You love using hair dryers and stylers to create new looks, but you don’t love what they do to your hair, right? The truth is, the tools we use to keep our hair looking good and glossy, might eventually make it look a bit dull and lifeless. Your hair contains keratin proteins and hydrogen bonds. When you use heat styling tools, or spend too much time in the direct sunlight, it strips your hair of it’s natural oils and proteins, says hairstylist Claire Rothstein. The good news is, there are fabulous products on the market to replace lost moisture, as well as protect, soften and add shine to lacklustre hair. Here’s 5 ways to get our glossy hair back…
Use the right tools
Daily brushing can take its toll on your natural shine. Try swapping your plastic brush for a natural bristle brush, such as ghd Oval Dressing Brush, R359. It boosts shine instantly.
Change your diet
What you eat is crucial as hair is 75% protein and needs regular top-ups of protein-rich food (such as nuts). Try a supplement for an extra boost. Vigro Bio-Capsules, R88,95 for 30 capsules.
Shine depends on light reflecting evently from the hair’s cuticle, so invest in a good, high quality conditioner to help the cuticles lie flat. Our favourite: Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Keratin Intensive Treatment, R365 for 150ml.
Keep hair heat protected
Overuse of hairdryers, tongs and straightening irons can lead to breaks and dullness. To ensure hair doesn’t feel the burn, spritz Moroccanoil Heat Styling Protection Spray, R340 for 250ml.
Don’t neglect your ends
Keep topping up hair’s moisture levels with L’Oréal Professional Professionnel Absolut Repair Lipidium Instant Reconstructing Masque, R310 for 200ml. The more hydrated your ends, the glossier your hair will look.