Healthy hair cuticles are flat and smooth, so that light easily reflects off the surface, creating a natural shine.
But our hair is exposed to a variety of factors that damage the cuticles and make hair appear dull and lifeless, whether its the harsh environment like our air-conditioned office or the humid weather, or our own doing (we see your daily flat-ironing habit).
Wash your hair with cool or cold water as this helps close the cuticles, leaving the surface of your strands smooth and shiny.
NEXT: Use the right shampoo →
Ensure that you’re using the most suitable shampoo for your hair type (dry, oily scalp, thinning etc) as the wrong product can strip away the healthy natural oils in your hair and leave it lacklustre.
NEXT: Condition, condition, condition →
Don’t skip the conditioning after shampooing either. One trick: Condition the ends before you start shampooing, as this helps protect your hair even more.
NEXT: Blow-dry the RIGHT way →
With cool air, that is. If you can’t stand cold showers, heed this tip: blow-dry with hot air followed by a blast of cold air. This helps to lock in moisture, thus creating shine.
NEXT: Apply hair serum →
After blow-drying, apply hair serum (again, the right kind that won’t end up doing more harm than good) at the end to strengthen your hair.
NEXT: Incorporate hair oils into your regime →
Inexpensive DIY ones work too. Achieve glossy hair by massaging natural oils like avocado oil, coconut oil, organ oil and jojoba oil into dry ends.
NEXT: Pat gently to dry →
Pat. Don’t towel off wet hair vigorously as this creates friction, causing breakage and frizz. This includes making a “towel turban” after your shower – that’s a big no-no that people most often commit!
NEXT: Replace your hair brush →
Use one with natural bristles, like boar, instead of plastic – these are much gentler on your scalp and hair, and ensures that natural oils are spread evenly.
NEXT: Apply a hair mask →
Haven’t got time for salon treatments? Your next best alternatives are hair masks. At least once a week, to strengthen and give it a healthy sheen.
NEXT: Mane-tanence is important →
That said, regular trims to get rid of split ends are important. Make it a point to head to the salon at least once every three months.
NEXT: Ask your personal stylist →
When in doubt, go to the pros. Ask your stylist for quality hair care products most suitable for your hair type and texture.
NEXT: Rinse with cold water →
From The Singapore Women’s Weekly, November 2017
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