Dull, dry hair is never a good look – yet with the recent blast of arctic weather and winds outside, combined with cranked-up heating inside, it’s harder than ever to avoid. Follow the below six steps to get the shiniest hair of your life.
1/ Rinse in cold water
“One of the quickest and easiest ways to add extra shine is to rinse hair in cold water at the end of a hot shower,” says head & shoulders Supreme Hair Ambassador Keiren Street. “Warm water opens the hair cuticle making it appear dull, but by rinsing with cold water the cuticle is sealed, making it appear shinier and smoother.”
2/ Change your towel
Towel-drying wet hair can lead to unwanted frizz, as it roughens up the hair cuticle from the moment you step out of the shower. “Opt for a microfibre towel which will absorb excess water and help reduce frizz,” advises Keiren. Also consider swapping your cotton pillowcases for silk – you’ll be amazed at how well they preserve your blow-dry.
3/ Double shampoo
More shampoo equals more shine, especially if your hair tends to the oily side. “Ensure you work the shampoo all the way down to the ends of your hair, and repeat twice to add shine,” guides Keiren.
4/ Request a fairy trim
Blondes in particular can struggle to maintain shine, so Keiren recommends regular trims to nix split ends, which can heighten the effect of dull, unhealthy hair. But not just any kind of trim: “Request a fairy trim from your stylist, as this will ensure only the split ends that have moved up the hair shaft are removed, rather than any length,” he says. See also: hair dusting.
5/ Check your scalp health
This is one we definitely didn’t pick: the condition of your scalp can affect your hair’s natural shine. “Dull, dry hair can actually be a result of an unhealthy scalp,” explains Keiren, who suggests head & shoulders Supreme Smooth shampoo and conditioner to “restore the cuticle to give softness to the hair, leaving it shiny, flake-free and more manageable.” Also consider adding a shine-boosting hair masque to your weekly routine.
6/ Use heat protectant
One of the main culprits when it comes to stealing your hair’s shine? Heat damage. If you blow-dry, straighten, curl or tong your hair regularly, it’s vital you spritz first with a heat protectant spray to lock the moisture into your locks and prevent the damage that leads to dullness and dryness.