LOCK THAT SHINE
Every woman wants to have smooth and silky hair. Short or long, curly or straight—shiny hair always gives a good impression. The outer layer of healthy hair contains natural oil to keep it moist and shiny. When this layer is damaged, your hair will look dull, unhealthy and dry. Some of the factors that contribute to dull hair are illness, nutritional deficiencies, and use of harsh hair care products, not using a good conditioner, over exposure to sun, frequent use of hair dyes, age, excessive stress, high mineral content in the water, chlorine in swimming pools and use of heating tools. No matter what your hair texture is, there are ways to step up its shine. You can use a shine-enhancing hair mask, then style it in a way that increases that the gloss factor. For the shiniest possible hair, practice hair care habits that keep it healthy and strong. Fortunately, it is possible to restore both softness and a shine to your hair using a whole range of treatments, many of which you will find the ingredients for in your own home. Even if you’re on a tight budget, glossy, shiny hair is achievable with ease.
- Eggs are perhaps one of the best ingredients to provide nourishment and shine to your hair in minutes. Being a good source of protein, fatty acids and lecithin, eggs help repair damaged and dull hair by adding moisture and shine. Eggs also help make your hair strands strong and thick.
- Use honey. Honey attracts moisture and has clarifying properties. This combination makes it perfect for adding shine to dull hair. Raw honey is the most nourishing, but any type of honey works fine. To make a honey mask,
- Mix 1/4 cup honey and 1/4 cup water.
- Wet your hair.
- Comb the mixture into your hair.
- Let it sit for 15 minutes or more.
- Shampoo your hair as normal. Rinse with cold water.
- Massage organic unrefined coconut oil through your dry hair. The coconut oil must be unrefined, otherwise it won’t soak into your hair as it should. For the folks with an oily scalp, don’t rub too much into your scalp or too close to your hairline. Our main goal is to condition our ends; the scalp is where much of our natural oils are and won’t need quite as much attention. Apply coconut oil starting from the ends, then up.
- Rinse your hair, then shampoo and condition like normal. Rinse hair with cold water. Let hair air dry or dry with a towel around it. Do not rub dry.
- Aloe vera gel is good for your hair due to its moisturizing property. It also has antioxidants, vitamins and other compounds that support healthy hair. Plus, aloe vera gel can reduce dandruff and combat frizz.
- Prepare a paste with four tablespoons of aloe vera gel, two tablespoons of coconut oil and three tablespoons of yogurt. Apply this paste on damp hair and leave it on for about 30 minutes. Rinse it out with lukewarm water.
- Alternatively, grind a few hibiscus flowers to make a thick paste. Mix in one-half cup of aloe vera gel and one teaspoon of olive oil. Apply the mixture on your hair and leave it on for 20 to 30 minutes. Wash your hair as usual.
Use either of these remedies once or twice a week.