The best part is…you can do that at home for free! Check out my favorite treatments to help deliver amazing shine without excessive heat or chemicals!
1) Deep Conditioning
Deep Conditioning is the best way to add shine to the hair as it increases the moisture level within the hair strand, allowing the cuticle to reflect light and create shine. A dry, dehydrated hair strand will absorb light, making the hair look dull and brittle. Therefore, the best way to create long lasting shine is to deep condition once a week with moisturizing conditioner for 20-30 minutes under a hood dryer. Focus on moisturizing conditioners that are rich and emollient. Let it penetrate for 20-30 minutes under heat or steam. Lastly, air-dry or set hair on roller, rods or braids to help retain more moisture in the hair.
2) Cold Water Rinse
One of the easiest ways to get long lasting shine is to perform a final rinse with cold water.
This will seal the cuticle and impart a shine or sheen to the hair that will last all week. If your are uncomfortable taking a cold shower, especially in the winter, fill a water bottle with cold water and one or two ice cubes. Spritz hair right before setting or air-drying.
3) Porosity Control
Porosity Control is a treatment designed to regulate hair’s porosity, which is the hair strand’s ability to absorb moisture.
Low porosity means the hair is resistant to water. High porosity means that water enters and leaves the hair shaft rapidly, causing the hair to constantly feel and appear dry and dull. Hair with average porosity is considered normal.
For highly porous hair, which is typically caused by over processing, weekly treatments with Porosity Control can help regulate dry hair and impart major shine. Just shampoo hair and apply the treatment in sections. Let penetrate for 5-10 minutes and rinse!
4) Oils and Serums
Oils can also be used to add temporary shine. A pea size amount every other day will keep the hair shiny without being weighed down. Jojoba will give you the greatest amount of shine but it can be heavy. Instead, opt for Avocado and Sweet Almond Oil for a light sheen without the heavy residue. Avoid using too much as it can make the hair greasy.
Serums are silicone-based products that seal the cuticle and create temporary shine. Use a dime size amount on wet hair to lock in moisture. Avoid using too much as it can build up on the hair over time.
5) Oil Sheen
Oil Sheen is basically aerosolized oil and silicone. It will coat the hair shaft, adding a nice sheen and fragrance to the hair. But, the results will be temporary. Spray on the hair after styling and go!
6) Semi Permanent Rinse
A clear semi permanent rinse will add major shine that will last for weeks. This is my go to technique for locking in shine for weeks.
For best results, apply to clean, damp hair and let penetrate under a hood dryer for 30 minutes. Then, rinse and style. Try John Freida Clear Glaze or Sebastian Laminates for best results.
A clear (or color) henna treatment will also add long lasting shine, as well as strength and volume, to the hair.
An egg treatment will not only add shine but softness and strength to the hair. Check out this tutorial on how to do a DIY Egg Treatment!
9) Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse
An ACV rinse will seal the cuticle, locking in moisture and shine. It will also act as an astringent for the hair, removing product residue.
Mix 2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar to 1 cup of water. Add a few drops of an essential oil (like lavender) for fragrance. After shampooing, pour the mixture over the hair and let sit. Rinse and then apply a deep conditioner or leave-in conditioner.
10) Honey Pact
Honey is a natural humectant, which will add moisture and shine to the hair. Check on this tutorial on how I do a DIY Honey treatment!
Add 1/2 cup of honey to damp or wet hair before washing and let sit for 20-30 minutes.