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We’re willing to bet that at some stage in your life, you’ve suffered from dull, lifeless locks. Don’t worry, it happens to everybody – even those fashionistas and trendsetters you’d swear have perfectly soft and shiny hair all day, every day!
What makes hair dull in the first place, though? The most common issue is the lack of moisture, or rather, not retaining it effectively. There are several other factors that play a role too, including stress levels, poor hair treatment, the weather itself, and more, all of which rob those strands of their vibrant health.
Whatever the cause, dull hair is a problem that many people face. If you’re one of them, don’t worry, we’re here to help!
When hair feels dirty or gets oily, it’s only natural to want to reach for the shampoo to give it a thorough cleaning. Remember, though, your body produces oils to feed and sustain its follicles. Removing those much-needed natural substances too regularly can inadvertently rob your hair of its natural shine. Wash only 2–3 times a week, if you can help it.
Speaking of natural oils, it may surprise you to know that shinier hair can be achieved through the simple act of brushing regularly. Doing so massages the scalp, and brings the oils from the roots of your strands right through to the tips. Be gentle when combing through wet hair however, as it’s more susceptible to breakage.
If you’re still lacking moisture, look no further than argan oil – nature’s own miracle moisturiser – to add shine to your hair. As an added bonus, it will make your ‘do soft and silky, too. Try Redken’s All Soft Argan-6 Oil for a flexible product that offers amazing results. It can be used before a shampoo, after a blow-dry, overnight for intense softness, and in a variety of other ways to achieve maximum glow. Don’t overdo it though – you want to make your hair shiny, not oily.
Blow-drying or straightening are perfect for achieving certain styles or looks, but are guilty of ridding hair of that much-needed moisture. If you do either (or both) regularly without using a heat-protection product, chances are your locks are getting damaged, and not looking too hot as a result. Protect those strands – use a product like Mizani Thermastrength Heat Protecting Serum as a primer, to leave your hair feeling strong and shiny, even after you’re done subjecting it to styling heat.
Still at a loss about where to start with improving your lustre? Skip the guesswork and speak to a hair professional. In fact, you might want to visit an expert to begin with – before investing in any products at all. A reputable stylist can conduct a personal hair and scalp diagnosis, identify your specific problems, and have you on the road to shinier hair in next to no time! Make that appointment now.
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