How to Get Sheen Back in Your Hair
How to Get Sheen Back in Your Hair
Lustrous locks are a sign that your hair is healthy. If your hair strands are naturally shiny, the hair cuticles are more likely to be flat and smooth, allowing light to reflect from them. On the flip side, if your hair lacks nourishment, it will look dry and lifeless even if you’re in a well-lit area.
Dull hair often feels coarse, brittle, and appears frizzy. If having lustrous locks is your own haircare goal, there are many ways to achieve it. Here are tried-and-tested tips on how to get the sheen back in your hair.
Select the right haircare product
Consider your hair type and its porosity level by looking at the curl pattern of your hair strands to determine the right haircare product. Typically, hair can be straight, wavy, or curly. Meanwhile, hair porosity is the ability of your hair strands to absorb and keep moisture. There are three levels of hair porosity, namely low porosity, medium porosity, and high porosity.
If you have low porous hair, your hair cuticles are closely bound together, which prevents moisture from seeping in. As a result, your hair doesn’t dry easily. Product build-up is also likely to happen because your hair cuticles resist absorbing them. To care for low porosity hair, use products with moisture-rich ingredients like Shea butter or Jojoba oil.
Medium or normal porosity hair has less compact hair cuticles, allowing moisture to seep in. If your hair has normal porosity, it can also hold moisture in longer, so your locks appear lustrous and feel smoother. Medium porosity hair requires little maintenance, but to sustain hair health, you can use deep-conditioning products to increase absorption and moisturizing products to nourish and strengthen your locks.
If your hair is frizzy and brittle, your hair cuticles are highly porous. High porosity hair absorbs water and products quickly. But because there are gaps between the hair cuticles, moisture escapes easily. To manage high porosity hair, you can use leave-in conditioners to give your hair an extra moisturizing boost.
Consider oiling your hair
You can try applying oil to your hair before shampooing. Oiling your hair not only moisturizes and restores hair sheen but also helps reduces hair fall and exfoliates your scalp. You can use products that contain argan oil as it is high in nourishing ingredients like Vitamins A and E and fatty acids that protect and strengthen the hair strands.
Modify your hair washing routine
Shampooing daily can remove product buildup and other hair impurities. However, it also strips hair of its natural oils, leaving your hair dry and less lustrous. Many hair care experts recommend washing your hair with shampoo up to three times a week. To get rid of buildup without drying your hair, you can add a clarifying shampoo to your hair care routine. You can also use a detoxing shampoo once a week to restore moisture and shine.
Increase moisture with conditioners
Conditioning your hair after shampooing further restores moisture loss from your hair and scalp. The amount of product you use depends on your hair length and hair type. If you have short hair, a dime-size amount is sufficient. If your hair is long, use more product until your hair is covered from roots to the tips, but not on the scalp.
You can tell if you’re not using enough conditioner if your hair is frizzy and hard to brush after conditioning. If your hair lacks volume and looks flat or greasy, then you’re using too much. Massage and leave the conditioner on for at least two minutes before rinsing it off to make sure your hair absorbs the product.
How often you condition your hair depends on your hair type. If your hair is oily or fine, you can condition your hair a few times a week or after every time you shampoo. But if you have dry, coarse, or curly hair, you may need to make conditioning a daily habit.
Applying leave-in conditioners, oils, or serums can give your tresses an extra dose of moisture. You can also use hair masks once a week to replenish moisture.
Be careful when styling your hair
Constantly using heating tools makes your hair even more dry and prone to damage. Instead of blow-drying, air-dry your hair or set your hairdryer to a cooler setting. If you can’t avoid using a curling iron or hair straightener, apply a heat protectant before styling your hair.
When brushing or combing your hair, make sure that it’s dry, as brushing wet hair can lead to breakage. You can use a wide-toothed comb to detangle wet hair and a boar bristle brush to distribute natural oils from the scalp to your locks.
Watch what you eat
To have lustrous locks, you also need to pay attention to what you eat. Make sure that your diet includes a healthy balance of proteins, vitamins, minerals, and omega-3 fatty acids to nourish your hair. Nuts, salmon, whole grains, green vegetables, and chia seeds are some foods that can help keep your hair strong and hydrated.