100 percent of the time. And as it turns out, you can choose. With the right hair care regimen, complete with shiny hair products like a shine-enhancing shampoo and conditioner and the correct type of hair color, you won’t have to wonder how to get shiny hair. Below, learn all our tips on how to make hair shiny.

SHINY HAIR TIP #1: SWITCH TO A SHINE-ENHANCING HAIR CARE SYSTEM

So, there’s something you want to change about your hair? In that case, it’s pretty probable that you’ll have to change your current shampoo and conditioner, swapping them for a system that’s better suited to your hair goals. When shiny hair is what you’re seeking, you’ll want to opt for a system that enhances shine, like the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Oil Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Oil Conditioner. Used together, the shampoo and conditioner can help revive dry hair, leaving behind free-flowing, lightweight strands with an intense shine. Start your hair care regimen off on the right foot by massaging the shampoo onto wet hair, building up a lather, then rinse out with lukewarm water. Next, apply the conditioner and let it sit for one to three minutes. When time’s up, rinse with more lukewarm water.

SHINY HAIR TIP #2: APPLY A LEAVE-IN TREATMENT

While it’s true that no shiny hair care routine could be complete without shampoo and conditioner, sometimes your hair needs something more. When your mane feels super dry and requires extra love, go beyond the basics and reach for a leave-in treatment. Of course, you won’t want to reach for any old product. The L’Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Oil-in-Cream is actually meant to be used with the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Oil Shampoo and Conditioner, so it’s perfectly poised to take on the job. After cleansing and conditioning as per usual, work a dime-sized amount of the hair cream through damp hair from length to tips. The cream will instantly melt onto your hair for long-lasting softness and lustrous shine.

SHINY HAIR TIP #3: PAMPER YOURSELF WITH A HAIR MASK

Dry, shiny hair is something of an oxymoron. If your hair is parched, it’s unlikely that it has a beautiful shine. That’s why incorporating a nourishing hair mask into your routine is never a bad idea. A few minutes dedicated to masking and you can be well on your way to shining bright. Gently massage a hydrating, shine-boosting hair mask onto your hair until it’s completely coated, then play the waiting game and give the hair mask three to five minutes to work its magic. After five minutes, remove and rinse to reveal hair that’s been deeply nourished.

SHINY HAIR TIP #4: DEEP CONDITION YOUR STRANDS

Just like using a hair mask can help nourish and hydrate your strands, resulting in a shiny mane, a deep conditioner can help bring back life to dry, dull strands. If you notice your hair is in need of some TLC, swap your conditioner for the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Oil Rapid Reviver Deep Conditioner. The deep conditioner for dry hair works in just one minute to nourish, deeply moisturize, and hydrate each strand. Say hello to silkier, softer, and shinier hair!

SHINY HAIR TIP #5: EMBRACE OTHER TIPS FOR DRY HAIR

As we covered above, addressing dry hair can help give hair a natural shine. Thus, it makes sense that to achieve shinier hair, you’ll want to follow guidelines for taking care of dry hair. Give these tips a try:

1. TURN DOWN THE WATER TEMPERATURE

Super-hot showers may be relaxing in the moment, but they’re drying your hair—and your skin—out. Cranking the dial down so the water is only lukewarm can make a major difference in dryness.

2. PROTECT HAIR FROM THE SUN

We all love spending time outdoors, but don’t forget that your hair necessitates sun protection too. Toss on a broad-brimmed hat and use hair products with UV protection to stay sun safe. Want more sun tips for your mane? This is Your Summer Hair Protection Guide.

SHINY HAIR TIP #6: DON’T SHY AWAY FROM HAIR OIL OR SERUM

If you’ve ever caught sight of your hair, only to realize that your roots are looking awfully greasy, you may be slightly scared of using hair oils. After all, oily hair isn’t exactly sought after. But the truth is, using oils doesn’t equal having oily hair. The right hair oil or serum will absorb quickly and won’t leave behind a greasy residue. And not only will they fail to leave you with an oily look, but they’re the perfect product for increasing shine. Try the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Oil Treatment, which is a lightweight oil for dry, lifeless hair. Apply just one drop of oil to the length of your hair—focusing on dry, dull ends and avoiding your roots—and you’ll be good to go. Try using a hair oil on damp hair to make it easier to style or on dry hair as a finishing touch.

SHINY HAIR TIP #7: CHOOSE HAIR DYE CAREFULLY

Not all hair dyes are created equally. When dying your hair a solid color, it’s all too easy to end up with hair that looks flat and far from shiny. To ensure you don’t experience a dye job gone wrong—without having to step foot in a salon—look to the L’Oréal Paris Féria. Available in a wide range of bold colors, the dye prevents the aforementioned problem by providing multi-faceted color with highlights. In the end, you’re left with prismatic color that’s never dull or flat. Follow the instructions included with the packaging and be sure to use the included Power Shimmer Conditioner, which seals and smooths while boosting light reflection for vibrant shimmering color.

SHINY HAIR TIP #8: TRY A HAIR GLOSS

Speaking of hair color, have you considered a hair gloss? A hair gloss serves as a shine-enhancing treatment for colored hair, resulting in longer-lasting and more vibrant color as well as less frizz, split ends, and dryness. Depending on the gloss, they can also help with other hair concerns such as brassiness and enhancing certain undertones. 

SHINY HAIR TIP #9: USE HAIR SPRAY WITH A GLOSSY FINISH

What’s the solution if you finish styling your hair, only to decide that your strands just aren’t shiny enough? Hair spray! Not only is it good for locking in your style and keeping stray hairs in place, but certain hair sprays can provide an ultra-glossy look. So, wrap things up by spritzing with the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Precious Oil Satin Hairspray, which gives a soft, shiny finish.

Just because you’re seeking shiny hair doesn’t mean you’ll want shiny skin! To avoid looking oily and create a perfect contrast, pair your lustrous locks with matte makeup. To get you started, here’s How to Wear Matte Makeup All Over Your Face.